The Trail Companion
CRSP Trail Management Plan
The Castle Rock Trails Committee (CRTC) is making
headway in assessing the current trails and possible
additions to the trail system. Committee members, including
Dave Croker and Geoffrey Skinner, have made several field
trips throughout the park to look at potential new trails,
particularly near the proposed Partridge Farm campground
and in the northwestern corner of the park. Once the trail
assessment is complete, the Committee will draw up a plan
and submit it to the State for approval.
Waterman Gap Purchase
The Sempervirens Fund has signed a
contract to purchase Waterman Gap, a 1,340 acre parcel,
from the San Lorenzo Valley Water District for $10.9
million. The property is located on the southwestern border
of Castle Rock State Park and will bring the total acreage
of the park to just under 5,000 acres.
The Waterman Gap property,
also known as the San Lorenzo River Redwoods, was heavily
logged at the turn of the century, but has remained
relatively untouched since then. Though the Water District
had received two higher offers from logging companies
interested in the lumber resource, it chose to follow the
mandate of its Citizen Advisory Council which recommended
the parcel be preserved.
The Sempervirens Fund is
seeking funding to help pay purchase costs and can be
email@example.com or (650) 968-4509. For more
information see the Fund's project information.
Bike Closures Ahead
As reported earlier, MRSOD plans to close seven
preserves to bikes this fall (Foothills, La Honda Creek, Los Trancos, Picchetti Ranch, Pulgas Ridge, Teague Hill, and Thornewood Open Space Preserves). The
closures will take place in conjunction with other seasonal
trail closures after the first major rains.
Fires around the state caused cancellation of the
proscribed burn at Russian Ridge this summer. The burn had
been scheduled for the beginning of August; crews had
already built firebreaks and had burned a few small areas
in preparation, but the California Dept. of Forestry
personnel were needed to fight the fires in Los Padres and
Sequoia National Forests. MROSD has rescheduled the burn
for late September to mid-October, depending on weather conditions.
Stanford University's Dish area has been reopened, with
new restrictions in place. Visitors must stay on paved
paths leading from the four gates and dogs are now
prohibited. For more information, see the Dish website or call (650)
Great trail improvements and wildlife encounters on
summer projects at Portola Redwoods SP...Timely trail work
on Sanborn-Skyline County Park's Skyline Trail...Ridge
Trail surveying at Sanborn-Skyline.
Community Impact Day 2000 at Jasper Ridge Biological
Preserve...Build a Puncheon at Portola Redwoods State
Park...Tool Party, Volunteer Appreciation and Annual
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