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Dusty Vaughn
Public Service Program Leader
Forest Service
Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District
p: 209-962-7825 x525
f: 209-962-7412
gdvaughn@fs.fed.us24545 State Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
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WATCH OUT! Trees may have been weakened from fire damage, ongoing drought, and bark beetles and may fall at any time without warning. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid dense patches of dead trees. Stay on designated roads and trails and within opened areas. Avoid the area during high winds or heavy rain. Park vehicles and pitch tents in areas where they will not be hit if trees fall where possible. Do not rely solely on cell phones for safety as many areas of the National Forest have no cell phone coverage. Portions of our campgrounds and day use areas have been closed due to ongoing tree mortality – please stay out of these areas.

Tree Mortality:

With more than 29 million dead trees in the state of California, the Stanislaus National Forest is busy planning and implementing more than a dozen high-priority projects. Local and statewide resources are assigned and assisting to these efforts. The Stanislaus National Forest has removed a total of 7,689 dead trees from high hazard areas on the forest due to the recent surge in mortality. The forest removed 774 trees the week of May 30 – June 3. For specific Tree Mortality information, please click on the following link http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/stanislaus/home/?cid=FSEPRD497167.

Stop by or give us a call if you have any questions: 209-962-7825. Front Desk hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Dusty Vaughn
Public Service Program Leader
Forest Service
Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District
p: 209-962-7825 x525
f: 209-962-7412
gdvaughn@fs.fed.us
24545 State Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
www.fs.fed.us

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2016 Summer of Success Program now recruiting high schoolers for summer work:

The Mother Lode Job Training and the Stanislaus National Forest are recruiting high school students to participate in our 2016 Summer of Success Program to create future stewards of public lands through experiential training. Participants will be employed for six weeks beginning Monday, June 20 through Thursday, July 28. Application packets have been distributed to Tuolumne County high schools and attached to this e-mail. Applications accepted until 4:00 P.M., Thursday, April 21st, 2016!

Under the direction of a crew supervisor, the Summer of Success field going participants will be working outdoors on various types of projects. Projects may include: trail maintenance, ecological restoration, trash clean-ups, maintaining and erecting range fences, weed surveys and removal, facility and campground maintenance, eliminating illegal wilderness campsites, marking dead and live tress for timber sales, and flagging and mapping timber sale stand boundaries. Work will be laborious in varying terrain and weather conditions. All worksites will be accessed along the State Highway 108 corridor on Mi-Wok and Summit Ranger Districts, the State Highway 120 corridor on the Groveland Ranger District, or out of the Supervisor’s Office in Sonora.

Mother Lode Job Training will be the Employer of Record and will issue work permits. Wages will be paid by Mother Lode Job Training. The wage is $10.00 per hour. For more information about the program, contact: Amy Torres, Mother Lode Job Training, (209)-588-1150

USDA Forest Service is donating excess tree seedlings:
The Forest Service is donating up to 50 Ponderosa Pine & Incense Cedar tree seedlings to property owners. (First come, first served) on April 15 & April 16, 800 am – 4:00 pm Groveland Ranger District Office located 8 miles east of Groveland (24545 Hwy 120, Groveland, CA 95321, 209-962-7825). These trees are being made available by donation from the USDA Forest Service, Arbor Day Foundation, and the National Forest Foundation.

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Dusty Vaughn
Public Service Program Leader
Forest Service
Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District
p: 209-962-7825 x525
f: 209-962-7412
mailto:gdvaugn@fed.us 24545 State Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
www.fs.fed.us

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Stanislaus National Forest Temporary Job Openings

Looking for a job this summer? Do you enjoy being outdoors or working with people? The Stanislaus National Forest is planning to fill several temporary positions in various locations. These temporary positions can start as early as April and usually end in September; new hires could work up to a total of 26 weeks. A wide variety of jobs are available in archaeology, botany, interpretation, recreation, timber, and wildlife.

Applicants may apply for these jobs through the USA Jobs website at http://www.usajobs.gov. Applicants will be required to create a profile with a username and password, then asked to describe their work experience and level of education. Applicants are encouraged to read the vacancy announcements thoroughly for specific information about job requirements, how to apply, and most importantly, points of contact and phone numbers for more detailed guidance on available positions.

See the attached spreadsheet for a list of current positions and locations. To apply for a job, go to http://www.usajobs.gov. Job titles are provided in the “Temporary Positions” column and locations are stated in the “Duty Location” column. To find the job announcement on USA Jobs, enter the Announcement # (first column) from the spreadsheet into the Keyword search box and click “Search”.

Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, January 29th at 9:00 pm (Pacific Time).

For more information about the application process and to search for additional job opportunities, please visit the following website: http://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/jobs.
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Dusty Vaughn
Public Service Program Leader
Forest Service
Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District
p: 209-962-7825 x525
f: 209-962-7412
gdvaughn@fs.fed.us
24545 State Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
www.fs.fed.us
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USFS Groveland Ranger District Recreation Conditions Update for January 14, 2016 is attached.

Lumsden Road Rock Slide Cleared:
The rock slide that was blocking Lumsden Road (Forest Route 1N10) has been cleared. Merals Pool, Lumsden Campground, and Lumsden Bridge Campground are now accessible with a motorized vehicle. South Fork Campground remains closed due to damage from the Rim Fire. Lumsden Road is closed between Lumsden Bridge and Forest Route 1N01 from December 16 to April 14. Be advised that Forest roads are not maintained for winter or wet weather use. Use caution and drive defensively when traveling on open roads in the forest through the winter. Rocks, snow and ice may be encountered in the roadway. Wet, saturated roadbeds are easily damaged, causing the need for costly repairs to roads and adjacent resources. Avoid burned areas during weather events such as high winds or heavy rain. Contact your local Ranger District office for current information on roads and conditions before traveling on the Forest: the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office at: 209-532-3671; Calaveras Ranger District at 209-795-1381; Groveland Ranger District 209-962-7825; Mi-Wok Ranger District at 209-586-3234; or Summit Ranger District at 209-965-3434.

Rim Fire Reforestation Volunteer Program:
The U.S. Forest Service is enlisting the help of all available stakeholders, members of the public to help plant 90K trees this spring in the Rim Fire burn area. In partnership with Tuolumne River Trust, the Stanislaus National Forest is hosting public meetings in January to inform and recruit volunteers for tree planting days scheduled to take place seven days per week throughout the spring. Anyone interested in helping to reforest the area is invited –Individuals, groups, families – all are welcome. For more information, please contact the Tuolumne River Trust at 949-533-2346 or volunteer@tuolumne.org .

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:
· Sonora: Stanislaus Room of the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office (19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA)
o January 14 – 6:00 pm (TONIGHT!)
o January 16 – 3:00 pm
o January 23 – 3:00 pm
· Groveland: Groveland Community Hall (1918 Main Street, Groveland, CA)
o January 21 – 7:00 pm (after the Groveland Area Partnership Town Hall Meeting which starts at 5:30 pm).

Forest Service seeks public input on Over-Snow Vehicle Use:
The Stanislaus National Forest (STF) is hosting two public workshops regarding proposed changes on Over-Snow Vehicle (OSV) Use Designation on January 25th from 4 to 6 p.m. and February 18th (time to be determined) at the Best Western Plus, Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center. These facilitated workshops will provide an opportunity for dialogue, discussion and the exchange of ideas between winter recreationists of all kinds and STF staff, all of which share an interest in the outcome of this project.

The Forest, along with four additional forests in the Pacific Southwestern Region, is undertaking this analysis to improve management of OSV use and to designate a system of OSV trails, including groomed trails, and to meet the required terms of a settlement agreement between the Forest Service and Snowlands Network, Winter Wildlands Alliance and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=46311 to comment or learn more about the STF OSV Use Designation. In reviewing the Draft Proposed Action for OSV Designation, please consider the following questions: Have we missed any major areas or routes that historically have been used by snowmobiles? If so, where and how are they being used?; Is the Draft Proposed Action clearly stated and mapped? If not, how can it be improved? For any questions or comments, please contact Phyllis Ashmead, project coordinator at 209-532-3671 ext. 322 or email at pashmead@fs.fed.us.

Seasonal Road and Motorized Trail Closures:
Most Forest roads and trails on the Stanislaus National Forest will be closed to public motorized travel from December 16, 2015 through April 14, 2016. These routes are still open to non-motorized use such as hiking, mountain bicycling, and horseback riding. Some Forest roads are open year-round. Additionally, roads may close due to local weather conditions as necessary. The 2015 Stanislaus National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) show which roads are open year round, which ones are closed seasonally, and the type of vehicle allowed on each route (highway legal only, atvs, etc.). Georeferenced pdf versions of the maps are available for download at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/stanislaus/maps-pubs. Free paper copies of the MVUM are available at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Sonora or at any of our Ranger Stations including the Groveland Ranger Station.

Stop by of give us a call if you have any questions!
Our Front Desk at the Groveland Ranger Station is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:40 pm: 209-962-7825, 24545 State Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321

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Dusty Vaughn
Public Service Program Leader
Forest Service
Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District
p: 209-962-7825 x525
f: 209-962-7412
gdvaughn@fs.fed.us
24545 State Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
www.fs.fed.us
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