By Chris Cowan

COVID-19 affecting OHV users

COVID-19 affecting OHV users

Jeff Blewett, Cal4Wheel Natural Resources Consultant

SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER

Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 19 ordered California’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home, making it the first state to impose that strict mandate on all residents to counteract a looming surge of new infections.
The order takes effect immediately and remains in place “until further notice.” Californians are not allowed to leave their homes except for essential purposes. The mandatory order allows Californians to continue to visit gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats.
People can leave their homes to care for a relative, a friend, seek healthcare services or commute to jobs deemed essential.
This hits all of us hard, but for our community it seems worse. We are very independent individuals who enjoy the wide-open spaces that our Jeeps, Toyota’s, dirt bikes and UTV’s get us to. Most of us live to off-road; we are always planning the next trip, and to be stuck indoors for how ever long this “shelter in place” order lasts may just drive us crazy.
If you just can’t take it anymore and have to get out and enjoy the great outdoors please do your part by following the CDC guidelines by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
Here are some COVID-19 (coronavirus) OHV related updates.

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS DEPARTMENT

State parks announced today the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the state park system (including all SVRA’s) to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches will remain open. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

The Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt directed the National Park Service to temporarily suspend the collection of all park entrance fees until further notice.
Other states and municipalities have implemented similar policies waiving fees to parks in an effort to support social distancing. At a majority of park locations, outdoor spaces remain open to the public.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Death Valley NP will be implementing new guidelines issued from the White House, CDC, and local and state authorities to promote social distancing.
As of March 18, 2020, all visitor centers are closed, ranger led programs have been cancelled, and the following campgrounds are closed: Emigrant, Mesquite Springs, Texas Springs, Furnace Creek, Sunset and Stovepipe Wells.
They have made the health and safety of the visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Death Valley National Park their number one priority. The National Park Service is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the situation and will update us when things change.

UNCLE TOM’S CABIN

Uncle Tom’s cabin is a popular wintertime destination up near Georgetown on the road to the Rubicon Trail. They have decided to temporarily close the bar in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus. Please respect the wishes of the property owner and stay off the Uncle Tom’s Cabin property.
Here is the press release that they issued:
“There is nothing we care about more than the safety and well-being of our customers and our community of family and friends. With the effects of the outbreak being felt more each day, our primary concern and area of focus is the health and safety of our communities.
In these uncertain times, we must all do our best to help ease the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Following recommendations from local authorities on limiting public gatherings we will be CLOSED.

We apologize and for the first time in 156 years under these conditions, feel this is the best course of action for the safety and well-being of our caretakers and customers.”

STANISLAUS COUNTY

Both Frank Raines and LaGrange OHV areas have been temporarily closed by Stanislaus County to effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 virus.

FRIENDS OF THE RUBICON ANNUAL MEETING

The meeting scheduled for April 4 has been temporarily cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Cal4 will do its best to keep you updated on all things OHV during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Please remember, if you do decide to go out into the world and enjoy your favorite OHV area or trail , do your part to maintain social distancing, not only does this protect you, but it also protects your family and friends from exposure to the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The Rubicon Trail Board of Directors hopes you are able to get out and enjoy nature and the things that you love by staying healthy.  Be safe and remember to always “Buckle Up”.

By Ken Hower

Black Tie & Boots Postponed

Black Tie & Boots is Postponed at this time

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort just notified us that they have to cancel all events.

We are making plans to reschedule this event and will let you know as soon as possible when dates are available.

If you had hotel/RV reservations the casino will be calling you.

We sincerely apologize.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort 800-822-9466

If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 1-888-678-2426 or email- info@rubicontrailfoundation.org

By Chris Cowan

Be Prepared this Saturday

⚠️ A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for elevations above 4500 feet Saturday.

🌨️❄️ Snow returns to the mountains Saturday! Chain controls and travel delays are possible, with 4 to 8 inches of snow above 4000 feet.

🚗 If you have Sierra travel plans, prepare for slick roads, chain controls, and travel delays!

By Chris Cowan

Rubicon Trail Foundation Annual Board Planning

Each year the Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) gets together for a 2- day planning session to plan the year ahead and go over things that did and did not work.

First, we dedicated time to talking with Vickie and Justin from the County to hear about their new grants and how we can help fund these.  In January the County made a formal request to the Rubicon Trail Foundation for matching funds for the Operations and Maintenance Grant for the Placer County side of $32,000 and the Planning Grant for the Placer County side of $28,540.  We approved to fund the $32,000 for the O&M Grant.  We are still discussing the Planning Grant and gathering information to make the best use of donor’s money.

RTF Events:

Black Tie & Boots– This year is a SOLD-OUT event, honoring Randy Burleson with the prestigious “Rock Award”.  We are excited to raise funds for the Rubicon Trail and look forward to seeing many of our Sponsors, Donors and Supporters.

Cantina- RTF is moving forward with meeting with the Forest Service to discuss permit issues and requirements.  We hope to be updating you soon with an update for this fun event serving the best tacos on the Rubicon and focusing on education.

Off the Rocks Show & Shine- RTF is already working on a date and fun for the 2nd Annual Off the Rock Show & Shine.  We look forward to sharing that date with you soon.  This is a great event to come see the wheeling community and show off your rig.

Internally we updated the RTF History, had some training on Google Docs, talked about the importance of social media marketing and exposure and how we should move forward sharing information with all users, supporters, donors, sponsors and the next generation.

We updated our Strategic Plan and Goals.

Strategic Plan- How do we improve our educational programs on the the trail and stewardship for current and future stakeholders?

Strategic Plan- How do we improve communication with our present and future stakeholders?

Strategic Plan – How can we increase and diversify our funding streams?

We do have openings on the RTF Board, we are all volunteers and welcome you to come join us at a meeting and/or ask any questions you may have.

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

 

By Chris Cowan

12th Annual Black Tie & Boots Update

12th Annual Black Tie & Boots

We are so excited to have the support of the community behind this event and to honor “Randy Burleson” with the Rock Award.  We are also so excited to support our beloved Rubicon Trail and you the Supporters.  We thank each of you and we are all so glad to be part of the Rubicon Tribe.

We have some great auction items and raffle items

Thank You to our Sponsors

Gold Cadillac

Madhatters 4×4 Club

Jeepers Jamboree

Jeepers Jamboree Cook Crew

Auburn Jeep Club

4×4 In Motion

 

Rubicon Springs Silver

Daryl & Lori Warden

John & Barbara Arenz

Mountain Transit Authority

Jeff Blewett

Mott Roofing/Gordon Mott

Dan & Alison Dreyer

Toys on the Rocks

LineX of Rancho Cordova/Tyrone Miller

Duncan Farms & Holden Sheet Metal

Rubicon Trail Adventures

Brian Petrie

Two Guys Trail Gear/Arabia’s Overkill

Black Tie & Boots Sponsor

Gallery & Barton, APLC – Jesse Barton

Donors

Chris Cowan, Rusty & Bev Folena, Arnolds for Awards, Jeepers Jamboree Board of Directors, Power Tank, Rubicon Trail Adventures, Total Metal Innovations, Daryl & Lori Warden, Jonathan & Kelly Carlos, Diana Cobleigh, Carson’s Metal Artwork & Design, Arden Jewelers, Toys on the Rocks, Stymeist Auto Body– Paint of Placerville, Becky Pardi, Line X /Rancho Cordova, John & Kelly Holden, Shannon Chard, Gordon Mott, Infinite Spin Performing Arts/Julie Arenz, Shelby Wells, Matt & Angie Warden, Bubba Rope , Yukon Gear & Axle, A-Fab Creations,Rack-It, Dry Diggings Distillery, TNT Powder Coating, West Coast Customs, C&H Auto Parts, Placerville Pizza Factory /David & Terri Thomas, Mike & Sherri Arnold, UBS, DeLucca Restoration, JR & Amy Wylie, Marlin Crawler, Bookshelf Wines , WARN Industries, John & Barb Arenz, C&H Auto Parts, Jackson Rancheria Casino, Ken Hower, Dan & Kelly DeWolf, Laura Blake, Quick Quack Car Washes, Kenny Prince Jr., Mike Gerondakis. Emile Grabowski, &
Riebes Auto Parts of Placerville

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.

By John Arenz

Great Attendance at January 2020 ROC

We’ve decided the best way to keep trail users informed about the Rubicon Oversight Committee (ROC) is to post a summary of the meeting here.  ROC meetings are held by El Dorado County Parks Department from time to time, though with more regularity in the summer.  The last one was July 2019, so it has been a while, so this meeting was very well attended.

 

This time the ROC was held at Wally’s Pizza Bar in Cameron Park.  As always, El Dorado County Parks hosted and representatives from the Rubicon Trail Foundation, Friends of the Rubicon, Cal4Wheel, Tahoe National Forest, EL Dorado National Forest, Jeeper’s Jamboree, Rubicon Trail Partnership, Green Acres, and Rubicon Soda Springs attended.  Of course there were many trail users and club representatives there as well.

The meeting moved quickly as there were lots of discussion items on the agenda.

Annual Report: Vickie Sanders from El Dorado County parks talked about the Rubicon Trail 2019 Annual Report that has been released by the County.  It is available at their website at: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/Rubicon .  The report contains information about trail work done by the county and volunteers, Adopt-A-Trail, events the parks department has attended, fund raising efforts, and a law enforcement re-cap.

Rubicon MOU: This was a discussion about the Memorandum of Understanding (a letter between agencies that outlines actions and responsibilities) between El Dorado County, State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR), the Tahoe National Forest, and The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.  The MOU creates the framework for El Dorado County managing maintenance efforts on the Placer County side of the trail.  Since it is freshly signed, we haven’t really seen it in action, but the County expects work on the Placer County side to be in full swing in the coming season.

Grants:  This was a discussion about upcoming OHMVR grants to El Dorado County for work on the trail.  Grants are separated into the following categories: Operations and Maintenance, Planning, Restoration, and Safety and Education.  The county has received the following grants this cycle:

Operations and Maintenance     $750,000

Planning                                               $140,000 (three year grant)

Restoration                                        $50,000

Safety and Education                      $101,000

 

These grants have a twenty five percent “match” requirement, meaning that the for every $75 the county gets from OHMVR, they must match that with $25 from other sources.  On the El Dorado County side those other sources include SMUD funds, in lieu funds (funds from the OHMVR division in lieu of doing OHV work in the county), donated materials, and volunteer hours.

For the first time, this year El Dorado County will be working in Placer County.  Because of legal restrictions, they cannot spend El Dorado County dollars anywhere except in El Dorado County.  Both Forests are also unable to provide funding due to budget constraints.  Placer County has said that they have no authority or responsibility for the trail other than law enforcement.  This means that El Dorado County has asked for a grant for approximately $65,000 from Rubicon Trail Foundation.  The foundation has only known about the request for a week or so and no decision has been made about the request.  This would also be the largest grant we have made, and the largest annual expenditure we have ever made, so we don’t take it lightly.  Stay tuned and we will let you know!

The County also talked about new grant audit requirements that are much more strict than in the past.

 

Maintenance Activities for 2020 Season:  This was a discussion of some new maintenance activities to be undertaken in the 2020 season in addition to some that didn’t get done in the 2019 season.  The county keeps a list of these activities online.  Individual or group volunteers can sign up for these projects by contacting the parks department at 530-621-5360.  The list can be viewed at the El Dorado County Parks website at https://www.edcgov.us/Government/Rubicon .

If anyone would like to suggest a project that is not on the list, the county encourages you to contact them with that information as well.

 

County Seasonal Help: The county hired one person for seasonal help at the kiosk greeting users and giving out information and spill kits.  They would like to hire another for the 2020 season.  They are also looking to hire someone seasonally to assist with toilet pumping on the trail.

 

County Pumper Truck Update:  The county has collected $36,000 towards building the new pumper truck.  They also have a truck that was donated by SMUD as a base vehicle and some parts from vendors.  They are working on putting together a contract to build the truck now. (Note: The county has received a $5000 dollar donation from RTF, and RTF also donated an additional $6771 that were proceeds from the Marlin Crawler Roundup to the effort.  Thanks to Marlin, Chris, and Mike for their dedication to the trail, they also donated $6771 from the event for an event total of $13, 543!)

 

Jamboree 5 year Parade Permit: The County reported that a resolution to grant a 5 year parade permit to Jeepers Jamboree will be on the Board of Supervisors agenda for their February 11th meeting.  The permit has been granted to Jeepers Jamboree annually since 1979 to close the trail on the El Dorado County side during their event in order to facilitate their “parade”.  The first five year permit was issued five years ago, and the new permit will also be a five year permit.  The permit as submitted is unchanged in terms of reach or language.

 

El Dorado National Forest Open House:  The ENF announced that they will be holding an open house for the purpose of vetting their OHMVR grants with the public February 12th from 4:00PM through 7:00PM at the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 100 Forni Road in Placerville.

By Chris Cowan

12th Annual Black Tie & Boots- Thank You to Our Supporters

12th Annual Black Tie & Boots

 

Another goal has happened, this year we saved money on NOT having invites printed and due to the popularity of this event we sold out by January 8th.  Truely amazing to have the support of the community behind this event to honor “Randy Burleson” with the Rock Award and to support our beloved Rubicon Trail.  We thank each of our supporters and sponsors.

We are actively looking for raffle, silent/live auction items.  If you have a great item you would like to share with us please contact us at info@rubicontrailfoundation.org or call 888-678-2426.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Gold Cadillac

Jeepers Jamboree

Jeepers Jamboree Cook Crew

 

Rubicon Springs Silver

Madhatters 4×4 Club

4×4 In Motion

Daryl & Lori Warden

John & Barbara Arenz

Mountain Transit Authority

Jeff Blewett

Mott Roofing/Gordon Mott

Dan & Alison Dreyer

Toys on the Rocks

LineX of Rancho Cordova/Tyrone Miller

Duncan Farms & Holden Sheet Metal

Rubicon Trail Adventures

Auburn Jeep Club

Brian & Julie Petrie

Two Guys Trail Gear/Arabia’s Overkill

Black Tie & Boots Sponsor

Gallery & Barton, APLC – Jesse Barton

 

 

Mission: To enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon trail, while ensuring responsible, motorized, year-round trail access.

Vision: To be the trusted stewards of the Rubicon Trail, ensuring sustainability for the experience of the users.