On Friday, July 3rd a huge Alder tree fell at Camp Pollock causing damage to the caretaker trailer. Tim and his two yellow labs (Philbin and Luther) were inside the trailer when the tree came down, and while very shook up, thankfully they were all able to walk away. The tree pierced the roof and side of the trailer and caused damage to the inside. While they haven't received an official assessment (no one available on the July 4th holiday) the trailer is likely totaled.
Tim and his pups have lived on-site and managed this beautiful hidden jewel for the last 5+ years.If you've ever met Tim, you know he's a kind and caring person with a HUGE heart, he works hard to manage the entire 11 acres and is always willing to lend a hand to visitors. Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC) owns the trailer and manages the site without any dedicated funding. With COVID-19, SVC has lost nearly all rental income and does not have the funds to purchase a new caretaker unit. This is where they are asking the community for help. The trailer is insured but it's an older model and even though they've worked hard to maintain it, the insurance likely will pay out a few thousand at most and not cover the cost of a replacement. Caretaker housing needs to be durable, and quickly movable since Camp Pollock floods. A tiny house is the best long term solution. SVC will raise as much as they can and go from there.
Having a 24-7 caretaker presence is a critical component to keeping Camp Pollock open to the public. SVC board and staff is scrambling to secure a safe unit (trailer or tiny house) for Tim to continue living on site and fulfilling the essential role of taking care of and looking after the site. It's critical that they have eyes on the property at all times and the unit has to be moveable since the property has flooding most years.
Can you help keep Camp Pollock a safe and free location to access the American River? Any donation you can give will help make an impact. They are raising money to help SVC purchase a safe trailer or tiny house for Tim to stay in, so he can continue caring for the space 24-7. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me .
More information about Sacramento Valley Conservancy:
SVC's mission is to preserve the beauty, character and biodiversity of the Sacramento Valley landscape by protecting and stewarding natural and working lands, and scenic open spaces for the benefit of current and future generations.
SVC's vision is to permanently protect a network of natural and working landscapes in the Sacramento Valley.