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Nature hike July 14 at Rockville Trails
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Nature hike July 14 at Rockville Trails

Solano County's Rockville Trails, just a short drive from West Sacramento, opened to hikers earlier this year, and you can take a guided hike July 14, said Solano Land Trust Volunteers Coordinator Natalie DuMont in a press release.

"Rockville Trails," she said, "is a key entry point into a rare and special region called the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area. Its land and water provide critical food and shelter for wildlife, and safe passage for animal migrations." This natural area is so unspoiled, you can almost picture Patwin Indians still walking its oak forests and climbing the hills to look out over the valleys below, said DuMont adding, "The forests, rugged hills and high ridges that they saw hundreds of years ago are largely unchanged."

As you hike up and down the hilly, rocky terrain from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday July 14, you'll really get a work out, DuMont said. During the free docent-guided hike, she said you'll "feel the sunshine on the grasslands and the shade under majestic oaks; learn about the area’s natural history, and watch for signs wildlife."

Rockville Trails is located along Rockville Road, across from Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park."These natural parks are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated," explained DuMont. Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between Sacramento and San Francisco.

There are no parking lots on the property so space is limited for Rockville Trails' guided hikes. Those who register meet off-site and then carpool to the trailhead, said DuMont. To register, click on the events calendar at www.solanolandtrust.org, or call DuMont at (707) 432-0150, ext. 200.

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Solano Land Trust has permanently protected more than 20,000 acres of working farms and natural areas in Solano County, said DuMont. Rockville Trails encompasses 1,500 acres. $1-million is still needed to create an endowment and to pay off the property acquisition loan, said Solano Land Trust Associate Director Deanna Mott. Those who contribute $500 or more will have their names placed on a permanent sign at the Rockville Trails staging area. For more information, contact Mott at (707) 432-0150 x205 or visit www.solanolandtrust.org.

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