Jennie Lakes Wilderness Orientation
Aug
3
Aug 7

Jennie Lakes Wilderness Orientation

  • Forest Rte 14S21 CA United States

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.

 

National Monument Preservation March
Sep
17
10:00 am10:00

National Monument Preservation March

  • River Park 71 E. Via La Plata, Fresno, California 93720

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.


 Sequoia Forest Days - Tree Care
Jul
22
9:00 am09:00

Sequoia Forest Days - Tree Care

  • Belknap campground

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 Forest Days - Tree Care
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Sequoia Forest Days - Tree Care

  • Belknap CampGround

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).

 

Postponed due to Fire  Rio Limpio: Western Divide Clean up and No Trace Outreach
Jul
9
10:00 am10:00

Postponed due to Fire Rio Limpio: Western Divide Clean up and No Trace Outreach

  • Camp Whitsett

 

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 info@wildplaces.net 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 Bubble Bee Field Day
Jun
24
9:00 am09:00

Native Bubble Bee Field Day

  • US Forest Service western divide ranger station

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.

Rough WildFire Trail Recovery Project
Jun
22
Jun 26

Rough WildFire Trail Recovery Project

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 info@wildplaces.net 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. 

 

Wilderness Ranger Academy
Jun
5
Jun 9

Wilderness Ranger Academy

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.

Cedar WildFire Recovery -- Tree Planting II
Jun
3
Jun 4

Cedar WildFire Recovery -- Tree Planting II

  • meeting location for Saturday

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. 

Cedar Wildfire Recovery-- Tree Planting I
May
20
May 21

Cedar Wildfire Recovery-- Tree Planting I

  • meeting place for Saturday

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 info@wildplaces.net or 559.539.5263

Weather expected clear and warming highs 86 degrees, lows at night 57 degrees. Sunny with slight 5 mph WSW winds.

WildLeaders Training and River Safety
May
13
May 14

WildLeaders Training and River Safety

  • WildPlaces

 

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

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.

UPDATE: 

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 mehmet@wildplaces.net.

If you have any questions or would like to attend, please contact Mehmet: mehmet@wildplaces.net and 559.539.5263

Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony
Apr
24
4:00 pm16:00

Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony

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.

Speak for the Trees
Apr
4
1:00 am01:00

Speak for the Trees

  • 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA, 93721 United States

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

Nature Deficit Disorder Hike
Mar
19
8:30 am08:30

Nature Deficit Disorder Hike

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

Giant Sequoia Seedling Planting
Mar
5
10:00 am10:00

Giant Sequoia Seedling Planting

  • belknap Campground

“Planting Giant Sequoia Seedling – A Rare Opportunity “
How many people have had the peak experience of planting one year-old Giant Sequoia seedlings BACK into the mother grove from which the seeds were collected? Outside the mostly inappropriate locations one finds Giant sequoias, there are only a handful of those who plant like we do at WildPlaces. Do you want to be part of the “one percent” who plant these trees and essentially plan for the future- 3,000 years?

Giant Sequoias are the largest living creatures on the planet. They exist naturally in a very finite elevation band along the west slope of the Sierra with 75 plus groves being in the Tulare County. Studies confirm that Sequoias mitigate climate change by holding carbon for 3,000 years and more, reducing the rate and intensity of climate impacts, most notably for Tulare County in the on-going drought. Of course, many other benefits flourish as the groves flourish—habitat for wildlife, prevention of catastrophic fires, and the expansion of our spirits’ imagination.

WildPlaces offers this opportunity for a fourth time (The first three planting occurred at the Trail of 100 Giants in 2010-12 with youth from Dolores Huerta Foundation, Walt Whitman High School, Mongolian Youth Camp, and Burton Pathways.). Three plantings are scheduled along with one year of tree care to ensure survival of each of the 40 seedling. The dates:
• November 26, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
• December 10, 2016
• March 5th 2017

"Planting Sequoiadendron giganteum back in 2010-12 was a life changing experience”, says Ian Herdell, past Program Coordinator for WildPlaces. “It was awesome. But why have so few folks, who practically live in the shadow of these giants, are not better utilizing their power as a tool for self-care?”

“The preservation and education about our Giant Sequoia heritage is everyone's gift from Nature as well as the responsibility we all share”, says Mehmet McMillan, Founder. “As a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, WildPlaces holds the stewardship of land and water at center of it mission. These Giant sequoia plantings certainly speak to this.”

Space is very limited. To sign-up, send an email to info@wildplaces.net and tell why you think you should be invited to the events. Youth groups and those bringing youth get priority as do those donating to the Sponsor-a-Sequoia Youth fundraiser, which ensures that youth have transportation, guidance from field leaders, safety, and lunch. Donations are tax deductible and will guarantee your spot at the planting. 

WildPlaces is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 project of SEE and envisions a balanced and diverse world ecosystem, where Nature's perfection is left untrammeled and where communities are aware of and take direct action in the long term preservation, health, and sustainability of all natural and wild places where the nexus of culture and environment is fostered and regained-- a nature ethic that will spread locally, regionally, and worldwide.

Feb
19
5:30 am05:30

Fresno State Univ Humanics Program

  • WildPlaces

Humanics@FresnoState transforms lives and perspectives on leadership & philanthropy and engenders Exceptional Leaders, Enhanced Organizations, & Enriched Communities. WildPlaces is fortunate to be one of the organizations studies for its unique origins and unorthodox methods to success.  It seems that the road less traveled by non-profits efforts is seen more and more as perfectly legitimate, accountable, and effect. 

This year, 20 students plus instructor Don Simmons is working with, constructively dissecting, and working directly with 20  Community Benefit Organizations from throughout the valley and will visit 10 CBO's (one being WildPlaces).

Two more voluneer leaders are needed to help with logistic from 2 pm until 6 p.m on day of event. Reach mehmet@wildplaces.net

Oct
22
8:00 am08:00

Reduce, Reuse, ReWild

WildPlaces will be hosting its end of the year fundraiser with the theme “Reduce, Reuse, ReWild”. Games, Food, Prizes, Silent Auction and more. Stay tuned for details.

Sep
17
Sep 18

Río Limpio: Great Sierra River Cleanup

Volunteers invited to join in stewardship action on the upper Tule River above Springville along with over 50 organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada in this California-wide river and coastal stewardship day. Tasks include trash and graffiti removal, trail maintenance, and outreach to other river users. Volunteers to meet at Springville Veterans Park for orientation and safety and then will caravan to high-use spots along the river. Bring sturdy, close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and lunch. 

Aug
29
Sep 5

Burning Man with Earth Guardians

Three WildPlaces volunteers will attend the Earth Guardian Camp at Burning Man to volunteer as stewards of the Playa/Black Rock City. This is our fifth year in partnering with Earth Guardians and our volunteers will return with a few more tools to creatively inspire stewardship and personal responsibility here in our region. 

Aug
12
Aug 14

Jennie Lakes Wilderness

WildPlaces will go backcountry into Jennie Lakes Wilderness to conduct outreach presentations about nature ethic and stewardship in wilderness locations. The Leave No Trace Principles will be explained to wilderness users while also asking for input for better management practices. Difficulty is moderate to difficult. Backpacking skills highly recommended; however, novice backpackers are welcome to attend a workshop in advance to better prepare for this trip. RSVP at info@wildplaces.net and 559.539.5263. Space is limited.

Jul
29
Jul 31

Long Meadow Restoration

Our restoration piece will be on the morning of July 30th to water willows on the Long Meadow Restoration site and to collect willow cuttings for propagation in our nursery for planting next year. We will be partnering up with the Dolores Huerta Foundation on this restoration piece. Car camping is available and free.

Jul
3
9:00 am09:00

Río Limpio

Volunteers invited to join in stewardship action on the upper Tule River above Springville. Tasks include trash and graffiti removal, trail maintenance, and outreach to other river users. Volunteers to meet at Springville Veterans Park for orientation and safety and then will caravan to high-use spots along the river. Bring sturdy, close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and lunch.

May
29
9:00 am09:00

Río Limpio

Volunteers invited to join in stewardship action on the upper Tule River above Springville. Tasks include trash and graffiti removal, trail maintenance, and outreach to other river users. Volunteers to meet at Springville Veterans Park for orientation and safety and then will caravan to high-use spots along the river. Bring sturdy, close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and lunch.