The sheep at Cronan Ranch will be grazing in areas surrounded by temporary electric fences, but outdoor enthusiasts are advised to keep an eye out for the possibility of animals on the roads, trails and pathways. Cyclists should slow down and use caution to avoid frightening the sheep, and visitors should keep dogs and horses under control. The sheep will be used to control weeds at the recreation area until the end of August.
In California, robust yellow star thistle plants can grow to shoulder height and form massive, briar patches, which can block popular trails. Reducing invasive weeds helps native plants grow.
Cronan Ranch offers 12 miles of trails from gently-sloped terrain to challenging hills through oak woodlands and riverfront vistas for non-motorized recreational activities such as hiking, biking and horseback riding; fishing; bird watching and other outdoor recreation. Portions of the trail system borders private property, so please stay on designated routes. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset year round.
For more information, please contact the BLM Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.