The South Fork Merced River Trail Collaborative, a standing committee of UMRWC, has drafted a plan to improve access to the South Fork Trail. The trail extends 22 miles from Savage's Trading Post on Highway 140 to Highway 41 in Yosemite National Park. In the springtime, it attracts many visitors with its stretches of beautiful fiery orange poppies.
The Trail Collaborative is comprised of individuals with affiliations to various local interests and community groups, including Merced River Conservation Committee, Bureau of Land Management, UC Merced, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, and more. The Collaborative wants to ensure that the historic trail, built in the early 1900s by the US Calvary, is maintained and is accessible to the public.
If you are interested in working on the trail or obtaining a draft of the Collaborative's plan, contact Will Fassett at email@example.com
The Upper Merced River Watershed Council (UMRWC) partnered with the Outward Bound California Service Bus and the US Forest Service for trail work on the Hite’s Cove trail on Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd. Eleven volunteers and five Forest Service crew members cross-cut downed trees, cleared brush, and widened the trail where it had become overgrown. In total, the crew dedicated over 150 hours to the trail’s improvement during the weekend.
Andrew Fish, a trail crew leader from the US Forest Service, instructed the volunteer crew on hydrology, the basics of trail maintenance, and demonstrated the use of a cross-cut saw. He explained that the saws used by the Forest Service to remove downed trees in wilderness areas are often ninety-plus years old because they are no longer manufactured.
Eight of the volunteers from the weekend were from the Outward Bound California Service Bus, a six-week long community service trip. The Outward Bound instructors are travelling throughout California to serve local communities and volunteer with non-profits and service organizations. The group has gardened, helped with re-vegetation projects, assisted with homebuilding, and done trail work. The Sugar Pine Café generously provided breakfast to the volunteer trail crew.
UMRWC has been committed to the protection and preservation of the Upper Merced River Watershed since its founding in 2001.