Freeman Creek Trail George Bush Tree, Sequoia National Forest
George Bush Tree, Sequoia National Forest

George Bush Tree, Sequoia National Forest

hiker4evr . Posted in Enviromental Stewardship, Trail Crew, Volunteering 673

On June 4, 2016 Wilderness Corps Volunteers cleared the George Bush Tree of debris and raked the wheelchair pathway so that it is easy and safe for people with wheelchairs to access the George Bush Tree. The President George Bush Tree is located in the 1,700-acre Freeman Creek Sequoia Grove off of the Lloyd Meadow Road (Road 22S82), on the Western Divide Ranger District within the Giant Sequoia National Monument on the Sequoia National Forest.

This tree was named for President George H. W. Bush in response to the proclamation he signed to protect all of the sequoia groves throughout the Sierra.  President Bush himself signed the proclamation at this site.

The stone plaque at the site reads:  “THIS GIANT SEQUOIA TREE IS DESIGNATED THE GEORGE BUSH TREE IN CELEBRATION OF THE PRESIDENT’S ACTION AT THIS SITE ON JULY 14, 1992 TO MANAGE GIANT SEQUOIA IN PERPETUITY AS UNIQUE OBJECTS OF BEAUTY AND ANTIQUITY FOR THE BENEFIT AND INSPIRATION OF ALL PEOPLE.”

The George Bush Tree plaque

The George Bush Tree plaque

The Path is about .92 Miles long and it is a loop trail so you end up in the same place where you started. The parking area is dirt but the path is Wilderness Corps-Freeman Creekaccessible for a vehicle to pull up and drop off a wheelchair, without the need to push it across the parking area.

Directly adjacent to the George Bush tree is a trail called the Freeman Creek Trail. This trail starts up by Quaking Aspen and terminates at Forks of the Kern.  It is a very popular Mountain Biking Trail and it has been maintained by United Trail Maintainers of California for the past few years. Freeman Creek flows very near to the George Bush Tree and when we were there it was flowing with fish in the creek.

The Freeman Creek Trail is approximately 6.5 miles in length. If you are considering mountain biking it would be best to start at the top which is located off Highway 190 near Quaking Aspen Campground.  If you are interested in getting involved to help us maintain these trails please sign-up on our Meetup site.

Photos from this event can be located here.

 

 

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Todd Brockman is one of the founders of Wilderness Corps. He came up with the idea while on Trail Crew in the Los Padres National Forest. He has been backpacking just about all his life. Todd Brockman was a Trail Crew Leader for the Ventnana Wilderness Alliance and was a Volunteer Wilderness Steward in the Los Padres National Forest for 2 years. Todd then volunteered as Weekend Wilderness Ranger for the 2013 season in the Sierra National Forrest. Todd’s is involved with many organizations that promote Wilderness Stewardship from Washington D.C. to the local level. Todd is an IT Professional however, Todd says the best job ever would be to part of the solitude of the Wilderness.

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