Are you interested in volunteer opportunities with the Sequoia National Forest, but not sure where to start? Forest volunteers are environmental partners who play a vital role in keeping public lands healthy. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the beautification and visual enhancement while enjoying all their public lands have to offer. Get involved and volunteer to partner with us this summer!

One popular activity enjoyed on the Sequoia National Forest is off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.  The Sequoia National Forest offers hundreds of miles of roads and trails open to OHV’s! The Forest Service takes pride in knowing our visitors enjoy and care for trails that provide opportunities for all skill levels and many different types of off-highway vehicles. From single-track motorcycle trails to wider motorized trails open to 4-wheel drive enthusiasts.

For many years, the Sequoia National Forest has worked in partnership with the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division to support high-quality OHV opportunities on the Forest through the Off-Highway Vehicle grants program. In addition to grant funding, a key component of providing outstanding OHV opportunities is participation from volunteers who partner with the Forest Service to maintain trails.

Maintaining trails includes activities such as removing trees that have fallen across trails, performing work on the trail surface to make sure water does not wash trails away, repairing signs or installing new signs, and monitoring use and impacts to trails.

If this is something you’d like to get involved with by joining one of our existing trail partners or becoming a new trail partner organization, we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to Kern River Ranger District Recreation Officer Tricia Maki by emailing tricia.maki@usda.gov for more information or to get involved and volunteer to partner with us this summer!

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live