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May 9, 2016 – Volunteers Repair Damage at Rare Plant Area in Traverse Creek

Volunteers and staff from the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation (CSNC) were joined by volunteers from the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and Trout Unlimited (TU) on April 27 at the Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area in Garden Valley. The volunteers were there to help restore areas damaged by off-road vehicle use and to protect the area from future damage.

Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area (TCSIA), a part of the Eldorado National Forest, is home to several rare and sensitive plant species especially adapted to serpentine soils, including the Van Zuuk’s Morning-Glory (Calystegia vanzuukiae), Tripod Buckwheat (Eriogonum tripodum), and a beautiful, delicate Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva). One species in the TCSIA is Layne’s butterweed, (Packera layneae), which is on both the State and Federal Endangered Species lists.CSNC Volunteers

Several individual sensitive plants had been damaged or destroyed by being run over by vehicle tires. The work party blocked off several points of unauthorized access and disguised tire tracks to discourage additional traffic.

In addition to its botanical treasures, Traverse Creek includes both historic and prehistoric resources. It is the site of the historic Stifle Claim, which is still frequented by gem and mineral enthusiasts. A number of Native American sites are protected in the preserve.

“Traverse Creek is a very unique place. I greatly value the partnership we have with CSNC in furthering the restoration goals that we share,” said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.

There are numerous hiking trails in the preserve, but vehicles are strictly prohibited, in order to protect the many sensitive resources found here. Over 1,800 miles of roads and trails across the Eldorado National Forest are designated for wheeled motor vehicle travel. Vehicle travel off these designated roads and trails is prohibited. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available free of charge from any Forest office, or can be downloaded from the Eldorado’s web site.


December 15, 2015 – Restoration Volunteers Honored

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation honored 30 volunteers at a dinner at Spanky’s Pizza in Placerville on Friday, December 11. The volunteers have donated 496 hours and restored 11 acres of Eldorado National Forest lands, from Hope Valley to Rock Creek, since August.

CSNC is a local non-profit conservation organization, founded in 1985, which cooperates with the Eldorado National Forest to monitor and repair damage to watersheds from irresponsible use or vandalism. CSNC hosts volunteer-based restoration events that include forest trash clean up, repairing damage from illegal vehicle use, planting native species, and removal of noxious weeds. IMG_2554

CSNC has partnered with the Sierra Nevada Alliance for a second year to host two Americorps members. These members participate in daily forest restoration, weather permitting, and provide volunteer event coordination and support. For more information about the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation and volunteer opportunities, contact Kayla Youngblood at, or call 530-206-7061.

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