We call her Big Mama Oak.
Most hikers in Coldwater Canyon Park probably don’t know her by name, but I am well acquainted with her. She has likely been a resident of our park for somewhere between 200 and 300 years.
Coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia), like Big Mama Oak, can live to be 850 to 1,500 years old!
From providing food and shelter to countless animal species to cleaning the air we breathe, helping store water and combat erosion, these oaks are the cornerstone of our local ecosystems.… Read more >>