The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation’s restoration team has added a new piece of equipment to our tool box: the grip hoist! Thanks to the generosity of Ray Griffiths, who donated the grip hoist to CSNC, we are now able to retrieve and place larger log exclusions than ever. We are also very grateful to former CSNC AmeriCorps member Chuck Lewis for taking time out
of his weekend to come out into the field and train us to safely use and maintain this valuable tool.

The grip hoist allows us to lift a large log between two trees using blocks and pulleys. With this system, we can diminish topographical
disadvantages that may have limited our recovery of large logs before. Another benefit, it’s fun! It’s awesome to be able to lift something so heavy up into the air with only a little bit of effort.

We are very excited to start using this tool to more effectively shut down illegal OHV routes in the Eldorado National Forest. Consider coming out to our next volunteer event to possibly see the grip hoist in action!