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CHRIS HORGAN OF STEWARDS OF THE SEQUOIA NEEDS YOUR HELP

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  1. 1224R

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    https://www.opencampaign.com/petition/forest-service-terminates-award-winning-volunteers/818

    Sadly, Sequoia Kern River District Ranger Al Watson just cancelled Stewards of the Sequoia volunteer trail maintenance agreement of 15 years.

    Per his termination letter Ranger Watson has no issue with any of Stewards trail work and thanks Stewards for their service, but he feels we are not good partners because Stewards object to the PCT Corridor and question the validity of the 2010 Piute Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). These are freedom of speech issues, totally unrelated to volunteer trail maintenance. Ranger Watson should not be allowed to terminate our volunteer trail maintenance program based on anything other than our trail work. Stewards have not violated any law or regulation, we just do tons of hard trail work.

    As a Forest partner, Stewards of the Sequoia volunteers have performed so much valuable work to prevent erosion and keep trails enjoyable for everyone including clearing over 10,000 downed trees, maintaining over 5000 water bars and brushing hundreds of miles of trails. Without Stewards work, many trails would be impassable which would harm tourism and concentrate use. The Forest Service is unable to perform this work. The Forest Service needs to renew the partnership to allow Stewards to continue maintaining Sequoia trails.

    The real losers here are the trails and the public. We hope everyone will sign the petition now urging the Forest Service to let Stewards volunteers continue to maintain Sequoia trails so they can be enjoyed by everyone. We need thousands of signatures showing overwhelming support for Stewards volunteerism, and objecting to this unjustified termination.

    CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION TO REINSTATE STEWARDS VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT

    Please ask everyone you know to sign the petition. Feel free to forward this email to your friends and family.

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    Stewards Volunteers are no longer allowed to maintain Sequoia Trails in Sequoia National Forest


    The Forest Service is supposed to encourage volunteerism, not turn away willing and able partners like Stewards of the Sequoia with a proven track record of maintaining over 300 miles of trails each year

    You can read our letter to Supervisor Benson asking to be reinstated HERE, as well as Ranger Al's termination letter HERE

    Be sure to sign the petition NOW

    Thanks for standing up for volunteerism and for the right to free speech.

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    Together we can keep our trails open

    Chris Horgan
    Executive Director
    Stewards of the Sequoia



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  2. ramjet

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    Thanks for the heads up 1224R. I'll be sending my letter. I've donated to SOS for years and really applaud the work Chris has done often setting precedents in how these issues can be handled to our benefit. Once again unelected bureaucrats exercising their power against those who don't agree with them.
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    Good man.... Be safe you and yours
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    Is there a "due process" angle or specified protocol for this type of action to at all? That is, can Watson do this without approval from his superior? Some written document laying out the procedure for Stewards involvement? Certainly, guys wielding picks and chain saws in a forest had to have some written permission laying out certain conditions. I recall last year, another government agency individual had made a decision and it was reversed because some technical detail was not followed.
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    Chris can be a sticky thorn in many state and federal agencies sides. He's called them on MANY issues where they have not followed lawful procedures. There was an attempt to terminate the "Adopt a trail" agreement last year due to the Stewards not wanting to assist the NFS in closing trails. This request (closing trails) goes against the Stewards charter so they refused. Cooler heads prevailed and their Adopt a Trail status was maintained. Not sure if this was the same guy trying to terminate this time or not.

    Lots going on... lots from behind the scenes...
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    Letter sent.
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