Ray Trabucco, Garland Park Ranger, is the Featured Speaker at Carmel Valley Library’s 1st Saturday Program Series on March 3, 2018 at 10:15 am
Friends of the Carmel Valley Library are pleased to host Ray Trabucco, Monterey Regional Park District, a Garland Park Ranger.
Ray grew up in Merced and Hornitas, Mariposa County, a town that was once a small Mexican settlement, and has since become one of California’s storied ghost towns. He attended Fresno State where he received a BS in Plant Science and Agricultural Business in 1987.
Ray’s career began in the San Joaquin Valley as a plant management consultant, working with fruit and nut trees and vines, in what was then the innovative field of Integrated Plant Management (IPM). IPM eliminates the need for external chemical intervention in plant nurture by encouraging healthy biological processes through soil management, beneficial insects, dormant spray and other practices. IPM is now widely used by contemporary farmers.
In 1994, Ray and his family moved from the Central Valley to the coast. Ray became an arborist for the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea. He and his crew cared for the city’s prized trees, while also developing and maintaining forest trails and parks for the city.
In 2002, Ray came to Garland Park as a Ranger, where he brings experience and enthusiasm to his work of caring for and preserving parkland, trees, wildflowers, trails, and wild critters. Ray will give a behind-the-scenes talk on his work and its challenges.
Garland Park, a former cattle ranch, was created through the vision of earlier community members. Continuing land acquisitions have extended its acreage to now reach from hilltop to river. Garland Ranch Regional Park borders the northernmost flank of Santa Lucia’s forested hills, which is continuous parkland to the sea.
Rangers like Ray Trabucco care for the natural richness of the park, while providing for the safety and experiences of many varied visitors, whether they explore on foot, by bicycle, baby stroller, wheelchair, or horseback.
This free program at the Carmel Valley Branch is being hosted by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library as part of the popular First Saturday Program Series. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. For information, please call the Library at 659-2377.