Trout Meadow Restoration : Fence and Trail Repair (1 of 2)
Jul
14
to Jul 21

Trout Meadow Restoration : Fence and Trail Repair (1 of 2)

  • Golden Trout Wilderness (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trout Meadow Restoration: Fence and Trail Repair Project 2018

Saturday, July 14th until Saturday, July 21st

and

Saturday, August 18th until Saturday, August 25th

Caravan will depart from WildPlaces' Headquarters in Springville at   9 a.m. to Lewis Camp Trailhead.  Departure from Lewis Camp Trailhead is at 10 a.m. July 14th and return Saturday July 21st.  

·       (Departure and return dates subject to change. Check in for updates at 760.447.1702 and at www.wildplaces.net). 

·       Pre-event meeting is mandatory and is held Saturday, July 7th all day. Registration is required. Registration material available by calling 559.539.5263 or info@wildplaces.net.

 

·       Location: Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest

·       Elevation 6160’

·       Coordinates:

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·       Background: The US Congress designated the Golden Trout Wilderness in 1978 and is now 303,770 aces, all located in California and managed by Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. It is bordered by the John Muir Wilderness to northeast and Sequoia-Kings Canyon to the north, the South Sierra Wilderness to northeast. The brightly colored California state fish, the golden trout, live in the waters of Golden Trout Wilderness, and are a species of special concern due to impacts mainly from cattle grazing and climate change. A large drainage basin surrounded by high, jagged peaks dominates the western portion of the Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. The eastern portion in Inyo National Forest is primarily an extension of the Kern Plateau. Pinion-pine woodlands rise to extensive Jeffrey pine forestland and meadows at middle elevations, and on to red fir, lodgepole pines, and foxtail pines at higher elevations before hitting the tree line. Two Wild and Scenic Rivers, the North and South Forks of the Kern River, flow across the area. The North Fork rages through stunningly beautiful country and offers one of America's premier multiday white-water adventures, a challenge for the most expert rafter. Summer thunderstorms are common, but water may be scarce away from the rivers during dry spells. Several hundred miles of exceptionally scenic backpacking and horsepacking trails traverse the area. Popular trails include a forty-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Cottonwood Pass Trail, which crosses the Sierra and drops into the Kern River Canyon about 16 miles to the west.

·       The Ecology: Mountain meadows are often overlooked as dormant space between the prized high peaks and roaring rivers, when in fact meadows are keystone to the mountain ecosystems and to the watershed as a whole. The ecological and hydrologic role that mountain meadows play has been largely overlooked by scientists and land managers and therefore has largely remained an unknown resource.

·       The Problem: Historic and current land and water use practices have impacted Sierra Mountain Meadows ecosystems and Trout Meadow is no exception. The major human activities that have negative impacts affected the health of mountain meadows began with domestic livestock grazing by the Spaniards beginning in the 17th century. This was soon followed by mining practices during the gold rush in the mid-nineteenth century and associated acceleration of logging practices. Many of the very destructive methods used in the nineteenth century were stopped or vastly improved during the 20th century; however the legacy of misuse remains a reality

·       Project Description: Project Description: Construct cattle exclusion fencing around Trout Meadow to keep range cattle from entering the meadow. In addition, years of debris left by recreationist will be removed from the site

·       Who: WildPlaces and Backcountry Horsemen Association. The Backcountry Horsemen Association has for many years worked to address these issues and our local Sequoia-area BCHA deserves great appreciation for their longtime stewardship. BCHA has invited WildPlaces to help on this project. The collaboration between an environmental organization and stockmen will lead to strong understanding and common ground where historical ideological impasses have kept the two as adversary wherein this project will help broaden the base of support for land stewardship and protection.

·       Difficulty: This is a difficult project and volunteers need to have physical stamina, backpacking skills, labor skills and a strong commitment to safety.

·   Leave No Trace Principles must be adhered to. No exceptions.

·       Compensation: Experienced backpackers and those with Wilderness skills can expect $50/day compensation. Beginners will not receive stipends on this first trip but will qualify for stipends on the second trip (8/18-25/18). Gaining experience is required before getting paid. This trip offers valuable and useful training in backpacking, stock animals, habitat restoration, orienteering, and risk management.

Pre-event meeting is mandatory and is help Saturday, July 7th all day.

 

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Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship and Trash Removal and 50th Anniversary of Wild and Scenic Rivers
Jul
22
8:00 AM08:00

Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship and Trash Removal and 50th Anniversary of Wild and Scenic Rivers

You care about the Tule River. You don't want to see it get trashed, burned, or closed. Maybe you've been going there since you were a kid. Maybe you are a brand new visitor from another state or country. Maybe you are Caucasian, African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Two-Spirit. Maybe you are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, or atheist.

Any and all of these identities have one thing in common: we all love the river, recognize it's importance, and want to act to protect it from harm. That is you, otherwise you wouldn't be receiving this invitation. Also

Also, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Groups around the country are celebrating this milestone and looking to the future of our Wild and Scenic Rivers...and WildPlaces joins the party.

With generous support from Patagonia and Rivers Network, WildPlaces joins this effort at this event plus on Sept 1, 2018 on the Tule for the "Wild and Scenic Rivers are Our Rivers" event. 

Join us Sunday, July 22 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. for quick walk down The Stairs to share the good word about river stewardship and, yes, pick up a little bit of other people's trash. No regrets. No complaining. It's just what we do...you do. 

Be the change you want the world to be. Please come out , even if it is to pick up one can or to show support to the fine young people who will be doing the heavy lifting. 

It's best to call and register that you are coming at 559.539.5263 or email at info@wildplaces.net. We will meet at WildPlaces Headquarters at 8 a.m. and caravan or van-pool to the sites. Bring water bottle, hat, sun screen. We will provide the rest, including a simple, nutritouous lunch afterwards. 

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 Trout Meadow Restoration : Fence and Trail Repair (2 of 2)
Aug
18
to Sep 25

Trout Meadow Restoration : Fence and Trail Repair (2 of 2)

  • Golden Trout Wilderness (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Trout Meadow Restoration: Fence and Trail Repair Project 2018

Saturday, July 14th until Saturday, July 21st

and

Saturday, August 18th until Saturday, August 25th

Caravan will depart from WildPlaces' Headquarters in Springville at   9 a.m. to Lewis Camp Trailhead.  Departure from Lewis Camp Trailhead is at 10 a.m. July 14th and return Saturday July 21st.  

·       (Departure and return dates subject to change. Check in for updates at 760.447.1702 and at www.wildplaces.net). 

·       Pre-event meeting is mandatory and is held Saturday, July 7th all day. Registration is required. Registration material available by calling 559.539.5263 or info@wildplaces.net.

 

·       Location: Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest

·       Elevation 6160’

·       Coordinates:

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·       Background: The US Congress designated the Golden Trout Wilderness in 1978 and is now 303,770 aces, all located in California and managed by Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. It is bordered by the John Muir Wilderness to northeast and Sequoia-Kings Canyon to the north, the South Sierra Wilderness to northeast. The brightly colored California state fish, the golden trout, live in the waters of Golden Trout Wilderness, and are a species of special concern due to impacts mainly from cattle grazing and climate change. A large drainage basin surrounded by high, jagged peaks dominates the western portion of the Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. The eastern portion in Inyo National Forest is primarily an extension of the Kern Plateau. Pinion-pine woodlands rise to extensive Jeffrey pine forestland and meadows at middle elevations, and on to red fir, lodgepole pines, and foxtail pines at higher elevations before hitting the tree line. Two Wild and Scenic Rivers, the North and South Forks of the Kern River, flow across the area. The North Fork rages through stunningly beautiful country and offers one of America's premier multiday white-water adventures, a challenge for the most expert rafter. Summer thunderstorms are common, but water may be scarce away from the rivers during dry spells. Several hundred miles of exceptionally scenic backpacking and horsepacking trails traverse the area. Popular trails include a forty-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Cottonwood Pass Trail, which crosses the Sierra and drops into the Kern River Canyon about 16 miles to the west.

·       The Ecology: Mountain meadows are often overlooked as dormant space between the prized high peaks and roaring rivers, when in fact meadows are keystone to the mountain ecosystems and to the watershed as a whole. The ecological and hydrologic role that mountain meadows play has been largely overlooked by scientists and land managers and therefore has largely remained an unknown resource.

·       The Problem: Historic and current land and water use practices have impacted Sierra Mountain Meadows ecosystems and Trout Meadow is no exception. The major human activities that have negative impacts affected the health of mountain meadows began with domestic livestock grazing by the Spaniards beginning in the 17th century. This was soon followed by mining practices during the gold rush in the mid-nineteenth century and associated acceleration of logging practices. Many of the very destructive methods used in the nineteenth century were stopped or vastly improved during the 20th century; however the legacy of misuse remains a reality

·       Project Description: Project Description: Construct cattle exclusion fencing around Trout Meadow to keep range cattle from entering the meadow. In addition, years of debris left by recreationist will be removed from the site

·       Who: WildPlaces and Backcountry Horsemen Association. The Backcountry Horsemen Association has for many years worked to address these issues and our local Sequoia-area BCHA deserves great appreciation for their longtime stewardship. BCHA has invited WildPlaces to help on this project. The collaboration between an environmental organization and stockmen will lead to strong understanding and common ground where historical ideological impasses have kept the two as adversary wherein this project will help broaden the base of support for land stewardship and protection.

·       Difficulty: This is a difficult project and volunteers need to have physical stamina, backpacking skills, labor skills and a strong commitment to safety.

·   Leave No Trace Principles must be adhered to. No exceptions.

·       Compensation: Experienced backpackers and those with Wilderness skills can expect $50/day compensation. Beginners will not receive stipends on this first trip but will qualify for stipends on the second trip (8/18-25/18). Gaining experience is required before getting paid. This trip offers valuable and useful training in backpacking, stock animals, habitat restoration, orienteering, and risk management.

Pre-event meeting is mandatory and is help Saturday, July 7th all day.

 

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Wild and Scenic Rivers are Our Rivers: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Sep
1
8:00 AM08:00

Wild and Scenic Rivers are Our Rivers: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

  • Springville Veterans Memorial Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Groups around the country are celebrating this milestone and looking to the future of our Wild and Scenic Rivers...and WildPlaces joins the party. How? In our traditional fashion of taking action and being the example.

With generous support from Patagonia and Rivers Network, WildPlaces joins this nation-wide celebration by inviting the public to come out to the Tule and help remove the final bits of trash before winter and talk to the people using it about personal responsibility and the Wild and Scenic Act

Why Come?   Because you care about the Tule River. You don't want to see it get trashed, burned, or closed. Maybe you've been going there since you were a kid. Maybe you are a brand new visitor from another state or country. Maybe you are Caucasian, African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Two-Spirit. Maybe you are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, or atheist.

Any and all of these identities have one thing in common: we all love the river, recognize it's importance, and want to act to protect it from harm. That is you, otherwise you wouldn't be receiving this invitation.

So, Just Do It! Join us Saturday, Sept 1st from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for quick walk down The Stairs to share the good word about river stewardship, Wild and Scenic designations, and... yes... pick up a little bit of other people's trash. No regrets. No complaining. It's just what we do...you do. 

Be the change you want the world to be. Please come out , even if it is to pick up one can or to show support to the fine young people who will be doing the heavy lifting. 

It's best to call and register that you are coming at 559.539.5263 or email at info@wildplaces.net. We will meet at the Veterans Memorial Park in Springville at 8 a.m. and caravan or van-pool to the sites. Bring water bottle, hat, sun screen. We will provide the rest, including a simple, nutritouous lunch afterwards. 

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Wilderness Ranger Academy
Jun
4
to Jun 8

Wilderness Ranger Academy

  • san bernandino national forest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark your calendars!  We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Interagency Wilderness Ranger Academy will be hosted by the San Bernardino National Forest, June 4-8, 2018!  Please save the date and share this announcement with your local wilderness stewardship partners. 

 

The purpose to the Academy is to provide field level wilderness rangers, partners and volunteers a “tool box” of professional wilderness management skills.  All levels of experience are welcome.  Concurrent sessions will be offered to accommodate first-year field rangers as well as returning rangers.  As in past years, the training is available to agency employees, partners and volunteers at no charge and free camping will be available to attendees to help keep costs down.  There will be great opportunities to hear engaging speakers, learn new skills, practice wilderness visitor contact and LNT techniques, receive certifications and network with peers from around California!  This year we also have the unique opportunity to host two international guests who steward protected areas in Germany!

 

Additional details, an agenda and registration information will be sent out in the next few months but we wanted to get this on your calendars for planning purposes.

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WildLeaders Field Training at Monache Intertribal Gathering
May
19
to May 20

WildLeaders Field Training at Monache Intertribal Gathering

  • 132 Rio Del Loma, Kernville, CA 93238 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our training will be held in conjunction with the Monache Intertribal Gathering so that we can build stronger relations with our Native families  and to recruit volunteers and leaders for the summer program.

WildLeaders Training is an introduction to important aspects and planning of WildPlaces' volunteer events--events often lead and planned by volunteers just like you. Events like ours, often held in remote locations, offer unique challenges where communication, leadership, and emergency response must be taken seriously and prepared for in such ways that risks are reduced or, if incurred, that volunteers and staff are in step together with the proper response.  Participants will begin to bond, train together, and will have basic tools at hand to manage risk, respond to emergencies, and keep team dynamics stron

It is also an opportunity to see and sign up for restoration projects that WildPlaces will conduct this coming season that include bare-root tree planting, trail construction, river water quality monitoring, meadow restoration, and trash and tagging removal on the river

Camping is free at Campo 4 / Bone Creek and the training will be held at Camp 4/Bone Creek in  

Check in with Mehmet@wildplaces.net and 760.447.1702 if you are interested in attending WildLeaders at Monache Gathering.

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Rio Limpio: Kern River Clean-Up @ Remington Hot Springs
May
13
9:00 AM09:00

Rio Limpio: Kern River Clean-Up @ Remington Hot Springs

In need of Volunteers to help with the efforts of trail maintenance, tub scrubbing & trash pick up! Remington Hot Springs are natural tubs rich with minerals such as Zinc, Copper, Sulfur & Magnesium with temperatures varying 90-105 degrees, along with a beautiful scenic river view. With recent popularity of the Great Outdoors increasing the human foot print is significantly visible & brings attention to the lack of concern & moral ethics towards our Mother Earth. So, why not be apart of a monthly initiative ensuring continued access & enjoyment of the gorgeous Remington Hot Springs along the Kern River. Bring swim gear to soak & relax after maintenance & duties are completed. Limited transportation available from Bakersfield College. Please wear close-toed shoes & hat. Bring water & snacks/lunch. For more information & registration contact River with WildPlaces at River@wildplaces.net or by phone (661)717-2715 

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Trail of 100 Giants Trail Repair
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Trail of 100 Giants Trail Repair

Trail of 100 Giants Trail Repair

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • 10:00 AM 6:00 PM  

Join us on this one day trail repair and rebuild event as we make the iconic Trail of 100 Giants more accessible, ecologically more sound,  and safer to visitors and friends from around the world. There's something for every age, gender,  and ability...and there is free lunch!

Join WildPlaces and the Sequoia Roots Corp at the Trail of 100 Giants Trail Maintenance Day! Help protect the Giant Sequoia National Monument as attempts to dismantle it by logging interests are happening RIGHT NOW! By taking direct action to improve the trail, you will be showing the world that you care and want to keep all protections of the Monument intact.

Of course the restoration aspect hinges on a broader topic: We are showing the misinformed and greedy (aka. Trumpster administration and local policy wonks) as well as the entire world that dismantling and selling off Mother Nature will not pass. Large, connected habitat is essential for human and non-human survival and logging is absolutely not going to ensure connectivity nor is it going protect us from wildfires! 

Our trail maintenance and meadow restoration projects are on-going in the GSNM where people give their time and money to ensure solid protection. We will show resistance-through-stewardship to bad decisions  through the direct action of boots on the group.

 Trail maintenance work will occur at the Trail of 100 Giants and consist of creating "switch backs", clearing debris, revegetating open spaces, removing noxious plants, and conducting public outreach. Tasks are easy to moderately difficult.

How to Get There:

A van will be leaving 37608 Rio Vista in Springville Ca. We have room for 13.

(PDF Map)You can reach Long Meadow Grove from the San Joaquin Valley Highway 99 by taking State Highway 65 to County Route SM56 east about 20 miles to California Hot Springs. At California Hot Springs continue north and east on County Route SM50 (Parker Pass Road). This highway winds up into the mountains and intersects Western Divide Highway about 2 miles east of Parker Pass Turn left on SM99 to Trail of 100 Giants and Redwood Meadow Campground. Coming out of the Kern Valley, take Mountain 99 (County Route SM99) up the "Upper Kern" river about 20 miles to County Route SM50 near Johnsondale. Stay on SM99 for about 5.5 miles west of Johnsondale is the junction with Western Divide Highway (County Route SM107) near Parker Pass (right). Take Western Divide Highway about 2.0 miles to Redwood Meadow Campground and Trail of 100 Giants.

Accessibility:

This gentle trail (6% maximum grade) is paved and suitable for wheel chairs.

                                                               What to Bring:

Close-toed sturdy boots, long pants, hat , sun screen, gloves, picnic lunch, binoculars, plenty of drinking water, cameras/video, costumes, and bikes.


                                                              General Notes:

Nearby Campgrounds: Redwood Meadow Campground (GPS NAD 83: 35.97778, -118.59167)

Elevation: 6,400 feet
Difficulty (hiking):  Easy - 30 minutes
Facilities: Available at Redwood Meadow Campground

Adequate interpretive signs are found throughout. Hiking along the trail through the grove, you'll find mainly old sequoias and many, many felled trees due to beetle infestation. You will view a unique cedar and sequoia tree growing together, and a circle of five sequoias growing together. At each and every turn there are wonders to behold! But don't be discouraged by the condition of much of the groove due to recent haward tree removal. The Trail of 100 Giants looks severally impacted from drought and beetle effecting the associate forest species. 

Weather and Appropriate Gear

 Dry conditions require plenty of hydration (at least one gallon per day). Wear layered clothes, close-toed shoes, long pants, sun protection, and personal water bottle.

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Two-Spirit Gathering Springville, CA
Apr
13
to Apr 15

Two-Spirit Gathering Springville, CA

  • Springville, CA, 93265 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Two Spirit (also two-spirit or twospirit) is a modern term used to describe certain spiritual people who may also be gay, lesbian, bisexual, and gender-variant. 

"Two Spirit" is not interchangeable with most words currently used in western culture such as LGBTQ, Queer, Gay, etc.  This title differs from most western, mainstream definitions of sexuality and gender identity in that it is not so much about whom one sleeps with, or how one personally identifies; rather, it is a sacred, spiritual and ceremonial role that is recognized and confirmed by the Elders of the Two Spirit's ceremonial community.

The second annual Gathering of Two Spirit People is being organized now to be held on the Tule River in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California within the Giant Sequoia National Monument to be held April 13-16th, 2018. 

Registration is required for this free event. Upon registration, you will be directed to receive, review, and complete (where requested) the following:

1. Liability Waiver and Meidical History are required. Complete and return by email or bring it along when you come.

2. Guidelines for the Land upon which the event is held.

3. Personal/Suggested Gear List

4.Map Directions

5. FAQ

The Land is  12 acres of fotthill Blus Oak woodland habitat and located on both sides of the Tule River at about 1,200 feet in the Blue Oak Woodland foothills in the southern Sierra Nevada within the Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia Natioanl Monument. The people who live, work, and play  there are the stewards and do their best to protect and enhance (when possible) the natural qualities of this land. It is an amazing privately-owned sanctuary and ceremonial place that includes MEXICA Temazcalli , Danza circle, community leaders training, land and water restoration and stewardship, and camping for those who agree with its philosophy and vision.

The Two-Spirit Gathering will include:
• Temazcalli (or Mexicasweat) Lodge
• Native dancing such as Danza Azteca
• Facilitated Talking Circles
• Habitat restoration and stewardship project (Giant Sequoia seedling planting) on Sunday morning, 3/15th.
• Sacred Alter  

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Crossing Barriers to the Environment Symposium
Apr
6
9:30 PM21:30

Crossing Barriers to the Environment Symposium

This first annual symposium:

1) Starts with the stories of you – what you as individuals, organizations, classrooms, and families experienced in outdoor activities …with or without WildPlaces as your guide.

2) Takes these experiences collectively to create a blueprint for communities to engage in public lands both as visitor and change agent; and finally,

3) Identify solutions to overcome the barriers preventing many in Central Valley communities from accessing National Parks, National Forests, National Monuments, or any open natural space.   

The interactive discussions will cover updates on adapting to drought and climate, strengthening public land management policy, and identify how the loss of the connection with Nature is seen within communities. Hopefully, a balance of attendees will hold space for both those steeped in the experience of the wild and those who haven’t yet introduced themselves to the southern Sierra Nevada, our closest mountain neighbor.

 Thank you for consideration of this free event. Please RSVP soon. Questions? info@wildplaces.net and 559.539.5263.

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Giant Sequoia National Monument Free Public Tour and Public Lands Workshop
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Giant Sequoia National Monument Free Public Tour and Public Lands Workshop

Join us on February  from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or on any of the free monthly Monument tours hosted by WildPlaces and made possible through the charitable contributions of California Wildlands Rapid Response Grant and Lush Charitable Giving Program.

Come live the stories you've been told and see for yourself snowy high Sierra meadows, touch wild and scenic rivers, plant Giant sequoia seedlings, explore waterfalls, learn locations of secret recreation areas. This is a unique opportunity, to say the least.

Register by emailing info@wildplaces.net and calling 760.447.1702. Only 10 spaces available    

This and all scheduled tours are free and  include transportation, lunch, and  an "in-flight" public lands workshop designed to educate us on the many critical functions that public lands provide.

Adaptation of Plants, Animals and Humans to Wildfires:  What to Expect Following the Pier Fire! with Dr. Jon Keeley, fire ecologist/research scientist for the United States Geological Survey and adjunct professor UCLA! !

Wildfires are a necessary part of the ecology of many wild landscapes in mediterranean-type climates across the globe, promoting healthy wildlands and biodiversity. After an explosive fire year in California, many questions arise as humans more commonly move into areas that are subject to burning.  Dr. Keeley will provide an overview of the fire history of Sierra Nevada forests and shrublands, describing interesting ways plants and animals have adapted to survive wildfires. This talk will touch on important issues related to the wildland-urban interface, as well as the future in an era of global change.!

Lunch is provided

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Pier Fire 2017

WildPlace's Headquarters

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PCL’s 2018 California Environmental Assembly
Feb
24
8:00 AM08:00

PCL’s 2018 California Environmental Assembly

Each year PCL focuses on policy topics that are relevant and current in California’s environmental policy. We are planning to do so again this year with several important policy sessions as well as legal environmental issues and current court cases to watch.

Given the strong interest from last year’s assembly on diversity and the shared values, we all work so hard to protect and promote across California, we will be adding a topic track devoted entirely to the intersectionality of our shared values and organizational collaboration and co-advocacy strategies.

Additionally, we will add a job and internship fair for youth and new activists to learn about policy work, as well as encourage them to build a career in the field and develop the job skills to do so.  Empowering the younger generations to continue the work ahead is critical to all of us. We are offering full scholarships for students – click here to download the application (pdf).

Join the Planning and Conservation League on February 24, 2018, at McGeorge School of Law for the annual California Environmental Assembly. Tickets are on sale now – click here to purchase yours.

What:  Planning and Conservation League’s 2018 California Environmental Assembly

When:  Saturday, February 24, 2018, registration and breakfast starts at 7:30 am

Where:  McGeorge School 3200 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817

Who:  Leading local and state elected officials, agency representatives, nonprofit and community leaders, attorneys, planners, and business representatives

Get on the list: Email Us

Download the Assembly Flyer

Speakers & Special Guests
Invited – Speakers

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Mayor Jose Gurrola, City of Arvin
Mayor Michael Tubbs, City of Stockton

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Trail of 100 Giants Trail Repair
Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

Trail of 100 Giants Trail Repair

 

Join us on this one day trail repair and rebuild event as we make the iconic Trail of 100 Giants more accessible, ecologically more sound,  and safer to visitors and friends from around the world. There's something for every age, gender,  and ability...and there is free lunch!

Join WildPlaces and the Sequoia Roots Corp at the Trail of 100 Giants Trail Maintenance Day! Help protect the Giant Sequoia National Monument as attempts to dismantle it by logging interests are happening RIGHT NOW! By taking direct action to improve the trail, you will be showing the world that you care and want to keep all protections of the Monument intact.

Of course the restoration aspect hinges on a broader topic: We are showing the misinformed and greedy (aka. Trumpster administration and local policy wonks) as well as the entire world that dismantling and selling off Mother Nature will not pass. Large, connected habitat is essential for human and non-human survival and logging is absolutely not going to ensure connectivity nor is it going protect us from wildfires! 

Our trail maintenance and meadow restoration projects are on-going in the GSNM where people give their time and money to ensure solid protection. We will show resistance-through-stewardship to bad decisions  through the direct action of boots on the group.

 Trail maintenance work will occur at the Trail of 100 Giants and consist of creating "switch backs", clearing debris, revegetating open spaces, removing noxious plants, and conducting public outreach. Tasks are easy to moderately difficult.

How to Get There:

A van will be leaving 37608 Rio Vista in Springville Ca. We have room for 13.

(PDF Map)You can reach Long Meadow Grove from the San Joaquin Valley Highway 99 by taking State Highway 65 to County Route SM56 east about 20 miles to California Hot Springs. At California Hot Springs continue north and east on County Route SM50 (Parker Pass Road). This highway winds up into the mountains and intersects Western Divide Highway about 2 miles east of Parker Pass Turn left on SM99 to Trail of 100 Giants and Redwood Meadow Campground. Coming out of the Kern Valley, take Mountain 99 (County Route SM99) up the "Upper Kern" river about 20 miles to County Route SM50 near Johnsondale. Stay on SM99 for about 5.5 miles west of Johnsondale is the junction with Western Divide Highway (County Route SM107) near Parker Pass (right). Take Western Divide Highway about 2.0 miles to Redwood Meadow Campground and Trail of 100 Giants.

Accessibility:

This gentle trail (6% maximum grade) is paved and suitable for wheel chairs.

                                                               What to Bring:

Close-toed sturdy boots, long pants, hat , sun screen, gloves, picnic lunch, binoculars, plenty of drinking water, cameras/video, costumes, and bikes.


                                                              General Notes:

Nearby Campgrounds: Redwood Meadow Campground (GPS NAD 83: 35.97778, -118.59167)

Elevation: 6,400 feet
Difficulty (hiking):  Easy - 30 minutes
Facilities: Available at Redwood Meadow Campground

Adequate interpretive signs are found throughout. Hiking along the trail through the grove, you'll find mainly old sequoias and many, many felled trees due to beetle infestation. You will view a unique cedar and sequoia tree growing together, and a circle of five sequoias growing together. At each and every turn there are wonders to behold! But don't be discouraged by the condition of much of the groove due to recent haward tree removal. The Trail of 100 Giants looks severally impacted from drought and beetle effecting the associate forest species. 

Weather and Appropriate Gear

 Dry conditions require plenty of hydration (at least one gallon per day). Wear layered clothes, close-toed shoes, long pants, sun protection, and personal water bottle.

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Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

Tulare County Office of Education Volunteer Days

For high school & middle school students  

Improve wildlife habitat conditions of the Circle J pond & stream areas.
 
Work alongside professionals and learn the science behind the projects. 
 
Get involved in ecological habitat restoration at Circle J Ranch!

Contact Nancy Bruce, Lead Teacher @  (559) 539-2263 or

Josh Moore @ WIldPlaces @ (559) 303 - 4409

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Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Nursery Day Every Monday

  • 32588 California 190 Springville, CA, 93265 United States (map)
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It's that time of the year when willow cuttings, oak acorns and other Native plants must be propagated for next season's habitat restoration projects and free giveaways to members..

Volunteers are needed at the  USFS/WildPlaces Nursery in Springville for two easy hours of weeding, planting, and other stuffprojects to maintain and repair the nursery, plant oak acorns, Giant sequoia seedlings, and willow cuttings for next season's restoration projects.  

Meadows are the most important feature of the watershed, directly impacting the quality and quantity of water going to downstream habitat, cities, economy, agriculture, or remaining banked as snow.

 

 Reach Josh at josh@wildplaces.net and 559.303.4409  if you can join. Volunteers will meet at the nursery located at the USFS Work Station in Spirngville (see map).

 

 

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New Year's Eve Sweat
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve Sweat

  • 37608 Mountain Road 189 Springville, CA, 93265 United States (map)
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Right in Springville, there is a sweat lodge located on the Tule River. WildPlaces is honored to have use of it and have invited a limited number of folks to join the "Come One, Come All 2018 New Year's Sweat and Ceremony.

 Bring in the new year with this traditional (or for some,  nontraditional) way to greet the rest of your life. Beginning at 11 p.m. 12/31/17and ending 12;30 a.m. on 1/1/18, this event is very specific to all those who come with reverence for nature in their heart and the understanding that all of Nature is a ceremony given to us freely by the Madre Tierra.

This is a no alcohol event and potluck. Hydration prior to and after the sweat is essential and anyone for any reason can be asked not to participate by the sweat facilitators. Bring towel, water bottle, light clothing for sweat and warm clothing for after. More details by calling Mehmet at 760.447.1702. This is an invitation only event.

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Rio Limpio Event Offered as Gift to Nature
Dec
25
10:00 AM10:00

Rio Limpio Event Offered as Gift to Nature

  • springville veterans memorial park (map)
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Give Mother Nature a gift on Christmas Day and help keep trash out of the Tule River-- give  the gift of stewardship, then join for food and a sit in the Hot Tub afterwards in Camp Nelson. This is a family friendly event and folks are invited to sign up by contacting us at 559.539.5263. Space is limited and only 5 spots are left. (Yes, you can buy yourself into a spot.).

We will clean up the road from the Stairs to Camp Nelson...or some place near Camp Nelson. 

Interested? Register first at 559.539.5263 and then meet at Springville Veterans Park at          10 a.m,  on Christmas Day. This is a perfect easy-walking activity before you load up on Christmas calories. 

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Winter Solstice Bonfire, Potluck, and Drumming
Dec
21
5:00 PM17:00

Winter Solstice Bonfire, Potluck, and Drumming

  • 37608 Mountain Road 189 Springville, CA, 93265 United States (map)
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The short day is coming and with it,  the beginning of a new cycle - seasons set forth on their march marking time and progress in our lives. Come celebrate with us. Bring something to share, a drum or any instrument, spoken word, and the best hat that you've got. Make it a warm one because it'll be cold, except around our fire.

Requires RSVP to Mehmet@wildplaces.net or 760.447.1702. 

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Native Plant Nursery Day
Dec
18
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Nursery Day

  • 32588 California 190 Springville, CA, 93265 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's that time of the year when willow cuttings, oak acorns and other Native plants must be propagated for next season's habitat restoration plantings and free giveaways to members..

Volunteers are needed at the  USFS/WildPlaces Nursery in Springville in these short and easy projects to maintain and repair the nursery, plant oak acorns, Giant sequoia seedlings, and willow cuttings for next season's restoration projects.  

Meadows are the most important feature of the watershed, directly impacting the quality and quantity of water going to downstream habitat, cities, economy, agriculture, or remaining banked as snow.

In other words,  healthy meadows = clean and abundant water...however, most meadowsin the Sierra are impaired mostly due to more than 100 years of cattle grazing combined with climate change and urban expansion. Restoring meadows is of paramount importance to all of California and planting willow cuttings into pots and growing them for six months in the nursery is a critical component to the restoration. The same can be said for oak woodland habitat. Poor urban development is fragmenting and concreting over oak woodland habitat. Think "Walmart parking lot..." 

 Reach Josh at josh@wildplaces.net and 559.303.4409  if you can join. Volunteers will meet at the nursery located at the USFS Work Station in Spirngville (see map).

 

 

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Rally/Road Trip to Bears Ears National Monument
Dec
1
to Dec 5

Rally/Road Trip to Bears Ears National Monument

Trump announced he is going to Utah in December 4th. His stated intent is to eliminate vast portions of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. He may also act to reduce other monuments around the country at that time.
This action is illegal, unwarranted, and dismisses the more than 2.8 million people that petitioned President Trump to keep our national monuments fully intact. It is also an affront to Native American Tribes.
WildPlaces joins Utahns on December 2nd to resist Trump’s efforts to dismantle our national monuments. Let’s send a clear and visible message that we intend to “Honor Tribes” and defend the priceless scientific, cultural, and ecological legacies these monuments represent.
Bring your #SaveGrandStaircase and #StandWithBearsEars signs and wear your “Protect Bears Ears” and “I Stand with Grand Staircase-Escalante” t-shirts. If you don’t have signs, pick them up at Wasatch Touring (700 E 100 S), at the event, or make your own. T-shirts are sold at Wasatch Touring and at the event.
The rally will occur inside the State Capitol Rotunda.
WildPlaces will transport volunteers from Springville and Porterville on 12/1 at 6 p.m. and return Tuesday 12/6
Questions and to join the road trip, reach Raul Garcia at WildPlaces: (559) 568-8557; raul@wildplaces.net
***There will also be a Street Protest when Trump is actually in Utah which we will attend

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Long Meadow Restoration: Willow Propagation
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Long Meadow Restoration: Willow Propagation

What: The Forest Service proposes to restore 10 meadows in the Sequoia Prioritized Ten Meadows Restoration Project (Ten Meadows Project) located in two areas on the Giant Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Forest.  This watershed improvement project across ten meadows in the headwaters of the North and South Forks of the Kern River proposes to improve the resiliency of montane meadows and channel ecosystems and watershed hydrologic processes. This weekend we will be clipping willow branches to be taken care of in our WildPlaces Nursery in Springville CA. We will then continue caring for these little guys as part of the Ten Meadows Restoration Project.

Who: WildPlaces volunteers are needed on this project date to begin the vegetation propagation phase; that is, take willow cuttings from existing willow trees in Long Meadow and propagating those cutting in pots in the WildPlaces' nursery in Springville

When: Volunteers will meet at the WildPlaces Springville Headquarters on Saturday November 4th at 9 a.m. and ride the WildPlaces van, returning at approximately 2 p.m. Bring close-toed sturdy shoes, layered warm clothing, rain jacket, water bottle, sack lunch, hat, sunscreen. We will provide tools, gloves, transportation, and demonstration on taking the cuttings.

Why: Restoration of the meadows would result in high-quality wet meadow habitat and improvement in habitat connectivity for the federally endangered southern mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa), Kern Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) and other amphibians such as toads and tree frogs, which currently occupy the wilderness areas. Meadows are also the source of all the water that flows out of the mountains and to farmlands and cities in the Great Central Valley. 65% of all CA water arises from the Sierra and the meadows in upper montane areas are the source of those waters.

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Giant Sequoia National Monument Tour - Changing of the Quaking Aspen
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Giant Sequoia National Monument Tour - Changing of the Quaking Aspen

Seeing the aspens in full golden glory is an aspect regarded around the world as worthy to visit, to protect, and to restore. 

Come have a gourmet picnic lunch in the aspens! Lunch provided by Monet's Wine and Bistro located in Exeter. Enjoy free transportation from Porterville and Springville and see the aspens quake and shake their yellow fall color. We will have a very important in-flight presentation on the Ten Meadows Project led by Nina Hemphill, the designer of the project.

We want to help you fall in love!

We want to show you the amazing features of the GSNM and Sequoia National Forest, both of which are public lands that YOU OWN. If you own something, chances are you want to see it, right? If you haven't seen the giant Sequoia National Monument, then step to the front of the line! The monthly monument tours may be your ticket. Whether a hardcare outdoors person or a first time woodsman, you own these public lands and if something you love is threatened, you'll probably want to fight for it. We want to help you fall in love...and fight!

Space is limited and going fast. Reach us at 559.539.5263 and info@wildplaces.net to register and answer these qualifying questions:

1. Have you ever been to Giant Sequoia National Monument?

2. Would you bring a guest or youth?

3. Do you understand or have questions regarding the current threats to public lands?

Meeting place is Comision Honorifca at 466 East Putnam Ave; Porterville, CA 93266 at 9 a.m. and at 37608 Rio Vista Dr.; Springville, CA 93265 at 9.30 am

Return flight scheduled to arrive back in Springville at approximately 3 p.m., but you know how it is when you fall in love...time seems infinite. 

 

 

Spaces is limited. 

 

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Native Plant Nursery Day with University of Redlands
Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plant Nursery Day with University of Redlands

  • 32588 California 190 Springville, CA, 93265 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's that time of the year when willow cuttings, oak acorns and other Native plants must be propagated for next season's habitat restoration plantings.

Meadows are important and most in the Sierra are impaired mostly due to more than 100 years of cattle grazing combinedclimate change. Restoring meadows is of paramount importance to all of CA and planting willow cuttings into pots and growing them for six months in the nursery is a critical component to the restoration. The same can be said for oak woodland habitat. Poor urban development is fragmentingand concreting over oak woodland habitat. Think "Walmart parking lot..." 

University of Redlands students join WildPlaces Nursery Day in a half-day project to maintain and repair the USFS/WildPlaces Nursery in Springville, plant oak acorns and willow cuttings for next season's restoration projects. Following this and into the evening, we will share dinner and discussion about the GSNM, its, ecology, politicology, and magic.

A few more volunteers from WildPlaces are needed. Reach us if you can join Sunday, 10/8 by calling 559.539.5263 or email info@wildplaces.net. Volunteers will meet at the nursery located at the USFS Work Station in Spirngville (see map).

Agenda (draft)
10/8 Sunday in p.m. - RU arrives Sville
10/9 Monday at9 a.m.- 1 p.m. - Nursery Day
      1 p.m. - River time for all
      6 p.m.  - Discussionand Dinner
10/10 Tuesday - RU departs

 

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National Public Lands Day and the "Sequoia Monument Forever"  Houseboat Tour
Sep
30
8:00 AM08:00

National Public Lands Day and the "Sequoia Monument Forever" Houseboat Tour

  • Success lake Tule Recreation Area (map)
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Plans have changed: Due to low lake water, he are basing our outreach and lunch on land, not on the houseboat. We will reschdule the Houseboat Tour for Spring, 2018.

However, do still join WildPlaces and the Army Corp of Engineers at the Success Lake's Tule Recreation Area on September 30th for National Public Lands Day to celebrate the beauty and rarity of our public lands and the public service that goes into keeping it great. Registration is anytime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ; however, 8 a.m. arrival is recommended so that volunteers can be assigned an area.

Visit the WildPlaces booth located near the Marina and sign up for a "Sequoia Monument Forever" Houseboat Tour in April 2018. 

The 2018 Houseboat Tour will include a fabulous grilled vegetarian and beef lunch, live music,  unique ecological site visits around the lake, trash removal, water safety presentation,   a raffle-wrestling competition to win a spot on a free Sequoia Monument Tour, and an on-board water slide. 

Come celebrate and show support for YOUR public lands AND protest through stewardship action the current uninformed efforts to slash protection and reduce the size of the Giant Sequoia National Monument for logging corporations to steal trees that belong to us...and the entire worlds. See more at Save the Sequoias.

  Other then that serious topic, the day will be light-hearted and fun. For questions , reach us at 559.539.5263

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National Monument Preservation March
Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

National Monument Preservation March

  • River Park 71 E. Via La Plata, Fresno, California 93720 (map)
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A march in support of our national monuments (including our own Giant Sequoias which are currently being threatened by executive order). We believe in preserving our national treasures for future generations to come.

WildPlaces van will depart from CHMA 466 East Porterville, CA 93257 at 8 a.m.

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The Great Kern River Pick-up and Outreach
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Great Kern River Pick-up and Outreach

WildPlaces teams up with the Kern River Conservancy for the third annual Great Kern River Clean-Up, Outreach, and River Safety Presentation. The hosting organization,  Kern River Conservancy, will coordinate this clean-up in conjunction with Sierra Nevada Conservancy's Great Sierra River Clean-ups which will happen simultaneously on the same day all over the Sierra Nevada. In addition,  the California Coastal Clean-Up will also happen Saturday all along the coast North to South!

WildPlaces will conduct outreach to river users and present a swift water safety presentation in response to a summer of over a dozen drowning due to fast water and unprepared visitors.

Volunteers should meet at the Upper Richbar Picnic Grounds at 10:00 a.m. located on Highway 178 in the Kern River Canyon. Please dress accordingly to the days weather which is forecasted to by in the high 90's and low 90's all day. Please wear sunscreen, hats, long pants, and sturdy boots. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PERSONAL WATER BOTTLE.

All parking and day use fees will be waived for volunteers. Snacks and equipment will be provided. Volunteers should pack a sack lunch. Minors must be accompanied be a parent or legal guardian. 

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Every Day is Earth Day St. Johns River Stewardship and Clean-up
Aug
26
7:30 AM07:30

Every Day is Earth Day St. Johns River Stewardship and Clean-up

We are joining #ILoveLifeBro , a Visalia-based service group, in their effort to clean up St. John's River at Cutler Park. WildPlaces in its experience with river stewardship projects will assit this up and coming group to take personal responsibility for another important Sierra river. Bring hat , gloves, water, sun screen, and snacks.

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