Last week, a buddy of mine and I did some quick repairs to the range fence on the Rubicon.
It had started to look pretty bad after a few winters of abuse:
After scrounging a few trees blown over this last winter, we were able to unbolt the broken section and then drill and replace them with new ones.
If you’re not familiar with this project, a few rigs had driven off trail in this area to get around a large snow drift early one Spring. This range fence helps users recognize the edge of the trail in deep snow conditions while allowing snowmobilers to navigate around the area as needed.
Last fall, I took the time to block two illegal single track bypasses along the Rubicon Trail. These bypasses were created by motorcycles and later enlarged by quads. They were “needed” because the Rubicon Trail had standing water on it. That should be read as tongue in cheek because these bypasses were not needed. All OHV users should stay on the trail. My line, that I should turn in to bumper stickers and t-shirts is “Turn around, don’t go around”.
Here are pictures from one of the two worked last fall. Before…
I even took the time to wire tie most of the logs together to really let those who wanted to dismantle it know that they were going to have to work at it a if they wanted to break the law again.
Well, this spring, the logs were moved by those who didn’t have the skill to ride/drive through the water. I had put up signs asking that those who wanted to help maintain the Rubicon Trail for ALL types of users should contact FOTR. I never heard that anyone wanted to help do that work.
So, round two.
Only one of the two bypasses was blocked off this time around because only one water hole still had water. I’m hoping Placer County will come through with the grant and fix the trail so this is no longer an issue. But until then…
This time, some of the logs were drilled and anchored to the ground or each other with rebar.
Again, signs were placed stating to contact FOTR in order to help maintain the trail.
I’m all for ALL types of users on the Rubicon Trail and the surrounding trails but everyone needs to follow the rules. During discussions about users driving off trail, the idea of having Placer County close the trail if they can’t keep users on the trail was brought up. It was not seriously considered but it was discussed.
We need to educate each other about proper etiquette and the consequences of breaking the rules. Please take the time to politely educate anyone you witness breaking the rules.
Turn around, don’t go around.
Starting June 14th, Eldorado National Forest is restricting fires:
Link to FS page (same as below)
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited within the Eldorado National Forest and the Moore Creek Fire Restriction Area on the Stanislaus National Forest, as shown on Exhibit B and described in Exhibit C.. This Order is effective from June 14, 2014 through the end of the 2014 fire season.
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except within the stoves and fire rings provided in the Developed Recreation Sites, as shown on Exhibit A. 36CFR 261.52(a).
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a Developed Recreation Site shown on Exhibit A or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR 261.52(d).
3. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 CFR 261.52(i).
4. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and maintained in effective working order. 36 CFR 261.52(j).
Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:
1. Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
2. Persons with a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence in a recreation residence tract, may build, maintain, attend or use an elevated charcoal grill, propane grill or campfire at their recreation residence, provided that they have a valid California Campfire Permit and comply with the terms of the permit.
3. Persons with a valid California Campfire permit are NOT exempt from the prohibitions above. However, persons with a valid California Campfire permits may use a portable stove or lantern that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel.
These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.
A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $ 5,000 for an individual or $ 10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.
Executed in Placerville, California, this 11 day of June 2014.
Eldorado National Forest
Executed in Placerville, California, this 12 day of June 2014.
Starting today, June 1st, 2014, fire restrictions are in place on the Tahoe National Forest.
Please be extremely careful out there this year. We’ve had three weak winters and the forest are very dry. Let’s no lose what we love to enjoy by being careless with fire.