High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew

2014- (click below)
Trip Schedule

Note From Rick
To our Volunteers:

Hello Everyone:

We need signups for our upcoming trips: We have five events available before the end of the year. The Edison Base Camp and Courtright Base Camp, Ansel Adams August and Long Meadow Back Packing trips and the woman's trip at Camp Nelson in October.

Possibly related to above problem. computer issues again: I just found out that the web site has been having issues and may have been taking signups without recording them. Please sign up again or e-mail me and check if I have you signed up.

Great success: All of the trips this year have been a great success, our latest Jenny lakes trip crew crosscut 52 trees as well as doing a lot of tread work, more details to come.

You are all doing fantastic work this year with lots of new people working for the crew and really good reports coming back from our partner agencies and the people that have attended the events.

Environmental Reclamation Team volunteer opportunity: The Tule River Tribe and our law enforcement partners have asked the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew to help with marijuana grow site cleanup work the week of August 25th through August 29th.

This operation will be dealing with the removal of all of the trash and chemicals left behind in illegal grow sites that pollutes and poisons our forest lands, the water we drink and the animals that live there. A helicopter will be used to ferry the trash and pipe in nets from the grow sites to the landing zone.

We will be helping at the landing zone to unload the nets and roll up the empty nets that are left. The trash and pipe will be loaded into trailers at the landing zone for transport to be recycling or dumped at landfills.

We will need up to four people per day. You can volunteer for any number of days. If you are coming from a long distance one of our members has offered to house anyone who would like to stay in Visalia, camping in a nearby camping area is also available. A stipend for food and fuel is also available.

For local people the plan is to meet daily in Porterville at a designated spot in the morning and head out to the project. If you are interested please contact Rick Fleming at rfleming@trailcrew.org or 559-325-2874.

And, as always, 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
RFleming@trailcrew.org www.trailcrew.org

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The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew

Support the Volunteers of the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew

As you consider your plans for donations and giving, we ask everyone to always remember the hard work and accomplishments performed by the Volunteers of the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew.

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

(browse the calendar for upcoming trips)

Click here for a full list of Trail Crew Events
Already a member? Click Here to sign-up for a trip. (Registration required)

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)