Trail Volunteers Engaged in Northern California Forest to Protect Resources

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April 22, 2013 5:36 PM
Trail Crew Installs Barriers

Trail Crew Installs Barriers.

Weekend Trail Crew

Weekend Trail Crew.

STONYFORD, CA (April 22) -- Three groups of trail volunteers were fully engaged on the Mendocino National Forest this past weekend in a diverse range of conservation activities. Most of the work is related to helping rehabilitate this destination OHV riding area after it was devastated by the 2012 Mill Fire.  That catastrophic wildfire burned over 82,000 acres last summer which impacted about 3/4ths of the trail system on the Grindstone Ranger District.

One group of volunteers was finishing their official Forest Service chainsaw certification class that will enable them to help clear downed trees that often block trails.  Other trail enthusiasts worked with agency staff and installed new trail barriers that help delineate the route and protect sensitive areas from unauthorized use.

Club members also did trail work on Trail 33 otherwise known to local dirt-bikers as the Steam Donkey Trail.  These post-fire volunteer efforts have been in progress since October of 2012 so that the area can be reopened for public use by June 1, 2013.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, "It has been amazing to see the heroic efforts made by the volunteers, FS staff,  crews from CA OHV Division and Trails Unlimited, and many others to repair trail erosion control structures, signing, and installation of trail delineators so that the unit can be reopened for public use."

"This collaborative effort is a good example of what can be accomplished when trail enthusiasts work side by side with federal and state partners to maintain and improve OHV recreational opportunity for this and future generations particularly after the area was hit by a destructive event."  Amador concludes.

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