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Love Tuolumne County Like a Local

Experiencing the spectacular outdoors and authentic California history are the main reasons visitors make their way to Tuolumne County. Enjoying all that the area has to offer comes the responsibility to be safe and to be good stewards.

  1. Tuolumne County is Too Cool to Trash!  Always leave a place better than when you arrived, pack out your litter  and recycling and dispose of it properly. 
  2. Respect wildlife.
    • Please don’t feed wildlife
    • Watch wildlife from a distance
    • Use bear-proof lockers where they’re available or bear-proof canisters when backpacking
  3. Stick to marked trails to avoid harming plants, and consider taking a bag to pick up trash along your hike.
  4. Dogs should be on a leash while on trails and streets and picked up after.
  5. Please don’t disturb cultural artifacts.

Take a look at the official Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics website for more stewardship information.

VEHICLES ON THE ROAD

Make sure that nothing is dragging from your vehicle, particularly when towing and never pull onto dry grass or vegetation.

AT YOUR CAMPSITE OR AROUND YOUR CABIN

AWARENESS

Follow posted fire prevention signs regarding fireworks and campfires and  other regulations. Learn the area you are visiting and know two ways out of every room, every building and every community you are in.

CAMPFIRES

  1. Get a campfire permit online at preventwildfireca.org/Permits or from a CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service or BLM station if necessary.
  2. Keep your campfire small, have a 10-foot clearance around it and don’t leave it unattended.
  3. Make sure you completely extinguish your fire using the “drown, stir and feel” method.

BBQ/FIREPLACE

  1. Ensure there is 10 feet of clearance around your BBQ.
  2. Dispose of ash in a metal container with lid away from any flammable materials.
  3. Ashes may take several days to cool completely in the can. Do not discard them until they are cool to the touch.

EQUIPMENT

  1. Ensure your equipment is in good working order and make sure you are  using it the right way.  Mow before 10 am, and never on windy days.
  2. All gas-powered equipment (ATV's, generators, motocross bikes, weedeaters, lawn mowers) require a spark arrestor. Check your equipment prior to use to ensure your spark arrestor is installed and is clean and  serviceable.

GENERAL RECREATION

TARGET SHOOTING

  1. Shoot in areas free of vegetation. 
  2.  Use safe targets, such as paper or clay pigeons, as steel targets or rocks may throw sparks into nearby vegetation.  
  3. Have a shovel and fire extinguisher on hand in case a fire does spark.

SAFETY TIPS FOR EXPLORING THE BACK COUNTRY

  1. Don't ever go alone.
  2. Stay on marked trails.
  3. Take a communication device with you.
  4. Always check the weather before you head out. High Country weather can and does change quickly.
  5. Be prepared! Carry extra water, food and appropriate survival supplies.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

In an emergency, call 9-1-1

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS:

STAY INFORMED:

Visit Tuolumne County
193 S Washington St
P.O. Box 4020,
Sonora, CA 95370

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