“Camping and campfires are discouraged within 100 feet of the trail, and the existing black-and-trash-filled rings werk
e setting a bad example and diminishing the quality of the hiking experience along the Pacific Crest Trail,” said Anna Lowell, Carson Ranger District Recreation Specialist.
“This project will help the Forest Service to reduce future campfire use along the trail corridor, which will reduce the environmental impact and will greatly improve the aesthetics on this trail,” she added.
Peterson will earn his Eagle Scout ranking as a result of this project’s accomplishments. “I love the mountains,” he said. Peterson has been a Boy Scout for the past four years; his Scout Troop 401 is from Dayton, Nevada.
This campfire restoration work required scattering the ashes and then disguising the blackened scars left behind by the fires by covering them with leaves and other woody debris. All of this labor-intensive effort is done around 100 feet on each side of the trail’s corridor.
Peterson and his dad visited the Eagle project area during the summer to identify where the campfire rings were via a GPS device. This advance work enabled him to efficiently plan for the project for the troop’s participation in mid-September.
“Peterson’s public service project provides an important venue to teach youth about natural resources and how they can make a difference in protecting National Forests,” said Lowell. “His love of the mountains will hopefully influence and attract others in his generation to not only visit and enjoy their National Forests, but to also take an active role in minimizing their impacts by applying Leave-No-Trace and Tread Lightly ethics,” stated Lowell. Learn more about minimizing your impacts on your public lands by visiting www.lnt.org and www.treadlightly.org.
In addition to the campfire ring removal, the Scouts also packed out several bags of trash that had been left behind in the rehabbed rings. Learn more about this release by contacting Anna Lowell at 775-884-8112.