John M Nelson Conservancy
John M Nelson Conservancy

November 2022 News



In the early years of our mountain communities most garbage was composted or burned in metal barrels.  Tin cans and jars were commonly thrown in a hole in your yard.  After WWII many more people spent time on the mountain and as more garbage, junk and waste were generated, a community dump was established near Camp Nelson.  There was a narrow dirt road that went downhill near the corners of Hwy 190, Nelson Drive and Coy Flat Road (The Forks).  The road was in the vicinity of current day Bourbon Drive and the open pit dump was considerably downhill where the slope is steep down to the river.  Household garbage was thrown into the open dirt pit which attracted animals.  It was a fun outing to visit the dump at night and shine the car headlights to watch several bears, raccoons and foxes digging through the garbage.  In the early 1960s, that dump was abandoned and relocated to its present-day site, two miles above Camp Nelson.

A parcel of land next to the Conservancy Building property has been acquired by JMNC.  There are plans to extend the conservancy yard to accommodate functions and for use of the community.

The Meadow Trail begins at the gate by Nelson Drive and Smith Drive.  Go inside the gate and follow the signs around the meadow for a half mile stroll.

The JMNC Live Streaming Webcams with views of the meadow and conservancy yard can be accessed on the Conservancy website.

We invite you to check the current weather conditions in real time by using the Weather Underground app on your smart phone or go to on your computer.  Our station’s designation is “KCACAMPN10”.

The Camp Nelson RV Park is open, weather permitting, and accepting reservations.  Call 559.542.2471 for autumn/winter information.

Visit our website to volunteer, make a donation, read the monthly Conservancy Article, buy a memorial brick, or purchase a copy of “The Tule River Middle Fork and its People written by Malcolm Sillars.  Read about the Tule River communities on the middle fork and see for yourself the history of this wonderful mountain home for many people.  Here is an excerpt from Chapter Eight of the book for your enjoyment:

Chapter Eight; Nellie Marshall, Les Bailey and Cedar Slope.

”Part of the lore of the mountain has it that Nellie Marshall was the cousin or niece of James Marshall who gave her a necklace, or signet ring with the first nugget found by Marshall in the tailrace at Sutter’s Mill marking the discovery of gold in California.  Marshall’s biography says that he was quite taken by his niece, Elizabeth Reeves, his sister’s daughter, but he had no nieces or brothers named Marshall.  He had a half brother who went by the name of Hoff.  Nellie is not likely to be a cousin since she was 41 years younger than James Marshall.  More likely the story is part of the California lore that the Ranger at the state park at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park say he hears from people who claim to be descendents of James Marshall.  Although the story of Nellie Marshall’s nugget is widely repeated, no one has ever claimed to have seen it.    Page 110.

Such purposes for why our corporation was organized are to acquire, preserve and maintain for public enjoyment those natural and historic features of the Upper Tule Region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We work closely with the Communities of the Giant Sequoias, the Volunteer Fire Department, Camp Nelson Ambulance Association, Camp Nelson Chapel and the local businesses to promote the communities.  Please support your Conservancy and Museum.  You may send your contribution to 801 Highway 190, Box 110, Springville, CA 93265 or on the JMNC website.  Thank you.

As members of the conservancy, our common interests include the Meadow, Conservancy Yard, buildings and RV Park.  It takes the dedication of volunteers who serve willingly to insure that we preserve and maintain these areas for the enjoyment and use of the community and visitors.  Thank you to everyone that continuously serve.  If you are interested in helping, contact any JMNC Board Member.

Donations from community members are one of our sources of funds.  The John M. Nelson Conservancy is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation and your donations are tax deductible.  We want to express our sincere thanks to all those who have donated to the Conservancy and thank you for your continued support.

AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible items to a charitable organization selected by the customers.  Your purchases can benefit John M. Nelson Conservancy.

For more current information and events, you can follow us on Facebook at

       We invite you to attend our monthly Board meetings on the second Saturday of each month at 8:00AM in the Conservancy building; 388 Smith Drive, Camp Nelson.  The next meeting will be November 12, 2022.


Respectfully Submitted, (NOVEMBER 2022)

Dan McFadzean, Director; JMNC

Email;  phone.661.978.4679

The Board meets on the second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m., in the Conservancy Museum. Requests and payments should be received before the next meeting for consideration.

For more information, please call us at +1 559 542-2822 or fill out our contact form.


John M Nelson Conservancy

801 Highway 190

Box 110

Springville, CA 93265

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