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Tejon Conservancy

April 15 - April 21

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At the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada in California, Tejon Conservancy manages the conservation easement for 90% of Tejon Ranch. Thirty-six miles of Pacific Crest Trail are planned for reroute from the desert floor to the 6,800′ forested mountaintops of the ranch. While the main PCT reroute is still several years away, there is need for completing adjacent amenities,  access, and stewardship projects in anticipation of the new trail, including creating a primitive campground. Our work will use hand tools to improve the existing site: shovels, loppers, hand saws, grubbing tools, etc. Dorm-style lodging, tent or vehicle camping are available 30 minutes from the work site. A guided exploration day on the ranch includes a cross-ranch safari, offering volunteers a chance to catch a glimpse of Pronghorn Antelope, elusive Rocky Mountain Elk, and rare California Condor.

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Host

Tejon Conservancy

Accommodations

Dormitory/Bunkhouse

Hiking/Access

Day Hiking up to 2 miles per day

Project Rating

Moderate

Minimum Volunteer Age

18

Maximum Group Size

15

Area and Attractions

The Tehachapi Mountains bridge four climate zones: Sierra Nevada, Coast Ranges, Mojave Desert, and California's Central Valley. While covering only 0.025% of California's land mass, it is home to almost 14% of California's flora and fauna! Elevations range from 1,000' to 6,800'. The landscape features Native American pictographs and village sites, massive oak woodlands, sprawling Joshua Tree groves, subalpine conifer forests, and views stretching from the Coast Ranges to Sequoia to the High Desert. Hiking, birdwatching, and rare native plant blooms are on-site. Mountain biking, water activities, and OHV are all within ½ hour drive of the ranch. Volunteers will be given opportunities to search for rare species, hike to hidden resources, and enjoy locally-famous camp cookouts.

Accommodations Description

Dormitory lodging (hostel-style, gender-separate) available at Hungry Valley State Park adjacent to ranch, includes cooking area, indoor plumbing and bunk beds. Also available on site is outdoor camping, including common cooking area, tent campsites, and parking for trailers/campers. Volunteers should bring their own linens or sleeping bag, pillow, towels, cup/bowl/eating utensils (for field meals), and personal items.

Travel

Airport Pickup provided from BUR, Burbank, CA or BFL, Bakersfield, CA

Location

Tejon Conservancy
1037 Bear Trap Road, Lebec, California 93243 United States

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