What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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mikesplain
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Re: What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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Justin-
we're generally sticking to the trails, except in the case of a few frequently used off-trail camps.
Rest assured that we're invariably adhering to Leave No Trace principles & therefore not leaving anything behind
(& often cleaning up the refuse that others have left behind).
Our objective is a working database of campsites with "impactedness" ratings that can be used for future monitoring efforts.
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Re: What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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Have you only been inventorying along trails?
Someone took a spool of cotton string and let out line along Ventana Creek as some sort of trail marker. The creek is not hard to follow and the string was very annoying to see. I'm not sure why it was there. All of the string was intact, despite being extremely thin and easy to break, meaning it was recent.
There was also flagging tape up doolans hole up until the first creek fork (with the tall waterfall. The flagging taped was placed on dead branches which haven't been broken yet, meaning they were very recent.
Was this part of your inventory? It could have been anyone really, but I figured I would ask.
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Recreation Site Inventory

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Justin-
Adam refers to campsites, whether within or outside of official camps.
For instance, the Big Sur Wild & Scenic River Management Plan recognizes 7 official campsites at Sykes camp;
when Recreation Site Inventory interns visited Sykes, they counted well over 50 campsites.

So, yes- "places with evidence of people camping there".
In more remote or less-visited locations, the evidence might just be impacted vegetation,
but in over-visited areas like the Pine Ridge Trail / Big Sur River corridor,
the evidence tends to be unofficial fire rings, toilet paper, log furniture, etc.
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Re: What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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"Over 100 individual sites have been found along the Big Sur River alone."

What are "individual sites"? Do you mean places with evidence of people camping there?
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Re: What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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Thanks Brea.
One of our goals was not to interfere in other folk's Wilderness experiences,
so the fact that you've haven't heard of much activity is actually a good thing.
The crews have been focusing their efforts mid-week whenever possible,
this also means that camps are generally unoccupied, which makes the job easier.
It's great to know that outstanding opportunities for solitude still exist here on the ever-more crowded central coast!
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MIKE....I WAS REFERING TO THE BACKCOUNTRY SITE INVENTORY. i HAD NOT HEARD OF TOO MUCH ACTIVITY BACK THERE AND ANY MENTION ( aS WHICH oNE OF CREW SAID) WAS MORE THAN WELCOME NEWS. bEST OF LUCK. Brea ;)
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Re: What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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Jeff- Can you possibly clarify / rephrase your question?
Are you interested in the progress of the Ventana/Silver Peak recreation site inventory?
If so, as of last Thursday, the Silver Peak Wilderness has been completed,
and Adam is correct, there are about 20 more camps to go in the Ventana, which should take another 6-8 weeks.
Trail inventories were not part of the project,
but our inventory interns have nevertheless been recording trail conditions and monitoring solitude
(ie, counting other Forest users encountered) along the way.
Trail conditions have been entered at-
http://www.ventanawild.org/trails/trailconditions.html
and you can read blog posts about many of the hitches at-
http://www.wildventana.org/
A map of camps color-coded by condition class rating will be forthcoming.
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Re: What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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If you are referring to the Recreation Site Inventory in progress, we're making great time and have already inventoried almost half of the Ventana Wilderness. As suspected, quantitative and qualitative data is showing heavy impacts at popular sites such as Sykes Camp or Terrace Creek Camp. Over 100 individual sites have been found along the Big Sur River alone.

As for our Stewardship program to support the presence of Volunteer Wilderness Rangers in the backcountry, we're making plans and training recruits for this year and we hope to have a presence throughout the year and especially during busy weekends.
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What is the Backcountry grant team up to

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does any one know what the crew that is supposed to be hitting the trails and camps to determine there condition so a grant for $ is givien to Ventana Wilderness :?:
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