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By Kim Harris
Managing Editor 

Conservation is key at Skunk Hollow vernal pool


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 6:23pm

Shane Gibson photo

Using a catch net, CNLM Preserve Manager Kim Klementowski collects and observes the presence of fairy shrimp at the Skunk Hollow Vernal Pool, March 5. 

Hidden in a secluded area of unincorporated Temecula in French Valley lies a wonder of nature. Nestled in a quiet field surrounded by homes, fences and plenty of open space is Skunk Hollow, home to a variety of waterfowl, mammals and many endangered species of plants and animals.

While Skunk Hollow sounds like a nature lover's dream, don't pack a picnic lunch and expect to spend the day exploring the vernal pools. Due to the sensitive nature of this delicate ecosystem, the closest visitors can get is by visiting the Rancho Bella Vista Park and peering over the fence.

The 138-acre Skunk Holl...

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