Volunteer with CSERC!

Email julias@cserc.org if you would like to be notified of future projects!

Participating in volunteer restoration projects is a great way to give back to the environment and to meet other people who care about environmental stewardship!

In a typical year, CSERC staff and volunteers will plant willows in denuded meadows, repair crumbling stream banks, build fences to protect damaged riparian areas, clean up litter along streams or rivers, and build new trails for public use. Volunteer projects can be fun and a great way to help protect water, wildlife, and wild places.

We have many projects lined up in 2015, check back here as we update our project list.

Also, read our 2014 Volunteer Report to learn about our accomplishments from the past year

Volunteer Projects in 2014

  • Reed Creek, October 2014

Upcoming Projects:
July 11th, 2015Carson-Iceberg Wilderness noxious weed removal. Hike into the Wilderness from the Arnot trailhead to help remove the invasive bull thistle plant. Total hike distance about 3 miles round trip. Need 10-15 people.
July 21, 2015 - Watershed restoration near Beardsley Reservoir. Volunteers will be digging out and removing old PVC pipe that is diverting water to a campground that no longer needs that water.  Removal of pipe will help restore water to the drainage, which is an important wildlife area.  Need 6-10 people.

July 25, 2015 - North District OHV Restoration, South Fork Stanislaus. Unauthorized route blocking, erosion control rice straw and install straw wattles/silt fence application as needed, sign installation, and campsite obliteration. Watershed/Municipal Drinking Water Protection. Need 10-15 people.

Aug 8, 2015 - Chain Lakes Trail Maintenance.  Conduct annual trail maintenance from Box Springs Trailhead to Chain Lake. Project includes construction of waterbars by hand, tree removal, and minor vegetation clearance.  Need 12-17 people.

Aug. 22, 2015 - Deer Creek OHV Restoration Maintenance Road - Repair/Reconstruct barrier fence at several locations, repair/reconstruct restoration information signs, re-block several routes between road and creek with debris, spread erosion control rice straw and install straw wattles/silt fence as needed, and sign installation.  Need 15-20 people.

Sept. 12, 2015 - Sandbar Flat Trail Maintenance - Conduct annual trail maintenance from Sandbar Flat Campground Trailhead to Beardsley After bay at China Flat Day Use Area. Project includes construction of waterbars by hand, tree removal, and minor vegetation clearance.  Need 10-15 people.  NOTE: POISON OAK IN AREA.

Sept. 26, 2015 - OHV Barriers 3N26 Clavey River - Continue installation of 8X8 wood barrier post to confine motorized travel to road just west of the Clavey River Crossing. Project builds on volunteer project complete last year.  Need 10-15 people.

Oct. 10, 2015 - Riverside Day Use Area - Stain tables and signs, barrier fence repair, litter pick up throughout site, vegetation clearance along paths, install bench on river access path between parking lot and river, unauthorized hiking trail rehab between restroom and river. Need 5-10 people.  NOTE: POISON OAK IN AREA.

Weekday Project Date TBD
- Bell Mtn Unauthorized Route Restoration  - Block unauthorized hillclimb with debris, spread erosion control rice straw, sign installation, and install straw wattles/silt fence as needed. NOTE: Rough road access requiring high clearance vehicles. Need 10-15 people.

Weekday Project Date TBD
- Lyons Creek Mdw Restoration - Re-block several routes with debris, spread erosion control rice straw and install straw wattles/silt fence as needed, and sign installation.  Need 15-20 people.

.... and more TBA!

Thank you to REI and Clif Bar Family Foundation for your strong support of CSERC's Volunteer Restoration Projects!