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

Rio Limpio Event Offered as Gift to Nature

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

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

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

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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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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)
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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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Aug
12
to 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.

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