Greetings Field Trip Enthusiasts!
According to the Forest Service, the roads to Bell Meadow are impassable and are unlikely to be opened by June 24th. There is a large boulder blocking the main road that needs to be blasted and, as of Friday, snow drifts beyond the boulder. They don’t know what lies beyond the first few drifts, so even if they get the boulder off the road and the snow drifts melt in this current heat wave, there will likely be down trees, rocks and possibly washouts to contend with. The Forest Service is working as fast as they can to open major routes but they are over-taxed this year with the overabundance of road issues caused by the winter weather.
So, for now, I would like to call this a postponement, hoping to get into Bell Meadow sometime in July. I don’t have a date to offer up. I will monitor the road situation and send out an e-mail if access is established and if we can work it into the schedule between other activities.
Chair, Symposium Planning Committee
Membership & Field Trips Coordinator
Sierra Foothills Chapter
California Native Plant Society