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					                      Forests in Hot Water – Climate Change,
  In This Issue:
                      Water, and our National Forests (Part 3)
  Forests in Hot
                      Tending the Waters
     Water            National Forest lands are the largest single supplier of water in this nation. Sixty-six
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                      million Americans rely on National Forests for their water supplies. The key take-away
 Georgetown and       message about climate change and water is that we need to make far better use of this
   the Divide         precious resource, stop taking it for granted and take every possible measure to make sure
     Page 2           that the water flowing in forest streams continues to flow. As recently as 2008 the Chief
                      of the Forest Service has said they (the FS) ”must include a focus on water”. The agency
 Hunter’s Trail –     proposes a strategy that includes:
The Other Rubicon
      Trail           -   Preparing for change by including climate change scenarios in forest planning and
     Page 3               by identifying watersheds at risk for impacts.

  Carson Pass         -    Advancing and sharing knowledge about water and climate change through improved
 Walker Program            data gathering, research, and cooperation between resource managers and scientists
     Page 4                to keep track of changes on the ground.
 Ice Fishing in the   -    Managing for resilience and adaptability, with an emphasis on restoring degraded
      Sierra’s             ecosystems to reestablish natural processes and ecosystem services that will help
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                           respond to changing conditions.
  2011 General        -   Supporting entrepreneurial initiatives, making better use of demonstration projects to
  Meeting Dates
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                          learn about adaptive responses to new conditions.

Presidents Message    Spring of 2008 the California Assembly debated legislation (AB2153) that would take this
      Page 6          idea to a much grander scale, calling for virtually all water required for new growth to be
                      fully offset with water-use efficiency in existing building or development of new
  Questionnaire       climate resilient water supplies such as water recycling – in other words, a
     Page 7           “no net depletion” mandate.    Continued on Page 2.                                                                                
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                                          Forests in Hot Water
                                                  (Continued from page 1)

Reining in our water appetite is the cheapest and easiest source of “new” water for the future, and has the
benefit of mitigating our carbon footprint. Moving water from its source to where people live is
tremendously energy-expensive, consuming electricity from other sources. The decades of dam-building
and ambitious reclamation projects are past but creative new approaches to water storage and re-use such
as underground reservoirs and “water banks” holding deposits made during wet times for withdrawal later
will increase. National Forest - our nation’s watershed - will play a crucial role in helping us respond to
climate change. Their legacy of conservation, culture of stewardship, and experience with innovative
partnerships can help guide us toward a more sustainable water future.
   - Reprinted with permission of Sarah Bates, Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, University of Montana -

                                    Georgetown and the Divide
They called it “The Divide” because this particular arm of land, reaching up into the Sierra in undulating
hills and canyons, effectively split the American River, sending the South Fork down along its southern
side, and the Middle Fork, joined by the North Fork, plunging down its northern flank. In doing so, it
provided the space for Georgetown in the center of the Divide along with a host of other communities
born of the Gold Rush, which still resonate with the colorful history of those exciting times. Although the
area had been traveled by Jedidiah Smith and trappers from the Hudson Bay Company in the early 1800s,
they were searching the streams for valuable furbearing animals. With the discovery of gold in Coloma in
1848 miners began searching the hills above as they recognized that the placer nuggets found at the South
Fork’s lower elevation must have washed down from a higher source. It was their climb into the hills on
that search that led to the settling of what became Georgetown and the Divide. This is a beautiful part of
Eldorado County where recreational activities abound. The Stumpy Meadows Reservoir area has been
touted as one of northern California’s most beautiful camping areas. Rainbow trout are planted every
other week - May through August. From Placerville, take Hwy. 49 north, follow the signs to
Georgetown. Turn E. on Main St. in Georgetown, this is Wentworth Springs road, and travel 18.5 miles
to the reservoir. During the winter the road may be closed due to ice and snow. Most hiking in the area is
classified as either moderate or difficult, with one exception, the Bear Flat Oak tail. This is a short 200 ft
walk to a viewing deck overlooking Bear Flat Oak. Check out the hiking opportunities at the Eldorado
website or the ENFIA website. Every June for National Fishing Week the Eldorado National Forest holds
a Fishing Derby for kids up to 12 years old and it’s usually held at Lake Walton near Georgetown.
Typical activities are a casting contest, a fish printing booth, a stream table, and fish hats are colored and
worn. Free hot dogs, sodas, and cookies are donated by local organizations. Prizes are given to various
categories of fish caught, and everyone goes home with a trophy.
Contact the Georgetown Ranger District for more information and exact dates. 530-333-4312.
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                                    HUNTER’S TRAIL - THE “OTHER”
                                    RUBICON TRAIL
                                                       By Tom Petersen
                                    Around and beyond Georgetown many people know about the famous
                                    Rubicon Jeep trail that challenges jeeps trying to get to Lake Tahoe the
                                    hard way, but hardly as many know about the other trail down in the
                                    Rubicon River canyon that offers something for almost every hiker,
                                    beginners and veterans alike. This is the Hunter's Trail, named for its
                                    destination, Hunter's Resort on Lake Tahoe near Homewood, a popular
                                    retreat in the late 1800's.
                                      This popular trail stretches ten miles between Ellicott's Bridge and Hell Hole
Reservoir and is my favorite trail in the Georgetown Ranger District. Georgetown is the land of canyons and has lots of
steep trails that were access routes to the many mines once active here during the gold rush. The Hunter's Trail is the
exception, for it meanders up and down along the river, and provides access to a pretty remarkable stretch of river canyon.
With awesome views, wildflowers, waterfalls, wildlife, and camping opportunities this place has something for anybody.
It's the ideal place to take the family backpacking for a week or day hiking for some nature study. The trail starts from the
north side of Ellicott's Bridge, on Eleven Pines Road, about 28 miles above Georgetown. The trail begins as a road
(blocked to vehicle traffic) for about 1/10th mile where the path takes off on the left side to enter an oak
woodland of Canyon Live oak and Kellogg's black oaks. You’re soon to cross side streams with cascading waterfalls,
especially in spring when the snow is melting from the Nevada Ridge a few miles above the river. Best time for water
and wildflowers is late April-early May, but the trail is even pretty good in the blistering heat of August thanks to shade
from the old forest canopy. After almost a mile you may notice an unmarked side trail on the left that climbs up to the site
of Ellicott's Ranch. The ranch is long gone from fires but it's easy to see why the Ellicott's picked the scenic location
above the river on a fairly flat meadow terrace. A dependable spring with Indian bed rock mortars can be found close to
the ranch site, along with remnant apple trees and grapes. I can't imagine trying to live through the winter snow at this
place, but the Ellicotts did it back in the 1890's! Beyond the ranch trail our main trail continues to dance up and down
around rock outcroppings and creeks and you get some great overlooks of the river and its many gorges.
At about the two-mile mark the South Fork of the Rubicon joins the main river and its confluence has good camping and
great swimming. A short right-hand trail drops you down there and some people are content to make this their destination
for the day. Others continue on to see the old growth forest of giant Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pines that overlook the
trail. At four and a half miles you reach the site of Hales Camp, now just a pile of rubble where once stood a 2-story
building. Just beyond Hales the trail intersects the Hales Camp trail; go left up to the Nevada Ridge or go right to some of
the best camping along the river. Continuing along the trail has miles of flat hiking all the way to Parsley’s Bar at mile 8.
Hunters Trail leaves the river here and makes its way up to the Big Meadows area of Hell Hole, but go right and enjoy the
last camping spot along the river.
Not far above Parsley Bar you can see the results of the Hell Hole dam disaster which occurred Dec. 23 1964 when
a tropical rainstorm landed on a huge snow, overwhelmed the coffer dam, causing it to collapse, and buried the river for
about two miles under rock. Going upstream from Parsley you can walk the rock river all the way to the dam and see
remnants of buried construction equipment and materials trapped forever under the dam rocks but watch out for
rattlesnakes as they seem to love this section of river more than us!
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                                       Carson Pass Walker Program
                                                    by Nancy Schoonover
 “I think there is a part of me that still belongs in first grade and wants gold stars. I think, therefore, that I participate in
the walker program partly because I like to see the miles accumulate,” says Ginger Craik, docent at Carson Pass,
member of ENFIA, and an avid participant in the Walker Program.
Inaugurated in 2007 by Bob and Ginny Youel the Walker Program is a great way for docents to get out and experience
the trails that we try to interpret for our guests up at Carson Pass. Dan Quayle, another participant in the program says,
“My hiking experiences allow me to provide personal insight when answering the public’s questions, whether at the
Station or on the trail.”
Participants in the program wear the green vest while hiking along the trails in the Carson Pass area. They are there to
answer questions from other hikers, help them to have a great experience in the mountains, and obtain information about
the state of the trails. This information can then be used to help serve future guests at the Carson Pass Information
Station. An added perk is the enjoyment and exercise that the walker receives from being in the great outdoors. It is a
wonderful way to combine public service and personal fulfillment in a beautiful setting.
Ginny Youel, Carson Pass scheduler, keeps detailed records on the program. In the program’s first year 23 walkers
accumulated a total of 340 miles. Last year 22 walkers recorded a total of 777 miles. The grand total for the 4-year
program is 2,019 miles. Imagine all the information that has been gleaned in that time. All of the docents at Carson
Pass have been able to use the walker’s reports to better inform the public about the many fantastic places to see and
experience in our area.
The walkers report different reasons for participating in the program. Some reasons include the exercise, being outside,
the challenges of the trails, the desire to interact with the public, and of course, the beauty that abounds at Carson Pass.
Others enjoy the solitude and quiet that can be found in the mountains.
Walkers can hike on days that they are volunteering at the station or on non work days. If walking on volunteer days
there must be at least 2 individuals manning the station before a 3rd person can take a walk. Ginger frequently calls the
station in the morning to inquire if any of the docents want to walk that day. If so, she will come up for a few hours to
allow that docent to hit the trail.
Dennis Price, another participant in the program, relishes the time he gets to hike up in Meiss Meadows with his dog,
Mokie. Dennis hikes in Meiss Meadows because he can allow Mokie off leash which is a mutually satisfying
experience for both man and man’s best friend. Every shift that Dennis works at the information station will find him on
the trails either early in the morning or after closing.
The walkers are a helpful bunch and were more than willing to share their favorite places to hike. Dan loves the Blue
Lakes area. His favorite hike is from the Evergreen Trailhead to Lost Lakes to the Forestdale Divide into Summit City
Canyon, up to 4th of July Lake and then back to Upper Blue Lake via the Evergreen Trail. Dan can give you more
details if you are interested. Ginger hikes all over the place because she wants to get familiar with the trails on the
western slope. Dennis loves Meiss Meadows. He hikes there most of the time. He likes the familiarity and beauty of
the trail. He enjoys hiking toward Showers Lake and looking back toward the Mokelumne Wilderness. Also, there are
fewer people on that side of Hwy. 88 than on the Carson Pass side.
Participation in the program is encouraged. There are just a few things that you need to do in order to be involved. Let
Bob and Ginny know that you would like to participate. When out on the trail make sure that you are wearing one of the
green vests. Cultivate an attitude of service and keep a smile on your face. Return to the station and record the miles
walked and hours on the trail (if hiking on a day that you are not already volunteering). If you have encountered
anything out of the ordinary or unusual make sure to record it in the docent’s notes.
Ginger sums it up best when she says,” It encourages all volunteers to become as familiar as possible with the trails we
tell people about. The program pushed me toward walking trails I hadn’t previously walked.” So get out and take a
walk. You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure to share what you learned with your fellow docents at Carson Pass!
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                                                      Ice Fishing in the Sierra’s
                                                                     by Scott Yesitis
                                                Well, if you’re a fisherman and you love to fish the Sierra’s, then
                                                your only choice is to go Ice Fishing. Sounds cold but you’re above
                                                the fog and the sun glistens off the snow - there is no better picture
                                                in my mind. Bring a nice folding chair and if you’re lucky find an
                                                existing hole from a previous fisherman or bring your auger and start
                                                drilling. The ice is anywhere from 1’ to 2’ feet deep up at Caples
                                                Lake right now. Be careful along the shoreline where the ice is
                                                thinner. You can use an ice fishing pole (short about 24”-30”) or just
                                                your regular pole. Fish with a worm or jig-a-lure, either way, the fish
are hungry and no doubt you will get your limit of keeper’s. A couple of weeks ago a guy fought a fish for 20
minutes and it was so big it wouldn’t fit through the hole. Bummer…. have fun and keep your line wet!!

                                  2011 ENFIA GENERAL MEETINGS
                               The theme for this years meetings is “INVOLVEMENT”

                                                       March 12
                                      “ADVENTURES IN VOLUNTEERING”
                          Kristi Schroeder - Eldorado National Forest Volunteer Coordinator
                     (20 years of experience in Recreation, Resource Management, Public Affairs,
                                 and Visitor Services on the Eldorado National Forest)
      Program will focus on what is happening in the volunteering world on the Eldorado National Forest, how
     ENFIA fits into that world and what opportunities are available for those that become involved as volunteers.

                                           Other topics will include:
                                    “What other volunteer groups are doing”
                              “What’s changing and evolving in the Volunteer world”
                                          “How you can get involved”

                                              June 11 & September 10
      (Check the ENFIA Website - - for more information regarding specific program and speaker)
                  Meeting location for Meetings on Mar 12, June 11, and September 10 is:

                                                 November 5
                             Business Meeting, Election of Board Members & Party

                            All Meetings Start with Potluck at 11:30 am                     Speaker to Follow

          Please Plan to Attend – We Need Your “Involvement” to Make These Programs a Success
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                                                                                 Board Members
                                                                                Joe Clanin      (530) 313-8237

                                                                                Mary Knowles (530) 622-4666

                                                                                Kathie Piaszk   (530) 295-1500
Welcome to ENFIA’s 24th year. We have seen a lot of growth and        
changes over the last two decades and it’s now time to take a really good
look at the direction ENFIA wants to take in the coming years. With that        Nancy Schoonover
in mind, we have included in this issue of The Interpreter a questionnaire
that we want each member to fill out and send back to us by March 15th.
You can even bring your answers to our next General Meeting on March            Scott Yesitis
12th. Now here is the good news! Those members who return their       
questionnaire by March 15th will receive a free 2011 membership. No
dues!                                                                           F.S. Liaison:
   When ENFIA first started, our membership was centered in the                 Kristi Schroeder (530) 295-5610
Placerville area. With this type of local membership our field trips and
general meetings were always well attended. Over the years the
membership has expanded to include a much larger geographic area. Our           Business Manager:
charter requires us to have four general meetings a year but it does not        Mark Gottlieb  (916) 939-3581
impose or limit other types of activities as long as they are interpretive in
  ENFIA’s mission is to provide interpretive information to the users of        Retail Manager:
the Eldorado National Forest. Over the last several years ENFIA has             Kathie Piaszk   (530) 295-1500
concentrated on its retail business and Carson Pass. The Interpreter  
continues, along with our web page ( Our volunteer activities
are concentrated at Carson Pass and serving on the Board. The Board             Publicity Manager:
would like to know from you, our members, how we can improve these              Ron Piaszk       (530) 295-0700
areas of concentration and how or if we should try to expand the member
and volunteer activities.
   We also plan to use the same questionnaire to update our membership          Carson Pass Manager:
list. We want to make sure we have your correct contact information and         Bob Youel      (530) 344-1558
to make a note of those members who would prefer to receive their     
newsletter via e-mail or on the web page. If for some reason we have you
on the membership list and you are no longer a member would you please          Membership Coordinator:
let us know.                                                                    Joe Clanin      (530) 622-6795
  Your comments and suggestions are very important. Please take the   
time to complete the questionnaire and send it back to ENFIA –
100 Forni Rd. Placerville, CA 95667
                                                         - Mary Knowles -
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                                                                To All ENFIA Members
The Board is asking for your help in determining the direction ENFIA will be taking in the future. Please complete this form and return it by
March 15, 2011 to ENFIA, 100 Forni Rd., Placerville, CA 95667 and receive a free 2011 membership in ENFIA. “The business of the
El Dorado National Forest Interpretive Association (ENFIA) shall be limited to those pursuits assisting or advancing historical, scientific, informational,
educational or interpretive programs of the Eldorado National Forest. “ (ENFIA Bylaws, Article I)

     I.     What types of volunteer activities would you take part in if provided?

                 1. Carson Pass Docent program. Yes_____ No _____

                 2. Helping at front desk of ranger stations. Yes_____ No_____

                 3. Writing articles and/or photos for The Interpreter. Yes_____ No_____

                 4. Being a speaker at a General Meeting. Yes _____(subject)___________________________________ No_____

                 5. Serving on the ENFIA Board. Yes_____ No _____

                 6. Leading campground programs or school programs. Yes_____No_____

                 7. Write book reviews. Yes_____ No_____

                 8. Help maintain the web page. Yes_____ No_____

                 9. Writing Grants. Yes_____ No _____

                10. Suggestions for volunteer activities _______________________________________________________________

     II. What types of membership activities would you take part in if provided?

                1.   Attend General Meetings that provide interesting information regarding the forest?                Yes _____No_____

                     Best days and times for General Meetings: __________________________________________________

                     Suggestions for topics/ speakers: __________________________________________________________

                2. Attend field trips, hikes or wildflower walks lead by Forest Service or ENFIA members. Yes_____No_____

                     Types of activities you would attend: ________________________________________________________

     III.     Please give suggestions as to the type of information you would like to see in The Interpreter.

     IV. How would you prefer getting The Interpreter? Mail ________*e-mail______ Web page_____

               * If you prefer Email, many of the pictures are high resolution and may require adequate download speed

     V. How else can ENFIA provide information to the general public and its members?


     Member(s) Name(s)

     Mailing Address:

     Phone Number (           ) _______________________________                 Email address_________________________________
100 Forni Road,
Placerville, CA 95667

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                                     Why Join the Eldorado National Forest Interpretive Association?

ENFIA is an organization in partnership with the Eldorado National Forest promoting its attributes through its newsletter,
The Interpreter, field trips, funding forest projects of an interpretive nature and providing programs about the forest. Our
purpose is to tell people about the neat things that can be done to enjoy the forest. Would you like to help with that?
Join ENFIA and receive The Interpreter three or four times a year, telling you about the best the Eldorado National Forest
has to offer through interesting and informative articles: a little history, some fun, suggestions of where the best places
are, to enjoy activities, from hiking and camping, to fishing and wildflower photography.
You will be tempted with opportunities to volunteer through participating as a docent at the Carson Pass Information Station,
described as “the most fun you can have with your shoes on”. Well, it is work, but also fun spending a day or two at Carson
Pass talking to all sorts of nice people. No special skills are needed. The work parties are as much party as work. You “work”
or “party” at your own pace. Breathe the fresh mountain air and use some elbow grease maintaining the cabin at Silver Lake
and the Carson Pass Station. If you enjoy site restoration then the work continues on the Traverse Creek stream project.
As a member, you will be notified of field trips that are interesting, fun and seldom strenuous. There are so many wonderful
places to visit in our forest, and we always have an expert or two along on field trips to tell about what we are seeing. There
are meetings of the membership four times per year, each starting with a potluck and followed by a great program.
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