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2011 Golden Trout Project

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Due to Department of Fish & Game scheduling issues involving another species of native trout, DFG currently has been unable to finalize their week-long 2011 Golden Trout Project projects. They DO have scheduled two USFS week long trips. DFG might be announcing a trip or two later that would probably occur in September. Please note that because of the high water levels in the Eastern Sierra this season, the Monache weekend fence work trip has been bumped into July. Please look over the information below and see what interests you or if you know someone who might be interested, please forward this information.

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Thanks for your interest in helping California's state freshwater fish and we hope to see you on stream this summer! If you have questions, please contact Howard E. Kern, Volunteer Project Coordinator, California Golden Trout Restoration Project, (805) 405-9635(cell).

You can register on-line for all of the trips at:  www.californiagoldentrout.org

Mulkey Meadow Fence Maintenance

July 5-8, 2011 (Tuesday – Friday)

Help the Inyo National Forest maintain a new electric fence in upper Mulkey Meadow to protect the stream from cattle damage. Volunteers will backpack, bringing all of their own food and gear, 3.5 miles from Horseshoe Meadow at 9942' elevation, over Mulkey Pass at 10380' to the campsite at 9500'. Volunteers should meet USFS personnel at the Horseshoe Meadow Parking Lot at 9 am on Tuesday July 5th (start hiking around 10am).

Bring all of your own food, backpacking, camping and fishing gear, and work clothing including gloves. Some pack mule support may be available. A detailed list and trip itinerary will be provided to confirmed participants.

Volunteers: 6 volunteers needed.

 

Monache Meadow Fence Maintenance

July 8-10, 2011 (Saturday and Sunday)

Help maintain the fence at the DFG wildlife area and the USFS Olivas pasture to keep the cattle out and protect the habitat along the South Fork of the Kern River and Monache Creek. Pot luck and barbecue Saturday night (meat and homemade ice cream provided by the CDFG). Plan on driving into the meadow Friday evening; work a full day and eat a potluck dinner on Saturday; then work a half day on Sunday. Early morning and afternoon fishing for golden trout and brown trout on the South Fork of the Kern will add to the fun.

Volunteers need to bring their own food, including a contribution for the potluck and your own camping equipment. Be prepared for cold nights and warm days. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and eye protection (sunglasses). Bring leather work gloves, pliers, and a VHF radio, if you have them. All other tools will be provided.

The road into Monache requires 4-wheel drive with high clearance. We will coordinate carpooling in an effort to minimize the number of vehicles needed. Carpool space is often limited so if you have an appropriate four wheel drive vehicle, please offer to drive.

Volunteers: 12 person limit. Volunteers with 4-wheel drive vehicles will receive preference due to the high clearance driving requirements.

 

Bullfrog Crossing Repair

September 19 -23, 2011 (Monday – Friday)

Repair the Bullfrog Crossing in Mulkey Meadows from previous work completed in 2007. It will involve working with stone to build a stream crossing along the trail to ensure that the meadow and stream characteristics are not degraded by traffic from recreational use. Masonry skills will be emphasized as we construct a stone crossing with steps leading into the creek and out the other side. We will focus on maintaining and enhancing the meadow characteristics at the stream crossing that will provide good fish habitat well into the future for the Golden Trout. Volunteers will need to be in good condition for hiking and vigorous working at altitudes over 10,000 feet.

Volunteers will meet at Horseshoe parking area on the morning of the 19th. Camping gear will be packed in by mules to the worksite, about 5 miles in from the trailhead. Volunteers and Inyo Forest employees will camp and work in Mulkey Meadows area until Friday, September 23rd. We will hike back out to the trail head while the mules carry the gear. Dinners will be provided and the other finer details will be worked out as volunteers are signed up. There are some good holes for fishing, and if we get done early in the days, there will be opportunities for exploring this beautiful area.

Bring all of your own food, backpacking, camping and fishing gear, and work clothing including gloves. Some pack mule support may be available. A detailed list and trip itinerary will be provided to confirmed participants.

Volunteers: 6 volunteers needed.

 

Monache Meadow Fence Maintenance

October 8-10, 2011 (Saturday and Sunday)

Help maintain the fence at the DFG wildlife area and the USFS Olivas pasture to keep the cattle out and protect the habitat along the South Fork of the Kern River and Monache Creek. Pot luck and barbecue Saturday night (meat and homemade ice cream provided by the CDFG). Plan on driving into the meadow Friday evening; work a full day and eat a potluck dinner on Saturday; then work a half day on Sunday. Early morning and afternoon fishing for golden trout and brown trout on the South Fork of the Kern will add to the fun.

Volunteers need to bring their own food, including a contribution for the potluck, and your own camping equipment. Be prepared for cold nights and warm days. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and eye protection (sunglasses). Bring leather work gloves, pliers, and a VHF radio, if you have them. All other tools will be provided.

The road into Monache requires 4-wheel drive with high clearance. We will coordinate carpooling in an effort to minimize the number of vehicles needed. Carpool space is often limited so if you have an appropriate four wheel drive vehicle, please offer to drive.

Volunteers: 12 person limit. Volunteers with 4-wheel drive vehicles will receive preference due to the high clearance driving requirements.

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