• Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Area

  • 2014 Cliff Lake Campsite Restoration

  • Mystery Lake restoration project

  • Saved Trout Cabin

  • End of Season in the Sierra's

  • 2015 Training

  • Wilderness Character

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Wilderness Character

Wilderness Corps - Wilderness Chartarcter
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.

End of Season in the Sierra’s

USFS Mules Packing Wilderness Corps

The season has ended in the Sierra. Wilderness Crops had a great season in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness this year! We accomplished our goals and look forward to working with the Sierra N.F. Wilderness Crew next year.

We had over 200 hours of volunteer time, obliterated 57 Illegal campsites, removed 40 pounds of trash (old cans, glass bottles, burned foil food packaging packaging, and discarded clothing), and contained 5 Legal Camp Sites.

We would like to thank our Volunteers for their service and next year we hope to have more trips and we hope to have more trips in the South Sierra Wilderness, Domeland Wilderness and for those of you that don’t like backpacking or cannot we hope to have some OHV trails to keep up early in the 2015 Season.

New Service Area – Sequoia National Forest

October 21, 2014 – Wilderness Corps is now doing Trail Crew work in the Sequoia National Forest. We have signed agreements with the Western Divide Ranger District for Patrol, Trail Maintenance, Chainsaw and Crosscut work, Brushing Tread work and Visitor Contacts.  Our First trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness is this weekend. We will be assisting Untied Trail Maintainers of California with Tree Felling at Trout Cabin Ranger District. If you would like to be volunteer please sign-up on our meet-up site.

2015 Training

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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.

Saved Trout Cabin

Crosscut Tree Felling

On October 24, 2014 we packed into Trout Cabin in the Golden Trout Wilderness with United Trail Maintainers of California (UTMC). The sole purpose was to cut a dead tree down that “could” potentially fall onto and crush the historic Trout Ranger Station. Wilderness Corps had three members attend and UTMC had three members attend along with two dogs. We are a dog friendly group and dogs are always welcome unless otherwise stated.

The hike into the Cabin from the trail head was about 7.5 miles and it was a beautiful hike in. United Trail Maintainers is based out of the Bakersfield area and provided the Pack Support. Below are some pictures from the trip.

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Katie had never been on or around horses until this trip so she was the Horse Queen at the end of the trip.

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