Monday, August 12, 2013

Bear Canisters: A Friendly Reminder

Good morning fellow backpackers,

I would like to remind you that when you are camped in the King Range wilderness overnight you need to have a bear resistant food canister with you to store all food and scented items.

From my observations it seems that 93-95% of folks DO have bear canisters with them.

This is Fantastic and you should all give yourselves a pat on the back!

The bears and other wildlife also greatly thank you because, after all, it's for their well-being that you're using the canisters after all. When a bear eats human food and learns that humans can be associated with an easy meal they will lost their fear of humans, come around campsites more often, and can become increasingly aggressive. This is what would be called a "habituated" or "food conditioned" bear. This is what we want to avoid and is why you are required to use a bear canister for all of your food and scented items.

BUT, my main point of this post is about the proper use of the canisters.

This is the scene I came across this past weekend:

It is not enough to just have the bear canister in your possession - We must use them correctly.

This means having all of your food (yes, this included freeze dried and canned foods - the animals can smell those too) and scented items (toothpaste, sunscreen, etc.) secured in the canister.

PLEASE be sure that the lid is FULLY secured.

Thank you,
Write me an e-mail or give me a call if you have any questions.

Your Wilderness Ranger,
Paul Sever

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Camp fire Restrictions: A friendly reminder

Hello all,

I would like to remind you that The King Range National Conservation Area is in campfire restrictions this summer (as we are every summer). If you plan to do any backpacking in the King Range, please refrain from having campfires.

Several times this summer I’ve seen evidence of campfires or have encountered folks having campfires. 

We can do better than this.

Also, this summer we have already had 30+ acres burn due to an escaped campfire (see the picture below of Cooskie Creek).

The conditions in the King Range are not conducive for campfires during the summer!

DRY DRY DRY and often times Windy!

Even if it’s foggy the vegetation is still very dry. Also, conditions change frequently and rapidly here on the coast. I very often see the weather change from calm and foggy to hot and windy in an hour or less. 

Do you want to be responsible for causing a wildfire?

Please, do the right thing and stay wise out there. 

(See the previous post for more information - I highly encourage you to read the article from the North Coast Journal). 

Your Wilderness Ranger
Paul Sever