WILDOMAR – The education and concert stage behind the Visitor Center on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve was lost in the Sept. 4 Tenaja Fire. The Maccocchio family, owners of Tresino’s Italian Restaurant, 36068 Hidden Springs Road in Wildomar, and Brian Penna of Coldwell Banker Murrieta, contacted the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation, who is administering the SRP Fire Fund, to create a fun event featuring good food, live music, and silent and live auctions.
Tresino’s Italian Restaurant will donate 15% of all food and drinks Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Fire Fund to help with the rebuild of the education and program stage. Reservations are suggested but not required. The silent auction will end at 7:30 p.m., and the live auction will be held at 8 p.m. To donate an action item, contact Brian Penna at email@example.com or (714) 225-8361.
This year marks 35 years since the legal formation of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta. Within this timeframe, other than controlled burns and one small grass fire on the Sylvan Meadows section in 2015, the site has escaped a major fire event, until Sept. 4.
The Tenaja Fire burned 2,000 acres on the Reserve and has rendered the site closed to the public. The Sylvan Meadows Trailhead was reopened in early January. The assets impacted by the fire included fencing, bridges, gates, plant and animal habitats, the program stage, a storage unit, event equipment and benches.
“We owe the amazing Cal Fire firefighters our sincere gratitude who took a stand at the Visitor Center to save that structure as the fire came right up to it” Ginger Greaves, executive director of nonprofit Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation, said. The Feb. 4 event is one of many activities to help raise at least $100,000 to help restore and reopen the Reserve.
“The Tenaja Fire has presented opportunities for us to work with the Plateau Management Committee to help restore and reopen the Reserve, educate the students about the fire; its biological effects on the lands, plants and animals and an opportunity to rally our communities to understand why we all have a stake in working together to reopen the Reserve,” Greaves said.
In addition to attending the Feb. 4 event, there are a number of ways to help.
Donate online at www.gofundme.com/srpfirefund, by texting “firefund” to (951) 900-3980 or by sending a check to SRP Fire Fund, P.O. Box 941, Murrieta, CA 92564. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
The foundation is seeking volunteers to help with securing the property for public safety and resource protection. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation.