Meeting minutes from the 5/26/2019 Memorial day board meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2019" heading
Meeting minutes from the 4/18/2019 board meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2019" heading
Sequoia National Forest Personal Use Firewood Permits Available For Purchase
PORTERVILLE, Calif.— Personal use firewood cutting permits for the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument will be available for purchase at Ranger Stations in Dunlap, Springville and Kernville starting April 1. Customers can purchase an 8-month firewood permit which can be used between April 1 and Nov. 30.
According to Forest Officials, the permit may only be used on dead firewood material (without green leaves or needles) within the Sequoia National Forest. Woodcutting activities will to be based on road, weather and fire danger conditions. Please check with your local Ranger Station for current conditions and restrictions.
Firewood is $10 per cord with a minimum purchase of two cords per person ($20), maximum purchase of 10 cords per household. At the time of purchase, a forest map, area based woodcutting instructions and forest policies will be provided and discussed. The cost of the permit is not refundable.
Forest Service law enforcement and fire officials will be monitoring how much wood is removed from the forest. Keep your permit on the dashboard of your vehicle where it is visible through the windshield. Fill out the bottom portion of the permit and attach a load ticket at the cutting site before you haul each load.
Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go,” by calling the Forest Supervisor’s Office or local ranger station for forest conditions, regulations, and bans.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
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Meeting minutes from the 2/7/2019 board meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2019" heading
Meeting minutes from the 10/4/2018 board meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2018" heading
Meeting minutes from the 9/9/2018 board meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2018" heading
We have three new board members! Congratulations and thanks to our newest board members; Bob Leidig, Gill Cornell, and Scott Foster.
We have updated info about the Sherman Pass closure just received from the Forest Service.
KERNVILLE, Calif. — The Kern River Ranger District plans to temporarily close a section of the Sherman Pass Road No. 22S05, this fall to through traffic. The planned closure is due to contracted road, culvert, and bridge work near Fish Creek Campground on the Kern Plateau.
The Sherman Pass Road stretches west from the Upper Kern River and east to Highway 395.
The closure and bridge installation is planned for September 10 through December 15, 2018. The project site is just east of the Fish Creek campground.
Contractors will be removing an undersized pipe (culvert) and replacing it with a bridge requiring the closure of both lanes.
The following is a list of frequently asked questions:
• Where will the Sherman Pass Road be closed and signed?
On the west side, a sign is posted at the intersection of Mountain Road 99 and Sherman Pass (below Johnsondale Bridge), reading “WARNING - Road Closed 36 miles ahead at Fish Creek Campground – September 10 - December 15, 2018.”
On the east side, a sign is posted near the South Fork Bridge/Forest Service boundary, reading “WARNING - Road Closed 9 miles ahead at Jackass Road No. 21S01, September 10 - December 15, 2018,”
The actual road closure is located just east of Fish Creek Campground to the intersection of the Sherman Pass Road and Jackass Road.
• Will there be other closures in the area?
The entrance to Jackass Road No. 21S01 will be closed to all traffic during contractor work hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday). The Jackass Road will be open to all traffic outside of contractor work hours.
• Are deer hunting zones being affected?
All hunting zones will remain accessible. However, hunters may need to familiarize themselves with the road closure area before their trip. Depending on the area, some destinations may require additional driving time.
• Will there still be access to the Inyo National Forest?
The public will be able to access the Inyo National Forest. Monache and Powell Meadow will remain accessible through the west side of Sherman Pass Road and its junction with Mountain Road 99.
• How will Smith Mountain area be accessed?
Access to the north area of Smith Mountain is through the west side of Sherman Pass Road (Kernville) using Smith Road No. 21S36 and Smith Meadow Road No. 20S39. Access will be from the top down to Smith Meadow Road and exits will require using the same route.
Access to the south area of Smith Mountain is from the southeast using the Jackass Road No. 21S01 (with the contractor work hour’s closure described above) and the Smith Mountain Road No. 21S37. Access will be from the bottom up to Smith Mountain Road and exits will require using the same routes.
• How will we provide Medical or Fire Emergency Response?
All emergency traffic will respond as normal.
• Will Fish Creek Campground remain open to the public?
Fish Creek Campground will remain open to the public. The closure is located just east of Fish Creek Campground. Access to Fish Creek Campground will be from the west side of Sherman Pass (Kernville).
To lessen the impacts, all forest visitors/users are encouraged to plan ahead and call the Kernville Ranger Station for assistance in getting to your destinations.
This temporary closure may add several hours to your trip, depending on your chosen route. Plan accordingly and have a safe trip.
For more information, please call the Kernville Ranger Station, open 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (760) 376-3781. Closed on weekends commencing Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.
The Kern River Ranger District announced an upcoming “temporary” through-traffic closure on the Sherman Pass Road located on the Kern Plateau. The closure is due to contracted road, culvert and bridge work east of Fish Creek Campground, September 10 through November 30th, 2018.
The Sherman Pass Road (Forest Road No. 22S05), stretches west from the Upper Kern River and east to Highway 395, across the Kern Plateau. Contractors will remove an undersized pipe (culvert) and replace it with a bridge, requiring the excavation and removal of the road bed across both lanes.
Fish Creek Campground will remain open during the project – visitors will only be able to access Fish Creek campground from the west (Kernville) side of Sherman Pass.
To lessen the impacts, we ask forest visitors/users to call the Kernville or Blackrock Ranger Station, so we may assist you in getting to your destinations.
For more information, please call the Kernville Ranger Station, open 7-days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (760) 376-3781, or the Blackrock Visitor Center open Thursday through Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (559) 539-2607, extension 2275.
Meeting minutes from the Memorial Day BBQ and board meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2018" heading
Meeting minutes from the April meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2018" heading.
Ducor/Varnet is completing the first phase of their DSL improvements today, and all users should be switched over by the end of the day 2018-03-30.
They are expecting speeds of 4Mbits/sec down and 1Mbits/sec up.
Meeting minutes from the February meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2018" heading.
Pursuant to the ongoing internet improvements, Ducor has scheduled another outage on 12-14-2017 at 1am for approximately 30 minutes.
Ducor has announced the following planned outages in relation to their ongoing improvements:
Wednesday 11/29/17 at 1:00 am (20 min. outage)
Thursday 11/30/17 at 1:00 am (25 min outage)
Friday 12/1/17 at 1:00 am (20 min. outage)
From Kevin in our local Ducor office:
I will be out of the office until 11-22-17. You can leave a detailed message at 559-850-0012 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will call you back, take care of your issue remotely, or have someone help you ASAP.
There will be one 15-minute outage on Monday 11-20-17 between 1 and 2 am and maybe another on Tuesday 11-21-17 for 15-minutes between 1 and 2 am.
Thank you for your patience with our upgrade and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Holiday closures for all Ducor offices:
November 23 and 24
December 22 and 25
I will still be available for any issues you may have.
KM Exchange Manager
Meeting minutes from the 10/1/2017 meeting are now posted in the "Members Only" section under the "Documents -> Meeting Minutes 2017" heading.
The Kennedy Meadows Ducor branch recently announced they will be performing upgrades to their system over the next few months to bring faster internet to Kennedy Meadows.
The upgrades will involve service outages which are listed in theinformational letter posted HERE.
You can also find information at Ducor's website: www.ducortelco.com
This morning, Sunday October 1st, at the regular KMPO&A Board Meeting, Kitty Ferguson volunteered and the Board approved the acceptance of her as the new editor of the KMPO&A Newsletter. This vacancy was previously announced in the just published Fall Edition of the Newsletter.
The KMPO&A members have been quite fortunate to have been so professionally served by Bernadette Tilger for the last six years. Our good fortune continues in finding such an able and enthusiastic replacement as Kitty.
Let us all welcome Kitty Ferguson! And, as was so well articulated by Bernadette in her farewell editor's message, please now support Kitty by providing input, ideas and content for the newsletter - remember; it's YOUR newsletter!