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River Cleanup - Wild and Scenic Rivers are Our Rivers: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Oct
20
to Oct 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, Just Do It! Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for quick walk down The Stairs to share the good word about river stewardship, Wild and Scenic designations, and... yes... pick up a little bit of other people's trash. No regrets. No complaining. It's just what we do...you do. 

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

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

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Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship Project and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 50th Anniversary Celebration

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

"Volunteers attending Tule River Clean-up on Sept. 23rd to receive free Film Festival tickets"

The Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship Project wraps up the 2018 season! Through support from Rivers Network, Patagonia, U.S.F.S., and CA Wildlands Grassroots Fund, six volunteers’ events over four months resulted in trash and gang tagging removal, trail repair, and increased personal responsibility by river recreationists – all delivered by hundreds of statewide and regional volunteers who are concerned about river health and committed to do something about it.

 

A final event will be held on Sept. 23rd from 9 a.m. until 12 noon (with lunch provided 12 noon - 1 p.m.). Volunteers are needed for this final event and celebration of our wild and scenic Tule River. Volunteers meet at the Veterans Memorial Park in Springville at 9 a.m.  

Upon completion, volunteers receive $5 tickets to the upcoming WildPlaces’ Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Nov. 9th to be held at the WildPlaces satellite office in Fresno at Bitwise Industries.

The 2018 summer events and the Sept. 23 Clean-up commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Act (WSR). Passed in 1968, the Act offers protection and acknowledgement to rivers (or sections of rivers) that remain free flowing and possess high quality scenic, wildlife, cultural, and recreation characteristics. The Act protects 12,754 miles of 209 rivers in 40 states, including sections of the Kern River.

Sections of the Tule River qualify for WSR designation as well. With proper understanding of the Act, few can deny its benefit to river health.   It is far better for all that the river remains clean, free flowing, and a scenic highlight that attracts tourist dollars. WildPlaces intents to further explore designation of the Tule River as a WSR and invite public participation in this process.  

The Rio Limpio: Tule River Stewardship program is a watershed-wide community effort of WildPlaces to keep the Tule River safe, clean and open for all to use. WildPlaces is a volunteer-driven organization whose mission is to restore and protect the wild and rural places in the southern Sierra Nevada. Learn more about WildPlaces, volunteering, attending the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and participating in Wild and Scenic River designation at info@wildplaces.net,    o: (559) 539-5263; c: (760) 447-1702; www.wildplaces.net.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rio Limpio Event Offered as Gift to Nature

  • springville veterans memorial park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Jennie Lakes Wilderness Orientation
Aug
3
to Aug 7

Jennie Lakes Wilderness Orientation

  • Forest Rte 14S21 CA United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Wilderness Ranger Academy
Jun
5
to 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.

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

Cedar Wildfire Recovery-- Tree Planting I

  • meeting place for Saturday (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Jul
29
to 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.

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Apr
18
to Apr 19

Goldman Prize Award

The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment. 

WildPlaces will take a select number of students and volunteers to San Francisco for an overnight stay at the HI San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf hostel.

Building 240
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123

Youth will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by people working for a better world.

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Mar
12
to Mar 13

Kern River Preserve

Over the past 31 years Audubon and The Nature Conservancy volunteers have planted thousands of trees and understory plants from local stock to restore the once vibrant riparian forest and surrounding upland vegetation. WildPlaces volunteers will help roll irrigation lines up on a site, weed, prepare planting sites and plant seeds.

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