Two expeditions this week:
Thursday: We’re going to hike to Goodwin Lake with Forest Service representatives to discuss whether we should be protecting the whitebark around Goodwin Lake, which the forest service prefers we not protect, since the trees are within designated wilderness. This is an informative hike, a discussion, a meeting of the minds. Given the endangered status recently bestowed on Whitebark, and given that the Wilderness Act includes specific provision for taking action against insect infestation, and given that this is one of Jackson’s favorite forests/hikes outside of the national parks, I think it’s important to hear what the logic is, if the Forest Service does not want us to protect those trees, and what our options are, if we, as citizens, want to see them protected.
Meet: Thursday, July 28, 8:30 a.m., parking lot across from Pearl St. Bagels. We’ll hike to Goodwin Lake, and have an on-shore pow-wow. Long sleeves, sunblock, water, food, and mosquito repellant are probably not bad ideas.
Saturday: Protection mission to Holmes Cave, Togwotee Pass. Let’s just go ahead and make this a training day. Cardio-treefighting. We’re going to hike up to several stands of trees we protected last year, which are about 45 minutes from the car on a gradual uphill trail. We’ll repouch as many of our trees as we can, keep moving, make it happen, feel the TF burn, even without kettle bells.
Meet: Saturday, July 30, 8:30 a.m., parking lot across from Pearl St. Bagels. Bring good shoes, long sleeves and long pants because TreeFightin’ means ‘shwackin’, iphones/smartphones, sun block, bug dope, hat, food, water, and bear spray. This is definitely griz country.
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