A unique project designed to illustrate the native plant communities that historically existed along a transect from the Central Valley to the High Sierra was dedicated during a ceremony at Stanislaus State on Oct. 25.

The Trans-California Pathway is an outdoor arboretum located on the south side of the Stanislaus State campus. The pathway will be used as an outdoor laboratory and source of material for biology classes, an educational attraction for the university and the community as a whole, and a valuable field trip destination for young students.

The project began with the vision of former Stanislaus State Professor Wayne Pierce and the planting of 300 Valley Oak seedlings in 1988. Pierce guided the project through its first two phases before his death in August 2008, and an additional 800 plants completed the still maturing pathway earlier this year.

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