As I took stock of Stewards
accomplishments, I was surprised by all we have done over the
years. I am sure you will be too.
Here are some highlights:
Stewards of the Sequoia hold regular
Trail Appreciation Days where volunteers
perform trail maintenance to keep the land healthy and the trails
open to all.
Since 2004 Stewards volunteers have
performed maintenance on over 1800 miles of trails working as
Forest Service & BLM partners. We have adopted eleven forest
trails & have encouraged other groups to adopt another four.
Working with the Forest Service over
the past seven years to identify trails for route designation &
help provide a trail system for future generations
Stewards helping plant trees
|Stewards volunteers helped
plant 400 native seedlings to
speed forest recovery in the 150,000 acre McNally Wildfire burn
The seedlings have responded well to our weeding &
watering program. More than expected have survived.
Stewards worked with Forest Service to set up a chain saw
certification class & now our volunteers are trained to clear
downed trees. A number of our members have finished the 40 hour
trail cat operation course.
Stewards have been heavily involved
in the Sequoia Trail Designation process.
research found 23
trails from prior forest inventory that were missed on the most
recent inventory. We also notified Sequoia Forest of eight other
trails missed on the inventory & through our efforts all 31
trails were included in the
inventory. Any trails not included in the inventory are
In September 2005 Forest Service
Proposed emergency closures for 27% of the single track to
wheeled vehicles in the
Greenhorn district. We find the proposed closures to be invalid.
in-depth comments to Forest
Service to ensure that the proposed closures are only done for
valid emergency reasons. The proposed closures were not enacted
by Forest Service.
Stewards compiled the
Stewards Roadless Report
highlighting little known rules to preserve primitive & semi
primitive motorized recreation in Roadless Areas.
Stewards submitted another report to legislators, detailing the
reasons why additional Wilderness Areas are inappropriate in
These reports have been used to
educate Forest Staff & Legislators on the need to keep multiple
use trails open.
(Please contact us to get a copy to give to your legislator)
Thanks to our comment letters & the
overwhelming number of signatures on our petition, the County
has revised the Draft Kern River Valley Specific Plan to not
discriminate against any form of recreation, including off road
Based on our experience in the field
Stewards created the Successful Forest Trail Management powerpoint.
Trail Appreciation Days & how
you can help to keep the trails in good condition.
Stewards brainstormed with CORVA VP of Land Use, George
Paniagua, from which Stewards drafted an
alternative OHMVR grant criteria,
using a non-subjective formula. We hope this will be approved in
future & provide steady grant funding to enhance OHV opportunity.
Stewards provided a
Charity Plane flight for a local child
who had lost her mother
Stewards has adopted and reopened the seriously ovegrown but great Whiskey Flat Trail.
Generations working on the Trail
Stewards received $1000 Grant for brochures to educate the
public. We are working to build on this by providing an OHV
educational program to our local schools.
Stewards initiated a Stay On The
Trail program to reduce damaging trail shortcutting
We are happy with what we have done & hope you will continue
Stewards efforts, so we can continue to make a difference.
As one Stewards member put it
"If you ride the trails you need to become a member &
donate your $35 to Stewards of the Sequoia to help keep the
Stewards have no paid staff, all
your donations go directly to keeping your trails open.
Many people feel if they donate
to BlueRibbon & CORVA they have done their part. While these
groups do great work nationally & statewide, rest assured no one
does more for Sequoia than Stewards. For less than a set of
tires you can protect your trail access
by donating to Stewards, CORVA & BlueRibbon.
I want to thank those who have
become members, volunteered & made a donation to support our
efforts. You can see how worthwhile your contributions have
TOGETHER WE CAN KEEP OUR TRAILS OPEN
Here's to a even better year ahead for everyone
Chris Horgan, Executive Director