The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship crew has continued working on the Boca / Loyalton rails to trails project. We put our mini excavator trail tractor on the job last week and have been cruising along focusing on removing root wads. The first thing we did with the tractor this week was dug postholes for a cattle gate near Alder Creek. The installation of the gate was smooth and will make life easier for trail traffic and the rancher. After the gate we moved along ripping root wads out of the ground with the tractor and performing finish work by hand. The brush on this section of trail is the main factor to address for sustainability. If we do not remove all the root wads in the corridor the brush can reclaim the trail in as little as a year. For the weeks total we installed one ten foot cattle gate and completed .79 miles of trail with all root wads removed form the corridor.
First off a huge thank you to our partners for this workday! Sierra Cycles, Hangtown Electric and The Brewing Lair. Thank you both for providing us with resources for food & libations for ALL of our volunteers. We couldn't do what we do without you.
The SBTS crew met at 9 a.m. at the four corners moto track on Mt. Hough and waited until about 9:45 before we started the work party. These things always start off slow, but we ended up with 43 volunteers on the sign in sheet, the local Boy Scouts and two Forest Service employees form the Mt. Hough ranger station who both participated in the work process. Even though we are getting into winter we still had a great turnout for the Mt. Hough trail day.
The Plumas County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the Bucks Trail Feasibility Study that SBTS has been working on for the past few years, and they have released it to the public.
Plumas County will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Plumas County Library, 445 Jackson St. Quincy to gather public input on the proposed Bucks Lake Trail System.
The Bucks Lake feasibility study is now live and open for public comment. The more positive commentary, and the more general goodwill we can put forth, the better the outcome of is likely to be. SO, make your voices heard!. If you agree, please send positive comments to Lori Simpson
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is a non-profit organization based in the northern Sierra Nevada focused on restoring, maintaining, and building world-class recreational trails. Founded in 2003, the SBTS has grown from a simple need – keeping the trails above Downieville open – to encompass a much broader set of core values. Recreational trails can be the economic lifeblood of the communities in the northern Sierra, and the preservation and enhancement of those trails is a low-impact and positive way to employ local workforces, build community awareness and pride, and strengthen ties throughout those communities.
The documentary, Trail Stewards Of The Lost Sierra, produced by Hunter Sykes and Coldstream Creative, chronicles the story of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship through interviews with its founder, Greg Williams, program director Tara Stone, trail crew chief Henry O’Donnell, and medical liason Dr. Rob Bixler. It is an inside view into the shared passion of likeminded individuals striving to enact positive changes in their own backyard. The film brings to light the dedication, the hard work, and the humility needed to persevere in an often difficult environment, and also illustrates the rewards gained from such dedication and the sense of family that the stewardship builds along the way. Read More »
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is pleased to confirm the ongoing development of the Mt Hough Trail System. Working in partnership with Plumas County, the Plumas National Forest Mt Hough District, and funded via California OHV funding, this project epitomizes several principles that are central to the SBTS; community involvement, inter-agency cooperation and support, and the creation of multi-use recreational trails as a community asset.
Featuring a network of combined OHV-legal and other multi-use trails, the network will total over 27 miles of handcrafted trail built almost entirely by local labor. The Mt Hough system has been in the planning stages for several years, and will serve as a recreational draw for Quincy for generations to come. The combining of California OHV grants and Plumas National Forest access and cooperation ensures that the next three years will be a productive period of trail building in this region. Completion of this trail project will enhance and broaden the already highly regarded reputation of Plumas County trails. Read More »
For those of you who raced the Downieville Classic this year, we had on hand Hunter and another awesome photographer, Zack.
Here is the low down from our awesome friend and photo master, Hunter from Coldsteam Creative regarding this years photos of the Downieville Classic, 2014.
"Zack has just finished adding a few hundred more race photos, all of which are up on the Flickr page. These have all been added to the Classic 2014 album and I've spent some time tagging each rider’s plate number so that they can find themselves.
These images are downloadable in their full size, so they can download and print a high quality action shot of themself if they’d like.
The images are not in numerical order in Flicker, but they are searchable by plate #. In quite a few cases, the plate #’s are only partial or are not visible. In these cases, I’ve tagged all of them as “UK” (unknown) and this term and search is also searchable. Thus anyone can search using the search bar in the upper right corner. Put in the plate # into the search bar and click on “Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's photostream” option in the drop down box that opens to search for a particular plate #. If nothing comes up, search for “UK” or “uk" in the search bar and scroll through to see if there is a shot of you where the number plate wasn’t visible." Read More »
Perfect day with awesome people on an incredible trail. Thanks TNT Plumbing for sponsoring a productive and happy workday on Sardine Lake Trail in the Lakes Basin, thank you to Gray Eagle Lodge for providing a yummy vegetarian lasgna and thank you to the 25 motivated volunteers for your fine work on the trail, and of course, thank you to the Brewing Lair for keeping everyone refreshed and smiling. More photos of trail day here!
Folks, the Lost Sierra Endurance Run is almost upon us. September 6th marks the date for the return of a running event that has quickly earned a formidable reputation for dishing out pain over the past couple years. The course remains the same - a 32-mile alpine grinder racking up around 7000’ of climbing as it picks its way up to and through the spectacular Lakes Basin above Graeagle. - but fortunately once again Sierra Nevada will be on hand with ice cold beer to ease the aches afterward. For those less inclined to push the limits of their suffer-meters, there are also two shorter loops (18 miles and a new, popular format 6-mile/10k course), run almost entirely along singletrack trail.
This event is a fundraiser for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, and there is no better showcase than the Lakes Basin. This beautiful collection of alpine lakes and amazing granite geology is our home and our heart, and inspired us to found SBTS a decade ago in order to preserve this recreational gem for all to enjoy. Ironically, the Lakes Basin is also where we work the hardest. The trails here get hammered by nature’s full fury, and at the same time are chipped and hacked out of hard rock. We are proud to show off this region, and equally proud of the sweat equity that has been poured into these trails over the past few years. All the proceeds from this event go back into funding further trail work. Read More »