Join us as we celebrate National Trails Day by working on some of the finest single track in Northern California.
This volunteer workday and celebration we expect 200 volunteers to come out and work with us on the beautiful trails in Plumas and Sierra Counties! After work festivities include, bounce house, food from Longboards Bar & Grill, beer provided by The Brewing Lair, live music from Jelly Bread sponsored in part by Plumas Arts, margaritas, snow cones, hot dog machine, free on-site camping and a much more!
The Environmental Analysis (EA) is complete for the Mount Hough / South Park Trail System. This project is 5- years in the making and is long-awaited for residents and businesses in Quincy and throughout Plumas County.
The Public Comment Period starts today (4/10/13) and will end on May 10, 2013. Please take a moment to send a letter of support for the project. The more positive comments we have the better chances of this project happening. Do it! Send comments to: Gretchen Jehle Sign Letter Here! Read More »
SBTS is getting ever closer to making the Mills Peak Trail Extension Project become a reality. SBTS is working in Partnership with the Plumas Forest, Beckwourth Ranger District, in hopes of extending the Mills Peak Trail (which now stands at 7 miles) to include an estimated 6 miles of singletrack. see map
We are working on raising the $10,300 in estimated funds needed to complete the NEPA. We need your help to make this happen. DONATE NOW!
Our goal is to have the NEPA completed and construction started this fall!
PSREC of Plumas County has offered to match the first $1500 in donations.
We've had some amazing donations from our supporters, partners and sponsors. THANK YOU for helping us make this happen!
Our beloved Lakes Basin trails took a beating in the recent storms (that's Gray Eagle Creek Trail in the photo above). A couple feet of slushy snow got deluged with over 15 inches of warm rain, turning most of the high country trails into massive sluices. Adding to the carnage, 80 mile an hour wind gusts took down hundreds of trees. Many of the older, more rustic trails were built in a time when consideration of water borne erosion was not paramount, and these were the trails that bore the brunt of Mother Nature’s assault. In some areas you can no longer even tell that there was once a trail amidst all the carnage. The power of nature is indeed impressive. Take a look at these photos!
The Forest Service resources to mitigate damage on this scale are almost non-existent, and there is no local funding available for the system trails in 2013. This is the nutshell of why we founded this Stewardship in the first place. We love this area, we love these trails, and we are gratified to have found as many of you who love these trails as much as you do. We have been honored that you have supported us with your incredible volunteer work over the years. Unfortunately, in keeping with the perfect storm theme, much of the federal funding we have relied upon for large projects in the past has also dried up. Read More »
In 2010, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship was awarded several grants by the Plumas National Forest to restore Forest Service System Trails and to construct 3- trail bridges; 2 on the Beckwourth District and 1 on the Mount Hough District. Funding was provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The following pages include detailed reports, showing the construction of each bridge and it’s associated costs.
The first bridge highlighted in the report is a Forest Service engineered “kit bridge” that was built in Hillsboro, Oregon and required several costly steps to install.
The two other featured bridges are “log stringer” bridges, which use native materials and are constructed on-site, with the majority of costs going towards local labor.
Also included in this report are photos showing trail bridges and boardwalks, with varying designs that have been built by the recreating public on lands managed by either the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. The photos are meant to illustrate the need for land managers to develop simple, designed structures that protect resources, provide safe passage, and can be constructed at little or no-cost to the federal government and to American taxpayers.
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship first started on this job by preparing a landing site for the helicopter to drop the bridge materials. The two man crew went into the jobsite and located the most practical location to stage the materials. We had to drop two trees to make enough room. We cut the trees into ten foot lengths and placed them so the bridge lumber could be landed on logs instead of being dropped on rock possibly causing damage. We flagged the location and marked it on GPS for the helicopter to drop accordingly. On July 20th the helicopter was scheduled to transport materials from the Gold Lake staging area to the jobsite on Smith Creek. This was an exciting day for everyone involved since most of us had never worked around a helicopter before. We had three people at the landing site and two people helping with the hookup. The pilot and his crew gave us a quick rundown on how thing were going to work then the first load was in the air. I was on the landing side of things where we simply unhooked the loads once they were all the way on the ground. Everything went very smooth, the gluelams and the mud sills were perfectly placed on logs which prevented any damage and will make things easer when it is time to move them.
We'd like to say thanks to all that participated in this first year event. We hope you enjoyed the town of Graeagle, along with it’s network of rugged trails. As you witnessed, we’re passionate about our trails and about hosting quality events, and we’re happy we got to share this first Lost Sierra with you.
Now we all know there's something very special in our backyard and we not only want to introduce it to other responsible humans, we want to enhance and protect it. That’s why 100% of the proceeds raised from this event will be used to support our Trail Maintenance Program, which not only helps to keep our trails in tip-top condition, it allows us to create local employment by hiring a professional trail crew that is responsible for maintaining area trails and leading volunteer trail crews. Throughout the trail season we host hundreds of volunteers from all over the country, to work on meaningful projects in beautiful places, building sustainable and fun trails for all types of user groups.
This event would not be possible without the support of land owners/managers and agency staff. A special thanks to- Graeagle Land & Water, Plumas Forest, Graeagle Fire, California Highway Patrol, Cal-Trans, Plumas County Public Works. Read More »
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is very pleased to announce that Sam Novak of Gig Harbor, Washington is the proud new owner of a black Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc. He was selected at random from one of what turned out to be several thousand entrants, and was sufficiently stunned at his luck that he was having trouble deciding exactly which particular Santa Cruz he wanted, apparently torn between a Tallboy LTc and a Blur TRc. It’s tough winning big sometimes, isn’t it?
Response to this fundraiser was overwhelming! Thanks to all of you who participated, the 5 bucks a foot campaign generated $52,505 that will go directly onto the ground creating 10,501 feet of singletrack in the Sierras above Downieville. First and foremost, this funding will allow us to make some huge strides in the construction of the Butcher Ranch connector trail, which will be a singletrack link between Sunrise trail and the beginning of singletrack on the existing Butcher Ranch trail.
This would not have been possible without the gracious help of our sponsors – Santa Cruz, Fox Racing, Shimano, and Enve – and we also relied heavily on the partnership and persistence of the mountain bike media. Many thanks to our sponsors, and also the kind folks at MTBR.com, BIKE magazine, Dirt Rag, Pinkbike.com, Singletrack UK, and Elayna Caldwell for her tireless support at Interbike. Read More »
SBTS is applying for a Secure Rural Schools grant, through the Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), to restore the historic Boca & Loyalton Railroad and convert the 26 mile route into a multiple-use trail, connecting the Sierra Valley with the townsite of Boca, located between Verdi and Truckee on I80. To make our grant proposal powerful, we are requesting letters of support for the project from members of the community, businesses, outdoor industry folks and trail enthusiasts.
Letters should be directed to the Sierra County Resource Advisory Committee and emailed to me (feel free to cut and paste from this blog)
Here are some of the particulars associated with the project. Read More »