Campgrounds will get spruced up |

Campgrounds will get spruced up

Campgrounds at Alpine County will receive more than $130,000 worth of food boxes, toilets and trash cans by next spring.

A portion of the money, provided by the Alpine County Resource Advisory Committee, has already paid for portable toilets at popular spots around the county.

Upgrades at the Silver Creek and Hope Valley campgrounds will include bear-proof food boxes and trash cans, and vault toilets.

“We know we have bear problems in the area and that our restrooms are an embarrassment,” said Larry Randall, U.S. Forest Service recreation officer. “Without the committee’s support, it would have been years until we would be able to address these issues.”

The committee is 15 volunteers who advise the Forest Service on how to use grant money given to the county.

“This allows citizens to have direct input in how federal monies are spent in their community,” said Clint Celio, committee chair. “That’s a good thing.”

Committee members serve three-year terms and can be elected to a maximum of two terms. The California secretary of Agriculture selects the members of the committee. Right now one seat on the committee is vacant. Nominations are being accepted.

The Alpine County Resource Advisory Committee will next meet at Turtle Rock Park on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited.

Hope Valley Campground is off Blue Lakes Road. Silver Creek is south of Markleville.

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