When we visited Leulf Pond in 2014, it was evident that this location had suffered from the horrible drought that we were in. The duck pond, which is also the street name you enter from, was completely dried up. The pond once sat on the opposite side of the street across from the preserve. When we visited, it was just a dry field. As of 2023, the pond has been filled back up due to the wonderful amount of rain we received!
Luelf Preserve has such little information about it on the internet that I felt I had to explore it on my own to see if it was worth it for others to visit or not. It appears that the preserve was named after Oscar Luelf of Ramona, who was a member of the county’s Farm Bureau.
Chaparral has adapted to wildfire by either re-sprouting from underground roots after a burn or re-growing from seeds after a fire. This new growth has less competition for resources such as nutrients, sunlight and water and thrives once a fire has cleared an area.”
It appears that the oaks were barely affected by the fires besides a little charring on their trunks. Talk about resilience!
Here is a shot of the pond full: