High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew

2014- (click below)
Trip Schedule

Note From Rick
To our Volunteers:

Hello Everyone:

The HSVTC computer Server (our inhouse office server) had a catastrophic failure and was down from 6-06-14 through 6-16-14 2:00 AM while we rebuilt the entire system.

Unfortunately the server was unable to receive e-mails during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience, we have not been ignoring you, we have been fighting with computers. More importantly, if you have sent an e-mail in this period please send it again.



Volunteer awards given out by the Sierra National Forest in 2013: 86 people earned a Sierra National Forest certificate of recognition, 11 people earned a Presidents Volunteer Award and 11 people earned a National Parks Pass. We were given these awards at the Sierra National Forest annual recognition dinner on April 25th.

Congratulations, once again you have been recognized for your hard work. We have mailed almost all of the awards to everyone.


We had a 9 people on Saturday and 11 people on Sunday at the Millerton Lake trail event, these hearty souls braved the hundred degree weather to build a ten foot wide by eight foot high wall to shore up a section of the San Joaquin River Trail near the Marina.

Check out Face Book site for pictures. This trail will eventually go from Fresno to Mammoth. The PCT Trip is heading out next week in the Inyo National Forest. The Ansel Adams Trip in on June 29th still has a few spots left.

Upcoming events in July include Big Meadows and Jenny lakes the trips are filling fast, get signed up and reserve a spot.


We have reached $8,500 of our matching $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, Karen Duncan, and an unknown person (casualty of Server crash) donated over $350 on our website.

Matched by Dr. Hansen that is $700. Great job these donations mean a lot to the Trail Crew. The matching funds are still a great option as well. Matching funds add up, we have received $217 since the last e-mail.

We are now signed up with Bank of America, Patagonia, United Way, Aglient, 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. We are also signed up for the Save Mart Shares program.

This donation and all of your donations make our operation possible.

New Intern on Board

I would like to welcome Adam Hogan to the crew. He is a senior at Northern Michigan University and is spending his summer helping the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew as an intern.

Adam is obtaining a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management and has found a perfect place to learn. He is going to be a great help this year. I am sure you will run into him out on the trail or in the office at the Willow lodge. Make sure you say hi.

Willow Lodge and Warehouse

Lyons Transportation located in Clovis CA has delivered two 24 foot semi-trailer vans to the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew for our equipment storage. This is a big donation, they are 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
RFleming@trailcrew.org www.trailcrew.org

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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

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Vital Trail Maintenance Program

Projects and Trips for Families and Friends

finished bridge

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

teenagers with bear box

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)