Project Description

CAMPSITE IMPACT & RESTORATION ASSESSMENT

OBJECTIVE: The Foundation would like to support an assessment of environmental impacts at the most heavily-used campsites along the JMT Backcountry, and fund any needed restoration work or mitigation strategies.

CAMPSITE IMPACT & RESTORATION ASSESSMENT

OBJECTIVE: The Foundation would like to support an assessment of environmental impacts at the most heavily-used campsites along the JMT Backcountry, and fund any needed restoration work or mitigation strategies.

The Foundation would like to assist in the regular assessment and resolution of the adverse environmental impacts at the high use/high impact locations along the full length of the John Muir Trail, as well as its network of access trails and its main re-supply sites. The Foundation’s board members Cris Chater (“Strider”), John Dittli and Elizabeth Wenk have identified and mapped what they have observed are the most heavily-used campsites along the JMT Backcountry where hikers congregate and pitch tents. Working with the federal land managers, we would like to fund a survey of site conditions as they may recommend. As restoration and mitigation plans are developed, the Foundation would like to fund any recommended restoration work or mitigation strategies on an incremental basis, focusing on the most urgent needs first.

This is a long-term complicated and costly undertaking. We have suggested a pilot program for the 2019 season in which qualified investigators would assess campsites at Blayney Hot Springs, the Piute Bridge intersection and at Wanda Lake just north of Muir Pass. These areas are in Sierra National Forest and Sequoia National Park. The assessment would be done this summer and, if productive and reasonable, would result in a restoration and mitigation plan for the 2020 season. We will keep you posted on progress in organizing this effort.

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The Foundation would like to assist in the regular assessment and resolution of the adverse environmental impacts at the high use/high impact locations along the full length of the John Muir Trail, as well as its network of access trails and its main re-supply sites. The Foundation’s board members Cris Chater (“Strider”), John Dittli and Elizabeth Wenk have identified and mapped what they have observed are the most heavily-used campsites along the JMT Backcountry where hikers congregate and pitch tents. Working with the federal land managers, we would like to fund a survey of site conditions as they may recommend. As restoration and mitigation plans are developed, the Foundation would like to fund any recommended restoration work or mitigation strategies on an incremental basis, focusing on the most urgent needs first.

This is a long-term complicated and costly undertaking. We have suggested a pilot program for the 2019 season in which qualified investigators would assess campsites at Blayney Hot Springs, the Piute Bridge intersection and at Wanda Lake just north of Muir Pass. These areas are in Sierra National Forest and Sequoia National Park. The assessment would be done this summer and, if productive and reasonable, would result in a restoration and mitigation plan for the 2020 season. We will keep you posted on progress in organizing this effort.

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