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Bryce Canyon National Park Service Trip
Join us for a week of volunteer service work at the incredible Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. With its vast geological structures and rock formations, Bryce is a truly unique place. https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm . This trip is co-sponsored by the Southern Nevada Group of the Sierra Club. CAMPING: Sunset Campground (elevation 8500 feet) has flush toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, and fire grates. There are pay showers about a half mile from our campsite. https://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/sunsetcampground.htm WORK ASSIGNMENTS: The work will be tailored to your level of fitness. The most difficult work, which is optional, will involve clearing dead trees. We will be stacking what they have already cut into 8'X8' burn piles. There used to be 5-20 (Ponderosa) pines per acre. Now, since the NPS doesn't allow lightning-caused fires to burn, there are between[masked] (white pine and Douglas Fir) trees per acre. By removing the smaller trees/plants that fires would have removed, we will be reducing the fire hazard, and also restoring the natural habitat. Mistletoe has invaded many of the trees as well. That work is at Rainbow Point - elevation 9,100’ (2,775 meters), off the Bristlecone Trail. If you feel clearing dead trees is too strenuous, you will have the opportunity to help save the habitat of the threatened Utah Prairie Dog. In the meadow where they live at 8,200’, rabbit brush is growing to a height that obscures the view of predators for these prairie dogs. This brush needs to be cut with nippers. For our projects, the Park Service provides all tools and safety equipment. They will take us on a guided hike with a Park Ranger. We also anticipate a talk by at least one of the Park’s scientists on the research they are conducting. TRANSPORTATION: You are responsible for your own transportation to Bryce Canyon. Most of us will be flying from Austin to Salt Lake City or Las Vegas, then renting vehicles / carpooling to the event. Sierra Club encourages, but does not arrange, carpools. We may have opportunities to carpool with participants from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, which would reduce costs. The major airports in both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas are four hour and 15 minute drives from the park. FOOD: Each participant is responsible for their own food. It is possible that we will organize group meals, sharing equipment, costs, and responsibilities - let us know if you are willing to help organize this. EQUIPMENT: Participants must bring their own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad), clothing for all weather conditions, and personal eating utensils (water bottle, plates, cups, silverware) COST: The only cost is your personal transportation, food, and gear. A deposit is needed to hold your spot - see instructions below. Additional donations to the Sierra Club are appreciated. RESERVING YOUR SPOT: RSVP on Meetup alone does not reserve your spot. After RSVP on Meetup, participants must 1. Contact leader [ [masked] / (702)[masked] ] , describing your past experiences camping, traveling to high elevations, and working on service projects. Once OK'd by the leader, complete and mail the following: 2. Liability Waiver (http://files.meetup.com/1589422/individual_waiver.pdf), 3. Medical Form (http://files.meetup.com/1589422/Sierra%20Club%20medical%20form%202013.pdf), and 4. Check for $20 deposit payable to "Sierra Club - Austin" to leader: Stan Peyton 8408 Hanbridge Lane Austin TX 78736 These must be received no later than 5 business days from RSVP, or your position will be dropped. Upon meeting us in person at Bryce Canyon, your deposit will be refunded. Otherwise your deposit is nonrefundable.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park · Bryce Canyon, UT

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Austin Sierra Club (http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin) (local branch of the Sierra Club) holds outings for outdoor activities: hiking, camping, biking, backpacking, kayaking, community service projects, and more. These include local one-day events to greenbelts and natural areas, weekend trips to state parks, as well as weeklong trips to national parks.

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