April 2 (1978, 1981, 1983, 2003, 2011)
Signs of Spring

4/2/78 ~ morning sun is showing for the first time in days, and fog billows extravagantly out of green valley. this morning, for the second morning in a row, there was a loud, rather sharp barking nearby, towards the green valley trail, and I suspect coyotes or foxes may have a den in the vicinity, and the pups may be the barkers.

many birds flit through the trees this morning ~ robins, jay's, flickers, acorn woodpecker, nuthatches, hummingbird…”

[Russell Towle's journal]

4/2/81 Just before dawn, the skies are clear above, clouds ring the horizon.…
We went x-c skiing Monday, to the Onion Creek area, an exhilarating day on virgin powder. Tuesday we went to Donner Ski Ranch and bought lift tickets; I practiced my telemarks all day. Slowly improve.”

[Russell Towle's journal]

4/2/83 a lovely morning ~ fog and sunlight play in the canyon, baroque music on the radio, chuckling fire in the stove.

I've been working on the tunnel, or the cave-in actually, and have made some progress, perhaps 1/20 of the material has been washed away. The water flow is subsiding, and thus not as much material can be moved.”

[Russell Towle's journal]

Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 13:22:06 -0800
To: North_Fork_Trails
From: Russell Towle
Subject: Meeting Date: Correction

Hi all,

Recently a dozen or so of us met to consider formation of a non-profit organization devoted to the North Fork of the American River. I mistook the date set for the next meeting. Jim Ricker and Catherine O'Riley tell me that the correct date, time etc. is

Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m., Dutch Flat Community Club, Stockton Street, Dutch Flat.

At this meeting we will consider

1. What shall be the name of the corporation?
2. What is our Mission Statement?
3. What form shall the corporation take: voting, non-voting? What shall the Articles and Bylaws be?

For example, the short form of the mission statement might be something like "[Name of Organization] wishes to preserve public foot access to historic trails, and protect the wilderness and scenery of the North Fork of the American River." A longer version might mention land acquisitions, or conservation easements, or education, or influencing policy.

Other news: on Saturday, April 5th, I am leading a hike down into Green Valley, on the North Fork near Alta, for Nevada County Land Trust. Cost for non-members of NCLT is $15. We will meet at the bottom of Casa Loma Road right off the Alta exit from eastbound I-80 at 9:00 a.m. This will be a strenuous hike which may involve rain or snow.


Russell Towle

April 2, 2011
The snow has melted off the Hound's Tongue shoots as of April 1, and they're even harder now to notice, the colors have dulled. They don't seem to have grown in the two weeks since I first noticed and photographed them. 

Refer to the  March 31 post 
 Hound's Tongue shoots amid Kellog's Black Oak leaves.
This has been an extraordinarily rapid snow melt! Just one week ago there was 4 feet of snow on this very spot!

~ Gay, 2 April 2011

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