The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation hosted a SNAP restoration work day near the Pi-Pi Campground in Somerset, CA this past Monday, June 20th. We restored 2 sites, just over a quarter of a mile of illegal OHV roads, including one site that was shedding soil directly into the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River. We ended the day with a BBQ and enjoying the river that we just protected! Thank you to Bree Lewis, Hannah Drummond, Emily Frey, Alec Arditti, Timmy Jacobs, Sarah Angulo and Evan Portier for joining us!
The Sierra Nevada Alliance is now accepting applications for 25 AmeriCorps positions, including 2 positions at the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation! Apply today to work at some great non-profits in the Sierra Nevada. Deadline to apply is July 27th.
CSNC staff and volunteers labored in the Sopiago watershed and Pi-Pi Valley areas over the past few weeks to block several unauthorized vehicle routes that are directly impacting sensitive resources on the Eldorado National Forest. On Wednesday, June 1st, we restored multiple sites, including “hill climbs” that are eroding soil into Sopiago Creek. On Thursday, June 9th we repaired additional steep hill climbs in Pi-Pi Valley.
We have some upcoming dates that should be on your calendar! On Saturday, July 9th we will be heading to a higher elevation location in order to beat the heat for another restoration event. Stay tuned for more details. September 16th is another date to save for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Spanky’s Pizza in Placerville! This is the time that CSNC gets to thank our volunteers with a hearty dinner and a great evening.
CSNC and volunteers will be working in the Sopiago watershed and Elkins Flat OHV area in the next few weeks to block several unauthorized vehicle routes that are directly impacting sensitive resources on the Eldorado National Forest. On Wednesday, June 1st, we’ll be restoring multiple sites near Sopiago Creek, including some hill climb shortcuts that are eroding soil into Sopiago Creek. On Thursday, June 9th we will be repairing resource damage at Elkins Flat OHV area.
Meet at the Georgetown Library at 8:30 a.m. or the Placerville Raley’s parking lot at 9:00 a.m. for any of the 3 dates to carpool to the site.Please RSVP to let us know if you are attending so we won’t leave without you! We will return by 5 p.m. The weather can be either warm or chilly this time of year, so dress accordingly. Bring plenty of sun protection, such as a hat and long sleeve shirts, water, a lunch, sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, and anything you might want for a day in the forest.
CSNC and volunteers will be visiting the Barney Ridge area, off Omo Ranch Road, to block several unauthorized vehicle routes that are directly impacting a sensitive plant area on the Eldorado National Forest. We will be working to protect a lava cap that is home to many sensitive plant species, including mimulus pulchellas (purple and yellow flowers below).
Meet at the Placerville Raley’s parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or the Georgetown Library at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the site. We will return before 5 p.m. It is likely to be a little chilly in the morning this time of year, so please bring a jacket and layer up! Bring a lunch, water bottle, sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, sun protection, and anything you might want for a day in the forest.
CSNC has been out and about this past month! This past weekend we were at the Georgetown Nature Fest, and the weekend before at the Placerville Earth Day Celebration, hosting a “meadow” for kids to play in to encourage an appreciation for sensitive ecosystems. We love to be involved in the community!
CSNC wants to thank their volunteers who attended last week’s volunteer project in the Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest area! We closed down multiple OHV roads and signed locations as closed to OHV’s to help ensure that the sensitive plant species will continue to survive in this unique serpentine area. Annie Walker identified and flagged some sensitive plants, including the Van Zuuk’s Morning-Glory and Tripod Buckwheat. See links below for more information about these plant species. Thank you again volunteers and we look forward to having you out again soon!
For more information:
Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area:http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/Pacific_Southwest/TraverseCreek/index.shtml
Van Zuuk’s Morning-Glory:http://www.rareplants.cnps.org/detail/3837