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Central District clubs work together to open Dusy-Ershim

Good to see that OPEN sign and the Forest Order pulled!! Good job Sierra National Forest (SNF) and all Volunteers who made this happen!!

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For those who may not know.. This is a map that will show you the North Entrance to Dusy-Ershim at Kaiser Pass via White Bark Vista trail 7S32: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fs.usda.gov%2FInternet%2FFSE_DOCUMENTS%2Ffseprd510023.pdf. Here is the map that will show you the South Entrance at Voyager Campground: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fs.usda.gov%2FInternet%2FFSE_DOCUMENTS%2Ffseprd510024.pdf

Dusy-Ershim Trail maintenance with the Four Wheel Drive Club of Fresno, Sierra National Forest Staff and several other club members came out to help with this extraordinarily huge ground operations/restoration project at the Ershim Meadow Creek Crossing. Years and years of erosion, then a powerful winter just slammed this area hard!! We had our work cut out for sure!! Without the eight SNF staff and close to 15-20 volunteers, it just could not have been done!! Robert Hargrove, Marlin Czajkowski, Steven Schiedel and Ed Schiedel drove in on Friday, worked from 8-5 both Sat and Sun, drove out on Mon. SNF, Michael K. Nolen and a couple volunteers stayed and continued to work all day on Monday to finish the needed water-bars. This is what happens when the club volunteers work in collaboration WITH the SNF and not against! This is how we get things done that need to happen in order for these trails to stay open in accordance to the MVUM season of use dates.

Understandably we would have been delayed regardless of the winter snow pack; however, now we have made the creek crossing rock armored to sustain the next winter and hopefully winters to come in the future. We all who have Adopt-A-Trail agreements must stay in front of erosion control on the trails we maintain. Waterbars on trails are essential for surface water control and must be done. We can no longer allow "Sheet Flow" (rain water or snow melt) to just rut out and destroy the trails. We must work hard to drain water off our trails. Construction of more rolling grade dips will be seen and rip rap tread will be used where needed. Then once these are all in place, yearly maintenance will be required each year to prepare for the next winter. Adopt-A-Trail responsibilities are much more than cutting the trees out of the way and opening the trail. We have more to do, but by doing all this, we keep the lawsuits away because we're doing what we need to in order to stay in compliance to the policies that govern the OHV Trails within Travel Management, the Record of Decision and the overall Forest Plan.

Good work all and if you've read all the way down to here... I applaud you and appreciate your interest in what it means to be a true volunteer with the SNF. Thank you!!

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