"Heated" Rain Station on Upper Lake RD
QWR has long been an advocate for the use of modern scientific methods to accurately measure rainfall on federal and state units that have wet weather-based trail management prescriptions.
On February 27, 2014, the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission toured various recreation and resource management programs on the Upper Lake Ranger District located on the west portion of the Mendocino National Forest.
One of the tour stops included a review of the new Campbell Scientific rain station with heated catch basin. Unit staff explained how freezing temperatures had often rendered older “non-heated” rain stations inoperable due to the water freezing in the catch/measuring device.
FS Staff Explains Rain Station Operation
The Forest Service also stated that riders appreciate being able to access rain gauge data on the internet so they can evaluate – in real-time – if it looks like a rain-closure of system trails will be put into effect.
Link to Upper Lake Rain Gauge
QWR believes these updated units could be useful to the agency and users as more federal riding areas evaluate if it is practical to transition from seasonal extended period wet-weather closures to rainfall-based closures.