If You Saw Usal Like We Saw Usal… A Big Clean Up Success
If you saw Usal like we saw Usal, you’d saw English Ivy, too….One of the most beautiful and remote beaches and campgrounds on the North Coast just got a serious clean up. There’s another clean up coming in June.
Thirty-three people gathered at Usal State Beach and Campground on Saturday, April 16th to do clean up and restoration of the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Usal State Beach is the southern trail head of the Lost Coast Trail, a 60 mile back pack trail. These intrepid volunteers conducted trail maintenance on over a mile of trail. They also removed the invasive English ivy from more than 170 alders and redwoods, cleaned outhouses, and dug out fire rings and collected more than 20 bags of trash. Participants included leaders from Mendocino Area Parks Association, AmeriCorps, Team Standish, Mendocino Land Trust, Coast Walk, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association (HRIA) as well as local residents.
The event was made possible by an Earth Day grant from California State Parks Foundation and regional sponsors PG&E, to HRIA which purchased $2,000 in tools for the participants to use. Lunch was provided by contributions from The Fruit Guys, HRIA, Ray’s Food Place in Garberville, and Safeway in Fort Bragg and Fortuna and Shop Smart in Redway. This event was part of the 18th annual California State Parks Foundation Earth Day held at parks throughout California with sponsorship from PG&E, Oracle, Subway, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Nature’s Path.
“It’s really inspiring to work with this enthusiastic team of volunteers to bring much needed restoration to Usal State Beach” said Officer Krista Pelikan, the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park Ranger. HRIA Board President Alan Aikin indicated that HRIA anticipates that this is the first of numerous volunteer events which will use the new tools to restore Usal State Beach and the Lost Coast Trail. Americorps will return for an additional week of work in May. The next event is a five-day trail work event June 12-17th in partnership with Coast Walk. http://coastwalk.org/project/partner-event-lost-coast-trail-restoration-2016/