PWORA and OVERLAND BOUND; TRAIL GUARDIANS on the MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST
October 4-6, 2019 a dozen volunteers from the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) and Overland Bound tackled a major conservation project to help protect a sensitive wildlife and cultural resource area, while rebuilding OHV infrastructure to ensure sustainable motorized recreation.
The job site was located at Summit Valley within the Stonyford OHV Area on the Mendocino National Forest.
Hundreds of burned out post/cable trail delineators and barriers damaged during past major wildfires were replaced. Folks were easily confused as to what was a legal trail or where to ride on designated routes because most of the trail markers were gone.
Don Amador, PWORA President/CEO, states, “This collaborative post fire project highlights the fact that recreation recovery efforts also help protect natural resources including the riparian area at Summit Valley.”
“Modern OHV management is not just about building and maintaining trails but now also includes projects that protect wildlife or important cultural resources. I think the volunteers at this event demonstrated their deep commitment to conservation of our public lands by showing up and doing the hard work required to accomplish our mission,” Amador concludes.
Kent Reynolds Executive Director Overland Bound was the Incident Commander (Trail Boss), with Don Amador, Quiet Warrior Racing serving as Operations Chief; and Del Albright, ModernJeeper as Plans Chief.
“It never ceases to amaze me how our volunteers from all walks of life step up and help restore trails,” said Kent. “Working with our partners in the USDA Forest Service has been a pleasure on this incredible project,” concludes Kent.
Chow was sponsored by the great folks at Metalcloak with Matson Breakey sitting on the PWORA Board of Directors as the Industry Rep.
Follow up work on the Stonyford area will most likely occur next Spring. Watch here and Facebook for more info.
More on PWORA here.
More on Overland Bound — and Boots on the Ground here.
Enjoy the pics and vid:
Post and cable trail delineators protecting a sensitive meadow.
The old posts burned in the fire had to be hand dug in some cases.
Many of the posts were pulled up by Jeep and winch with Brett Gayner’s handy rig.
Don Amador, certified chainsaw operator, gets it done.
Del, the Plans Chief, gets everyone signed in with all the paperwork filled out.
A burned up trail barrier.
Ryan Hackett installs a new “no-dig” barrier with the demo tool.
Ahh, the inevitable lunch break around the peeler core trailer.
Happy Jeeper, Brett Gayner
Kelli Binder smiles at getting dirty.
Some of our rigs
You got it! Steaks on the barbie…
Jerry Fouts ready to devour that steak
Mike and Ryan enjoying Stacie Albright’s beans…
Dinner is served, courtesy of Metalcloak
Most of the crew…
More on PWORA here.
More on Overland Bound here.