Project Description

MASTER PLANS FOR RESUPPLY SITES

OBJECTIVE:     The Foundation would like to develop, and then implement, Master Plans at each of the resupply sites, addressing resupply logistics, trail routing and repair, rehabilitation of surrounding terrain, and sustainable public facilities suitable for wilderness settings.

MASTER PLANS FOR RESUPPLY SITES

OBJECTIVE:  The Foundation would like to develop, and then implement, Master Plans at each of the resupply sites, addressing resupply logistics, trail routing and repair, rehabilitation of surrounding terrain, and sustainable public facilities suitable for wilderness settings.

There are four major resupply sites at converging trailheads where longer-distance hikers exit and then re-enter the John Muir Trail to obtain their food and supplies for the next segment of hiking, and where all other visitors in larger numbers make their way to the JMT using many connected trails. These sites are still located in largely remote and challenging terrain not suitable for standard commercial facilities. They include Tuolumne Meadows, Reds Meadow, Vermillion Valley and Blayney Hot Springs at Muir Trail Ranch.

The Foundation would like to work with the NPS and US Forest Service, and our nonprofit partners Yosemite Conservancy and Sequoia Parks Conservancy, to explore solutions through site specific Master Plans. Such plans could include approaches to resupply logistics, routing of converging trails, trail repair and restoration, rehabilitation of surrounding wilderness and a plan for sustainable facilities suitable for wilderness locations.

New technologies for “dry” toilets should be considered, where no septic system or pit storage is needed. With this technology, the liquid is separated from the solid, allowing decomposition of the liquid and partial composting of the solid. The result is an odor-free reasonably light-weight dry substance that may be easily packed out and disposed of properly. We understand both national parks are already considering this technology at locations within Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon. See:  www.toilettech.com

We understand Yosemite National Park may develop such a Master Plan for Tuolumne Meadows including the TTS technology instead of standard bathroom facilities. The foundation would like to see that kind of planning extended to the other three resupply sites on the JMT, and will fundraise for the work to follow. This is the hard work of environmental management, so everyone can enjoy this extraordinary wilderness coming and going through well-organized and well-managed gateways.

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There are four major resupply sites at converging trailheads where longer-distance hikers exit and then re-enter the John Muir Trail to obtain their food and supplies for the next segment of hiking, and where all other visitors in larger numbers make their way to the JMT using many connected trails. These sites are still located in largely remote and challenging terrain not suitable for standard commercial facilities. They include Tuolumne Meadows, Reds Meadow, Vermillion Valley and Blayney Hot Springs at Muir Trail Ranch.

The Foundation would like to work with the NPS and US Forest Service, and our nonprofit partners Yosemite Conservancy and Sequoia Parks Conservancy, to explore solutions through site specific Master Plans. Such plans could include approaches to resupply logistics, routing of converging trails, trail repair and restoration, rehabilitation of surrounding wilderness and a plan for sustainable facilities suitable for wilderness locations.

New technologies for “dry” toilets should be considered, where no septic system or pit storage is needed. With this technology, the liquid is separated from the solid, allowing decomposition of the liquid and partial composting of the solid. The result is an odor-free reasonably light-weight dry substance that may be easily packed out and disposed of properly. We understand both national parks are already considering this technology at locations within Yosemite and Sequoia Kings Canyon. See:  www.toilettech.com 

We understand Yosemite National Park may develop such a Master Plan for Tuolumne Meadows including the TTS technology instead of standard bathroom facilities. The foundation would like to see that kind of planning extended to the other three resupply sites on the JMT, and will fundraise for the work to follow. This is the hard work of environmental management, so everyone can enjoy this extraordinary wilderness coming and going through well-organized and well-managed gateways.

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