QWR, a volunteer on the Mendocino, wants to give you an update on the Mill Fire. As you know, the 2001 Trough Fire did not impact that much of the trail system, but it did destroy the various OHV camping and staging areas at Fouts Springs. On the other hand, the Mill Fire spared the Fouts Springs campgrounds but fried about 80% of the popular trails between Fouts to Lett’s Lake and back down to Little Stony.
Link to Current Mill Fire Closure Order and Closure Maphttp://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5382658.pdf
QWR believes that trail volunteer efforts will play a key role in getting this area back online. QWR is planning to play an important role in helping the agency facilitate and work on volunteer trail efforts. If you love Stonyford we are asking you to fill out and send in a volunteer agreement to Paige to help with future volunteer projects. (see volunteer agreement below)
Here is an announcement from Paige
Thank you for eagerly extending a helping hand for the process of cleaning up the devastation of the Mill Fire.
We are currently awaiting the full report from the BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team.
As soon as we get permission to enter the area and start closure & rehabilitation work, I will email you with some dates.
The first project in order will be to secure the perimeters of the fire. Access to the trail system will need to be closed with signs and straw bales along the intersections of M-10, 17N02 & Goat Mountain. Theses main roads hopefully will be opening soon. Not until the fire is called out, which most likely will be after we get rain, will we be able to start trail rehabbing.
I have attached a volunteer agreement which will need to be completed prior to any volunteer work that you do for the Forest Service.
Thanks again and I will be in touch soon!
Paige MakowskiMendocino National Forest
Grindstone Ranger District
O.H.V Recreation Technician
Here is the link to the volunteer formhttp://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/Volunteer_FS_agreement.pdf
Send form to:
Mendocino National Forest
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
If you would like to sponsor or support QWR’s post-fire recovery work (e.g. travel, supplies, seed money for matching grants, etc.) you can donate at: *ID it for "Stonyford Fire Recovery"http://www.quietwarriorracing.com/Sponsorships.html
Thanks in advance for your support in helping get Stonyford reopened for public use.