Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Raft trips on the Mokelumne River to benefit river conservation - July 16 & 23

There’s nothing more fun than a splashy raft trip on a hot summer day! Don’t miss your chance to raft the Mokelumne River with professional guides this July.

On Sunday, July 16, and Sunday, July 23, you’ll have the rare opportunity to raft the Mokelumne River with O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp. O.A.R.S. will run guided trips at noon and 4 p.m. on the Mokelumne’s 5.5-mile Electra-Middle Bar Run south of Jackson. The trips will benefit the Foothill Conservancy and support its efforts to protect and restore the Mokelumne River.

“This is a rare opportunity to float the Mokelumne and experience its beauty from river level with knowledgeable guides and professional equipment,” said Conservancy President Katherine Evatt. “Regular commercial rafting is not yet allowed on the Mokelumne, so these trips are being allowed under a special permit.”

The trip is a fun introduction to whitewater rafting, suitable for families and seniors. No prior rafting experience is required. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery as well as fun, bouncy Class II-III rapids: the Chute, S-Turn, and Devil's Toilet Bowl. Below the Highway 49 bridge, rafters may see ducks, geese and other wildlife along the river. The entire trip, including transportation to and from the site, should take less than three hours.

Cost is $75 per person and space is limited. Advance reservations are required. Participants must be at least age 6. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The trips will be guided and equipped by O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp, one of the world’s finest whitewater rafting companies. They have skilled, knowledgeable professional guides and well-equipped and maintained rafts.

To reserve your spot, see the "Events" section of the Foothill Conservancy website, www.foothillconservancy.org, or go directly to www.mokerafting.brownpapertickets.com.
For more information about the raft trips, contact Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or e-mail her at Carolyn@foothillconservancy.org

For more about O.A.R.S., see www.oars.com. For more on Foothill Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore the Mokelumne and photos of the river, see www.foothillconservancy.org.

Jackson FD: Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips

With the 4th of July holiday approaching, the Jackson Fire Department would like to remind residents to take precautions when using fireworks. We want to warn residents about the added danger of hot and windy weather and offer the following safety tips:

• Consider attending a fireworks show in the area
• Keep fireworks away from grassy areas or structures
• Do not light fireworks if it’s windy
• Use fireworks only sold in California, with "Safe and Sane" label
• Place a garden hose and/or water bucket nearby to douse fireworks
• Closely supervise children using fireworks
• And set a good example by using fireworks as they are designed to be used

In Jackson, fireworks may be lawfully sold beginning June 28th at noon through Sunday, July 5 at midnight. Legal fireworks may be discharged July 3rd through July 4th, between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight each day.

Buying and using fireworks tested and approved by the California State Fire Marshall in a safe manner will help prevent accidents and injuries. Approved fireworks emit sparks no more than six-feet in any direction, and are not labeled as emitting flaming balls.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Park Champions Project at Indian Grinding Rock - Thurs June 8

This Thursday, June 8th  9:00 am – 12:00 at Indian Grinding Rock SHP is partnering with California State Parks Foundation on a natural resources project. CSPF’s Park Champions Program holds volunteer work days in state parks across California. This program was created in response to the unprecedented budget cuts that California State Parks face right now. In partnership with California State Parks, Park Champions provide consistent, sustainable volunteer support in the areas of park maintenance and beautification.
Park Champions projects improve the quality, safety and preservation of our state parks. Projects in the past year have included trail repair, invasive plant removal, habitat restoration, the rehabilitation of an historic orchard, fence construction, bridge construction, and re-painting park structures. If you enjoy volunteering outdoors, want to work with a fun group of people, and you want to make a difference in our state parks, then become a Park Champion and join us for the next work day happening at Indian Grinding Rock SHP!
PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT.  Click Indian Grinding Rock SHP on the calendar in the link and sign up.  
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at (209) 296-7475 or Lee.Eal@parks.ca.gov.
Lee M. Eal
Curator I
Indian Grinding Rock S.H.P.
Chaw’se Regional Museum
(209) 296-7475