On Friday, June 26, 2015, 4 volunteers, Mike Smith, Kevin Wallace and Yassine Dhane, members of the Los Padres Forest Association, and leader Larry Leathers, a local Sequoia National Forest volunteer, began their work on the Woodpecker trail (#34E08). The group removed downed trees blocking a portion of the trail, utilizing chainsaws and performing brushing (removing overgrown brush along trails) in areas heavily covered in brush.
Upon completion, of this first stretch, approximately 4 miles were cleared from Taylor Meadow to the Domeland Wilderness boundary.
Breaking into two teams the group was able to clear another 2 miles of downed trees along the Big Meadow Trail (#34E15). The group continued for two days, clearing brush and/or removing downed trees for 3 more miles of trail, from Cannell Meadow (#33E22) to the Pine Flat road (#24S12).
The volunteers spotted several species of wildlife including a black bear and a fringe toed sand lizard in addition to seeing several bear, deer and bobcat tracks.
The Sequoia National Forest recognizes the tremendous amount of work completed by this group and the many other volunteer organizations on the forest. We thank them for helping us continue our mission of Caring for the Land and Serving People.