Napa Valley’s Living Landscapes: Bothe is back

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Bothe-Napa Valley State Park has reopened the day-use areas and the majority of the trails in March. According to Napa County Regional Park & Open Space District, part of South Fork Trail remains closed for safety and to prevent resource damage. Campgrounds, cabins, and yurts are open for reservations.

An early spring walk along Bothe-Napa Valley State Park’s Redwood Trail and Ritchey Canyon trails display much evidence that it is thriving well after the Glass Fire of 2020. That being said, however, the park’s mixed redwood forest, oak woodland habitats, grasslands, coniferous forest, and riparian sectors all suffered from the intensity of the fire.

According to Cyndy Shafer, natural resource program manager for the California State Parks Bay Area District, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park suffered approximately 1,775 burned acres or about 90% of the park.

Experts are currently studying the full impacts of the fires, but early evidence of the burns now being monitored has shown a variety of flora and fauna returning to the parks.
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