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Point Reyes National Seashore, CA (Apr 23rd - Apr 29th 2017)

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Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,028-acre park preserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County, California, about 20 miles northwest of San Francisco. The Point Reyes Peninsula used to lie a couple hundred miles farther south before the San Andreas Fault decided to shift it to its current location. Unruffled by this forced eviction, the Point Reyes National Seashore presents a serene and sternly beautiful expanse of rock-lined beaches and a forest of fir and pine broken by meadowlands in the south, where roughly one-third of this national parkland has been designated the Phillip Burton Wilderness, in honor of the California Congressman who worked tirelessly for wilderness designation throughout the state for over 20 years.

Tall cliffs tower over forested ridges, and chaparral-covered swaths line both sides of a road that splits the Wilderness. More than 450 species of birds and 72 species of mammals have been identified, including seals and other marine animals that often gather along the bays and estuaries. Point Reyes hosts one of the most diverse landscapes of the California coast, and is recognized internationally as the Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve for its vast array of plants, animals and ecosystems. This is the first U.S. biosphere reserve firmly integrated within a large metropolitan area that is home to over 8 million people. From December through April, the far reaches of the peninsula provide a prime spot for catching a glimpse of gray whales as they migrate between their feeding grounds in the Arctic and their breeding grounds in Mexican lagoons.

There are more than 140 miles of trails crisscrossing the area, many remnant of past military use on the peninsula. As trails run through numerous small valleys that wind their way to the coast, you'll find the brush dense and in need of constant maintenance. Our service project is helping the park service with regular trail maintenance within the wilderness portion of the peninsula. From our base camp at a designated campground, we will make daily excursions to various locations for an opportunity to work in and experience every aspect of the park.

Trail maintenance in wilderness areas like this is a tool of both conservation and preservation. Involvement in this work allows one to connect to a wild place while simultaneously facilitating access for others to do the same.

This project is rated as a active project.

Dates

Apr 23rd - Apr 29th 2017

Service Project

Trail maintenance

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Free Days

Exploring, hiking, wildlife viewing, ocean viewing, swimming, and beach-bumming/exploration!

Accommodations

Tent camping near cars in designated campground

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, lopping, digging, raking, shoveling

Leaders

Tom Kasper
Edward Hill

Equipment List

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