Goodbye July, Hello August!

July 26th Watershed Workday

July flew by! Our crew hosted two volunteer events, restored about 1 acre, monitored 23 sites, and had the opportunity to assist with another SNAP host site’s event. The crew joined American River Conservancy’s River  Cleanup on the South Fork of the American River on the 19th, helping remove truckloads of trash while rafting down the lower gorge. Later in the month, the crew hosted a volunteer event at a beautiful alpine lava cap area near Mud lake. Volunteers helped remove fire rings and disguise an OHV intrusion.  After a hard day’s work at elevation, we took our volunteers to the Tragedy Spring’s picnic area for lunch. What a treat! 

Highlights of July:

Total Volunteer Acreage: 0.4089 

Total Volunteer Hours: 64

Total Volunteers: 8 

Total Acres Restored in July by Crew & Volunteers: 0.928 acres

Total Sites Monitored: 23

Volunteers with our crew taking lunch at our July 12th Watershed Workday
Volunteers Mae and Marty removing a fire ring at our July 26th Watershed Workday
View of Silver Lake from July 26th
View of a healthy section of the forest near Grizzly Flat

Upcoming Volunteer Events:

Saturday August 4th–  On our final Saturday Watershed Workday, we will be disguising a trail using duff and woody debris and removing camp trash along a relatively flat, moderately shaded 882ft route. It is just above 4,000 ft slightly cooler than the foothills. There is a beautiful overlook on the way to the site we will stop at to  enjoy. The site is just off of pavement and a short drive down a dirt road
Wednesday August 8th-  This site will involve removing trash, and will need lots of duff and woody debris to disguise. It is a short site with two spurs, moderately sunny, and on a paved road, so no 4×4 drive needed to join us on this project.
Thursday August 23rd-  We will work on excluding a wide, illegal 4×4 OHV route. This day will include placing duff and debris to disguise, filling rills, and creating water bars to improve hydrology, if possible. The drive is on pavement until the last 1.5 miles down a dirt, forest service road. This is a longer site (1200ft), so the more hands the merrier!
Wednesday August 29th–  Saving the best for last! We will be working on a site that directly crosses the Steely Fork of the Consumnes River. This site is down an eroded forest service road, we are looking for volunteers with 4×4 drive to help carpool to this site. That being said this site needs a lot of work! It has 4×4 traffic driving through the water and is eroding both banks. Tell our water and fish loving friends! We will need to duff and disguise to exclude and possibly install bollards to prevent OHV water crossing.

Wild about Wildflowers!

Wild about Wildflowers!

Castilleja applegatei (Wavyleaf paintbrush)

Throughout the month of June, our crew and volunteers were privileged to see countless beautiful blooms throughout Eldorado National Forest. We wanted to share with you some of our favorites!

June in Review

June in Review

June 9th Workday

June was a great month for CSNC; we had 136 hours of volunteer support from 14 volunteers at our watershed workdays. We look forward to continuing this hard work in July. With about an acre restored in June, we can’t wait to see our July results!

With your help, we can protect sensitive habitat and resources throughout Eldorado National Forest.

June 1st – 8th:  This week our crew monitored sites around Omo Ranch and continued their work in Grizzly Flat. The crew saw many wildflowers while out monitoring and restoring sites throughout the week including:  Wavyleaf paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei), larkspur (Delphinium variegatum), Snowplant (Sarcodes sanguinea), Purple Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), Pygmy Rose (Rosa bridgesi),  Torrey’s Monkeyflower (Mimulus torreyi), and Spotted Coralroot Orchid (Corallorhiza maculata).

June 9th – 15th: This week we had TWO great Watershed Workdays in Grizzly Flat with a total of nine volunteers to help restore a long site that leads down to an stream that feeds into the north fork consumes river. Our volunteers had the delight of seeing Spotted Coralroot Orchid (Corallorhiza maculata), Pygmy Rose (Rosa bridgesi), Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata), Frageria virginiana (wild strawberry), Erysimum capitatum (wallflower), and ceanothus parviflolius (little leaf ceanothus).

June 16th – 22nd:  On June 21st, we had six amazing watershed warriors come out and tackle a steep site in desperate need of restoration. Our volunteers and crew placed large woody debris to remove deep rills, recovered contour with woody debris and duff, and covered bare ground to encourage future growth and reduce erosion.  It was a hot one but our volunteers worked hard and got to enjoy a cool lunch down by the creek, discussing and identifying wildflowers nearby.

June 23rd – 29th: This week our crew hosted another watershed workday in Grizzly Flat, completing a site near Grizzly Flat that we have been working on throughout June. The crew also hosted their fellow SNAP member (Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership) Crew Stover. He helped us  set  a final exclusion, helping conclude work on this site. Throughout the week we saw many beautiful blooms. We also checked in on our transplants from our January 15th, MLK Watershed Workday and found more successful new growth!

On April 28th we transplanted 18 tree seedlings and iris. In June, our crew went back to check on their progress and to our delight they spotted new growth on numerous seedlings and iris (pictured below). Successful transplants help restore sites after we have done our work by improving infiltration of roots and water into compacted soil.

New Growth on Transplants from 4/28 Watershed Workday

June 27th Workday
June 13th Workday
June 21st Workday
June 9th Workday
1 Month, 4 Successful Volunteer Work Days

1 Month, 4 Successful Volunteer Work Days


This month we had  so much fun with all our volunteers! Thanks to their hard week we successfully restored 4 Sites of Sensitive Watershed in Eldorado National Forest!  The sites included work within the Southern Critical Deer Winter Range, a site that crossed a tributary of Whaler Creek multiple times, and a site that was eroding an Old Wagon Trail! Our volunteers covered bare ground with endless bags of duff, placed a lot woody debris, and eagerly transplanted tree seedlings! 

Thanks so much to all our hard working volunteers for their help and dedication! 

We look forward to a summer of fun and restoration in EDNF with our volunteers! 

Our Upcoming Volunteer Workdays in May are:

Wednesday May 9th

Tuesday May 22nd

CSNC Annual Fundraiser!

CSNC Annual Fundraiser!


Spread the Word! Join Us Sunday May 6th from 2pm to 6pm!

Proceeds will support CSNC’s Watershed Restoration Program in Eldorado National Forest

You’re invited to our Annual Fundraiser!

Sunday May 6th at Camp Lotus down by the South Fork of the American River.

Live Music by two local bands, Dancing, Tacos, Guacamole Competition, Silent Auction, Lawn Games, door prizes, and more!

Music: Red Dirt Ruckus & Gary Bowman and the Viral-Enviro South Fork String Band

Tacos: Chandos Tacos

No Host Beer, Wine, and Margaritas

Silent Auction Items – Click Here to see complete list!

Gary Bowman
Red Dirt Ruckus

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Comments invited for CSNC Preliminary OHV Restoration Grant Application

Comments invited for CSNC Preliminary OHV Restoration Grant Application


The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation has submitted a preliminary application for grant funds from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division to restore public lands damaged by unauthorized off highway motorized recreation. CSNC invites your comments regarding changes, concerns, and support for the final grant application, which will be submitted by May 7, 2018.  


These and all other applicants’ grant requests, as well as detailed instructions about the process and how to comment can be viewed on the OHMVR website at  Comments should be submitted directly through the division website and sent to the responsible agency during the public comment period from March 6 until April 2, 2018. 


For more information or to provide your comments through other means, please email Karen Schambach at


Silent Auction Items

Silent Auction Items

Here is a list of all of our silent auction items! Please check back often as this list is updated as we receive more items. Click on the bold for more information about the event/item/company.

1) 4 Admissions for 4 Adults to Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival

2) 2 Daily Admission Tickets to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

3) A Family subscription to the B Street Theatre

4) Four 1-day Hopper Passes for Disneyland

5) 1 night stay in a Tower Guest Room at Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa Reno

6) 4 tickets to the Sacramento River Cats

7) Original Art by Ramona Douglass

8) 1 Grayl Bottle with Extra Filter from Grayl

9) Darn Good Yarn Bowl from Darn Good Yarn

10) 2 tickets to the GrandPrix IndyCar Race at Sonoma Raceway

11) (2) 1-day Saturday Passes to Wanderlust Yoga Festival Squaw Valley

12) 4 Tickets to El Dorado County Fair

13) Private Wine Class for 20 from Total Wine

14) 10 – Class Pass from Sol Flow Yoga

15) Family Membership from Turtle Bay Exploration Park

16) $50 Gift Card from EVO

17) Gift Certificate from The Bookery

18) Energy Pack (Energy Harness, HMS Compact Lock carabiner, Piu 2.0 belay and rappel device, Acqualong chalk bag) from CAMP USA Adventure Gear

19) Custom design water bottle cages from Portland Design Works

20) $100 Gift Certificate to Black Oak Animal Hospital

21) Graphic T-Shirts from Parks Project

22) Coffee and Mug from Rebel Pine

23) 4 tickets for Admission to the Sacramento Zoo

24) (1) Dinner for 4 Certificate from Chipotle

25) Gift Certificate to Leatherby’s  Family Creamery 

26) Original Painting by Margie Lopez Read

27) One Pier 39 Fun Pack: two Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure Tickets, Two San Francisco Carousel Ride Tickets, Two 7D Experience Tickets, Two RocketBoat Tickets, One Savings Fun  Pack with coupon for 1-hour parking validation;   From Pier 39

28) Two  ($25) Gift Certificates to Evangeline’s

29) Two Wine Tasting for 2 with Logo Glass from Boeger Winery

30) Red Handmade Wool Blanket by Darby Haines

31) Blue Handmade Wool Blanket by Darby Haines

31) 2 – Handmade pottery bowls Set #1 from Ali Elliott 

33) 2- Handmade Pottery Bowls Set #2 from Ali Elliott

34) 2 seats for a 2 hour tour with Sac Brew Bike

35) Autographed Photo of San Francisco Giants’ Catcher: Buster Posey

36) T-Mini 2 person Hammock from Tentsile

37) Two-night stay in the luxurious Peppermill Tower at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, NV

38) 2 Tickets to a Sacramento Kings Game

39) 2 hour Arborist Consultation with John Kipping

40) South Fork 1-Day Rafting Trip for 2 with All Outdoors Rafting

41) Coffee, Beanie, $25 Gift Card, and Patch from Totem Cafe

42) Costa Rica Trip for 4 Couples or a Large Family (airfare not included) from Ghyd Adventures

43) Galen Rowell – A Restrospective, Photography Book

Local Artisan Auction Items

Live Music:

2:00pm-3:30pm: Gary and the ‘Viral-Enviro South Fork String Band’ – the band will also feature bassist Preston Marx III and ‘River Rat’ Tom Freer) 

3:30-5:00pm: Red Dirt Ruckus

Food Truck:

Chando’s Tacos will be at the event selling delicious food!

No Host Beer/wine for Purchase
We will also be hosting our second annual Guac-off!  

There will be prizes for 1st place! To enter, email with the subject! Guac-off! Then attend our Encore De Mayo Fiesta with a bowl of your favorite recipe guacamole! More details to come about arrival time/where to set up.  

When buying tickets we recommend Print at Home! 

Your ticket will also act as your entry into our door prize raffles! 

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Bottlehill Volunteer Event!

Bottlehill Volunteer Event!


Another Successful Volunteer Event is on the books! On February 7th, six volunteers helped restore an unauthorized  OHV route in the Bottlehill area of the Georegtown District. This group restored an impressive 0.5 acres! We had so much fun and great company.  Our next Volunteer Event will be Thursday February 22nd in Mosquito.  You can meet us at the Placerville Raley’s  to leave at 9am or  the intersection of 193 and Rock Creek Road

Email to RSVP!

Public invited to Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation Open House to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle grant application

Public invited to Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation Open House to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle grant application


The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation (CSNC) will be submitting an application for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Funds for the upcoming 2017/2018 grant cycle. CSNC is developing a preliminary application to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for a Restoration grant. CSNC’s continued partnership with El Dorado National Forest will focus on restoring unauthorized OHV routes that negatively impact sensitive resources in the Forest. Funding will help support our restoration crew and volunteers, and defray equipment, vehicle and tool costs.

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation has been successful in previous OHV applications. The grants have helped identify 770 sites throughout El Dorado National Forest that are in need of restoration. Of those 770, 342 sites have already been restored using OHV grant funding and volunteers. These sites have helped protect sensitive resources such as archaeology, sensitive plants, streams/creeks, and wildlife such as the Western pond turtle and Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog.

Public input is important for our proposal’s success, and CSNC will be hosting an Open House on February 9 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm to discuss the grant application. This Open House will be held at the CSNC Office, 681 Main Street, Suite 217, Placerville, CA 95667.

Once completed, the preliminary grant applications will be available on the OHMVR website on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 through Monday, April 2, 2018 for review and comment. To review the grant applications submitted go to

The public may provide electronic comments to CSNC by e-mailing both CSNC (Contact@SierraNevadaConservation) and copying (cc) the OHMVR Division at You may also send written comments, suggestions, or letters of support for the applications to CSNC at P.O. Box 603, Georgetown, CA 95634.

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation is a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection of ecosystem values and the long-term sustainability of our natural resources for future generations.




Sierra Sentinel – Winter 2018

Sierra Sentinel – Winter 2018

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your generous support, it has been a productive year for CSNC’s restoration program.  Our tireless staff, AmeriCorps crew, and hard-working volunteers restored 110 sites this past season, including riparian areas, hill climbs, special botanical areas, and sensitive lava caps. Thirty-four volunteers contributed a total of 370 hours at 16 different volunteer events.

Jessy and Caleb, our 2017 Sierra Nevada AmericaCorps Partnership (SNAP) volunteers, “graduated” in September. Caleb is now pursuing his Wilderness EMT certificate. Jessy, who loves to climb, is working for a tree company. They were an amazing crew! Though sad to see them go, we are happy to have helped “jump-start” their careers. We wish them all the best as they move to their next opportunities.

We are happy to welcome Ben and Kaitlin, our new SNAP members, who joined us this fall. We are again inspired by these young people who have chosen to give an entire year in service to our country and Mother Earth. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome!

CSNC's 2017 Restoration Projects

Volunteers and crew take a break beside Traverse Creek
llegal ATV use was destroying rare plants and threatening cultural and riparian resources at the Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area in Garden Valley. In June, CSNC’s crew and volunteers, using just handcarts, carried fifteen 8”x8”x4’ posts, 23 bags of ready mix, and assorted tools over a mile to install a sturdy barrier to ATV traffic.

We restored several sites in the Sopiago Creek watershed, including illegal dirt bike hill climbs that were contributing to the sedimentation of the creek. To keep vehicles out, the crew makes use of large logs, scavenged from near the project, using trailer and assorted come-alongs, griphoists, and chains.

Through the summer, we also completed a number of restoration projects in the Pilliken, Capps Creek, Silver Creek, Alder Creek, Elkins Flat/Gold Note areas. We monitored on much of the rest of the Eldorado National Forest, identifying future restoration needs. Our post-restoration monitoring shows an impressive success rate at effectively restricting additional illegal use and damage. Our goal is to erase all signs of the user-created routes to discourage continued use.

Forest Service budgets have decreased under the new administration and a hiring freeze has reduced staffing levels on the Eldorado National Forest. In response, CSNC is building a strong partnership with the professionals on the Forest to support continued restoration.

While much of our restoration work is made possible through grants, we still depend on donations from our members to fund daily operating expenses. You can make secure, monthly donations on CSNC’s website: Monthly donations help us budget for those mundane but necessary expenses like office rent, utilities, and internet access. Of course, your annual donations are also very much appreciated. So please give generously!

In Loving Memory

Our dear friend, mentor, supporter, and inspiration, Bill Center, died on September 18 of cancer. Bill was a force like none other in El Dorado County. As an environmental advocate, he helped found Friends of the River, American River Conservancy, and Sierra Nevada Alliance. Back in 1986, he provided guidance to founders of CSNC. Bill fought to protect our rivers. He was politically savvy and worked for decades to keep El Dorado County from becoming part of the Sacramento metropolis. He and Robin were generous supporters of CSNC; they provided us venues, auction gifts, and food and drink.

Bill was frequently our auctioneer at events. We spent many an evening together folding flyers and stuffing envelopes for various campaigns and events over the years. We will miss Bill greatly, and send our condolences to Robin and the entire family.

Save the Date 
Sunday, May 6, is our Encore de Mayo celebration, with auction, music, food and drinks. The event will be at Camp Lotus. Please plan to attend and bring your friends. We promise a fun time in a beautiful location.

On behalf of CSNC’s Board of Directors and our young, enthusiastic staff, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation

P.O. Box 603 Georgetown, CA 95634
Phone: 530-206-7061