The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship regained funding for the Boca / Loyalton railroad grade project so we can now continue to work on this important project. We first worked on this project back in April of 2014 with a small amount of funding for the job at hand. Now that we have regained funding, we will have the time to go through the 2.7-mile section of trail and finish it. We changed our work style to accommodate for the amount of funding we had, which meant quick unfinished work.
Our first pass in April opened the trail so the public could use it. This section of trail was burned in 1994 by the cotton wood fire and in many places the brush has grown back much thicker than the trees. In order to make a trail sustainable in brush this thick many root wads need to be removed. If the corridor is just cut and cleared the brush will return in less than a year. On our first pass we removed most of the root wads in the tread but did not have time to remove them from the corridor. With the additional amount of funding we have received we will now go through and clear the corridor properly, install cattle guards with gates at the two fence lines and complete all the finish work on the trail to make it sustainable for years to come.
Stay Tuned for information on upcoming workdays! Read More »
The Plumas County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the Bucks Trail Feasibility Study that SBTS has been working on for the past few years, and they have released it to the public.
The Bucks Lake feasibility study is now live and open for public comment. The more positive commentary, and the more general goodwill we can put forth, the better the outcome of is likely to be. SO, make your voices heard!. If you agree, please send positive comments to Lori Simpson
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is a non-profit organization based in the northern Sierra Nevada focused on restoring, maintaining, and building world-class recreational trails. Founded in 2003, the SBTS has grown from a simple need – keeping the trails above Downieville open – to encompass a much broader set of core values. Recreational trails can be the economic lifeblood of the communities in the northern Sierra, and the preservation and enhancement of those trails is a low-impact and positive way to employ local workforces, build community awareness and pride, and strengthen ties throughout those communities.
The documentary, Trail Stewards Of The Lost Sierra, produced by Hunter Sykes and Coldstream Creative, chronicles the story of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship through interviews with its founder, Greg Williams, program director Tara Stone, trail crew chief Henry O’Donnell, and medical liason Dr. Rob Bixler. It is an inside view into the shared passion of likeminded individuals striving to enact positive changes in their own backyard. The film brings to light the dedication, the hard work, and the humility needed to persevere in an often difficult environment, and also illustrates the rewards gained from such dedication and the sense of family that the stewardship builds along the way. Read More »
Join the SBTS trail crew and help us build sweet new multi-use trail in Quincy!
Featuring a network of combined OHV-legal and other multi-use trails, the Mount Hough/South Park network will total over 60 miles of handcrafted trail built almost entirely by local labor. The Mt Hough system has been in the planning stages for several years, and will serve as a recreational draw for Quincy for generations to come. The combining of California OHV grants and Plumas National Forest access and cooperation ensures that the next three years will be a productive period of trail building in this region. Completion of this trail project will enhance and broaden the already highly regarded reputation of Plumas County trails.
Then join SBTS on Thursday November 20th at the Quincy Theatre for a special movie premier of Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra. This is a 30 minute documentary about SBTS. Volutneers get in free, tickets at the door are $5.
Patagonia has many core members in the SBTS, and Patagonia matches their employee donations 100%. Patagonia employees are encouraged by the company to come out and work on trails with us, to the extent that we can host dedicated Patagonia trail work-days on a quarterly basis.
Last Wednesday, the SBTS crew was joined by 17 Patagonia employees who came over from Reno to work with us in the Lakes Basin. This crew was mighty and strong and they were hungry to get to work. They were very excited to take on a challenging project. Henry had just the thing in mind for them.
The current staircase was a total mess, and needed some attention to make it safe for non-motorized users. Henry took 10 of the 17 volunteers and got to work digging. They took the area apart to make the necessary improvements.
Thank you Patagonia for continuing to send us your employees to volunteer with us and for believing in us. Until next time
The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is pleased to confirm the ongoing development of the Mt Hough Trail System. Working in partnership with Plumas County, the Plumas National Forest Mt Hough District, and funded via California OHV funding, this project epitomizes several principles that are central to the SBTS; community involvement, inter-agency cooperation and support, and the creation of multi-use recreational trails as a community asset.
Featuring a network of combined OHV-legal and other multi-use trails, the network will total over 27 miles of handcrafted trail built almost entirely by local labor. The Mt Hough system has been in the planning stages for several years, and will serve as a recreational draw for Quincy for generations to come. The combining of California OHV grants and Plumas National Forest access and cooperation ensures that the next three years will be a productive period of trail building in this region. Completion of this trail project will enhance and broaden the already highly regarded reputation of Plumas County trails. Read More »
On Saturday September 6th, we hosted the 3rd Annual Lost Sierra Endurance Run and had 207 runners from all over California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Oregon and even Austrailia, joined us on this beautifully brutal course!
We couldn’t possibly put this event on without the support from our local agencies, landowners and the many partners that we have.
A huge thank you to Sierra Nevada Brewery, Salomon, Champion, Clif Bar, Coldstream Creative, FRC, Graeagle Land and Water, Plumas Sanitation, Woolly Notions, Williams Construction, Eco-Centric, Gray Eagle Lodge, Graeagle Mercantile, Patagonia, REI, Trail Runner Magazine, Yuba Expeditions, Sierra Transportation, Plumas and Tahoe National Forest, Eastern Plumas Fire, Graeagle Fire, CHP, Cal Trans, Plumas County Public Works, Board Of Supervisors, Portola Rotary, Longboards, and to all of the volunteers, SBTS staff and families who helped us on and off of the course.
To the the many runners and their families for coming out to support our event, Thank YOU!
We are so happy to share the magical place of Graeagle and the network of trails in the Lakes Basin and we hope you will be back next year!
For those of you who raced the Downieville Classic this year, we had on hand Hunter and another awesome photographer, Zack.
Here is the low down from our awesome friend and photo master, Hunter from Coldsteam Creative regarding this years photos of the Downieville Classic, 2014.
"Zack has just finished adding a few hundred more race photos, all of which are up on the Flickr page. These have all been added to the Classic 2014 album and I've spent some time tagging each rider’s plate number so that they can find themselves.
These images are downloadable in their full size, so they can download and print a high quality action shot of themself if they’d like.
The images are not in numerical order in Flicker, but they are searchable by plate #. In quite a few cases, the plate #’s are only partial or are not visible. In these cases, I’ve tagged all of them as “UK” (unknown) and this term and search is also searchable. Thus anyone can search using the search bar in the upper right corner. Put in the plate # into the search bar and click on “Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's photostream” option in the drop down box that opens to search for a particular plate #. If nothing comes up, search for “UK” or “uk" in the search bar and scroll through to see if there is a shot of you where the number plate wasn’t visible." Read More »