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ACE work on the Kirk Creek Trail

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ACE work on the Kirk Creek Trail

Postby Trevor W on Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:06 pm

In October of 2016 the VWA contracted an NFF-funded American Conservation Experience (ACE) crew hitch to repair a 1.0-mile segment of the Kirk Creek trail, clear a back log of 1.1 miles of maintenance on the Stone Ridge Trail. Unfortunately, the Soberanes Fire, which burned over 132,000 acres during the summer of 2016, caused serious complications to this project.
During the fire Los Padres National Forest closed all of the Ventana Wilderness to the public. Because of the closure the VWA was not able to make the Vicente Flat Trail stock passable to Vicente Flat Camp to host an ACE crew. Without stock access to the camp, the ACE crew used the first and last day of the hitch to haul gear and supplies to and from camp. A torrential rainstorm mid-hitch led to unsafe working conditions, resulting in the loss of two full work days.
Because of the rain the proposed work on the Stone Ridge Trail was not completed. Despite these setbacks, the crew brushed 3,613 yards of the Kirk Creek Trail, repaired 159 yards of tread to standard, removed 16 fallen trees from the trail, and spent 30 hours excavating and reconstructing 12 yards of tread where a landslide had obliterated the trail. A total of 840 professional crew hours were spent on this effort.
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Kirk Creek Trail landslide before

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Kirk Creek Trail landslide after

In May and June of 2017 the VWA hosted two Youth in Wilderness outings at Vicente Flat Camp. Combined, these two outings donated 248.5 hours of volunteer work, cleaned two campsites and removed 11 user created campsites, maintained 24 yards of tread on the Stone Ridge Trail, cleared encroaching brush from 310 yards of the Stone Ridge Trail, and removed 29 fallen trees from the Vicente Flat Trail.
In the fall of 2017 USFS fire crews were able to conduct maintenance on the lower 0.7-mile segment of the Kirk Creek Trail, capping off a three-year effort to address the deferred maintenance needs on this trail, and also on the lower 0.5-mile segment of the Cone Peak Trail. The crews spent 270 hours clearing brush from 2,112 yards of trail during these efforts.
This project was funded by Matching Awards Grant #AI-512 from the National Forest Foundation
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