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Berkeley Tuolumne camp to reopen on 100th anniversary

Tuolumne County, California.

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Located along the South Fork of the Tuolumne River in the Stanislaus National Forest, Berkeley’s popular and historic Camp Tuolumne site will finally reopen on its 100th anniversary, Berkeleyside reported.

Until the Rim Fire burned down the area in August 2013 and destroyed its cabins, dining room and facilities, the campground was frequented by thousands of families each summer. At the end of August, the fire quickly burned 100,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. To this day, it is still one of largest recorded fires in California history, burning a total of 257,000 acres and destroying 112 structures.

But Berkeleyside reports that thanks to the $57 million in insurance and federal disaster assistance the city has received — plus an additional $3.3 million in city funds — the camp will be rebuilt with a brand new hall. accessible dining, a nature center and a recreation room with new cabins for employees and visitors. Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Friends also announced the introduction of a reforestation and nature stewardship plan to help restore the area by planting thousands of trees.

“His [been] a nine-year effort to get to this point, so it’s really satisfying,” said Scott Ferris, director of Berkeley’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront. “I think this will be a camp that will serve Berkeley residents for many years to come.”

After a groundbreaking ceremony on June 4, visitors will be able to stay in the newly rebuilt cabins when family camp programs begin on June 27. The program will run until mid-August, with an adults-only week scheduled from August 26 to September 1.