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Did you hear?… California State Parks volunteer awarded the Poppy Award for Outstanding Volunteers

A Sierra Nevada octogenarian who as a volunteer for the California State Parks has cared for a three-mile trail for some 15 years was awarded the Poppy Award for Outstanding Volunteers this week.


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A Sierra Nevada octogenarian who as a volunteer for the California State Parks has cared for a three-mile trail for some 15 years was awarded the Poppy Award for Outstanding Volunteers this week. Johnny “O” Olley, 87, of Dunsmuir, has walked the trail to the base of Castle Dome in Siskiyou County nearly daily, caring for and fixing it, helping those who are out for a hike, and sharing his love of the outdoors. He said he rarely gives bears, mountain lions or other potential threats a second thought, but getting the award leaves him shuddering in his shoes. Olley has trekked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails, and created a trail in New York in the ’30s that eventually became part of the Appalachian. “The trees are beautiful,” he told a local paper, “but it’s the people you meet who are truly the reward for being out here.”