Mid summer news

Hello fellow volunteers!

We have reached the middle of the busy summer vacation season here in the San Jacinto Ranger District.  The last few months have been very busy for the FSVA.  On the administrative side we have purchased a new point of sale system for the book store at the Ranger Station.  We can now accept all major credit cards using the Square system. This has increased our sales dramatically but this has presented some challenges for our Treasurer, Chip Hurn, which he is handling.   Jana (also board secretary) is doing great running the bookstore and getting new products to sell.

On the Wilderness patrol side, all our rangers have been busy.  We have new Equestrian and Hiking Wilderness Rangers in training right now.  Welcome them if you meet them.  Rick has done a great job, thanks for all the volunteers in getting Devils Slide Trail head coverage since Memorial Day weekend.  This has freed up the rangers in the wilderness to get off trail and look for illegal fire rings, etc and make LNT contacts with the visitors they see.  Steve Schwitters and the cross cut team are keeping the trails clear.

  • Patti Hudson and Robin Roberts are keeping busy with LNT and interpretive programs.  The rock climbing presentation I attended was well planned out and very interesting.  See Robin's blog entries on our site.  Patty Andersen continues to keep our website up to date.

Upcoming events involving the FSVA are:

*Jazz in the Pines Aug. 12-13-We need help for the gate entrances and Equestrian patrols.   Labor Day Weekend patrols Sep. 02-04.                                                                                 *Hours for fiscal year 206-2017 end on Sep. 30.  Please get your hours and reports turned in on the web by Oct. 08.                                                                                                            *Volunteer Appreciation Party-Tentative date, Nov. 05.  Running throughout the year on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Idyllwild Brewpub 600pm to 800pm is FSVA social hours.  *Volunteers are also invited to attend the FSVA board meetings that happen about 6 times a year.  The date is generally listed on the patrol calendar.

Keep up the great work, everyone! Andy Smith and the District Staff really appreciate your support.   I hope to see you soon.  Thank you!  

Bob Romano, Presdient, FSVA