Trail Volunteers Work In Northern California Forest To Protect Resources

April 2013 Powersport News

Stonyford, CA - Three groups of trail volunteers were fully engaged on the Mendocino National Forest the weekend of April 20-21 in a diverse range of conservation activities. Most of the work is related to helping rehabilitate this destination OHV riding area after it was devastated by the 2012 Mill Fire. The catastrophic wildfire burned over 82,000 acres last summer, impacting about three-fourths of the trail system in the Grindstone Ranger District.

One group of volunteers is finishing its official Forest Service chainsaw certification class that will enable them to help clear downed trees that often block trails. Other trail enthusiasts worked
with agency staff and installed new trail barriers that help delineate the route and protect sensitive areas from unauthorized use.

Club members also did work on Trail 33, otherwise known to local dirtbikers as the Steam Donkey Trail. These post-fire volunteer efforts have been in progress since October 2012 in an effort to reopen the area for public use by June 1, 2013.

Don Amador, Western representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said, "It has been amazing to see the heroic efforts made by the volunteers, Forest Service staff, crews from CA OHV Division and Trails Unlimited and many others to repair trail erosion control structures, signing and ... trail delineators so that the unit can be reopened for public use."

"This collaborative effort is a good example of what can be accomplished when trail enthusiasts work side by side with federal and state partners to maintain and improve OHV recreational opportunity
for this and future generations, particularly after the area was hit by a destructive event," Amador concluded.

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