Friends of Nelder Grove

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Friends of Nelder Grove nonprofit has been informed of the temporary closing of Nelder Grove. As the Executive Director of Friends of Nelder Grove we are in full agreement regarding this closure. We have been waiting for a long time for Nelder Grove to have the attention and funding to protect this special place with the urgent work that will be starting today, 8/22/2022 and may extend to 2023. If you have any questions you can call me at 559-760-9108, or email: brenda.negley@gmail.com.

On a personal note, though I will miss visiting regularly, I know that Nelder Grove is in good hands to further protect the part of Nelder Grove that did not die in the 2017 Railroad Fire. This preventative matter is exactly what Nelder Grove has needed for decades. Nelder Grove historically had about 400 mature giant sequoias, we lost some mature sequoias in our historic past, then we lost 277 mature sequoias that we cut down for fence posts and then a handful fell over due to natural events. We were then left with almost 100 remaining giants. During the Railroad fire we lost 40% of our remaining mature sequoia trees, and now we have approximately 60 left.

In the 1990s Mark Lemmon wrote, “A Fire Protection and Restoration Strategy for Nelder Grove”, that said, “The fuel load in Nelder Grove was in excess of 140 tons per acre” and that was over two decades ago. We are long overdue for this project to be accomplished and today is a day to celebrate the protection of our remaining trees. The public needs to know that Nelder Grove just might be closed throughout next year, but this is a good sign that in our future Nelder Grove’s mature giant sequoias, and our forest as a whole, will remain standing because of the that that began today.

The Shadow of the Giants trail is closed due to the Railroad Fire of 2017. Friends of Nelder Grove, Inc. remains available to you for any questions. You may send an email to brenda.negley@gmail.com or call, 559-760-9108. We want you to have a fabulous trip and we are happy to offer assistance. We recommend that when you visit the grove to download the GREEN map to take with you, or take a photo. We do not have a camp host at this time and Friends of Nelder Grove is not always on site. 

You can enjoy the plants, rocks and historical items because others left them for you. Leave what you find so that the next person can enjoy them.

Please observe the courtesies of the trail, the campground, and roads. Use existing camp areas and walk on the main trails to protect nature. Pick up your trash and take it with you. Remember this is a Pack It In – Pack It Out area. Follow the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.

Respect wildlife. Watch wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed, or follow them. Protect wildlife and your food by storing your meals and trash tightly.

Be kind to other visitors. Make sure the fun you have in the outdoors does not bother anyone else. Remember that other visitors are there to enjoy nature. Listen to Nature.

Practice Responsible Pet Ownership. This means controlling your pets’ interactions with people and wildlife in natural areas. Please keep your pets leashed within developed recreation sites. We also ask that you “scoop the poop.”

The rare orchid shown below reaches it southern distribution limit in the Sierra Nevada at Nelder Grove. It is a Forest Service Sensitive species, and picking or disturbing these plants is prohibited. Please take only photographs.

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Mountain Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium montanum)
Photos by Brenda Negley