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Re: ACE work in the Silver Peak Wilderness

Post by gfelsman on Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:38 pm

Here is the updated Buckeye Trail link. If you like what these folks are doing be sure to support the organization. Trails don't maintain themselves.

https://youtu.be/4vGCq0tlknI

Re: ACE work in the Silver Peak Wilderness

Post by toejam on Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:16 pm

Buckeye Trail work is done. Hearing rave reviews from users.
https://youtu.be/3N3ojpbzRyI

ACE work in the Silver Peak Wilderness

Post by Trevor W on Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:41 pm

In October of 2014 the Ventana Wilderness Alliance was awarded a grant from the Sean and Alexandra Parker/Neraida, LLC Settlement to conduct work in the Silver Peak Wilderness. In 2015 that money was put to work with a National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program grant that allowed the VWA to hire several American Conservation Experience (ACE) crews to begin work on the Cruikshank Trail.
ACE repaired the trail to pack and saddle standards from the trailhead on Highway 1 to Cruikshank Camp.
That was just the beginning of the work to be done in the Silver Peak Wilderness.
Between January 12 and February 9 2016 the VWA hired three ACE crew hitches to camp at Cruikshank Camp and restore the Buckeye Trail between Upper Cruikshank Camp and Buckeye Camp.
Sections of the trail had become thickets of poison oak, and in many areas the encroaching brush forced hikers up or down the slope. The meandering foot traffic transformed what used to be a decently graded trail into a sinuous topographical mess.
Despite the viscous fog, poison oak, the occasional zero-hour rain day, and a flu that sent several ACE volunteers home early, the project was a lot of fun and a great success. Many ACE members considered the VWA Silver Peak project the best ACE project of winter 2016, and it was relatively competitive to win a seat in the ACE van driving to the Cruikshank Trail Head.
Measurable Accomplishments: Restored the 2.1 mile section of the Buckeye Trail between Upper Cruikshank Camp and Buckeye Camp—3,734 yards of brush cleared, 989 yards of tread repaired, 1,170 of yards tread reconstructed, and 18 logs removed from the trail.

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Massive oak branch blocking a section of the trail, and sloughed tread caused by hikers avoiding brush that was growing out of the backslope.

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After brushing and realigning the tread.

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ACE volunteers working in the viscous fog.

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Morning stretch and safety circle. The most commonly occurring safety tip was "Always bring your rain gear".

A fourth ACE hitch in was based out of Plaskett Creek Camp Ground from February 23 to March 2. The crew focused on repairing damage done by the stock train that supplied and backhauled gear for the previous backcountry hitches. The crew also cleared brush on the Soda Springs trail between Soda Spring Trail Head and the Salmon Creek Station.
Measurable Accomplishments: Repaired 2,771 yards of stock damaged tread on the Cruikshank trail; cleared 2,229 yards of brush on the Soda Springs Trail, cleared 3 logs from the Soda Spring Trail.
This project was partially funded by the National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program grant #AH-508

The next step is to hire ACE to restore the Buckeye Trail from Buckeye camp to the junction with the Soda Springs Trail, using Buckeye as a base of operations. Work is likely to begin this fall on early winter of 2017.

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