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Volunteer docents-in-training at the Jepson Prairie vernal pool preserve listen to plant expert Carol Witham, far right, interpret the soil profile during a 2009 training session. (Daily Republic file 2009)

Solano County

Solano Land Trust seeks volunteers for docent training

By From page A4 | January 23, 2013

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Land Trust is seeking people to serve as volunteer docents at Jepson Prairie.

Prospective docents must complete a series of training sessions that are scheduled to begin in early February and conclude in early March.

Docents lead interpretive field tours, education programs and take part in restoration and stewardship activities as part of an all-volunteer group that was founded in 1984.

Jepson Prairie, at 1,556 acres, is the premier, and one of the few remaining, vernal pool habitats and native bunchgrass prairies in California. The land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 1980 and transferred to Solano Land Trust in 1997. Jepson Prairie is the centerpiece of the Dixon Vernal Pools, which were designated a National Natural Landmark in 1987 by the National Park Service.

Training takes place Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Headquarters, 45211 County Road 32B (Chiles Road) in Davis; and Feb. 9, Feb. 23 and March 2 at Jepson Prairie, located on Cook Lane off Highway 113, about 10 miles south of Dixon.

No experience is necessary. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4.

For more information, call Natalie DuMont, volunteer and outreach coordinator, at 432-0150, ext. 200, or email [email protected]

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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