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Old 12-10-2010, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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RUBICON TRAIL FOUNDATION
Contact: Scott Johnston FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Placerville, CA December 10, 2010
PRESS RELEASE: RUBICON TRAIL FOUNDATION PURCHASES PROPERTY
Rubicon Trail Foundation becomes stakeholder in Rubicon
On December 9, 2010, the Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) closed escrow on the purchase of 317 acres of land near the world famous Rubicon 4WD Trail in El Dorado County, California. This purchase is the culmination of efforts begun at the inception of RTF and has been a long term goal of the foundation. We have worked with the off highway vehicle and recreation community, Friends of the Rubicon and the community at large and after 6 years of hard work and various fund raising efforts, RTF is proud to be in the position to purchase this property. RTF Founder Del Albright said, “This acquisition should solidify RTF, and its supporters, as stakeholders in the ongoing process for planning along the trail as well as provide an additional place for users to go for years to come”. The parcel lies to the west of Rubicon Springs and east of Spider Lake. This land was purchased as part of a plan to ensure year round public access to the Rubicon Trail. While the Rubicon Trail does not cross this parcel of land, in the future, we are confident we will have legal motorized access to the land. We are already working towards an access agreement. Until then, the land can be used for hiking, camping and fishing and other activities by all who support motorized use of the Rubicon Trail.

Plans will have to be made and much hard work will be needed to enhance this asset for Rubicon Trail users. Details of the management plan for the use of this property are being worked out and we expect that it will take quite some time to develop a responsible use plan. RTF will need a lot of help from the users of the Rubicon Trail system to make the necessary improvements for motorized access. The development of this plan will require input from you, the users. RTF will be reaching out to trail users in the near future to assist with this plan. Please visit our website for more information on this historic accomplishment for the Rubicon Trail and OHV access.

Rubicon Trail Foundation appreciates the special assistance of Mark A. Smith and Mark A. Smith Off-Roading Inc. in making this dream become a reality.

The Rubicon Trail Foundation was formed in 2004. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail and our mission is: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round trail access. RTF works with individuals, 4x4 clubs, organizations, and agencies to maintain and manage the trail. Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail OHV users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and event organizers.

If you would like to help with our efforts, you may send your tax deductible donations to:
Rubicon Trail Foundation PO Box 2188 Placerville, CA 95667
Paypal donations or major credit cards by calling 888-6rubicon or by signing up for a Friends of the Rubicon work party at: www.friendsoftherubicon.com

More information is available at www.RubiconTrailFoundation.org

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If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with a representative of the Rubicon Trail Foundation, please e-mail president@RubiconTrailFoundation.org
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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AWESOME! I spent some time hiking on the land on the other side of the river from Rubicon Springs (not sure if this is the plot of land or not), but really enjoyed the day spent over there.
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inset from the bigger map we released the other day.

Yes, it is that piece you were walking on this last summer. We are anticipating a lot of work this next summer!! Well worth it though!

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inset from the bigger map we released the other day.

Yes, it is that piece you were walking on this last summer. We are anticipating a lot of work this next summer!! Well worth it though!

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REALLY?!!!! 'cause I saw what I thought would be some fun places to wheel & camp! A lot of work it is, then! Access should be interesting
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Awesome. I am glad there will access for all. Motorized accesss in the future will be even better. Always glad to see trail added instead of stolen away. Good work RTF.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Awesome. Always glad to see trail added instead of stolen away.
Seems like the only way to accomplish this is buying access. No way could any one person do this. This is a team effort of RTF, those who are there now and those who have come before us.

Most of all, though, those who have supported us have played a huge part in this. Hopefully now it'll come home to roost!

Scott drove this..thanks, man, the community appreciates it.

This is a GREAT day.
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great news for sure, there will be alot of work to do, like Scott said this has been a goal for RTF and it is nice to see it happen after being on the Board for the last 6 years
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hhmmmm ... very interesting ...
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Is the property that surrounds it private or US Forest?

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Old 12-11-2010, 09:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The white on the east and west in the map is private, the green everywhere else is USFS.

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Old 12-12-2010, 08:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Randii, isn't that where we left some pink trail marker flags in 2009, and we shared chewing on the big hog salami ??
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:43 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I think I'll leave that activity to you and Randy....

Yup, I remember you guys taking that walk, and yeah, it is directly across the southern third of this piece.
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Yes, that is the shortcut between Spider and the Springs. beautiful scenery!

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Awesome. I am glad there will access for all. Motorized accesss in the future will be even better. Always glad to see trail added instead of stolen away. Good work RTF.
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motorized access or not this is a hugh step in the right direction.
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motorized access or not this is a hugh step in the right direction.
X3, this is great news and again a step in the right direction for preserving future access to the trail.
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Wow! This is great, so is this for use of all responsible trail users to camp or travel?
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Wow! This is great, so is this for use of all responsible trail users to camp or travel?

Taken from the press release:

"While the Rubicon Trail does not cross this parcel of land, in the future, we are confident we will have legal motorized access to the land. We are already working towards an access agreement. Until then, the land can be used for hiking, camping and fishing and other activities by all who support motorized use of the Rubicon Trail."

We are working on a management plan

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This is awesome!

Are we looking at a possible *new* section of trail maybe between the bottom of Old Sluice and Rubicon Springs? I can't believe the possibility of a *new* trail even exists today. If and when this project gets underway myself and my club would love to help.

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This is awesome!

Are we looking at a possible *new* section of trail maybe between the bottom of Old Sluice and Rubicon Springs? I can't believe the possibility of a *new* trail even exists today. If and when this project gets underway myself and my club would love to help.

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I won't say that this is impossible, but it would require the following:

1. Construction of a lot of trail in VERY hard rock areas with lots of height
2. Maintenance of all that trail
3. Easement over both RTP property and RSSI property

In the next couple of years we are hoping to get vehicle access to the property. One step at a time
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As a founding director of RTF this was and has always been the goal for the organization. Congrats and I cannot wait to see it in the spring.

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It's a little easier to see in this topo.

And a quick question, is this located on the property?
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Very Awesome news!!! Kudos!!!
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And a quick question, is this located on the property?
Yes, er no, umm I'm not sure.

I've wondered that myself. I'm not 100% sure which side of the line the falls are on, they're either on RTP property or RTF property. The line runs very close to them, either way.
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