Good evening (evening as I write this)Today was a pristine fall day in the Sierra’s. Crisp, clear, windless. There had been a dusting of snow two days earlier, leaving its white traces in the shadowed places adding a dimension of color to the fading fall colors.
The team — Craig Fish, Dave Salzer, Dick Chimenti and Paul Wagner and myself set out to take out 3, potentially 4 trees. It turned out there were 9 trees that needed attention. There were serious reroutes around several of the down trees. One the original trail was opened up, the reroutes were naturalized (read: making it difficult to use that route anymore).
At the end of our day returning to the vehicles, two riders on horseback were just starting out and asked about what we were doing. “Clearing trail – you should have no trees between here and the end of the meadow”. This emphasized the value in what we accomplished as they would not have to trample through the meadow to go around some of the downed trees. They were very appreciative of our efforts.
This represents the 6th project day and the 7th project this year not counting the LNT events led by Chris Larimer with help from Forrest Juette and Dave Moser.
We got a lot done in spite of a late start due to the access issues to the higher elevations from this past winter.
I’d like to thank the following for their efforts this season (in no particular order – pulling from memory)
Joe Schafer (our resident documenter extrordinaire for photographing the various dams in the Emigrant)
If I missed someone, send me a note and I’ll up my dosage of Prevagen!
The public recognizes your efforts and they have expressed appreciation especially since this is an all-volunteer enterprise. For that, I think all of you – and yes even the folks who could not get out this season – life happens and schedules get prioritized, changed, etc.
If weather cooperates, there could be one additional project day. Meanwhile, the Board is planning our End-of-Season debrief likely before Thanksgiving. It has not been determined if this will be an in-person event or virtual. More to follow soon.
These two scenes are from today, Sunday, Oct 29 of the meadow at Eagle Pass. Enjoy…and THANK YOU for your contributions this year!!!