Fun Fact Friday–“10 Terrible Weeds: #9 Hedge Parsley”

Fun Fact Friday–“10 Terrible Weeds: #9 Hedge Parsley”

Hedge Parsley is a member of the carrot family, showing up in early spring and imitating its edible cousin in its fern-like delicate leaves and early growth, but don’t be fooled. This deceptively innocent appearance is followed by sweet-looking white flowers on stalks...
Fun Fact Friday–“10 Terrible Weeds: #8 Bristly Oxtongue”

Fun Fact Friday–“10 Terrible Weeds: #8 Bristly Oxtongue”

Bristly Oxtongue, is an annual to biennial plant that can reach heights of 3 feet tall, but also grows low to the soil. It’s a newer aggressive invasive transplant at the Preserve that thrives during the winter and warm weather. Its yellow flower and seeds are similar...
Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today, marks the longest day of the year with about 15 hours of sunlight in Napa County. What a wonderful way to take time to reflect on our connection to the natural world and our place in it, as the Earth tilts to the Sun for the end of spring, and beginning of...
Celebrating Juneteenth in Napa County!

Celebrating Juneteenth in Napa County!

Join us in honoring and celebrating Juneteenth, the oldest national celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The Land Trust of Napa County honors Juneteenth by recognizing it and highlighting the day for reflection, remembrance and an...
Fun Fact Friday–“10 Terrible Weeds: #7 Bull Thistle”

Fun Fact Friday–“10 Terrible Weeds: #7 Bull Thistle”

We’ve come to our last thistle, the bull thistle. Like other varieties, this noxious weed is highly invasive and outcompetes native plants and disturbs natural habitat for animals. It grows over summer months where its first-year growth is seen in the form rosettes...
Fun Fact Friday –“10 Terrible Weeds: #5 Maltese Star Thistle”

Fun Fact Friday –“10 Terrible Weeds: #5 Maltese Star Thistle”

Does this look like a repeat post on thistles? Actually it’s not! While similar looking to the yellow star thistle, this terrible weed is its cousin, the Maltese star thistle which was first discovered in the Far Meadow on Archer Taylor Preserve about the time yellow...
Walt Ranch is Now Permanently Protected!

Walt Ranch is Now Permanently Protected!

The Land Trust of Napa County is pleased to report that we closed the acquisition of the 2,300-acre Walt Ranch. This has been a major undertaking for us and we’re excited to have completed this purchase. $7M of the funding came from loans. Our board was comfortable...
Fun Fact Friday –“10 Terrible Weeds: #4 Yellow Star Thistle”

Fun Fact Friday –“10 Terrible Weeds: #4 Yellow Star Thistle”

Thistles, if only the softness of its moniker could equal that of its actual traits. Sadly, yellow star thistle is well known in Napa County for its thorny invasive presence. This thorny weed loves to inhabit open hills, grasslands, woodlands, fields, roadsides and...
Lace Lichen, a nobel lichen and a California State Symbol

Lace Lichen, a nobel lichen and a California State Symbol

As of 2016, California was the first state to adopt a lichen as a state symbol, joining the California poppy as the state flower and the grizzly bear as the state animal. Strinkingly beautiful, ramalina menziesii, aka lace lichen is a combination of fungi and algae....
Fun Fact Friday — “10 Terrible Weeds: #3 Himalayan Blackberry”

Fun Fact Friday — “10 Terrible Weeds: #3 Himalayan Blackberry”

Who doesn’t love juicy ripe sweetened tart blackberries? While a welcome to find in nature, the invasive version of its type is the Himalayan Blackberry plant. Widely present along creeks and other areas where water sources are plentiful, the Himalayan blackberry can...