Come Volunteer to Improve Aspen Habitats in the High Country

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Glorious aspens in the sunshine

Join a Community of Volunteers who Want to Make a Difference while Having Fun!

Aspens are in decline in the Sierra Nevadas for reasons such as, changes in fire regimes.  However, you can help by volunteering to control conifers that are crowding and competing with aspens.

SYRCL is partnering with the Tahoe National Forest for two days of service for habitat enhancement.  On the morning of Friday, August 26, 2011, we will be clearing conifers that are encroaching on aspens in Loney Meadow.  That afternoon, we will continue our service in the Interpretive Trailhead area of Pierce Wetland.  Volunteers are invited to join us that evening for overnight camping at Rucker Lake and a dinner provided by SYRCL.  Next morning, Saturday, August 27, 2011, we will finish our service by removing conifers that are competing with aspens at Rucker Lake and building small barriers with brush to deter deer that are heavily browsing the aspens.

Are you a strong, able-volunteer who loves being in the outdoors and wants to give back?  Yes!  Please sign-up with Cecily Mui, Restoration Projects Manager,, 530-265-5961 ext. 213.  Pre-registration required; there is a capacity.

Spread the word!  We need 20 volunteers.

Want to GO ABOVE & BEYOND? Join SYRCL and American Rivers for a day of training on Sunday, August 21, 2011 to learn about meadows and conduct an assessment of them.   Click here to learn about this additional volunteer opportunity.

Date & Time:

  • Friday, August 26, 2011 – 8:30am-6pm:   Meet to carpool at 8:30am at the public parking lot at the intersection of Nevada St and Broad St in Nevada City, adjacent to Highway 49 and across from Amigos Restaurant.
  • AND Saturday, August 27, 2011 – 9am – 5pm:   Meet at Rucker Lake campsite at 9am.  *You do NOT have to be available for both days in order to volunteer.*

Volunteer Requirements:

Able to do physical work outdoors for eight hours which include hiking, bending, and lifting.

What to Bring:

Long sleeves and pants required by the U. S. Forest Service. Hiking shoes, water, snacks, breakfast for 1 day, lunch for 2 days, sunscreen, insect repellent, small backpack, camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, water filter, cook stove, camp chair, musical instrument).  If available: LABELLED work gloves, saws, loppers, hard hat, safety glasses,  (personal chainsaws not allowed).  Dinner will be provided.


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