Invasive Tree Removal in Stanislaus National Forest, California
- Work to conserve a Native American cultural landscape
- Enjoy two days hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail and in Calavaras Big Trees State Park
- Experience fall in the Central Sierra
- Lodge accommodations
- All meals except one dinner out
- Equipment and supplies
|Dates||Sep 28–Oct 4, 2014|
Fall in the Central Sierra is full of astounding colors and pristine views. It is the end of summer relaxation and the beginning of winter preparation -- a gorgeous time of year to visit, as you are surrounded by autumn's quiet after the bustle of summer activity. So come enjoy the best of two worlds, by performing service in the out of doors by day and relaxing in a comfy lodge by night, all with other Sierra Club members eager to explore this land of pines, lakes, granite slabs, and volcanic outcroppings.
We will stay at family-friendly Tamarack Lodge, 18 miles east of Arnold and just two miles west of Bear Valley at an elevation of 7,000 feet.
This trip is offered in cooperation with the Stanislaus National Forest Service staff and a local Miwok cultural practitioner, who will teach us about the endangered black oaks, supervise our work projects, and offer us information highlighting local Miwok culture and other historical interests. We will have three days for our work project, with two days off for optional hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail at Ebbetts Pass and Calavaras Big Trees State Park.
Our service trip in the Central Sierra will focus on the conservation of the Native American cultural landscape by removing non-native pines and conifers that are encroaching on the native black oak and aspen trees. Most of our work will be in the Wakalu Hep Yo Campground of the Stanislaus National Forest, which is a significant site for the Miwok people.
Over many decades, the alpine forests in this area have been changing from open meadows to dense conifer forests. Conifer encroachment causes a lowering of the water table, making it difficult for native deciduous trees like oaks and aspens to survive.
The trip will begin on day one with an informal gathering at 3 p.m. at Tamarack Lodge. If you arrive early, you can unpack, go bird-watching, take a leisurely hike, or explore Bear Valley. By arriving early you will have additional time to acclimate to the altitude.
The next morning we will begin our work with an orientation to the work project. We will plan to have the third and fifth day as days off (unless inclement weather occurs on a work day).
A typical day will begin with eating breakfast and making our sack lunches. On our workdays, we will then travel 15-30 minutes to the trailhead. After work, we will return to the lodge and enjoy a social gathering before dinner. After eating, we can join optional evening activities.
The trip ends after breakfast on the last day.
We will gather at Tamarack Lodge about 18 miles east of
Due to insurance regulations, all transportation to the lodge, trailheads, and the work site is the responsibility of each trip member. Leaders are unable to arrange carpools for participants. Those arriving by air or being dropped off at the lodge should plan to rent a car or make their own arrangements to carpool with other trip participants. If you wish to carpool, the leader will provide you with a participant roster before the trip.
Accommodations and Food
The lodge has comfortable bedrooms with shared bathrooms. All linens and towels are provided. Couples will be kept together, and singles will be in same-sex shared rooms. The bathrooms are separate for men and women, and include three private shower stalls, three toilets stalls, and two sinks in each. A common room with plenty of space for relaxing at the end of the day contains books, games, and a DVD player. An outside deck offers everyone a chance to relax in the sun, morning or evening. The lodge has a spacious kitchen and dining area that's perfect for preparing group meals, with everyone helping out.
The leaders will plan healthy, hearty, vegetarian-friendly meals. Following Sierra Club Outings custom, we will all assist by taking turns with the preparation and clean-up. We will prepare individual lunches each morning to carry with us on the trail. The trip leaders will work with you to accommodate specific dietary requirements as much as possible. However, any dietary restrictions must be discussed in detail with the leader well in advance of the trip.
One evening we will venture to nearby restaurant for a dinner out. This meal is not included in the trip price so you will need to bring extra cash.
Work will be moderately strenuous due in large part to working at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Hydration is the most important tool in preventing altitude sickness -- everyone is advised to bring at least three one-quart water containers.
This service trip is suitable for all levels of fitness because everyone is encouraged to work at his or her own pace. However, if you haven't been exercising regularly, now is a good time to start. Safety is the primary concern on all our service trips.
Equipment and Clothing
A detailed equipment list will be sent to all registered participants. Participants will need hiking boots, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts for the work project.
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- Farquhar, Francis, History of the
- Sorer, Tracy I.,
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- Gilligan, David, The Secret Sierra.
- Roszak, Theodore, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner, Ecopsychology.
- USGS 7.5-minute quadrangle maps: Tamarack,
, Spicer Meadow and Pacific Valley Ebbetts Pass.
By working to conserve the Native American cultural landscape we will be helping to keep the native black oak tree that is important to the Miwok people from being encroached upon by non-native trees. The acorns of the black oak are an important part of the traditional activities practiced by the Miwok indians. The Miwok indians celebrate and honor their rich and varied culture by keeping it alive for the younger generations.
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