The Golden Trout Wilderness encompasses over 300,000 acres along the southern Sierra Nevada in California. Roughly one-third of this area lies within the Sequoia National Forest and the rest in neighboring Inyo National Forest. Within the Golden Trout Wilderness is the North Fork of the Kern River, the drainage of the Little Kern River as well as over 100 miles of high-country streams. The uniqueness of this place comes from both the quality of the wilderness and the variety of wild trout found here.
Beth and I had already been on that trail and cut 10 trees on the recon trip we did a few weeks prior. On March 03/28/15 & 03/29/15 Wilderness Corps Leadership and six Wilderness Corps volunteers camped out at the Santa Barbara Canyon trail head in the Dick Smith Wilderness.
Wilderness Corps will have some training available in 2015 for Volunteers who would like to get Crosscut Certified and/or get your Chainsaw Certificate. We will also have First Aid and Wilderness First Responder classes available via Backcountry Medical Guides. This would be a great time for new volunteers to learn some new skills and returning volunteers to acquire hone up your skills.
We hope to send some folks to the Region 5 Wilderness Ranger Academy again this year.
Take a look at this video we found over on Wild Fire today. This is a great example of why Wilderness Corps provides a Fuels Reduction Service. We have teamed up with the Conservation Corps to further enhance this service and give us the manpower to make this service work. “Without Fuels Reduction, thinning and prescribed burns you get these Mega Fires, like the Rim Fire.”
We are directed to preserve, protect, and perpetuate wilderness character. But what is wilderness character?
USFWS policy contains this discussion: Preserving wilderness character requires that we maintain the wilderness condition: the natural, scenic condition of the land, biological diversity, biological integrity, environmental health, and ecological and evolutionary processes. But the character of wilderness embodies more than a physical condition. (It) refocuses our perception of nature and our relationship to it. It embodies an attitude of humility and restraint that lifts our connection of the landscape from the utilitarian….. to the symbolic realm serving other human needs. We preserve wilderness character by our compliance with wilderness legislation and regulation, but also by imposing limits upon ourselves.