Pelican Nature Trail at SJNWR Open to the Public
The USFWS officially opened the day use area and Pelican Nature Trail at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, March 19, 2011. A crowd of bird enthusiasts from the Modesto/Merced/Los Banos area gathered for a brief introduction to the site and a 3 mile walk down to the San Joaquin River and through one of River Partners largest projects: a restored seasonal wetland and riparian forest habitats. The area is now officially open to the public from dawn to dusk and provides a parking lot, restroom, picnic area, picnic benches along the trail, and an educational interpretive planting that mimics the diversity of habitat types found along the San Joaquin River. Thanks to generous support from the California Natural Resources Agency River Parkways Program (Prop 50) and matching funds from the USFWS as well as eagle scouts and community groups, the area is a huge opportunity for local residents to experience the outdoors along the San Joaquin River.
The above article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of the River Partners Journal.