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Photos: Inside the Rosemont Preserve

Plants with healing properties, animals and trees more than 100 years old sit on the Rosemont Preserve in La Crescenta.

To step inside the Rosemont Preserve resembles a scene from The Secret Garden, only the California version with giant oak and walnut trees. 

Chumash Indians inhabited the mountains at the mouth of Goss Canyon where yerba santa, sacred herb, blooms violet.

The land has long sat locked to the public, behind a barbed wire fence above Rosemont Avenue, but could serve a public space for children's local field trips, hiking or bird watching.

The Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy is an Altadena land trust that aims to leave open space available to San Gabriel Mountain communities. The group invites the public on docent-led hikes through the Rosemont Preserve. 

The 7.5-acre, $450,000 Rosemont Preserve project has raised about $31,944.48 from the community and a pledged $350,000 from Los Angeles County – but still has additional fundraising to complete before the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy can make the purchase.

To learn more about the project, donate or see the space for yourself visit the Arroyos and Foothills website

Bambi Leigh May 03, 2012 at 06:16 PM
This was a wonderful hike, and a great chance to have a glimpse past the locked gates! If you haven't experience the preserve yet, please check the AFC's website for future tours and make plans to attend. This worthy project, La Crescenta's own backyard wilderness sanctuary, needs everyone's support!
Laura Weston June 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I loved this hike too and can't wait to go there again in this very beautiful healing space. So happy the funding went through.

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