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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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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Wilderness Ranger Academy
Jun
4
to Jun 8

Wilderness Ranger Academy

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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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Limpio: Kern River Clean-Up @ Remington Hot Springs
Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

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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Rio Limpio: Kern River Clean-Up @ Remington Hot Springs
Jul
15
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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Two-Spirit Gathering Springville, CA
Apr
13
to Apr 15

Two-Spirit Gathering Springville, CA

  • Springville, CA, 93265 United States (map)
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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)
  • 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 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

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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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Rally for Giant Sequoia National Monument
Aug
22
3:00 PM15:00

Rally for Giant Sequoia National Monument

Join the Giant Sequoia National Monument Coalition (GSNM) on August 22nd to show support for the GSNM. Secretary of Interior Zinke will make recommendations about which Monuments to reduce in size or eliminate altogether by August 24, 2017--and GSNM is under consideration for reduction or elimination.

Home to some of the largest trees on Earth, most of the Monument is in the congressional district represented by Mr. McCarthy in Kern and Tulare Counties. McCarthy will play a crucial role when the Trump Administration completes its “review” of the Giant Sequoia
and six other National Monuments in California in late August. The Trump Administration may attempt to reduce the Monument in size or eliminate it altogether.

Thousands of people have already urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Trump Administration to fully protect all of the existing Giant Sequoia National Monument. Supporters recognize that the Monument provides outstanding and yet inexpensive outdoor recreation opportunities for thousands of visitors annually, significantly contributes to the economy of nearby communities, and protects the rare Giant Sequoia groves and their watersheds.

Be sure to attend this Rally on August 22nd to send a strong message to Rep. McCarthy that his constituents and Californian's support the GSNM!  

More details on speakers and other info to follow soon...

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Swift Water Safety Presentation and River Stewardship Day
Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Swift Water Safety Presentation and River Stewardship Day

After several tragic river drownings this summer and the complete closure of Tule, Kaweah, and Kern Rivers to recreationists, the river currents are now low enough to allow us back! WildPlaces’ response is to offer the public a free swift water safety presentation that reviews basic river safety facts and guides people to further training in swift water safety and rescue. This is the second presentation we have offered and invite folks to come out, bring the kids or anyone that enjoys the river.

WildPlaces’ staff will conduct the safety presentation from 11 a.m. until 12:30p.m. at “Upper Coffee Camp” river recreation site 5 miles east of Springville and above Lower Coffee Camp; Please join us! We will also raffle off two kid-sized life jackets.  Register for the presentation and free giveaway to save your spot. Spots are limited.

Additionally, WildPlaces encourages volunteers to come out for our Rio Limpio: River Stewardship, Education and Outreach Program from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. along high use spots on the Middle Fork. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Springville Veterans Memorial Park and caravan to river sites with Site Leaders. What to bring: sturdy clothes, sunblock, sun hat, sunglasses, lunch and water, and swim suit. Participants are also encouraged to bring life jackets/vests for a demonstration on swift water safety.  

 

Our river stewardship project, Rio Limpio, is powered by “agents of change” for environmental and social justice, all of which are community members and volunteers. The goal of the program is to keep the Tule river safe, clean and open for public use while simultaneously instilling a reverence for Nature. However, the Tule river continues to get disrespected, as a result, accidents happen such as deaths, human trash accumulation and decrease in water quality. Given the recent deaths on the Tule, we thought it necessary to educate the public on safety tips regarding river recreation.

What to bring: sturdy clothes, sunblock, sun hat, sunglasses, lunch and water, and a pair of swimming trunks/bathing suit. Participants are also encouraged to bring life jackets/vests for a demonstration on swift water safety.  

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Jennie Lakes Wilderness Orientation
Aug
3
to Aug 7

Jennie Lakes Wilderness Orientation

  • Forest Rte 14S21 CA United States (map)
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Volunteer's are needed for this multi day backpacking trip through the Jennie Lakes Wilderness area. WildPlaces will be joining Sequoia National Forest's Wilderness ranger, Jeff Duneman in community outreach regarding the leave no trace principles/ethics. Participants are encouraged to communicate with wilderness visitors ensuring them that it is important to follow certain guidelines when living outdoors. It is crucial that all visitors follow Leave No Trace backcountry ethics when camping in these areas so that they are safe, clean and maintained for all current and future users – this campsite is an urgent reminder of the problems associated with trash in our wilderness areas across the country.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

Backpacking experience recommended but not required. This is a moderately difficult event requiring 14 + miles of hiking ( in total)  at altitudes that reach ~8,000 ft of elevation.

Description of SIte

Three rugged and rocky mountain peaks, including the 10,365-foot Mitchell Peak, stands above a diverse mixture of seasonal ponds, perennial streams, lush meadows, and coniferous forests. In Jennie Lakes Wilderness, there are two main lakes, Jennie Ellis Lake and Weaver Lake, which mingle among many granite outcrops. Most of the Wilderness is above 7,000 feet where red fir, lodgepole pine, and western white pine forest grow up near treeline while an abundance of spring wildflowers fill the meadows. Immediately to the east and south is Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. Five major trails cross the Wilderness for a total of 26 miles and receive moderate to heavy visitor traffic. Two
of the trails offer loop hikes passing the two main lakes for a distance of about 20 miles. These two main lakes along with Rowell Meadow, are the primary destinations for most backpackers. Four trails also provide access from Jennie Lakes Wilderness into Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's backcountry. If you plan to travel and camp in the park's wilderness, a permit is required and are available from the National Park Service Ranger Station.
 

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The Dismantling of Wilderness
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

The Dismantling of Wilderness

What does "Wild" mean to you? Where are the "wild places"? Who gets access to the "wild"? 

The very essence of our life on this planet is an intricate web of connections between land, water, air, and fire. These four elements are the founding of our humanity and the places where The Wild exist. 

The Giant Sequoia National Monument and other public lands represent what's left of both wild places and our humanity. 

As current political forces and misinformation gain strength in the dismantling of public lands, we invite you to come and explore with us the threats, the solutions, and hopes for our children and their future. Join Mehmet McMillan and the staff of WildPlaces on August 1st at 6.30 p.m.at Fres/Co in Fresno.

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