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Meadow Restoration Work Days


Photo of a meadow with yellow flowers and a forest in the back

Are you interested in spending time in a beautiful place and helping to restore a precious resource? We need hard working volunteers to help restore three high sierra meadows this summer. This is a perfect way to enjoy a summer day in the El Dorado National Forest and making a difference. 
This work is spearheaded by the  El Dorado National Forest, in partnership  with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group, and the Amador Resource Conservation District.   Additional restoration of incised channels is planned for 2020 and 2021.  Volunteers have been a huge part of the hands-on restoration success including assessment, monitoring, and willow planting.

When:  Thursdays  - July 25th, August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, August 22nd
Sundays  - July 28th, August 4th, August 25th 
Come any day you are able.  One day or all!

RSVP: If you're interested in volunteering be sure to email Gwen

Starrett. Please RSVP for the dates you plan to volunteer so I will know to wait for you! Email at

What: We will use loppers and hand saws to cut small conifer saplings and seedlings in and around the meadow.  This improves meadow habitat and reduces fire danger.
What to bring:  Water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, and work gloves.  If you are allergic to bees, please carry your epi-pen. Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and boots as we will be working in the woods.  We will have hard hats and tools available, so be sure to RSVP. 

We will be working at Upper Onion Valley which is accessible with AWD/4WD high clearance vehicles.  If we don’t have vehicles to haul everyone up to the meadow, it is about a one mile hike in.

Where to meet: First stop: Sutter Hill Transit Center at 7:15 AM.  Valley View Way, Sutter Creek. Second stop: Bear River Reservoir at the dam.  Meet at 8:30 AM.  (Take Hwy 88 to Bear River Road.  Go down to dam and pull off at first spot.)

Photo of a creek or river flowing through a meadow


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