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By Tony Ault

Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation teaches youth about nature


Last updated 5/3/2019 at 3:23am

Thousands of years ago Luiseño Indians ground the acorns from the Engelmann Oaks atop what is now known as the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. The Catholic missionaries gave the plateau its namesake, most likely in honor of Saint Rose of Lima in 1846.

Fortunately, from that point on, it has remained much as it was when the first Indians settled on the land. The centuries old oak trees, recurring vernal pools, rare flora and fauna, grasslands, streams and abundant wildlife are still there in the 10,000 acre preserve and protected by the California Fish and Wildlife Service, Riversid...

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