Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster, CA
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster, CA, is a unique and picturesque natural area located near the Antelope Valley in Southern California. The preserve is a biological and recreational oasis, and it is home to numerous endangered species of plants and animals. It encompasses a staggering variety of habitats, ranging from subtropical desert scrub to juniper-oak woods to small, shallow ponds surrounded by riparian vegetation. Information can be found here.
The Prime Desert Woodland Preserve is protected and managed by the Angeles National Forest and the County of Los Angeles. It is composed of approximately 25 thousand acres, which are largely arid and unassuming on their own, but become lush and diversified when watered by the generous rainfall of the Angeles National Forest. In addition, the preserve contains over 100 homes, with many occupied by ranchers and farmers, who for generations have cultivated land within the preserve boundaries. The preserve is home to more than 30 species of birds, 19 mammals, and 28 reptiles which call the preserve home. These species range from the endangered San Joaquin kit fox to the California red-legged frog, from the common roadrunner to the rare living stone. There are also numerous insects and plants that inhabit the preserve. One of the primary goals of the preserve is to ensure the survival of the many endangered and threatened species that live within its boundaries. This goal is accomplished by implementing and maintaining sound management plans and conservation strategies. See here for information about Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center in Lancaster, CA.