COLLABORATING WITH THE WIND WOLVES PRESERVE
A Special Relationship
Vulcan's San Emidio facility in Bakersfield sits adjacent to the Wind Wolves Wildlife Preserve, a 96,000-acre preserve operated by The Wildlands Conservancy, a California non-profit organization. Vulcan Materials' partnership with The Wildlands Conservancy has led to a valuable working relationship. The Company's Vulcan Foundation has provided sorely needed funds in support of the Preserve's free environmental youth educational program that provides programs on ecology, Native American life and local history. Additionally, plant employees lend a helping hand to support the Preserve's need for large equipment to clear roads for fire management or volunteerism to build kit fox boxes or other Preserve needs. After working with the Preserve for several years, plant management recognized the value of wildlife habitat preservation and decided to apply for a Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) "Wildlife at Work" certification for the San Emidio plant site earlier this year. The WHC certification program independently evaluates individual plant sites for commendable wildlife habitat management and environmental education programs.
More about the Wind Wolves Preserve
In the late 1980s, Los Angeles development trends extended into the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley when Dale Poe Development bought the historic San Emigdio Ranch. The developers received controversial county approval to build a high-density city on former ranch land. During a lull in development in the mid '90s, the property was put up for sale to avoid bank foreclosure. The Wildlands Conservancy out-maneuvered many competing development interests and purchased more that 93,000 acres to create the largest privately owned nature preserve on the West Coast. Acquisition of adjacent lands has increased the preserve to more than 97,000 acres.
The preserve is in an ecologically unique region where the Transverse Ranges, the Coast Ranges, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the western Mojave Desert and the San Joaquin Valley converge. Due to this singular geographic location and an elevation range from 640 to 6005 feet, the preserve has an impressive array of landforms and habitats.
On the San Joaquin Valley floor, the preserve is a 32 square mile veritable sea of grasslands with remnant stands of saltbush. These grasslands are home to the endangered San Joaquin kit fox and blunt-nosed leopard lizard, and one of the largest stands of the endangered Bakersfield cactus. Rolling grasslands rise from the valley floor and transition into classic California blue oak and valley oak savanna with extensive riparian wetlands. Pinyon-juniper woodland and chaparral can be found at medium and upper elevations along with pockets of big-cone spruce and ponderosa pine.
Through its spectacular scenic beauty and rich diversity of life, Wind Wolves Preserve has the power to inspire people to preserve their natural and cultural heritage. The preserve offers a fee environmental education program. Educators have a choice of programs focusing on Native American Lifeways, and ecology programs for each grade level, which complement the State's science curriculum. Approximately 12,000 children visit the site each school year.
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