[Talk-us] Fwd: [Talk-us-bayarea] Backcountry weekend

Alan Brown adbrown1967 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 20 18:52:35 GMT 2009

Oh, I thought they had to discontinue this for lack of state funds ... I've gone on this event twice - not for the purpose of mapping, but it's a good way to see some wilderness surprisingly close to the Bay Area.  A fair bit of this area got burned by the massive 50,000 acre fire 1 1/2 years ago ... however, fire is a normal part of the life cycle here.  If the rains finally pick up  this winter, it might be great for wildflowers.  In 1998, when I went after El Nino, this area had the more amazing wildflowers I had ever seen.

>From the mapping perspective - it's more a fun project than a practical one.  Besides this weekend, only a few of the hardiest backpackers make it into this region each year.  They have a few very small but very interesting archaelogical sites and geological sites.  Some of the archaelogical sites (Indian ruins) they intentionally keep secret to protect.

I volunteered with this park for a couple years .. that was a decade ago.  They have a robust volunteer organization, and they might have a practical use for some information to be mapped out.

Thanks for the info - I'll look into it.


From: Sarah Manley <sarah at cloudmade.com>
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Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 10:04:19 AM
Subject: [Talk-us] Fwd: [Talk-us-bayarea] Backcountry weekend

Any bay area folks interested in this?

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From: "Nathan Mixter" <srmixter at hotmail.com>
Date: February 19, 2009 1:09:07 PM PST
To: talk-us-bayarea at openstreetmap.org
Subject: [Talk-us-bayarea] Backcountry weekend
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Henry Coe Park south of San Jose in Santa Clara County will be holding its annual backcountry weekend April 24-26. They will be opening the backcountry for people to drive in. It is a great opportunity to map some of the areas that usually take a day or more to get to on foot. Maybe we could get a mapping party or something going. The park is currently taking applications. It usually fills up fast, so get your applications in early. Details, http://www.coepark.org/orestimba.html. _______________________________________________
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