Plumas Ski Club Calls for Volunteers for May 7 Bridge Demonstration at Historic Johnsville Lodge

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The Plumas Ski Club is calling for volunteers to help demolish and rebuild the clubhouse deck located in the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The bridge has seen many seasons of longboard racing and hoedown gigs, and it’s time to upgrade, having worked with California State Parks for final plan approvals.

“We anticipate approximately 55,000 square feet of lumber will be sawn from logs in areas affected by the Dixie Fire,” said Plumas Ski Club member Glenn Bardet. About 30 to 40 logs in total will be machined on site.

The substructure is planned in Douglas fir, with cedar on top.

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“The money used to buy the materials needed for the project comes from the revenue generated by the three longboard races that we were able to organize this year,” explained Bardet. “It was awesome, and everyone involved helped make it happen. Now those funds are being put to work.”

Volunteers are needed for the entire process and are strongly encouraged to bring tools as well.

Some tools will be on hand, such as hammers and other basic tools. “We need more demo tools, so if you have any, please bring your saws, hammer drill, chainsaw, wrecking bars and crowbars,” Bardet said. Safety is key, so volunteers are asked to come dressed in construction gear, with proper shoes, gloves, jeans and eye protection.

Lunch will be offered to volunteers, and volunteers are encouraged to devote as much time as possible to the project. “Any amount of time is welcome,” added Bardet.

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“We’re all so excited! USFS employee and Plumas Ski Club member Geoff Newsted, who organized the deeply discounted logs, was instrumental in getting the project started. Chris Murray, another member of longtime member of the ski club, which is currently “leading the effort” on the demolition and construction of the bridge, myself and ski club member Jim Webster.”

For those wishing to register as a volunteer, it is requested that you contact one of the following members so that updates can be provided as needed in the future.

Chris Murray can be reached at 530-394-7999, Glenn Bardet at 916-208-4384 and Jim Webster at 530-258-1524.

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