There is an understood need to escape. The COVID surcharge taxing our physical and mental health is significant and increasing. So, in larger and larger numbers, we answer the call articulated by John Muir, and to the mountains we go! The latter, in itself, is a good thing. No doubt the outdoors offers the immediate and enduring correction to the mounting strain and the compiled stress placed on us at home, school, and work. I’d argue that unlike ice cream, Cabernet, binge watching favorite TV series, among other comforting compensations…going outside is purely restorative and beyond the old criticism of […]
Wilderness permits are now available but with new procedures which can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/attmain/stanislaus/specialplaces. Note that campfires are currently prohibited throughout the Stanislaus National Forest with minor exceptions. More information can be found on the referenced web page.
Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers (SWV) in concert with the US Forest Service works to accomplish projects within the forest such as campsite restoration, trail maintenance, trash removal, signage projects and noxious weed removal. Another important component of SWV’s mission is to provide education on Leave No Trace (LNT) priniciples to assist visitors in minimizing their impact on pristine wilderness adopt best practices to preserve this valuable resource. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in shelter-in-place (SIP) restrictions as most of you are aware. One of the impacts is the issuance of a forest order that essentially closes the forest for recreation. We […]