50 years of volunteerism at PESPA

The Plumas-Eureka State Park Association is reaching out to the greater community for assistance as the 2017 season in Plumas County’s only state park draws near and it embarks on its 50th year of volunteerism.

“We have a busy summer schedule planned,” said PESPA President Tim Hardie. “There are many exciting annual events lined up, but before all of that can happen, we are reaching out for volunteers to assist with getting the winter storm damage cleaned up, so that the area can be accessed again.”

The state park took quite a few hits over the winter season, with tree branches coming down on rooftops, a weighty snowpack, severely eroded walkways and trails, and ultimately, an amount of damage that is “widespread, and will take all summer to fully recover,” according to Hardie.

PESPA requests the energy and expertise of the community to assist the Department of Parks and Recreation in getting the park and adjacent campgrounds into shape for the interpretive and educational programs that take place at the park.

Orientation and training for 2017 season volunteers and docents will be held on Saturday, April 29, during National Volunteer Week, and will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The orientation will outline the planned summer projects and volunteer needs, with an interpretive presentation given by DPR’s Interpretive Specialist Niki Combs.

Lunch will be served at noon, and PESPA asks that interested attendees call to RSVP at 836-1995.

Save the Dates – PESP 2017

Saturday, April 29: Volunteer and docent training, with lunch at noon. Event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. at Plumas Eureka State Park.

Saturday, May 6: Community Workday at the park, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, May 20: Blacksmith training on the anvil with Dennis Black, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend:

May 27-29 Official Campground Opening

Gold Discovery Days:

July 15-16, with food by the Graeagle Lions and Portola Rotary.

Dinner at the Park:

Aug. 17, time TBA.