Thank you to everyone that participated in our July Volunteer Stewardship event and campout July 19th-21st in the northern Bodie Hills and East Walker River! We made new fishing trail access, cleaned up invasive weeds, and pulled out dilapidated old barbed wire fencing.
Participants had the opportunity to join us for a campout at the new Nevada State Park known as the East Walker State Recreation Area. Saturday morning we gathered to implement various volunteer cleanup and stewardship projects to help park managers, improve wildlife connectivity, and provide additional access to future visitors and fisherman.
Volunteers of all ages joined and participated in the weekend event.
Following the workday morning session, Bodie Hills partners Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and Trout Unlimited provided Wildlife Viewing with Optics and Flyfishing demonstrations on the river. Participants got to view native bighorn sheep and learn how fly fish. The workshops included how to set up a fly fishing rod, gear discussions, and casting lessons.
Following the workshops we enjoyed a BBQ grill dinner complete with wild elk chili made by Russell Kuhman of BHA. We ended the evening with campfire stories and a beer naming contest for one of our local breweries.
Volunteer stewardship is a critical component of public lands management and we are greatly appreciative of all the volunteers and families that traveled from around the state to join the festivities.