"Go to the wild and rejoice in rejuvenation" anonomous
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will meet at the nursery located at the USFS Work Station in Spirngville (see map).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
The Trail of 100 Giants is a mere tine piece of an ecosystem that stretches beyond the current 300,000 acre boundary and connects with a sky island that is theRange of Light, also known as the Sierra Nevada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sequoia seedlings carefully planted by volunteers earlier in the Spring are now in the heat of summer and experiencing the driest time of the year. While under natural regenerative conditions after fire, some sequoia seedlings do manage on through summer to become 2,000 year old grandaddies, most fail. Mortality is high . . . but so are the numbers of seeds dropped by parent trees.
Our seedlings, on the other hand, where hand-planted, not in the millions, but rather in the tens (39 to be exact). We want them to have every chance possible to survive thus watering them is one thing we can do.
Giant sequoias are among the largest and oldest trees in the world, growing only in a narrow band along the western slopes of our Sierra Nevada mountains. The monument preserves half of the remaining sequoia groves on the planet including unique flora and fauna. The Sequoia helps mitigate climate change considering that they store more carbon than any other tree on the planet. Giant Sequoia trees don’t exist in isolation and require the broader forest ecosystem -- which provides canopy cover and water to survive. Reducing the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument directly threatens the survival of the ancient groves and the species that rely upon them. A 2001 court decision already found that 327,000 acres is hardly enough area to protect the Sequoia groves and other objects of value.
Sequoia seedlings carefully planted by volunteers earlier in the Spring are now in the heat of summer and experiencing the driest time of the year. While under natural regenerative conditions after fire, some sequoua seedlings do maange on through summer to become 2,000 year old grandaddies, most fail. Mortality is high...but so are the numbers of seeds dropped by parent trees.
Our seedlings, on the other hand, where hand-planted , not in the millions , but rather in the tens (39 to be exact). We want them to have every chance possible to survive and watering them is one thing we can do.
Giant sequoias are among the largest and oldest trees in the world, growing only in a narrow band along the western slope of our Sierra Nevada Mountains. The monument preserves half of the remaining sequoia groves on the planet and rare animals. The Sequoia help with climate as they store more carbon than any other tree. Giant Sequoia trees don’t exist in isolation and require the broader forest ecosystem--which provides canopy cover and water-to survive. Reducing the boundaries and protections of the monument threatens the survival of theancient groves and the species that rely upon them. (Indeed, a 2001 court decision alreadyfound that 327,000 acres is the ‘smallest area’ it could be to protect the Sequoia groves and other objects of value).
WildPlaces will join a partner organization on the Kern, Kern River Conservancy on 7/9/17 at 10 am on Loyd Meadows for a post 4th of July clean up in the Western Divide Ranger District. Volunteers to meet at the large dirt turn out on M99 and Johnsondale Blvd at R Ranch. We will organize and disperse teams as per the lead of Kern River Conservancy.
Registration begins at 9:30am and followed up with a quick picnic after the clean up. Please dress according to terrain and weather. Gloves and equipment provided. Wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Bring water bottle, lunch, bug repellant. It will be hot so be prepared! More details and to register ahead of time at email@example.com and 559.539.5263.
We will be mopping up the mess left by some of our brothers and sisters while doing outreach on the Leave No Trace Principles, maybe even friends and neighbors. We generally know who it is and its : 1.) only about 10-15% of recreationists, 2.) it ain't any of us, 3.) corporartions world-wide are polluting rivers on a scale that makes a dirty diaper seem inconsequential.
Nonetheless, Nature only sees and feels the trash that WE two-leggeds leave behind. I don't know about you all, but it might be better to be on her good side as much as possible..
WildPlaces will head to the at 8 a.m. from Springville on event day and probably camp over at Remington Hotsprings that night. We have room in the van for those wanting to go and to camp and soak at Remington.
More details coming....
Native Bee Field Day in Sierra Meadows
Why: Bumble bees are very important in the pollination of native flowers in
natural ecosystems and often are encountered in meadows and near streams.
Who: Robbin Thorp, Ph.D. – UC Davis Professor Emeritus - World-renowned
native pollinator specialist
When: June 24, 2017, Saturday, 9 am
Where: Meet at Western Divide Ranger Station on Highway 190 at 9 am. Coming
from Porterville it is just past River Island Golf Course on the left. Coming from
Springville it is just past Globe Drive and on the right.
We will driving to Balch Park Road, then onto Bear Creek Road (Highway 220) to
Mountain Home State Forest. We are going to a meadow near Memorial
Meadow and can meet folks there at 1015. Parking will be on the right just off
the road under the blue dot on the map.
Contact Nina Hemphill (559 539 5503 home or 559 784 1500 work) or Fletcher Linton (559 7190299 home or 559
784 1500 work) with questions.
The first of two trail building events is scheduled on June 22-25. We will launch from Springville on Thursday, June 22nd at about 4 pm and travel to the Deer Cove Trailhead within Kings Canyon National Park. On Friday morning, we go backcountry and will return the Monday 6/25.
Volunteers interested in this project must register directly with Mehmet at firstname.lastname@example.org and 760.447.1702.
This is not a beginner trip. Participants will need packpacking experience and strong endurance. This is a difficult project. Stipends are availalbe for qualified folks.
WildPlaces has engaged with the Western Divide and Hume Lake Ranger Districts of the Sequoia National Forest, Back Country Horsemen of America, and Sequoia Roots Restoration Corp in planning trail repair projects utilizing community-based planting crews and volunteers. Events are underway and more volunteers are needed to complete these difficult and important habitat restoration projects.
"In days of increased human-caused climate change, two things are certain: Widfires (different from natural fires) are not going away and neither is WildPlaces' Wildfire Recovery Projects," says M. McMillan Founder of WildPlaces.
Through generous support from National Forest Foundation, Rose Foundation, and Fund for Rural Equity, two tree plantings have been schduled for summer 2017 and 2018 . Volunteers are needed to rebuild 6.5 miles of trail within the Rough Fire Burn Area within the Monarch Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. Trails have been virtually destroyed by wildfire (Yes, wildfires can destroy trails and roads along with forests and property). These areas are cloded to the public so until we fix it, no one (except us) gets to visit our national treasure.
It's that time of the year again. Those who like the Wilderness Areas of the Sierra, enjoy working like crazy to clear trails, going to bed exhausted, and waking up to do it again....are invited to attend this training which teaches skills using cross cut saw use, trail repair, Leave No Trace, orienteering, first aid, and more. All expenses paid. Limited spots available.
Two tree plantings have been scheduled on May 20-21 and June 3-4, 2017. Volunteers are needed to plant 3,000 seedlings in two events in the Cedar Wildfire Burn Area located near Portuguese Pass and Sugarloaf, which in 2016, burned 30,000 acres in the Sequoia National Forest. A pretty ambitious task!
Volunteers will meet at CHMA Community Center at 8 a.m. for an 8.30 a.m. departure. Personnel gear list is available as well as other important details. Camping is free at the site. Work is moderate to difficult.
Two tree plantings have been scheduled on May 20-21 and June 3-4, 2017. Volunteers are needed to plant 3,000 seedlings in two events in the Cedar Wildfire Burn Area located near Portuguese Pass and Sugarloaf in the Sequoia National Forest, which in 2016, burned 30,000 acres in the Sequoia National Forest. A pretty ambitious task!
Volunteers will meet at CHMA Community Center at 8 a.m. for an 8.30 a.m. departure (466 East Putnam Ave; Porterville, CA 93266. Personnel gear list is available as well as other important details. Camping is free at the site. Work is moderate to difficult.
Register by email at email@example.com or 559.539.5263
Weather expected clear and warming highs 86 degrees, lows at night 57 degrees. Sunny with slight 5 mph WSW winds.
WildPlaces' staff, new volunteer recruits, and Program Leaders attend this two-day workshop and receive specific site/field training to ensure safety and program impact. Basic first aid, media, communications, volunteer management, and emergency response/risk management are emphasiszed. Held on the Tule River in Springville, particiapants will camp, cook together, and understand WP policy \vision and vision This is free of charge and all food is provided.
Friday May 12th: Participants are encouraged to arrive Friday before training. Food will be ready for late arrivals. Camping is free and beautiful at the training site.
Saturday May 13th:
8-9am: Group Prepared Breakfast/Registration
9-9:30am: WildPlaces Overview and the summer calendar
9:30-11:30am: Risk Managment and WP Policy workshop will describe how to handle potentially scary and dangerous field situations, group dynamics, communications and consider what options are available to you as a WildPlaces' leader.
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch and Break to the River
1:00-4:00 pm River Safety/Intro to Swift Water Rescue : Emergency Scenarios will present possible field emergencies to the group and provide opportunity to practice preparedness in a controlled setting for what might happen in a wild setting and on the river.
4:00 pm: Debrief and Free Time
6:30 pm Supper is Provided
Evening Activity : Fire Building Competition
Sunday May 14th:
Fire Ecology and Wildfire Recovery Project Overview.
WP Summer Events Calendar Review and Sign up
Participants are invited to go on a hike or a bike or relax on the river.
The drownings (three now) on Tule River has tarnished the Kern and Tule Rivers' reputations quite a bit and enforcement agencies will close many sites including many of the free sites above and below "The Stairs" that WP has adopted over the years. Prior to the drownings, our position in light of increased use on the river and environmental impacts plus reduced federal budgets was to agree to temporary closure of 1/3 of the sites, allowing WP to oversee the remaining. Now any such discussion about which sites will be closed is out the window.
Now in light of the drownings, WildPlaces will conduct an Introduction to Swift Water Rescue for our volunteers, staff, and the public and will occur on May 13th from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the WildLeaders Training in Springville (5/13-14).
See www.wildplaces.net and fb for details and to sign up. Space is limited. THIS IS ONLY AN INTRODUCTION AND CARRIES NO CERTIFICATION UPON COMPLETION.
The WildLeaders Training will also cover basic risk management in field settings, orienteering, and first aid. Cost is free to WildPlaces' volunteers and $10-25 (sliding scale ) for all others. Gotta register by reaching Mehmet at 760.447.1702 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or would like to attend, please contact Mehmet: email@example.com and 559.539.5263
The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony is held at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House every April, followed by a ceremony in Washington, D.C. two days later. Both events are by invitation only.
More than 3,000 people attend the always packed, emotion-filled event. The ceremony features short documentary films to provide an introduction to the Prize recipients and their accomplishments. A member of the Goldman family presents the recipients with their Ouroboros statuettes, following the recipients’ address to the audience.
The celebration continues at a reception at San Francisco City Hall featuring organic and seasonal ingredients. We make every effort to compost and recycle all refuse, keeping our celebration as sustainable as possible.
4 Listening Sessions on Title V Update
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 9-12pm City of Fresno- Council Chamber 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA 93721
Title V affects school siting and design standards
Hosted by Calif Dept of Education & Office of Planning and Research
The California Department of Education (CDE) is reviewing the standards for school site selection and design pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5. The CDE and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) invite members of the community to provide informal input on areas the CDE should consider in developing regulatory amendments. CDE will: • Describe the current Title 5 regulations • Present an overview of the timeline and process for Title 5 update • Provide an opportunity to provide comments at each of the listening sessions
The well-being of our species depends on our relationship with Nature because everything we EAT, USE, or MAKE, is a gift freely offered and initially derived from Nature. Join us. Partake in our pro-active indigenous perspectives series and experience Nature through all your senses. Please note that e.i.m. events, are always zero-waste. Thank you