EPIC Basecamp

OVERVIEW

EPIC’s network of volunteer groundtruthers help us monitor every logging project and destructive action in the Klamath National Forest and surrounding public lands. The information gained from groundtruthing allows EPIC to provide the public with information needed to understand, and engage in, decisions affecting public forest lands, waters and wildlife. Information from on-the-ground monitoring also helps EPIC challenge bad logging projects, destructive grazing and other Forest Service actions that degrade the environment.

Logging groundtruthing is simple. Visit a proposed timber sale and document what the Forest Service or BLM is proposing. This information enables EPIC, and you, to compare what the agency is planning on the ground versus what it states in the timber sale documents. Past groundtruthers have found discrepancies in agency information and documented rare plants and animals that have led to the cancellation of some or all of the proposed logging.

Grazing monitoring is coordinated by the Project to Reform Public Land Grazing in Northern California which EPIC sponsors. Grazing monitoring focuses on documenting the bad grazing management that results in violation of fecal bacteria and nutrient water quality standards. We also document the destruction of wetlands, trampling of streambanks, songbird and wildlife impacts of unmanaged grazing in wilderness and other public wildlands. The information is used by the Project and EPIC to challenge bad grazing proposals and to reform how grazing is managed on our public lands. To learn more about the Grazing Reform Project check out www.grazingreform.org.

SPACE IS LIMITED

Please RSVP for this event ahead of time: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5349/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=85528

LOCATION

EPIC’s 2017 Basecamp will be located at a public camp ground off Hwy 96 near Seiad Valley in Klamath National Forest, about a 3 hour drive from the EPIC office in Arcata, CA. The exact location TBA. Our site is located in a shaded area adjacent to the Wild and Scenic Klamath River and can accommodate a maximum of 30 people. The campsite features an area for dispersed tent camping and several picnic tables and campfire rings with grills, toilets and potable water.

CARPOOL

Check the Carpool Page to offer or find a ride! Before your carpool leaves please call the office to see if there are supplies you can help transport to camp! (707)822-7711. If you plan to drive please review EPIC’s Expectations for all Drivers, here.

SCHEDULE

Friday, June 9: Set Up and Groundtruthing Training

  • 12:00 pm: Orientation, ground rules, paperwork signing, and lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: basic first aid overview
  • 2:00-3:00 pm map reading and compass skills
  • 3:00-4:00 pm TBA
  • 4:00-6:00 pm: free time
  • 6:00-7:00 dinner
  • 7:00-8:00 after dinner hike
  • 8:00: campfire and legal rights training

Saturday June 10: Groundtruthing Training and Field Work

  • 8:00AM: Breakfast/make sack lunches
  • 9:00AM: Divide into teams, and get field routes prepared. Depart into the forest.
  • 9:00-4:00 pm: groups will be in the field participating in pertinent field work and groundtruthing.
  • 4/5:00PM: Teams arrive back at camp no later than 5:00PM to debrief.
  • 6:00PM: Dinner, activities for everyone, fun, and socializing!

Sunday, June 11: Groundtruthing Training and Field Work

  • 8:00AM: Breakfast/make sack lunches
  • 9:00AM-2:00PM: Divide into teams. Groups will be in the field participating in pertinent field work and groundtruthing.
  • 3:00 pm: Teams arrive back at camp no later than 3:00 pm to debrief.
  • 4:00PM: Farewell!

WHAT TO BRING TO BASE CAMP

Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad (bringing an extra tarp is recommended).

  • Trash bag (for trash and/or wet clothes)
  • A flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Extra warm clothing & rain gear (just in case!)
  • Personal medications
  • A camp chair or other comfort needs
  • Boots are necessary, and a spare pair of shoes
  • Day pack
  • Sunscreen/chapstick
  • Bug repellant
  • Toilet paper
  • Musical instruments/song books
  • Books/articles that spark discussion, pen & paper
  • First aid kit
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene needs
  • A “mess kit” (water bottle, mug, bowl, fork and spoon)
  • FOOD: You must pack a lunch for each day you are attending! (extra snacks and/or food to share appreciated)
    • *We are providing light breakfast and dinner, but if your diet is very restricted, please plan appropriately.  Bring non­perishable food (nuts, trail mix, oranges, apples, etc.), especially snacks and easy-­to-­carry items.

MEAL SCHEDULE

Friday:

Lunch: Bring your own lunch. Extra bread/PBJ available.

Dinner: Taco night: Beans, rice, salsa, veggies (onions, peppers)

Saturday:

Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy (bring biscuits from Arcata/Eureka and make a gravy out in camp)

Lunch: Hummus vegetable tortilla wraps

Dinner: Thai vegetable curry

Sunday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal, nuts, raisins, coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter sandwiches

BASE CAMP DONATIONS WISH LIST

Donating any of these items to EPIC will ensure that we can provide a safe, effective, high-quality camp in the forest this year! Contact amber@wildcalifornia.org if you can help us plan a successful camp by making a donation!

Suggested food donations:

  • COFFEE!
  • Veggies: fresh produce will be essential!
  • Bread (gluten-free and regular)
  • dried fruit
  • rice noodles
  • almonds
  • Eggs
  • Apples (other fruit)
  • Cheeses and tofu
  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Honey
  • Coconut milk
  • Veggie Broth    

Suggested gear donations:

  • Digital cameras (for us to borrow or to keep)
  • GPS devices
  • Working compasses (especially ones with which you can measure slope!)
  • Notebooks (partially used is ok!)
  • Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast field guide by Jim Pojar 

Group camp donations:

EPIC BASE CAMP GROUND RULES

Ground Rules for Attendees of EPIC’s Summer Campouts.

All participants are expected to follow the ground rules set below.

  • No dogs
  • No alcohol or federal & state-determined illegal drugs allowed
  • Don’t talk substantively to Law Enforcement Officers; direct them to LEO liaison
  • Respect and follow posted Forest Service orders, such as burn bans
  • Do not damage/destroy Forest Service property or equipment

Regarding Camp Safety and Happiness

  • Participate in group activities & help with communal camp chores
  • Notify group leader of problems/dangers/concerns
  • Always check in/out with camp host when arriving or leaving camp
  • Respect Basecamp materials and equipment
  • Keep camp clean and dispose of trash properly
  • Don’t drink untreated water
  • Refrain from picking vegetation or creating unnecessary damage to the forest
  • Quiet in common area from 10pm to 7am
  • No smoking in common areas (dispose of butts properly!)
  • No individual campfires

 Regarding Interpersonal Respect

  • We reserve right to ask individuals to leave
  • Discrimination or oppressive behavior will not be tolerated
  • Be mindful and respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries (e.g. don’t touch people/belongings without permission)
  • Respect the judgement and requests of group leaders
  • Watch out for other campers and help when needed
  • Ask for what you need (within reason) and know your limits
  • Be mindful of space you take up in group settings