On February 6, 2023, the Rubicon Trail Foundation had an open Zoom meeting to educate users on the status of the Rubicon Trail. The key part of the presentation was the recording of Ed Knapp, El Dorado County Counsel explaining in 2013 why the Rubicon Trail Proper can not be closed by the County. This hour long recording gives anyone the opportunity to watch that wasn’t able to attend in person.
Over the last several years, there has been an increasing problem with Placer County, contractors, and local homeowners using the Tahoe entrance to the trail as a snow repository. Those of us who live in snow country know how hard it can be to find a place to store snow when plowing and clearing roads, but taking the snow from one public road and placing it in another is not a solution, it only migrates and exacerbates the problem.
Doug Barr (of The Other Rubicon) and Ron Briggs (Tahoe FOTR lead) have been working on this problem for several years and have asked RTF (and just about anybody they can think of) for help. RTF has gotten involved at the level of attending meetings, making phone calls, and offering help with education. Our stance is that we are not asking anybody to DO anything, but we are insisting that they DO NOT move snow onto the Rubicon McKinney Road, an open public road. As Mr. Barr points out, this is an illegal act.
Recently RTF directors attended a public Zoom Meeting (it was cancelled in person) with Placer County representatives and neighbors. At that meeting we stated our position and offered to create and place signage to remind folks not to dump snow in the roadway. Here is our follow-up letter:
COVID-19 affecting OHV users
SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER
CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS DEPARTMENT
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
UNCLE TOM’S CABIN
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.”
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 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”.