The Tuolumne River Trust: Protecting the Tuolumne and Clavey Rivers

Posted May 16, 2008 by Laura Armstrong

Those who have been lucky enough to experience the solitude and scenic beauty of the Tuolumne realize the significance of the Wild and Scenic designation this river received twenty-four years ago in 1984. At times, you feel like the only people in the canyon while navigating its magnificent waters. Rafting the Tuolumne on a multi-day trip can present the opportunity to explore the Clavey river and to revel in its warm, granite pools.

One of three entirely free flowing rivers left in the Western Sierra, this tributary is home to spawning wild trout and has been recommended for Federal Wild and Scenic designation to ensure that it remains in its natural state. It boasts thousands of acres of mature forest and the largest stand of quaking aspen in the Southern Sierra. On top of all these precious features, this watershed also supports many at risk species of both plants and animals.

The Tuolumne River Trust is collecting letters to send to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman George Radanovich to urge them to place the Clavey under this protected status. For more information or to share your experience on the Clavey follow this link to the Trust homepage.


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