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 for the period of June 16th through July 22nd.

I am adding a section to my monthly e-mail to show how much the members of the Trail Crew are volunteering in number of people and hours. You donate a huge amount of time and do a huge amount of work for our public lands, it is important to note how much.

Number of Hours and Volunteers for this period:

Number of Volunteers: 61
Number of Hours: 3063

The HSVTC has had three trips since my last e-mail. The PCT Thousand Island Trip, the Ansel Adams June Trip and the Big Meadows Base Camp.

The Thousand Island trip was great success a beautiful location with lots of rock work. The Ansel Adams June trip to Hemlock Crossing was a great success with great feedback from the participants and lots of work completed.

The Big Meadows base camp Trip was also a huge success with thirty eight people attending at one point. Everyone had a great time, the food was great and at one point we had five work parties out at once.

Upcoming Trips in July and August are as follows. Jenny Lakes back packing Trip July 27th through August 2nd, Edison base camp trip August 15th through 17th , Fancher Creek day event August 23rd Ansel Adams July back packing trip Aug 24th through Aug 30th .

Please sign up get out of the heat, and have some fun. The trips are filling fast so sign up and reserve a spot.

We have reached our matching $10,000 goal. Eric Hansen's offer to match up to $5,000 in donated funds has been achieved. Since my last e-mail, Laurel Fairley and David Schaad donated $240.

Two unknown persons (still working on getting names) donated over $450 on our website.

Matched by Dr. Hansen that is $1380. 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 $150 + since the last e-mail and are getting these donations monthly.

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 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:
Adam Hogan our new intern has been to four events to date and is a great help to the Trail Crew. If you meet him on any of the trips please thank him for his efforts, he is going well beyond his intern requirements to help the Trail Crew.

New Equipment:
We have purchased a new griddle 24" x 36" for base camps and picked up commercial food transportation boxes used by caterers to keep food cold or warm.

The griddle was necessary for base camp events and the food transportation boxes are used for both back packing and base camp events eliminating the need for a generator and freezer to supply back packing crews.

The two 24ft semi- trailer vans are working out well, thank you again to Lyons Transportation located in Clovis CA for their donation.

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

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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)