Perfect Storm in Lakes Basin 1/9/13

A Perfect Winter Storm (from Sierra County Chamber News)
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) sent  an urgent request for help and involvement. The below is taken straight from the SBTS request — if you can, join in the Trailfest festivities on January 19 at Nakoma Resort:Our beloved Lakes Basin trails took a beating in the recent storms. A couple feet of slushy snow got deluged with over 15 inches of warm rain, turning most of the high country trails into massive sluices. Adding to the carnage, 80 mile an hour wind gusts took down hundreds of trees. Many of the older, more rustic trails were built in a time when consideration of water borne erosion was not paramount, and these were the trails that bore the brunt of Mother Nature’s assault. In some areas you can no longer even tell that there was once a trail amidst all the carnage. The power of nature is indeed impressive.The Forest Service resources to mitigate damage on this scale are almost non-existent, and there is no local funding available for the system trails in 2013. This is the nutshell of why we founded this Stewardship in the first place. We love this area, we love these trails, and we are gratified to have found as many of you who love these trails as much as you do. We have been honored that you have supported us with your incredible volunteer work over the years. Unfortunately, in keeping with the perfect storm theme, much of the federal funding we have relied upon for large projects in the past has also dried up.

Our paid trail crews are working full throttle to mitigate this damage between now and next summer, as well as keep on with their efforts to restore and improve trails throughout this area. You can see from the attached photos of the recent armored work Henry’s crew built in the Lakes Basin that the new trail is vastly superior at handling nature’s power, and will save heartache and backache down the line. Check out the above before and after picture!

But it is time consuming and expensive work, and we need your help: We have set a goal of raising $50,000 by January 19th. This will pay our labor and material costs into next year, and allow us to get a good start on undoing what Mother Nature has wrought, and ensuring that the next time she tries to lay a beat down that the trails will be more able to handle it.

Come party with us and celebrate 10 years! We will be hosting Trailfest at Nakoma Resort on January 19th, 2013. ALL proceeds from this event will benefit the restoration of trails in the Lakes Basin. Trailfest is going to be a very fun benefit event with live music provided by Buster Blue, dancing, food catered from Nakoma Golf Resort, beer from The Brewing Lair, silent and live auction with items donated from The Grand Sierra, Patagonia, REI and many more! We will also have project updates from the SBTS staff! Tickets are only $35 and all proceeds go directly to maintaining and restoring the trails in the Lakes Basin. We can’t do this without support from our local community, so come out and celebrate with us! You can buy tickets online atwww.sierratrails.org or at these locations: Nakoma Golf Resort, Pangaea, Quincy Natural Foods, Eco Centric and Chalet View Lodge.

This is the season where we pause and reflect on the spirit of giving. We consider ourselves very fortunate to live where we live, and to have enjoyed so much support and validation from you over the years. We thank you for everything you have all done so far, and look forward to lining up in the dirt with you again soon. Happy Holidays!

Tara Stone
Trail Programs Director
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship

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