Calforests, Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Sierra Foothills Conservancy host Rim Fire Media Tour

Last week, Calforests took a few key reporters up to the Rim Fire to view what is going on in the National Forests, National Parks and private land impacted by the Rim Fire. Here are a few picture from the day.The groups were joined with Tuolumne Supervisor Sherri Brennan, Tuolumne River Trust Executive Director  Patrick Koepele,  UC Merced Graduate Researcher Phil Saksa, U.S. National Forest Service forester Marty Gmelin, National Parks Service Chief of Fire and Aviation Management Kelly Martin.

Jim Branham, Executive Director for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Bridget, Conservation Director for the Sierra Footshills Conservancy, lead the group with the help of Paul Violett, Calforests board member and Chief Forester of Soper-Wheeler. Mike Albercht of Sierra Resource Management took the lead in explaining all the current activities happening on private land in and around the area.

While main purpose of the tour was to see what has happened since the fire and what the future of forests look like moving forward, the group address issues from air quality to restoration during the day long tour. A couple reporters got a birds-eye view of the Rim Fire as they were flow to the area with LightHawk. LightHawk is an organization that donates flights to elevate conservation.  Once on the ground the group gathered on the buses to stop at Hogden, Rainbow Pools, and the Rim of the World to tackle the issues facing the Rim Fire and our forests.

 

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Jim Branham,, LighHawk pilot and reporters ready for take off.

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Marty Gmelin with the USFS talking to the group at the Rim of the World Outlook

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Patrick Koepele telling the group about the Tuolumne River Trust activities in the area

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Mike Albrecht explaining the activities happening on private land affected by the fire

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The group stopped in the area near Hodgen Meadows