Monday, July 21, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Full-time law enforcement hits the Rubicon Trail

Rubicon Patrol

DEPUTY TIM PETERSON, of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, has been assigned patrol of the Rubicon Trail. Photo courtesy of El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini created a new position and assigned a full-time Deputy Sheriff to patrol the Rubicon Trail 40 hours every week during the OHV season. In the past, most of the staffing for the Rubicon Trail was on overtime, and was limited by grant funds. Limited funding comes from a grant through California State Parks who also have park rangers patrolling the trail. With concerns that grant funding may diminish in the future, D’Agostini and El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Jack Sweeney, both avid four-wheelers, worked closely to secure other sources of funding such as the Infrastructure Mitigation Fund provided by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). When finalized, the fund will provide for continued seasonal patrol staffing of two deputies and the maintenance of their equipment.

“Four-wheelers come to the Rubicon Trail from all over the country to enjoy the beautiful Sierra Nevada,” D’Agostini said. “This full-time position will increase public education and trail safety.”

The sheriff’s Off-Highway Vehicle Patrol (OHV) Unit started in 2001 with the purchase of four All-Terrain Vehicles, and related equipment from a California State Parks OHV Grant and also with funds from Off-Highway Vehicle (Green Sticker) Registration. The primary purpose of the OHV unit is to provide patrol, education and enforcement services to users of the Rubicon Trail recreation area, and to bring the trail back to a safe, enjoyable status.

In 2007 the Sheriff’s Office purchased a Jeep Rubicon Wrangler to use for enforcement on the trail, as well as other remote areas of the county. Through several stages of build-up, the Jeep is currently well equipped for its intended purpose.

“I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office cooperating with the law enforcement units of the State OHV Division, California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Forest Service in providing guidance to the users of the Rubicon Trail that will make such use safe and enjoyable,” Sweeney said.

Deputy Tim Peterson was recently assigned to the OHV Unit for the summer season, which runs from May through September. He has been busy so far with over 400 citizen contacts and over 200 persons assisted. Peterson spends his entire work week patrolling the trail and maintaining his vehicle. The type of service the Jeep is subject to requires extensive maintenance and monitoring to ensure minimal breakage, expense and downtime.

Peterson works closely with other agencies that have an interest in the Rubicon Trail. Numerous clubs and organizations, such as the Rubicon Trail Foundation, coordinate efforts with law enforcement and property owners to ensure safe and continued use of the Rubicon Trail. Peterson partners directly with California State Parks law enforcement officers daily to perform patrols. Officers often camp on the trail on their work days so they can be in the area and available at all hours of the day and night.

Comments

comments

El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

.

News

Highway 50 collision fatal

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
IRS unveils Taxpayer Bill of Rights

By News Release | From Page: B1

EDH community unites to patch up historic barn

By Mike Roberts | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Stay connected through sheriff

By El Dorado County Sheriff's Office | From Page: B1

Bird tests positive for West Nile

By Ross Branch | From Page: A1

 
P’ville hires Camino superintendent

By News Release | From Page: B1

 
Heard over the back fence: Public swim times announced

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

County gets partial refund on promotional event

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

 
Jeepers expo Wednesday in Georgetown

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A3

Help SWR with squirrel babies

By Sierra Wildlife Rescue | From Page: A9

 
.

Opinion

The rural life: Save the day: Neuter and spay

By Jennifer Forsberg Meyer | From Page: A4

 
Different place, different priorities

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

California rambling: Giving cities a pass

By John Poimiroo | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
.

Letters

Ready for Hillary?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
Fukushima

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
100+ years and thanks

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

A thank you note

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Prada belongs in Berkeley

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

.

Sports

Becker slips by in wild KWS finish

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A6

 
Sports Scene: July 20, 2014

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

Roundup: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Season over for Post 119

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Valley View Sports Park

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 20, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 21-26

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Sophia Barden wins strut title

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

 
How to safely help a horse

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Railroad Museum offers a fun ‘History Happy Hour’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B4

 
As we were: Money for home repairs

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Volunteer kitchen help needed in EDH

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: B10

 
Marshall Medical Center to host day of fitness and fun

By Marshall Medical | From Page: B10

 
Kids parade for free admission to the fair

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Crime Log: July 6-8

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Betty Ellene Hock

By Contributor | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
Douglas J. Beam

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jerry Grant Young Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Kathryn Noreen Nolan

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 21, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sukodu

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8