MOU is approved!Posted: November 24, 2019
THIS POST IS INCORRECT. THE MOU ALLOWS FOR ONE AGENCY TO WRITE A GRANT FOR THE ENTIRE TRAIL BUT MAINTENANCE IS STILL DIVIDED BETWEEN EL DORADO COUNTY ON THE WEST AND THE TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST ON THE EAST. (11-27-19) MORE TO COME.
It’s now official. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted on Friday to approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that puts the management and maintenance of the entire length of the Rubicon Trail solely in the hands of El Dorado County.
This is a very good thing.
Back in the day, Placer got onboard with the users and was doing trail maintenance. Placer slowly backed off leaving maintenance to FOTR and RTF. Enthusiasm slowly dwindled with no grant money coming in and no one officially leading maintenance efforts.
For years, El Dorado County has been working with the Eldorado National Forest and CA State Parks in obtaining grant funds and maintaining the Rubicon Trail. Basically, they’ve saved the trail from closure.
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is between El Dorado County, Placer County, CA Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Road Division, Eldorado National Forest, Tahoe National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
The Placer County side of the trail will now get getting funding along with the El Dorado County side. The trail will be managed as ONE!
El Dorado County has been reaching out to users and volunteers by holding ‘Rubicon Oversight Committee’ (ROC) meetings on the road. There are plans to hold a Rubicon meeting this March in the Reno area to explain what’s going on and to answer any and all questions you may have. Stay tuned.