FALL RIVER MILLS, Calif., April 18, 2017-If you enjoy working with the public and care about our country’s natural resources, the Forest Service needs your time and talents. In this age of shrinking budgets and workforce, it is increasingly challenging to provide the service and time needed for the care of the national forests. As a volunteer, you can make a difference and contribute to this effort.
The Hat Creek Ranger District is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to serve as campground hosts, lead interpretive tours, and to help out at their visitor centers in Fall River Mills and Old Station, California. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, share your skills, learn something new, and take time to enjoy the beautiful Lassen National Forest.
By volunteering you will become part of an army of more than 2.8 million volunteers who, since 1972, have provided more than 123 million hours of service that is valued at about $1.4 billion. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to:
- Give back to your community
- Improve Forests and Grasslands
- Learn about natural and cultural conservation
- Meet new people and form friendships.
Located in northern California’s Burney Basin, the HatCreek Ranger District recreation area consists of seven campgrounds, seven day use areas, six trailheads, and a visitor center. Hat Creek has a unique geological history and offers many recreation opportunities such as fishing, hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, caving, hang gliding, horseback riding, and off highway vehicles use.
Hat Creek boasts 129 miles of hiking/equestrian trail, including in the Thousand Lakes Wilderness, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, plus fishing access and numerous point of interest trails. Thousand Lakes is a 16,000 acre wilderness that sits in the bowl of a volcanic crater. Its small size and scenic beauty make it very popular for families and day hikers. Among its charms are seven pristine lakes that are wonderful for both fishing and swimming.
Lassen National Forest lies at the Crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.