Breaking News!


Friends of the High Lakes,

FOTHL has some big changes and opportunities coming up. If you’ve been interested in taking a more active role during this critical time in working with the Forest Service and High Lakes recreationists, now is your chance!

Available Positions

Due to family and professional commitments, I will be resigning from the role of president. The past two years of working with this team have been positive, challenging, and rewarding, and I will continue to support FOTHL as a board member, active volunteer, and to train the incoming president.

The following is a list of available positions (some newly created) that will need to be filled in an upcoming election:


Coordinates clean ups with Adopt-a-Trail clubs and groups; Main contact to adopt-a-trail groups; Informs adopt-a-trail clubs on trail work to be done; Maintains relationships with Adopt-a-Trail groups; Recruits adopt-a-trail club; Informs FOTHL on needed trail maintenance


Houses FOTHL merchandise; Transports merchandise to events; Sales and transactions at FOTHL events; Records sales and inventory; Works with treasurer/board members on sales and purchases; reports on and maintains merchandise inventory


Recruits businesses and donors for Fall Raffle; Sets up and Promotes events via social media, phone calls, flyers, and visiting businesses; Updates board members/president on fundraising progress; Works collaboratively with event team; Attends all fundraising events; Brings fundraising opportunities and new ideas to FOTHL

Information Technology

Works on and troubleshoots email system; Maintains and posts new information/updates to FOTHL website; Leads and undertakes future website update

President, Chairperson

Works directly with Forest Service via email, phone calls and meetings; Coordinates and Oversees events including Fall Clean Up, Spring Clean Up, Johnny Appleseed Days, etc.; Arranges, prepares for, and runs general meetings; Communicates with members via email list and social media

As outlined in the bylaws, the President/ Chairperson position must be filled by a board member. Currently all nine board seats are filled. For questions or input regarding the President/Chairperson position please contact Torey Feldhaus at

**All positions require regular and timely email communication

Election Process

FOTHL is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) which means we have a to follow our written bylaws in the election process. Official roles are filled via a vote from the board. Individuals interested in filling a position with FOTHL, will need to:

· Contact a board member (contact info below)

· Express interest and qualifications via email, resume or cover letter

· Introduce themselves and interest in official position at general meeting

Contact a Board Member

Torey Feldhaus, President:

Traci Brenneman, Treasurer:

Nick Repanich, Vice President:

Gary Gambill, Board:

Gary McElroy, Board:

Dan Foshee, Board:

Jeremy Wilson, Board:

Louis Johnson, Board:

Jim Earl, Board:

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or for more information regarding the available positions and upcoming elections.

Torey Feldhaus


Breaking News!


Wednesday May 13th, 6:30 pm

Barney O'Rourkes, Paradise


Friends of The High Lakes is a grass-roots organization comprised of individuals, local businesses, recreational clubs, and user groups who love to recreate in The High Lakes Area in the Lassen National Forest. Friends is comprised of a growing number of outdoor recreationalists, who consider themselves to be environmentalists and conservationists rather than preservationists.

We believe that public lands should be FOR the people to use and enjoy. That includes the pursuit of whatever activities people choose, such as fishing, camping, hiking, exploring, picnicking, hunting, rock hounding, geocaching, etc. while using a motorized vehicle.

We need to get involved to assure that these lands remain open for our use.

This is the vehicle to bring together those who responsibly use the land and wish to improve recreational opportunities through support and volunteerism while caring for the environment.

The High Lakes Code:

You Bring It In, You Take It Home - That includes all garbage including human waste. As our welcome sign says, "This is God's country. Please don't leave it looking like Hell"

Do Your Part - Try to leave the area better than when you found it. Carry a trash bag and pick up an extra can or two.

Zero Wheel Spin - If you can't drive it, then take a tug. Spinning tires loosens soil which can end up in the streams. Uncontrolled sediment is the fastest way to get your favorite route closed

The Ring Of Fire - Camp in designated areas and build campfires in established rings, leave nothing but wet ashes.

Stay On The Road - If a downed tree blocks the route, just take a few minutes to cut or move it. A workaround gets you past it once. A closed route can last for years.

Share - Ideas, opportunities, the trail, the area, parts, tools, expertise, your time and your fun. We are the Public - but not the only part of the Public. This area is open to everyone - thank goodness!

Education First, Then Enforcement - Both are important. Have a great time. Respect the laws. Meadows and Rock Gardens are not playgrounds.

Work, Together - The best solutions come when neither users nor land mangers work in isolation. Both need to find opportunities to communicate and cooperate. When there's work to do, all the Friends need to come to the party.


As a 501(c)(3) Corporation, The Friends of The High Lakes cannot: endorse or oppose any political candidates, donate or contribute to any political candidate's campaign, participate or engage in political fundraising events, distribute statements for or against particular political candidates, nor engage in any other activity that may constitute favoring or opposing a political candidate.