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Friends of the High Lakes

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Volunteers in Action

The Friends of the High Lakes is a 501(c)3 organization with significant and credible contributions from members.  The FOTHL was organized in 2007 in response to closure of access roads to the High Lakes area by the US Forest Service in the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.  The volunteer group FOTHL is dedicated to road and campsite improvements to allow reopening of access roads, and the Forest Service was responsive to the initiative of the group.

Some FOTHL accomplishments:

- Filled numerous mud holes with rocks where streams were impacted to get rid of “red flag” designations (meaning the roads would have otherwise remained closed due to erosion and environmental damage).

- Blocked off meadows and sensitive areas to avoid damage from vehicles

- Re-routed some compromised areas, with USFS approval

- Designated campsites and installed fire rings

- Created high quality, detailed map of routes, campsites, etc. used for large posters at entrances and in brochures that were passed out to visitors – used as the official USFS map of the area

- Repaired “Pucker Point” on the 519 jeep trail

- Organized, purchased and installed Ham Radio Tower and certified 50+ Ham Radio Operators

- Nick personally cut away downed burnt trees and debris to open the road to Mud Lake

- Obtained OHMVR grant that paid for materials and workers to continue improvement projects in 2011-12

- Conducted census of visitor activity over a three year period (thank you, Jim & Debbie Earl)

- Recognized by USFS Region 5 as Volunteer Organization of the Year at an award ceremony

Adopt A Trail Report

Below is a list of each trail area, work done and work to be done, and which clubs have assumed responsibility for each area:

- Pair O Dice (Long/Campbell)

- Jackass Wheelers (608 to Morris Lake)

- Quincy Wheelers/Feather River Rock Crawlers /P&P Moak(South entrance past Grassy Lake)

- Dogtown Wheelers (612 to Saddle Lake)

- Norcal Crawlers (519/Pipejam)

- Hi-Lakes Trekkers/44 Trailfinders (501 to Soda Ridge, 602,606)

- Chico State Crawlers (619 to Mud Lake)

- Paradise Ridge Riders (single track only)

Lassen Forest Service Projects update:

- Place “info” signs at places where improvements/work has been done by FOTHL

- Install 10 more fire rings

- Re-route North entrance from Lott Lake Road to new cutoff on USFS land

Potential Special Projects for FOTHL:

- Connect Frying Pan Falls trail to Grassy Lake trail (motorized area)

- Reclaim 606 to Soda Ridge (Student workers did a great job opening that up – need to finish the last 100 ft.)

- Construct loop around Morris Lake – challenges:  inaccessible terrain, privately owned land

- Staging/camping area at the “T” to utilize boulders there and allow group gathering spot

Overall goal of Adopt – A –Trail Captain will be to maintain primary contact with all clubs, match capabilities to assignments, and report to the President, who is the primary contact with the USFS.

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