Mitteldorf Preserve | Carmel Valley
NOTE: Mitteldorf Closed 10/7 – Mid December
Because Williams Canyon Road is a critical access point for emergency response teams, it has been designated as a priority in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (Cal Fire’s) Palo Corona Fuels Reduction Project. In order for Cal Fire to complete this work, Mitteldorf Preserve will be closed from October 7th through mid December. Their hand crews will be reducing trees that may fall on the road as well as dead standing trees left from the Soberanes Fire. This effort will be hugely beneficial to BSLT by making Mitteldorf Preserve safer for our future camp programs and all visitors to the property – and most importantly ensuring that emergency responders have clear access in an emergency!
Located in the Santa Lucia Mountains southeast of Carmel and home to Monterey County’s largest redwood tree, this amazing landscape was forever protected from logging when Harriet and Arthur Mitteldorf provided funds for BSLT to purchase the property in 1990. Over 1,000 acres of riparian and oak woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, and a rare stand of madrone contribute to the beauty of this important watershed and habitat for several protected species.
Often described as a magic place where a close human connection to nature happens almost instantaneously, Mitteldorf Preserve is the next inspired choice for immersing youth in the natural world. By extending our outdoor youth programs to Mitteldorf Preserve we can broaden our curriculum to include more wilderness experiences, inspiring our campers’ sense of wonder in the magnificence of the redwoods while building their confidence through teaching them outdoor exploration and survival skills. They will also learn the importance of caring for these conserved properties because during emergencies, lands like Mitteldorf Preserve are called into service for the community’s safety.
In 2016, during the record-setting Soberanes Fire, Mitteldorf Preserve served as a critical access point to the backcountry in and around Santa Lucia Preserve. Unfortunately, the fire swept through the property, destroying our barn and many beautiful redwoods and madrones. Though the natural, fire adapted environment is showing amazing resilience, much of the infrastructure is unsafe.