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    Anderson Marsh nonprofit to receive Merit Award at California Trails & Greenways Conference

    posted Mar 11, 2014, 7:27 AM by airkayaks .

    The Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) will receive the Underserved Communities Merit Award at the California Trails & Greenways Conference to be held on April 9 in Palm Springs.

    Nominations for the award were made on behalf of organizations throughout the state.

    The California Trails & Greenways Conference is sponsored each year by the DPR and the California Trails Conference Foundation.

    The Conference Awards Program is designed to recognize organizations that have made outstanding contributions that promote public awareness and use of trails and greenways in California.

    AMIA is the all-volunteer nonprofit organization cooperating with the California Department of Parks and Recreation that provides educational activities at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, located in Lake County.

    AMIA also funds park projects that the state would otherwise be unable to provide.

    The organization recently entered into a partnership agreement with Department of Parks and Recreation that insures that the park will remain open to the public and that the important cultural, historic and natural resources found there will remain protected.

    The Underserved Communities Merit Award will be given to AMIA in recognition of its outstanding work in organizing both its school field trip programs for local elementary school children and its senior tour programs, and AMIA’s work to repair and maintain the boardwalk on the ADA-accessible Cache Creek Nature Trail.

    AMIA was nominated by Gigi Stahl, trails coordinator for Lake County’s Konocti Regional Trails System, a series of rural connections designed to promote community health by offering paddling, hiking, horse and bike riding opportunities between communities and major recreational areas in the region such as Anderson Marsh State Historic Park.

    “AMIA is thrilled to receive this prestigious Merit Award from the California Trails and Greenways Conference,” said AMIA President Roberta Lyons. “The real credit goes to the many AMIA volunteers and to our generous Lake County supporters and members whose financial contributions make our educational programs possible.”

    For information about AMIA and its programs, go to www.andersonmarsh.org or contact AMIA at either info@andersonmarsh.org or 707-995-2658.

    March Bird Walk and Nature Talk at Clear Lake State Park

    posted Mar 10, 2014, 10:55 AM by airkayaks .

    Come and enjoy springtime in Clear Lake State Park Saturday, March 15th as the Park opens the spring season with a bird walk and nature talk with Brad Barnwell.

    Brad, a Clear Lake State Park Volunteer as well as a board member of the Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association, Redbud Audubon and the Lake County Land Trust, has been leading bird hikes and photographing wildlife at the park and other areas of Lake County for over 15 years.

    The 2-hour walk will begin at 8:30 AM at the Visitor Center parking lot and will be a slow walk along Cole Creek, Kelsey Creek and Kelsey Creek Slough.  The walk will cover about one mile of paved road and established trails.  Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars and water.

    At 1 PM in the Visitor Center, Brad’s talk, “Right Before Your Eyes but Seldom Seen” will be a look at the birds and other wildlife of the park as seen through the camera.  Brad will show you how the camera can discover characteristics of wildlife that you may have been unable to notice with the naked eye.

    Clear Lake State Park is located at 5300 Soda Bay Rd, Kelseyville, CA and entry into the park is free for those participating in either the walk or the presentation at the Visitor Center.

    Anyone having special needs should contact the Clear Lake State Park Sector Office Tuesday through Thursday between 8 AM and 5 PM at (707) 279-2267. 

    2014 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR DOCENT-LED HIKES ON MOUNT KONOCTI

    posted Feb 20, 2014, 4:01 PM by airkayaks .

    Lake County, CA – Caroline Chavez, Public Services Director, has announced the schedule for the 2014 Docent-led hikes on Mount Konocti.  The dates are:

     Saturday, March 29th
    Saturday, April 12th
    Saturday, April 26th
    Saturday, May 10th
    Sunday, May 18th
    Sunday, June 8th
     
    Tom Nixon, retired State Parks Ranger and member of the Konocti Trails Team (KRTT), leads the docent tour program. Docent guides will lead the hikes which will include visits to the historic Downen Cabin and the top of Wright Peak. The Docent guides are knowledgeable about the mountain and its geology, history, flora, fauna, and even folklore. There will also be an optional climb to the top of the CAL FIRE lookout tower for hikers 18 years or older who sign a Release of Liability form.

    This moderately strenuous hike lasts approximately 4 hours and will cover 6 miles. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring a lunch, water, daypack, and binoculars/camera. Minors are welcomed when accompanied by a responsible adult.

    Hikers will meet at the main parking lot of the Mount Konocti Park at 8 AM, which can be accessed from Konocti Road in Kelseyville. Hikes will be canceled if inclement weather occurs.

    Reservations are required due to limited space and must be made by March 14, 2014 for the first scheduled hike.  April 1, 2014 is the reservation deadline for the remaining hikes, which can be made by calling the Public Services Department at (707) 262-1618.

    In its monumental 2011 acquisition, The County of Lake purchased 1,520 acres of land on top of Mount Konocti to create the new Mount Konocti Park. This land is now placed in public hands for perpetuity. The County-owned land is contiguous with an additional 821 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). For more information on Mount Konocti Park, or to access a downloadable map, visit www.konoctitrails.com.

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    Please contact Kati Galvani at (707) 262-1618 or Kati.Galvani@lakecountyca.gov for more information.

    HIGHLAND SPRINGS RECREATION AREA OFF-ROAD TRAILS CLOSED TO EQUESTRIAN AND BICYCLE USES DURING RAINY SEASON

    posted Feb 11, 2014, 7:54 AM by airkayaks .

    LAKE COUNTY, CA — The Lake County Department of Water Resources on Monday announced a seasonal closure of all off-road trails in the Highland Springs Recreation Area to bicycles and horses, in an effort to prevent trail deterioration and soil erosion during the rainy months. While this closure prohibits equestrian and bicycle uses of the off-road trails; the trails remain open to hiking. Throughout the closure, equestrians and bicyclists still will have access to and use of the main roads within the park.

    In previous years, heavy wet-season trail use damaged some of the trails. This seasonal closure to horses and bicycles is designed to prevent further damage to and deterioration of the trails and to minimize soil erosion throughout the park.

    A recent grant from the American Quarter Horse Association and the Tractor Supply Company has funded trail repair work by the Lake County Horse Council, in cooperation with the Department of Water Resources and Highland Springs Trails Volunteers. Work this year will include a gate for wet season closure of a section of trail that has a history of severe damage.

    Managed by the Department of Water Resources, the Highland Springs Recreation Area comprises more than 3,200 acres of watershed area with approximately 30 miles of single-track trails. For more information about the closure and repair work, contact the Lake County Department of Water Resources at (707) 263-2344.
    For information about the Lake County Horse Council, visit: www.lakecountyhorsecouncil.com.

    For more information about trails, maps, closures, as well as volunteering opportunities with the Highland Springs Trails Volunteers, visit: www.highlandspringstrailsvolunteers.com.

    KONOCTI REGIONAL TRAILS (KRT) UPDATE AT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

    posted Feb 11, 2014, 7:53 AM by airkayaks .

    LAKE COUNTY, CA — On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9:45am, County of Lake Trails Coordinator, Gigi Stahl, will be presenting an update to the Board of Supervisors on the progress of the Konocti Regional Trails Team over the last eight months, as well as the action plans for 2014.

    Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) is a collaborative effort between County departments, local, state, and federal entities engaged in recreation and preservation, and local trail user groups of wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, cyclists, dog walkers, equestrians, and kayakers. The group is focused on expanding multi-use recreational opportunities within Lake County and surrounding areas.

    The update will include outreach efforts with regional and state agencies, local organizations, and citizens groups to support and/or participate in the effort to build the trails system. It will also include marketing efforts to build the KRT brand, leverage outdoor recreation in Lake County for tourism programs, and expand awareness of existing Lake County trails with potential destination linkages. Lastly, Ms. Stahl will present the prioritized concept trails for 2014, the long-term vision for some trail systems, and introduce the KRT project teams tasked to implement the trail plans, guided by the KRT Master Plan.

    The County’s trail planning efforts are funded in part from a portion of transient occupancy tax in prior years that was allocated to pathways development.

    Lake County residents interested in learning about outdoors recreation and the regional trails system are encouraged to attend.

    For more information on the KRT, please visit the Website at http://www.konoctitrails.com, or contact Gigi Stahl, Lake County Trails Coordinator, (707) 263-2580 or by email at giselle.stahl@lakecountyca.gov.

    Learn about KRT 2014 Plans and Join the Team!

    posted Nov 2, 2013, 5:04 PM by Admin Krt   [ updated Nov 2, 2013, 5:06 PM ]

    A draft annual plan was presented to the KRTT on 10/25/13, available as an attachment to this notice. Please consider being part of this worthy endeavor to promote outdoor recreation for community health and economic vitality!

    You can apply to be part of the KRT Committee and/or the Trail Users Project Team. Please read the attached applications carefully.

    If you wish to just work on trails or community pathway projects without having to commit to being at regular meetings, please let us know.  

    For any questions, please contact Gigi Stahl at 707-263-2580.

    Trails Coordinator Hired, Konocti Regional Trails Gets A New Logo

    posted Oct 28, 2013, 1:01 PM by airkayaks .   [ updated Oct 29, 2013, 9:37 AM by Admin Krt ]

    LAKE COUNTY, CA — County of Lake Deputy Administrative Officer, Alan Flora announced
    Giselle Stahl of Hidden Valley Lake was named Trails Coordinator for Konocti Regional Trails in May.
    Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) is a collaborative effort between a variety of County departments; local, state, and federal entities engaged in recreation and preservation; and local trail users such as kayakers, cyclists, and equestrians. The group is focused on expanding multi-use recreational opportunities within Lake County and surrounding areas.

    The Board of Supervisors adopted the Konocti Regional Trails Master Plan in January of 2011, and Stahl was hired to further implement the Plan. Ms. Stahl actively volunteers with a variety of local groups, including as a board member with the Friends of Boggs Mountain, as assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 315, and as an officer with Sea Scout Ship 711. Besides her personal passion for the outdoors and supporting youth programs, she brings a rich background of worldwide experience in the high tech and consumer goods industries. “Gigi’s enthusiasm to develop trails and recreation opportunities in Lake County is impressive. She has already shown a unique knack for successful collaboration with the key stakeholders. The County is extremely fortunate to have someone with Gigi’s skill set as the face of KRT and to provide energy behind our trails movement. I am confident that she will help KRT leave a lasting legacy of recreational opportunities for generations to enjoy in Lake County,” Flora said.

    Stahl recently worked with the KRT team in hosting a logo design competition to provide a fresh brand for KRT. The selected logo shows traditional and nostalgic elements in a unique, bold way. “We thought about a trails identity with desirable attributes – distinctive, hip, undiscovered – that would rouse curiosity and interest, and draw locals and visitors to outdoor destinations in scenic Lake County,” said Stahl. Look for the new logo throughout the County as it is rolled out on trail markers, signage, and even swag.

    The County’s trail planning efforts are partially funded through a reserve dedicated to pathways development which was funded from a portion of transient occupancy tax in prior years.

    The Trails Coordinator can be reached at the County Administrative Office in the Lake County Courthouse at (707) 263-2580.

    Mt. Konocti Hike Openings Available This Sunday 10/12.

    posted Oct 11, 2013, 7:31 AM by airkayaks .

    Lake County Public Services has announced that - due to cancellations - there are still openings for the docent-led hike to the summit of Wright’s Peak on Mt. Konocti, for this Sunday, Oct. 13.

    The hikes include a six-mile round trip hike up and down the mountain that is primarily designed for those in generally good physical shape. Appropriate clothing, footwear, food and water are important for participants.

    All hikes begin at 8 a.m. at the main parking area located approximately three miles up the mountain after the pavement ends on Konocti Road, just past the turnoff to Mountain Vista Middle School.

    The hike lasts about four hours and includes a stop at the Downen Cabin historic area in the canyon oak forest just below the summit.

    Participants over 18 years of age, who sign a required waiver of liability as required by the County, will also be able to access the Cal Fire tower on Wright’s Peak for spectacular views of the Clear Lake Basin as well as Mt. Lassen.

    Ed Dearing is the docent leading the hike.

    If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Public Services Department at 707-262-1618.

    If interested in participating in the hike, please be at the main parking area (listed above) by 8 am this Sunday, 10/13/13 - reservations unnecessary for this date.

    Mt. Konocti Hikes Scheduled for Fall 2013

    posted Aug 31, 2013, 8:10 AM by airkayaks .

    KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Lake County Public Services announced that the Konocti Regional Trail (KRT) docents will once again be leading hikes to the summit of Wright’s Peak on Mt. Konocti.

    The first scheduled hike will be Sunday, Sept. 29.

    There will be a total of six hikes open to the public.

    Sign ups can be made through the Lake County Parks Office in Lakeport by calling 707-262-1618.

    Hikes are limited to 20 people and fill up fast, so call early. Steady rain or unforeseen environmental issues may cancel the hike.

    The hikes include a six-mile round trip hike up and down the mountain that is primarily designed for those in generally good physical shape. Appropriate clothing, footwear, food and water are important for participants.

    All hikes begin at 8 a.m. at the main parking area located approximately three miles up the mountain after the pavement ends on Konocti Road, just past the turnoff to Mountain Vista Middle School.

    The hike lasts about four hours and includes a stop at the Downen Cabin historic area in the canyon oak forest just below the summit.

    Participants over 18 years of age, who sign a required waiver of liability as required by the County, will also be able to access the Cal Fire tower on Wright’s Peak for spectacular views of the Clear Lake Basin as well as Mt. Lassen.

    Docents leading the hikes are Val Nixon, Mike Riley, Ed Dearing and Hans Dobusch.

    The schedule for Fall 2013 is as follows:

    • Sunday Sept. 29 (Docents Nixon/Riley);
    • Sunday Oct. 13 (Docent Dearing);
    • Saturday Oct. 19 (Docents Nixon/Dobusch);
    • Sunday Oct. 27 (Docent Dearing);
    • Sunday Nov. 3 (Docent Dearing);
    • Saturday Nov. 9 (Docents Nixon/Riley).

    If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Public Services Department at 707-262-1618.

    Upcoming Trail Construction & Design Webinar 7/18

    posted Jul 4, 2013, 7:29 AM by airkayaks .

    Attention all Trails Volunteers! Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) will be holding a Trail Design & Construction Webinar  at the County Courthouse, Conference Room B (first floor towards the rear of the building), on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 9:30am-noon.  

    The Webinar is hosted by American Trails and is described here:

    http://www.americantrails.org/resources/trailbuilding/webinar-favro-sustainable-trails.html 

    Although the Webinar discusses techniques in building new trails, it is also valuable in learning ways in which existing trails can be improved upon to reduce chronic maintenance issues such as erosion caused by poor trail alignment and drainage, and mechanical wear and tear.

    Attendance is limited to 15 participants and by RSVP only.

    Please contact  giselle.stahl@lakecountyca.gov to express your interest in attending this event, and please also include a phone number.

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