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
|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: SierraNevadaConservation.org. 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