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Trout Meadow Restoration: Fence and Trail Repair Project 2018
Saturday, July 14th until Saturday, July 21st
Saturday, August 18th until Saturday, August 25th
Caravan will depart from WildPlaces' Headquarters in Springville at 9 a.m. to Lewis Camp Trailhead. Departure from Lewis Camp Trailhead is at 10 a.m. July 14th and return Saturday July 21st.
· (Departure and return dates subject to change. Check in for updates at 760.447.1702 and at www.wildplaces.net).
· Pre-event meeting is mandatory and is held Saturday, July 7th all day. Registration is required. Registration material available by calling 559.539.5263 or email@example.com.
· Elevation 6160’
· Background: The US Congress designated the Golden Trout Wilderness in 1978 and is now 303,770 aces, all located in California and managed by Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. It is bordered by the John Muir Wilderness to northeast and Sequoia-Kings Canyon to the north, the South Sierra Wilderness to northeast. The brightly colored California state fish, the golden trout, live in the waters of Golden Trout Wilderness, and are a species of special concern due to impacts mainly from cattle grazing and climate change. A large drainage basin surrounded by high, jagged peaks dominates the western portion of the Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. The eastern portion in Inyo National Forest is primarily an extension of the Kern Plateau. Pinion-pine woodlands rise to extensive Jeffrey pine forestland and meadows at middle elevations, and on to red fir, lodgepole pines, and foxtail pines at higher elevations before hitting the tree line. Two Wild and Scenic Rivers, the North and South Forks of the Kern River, flow across the area. The North Fork rages through stunningly beautiful country and offers one of America's premier multiday white-water adventures, a challenge for the most expert rafter. Summer thunderstorms are common, but water may be scarce away from the rivers during dry spells. Several hundred miles of exceptionally scenic backpacking and horsepacking trails traverse the area. Popular trails include a forty-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Cottonwood Pass Trail, which crosses the Sierra and drops into the Kern River Canyon about 16 miles to the west.
· The Ecology: Mountain meadows are often overlooked as dormant space between the prized high peaks and roaring rivers, when in fact meadows are keystone to the mountain ecosystems and to the watershed as a whole. The ecological and hydrologic role that mountain meadows play has been largely overlooked by scientists and land managers and therefore has largely remained an unknown resource.
· The Problem: Historic and current land and water use practices have impacted Sierra Mountain Meadows ecosystems and Trout Meadow is no exception. The major human activities that have negative impacts affected the health of mountain meadows began with domestic livestock grazing by the Spaniards beginning in the 17th century. This was soon followed by mining practices during the gold rush in the mid-nineteenth century and associated acceleration of logging practices. Many of the very destructive methods used in the nineteenth century were stopped or vastly improved during the 20th century; however the legacy of misuse remains a reality
· Project Description: Project Description: Construct cattle exclusion fencing around Trout Meadow to keep range cattle from entering the meadow. In addition, years of debris left by recreationist will be removed from the site
· Who: WildPlaces and Backcountry Horsemen Association. The Backcountry Horsemen Association has for many years worked to address these issues and our local Sequoia-area BCHA deserves great appreciation for their longtime stewardship. BCHA has invited WildPlaces to help on this project. The collaboration between an environmental organization and stockmen will lead to strong understanding and common ground where historical ideological impasses have kept the two as adversary wherein this project will help broaden the base of support for land stewardship and protection.
· Difficulty: This is a difficult project and volunteers need to have physical stamina, backpacking skills, labor skills and a strong commitment to safety.
· Compensation: Experienced backpackers and those with Wilderness skills can expect $50/day compensation. Beginners will not receive stipends on this first trip but will qualify for stipends on the second trip (8/18-25/18). Gaining experience is required before getting paid. This trip offers valuable and useful training in backpacking, stock animals, habitat restoration, orienteering, and risk management.
Pre-event meeting is mandatory and is help Saturday, July 7th all day.