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WHAT IS V-O-CAL?

Volunteers for Outdoor California, V-O-Cal, provides a volunteer workforce for large-scale trail maintenance and construction projects, habitat restoration, and related land stewardship activities on public lands in partnership with public agencies and other nonprofit organizations.

V-O-Cal provides the project planning and volunteer supervision for our land manager partners. A typical V-O-Cal project accumulates hundreds of planning hours before the project weekend and provides the equipment, trained crew leaders, and quality control monitoring for the project itself, in accordance with the standards developed cooperatively with the partner agency.

While there are many great Bay Area organizations that do some form of land stewardship, the V-O-Cal approach is a little different, and it is designed to complement the work of those other groups, extending the reach of other agencies and organizations while enlarging the overall pool of skilled volunteers. We work all over the region, from Monterey to the Trinity Mountains and from the coast to the western Sierra, offering volunteers a broad range of project types in a consistently well-organized fashion. The difference between V-O-Cal and our fellow land stewardship groups can be summed up in four categories: Scale, Duration, Planning, and Resource Focus.

Scale. The average V-O-Cal project puts 125-150 volunteers to work on single project.

Duration. V-O-Cal projects are weekend-long, starting with setting up Center Camp on Friday night and finishing at approximately 2 pm on Sunday.

Planning. Because of the scale of our projects, the logistics are important to assure that each volunteer has a satisfying experience and that the land manager is thrilled with the result.

Resource Focus. Rather than focus on a single park, area, or land manager partner, V-O-Cal moves around and works with a broad range of partners throughout the region.

While this organization is relatively new to California (founded in 2006), V-O-Cal's approach to land stewardship is not a new concept. V-O-Cal was closely modeled on a well established organization in Colorado, VOC.