Kennedy Meadows Kern Plateau OHV Trails Clearing

Kennedy Meadows Trails Open Courtesy of Stewards

Each year Stewardsof the Sequoia trail crew spends three to four weekends clearing hundreds of downed trees from 126 miles of single-track, off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails on the Kern Plateau. The goal is to get the trails open for the public to enjoy before the popular Memorial weekend. Stewards volunters work with Forest Service Recreation Officer Bob Frenes through rain, sleet, and snow to get it done.

This huge effort takes about 256 hours (over 29 man-days) each year and required 82 hours of travel-time, with crew members travelling from as far as Los Angles to help out. The Stewards crew staged from the Forest Service Black Rock Station, where we were also able to relax after a long days of volunteering. Hot showers, a kitchen, and warm beds were welcomed after long days working on trails!

Saw Crew

The trail crews on motorized bikes are led by Stewards of the Sequoia members Curtis Newman, Chris Horgan, Gil Busick, Doug Helmstetler, Jeff Leonard and Dave Sweeney. Each of us are fully Forest Service trained and certified chainsaw operators. Clearing all of the dead trees blocking the trails is serious business (some of them were up to three feet in diameter). Stewards sawyers stressed safety first while working with thousands of pounds of wood.

Big Wood Stewards’ partners United Trail Maintainers of California pitched in for a weekend with sawyers Beth and Tom Pfeiler to clear both motorized and non-motorized trails using mules.

Others in the Stewards’ trail-clearing crew included Craig Prentice, Austin Newman, Emilio Valsechi, Ian Clay Sewall, Micheal Triggs, John Nurnham, Ross Halpern, Adam Cannell, Caermon Hemstreet, Kevin Hemstreet, David Hess, Tom Materna, Rollin Severance, Lori Prentice, Justin Mank, Mike McGroaty, Bob Reed, and Jeff Cole. Everyone commented that while it was difficult work, it was really fun and rewarding! We also want to thank the Sequoia National Forest for all their help and support in making the Stewards of the Sequoia Trail Appreciation program possible

If you enjoy the trails but lack the time or desire to volunteer to keep them open, then please consider making a donation to support Stewards of the Sequoia Trail Preservation Program.

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Together we can keep our trails open

Chris Horgan
Executive Director Stewards of the Sequoia

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