Meet our New AmeriCorps Members

Meet our New AmeriCorps Members

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Meet our new AmeriCorps members Ben and Kaitlin! Ben and Kaitlin will continue the great work of our AmeriCorps alumni protecting ecosystem values and the long-term sustainability of our natural resources for future generations.

Ben grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, New York, where sailing and trips to the Catskill Mountains dominated his summers and ski trips around New England filled his winters. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Vermont in hopes of blending his desire to work with animals and be outside as much as possible. Following graduation, he helped manage inventory for an outdoor gear retailer. Most recently, he has sailed in a transatlantic race from Portugal to Bermuda, hiked for three weeks on the Appalachian Trail, and spent time backpacking and climbing in Desolation Wilderness. Ben fell in love with the unique beauty of the Sierra Nevada and is excited to explore more of the range through time with the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation and on his own. When not backpacking, Ben can be found mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and continuously searching for the world’s best chicken wings.

Kaitlin grew up on the south side of Chicago in the suburb of Frankfort, IL. She spent her summers growing up camping, fishing, and hiking with her family. Most of her adventures outdoors as a kid were with her grandfather, who had been a member in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). He was a major influence in her love for the outdoors and conservation. Her mother also encouraged her curiosity for nature by allowing her to do home experiments and also visit the Brookfield Zoo to learn about the animals almost every weekend of summer. Because of this, Kaitlin then went on to study at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. While at Florida State she got to study a wide variety of environmental topics from marine megafauna and coral reef ecology to urban planning and demographics. Following graduation she moved across the country to Tucson, Arizona where she interned at Saguaro National Park. There she mostly worked on invasive vegetation management but also got to aid on projects such as Gila monster tracking, Saguaro census, pit tagging for tracking lesser long nose bats, and surveying. Although the desert was beautiful and amazing she moved yet again to New Hampshire to work for the SCA NH Americorps residential corps. There she got to teach environmental education in the winter and work on trail and conservation projects in the summer. Some highlights include chainsawing for 11 days to create brook trout habitat in Nash stream with Trout Unlimited ; and hiking, camping and working on the Appalachian Trail creating bog bridges and improving trail in the backcountry. Kaitlin was excited to travel back across the country to Placerville, CA to work as a Restoration Technician/Stewardship Assistant for the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation. She cannot wait for the adventures to come this year and is excited for all the new places and faces she will encounter. When Kaitlin isn’t busy exploring the great outdoors you can catch her watching the Seminoles football games, trying new foods, traveling to a new place or watching the newest episodes of Game of Thrones.

Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation

P.O. Box 603 Georgetown, CA 95634

Phone: 530-206-7061

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

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Sierra Nevada Ensatina Salamander

MLK Day of Service

Thank you to all our volunteers who came out on MLK Day for our first restoration volunteer event of the New Year! We had a blast in the North Fork Cosumnes watershed restoring habitat just above Big Canyon Creek. Our awesome volunteers amazingly ripped a quarter of an acre of soil by hand and scattered duff and woody debris down the entire unauthorized OHV route. We also had the opportunity to transplant seedlings to encourage vegetation growth and improve water infiltration into the soil. We even saw a beautiful Sierra Nevada Ensatina Salamander! We could not have asked for a more fun and successful day of restoration! Special thanks to Bre and Liz, SNAP members from UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center who drove down for the day just to volunteer with us!
Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation 
P.O. Box 603 Georgetown, CA 95634
Phone: 530-206-7061
Thank you Volunteers!

Thank you Volunteers!

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All of us at The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation had a great time at our volunteer appreciation dinner at Round Table Pizza on Thursday night! Our volunteers play a very important part in our restoration efforts, and we wanted to show them how thankful we are.

Our top volunteers this year were Jane Reed, Marty Oberlander, Loyd Evans, and Mae Harms!

Without those who sacrifice their time to join us in the forest restoring and protecting sensitive habitats, our jobs would be much harder. We hope you can join us at a volunteer event during our 2017/2018 restoration season!

Another great day in the forest!

Another great day in the forest!

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We had an excellent volunteer restoration day last Wednesday – the last one with Jessy and Caleb as our AmeriCorps members! Our new members will start November 1st!

We worked on a site that would have taken the restoration team alone several days to complete, but with the help of our awesome volunteers we got the majority of it done in just a few hours! As always, they exceeded our expectations and got the rills filled and most of the route duffed in record time.

Thank you to everyone who came out to work with us on Wednesday and throughout the year!

One day, two sites!

One day, two sites!

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The CSNC crew and volunteers headed out to Omo Ranch today to shut down and restore two unauthorized OHV trails in the Eldorado National Forest.

Despite the heat, everyone really worked hard to get these sites done!

In addition to the main large woody debris exclusions at the entrances to both sites, our volunteers helped cover bare ground with duff and throw debris on the tracks to make them even less accessible.
Thanks to our awesome volunteers, we got the restoration done in record time and were able to head over to the creek to cool off at the end of the day!

CSNC will be holding another volunteer watershed restoration work day on Wednesday, September 6th. If you couldn’t make it out with us today, we hope you can join us next time!

Our work at Sopiago continues!

Our work at Sopiago continues!

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The CSNC crew and volunteers continued restoration work at Sopiago Creek today, shutting down an illegal hill climb route. Along with previously placed exclusions and waterbars, we filled the rills and duffed and disguised the route. 

Our volunteers always exceed our expectations, but today they really dominated the duffing! We got our site done more quickly than we thought possible and were able to have a nice long lunch cooling of by the creek.

A big thank you to all those who came to Sopiago today! We still have more work to do in the area and can use all the help we can get! If you couldn’t make it out this time, we hope you can join us for our next restoration day!

Organizing to Protect our Public Lands

Organizing to Protect our Public Lands

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ORGANIZING TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS


 

A workshop w/ the Center for Biological Diversity

Thursday, July 20th – 7pm to 9pm

Cameron Park Community Center (Social Room)
2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

Organizing to Protect Our Public Lands

A workshop w/ the Center for Biological Diversity
“It is an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of these majestic places. This powerful idea transcends party lines and sets our country apart from the rest of the world. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal, current or future, that devalues or compromises the integrity of our national public lands.”
From a Press Release by REI – February 2017

 

Public lands – our National Forests, Monuments, Parks and more – are under siege by a growing number of political and economic interests. These powerful forces wish to eliminate existing environmental protections and sell off these publicly owned lands to the highest bidder.

Without an organized and effective opposition to these efforts, the threats may become a sobering reality. And if we wait too long, it will be too late to mount an effective resistance.

The Center for Biological Diversity has pinpointed a number of Congressional Districts around the country whose representatives have aligned themselves with the “public lands seizures” movement. Our own Dist 4’s rep, Tom McClintock (R) ranks as #14 on the “Public Land Enemies” list compiled by the Center.

Ryan Beam, Public Lands Campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity, is coming to El Dorado County to conduct a workshop on how we can organize effective opposition to protect and defend our public lands (he’ll also be in Sonora/Jackson the following Monday, July 24th):

  • America’s Public Lands – what are they and why should we care?
  • What is the “public land seizure” movement and who are its members and political/corporate allies?
  • What is McClintock’s role and what bills are being introduced on the Federal level to take away our public lands?
  • How do we organize to oppose these threats and protect our public lands for generations to come?

Almost 50% of the lands in El Dorado County are public lands! We live in the heart of a region with tens of thousands of residents who depend on public lands for recreation, livelihood, scientific research and study, and general enjoyment of living within and next to thriving public lands and habitat, replete with both our native flora and fauna.

If we can mobilize around the defense of everyone’s right to use and enjoy these lands (and not solely for the profit of corporations), we will be able to protect these lands for future generations, and make a significant impact on what happens (or doesn’t happen) on these lands.

This is not a “Red” or “Blue” issue; this is an issue for all us who enjoy and live near these precious national and natural treasures, treasures of untold floral and faunal riches.

This is too important a moment to ignore. The threats are real, the stakes too high.

This two-hour workshop is free. Organizing to Protect Our Public Lands Workshop is at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, Thursday, July 20th, 7pm to 9pm. We ask that you pre-register to ensure we have sufficient space for all those who wish to attend.

For registration or questions: publiclandsworkshop@gmail.com or call 530-748-9365.


This event is being co-sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, El Dorado Progressives, and the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

All photos: (c) 2017 Tripp Mikich
Top to Bottom: Indian Valley, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; South Fork of the American River, Coloma; Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; Granite Chief Wilderness, Tahoe National Forest.

Beautiful flowers, hard work, and a great restoration day!

Beautiful flowers, hard work, and a great restoration day!

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We had a small but strong volunteer crew come out for our restoration day at Sopiago last Thursday. We installed water bars, filled rills, and disguised an unauthorized route that was delivering sediment into Sopiago Creek. There was some lovely vegetation along the trail that will hopefully grow in over the trail, helping to decompact the soil, now that traffic has been blocked off.

A rotting log is great for soil genesis to encourage vegetation growth!
Caleb checking out a gorgeous foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

These plants included azaleas, lupines, and foxgloves, all of which were beautifully blooming! The gooseberry bushes are starting to fruit, and we even spotted a couple wild strawberries!

A big thank you to those who came out to help us work on restoring this lovely area! If you couldn’t make it this time, we hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, June 21st for our next restoration day!

 

Special thanks to Jane for making these delicious end of the day treats!
An Excellent Day of Restoration Near Sopiago Creek!

An Excellent Day of Restoration Near Sopiago Creek!

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The CSNC restoration team and eight volunteers, ranging in age from 12 to mid-70s, headed out to Amador Ranger District on Saturday to restore an illegal hill climb route near Sopiago Creek.

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After

As part of a large local network of non-system trails, the track was contributing a significant amount of sediment to Sopiago Creek.

With the help of our hardworking volunteers, we were able to begin to stop this erosion by filling in the rills, covering bare ground, and disguising the trail to improve habitat for plants and animals on land and in the creek. We didn’t see any Western Pond Turtles, a vulnerable species that can be found in the area, but we did see a little sharp-tailed snake! A big thank you to everyone who came out with us!
We had a fantastic day working and enjoying the forest. We even got to eat our lunches and cool off by the creek!

CSNC’s New Resource Damage Reporting Form

CSNC’s New Resource Damage Reporting Form

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As spring turns into summer, forest roads are re-opened. Add a new dimension to your explorations and participate in the improvement of watershed health by reporting damage from vehicles off designated routes.
Using CSNC’s reporting portal, you can tell us a little about it, attach some photos of the damage, and plot it on our map.

Use this link to access our reporting form. You can also find it in the Get Involved section on our main page under “Report Resource Damage.” CSNC’s restoration crew will check it out and do appropriate repairs. Thank you for your contribution to restoring the Eldorado National Forest!