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El Presso, Release-o:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​
Contact: Kurt Schneider
E-mail: [email protected]

Eldorado National Forest, CA: Monday, September 29, 2008

The Friends of Eldorado National Forest Public Lands Day Work Party
Coalition of Organizations, OHV Users and Companies hold massive clean-up​


The Friends of Eldorado National Forest and the Rubicon Trail Foundation combined forces for a massive volunteer effort in Eldorado National Forest for the15th annual National Public Lands Day.


The Saturday work party consisted of two separate volunteer crews. The garbage cleanup crew managed to remove over 30 cubic yards of illegally dumped trash near Grizzly Flat, which included household garbage, appliances, and scrap. Filling up a 20 yard dumpster generously donated by Amador Disposal/Waste Connections fairly quickly, workers also and even removed 2 abandoned vehicles from the forest using winches and trailers. With Forest Service supervision from Steve Parr from the engine 64 crew, the second volunteer crew worked at Owens Camp to remove two buildings and hand-demolish 70 feet of concrete-filled block foundation with sledgehammers. Volunteers manually smashed the rebar out of the debris so that the clean concrete and steel could be recycled separately. The wood from the buildings will be recycled for later use near the Rubicon Trail.


While the volunteers were comprised of mainly OHV users, many different groups, clubs and organizations were involved in the work party and in supporting the effort. URJB, Under Construction 4x4 club, Top Gun 4x4 Club, Sierra Treasure Hunters, Sacramento Jeepers, Rubicon Trail Foundation, the Rubicon Rockheads, Rough and Ready Jeep Club, the Rock Zombies, the Kyburz Krawlerz, and E Clampus Vitus were some of the groups that appeared in force to support the Friends of Eldorado National Forest organization (FOE). This project also received support and donations from: Goodby Grading who donated the use of a dump truck, and Fishmouth Fabworks who had its competition Rock Buggy on hand to help in demolition, as well as CRAWL Magazine, Pirate4x4.com, the Rubicon Trail Foundation, and the USFS.


Friends of Eldorado National Forest (FOE) works closely with the Eldorado National Forest to maintain our forest trails and campsites, ensuring continued access via motorized vehicles for all types of people to recreate in the forest, including campers, fisherman, hikers, horseback riders, hunters, bird watchers, miners and the like. There are more than 1,300 people registered to the FOE Myspace page and 350 supporters on the mailing list, which is growing daily. With support from both the Forest Service, and the OHV community, FOE continues to grow in influence and effectiveness.


FOE has also hosted ride-alongs to get Forest Service staff on the trail to experience responsible recreation in person, and become more familiar with the routes that provide motorized access to Eldorado National Forest. Our educational efforts extend to the public, as well, with letter-writing seminars and informational booths at CalROCS events, Rock-N-for-the-Kids Rockrace, Cal4Wheel headquarters, as well as at multiple members' homes and local club meetings. FOE is committed to maintaining and improving the relationship between forest users and forest managers, and helping to maintain and retain access to our Forest. The mission of FOE is to actively maintain trails, campsites, and similar resources, support other organizations with similar goals, and to both educate forest users in responsible use of our National Forests -- and educate the public that the vast majority of OHV users DO care about our forest and are working to maintain it for future generations.

More information is available at www.friendsofeldorado.com or www.myspace.com/friendsofeldorado.


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If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kurt Schneider from The Friends of Eldorado, Please e-mail Kurt at [email protected]
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The tear down:

First me and Travis on the roof taking off tiles then taking off the roof itself







I was dying on the roof. It was HOT. Trav managed to stay up there for more than 2 hours though...





The FishMouth Fabworks/Rock Zombie/Friends of Eldorado Comp buggy was on hand to help tear down the building. A big thanks to Travis and Trout for use of the rig!





We could not just demo the building, we tore it into sections to save for later use on another project.

 

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USFS on hand to watch over us and help. They lent us a helping hand, especially on tearing down 70 feet of a concrete foundation by hand! Great People!



Dale near the final wreckage:





 

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The concrete foundation we had to tear down:

Randii fully Gettin it!









The remains in the Goodby Grading Dump truck:





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The garbage crew worked even HARDER if that could be possible!

Over 30 yards of trash and 2 vehicles pulled from the forest!

Under Construction 4x4 club and the Rubicon Rockheads kicked some major butt!















 

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Just some "Fun" pics

My boy in the Fishmouth Fabworks/Rock Zombie/FOE Comp buggy!

Travis took second in this thing in his class at the Last CalROCS. His (and the buggy's) first comp! More comps to come in this buggy! Look for it!

Dan Trout does some AWESOME work.





The Goodby Grading dump truck makes for a killer Tow Rig!



Me and Trav celebrating a job well done:



Both work crews came together for food Sat night:



Jen still working though:



I had rattlesnack for lunch:

 

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It was an awesome work-party, with awesome people.

It was by far one of FOE's biggest workparties yet. The amount of work done was INSANE. We had some VERY hard working volunteers that did an amazing job.

I cannot thank each and everyone of you enough for your efforts. It was an amazing job that was very well done.

I will let Rick, Randii etc. chime in on the thanks.
 

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I gotta throw props to Jen and crew for an outstanding job of cookin' and coordinatin' pot luck. It was all awesome!!!
Rick pulled off the hat trick with getting the blessing of the forest service, and pulling off two major efforts simultaneously.
Travis, John, Randii (Sultan of Sawzall) and Kurt were relentless in their assault on the building. And nobody eats snake like Kurt.
Sorry I couldn't stick around for Sunday, I almost didn't recognize the place after everyone did the final clean up.
Thanks to everyone who showed up, including the FS folks, who got down and dirty with us......................
Dale
P.S. Happy National Public Lands Day
 

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I was dying on the roof. It was HOT. Trav managed to stay up there for more than 2 hours though...
it hit 84 there on Saturday and then went to 88 yesterday afternoon when Randii and I were still there.......
this afternoon it dropped 27 degrees in one hour! and they got .4 inches of rain. would have been nice to have that to keep the dust down.


Good job everyone!
 

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this afternoon it dropped 27 degrees in one hour! and they got .4 inches of rain. would have been nice to have that to keep the dust down.

Good job everyone!
Uh....maybe I should tell you about the little bag of ice I hung over the weather station at Owens. :D:laughing:








JUST KIDDING!
 

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Great job everyone! I had a blast tearin down some FS property with buggy!:D I was so dead by the time I got home on sunday, that I passed out while Steph did all the unpacking:shaking: I dropped off the concrete at the crusher today, to be made in to road base or something It was roughly 6 tons:eek:
 

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Awesome weekend -- huge props for USFS in working so well with FOE! Everyone worked together well, which really underlines the reason behind Public Lands Day. :grinpimp:

I hurt pretty good, but DAMN, we got a lot done... I was tickled to be one of the Indians for Incident Commander Rick, and tickled to help lay in a bunch of recycled materials for Rubicon Trail Foundation to re-use around the Rubicon Trail. :cool2:

Being an Indian hurts WAY more than being a Chief. :bawling:

Randii
 

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I dropped off the concrete at the crusher today, to be made in to road base or something It was roughly 6 tons:eek:
Travis, you rock! (literally)
I dont know how we could have gotten rid of so much without your help.

your help was greatly appriciated and very much needed
 

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I thought everyone worked very well together. It was great meeting everyone as well.
 

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Thank YOU

I gotta say we were happy and proud to be a part of this, The clean up in Grizzly was literally in Matt and my back yard, less then 2 miles from home.
I gotta give HUGE thanks to those who came out and worked VERY HARD to help clean up land they may never visit again.. It means the world and is really a show of the true character of our volunteers. Thank you.
We are all sore, I am sure from all the hard work, but the pride of knowing we made a noticeable difference makes it all bearable and always makes me anxious to go out and do more. I want to Thank the Grizzly Flat clean up crew for all their hard work and the "I wont stop until you do" competitive attitude.
The world is a better place for what we did this last weekend. THANK YOU.
 

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Great job to all who came! Im glad i got to be apart of it and meet everyone too! We all worked our asses off and look at what was accomplished. Can't wait for the next one. :beer::)
 
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