High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew

2014- (click below)
Trip Schedule

Note From Rick
To our Volunteers:

Hello Everyone:

Here is the latest update on what is happening at the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew.

I have bad news, I have to announce that we are rescheduling the Ansel Adams Trip #1 from 5-3 through 5-10 to 8-24 through 8-30 due to Snow concerns. We moved all of the trips up this year to avoid running out of water later in the season.

We gambled that we would be able to go in early this year since there was no snow pack in the Sierras, well winter came in February and March and even though there is nowhere near the snow pack we need for the State of California there is enough snow so we cannot get in to do the work yet.

Sorry but we have no choice but to postpone the trip. Mother Nature is not cooperating this year, in four weeks I am sure it will be 100 degrees in the Sierras and all of the snow will melt overnight, but right now we can’t guarantee that we can get in .

On a better note: The PCT Thousand Island Lakes Trip is full with a waiting list, and the other trips are filling fast, get signed up and reserve a spot.

Donations We are at $7,800 of our $10,000 goal. Eric Hansen's offer to match up to $5,000 in donated funds has been taken up by a number of people. Since my last e-mail the Janet and Warren Sargent, Bob Geerts and James Opplinger have donated $950 matched by Dr. Hansen that is $1900. Great job these donations mean a lot to the Trail Crew. The matching funds are still a great option as well.

We are now signed up with Bank of America, Patagonia, and Boeing If you work for any of these companies or your company offers matching donations to the organization you choose please consider HSVTC. This is a great way to double and right now it would be quadrupling your donation.

Crew Leader Training in April. The training was a great success, Special thanks to Marlane Fleming, Dave Brown Rick Chappell and Tony Cortez who organized and ran the training. We had about 15 people and had a very productive training weekend. Thanks to all of the people who volunteer to lead our crews.

Willow Lodge and Warehouse Lyons Transportation located in Clovis CA has agreed to donate two 24 foot semi-trailer vans to the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew for our equipment storage. This is a big donation, they will be parked out at the Willow Lodge and will be a great help in keeping our equipment out of the weather.

If you have any questions or comments related to the Trail Crew please do not hesitate to call me. Rick Fleming Executive Director High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew 559-325-2874 RFleming@trailcrew.org www.trailcrew.org

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Environmental Stewardship

Empowering our Volunteers to work in good stewardship, together - for the conservation and preservation of America's great national treasures.

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Throughout their many years of dedication and efforts of good Environmental Stewardship, the High Sierra Volunteer Trailcrew has been recognized for all their hard work and awarded several service awards because of it.

"Number One Volunteer Organization in the Sierra National Forest,"

"An Organization that should be used as a framework and copied in
all of our public lands."

We are truly honored with the unique role we perform as well as the many services we provide
toward the preservation of some of America's great national treasures. To provide Corporate Sponsorship, a legacy gift, or to just be a part of this important piece of good environmental stewardship, we invite you to join in and support the Volunteers of the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew. - Welcome Aboard!

This Seasons Trips and Events

Trail Crew Events for 2014

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Vital Trail Maintenance Program

Projects and Trips for Families and Friends

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Vital Trail Maintenance is one of the key support functions we provide. Responsible for close to a half a million acers of wilderness and other forest lands, The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew offers outdoor trips that can accomadate friends and family of almost any age and ability.

From easy car camping at Edison or Florence Lakes - to long backpack trips down the John Muir Trail - you can find almost any level of activity you want to do. Not to mention campfire meals and friendship that are hard to replicate anywhere else in life.

The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is some of America's most beautiful scenery. John Muir called it "The Range of Light." And, you can either come alone or bring along your friends and family. Because, you will learn as many have learned over the years, Trail Crew trips really are "Trips of a Lifetime"

Volunteers can work as much or as little as they want. On a normal day our volunteers head out on trails to clear fallen trees, maintain erosion control, restore trail tread, clear encroaching brush, and most of all enjoy the Sierra Nevada and all it has to offer. The VTM program has been the heart of HSVTC since its inception. And best of all for our volunteers - it's all FREE!

For the latest news and information on the VTM program, see our Trip Schedule . To sign-up for one of our VTM trips head over to our Trip Registration page. (Registration required)

Youth - Outdoor Education Programs

The Future of Good Environmental Stewardship

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Involvement and education of our youth in good environmental stewardship as well as the greater world around them, is paramount to the future of our forest lands. The HSVTC actively encourages youth of all ages to participate in our program.

We are currently seeking school and youth programs to partner with us in order to provide these educational outdoor experiences. If you are interested in participating, or in partnering with HSVTC for this program, please Contact-Us and express your interest in our Youth Education Programs.

Forest Facilities Management

Yes, we do lots of other things too.

Forest Building Maintanence

One of The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew's goals is to provide volunteer opportunities for all that are willing. Our Forest Facilities Maintenance division is for those that do not want to hike to a work site each day but would rather work in one location on a project. Some of our past projects have been to reclaim the Great Western Rainbow Mine on the upper Kings River.

During the event we removed wooden & steel buildings, old equipment and vehicles, and tons of mining debris. Our Save the Bears project moved 800 steel bear proof food lockers from Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and installed them in campgrounds throughout the Edison & Florence Lakes region, Huntington Lake and Wishon and Courtright reservoirs.

We also removed an old building, one board at a time, over a 5 day period. And then repurposed all the wood to a community garden program in order to build planting beds here in Fresno. We are also working on the restoration of various USFS and DFG cabins in local and remote locations that your skills can come in very handy, so give Shane Krogen a call to talk about the 2013 FFM opportunities.

For the latest news and information on the FFM program, see our Trip Schedule . To sign up for one of our FFM trips head over to our Trip Registration page. (Registration required)