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 , Giant Sequoia Defense Coalition, 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.
As importantly is the presence of the "Sequoia Seedlings Corp", a conservation Corp of kids, who will work side-by-side with members of the (older and mostly mature) members of the Sequoia Roots Corp. Kids can join on the day of the event and be part of planning for the future--3,000 years!
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. On August 19th from 9 am until 2 pm during National Monuments Day, we will show resistance-through-stewardship to bad decisions through the direct action of boots on the ground. (We are saving "boots in the ass" for a later date).
In addition to trail work, there will be wildflower hikes by CA Native Plant Society, bird watching led by CA Audubon, and a community picnic.
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:
(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.
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.
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
Weather will be 85-90 during the day and 65 in the evenings. 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. Bring a sack lunch and snacks.
Agenda for the Day
9 am Opening Circle: Welcome and Orientation and GSNM Update
9.30 am - Blessing and Safety Demo
10 am - 1 pm Trail Mainteance begins. Site Leaders assigned with volunteers in one of three tasks: trail repair, giant sequoia root care, and outreach
(Optional activity is bird watching and plant walk)
2 pm - Closing Circle : Acknowledgement, Group Photo, Tools returned
2 pm until 4 pm Guided bird watching and plant walk into the Long Meadow Grove to see the Good, the Bad, and the Solutions.
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“Trail of 100 Giants gets facelift from Monument Defenders “
Concerned citizens of the Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM) communities gather on August 19th, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the iconic Trail of 100 Giants to put words (and boots) into action at a historic habitat/trail restoration project. The project will improve visitor access and safety while voicing disdain for recent policy moves that will reduce the Monument by nearly 200,000 acres, remove critical protections, and usher in “take management” by logging resulting in irreparable damage to water quality, species diversity, human health, and tourism.
Is putting these God-given resources at risk by opening them to the logging industries worth it? Will logging, mining, and water extraction industries actually put the public’s health and that of the Giant sequoias ahead of their own profits? A coalition of dozens of local, statewide, and even international citizens says NO. Come stand in solidarity and let your voice be heard by tsaking personal responsibility of the Giant sequoias.
Volunteers are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at Redwood Campground on Saturday, August 19th for sequoia service projects, public lands discussion and rally, and a free lunch. Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants and bring water, snacks, and gloves.
Restoration includes repairing damaged trails within the Trail of 100 Giants. In addition, volunteers are needed to care for Giant sequoias young and old by watering seedlings that were planted in recent years by volunteer youth AND by building protective “barriers” around the old giants whose bark has been damaged by visitors who quite naturally want to touch and climb around the bases of the trees. This has resulted in the protective, fire resistant bark being scraped away.
“So few people have even seen one of these trees never mind actually planted or cared for them”, says Mehmet McMillan of WildPlaces .”Providing the people these kinds of opportunities is what we do, but the ongoing threat by Kevin McCarthy and a few disingenuous local politicians could disrupt the Giant sequoia’s delicate ecological balance plus impact our ability to get volunteers, and especially youth, into the wild. It’s absurd.”
Do you want to be part of the majority who plant and care for these trees, essentially plan for the future- 3,000 years? Or will you sit ignorantly by and allow greed and power to take it away from you?”
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 located in the Tulare County. Studies confirm that Sequoias mitigate climate change by holding carbon for 3,000 years or 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.
"Planting Sequoiadendron giganteum was a life changing experience”, says Ian Herdell, past Program Coordinator for WildPlaces. “It was awesome. But why are so many folks, who practically live in the shadow of these giants, not better utilizing them as a tool for self-care rather than allowing the threatening proposal to dismantle the Monument?”
Citizens are urged to take action and stop threats to open our public lands to the extraction industries by coming out this Saturday, August 19th, and voice their distain to Kevin McCarthy and local politicians to stop the madness and fully fund the U.S. Forest Service to properly manage our forest resources.
WildPlaces is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 community benefits project of SEE. It 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 wild places-- a nature ethic that will spread locally, regionally, and worldwide.
See more at www.wildplaces.net/SequoiaAdvocacy and sign up today.
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Contact: Mehmet McMillan
Sequoia Seedlings and their volunteer stewards on route to the planting in 2013.