A Washoe Meadows Fen Tour will take place Saturday at noon.
The tour will be led by Dr. Jerry Qualls, a scientist from University of Nevada, Reno, who will explain the natural wonders of the fens, as well as threats to the environment. Qualls is an associate professor at UNR's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science and has studied fens around the world. According to a pree release, he believes that Washoe Meadow State Park holds rare examples of biologically significant, thriving fens. Fens can take up to 10,000 years to form, and many of them are disappearing globally due to encroaching development and the disturbance of the groundwater that is at the core of their existence, the release stated.
The State Parks department recently downgraded 20 percent of the park to obtain land for golf course construction as part of the Upper Truckee Restoration Project, and scientists are concerned that the course prosimity and required irrigation and maintenance will alter the wetland ecology, the release stated.
The tour, which is sponsored by the Washoe Meadows Community, will begin at noon at 758 Little Bear Lane in South Lake Tahoe. Participants are advised to wearing comfortable, trail-walking shoes. The tour is expected to take about two hours and will cover about 2 miles.
For more information, contact Lynne at 530-577-3431 or Krissi at 530-577-4335.