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					                                   Palm and Pine        A publication of the San Gorgonio Chapter of the Sierra Club
                                                              Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

Volume 37 Number 2                                 Protect America’s Environment For our Families... For our Future                                        MARCH—APRIL 2007


   In This Issue                        Riverside City Council Approves
Contacts for Chapter office ………..2
                                        Sustainable Policy Statement
  Plus website & membership
                                                                                         I believe the City staff, which have
Group News………………………....3                                                             been doing great work in the areas of
  Mojave/Mountains/Moreno Valley                                                     Clean and Green, are now ready to ad-
Group News………………………....4                                                             vance their efforts based on the call to
  Big Bear/Tahquitz/Los Serranos                                                     action by the Mayor and City Council.
                                                                                         The City Council approved the                   By Ralph Salisbury
Calendar ……………….…………....5                                                            following recommendations from the                       Step It Up 2007 is coming to town
  Something for everyone: Outings,                                                   Mayor:                                              near you on April 14! And just what is
  Activities and meetings                                                                                                                this movement? Step It Up has about
                                                                                         ● Approve the Sustainable River-
Chapter Positions …………………..8                                                           side Policy Statement as framed by                700 events planned nation-wide on
  Contact information                                                                  the Clean & Green Task Force.                     April 14 at press time and by the time
                                                                                                                                         event time rolls around, probably will
Sierra Club Elections.…….……….11                                                          ● Direct the new Environmental                  number in the thousands. And the San
  Coming this March                                                                    Programs Manager to review the                    Gorgonio Chapter is hosting one of
                                        By Brenda Flowers, Assistant to the Mayor      Clean & Green Task Force Report                   those events. Please mark April 14 on
Huts, lodges available…….…….....14                                                     and report back to the Council with
 Local Club mountain facilities            February 6 - Good News! The                                                                   you calendar now and be sure to at-
                                        Riverside City Council unanimously             recommendations for implementa-                   tend.
Reducing Carbon Emissions….......14     approved the Endorsement of Sustain-           tion.                                                  Contact information about the
  80% Reduction by 2050                 able Riverside Policy Statement at this          ● Direct the City Manager to pre-               event is below, but first – just what is
                                        evenings City Council meeting.                 pare a report on solar steps that the             this all about? Step It Up 2007 is ad-
SC Membership Application….......15         Tonight the Chamber was filled             City can take to become the model                 vertised as a Day of Climate Action.
  Help safeguard our natural heritage   with a wonderful cross-section of Riv-         solar city in Southern California.                That’s great if you believe like virtu-
                                        erside: there was the very young and                                                             ally all scientists that global warming
Chapter Donors Listed…………....16                                                         ● Support the Mayor’s endorse-
                                        the more mature residents; there were                                                            is 1) For Real and 2) That it is largely a
  And a really big Thank You!
                                        students from elementary to college;           ment of the U.S. Mayors Climate
                                                                                                                                         result of carbon emissions (that is di-
                                        there were business leaders and stay at        Protection Agreement of 2005.
UCR Extension Classes…………....16                                                                                                          rectly caused by human action). But
  Nature classes of interest            home moms; there were people like                ● Request the Environmental Pro-                what if you don’t believe in global
                                        you and I who are concerned about the          grams Manager to present a status                 warming? What if you believe there
Desert Institute Classes ……...…....16   future of Riverside. Together, your            report to the Clean & Green Task                  might be some global warming, but
  Adult weekend classes JTNP            voice was heard tonight.                       Force in February, 2008.                                               (Continued on page 11)


 Membership Meetings
       Tuesday, March 6                  Climate Change At The Arctic’s Edge….March 6 Program
 “Climate Change At The                                                                            Brian Elliott received an Educators Grant from the Helen and Peter
                                                                                               Bing Foundation to participate in a two week Earthwatch research pro-
     Arctic’s Edge”                                                                            gram entitled "Climate Change at the Arctic's Edge" during the summer of
                                                                                               2006 in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. He will give a slide program of his
    Join Chapter member Brian                                                                  experiences in Churchill and discuss what he learned about climate change
 Elliott with a fascinating Earth-                                                             research. Earthwatch programs allow people to work directly with scien-
 watch research program he at-                                                                 tists who are conducting long term research projects. Churchill is located
 tended this past summer in 2006.                                                              on the shore of Hudson Bay where boreal forest and arctic tundra biomes
 (See the accompanying article to                                                              interface. A lot of climate research related to global warming is going on
                                                                                               there as the effects of global warming are seemingly most pronounced in
 the right)                                                                                    the arctic regions of the world. Churchill is renowned for its polar bear
                                                                                               and beluga whale populations as well as its bird life. During the research
        Tuesday, April 3                                                                       trip, Brian was fortunate enough to see polar bears and beluga whales in a
                                                                                               few close situations. Brian teaches Advanced Placement Environmental
    The Wildlands                                                                              Science at San Dimas High School.

     Conservancy
     Did you know that within the
                                         The Wildlands Conservancy...April 3 Program
 San Gorgonio Chapter, The Wild-             When the Santa Ana River
 lands Conservancy Catellus land        Trail was envisioned in 1915, no
                                        one could have imagined that it
 acquisition was the largest con-       would take nearly 100 years to
 servation acquisition of private       complete. The constant en-
 lands gift to the public in the        croachment by urban growth
 United States History? (See the        and development since that time
 accompanying article to the            has diminished the breadth and
                                        flow of the river, but it has not
 right)                                 extinguished the vision of a 110-
                                        mile trail stretching from the
  Programs begin at 7:30 p.m.           mountains to the Pacific.
 at the San Bernardino County                Through time, countless dedicated         Ana River renaissance, which has
      Museum in Redlands                groups and individuals have advanced           enlarged the tri-county trail concept to a
    (California St exit 10 Fwy)         the river trail. Recently, staff time and      tri-county natural lands parkway.
                                        financial contributions from The Wild-              The Santa Ana River passes through
                                        lands Conservancy have started a Santa                                   (Continued on page 2)
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                                     Palm and Pine                                                                                           Page 2



An Introduction to the Sierra Club and the                                                                                                               Palm and Pine
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Creation of Sierra Club California                                                                                                                A bi-monthly newspaper serving
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       The Sierra Club is a non-profit, member-supported,                 ●   Recycling, solid waste reduction, and landfills                                counties.
public interest organization that promotes the conservation of            ●   Pesticides, toxics, and hazardous waste                                     Published by the
our natural environment by influencing public policy deci-                •   Environmental justice                                                           Sierra Club
sions - legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.                ●   Coastal protection                                                       San Gorgonio Chapter
     The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 in San Francisco by
                                                                           Grassroots activists provide clout and credibility to Sierra              4079 Mission Inn Avenue
John Muir. Originally, the purpose of the Sierra Club was to
protect and preserve the Sierra Nevada and other scenic re-
                                                                     Club California’s Sacramento-based advocacy staff. A commit-                   Riverside, CA 92501-3204
                                                                     tee of activist leaders from throughout the state, known as the                       (951) 684-6203
sources of the U.S. and its forests, waters, wildlife, and wilder-
                                                                     Sierra Club California Legislative Committee, determines Sierra                     Fax (951) 684-6172
ness. The Club has become increasingly involved in other envi-
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ronmental policy issues, such as pollution control, energy pol-
                                                                     policy. In addition, Sierra Club California has its own Executive
icy, population, toxic substances, and urban environment, at the                                                                                 http://sangorgonio.sierraclub.org
                                                                     Committee and various subcommittees.
local, state, and national levels. At present, there are approxi-
                                                                          Sierra Club California works closely with California’s
mately 600,000 Sierra Club members worldwide.                                                                                                  The Palm and Pine is published six times per
                                                                     13 Sierra Club chapters to insure that issues of local concern
     The Sierra Club is by far the largest environmental or-                                                                                   year January/February, March/April, May/June,
                                                                     are addressed at the State Capitol. The office also provides
ganization in California, with approximately 200,000 mem-                                                                                      July/August, Septembr/October and November/
                                                                     grassroots training at our annual lobby day, provides chapter
bers. Over the years, the state was broken up into 13 Sierra                                                                                   December. Submit all articles to the Editor by
                                                                     newsletters with articles and legislative updates, and works
Club chapters based on geographical region.                                                                                                    the 5th of the month prior to issue. Preferred
                                                                     with the membership to bring grassroots support to lobbying
     In 1986, due to the numerous chapters and large number                                                                                    format is electronic mail. The Editor reserves
                                                                     efforts in Sacramento.
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represent the 13 California chapters before the State legisla-            ●   Lobby for Environmental Issues                                   disks returned, please include a stamped, self-
ture, Governor’s office, and State agencies. Sierra Club Cali-            ●   Consult and coordinate with Sierra Club experts on               addressed envelope. Outings must be
fornia was created to give California members a strong effec-                 policy development and application                               submitted to the appropriate Outings Chair.
tive voice in the State Capitol. As a legislative advocacy or-            ●   Coordinate with the national Sierra Club, Earthjustice
ganization, Sierra Club California lobbies the State Legisla-                 Legal Defense Fund and other organizations                       Editor
ture, the Administration, and state government agencies to                ●   Provide Up to Date Information to Members and the                Ralph Salisbury
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ronment, and enable chapters and grassroots activists to                  ●   Provide chapter newsletters with articles
speak as one voice to promote California conservation.                    ●   Publish periodic specialized newsletters and mailings            Outings Calendar Submissions
     Environmental issues that Sierra Club California ad-                 ●   Maintain Sierra Club media presence on California issues         Ralph Salisbury
dresses include:                                                          ●   Grassroots Training and Outreach                                 2995 Floral Ave, Riverside, CA 92507
     ● Forestry                                                           ●   Train SC members in political and organizational effectiveness   (951) 686-4141
     ● Land use, sprawl, air quality, and transportation issues           ●   Mobilize active members in key legislative districts             e-mail: ralphsalisbury@charter.net
     ● Habitat, wildlife, parks and wetlands protection                   ●   Raise funds for Sierra Club California's programs
     ● Water quality and supply                                                                                                                Webmaster
     ● Clean energy and energy conservation                                                                          (Continued on page 11)
                                                                                                                                               Linda Jones
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    Preserve
                                                                                              age.                                             http://sangorgonio.sierraclub.org
                                               The Wildlands                                       In San Bernardino County, TWC is
                                                                                              building a wetlands park on Hospitality          Meetings Calendar Submissions
                                               Conservancy                                    Lane in downtown San Bernardino.                 Ladd Seekins

      The                                     (Continued from page 1)
                                                                                              TWC has also granted in excess of $1.5
                                                                                              million to the county to leverage addi-
                                                                                              tional monies for designing and build-
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     Future
                                              the urban core of Orange, Riverside             ing the Santa Ana River Trail. TWC is            e-mail: lgseekins@sbcglobal.net
                                              and San Bernardino counties. Via the            also spending $1.2 million to purchase
                                              bike path, national forests, state parks,       land along the river in the City of              Non-Member Subscriptions ($9.00)
                                              county parks, and the Pacific Ocean             Colton. This land will be donated to             Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter



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                                              will become readily accessible to urban         San Bernardino County for the creation           4079 Mission Inn Ave
                                              residents, especially children. TWC's           of a new regional park, the first one in         Riverside, CA 92501-3204
                                              private-sector funding has done won-            23 years.                                        (Sierra Club members not members of
          ot everyone can make a              ders in convincing officials that they           The Wildlands Conservancy                       the San Gorgonio Chapter: Supply Club
 large gift to protect the environ-           have a real partner, dedicated to the                                                            membership number.)
                                                                                               The Catellus Connection….
  ment during their lifetime, but             Santa Ana River Parkway's successful
  you can preserve the environ-               completion.                                          To encourage our nation's western           Member Change of Address
   ment for generations to come                     In Orange County, TWC gave a              expansion, in 1864, Congress gave the            Sierra Club, Change of Address
                                              planning grant to the County to design          railroad every other section of public           PO Box 52968
    by remembering the Sierra                 the last unfinished section of the park-        land, within a 50-mile swath along
         Club in your will.                                                                                                                    Boulder, CO 80322-2968
                                              way through Santa Ana Canyon. TWC               what are now Interstate 40 and Route             (Be sure to supply Membership number)
                                              also gave the City of Santa Ana a               66. During recent years, in Arizona,
    There are many gift options               $350,000 grant to restore habitat and           hundreds of thousands of acres of these          The Palm and Pine is published bimonthly.
    available. We can even help               enhance outdoor education programs at           former railroad lands were subdivided            Periodicals postage paid at Riverside, CA
    you plan a gift for your local            Santiago Park. TWC also started scenic          into 40-acre parcels and sold individu-
              Chapter.                        raft tours through Santa Ana Canyon.            ally. Several years ago, SF Pacific              Membership Information
                                                    In Riverside County, TWC gave a           Properties placed billboards reading             There is a membership coupon in this
  For more information and con-               $100,000 grant for an Earn-a-Bike pro-          "For Sale or Development" across the             issue. You can also contact the Member-
   fidential assistance, contact:             gram in which underserved children              California desert on former railroad             ship Chair (see Chapter Executive Com-
                                              performed ecological restoration work           lands between Barstow and Needles.               mittee Directory this issue) or the Sierra
                                              in parks along the river while learning              SF Pacific's California holdings            Club office in San Francisco (415) 977-
              John Calaway                    about nature from TWC naturalists. At           represented some of the most pristine
          Director, Gift Planning                                                                                                              5663.
                                              the end of the program each child               and scenic desert lands in the world,
       85 Second Street, 2nd Floor            learned bike safety and received a hel-         with its cinder cones, lava flows, spec-
        San Francisco, CA 94105                                                                                                                POSTMASTER:
                                              met and a lock to go with the brand             tacular ranges of rock, flowing sand             Send address changes to:
             (800) 932-4270                   new bicycle. In 2005, TWC donated               dunes, vast valleys and intriguing cac-
       planned.giving @sierraclub.org                                                                                                          Palm and Pine
                                              $3.3 million to Riverside County to be          tus gardens. Private sale of these lands         Sierra Club San Gorgonio Chapter
                                              matched by county funds to help com-            would severely impact biological and             PO Box 53968
                                              plete the Prado Basin tri-county link-                                  (Continued on page 10)
                                                                                                                                               Boulder, CO 80322-2968
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                                 Palm and Pine                                                                             Page 3



                                            Group and Section News
Mojave Group….Springtime
By Jenny Wilder, Group Chair                palm trees and grass struggling
     Spring time: It is a time of warmer    with an ever decreasing water sup-
mornings, windy afternoons, clear skies,    ply.
wild flowers appearing, tortoises out            Fortunately there are dedicated
munching, ground squirrels scurrying        individuals who continue to work
about, lizards popping in and out, taxes,   tirelessly to preserve corners of the
and tumbleweeds. For many of us the         desert like Joshua Tree National
last two do not belong in this list, but    Park, Mojave National Preserve,
there they are. Isn’t that old tumbleweed   the wilderness areas and some local
a part of the Mojave Desert? They were      open spaces. These are areas worth
blowing around in the John Wayne            visiting and visiting again. Spring
movies and the tumbleweed is one of         is the time to do so and there are
the predominant plants we see growing       leaders who will show you the way.
alongside the roadways and in empty              Youth in the Desert Event is
lots.                                       an opportunity for your children/
     For those of us who visit the          grandchildren to learn more about
                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Ann McKibben
                                            the desert in the Juniper Flats area
                                                                                          Nature Walk at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, January 2007



                                                                                           Moreno Valley Group
                                                                                          By Ann Turner McKibben                      the project.
                                                                                               The Moreno Valley City Coun-               That being said, the area is
                                                                                          cil considered an item at their Janu-       home to burrowing owl, red-tailed
                                                                                          ary 23 council meeting to annex a           hawks; it is part of an wildlife corri-
                                                                                          Riverside County property on the            dor for coyotes and other animals
                                                                                          northeast side of Pigeon Pass Road          and probably mountain lion
                                                                                          in the northern section of the city.        (mountain lion warning signs are
                                                                                          Ordinance No. 736 approving Pro-            posted in nearby Hidden Springs).
                                                                                          ject 2 Pre-Zoning (PA)-0099 would           Many residents from northern Mo-
                                                                                          establish pre-zoning of R-3 on 45           reno Valley and adjacent Riverside
                                                                                          acres.                                      County residents spoke out against
                                                                                               The County of Riverside cur-           the ordinance criticizing the lack of
                                                                                          rently has the land zoned as 2 acre         information on traffic issues, over-
                                                                                          lots which matches the existing land        crowded schools, and destruction of
                                                                                          uses of the area for horse and ani-         wildlife habitat and corridors.
                                                                                          mal keeping. The city’s Planning                Council members rebuffed all
                                                                                          Commission forwarded the item to            of the residents’ concerns. Interest-
                                                                                          the city council with a Negative            ingly, if the property were to stay in
                                                                                          Declaration which means no envi-            Riverside County they would be
                                                                 Photo by Jenny Wilder
                                                                                          ronmental studies will be done on           required to consider mitigation
Mojave Group hikers taking a break on the Pacific Crest Trail.                                                                                              (Continued on page 9)

Wilderness areas and open spaces            near Apple Valley. 2007 is the year
in the desert, we know better. We
know the secrets of the Mojave
Desert landscape and the biodiver-
                                            for all to enjoy the desert while you
                                            can and while it is still a timeless
                                            and aged garden. See you out
                                                                                           Mountains Group
                                            there.........                                 by Dave Barrie                                  Well, the project has finally
sity that exists in those fragile
                                                                                                Once again the Mountains Group        reached a point where it can be re-
places. Tumbleweeds are absent              More from the Mojave Group….
                                            My Year-End Goals and Accomplishments          is “in between” on a number of key         viewed, we think.         February and
and the natural desert garden is
                                                                                           projects in the San Bernardino moun-       maybe March will see his project reach
awesome, surrounded by views
                                            By Melody Nichols                              tains.                                     it’s next level of “confrontation”. (300
stretching far and wide to distant
                                                                                                The Hawarden (Blue Ridge) devel-      days and counting)
mountains in all directions.                     It was Carol Wiley's- Message
                                                                                           opment (57 lots on 39.8 acres) contin-          The Church of the Woods project
     We know that the natural creo-         from the Chair in 2005, "Where do
                                                                                           ues on despite our victory in court last   (38 acres at Daley Canyon and High-
sote shrub or juniper landscape are         we go from here?' that brought me
                                                                                           November. The Hawarden developer           way 18) has been pretty quiet for quite
much easier and less expensive to           out of the house.
maintain than any landscape we                   I have wanted to get involved             has appealed the court’s ruling and we
can try to grow after scraping the          with the Sierra Club many times                are now faced with a critical (and
desert lot bare for a house.                over my lifetime. But when I was               costly) round two and, probably, three.
     Another unnatural and expen-           raising my children, working full-                  The Royal Ranger’s youth camp
sive addition to our favorite desert        time, I thought it a foolish                   project continues to “drag out”. On
view is the ever increasing number          whim. Little did I know. Always                April 11th of 2006 the San Bernardino
of trails; roads and hill climb scars       in a rush for time I never re-                 Board of Supervisors gave the Royal
that are being created by the irre-         searched the fact that I could have            Rangers 75 days to submit a scaled
sponsible off road rider. Like the          involved my children as well. So               down version of their “Adventure
bare desert lot, these are not easily       that was one generation that was               Camp” to the Planning Department for
                                                                                                                                       Lake Gregory
managed, and all but cost prohibi-          not taught to respect their lands and          review. (The Planners had previously
tive to remove once they are estab-         to give back. I won't make that mis-           denied the project on eleven different
                                                                                           points.) The Supervisors also decided      a while (the E.I.R. is in process) but has
lished. Without forward thinking            take twice. Now I have grandchil-
                                                                                           that if the down-sized plan was accept-    started to rumble a little. Someone
individuals the Mojave Desert               dren and so I will begin with them.
                                                                                           able to the Planning Department it         always has an eye on this one...we’ll
would permanently look like a tum-               I have always involved my
                                                                                           would then be presented to the moun-       know if something happens.
ble weed farm devoid of living              family with outdoor activities;
                                                                                           tain residents for comment prior to the         The Lake Arrowhead Community
creatures, barren, forgotten and
                                                                                                                                                            (Continued on page 10)
every other corner built on with                                (Continued on page 9)      Board taking any further action.
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                         Palm and Pine                                                                       Page 4



                                      Group and Section News
Big Bear Group
By Ed Wallace                              At our last excom meeting,
     Paper or Plastic ? We hear it    we decided to expand our conser-
everyday in the supermarket. Cor-     vation and environmental efforts
rect answer? Paper is made from       with two new programs.
a renewable resource while plas-           A committee lead by Don Jor-
tic isn’t. Both take energy to pro-   dan, our Conservation Chair, will
duce. Both can be recycled but in     work on educating the public on
each case it takes energy to ac-      the recycling programs that are
complish this. It’s tough having      presently available in the valley
an environmental conscience.          and work with public officials to
     In order to help address this    expand recycling to the residen-
dilemma the Big Bear Group over       tial areas where it is not yet avail-
the last two years had 1500 large     able.
canvas shopping bags manufac-              One of our prime concerns is
tured and imprinted with the Si-      that there is no recycling pro-
erra Club logo along with our         grams for commercial businesses.                                                                       Photo by Dean Schimek
web site address. During the past     Can you imagine the amount of               Lake Norconian is visited regularly by Outings Leader Dean Schimek.
two years we gave away 750 bags       recycled material that is put in the
                                      trash and thus our landfills on a
                                      weekly basis by the ski resorts on
                                      a busy weekend? The Discover
                                                                                  Los Serranos Group
                                      Center has recycle cans but the             By Mary Ann Ruiz                          they are a captive audience to hear
                                      material put in them is ultimately              Los Serranos Group has had            about the Sierra Club and all we
                                      put in with rest of the garbage             some unusual outings and activities       have to offer.
                                      when it leave the facility.                 recently. Have you ever heard of               On the conservation front, sev-
                                           Another committee headed by            Lake Norconian? Well, this historic       eral of our members were very ac-
                                      Claudia Eads, our Vice Chair, is            lake and resort area, now part of a       tive this past year in the campaign to
Big Bear Lake
                                      putting together a scholarship              Navy base in Norco, has been the          save Johnson’s Pasture from devel-
                                      program for graduating seniors at           destination for hikes led by outings      opment. While the campaign was
to local residents.                   Big Bear High School. The pre-              leader Dean Shimek.                       successful this time, more acreage is
    The remaining bags were sold      liminary thinking is that the                   In the winter, this lake is a stop-   at risk of development and this will
at our cost in front of area gro-     award of this scholarship will be           over for migratory waterfowl. A           be watched closely by our group.
cery stores, at a Sierra Club booth   based on an essay regarding an              recent hike around the lake resulted           Monthly meetings have covered
at the farmers market in the sum-     environmental problem in the Big            in sightings of nesting Great Blue        many interesting topics. A recent
mer, an area business owned by        Bear Valley with a proposed a               Herons, and several other interesting     presentation about the Wildands
club members and our monthly          solution.                                   birds.                                    Conservancy and their preserves,,
meetings. Included in every bag            We believe that a program                  The monthly Full Moon Hike            by April Sall, Preserve Manager at
was a flyer that tells a little bit   such as this can help make the              continues as a popular monthly op-        Pipes Canyon, was very informa-
about the Sierra Club, our history    general public aware of the envi-           portunity to reconnect with friends,      tive. Our group is working with
and what we are working on at a       ronmental problems we face and              enjoy a nice walk in the moonlight        April to arrange a work party ser-
national, chapter and local level.    helps promote the Sierra Club as            and watch for nocturnal wildlife.         vice weekend this spring at the Mis-
Also included was a membership        a organization that is working              The after-hike socializing in our         sion Creek area.
application. Now a couple of the      with the community in a positive            favorite Claremont restaurants adds            Check the Palm and Pine for
area markets have picked up on        way to solve them.                          a nice finish to the evening.             future meeting topics, we have a full
the idea and are selling their own         As these programs evolve we                Outreach has been a big part of       schedule this spring : February: The
reusable bags. This is the kind of    will keep the chapter and other             recent activities, including a day        Sierra Nevada Palisades, March:
competition we want.                  groups informed of our progress.            spent at REI before Chtristmas of-        Eight Great Hikes in the San Ber-
                                                                                  fering free gift wrapping with recy-      nardino National Forest, and in
                                                                                  cled maps and Sunday comics as the        April: The True Cost of Food. Join

Tahquitz Group                                                                    preferred supplies. “Free” attracts       us the third Tuesday of each month,
                                                                                  people, and while wrapping the gift       at the Upland Presbyterian Church
                                                                                                                            at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!
By Joan Taylor                        Evans put it “Desert Hot Springs
    Tahquitz has good news and        was the lone holdout on the Habi-
bad news.                             tat Conservation Plan last year.
    I'll give the bad news first:     Now they’re trying to annex land
On the eve of Christmas, in back-     that’s at the heart of the plan.”
to-back Planning Commission and       Than, on the 24th of this month,
City Council meetings, the City of    Jonathan filed a petition with the
Desert Hot Springs approved gi-       court on behalf of the Center and
ant, controversial Palmwood pro-      the Sierra Club to restrain the pro-
ject in and adjacent to the BLM's     ject and reverse the approval.
Big Morongo Area of Critical En-      More on this later.
vironmental Concern.                      Now for the good news. Ann
    But Center for Biological Di-     and Al Murdy's hikes are bigger
versity attorneys were there with     and better than ever. Last week's
yours truly and concerned biolo-      trek to the little-known Paymaster
gists to point out the many and       Mine in the wilderness of Joshua
varied ways that the Palmwood         Tree National Park was wonderful
approval violated the law, espe-      and a "sell out." Do look for their
cially as regards sensitive and en-   offerings in the calendar, and take
dangered species.                     a walk on the wild side!
    As Center attorney Jonathan                        Photo by Ralph Salisbury
                                      Lost Palms Oasis, JTNP →
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                                                            Palm and Pine                                                                                                    Page 5




                          MARCH THROUGH APRIL 2007                                                                   (2ND MON) 7:00 PM                     SB MOUNTAINS GROUP
                                                                                                                     Monthly program meeting. No meeting in August or December. PLACE: St. Richard’s Episcopal Church,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       MEETING

The calendar is on the internet at http://sangorgonio.sierraclub.org                                                 28708 Highway 18, Sky Forest. INFO: DAVE BARRIE, (909) 337-0313.           SB MOUNTAINS GRP

                                                                                                                     (2ND TUE) 7:00 PM          CHAPTER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE                                         MEETING
CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS                                                                                                 Monthly meeting. Take part in working on important conservation issues. Please come: we need your help!
DEADLINE: Items for the May/June Calendar are due by April 5.                                                        PLACE: San Gorgonio CHAPTER Office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. INFO: KIM FLOYD, Conserva-
FORMAT items similar to those below. Send items electronically if possible.                                          tion Chair, kimffloyd@verizon.net, (760) 249-5385, or Conservation Coordinator TERRY WOLD,
OUTINGS: Send outings write-ups to your group or section Outings Chair.                                              terry.wold@sierraclub.org, (951) 684-6203.                                                  CHAPTER
MEETINGS and other events: Send meeting announcements electronically to Ladd Seekins at iwfladd@eee.org
or call (909) 888-0161 weekdays, (909) 825-4427 evenings and weekends.
                                                                                                                     (2ND WED) 7:00 PM                         MOJAVE GROUP                                            MEETING
GENERAL INFORMATION, RULES AND DISCLAIMERS                                                                       Monthly meeting except for July and August. PLACE: Sterling Inn, Regency Room, 17738 Francesca, Vic-
All Outings Leaders are Chapter Certified Leaders having appropriate Outings Training Courses, First Aid torville. (One block north of Bear Valley Rd. on Ridgecrest.) Enter on Ridgecrest side of the building.
Courses, and experience for the Outings they lead. LEADERS may exclude individuals from participation if INFO: CAROL WILEY, (760) 245-8734, earthlingwiley@webtv.net.                                  MOJAVE GROUP
they believe they may not be qualified. Non-Sierra Club members may join outings unless otherwise stated
in the write-up. All participants agree to abide by the Leader's rules. Participants should CALL THE (3RD TUE) 6:00 PM SAN JACINTO VALLEY (HEMET) CONS COMMITTEE                                             MEETING
LEADER AHEAD TO SIGN-UP.                                                                                         Monthly conservation meeting. The public is welcome. LOCATION: Call or email for location and directions.
                                                                                                                 CONTACT: SHAULI ROSEN-RAGER, (951) 767-2203, gardens@netzon.net.
WHAT TO BRING                                                                                                                                          SAN JACINTO VALLEY (HEMET) CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
Many Outings specify items to be carried by EACH participant. Do not attend Outings without the specified
items unless you have first discussed it with the leader. Often the TEN ESSENTIALS are required. They (3RD TUE) 6:30 PM                                BIG BEAR GROUP                                        MEETING
are: 1) map, 2) compass, 3), flashlight, 4) knife, 5) windproof/waterproof matches in waterproof case, 6) fire Monthly meeting.        INFO: For current program information, please visit the Group web site
starter, 7) first aid kit, 8) extra food and water for emergency use only, 9) extra clothing including rainwear, www.sierraclubbigbeargroup.org. PLACE: Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38),
and 10) sun protection including sunscreen/sunglasses/hat.                                                       Fawnskin. CONTACT: CHRISTIE WALKER, (909) 866-5006.                                 BIG BEAR GROUP

ADVENTURE PASS SPECIAL NOTICE                                                                                        (3RD TUE) 7:00 PM                    LOS SERRANOS GROUP                                           MEETING
Outings occurring in the San Bernardino, Angeles, Cleveland, or Los Padres National Forests require a                Monthly meeting except August. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. PLACE: Educational
Forest Service “Adventure Pass” for each vehicle. These Outings will be preceded by ** in the listings that          Building, Upland Presbyterian Church, Euclid Ave. at 11th. INFO: MARY ANN RUIZ, (909) 628-1285.
follow. Be sure to contact the leader regarding permits. The permits cost $30 per year or $5 per day, how-                                                                                        LOS SERRANOS GROUP
ever they may not be obtainable the day of your outing. If you arrive at the meeting place without making
arrangements with the leader and you don't have a pass or find a ride in a vehicle with a pass, you will not         (4TH TUE) 7:00 PM             SAN GORGONIO CHAPTER EXCOM                                          MEETING
be able to attend the outing. You are expected to share the cost of the daily passes equally with the others         Chapter governance meeting. PLACE: The San Gorgonio Chapter office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside.
in the vehicle. A $.50 contribution from everyone in the vehicle is reasonable for annual passes (above              INFO: RALPH SALISBURY ralphsalisbury@charter.net                                         CHAPTER
normal mileage contribution). Golden Eagle Passports and Golden Age Passports may be used in lieu or
the Adventure Pass.
                                                                                                                            WEEKLY REOCCURRING OUTINGS AND FITNESS ACTIVITIES
CARPOOLING POLICY                                                                                                                       Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling
arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no
liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the        MON 5:30 PM                    CLAREMONT WILDERNESS PARK                                               WALK
participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel. Drivers should have adequate insur-         Depending on the group’s wishes we may hike the entire 5 mile loop. BRING: water and wear sturdy shoes.
ance coverage and their vehicles should have no safety defects. Drivers of carpools agree to not consume             MEET: Claremont Wilderness Park, upper paved parking lot, top of Mils Ave. in Claremont INFO: LEADER:
any alcoholic beverages. It is customary for riders to share expenses with the driver. Five cents per mile           JOE WHYTE, (909) 949-0899.                                                    LOS SERRANOS GROUP
per person for short trips is suggested while three cents per mile per person over 100 miles is usually rea-
sonable.                                                                                                             MON 6:00 PM           RIVERSIDE MT. RUBIDOUX ONE HOUR FITNESS                                         WALK
                                                                                                                     MEET: Ninth Street entrance to Mt. Rubidoux. INFO: JUDY SMITH (951) 369-5117.
                                                                                                                                                                                     SAN GORGONIO SIERRA SINGLES
LIABILITY WAIVER
In order to participate on one of the Sierra Club’s outings, you will need to sign the following liability waiver.   WED 7:00 PM                    MOJAVE GROUP, VICTOR VALLEY                                            WALK
                                                                                                               Conditioning walk every Wednesday except Group meeting might on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Sign-In Sheet & Acknowledgment of Outing Member Responsibility,                                                Walks are paced for participants. Enjoy the evening air, river breeze, sunsets, stars and moon on a three
Express Assumption of Risk, and Release of Liability                                                           mile walk around Jess Ranch and along the Mojave River. MEET at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple
I understand that during my participation in this Sierra Club Outing, I may be exposed to a variety of hazards Valley. INFO: BILL SPRENG (760) (951) 4520, bspreng@gte.net or JENNY WILDER (760) 220-0730,
and risks, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent in each Outing and cannot be eliminated without JensOasis@aol.com.                                                                               MOJAVE GROUP
destroying the unique character of the Outing. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dan-
gers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the
hazards of travel and the Sierra Club has not tried to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks.
                                                                                                                                                   FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 4
I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animals, trip                             Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
members, trip leaders and assistants or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other                             (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)
reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries and Damages are involved in adventure travel such as
Sierra Club Outings and I appreciate that I may have to exercise extra care for my own person and for oth- FEB 27 ( TUE) 7:00 PM SAN GORGONIO CHAPTER EXCOM                                                  MEETING
ers around me in the face of such hazards. I further understand that on this Outing there may not be rescue Chapter governance meeting. PLACE: The San Gorgonio Chapter office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside.
or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries and Damages to which I may be ex- INFO: RALPH SALISBURY ralphsalisbury@charter.net                                                    CHAPTER
posed.
                                                                                                                     MAR 1 (THU) 9:30 AM            CACTUS FLATS TO SILVER PEAK                                              HIKE
In consideration for my acceptance as a participant on this Outing, and the services and amenities to be A moderate 4 to 6 mile hike some of which will be cross country. Good views of the Mojave Desert. Bring
provided by the Sierra Club in connection with the Outing, I confirm my understanding that:                 water layered clothing and hiking boots. We will meet at the Von's parking lot in Big Bear Lake at 9:30 AM.
                                                                                                            Please call to confirm. LEADER: ED WALLACE, (909) 584 9407.                             BIG BEAR GROUP
•     I have read any rules and conditions applicable to the Outing made available to me; I will pay any
      costs and fees for the Outing; and I acknowledge my participation is at the discretion of the leader.
                                                                                                                     MAR 2 (FRI) 6:00 PM                      MOONLIGHT HIKE                                                HIKE
•     The Outing begins and ends at the location where the Outing officially commences with leader                   Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is March 3.) Hikes are conversationally
      and participants in attendance, as designated by the Sierra Club (“Trailhead”). The Outing does                paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Claremont, at NE
      not include carpooling, transportation, or transit to and from the Trailhead, and I am personally              corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-hike (optional),
      responsible for all risks associated with this travel. This does not apply to transportation provided          and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE, (909) 981-5813.
      by the Sierra Club after the commencement and before the end of the Outing.                                                                                                                        LOS SERRANOS GROUP
•     If I decide to leave early and not to complete the Outing as planned, I assume all risks inherent in
                                                                                                                     MAR 3 (SAT)             WONDERLAND OF ROCKS, JOSHUA TREE NP                                             HIKE
      my decision to leave and waive all liability against the Sierra Club arising from that decision.
                                                                                                                     Should be beautiful this time of year. The Wonderland of Rocks is exactly what its boastful name indi-
      Likewise, if the leader has concluded the Outing, and I decide to go forward without the leader, I
                                                                                                                     cates. We're going to enter from the south and head north past a couple of good pictograph sites, then we'll
      assume all risks inherent in my decision to go forward and waive all liability against the Sierra
                                                                                                                     begin picking our way along the eastern edge. At a high point we'll start heading west towards Willow Hole,
      Club arising from that decision.
                                                                                                                     probably have lunch amid the tall rock formations there and do a leisurely stroll out. All very pretty. BRING
•     This Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law. If any provision               two quarts of liquid, sturdy boots, food. RESERVATIONS: Call LEADERS ANN & AL MURDY, (760) 366-
      or any part of any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or legally unenforceable for any          2932 or email aemurdy@eee.org. We don't return calls.                                     TAHQUITZ GROUP
      reason, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and
      fully enforceable.
                                                                                                                                                       MARCH 5 – MARCH 11
•     To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE                                                   Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
      FROM LIABILITY, and to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the Sierra Club, its officers,                                                        (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)
      directors, employees, agents, and leaders from any and all liability on account of, or in any way
      resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by negligence of the Sierra Club its officers,             MAR 6 (TUE)                     LOS SERRANOS GROUP EXCOM                                          MEETING
      directors, employees, agents, and leaders, in any way connected with this Outing. I understand                 Odd-numbered months only (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, & Nov). PLACE: For meeting time and place, call
      and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, adminis-              DAVID THORNE, (909) 949-8046.                                          LOS SERRANOS GROUP
      trators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on the Outing.
                                                                                                                     MAR 6 (TUE) 6:30 PM                 BIG BEAR GROUP EXCOM                                          MEETING
I have read this document in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and The meeting place rotates. INFO: CHRISTIE WALKER, (909) 866-5006.                        BIG BEAR GROUP
Damages and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate in the Outing.
Note: If the participant is a minor, the minor’s guardian must sign on the minor’s behalf.                   MAR 6 (TUE) 7:30 PM                SAN GORGONIO CHAPTER                                         MEETING
                                                                                                             PROGRAM: See front-page notice. Afterwards, SAN GORGONIO SIERRA SINGLES will adjourn for food
                                                                                                             and drink. COST: $1 donation requested. PLACE: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree
                       RECURRING MONTHLY MEETINGS                                                            Lane, Redlands. DIRECTIONS: Exit I-10 at California St. INFO: RALPH SALISBURY, Ralph.salisbury@charter.net
                                   (LOOK IN CALENDAR FOR DATES)                                                                                                                                               CHAPTER

(1ST MON) 6:00 PM                 SB MOUNTAINS GROUP EXCOM                                            MEETING **MAR 10 (SAT) 8:00 AM                      MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY                                                 HIKE
Even numbered months plus Nov (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Nov and Dec) LOCATION (unless otherwise We’ll trace the route of the Mt. Lowe inclined railway, once the most popular outdoor attraction in Southern
noted: Lake Ridge Escrow Conference Room 27236 Blue Jay Mall. INFO: DAVE BARRIE, (909) 337-0313. California. Ascend via the Sam Merrill Trail and visit this self-guided historical tour starting with the Echo
                                                                        SB MOUNTAINS GROUP Mountain Station, once the site of White City with 2 hotels, several tourist attractions and an observatory.
                                                                                                    Continuing up the mountain, we’ll end at Inspiration Point at the site formerly occupied by Ye Alpine Tavern.
(1ST TUE)                    LOS SERRANOS GROUP EXCOM                                 MEETING We’ll descend via the Castle Canyon Trail. Moderately strenuous hike of 12 miles and about 3000 feet of
 Odd-numbered months only (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, & Nov). PLACE: For meeting time and place, call elevation gain. MEET: Inland Center Mall parking lot near Gottschaks. afterwards dinner is an option.
DAVID THORNE, (909) 949-8046.                                           LOS SERRANOS GROUP LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY, Prefer ralphsalisbury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141
                                                                                                                                                                                      SAN GORGONIO SINGLES
(1ST TUE) 6:30 PM                     BIG BEAR GROUP EXCOM                                             MEETING
The meeting place rotates. INFO: CHRISTIE WALKER, (909) 866-5006.                             BIG BEAR GROUP         **MAR 10 (SAT) 9 AM                  S B MTS, GREEN VALLEY                                    SNOWSHOE
                                                                                                          This area will provide a trail with vistas towards the high desert and Big Bear areas. Plan on bringing your
(1ST TUE) 7:30 PM                SAN GORGONIO CHAPTER                                        MEETING own snow shoes or check on line at <www.rimnordic.com> to see if they are open for rentals. (Or call (909)
 PROGRAM: See front-page notice. Afterwards, SAN GORGONIO SIERRA SINGLES will adjourn for food 867-2600). MEET at the parking lot behind Lloyd's of Running Springs, Highway 18 in Running Springs at
and drink. COST: $1 donation requested. PLACE: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree 8:45 a.m. to carpool. The Union 76 gas station is next to Lloyd's. BRING: grazing food, lunch, 2 bottles of
Lane, Redlands. DIRECTIONS: Exit I-10 at California St. INFO: RALPH SALISBURY, Ralphsalisbury@charter.net
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(Continued from page 5)                                                                                         1500 ft elevation gain. Wear layered clothing, sturdy boots, bring water, snacks and lunch. About 7 miles,
                                                                                                                1500 ft elevation gain. MEET: Call/email leader for meeting place. LEADER: MARY ANN RUIZ ruizmary-
water, 10 essentials, any camera. If no snow, we can hike. An Adventure Pass may be required for parking ann@gmail.com, (909) 815-9379                              .                            LOS SERRANOS GROUP
car at the site. Phone the night before for a cold chill report; if wind chill is to low, we'll cancel. LEADER:
MARGARET SPIESS, (909) 867-9152.                                                       SB MOUNTAINS GROUP
                                                                                                                                                       MARCH 26 – APRIL 1
MAR 10 (SAT) 9:00 AM                 PACIFIC CREST TRAIL-DEEP CREEK                                       HIKE                               Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
Please join the Mojave Group Sierra Club for a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail towards the Deep Creek                                         (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)
Bridge. Bring sturdy shoes, 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, layered clothing, and 10 essentials. Expect to
hike at lease 5 miles. Meet at Victor Valley Museum at 9.00am Saturday March 10th. For more Info call MAR 27 (TUE) 7:00 PM SAN GORGONIO CHAPTER EXCOM                                         MEETING
LEADER: JOANN KELLY, (760) 247-1405.                                                     MOJAVE GROUP Chapter governance meeting. PLACE: The San Gorgonio Chapter office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside.
                                                                                                             INFO: RALPH SALISBURY ralphsalisbury@charter.net                                  CHAPTER
MAR 10-11 (SAT-SUN)                  SANTA ROSA WILDERNESS                                    SERVICE TRIP
We will assist the BLM in removing tamarisk from a canyon in the Santa Rosa Wilderness Area. This wilder-           APR 1 (SUN) 6:00 PM                      MOONLIGHT HIKE                                                 HIKE
ness area is within the recently created San Jacinto National Monument, near Palm Springs. Arrive Satur-            Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is April 2.) Hikes are conversationally
day morning or campout Friday night. Work Saturday with Justin Seastrand, Wilderness Coordinator for the            paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Claremont, at NE
Palm Springs BLM. Pot luck and happy hour Saturday evening and then a hike on Sunday. INFO: Contact                 corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-hike (optional),
LEADER: KATE ALLEN, (661) 944-4056, <kjallen@qnet.com>.                   CNRCC DESERT COMMITTEE                    and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE, (909) 981-5813.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOS SERRANOS GROUP

                                 MARCH 12 – MARCH 18                                                                                                       April 2 – APRIL 8
                          Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
                           (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)                                                         Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
                                                                                                                                              (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)
MAR 12 (MON) 7:00 PM                  SB MOUNTAINS GROUP                                            MEETING
Monthly program meeting. No meeting in August or December. PLACE: St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, APR 2 (MON) 6:00 PM  SB MOUNTAINS GROUP EXCOM                               MEETING
28708 Highway 18, Sky Forest. INFO: DAVE BARRIE, (909) 337-0313.           SB MOUNTAINS GRP LOCATION: Lake Ridge Escrow Conference Room 27236 Blue Jay Mall. INFO: DAVE BARRIE, (909) 337-
                                                                                                  0313.                                                             SB MOUNTAINS GROUP
MAR 13 (TUE) 7:00 PM             CHAPTER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE                                     MEETING
Monthly meeting. Take part in working on important conservation issues. Please come: we need your help! APR 3 (TUE) 6:30 PM               BIG BEAR GROUP EXCOM                              MEETING
PLACE: San Gorgonio CHAPTER Office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. INFO: KIM FLOYD, Conserva- The meeting place rotates. INFO: CHRISTIE WALKER, (909) 866-5006.                 BIG BEAR GROUP
tion Chair, kimffloyd@verizon.net, (760) 249-5385, or Conservation Coordinator TERRY WOLD,
terry.wold@sierraclub.org, (951) 684-6203.                                                     CHAPTER APR 3 (TUE) 7:30 PM               SAN GORGONIO CHAPTER                               MEETING
                                                                                                           PROGRAM: See front-page notice. Afterwards, SAN GORGONIO SIERRA SINGLES will adjourn for food
MAR 14 (WED) 7:00 PM                      MOJAVE GROUP                                        MEETING and drink. COST: $1 donation requested. PLACE: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree
This will be a business and conservation meeting. PLACE: Sterling Inn, Regency Room, 17738 Francesca, Lane, Redlands.           DIRECTIONS: Exit I-10 at California St.   INFO: RALPH SALISBURY,
Victorville. (One block north of Bear Valley Rd. on Ridgecrest.) Enter on Ridgecrest side of the building. Ralph.salisbury@charter.net.                                                      CHAPTER
INFO: CAROL WILEY, (760) 245-8734, earthlingwiley@webtv.net.                           MOJAVE GROUP
                                                                                                       APR 7 (SAT) 9:00 AM          POWER LINE ROAD – HESPERIA                                      HIKE
MAR 15 (THU) 7:00 PM                     POWER LINE ROAD                             CONDITIONING HIKE Please join the Mojave Group Sierra Club for a conditioning hike on the Power Line Road in Hesperia.
Please join the Mohave Group Sierra Club with a moon light hike on the Power Line road in Hesperia March BRING: sturdy shoes, 2 liters of water, lunch snacks, layered clothing, and 10 essentials. This road has
15th at 7:00 PM. This will be a conditioning hike with great views of the Victor Valley lights. Bring water, steep incline/decline. MEET: Victor Valley Museum, 9:00 am. LEADER: JOANN KELLY, (760) 247-1405.
hiking shoes with good tread, flash lights, layered warm clothing and snacks, hiking stick might be helpful.                                                                                     MOJAVE GROUP
This is a climb in elevation of approx 500 ft. Meet at Apple Valley museum at 6:45 pm to car pool to hiking
area. For more information call or e-mail LEADER: MELODY NICHOLS, (760) 963-4430, Labe-
lady@msn.com.                                                                            MOJAVE GROUP
                                                                                                                                                         APRIL 9 – APRIL 15
                                                                                                                                      Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
                                                                                                                                       (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)
MAR 17 (SAT) 9:30 AM             PCT FROM RT 18 TO HOLCOMB VLY RD                                         HIKE
An easy 4 mile round trip hike with little elevation gain. Great views of the desert as we wind our way along       **APR 7 (SAT) 7:00 AM                         THREE T’S                                                 HIKE
this portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and loop back to our starting point with a easy cross country jaunt Bring
                                                                                                               This is a popular 13 mile, 3600’ excursion into the Cucamonga Wilderness Area. Spaces are limited; sign
water layered clothing and hiking boots. We will meet at the Von's parking lot in Big Bear Lake at 9:30 AM.    up with the leader early – you must receive confirmation from leader to attend. We’ll do this without the
Please call to confirm. LEADER: ED WALLACE, (909) 584 9407.                                  BIG BEAR GROUP    shuttle from Icehouse and back to Icehouse. Be prepared for snow and ice. BRING: Ten essentials, lay-
                                                                                                               ered clothing, minimum 3 quarts water and lunch. LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY, prefer ralphsalis-
MAR 17-18 (SAT-SUN)              GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZA                                         CARCAMP bury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141.                                                  SAN GORGONIO SINGLES
Come with us to this spectacular desert landscape near Death Valley to explore the ruins of California’s
colorful past. Camp at the historic ghost town of Ballarat (flush toilets & hot showers). On Sat, do a chal-
lenging hike to ghost town Lookout City with expert Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this Wild West
                                                                                                               APR 9 (MON) 7:00 PM                  SB MOUNTAINS GROUP                                      MEETING
town. Later we’ll return to camp for Happy Hour, a special St. Patty’s Day potluck and campfire. On Sun, a Monthly program meeting. No meeting in August or December. PLACE: St. Richard’s Episcopal Church,
quick visit to the infamous Riley town site before heading home. Group size strictly limited. RESERVA- 28708 Highway 18, Sky Forest. INFO: DAVE BARRIE, (909) 337-0313.                         SB MOUNTAINS GRP
TIONS: Send $8 per person (Sierra Club), 2 sase, H&W phones, email, rideshare info to LEADER: LYGEIA
GERARD, P.O. Box 294726, Phelan, CA 92329; (310) 594-6789. CO-LEADER: DON PETERSON, (760) APR 10 (TUE) 7:00 PM                                CHAPTER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE                                MEETING
375-8599.                                                                    CNRCC DESERT COMMITTEE Monthly meeting. Take part in working on important conservation issues. Please come: we need your help!
                                                                                                               PLACE: San Gorgonio CHAPTER Office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. INFO: KIM FLOYD, Conserva-
MAR 18 (SUN) 8:15 AM             NEWPORT BAY/SAN DIEGO CREEK                                            BIKE tion Chair, kimffloyd@verizon.net, (760) 249-5385, or Conservation Coordinator TERRY WOLD,
Easy, 28 mile level bike ride through the Upper Newport Bay Wildlife Preserve and along the natural habitat terry.wold@sierraclub.org, (951) 684-6203.                                                       CHAPTER
of San Diego Creek. We'll eat lunch in Balboa. BRING: Spare tube, pump, water, money for lunch, ferry,
and carpooling. YOU MUST WEAR A HELMET TO RIDE WITH THE SIERRA CLUB. MEET: 1450 Univer-                             APR 11 (WED) 7:00 PM                      MOJAVE GROUP                                         MEETING
sity Ave, Riverside. DIRECTIONS: From the 215/60 Fwy in Riverside, exit west on University. After Iowa,             Larry Reese, an avid traveler and birder, will present a program entitled "Preservation of the Environment in
turn L at signals at Cranford just before Marriott Courtyard. Turn L into center to Suite D. LEADER: RALPH          a City-State: Singapore, Singapore." PLACE: Sterling Inn, Regency Room, 17738 Francesca, Victorville.
SALISBURY, Prefer ralphsalisbury@charter.net , (951) 686-4141.                     SAN GORGONIO SINGLES             (One block north of Bear Valley Rd. on Ridgecrest.) Enter on Ridgecrest side of the building. INFO:
                                                                                                                    CAROL WILEY, (760) 245-8734, earthlingwiley@webtv.net.                                     MOJAVE GROUP

                                 MARCH 19 – MARCH 25                                                                APR 12 (THU) 9:30 AM                     JACOBY CANYON                                       WALKABOUT
                          Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings                                   A moderate 5 to 6 mile hike utilizing old forest service roads and some cross country to explore this area
                           (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)                                below the Doble mine. Bring water layered clothing and hiking boots. We will meet at the Von's parking lot in
                                                                                                                    Big Bear Lake. Please call to confirm. LEADER: ED WALLACE, (909) 584 9407.              BIG BEAR GROUP
MAR 20 (TUE) 6:00 PM SAN JACINTO VALLEY (HEMET) CONS COMMITTEE MEETING
Monthly conservation meeting. The public is welcome. LOCATION: Call or email for location and directions. APR 14 (SAT)                          YOUTH IN THE DESERT                       NATURE EDUCATION
CONTACT: SHAULI ROSEN-RAGER, (951) 767-2203, gardens@netzon.net.                                          Our Youth in the Desert event is targeted for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Participants will have a fun
                                       SAN JACINTO VALLEY (HEMET) CONSERVATION COMMITTEE short hike (3 miles) while learning more about the desert environment and themselves. Students will have
                                                                                                          an opportunity to improve their ability to observe and discover cause and effect relationships in a natural
MAR 20 (TUE) 6:30 PM                  BIG BEAR GROUP                                      MEETING         setting. Other discoveries may include some of the things that they are learning about in the classroom,
Monthly meeting.      INFO: For current program information, please visit the Group web site including Earth, Life and Physical Sciences; Classification, investigation, topography, resources, land stew-
www.sierraclubbigbeargroup.org. PLACE: Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38), ardship and more. To find out more about the event, provide help, or to sign up a youth group or individual
Fawnskin. CONTACT: CHRISTIE WALKER, (909) 866-5006.                                 BIG BEAR GROUP children contact JENNY WILDER, <JensOasis@aol.com>, (760) 220 0730 or CAROL WILEY,
                                                                                                          <earthlingwiley@webtv.net>, (760) 245 8734.                                              MOJAVE GROUP
MAR 20 (TUE) 7:00 PM                  LOS SERRANOS GROUP                                            MEETING
Program: “Eight Great Hikes in the San Bernardino National Forest.” David Money Harris is an Associate              **APR 14 (SAT) 9 AM           S B MTS, ARROWHEAD PEAK TRAIL                                             HIKE
Professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College and an avid Southern California hiker and climber. He               The Arrowhead is a landmark feature you can see from San Bernardino. Our objective is the peak above it.
recently revised the 6th edition of John Robinson's classic San Bernardino Mountain Trails and published            Moderate hike from Highway 18, near Crestline (6 miles RT with 1000 feet elevation gain). Adventure Pass
another hiking guidebook, Supersize It: Big Hikes in Southern California. This talk will cover eight of his         required. For meeting place, contact LEADER: BILL ENGS (909) 338-1910 <engs@juno.com>.
favorite hikes in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains, including Deep Creek, Little Bear Creek,                                                                                            SB MOUNTAINS GROUP
Cougar Crest, San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek, San Bernardino Mountain, San Jacinto from Humber Park,
San Jacinto via Fuller Ridge, and Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail. The public is welcome. Refresh-              APR 14-15 (SAT-SUN)              BIRDS & BEAT THE TAMARISK                                       CARCAMP
ments will be served. PLACE: Educational Building, Upland Presbyterian Church, Euclid Ave. at 11th.                 Help remove the invasive salt cedar on the wetlands along the shore of Owens Lake at the base of the
INFO: MARY ANN RUIZ, (909) 628-1285.                                           LOS SERRANOS GROUP                   spectacular eastern Sierra Nevada scarp. Work several hours each day, probably, and take time to enjoy
                                                                                                                    the birds and scenic attractions. We'll car camp at Diaz Lake just south of Lone Pine where birds congre-
MAR 24 (SAT) 7:00 AM                   OLD MT WILSON TRAIL                                               HIKE       gate. Then watch the migratory birds on the re-watered part of the Owens Lake. Can also visit the new
Follow the original trail up Mt. Wilson via Little Santa Anita Canyon. 15 miles with 4500’ gain. Very scenic        Lone Pine Film History Museum and Manzanar. BRING camping essentials (though motels are close), food,
trail, however it can be very cold. Be prepared for snow and ice. Possible substitute hike. BRING: Ten              water, work clothes and gloves. Resource specialist: Mike Prather. RESERVATIONS: For information and
essentials, layered clothing, minimum 3 quarts water and lunch. We’ll plan on grabbing a bite to eat after-         to sign up, contact LEADERS: CAL AND LETTY FRENCH, 14140 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA
wards. Spaces are limited; You must receive confirmation and details to attend. LEADER: RALPH SALIS-                93446. Prefer e-mail <ccfrench@tcsn.net>.                                  CNRCC DESERT COMMITTEE
BURY, Prefer ralphsalisbury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141.                        SAN GORGONIO SINGLES
                                                                                                   APR 15 (SUN) 9:00AM                 JOHNSON’S PASTURE                                               HIKE
MAR 24-25 (SAT-SUN)                   BIGHORN WILDERNESS                      CLEAN-UP/RESTORATION Join me for a 2 hour Health N Happiness Hike in the Claremont foothills. Drive north on Mountain Avenue to
Join with other groups and the Student Conservation Association "Wilderness Crew" to clean up trash from Via Caterina. Park near the trailhead. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Rain cancels. INFO: LEADER:
an illegal site and do restoration work to disguise an illegal incursion. This is a rain or shine event and appro- MARIAN NICHOLS, (909) 981-7619.                                              LOS SERRANOS GROUP
priate clothing should be worn- specifically boots, work gloves, long pants and hats. A free lunch will be
provided on Saturday for those volunteering. INFO: Student Conservation Association, (760) 365-2223, or
CAROL WILEY, earthlingwiley@webtv.net, (760) 245-8734.                                          MOJAVE GROUP                                           APRIL 16 – APRIL 22
                                                                                                                                       Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
MAR 24-25 (SAT-SUN)                          CARRIZO PLAIN                                       SERVICE TRIP                           (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)
Antelope Protection Carcamp (Nature Study/Work Party). With little rainfall and few water sources, the
species that live here are both hardy and endangered. Particularly beautiful are the pronghorn antelope,            APR 17 (TUE) 6:00 PM SAN JACINTO VALLEY (HEMET) CONS COMMITTEE                                    MEETING
which evolved in these wild, open spaces. Then cattle ranching left a legacy of endless fences - which are          Monthly conservation meeting. The public is welcome. LOCATION: Call or email for location and directions.
deadly to the pronghorn. Join us for a weekend in this remote area removing fencing for their benefit. Work         CONTACT: SHAULI ROSEN-RAGER, (951) 767-2203, gardens@netzon.net.
hard on Saturday, take some time Sunday to enjoy the monument. Camp at Selby campground, bring food,                                                       SAN JACINTO VALLEY (HEMET) CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
water, heavy leather work-gloves, and camping gear for the weekend. Potluck Sat night. Alternate date in
case of rain. Resource specialist: Alice Koch. INFO: contact LEADERS: CAL AND LETTY FRENCH, 14140                   APR 17 (TUE) 6:30 PM                     BIG BEAR GROUP                                           MEETING
Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805-239-7338). Prefer e-mail: <ccfrench@tcsn.net>.                       Monthly meeting.     INFO: For current program information, please visit the Group web site
                                                                          CNRCC DESERT COMMITTEE                    www.sierraclubbigbeargroup.org. PLACE: Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38),
                                                                                                                    Fawnskin. CONTACT: CHRISTIE WALKER, (909) 866-5006.                             BIG BEAR GROUP
MAR 25 (SUN) 8:30 AM                        SUNSET PEAK                                                  HIKE
Lots of snow-capped peaks to see if we get some February and March rains. Easy/Moderate 7 mile hike,                                                                                                       (Continued on page 7)
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(Continued from page 6)                                                                                              MAY 26 (SAT) 10:00 AM               PCT-HORSE THIEF CANYON                                                  HIKE
                                                                                                                     Please join the Mohave Group Sierra Club, with a Hike on the PCT at Horse Thief Canyon and Elliot Ranch
APR 17 (TUE) 7:00 PM                  LOS SERRANOS GROUP                                             MEETING         Saturday May 26th approx 5 – 6 miles RT. We’ll meet at Apple Valley Museum at 10.00 am Saturday. Bring
Program: “The True Cost Of Food.” You think you pay the whole cost at the supermarket checkout? The                  sturdy hiking boots, lunch, 2 liters of water, hat, layered clothing. This is a great hike for children or beginner
Sierra Club has a nifty short video to show you the REAL cost . . . with the extras you pay out from other           hikers - Rain Cancels hike. INFO: LEADER: MELODY NICHOLS, (760) 963-4430, Labelady@msn.com.
pockets. Following the video, Mary Papavasiliou, a Long Beach Health Counselor and True Cost of Food                                                                                                                 MOJAVE GROUP
Campaign Activist, will present informative tips on how to eat healthy and save the planet at the same time.
Bring your questions and bring a friend. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. PLACE: **MAY 27 (SUN) 6:15 AM                               CUCAMONGA PEAK                                                 HIKE
Educational Building, Upland Presbyterian Church, Euclid Ave. at 11th. INFO: MARY ANN RUIZ, (909) 628- This hike takes you to the eastern citadel of the high sub-alpine Cucamonga Wilderness. This 12 mile RT
1285.                                                                               LOS SERRANOS GROUP and 3800’ hike is worth the effort. RESERVATIONS: Limited space; Must sign up with leader. BRING:
                                                                                                                Minimum 4 qts water, layered clothing, 10 essentials, lunch. LEADER: RALPH SALISBUR, prefer
APR 21 (SAT) 9:30 AM            PCT FROM RT 18 TO EYE OF GOD                                             HIKE ralphsalisbury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141.                                         SAN GORGONIO SINGLES
Let’s celebrate John Muir’s birthday with this flat 6 mile round trip hike along a portion of the Pacific Crest
Trail. Views of Lone Valley and the Big Horn Wilderness beyond. Our destination will be the Eye Of God, a MAY 27 (SUN) 6:00 PM                            MOONLIGHT HIKE                                                HIKE
quartz dome named by the Serrano Indians. Please call to confirm. LEADER: ED WALLACE, (909) 584 Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is May 31.) Hikes are conversationally
9407.                                                                                      BIG BEAR GROUP paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Claremont, at NE
                                                                                                                corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-hike (optional),
APR 22 (SUN) 8:30 AM                 SAN GABRIEL RIVER RIDE                                              BIKE and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE, (909) 981-5813.
Easy 30 mile RT ride down the scenic San Gabriel River Class I Bike Path. We'll carpool to Wilderness Park                                                                                          LOS SERRANOS GROUP
and pass five major parks on our way to Seal Beach. Brunch at the ocean and some extra miles exploring.
BRING: Spare tube, pump, water, money for brunch and carpooling. YOU MUST WEAR A HELMET TO JUN 2007 – 7 DAYS                                            PARIA CANYON, UTAH                                    BACKPACK
RIDE WITH THE SIERRA CLUB. MEET: 1450 University Ave, Riverside. DIRECTIONS: From the 60/215 PERMIT DEADLINE IS MARCH 1st. The exact days are uncertain at this time but likely to be June 12 - 18,
Fwy in Riverside, exit west on University. After Iowa, turn L at signals at Cranford just before Marriott. Turn but arriving at the trailhead June 11 to get an early start the next day to beat the heat of the first 4 miles.
L into center. LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY prefer ralphsalisbury@charter.net (951) 686-4141.                        Call or use e-mail (preferred) for exact days and other information. The exact days will not be more that a
                                                                                  SAN GORGONIO SINGLES few days different. Finest narrows in the world: brilliant red rock, dark narrows, lots of wading. Fine areas
                                                                                                                for swimming lower in canyon. Hiking with backpack is easy, mostly flat. A day or so could be 8 to 10 miles.
APR 22 (SUN) 8:30 AM                  SANTA ROSA PLATEAU                                                 HIKE About 42 miles with backpack and optional miles without. Limit 10. BLM fee is around $45. RESERVA-
This is a fun hike through fields of spring wildflowers, rolling hills, oak woodlands and riparian areas. With TIONS: Send $20 deposit made out to 'Sierra Club' to David Hardy, Box 99, Blue Diamond, NV 89004. Must
spring rains we may see the vernal pools full of water. Hike is between 7 and 10 miles depending on the commit by the end of Feb. 2007 as permit must be obtained March 1. Once you have committed, you will be
group, max of 800 ft elevation gain. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water snacks and lunch. MEET: Call/email given instructions about the BLM fee and obtaining your permit. LEADER: DAVID HARDY, (702) 875-4549,
leader for meeting place. INFO: LEADER MARY ANN RUIZ ruizmaryann@gmail.com, (909) 815-9379.                     hardyhikers@juno.com.                                                         CNRCC DESERT COMMITTEE
                                                                                    LOS SERRANOS GROUP
                                                                                                                     **JUN 2-3 (SAT-SUN)                    LEADERSHIP TRAINING                                            COURSE
                                                                                                      If you have enjoyed the Chapter's Outings program as a participant, consider now becoming a Chapter
                                    APRIL 23 – APRIL 29                                               Outings Leader. The course involves an overnight stay at Sierra Club-owned Keller Hut near Running
                      Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings                         Springs and includes classes in Outings Administration, Map and Compass, the Psychology of Leadership,
                       (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)                      Environmental Considerations and a field exercise. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old and current
                                                                                                      members of the Chapter. COST: There will be a $34 fee for training materials, food and the weekend use of
APR 24 (TUE) 7:00 PM SAN GORGONIO CHAPTER EXCOM                                         MEETING the facility. For an application form, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: RALPH SALIS-
Chapter governance meeting. PLACE: The San Gorgonio Chapter office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. BURY, LTC Chair, 2995 Floral Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 or e-mail ralphsalisbury@charter.net for a PDF file.
INFO: RALPH SALISBURY ralphsalisbury@charter.net                                         CHAPTER                                                                                                     CHAPTER

**APR 28 (SAT) 6:45 AM            SAN BERNARDINO EAST PEAK                                                 HIKE **JUN 9 (SAT) 5:45 AM                        SAN GORGONIO PEAK                                                  HIKE
This hike is fairly steep covering 5000 feet elevation gain in 7 miles (one way). Come prepared for snow and         This hike is 16 miles RT and 5300’ elevation gain. We will be going up Vivian Creek which is the shortest
ice, but if too much ice remains, we’ll substitute another hike. BRING: Ten essentials, minimum 4 quarts             way to the peak. The first mile is the steepest. Very limited space; must sign up with leader early and re-
of water. MEET: Details available when you sign-up. LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY, prefer ralphsalis-                      ceive confirmation. BRING: Ten essentials, at least 4 quarts water, lunch, layered clothing.     LEADER:
bury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141.                     .                           SAN GORGONIO SINGLES               RALPH SALISBURY, prefer ralphsalisbury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141.            SAN GORGONIO SINGLES

APR 28 (SAT) 8:00 AM                SANTA ANA RIVER BOTTOM                                       BIRD WALK **JUN 23 (SAT) 6:30 AM                       ANGELES OAKS TO SAN BERNARDINO PEAK                                      HIKE
MEET: Sierra Club office, 4079 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. Bill will guide you to the birds. Breakfast at local Hike to San Bernardino Peak and the initial Baseline monument. Strenuous 16 miles RT with 4600’ gain
restaurant after walk (optional). LEADER: BILL ENGS, (909) 338-1910.                  SB MOUNTAINS GROUP and fantastic views. Camp Angeles traihead to Manzanita Flats, Limber Pines Springs and on to the peak.
                                                                                                                 Space is limited – you must sign up with leader in advance. Plan on eating afterwards. BRING: Ten essen-
APR 28 (SAT) 10:00 AM                 PCT 173/SUMMIT VALLEY                                              HIKE tials, layered clothing, minimum 4 quarts water and lunch. LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY, prefer
Please join the Mohave Group Sierra Club with a hike on the PCT/173 overlooking Summit Valley. Enjoy ralphsalisbury@charter.net,(951) 686-4141.                                                    SAN GORGONIO SINGLES
great views, beautiful mature manzanitas; creeks and waterfalls. This is a great hike for beginner hikers –
mostly flat, approx 6 miles round trip. Meet at Apple Valley Museum at 10.00am. Wear sturdy hiking shoes/ JUN 29 (FRI) 6:00 PM                             MOONLIGHT HIKE                                               HIKE
boots, bring lunch to eat at noon, 2 liters of water, hat, layered clothing. Rain Cancels hike. INFO: LEADER: Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is June 30.) Hikes are conversationally
MELODY NICHOLS, (760) 963-4430, Labelady@msn.com.                                             MOJAVE GROUP paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Claremont, at NE
                                                                                                                 corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-hike (optional),
APR 28-29 (SAT-SUN)              PLACES WE'VE SAVED: MOJAVE NP                                    CAR CAMP and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE, (909) 981-5813.
Join us for our third annual journey through this jewel of the Mojave, now preserved under the California                                                                                           LOS SERRANOS GROUP
Desert Protection Act as a result of the efforts of Sierra Club activists and others. An intermediate cross-
country navigation day-hike workshop will be conducted out of a car camp in the pinyon and juniper forests **JUL 28 (SAT) 5:30 AM                   SAN JACINTO PEAK VIA DEVIL'S SLIDE                                  HIKE
of the Mid Hills. Potluck and social on Saturday, and for those arriving early on Friday. RESERVATIONS: Visit this landmark from Humber Park, RT 16 miles and 4400 feet of gain. "The view from San Jacinto is the
Send email to LEADER: VIRGIL SHIELDS <vshields@alumni.caltech.edu>. ASST LEADER: HARRY FRE- most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!" John Muir , known for his use of superlatives,
IMANIS.                                                                          CNRCC DESERT COMMITTEE wrote this in 1896. Limited space; Must sign up with leader. BRING: Ten essentials and minimum 5 quarts
                                                                                                                 of water. LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY prefer ralphsalisbury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141.
APR 28-29 (SAT-SUN) 11:00 AM                  S B MTS, KELLER HUT                     SPRING GATHERING                                                                                             SAN GORGONIO SINGLES
Join us at Keller Hut for group meals, hikes, bird and nature walk, games, and conversation. BRING food for
the weekend including a dish (salad, desert or main dish) to feed six for a potluck dinner on Saturday. We JUL 29 (SUN) 6:00 PM                            MOONLIGHT HIKE                                               HIKE
furnish hot beverages and table service. We will provide breakfast on Sunday. INFO: Overseer, MARGA- Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is today July 29.) Hikes are conversa-
RET SPIESS, (909) 867-9152.                                                          SB MOUNTAINS GROUP tionally paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Clare-
                                                                                                                 mont, at NE corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-
APR 29 (SUN) 6:00 PM                        MOONLIGHT HIKE                                               HIKE hike (optional), and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE,
Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is May 2.) Hikes are conversationally (909) 981-5813.                                                                          LOS SERRANOS GROUP
paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Claremont, at NE
corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-hike (optional), **AUG 5 (SUN) 6:30 AM                 BIG BEAR LAKE LOOP RIDE                                            BIKE
and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE, (909) 981-5813.                         We'll take a scenic loop around Big Bear and Baldwin Lakes at the 6700 ft elevation of this mountain com-
                                                                                     LOS SERRANOS GROUP munity. We'll eat along the way. Moderate, 35 mi RT. COST: Lunch, carpooling money. BRING: Spare
                                                                                                                 tube, pump, water, bright clothing. YOU MUST WEAR A HELMET TO RIDE WITH THE SIERRA CLUB.
                                                                                                                 MEET: Behind Denny's in Redlands. DIRECTIONS: take I-10 to Alabama; go north. Denny's is on the R.
                                                                                                                 Park on the street behind Denney’s. LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY, prefer ralphsalisbury@charter.net ,
                      FUTURE SIERRA CLUB ACTIVITIES                                                              (951) 686-4141.                                                                   SAN GORGONIO SINGLES
                          Please read “LIABILITY WAIVER” preceding these listings
                           (Also refer to Weekly reoccurring Outings and Activities)                                 AUG 10-12 (FRI-SUN)                    SB MOUNTAINS GROUP                                           CAR CAMP
                                                                                                              This year the mountains Group summer car camp will be a Shady Grove Campground. INFO: STEVE BAR-
**MAY 12 (SAT) 6:30 AM                        MT BALDY                                                 HIKE RIE, (909) 337-0313.                                                         SB MOUNTAINS GROUP
This is the most strenuous route to the peak with a gain of nearly 6000 feet in 3 horizontal miles. Start and
finish in Baldy Village taking Bear Canyon 5800' and 13 mi RT to the summit. E-mail leader with recent AUG 26 (SUN) 6:00 PM                           MOONLIGHT HIKE                                      HIKE
hiking/fitness resume. BRING: Ten essentials, layered clothing, 4 qts water and lunch. RESERVATIONS: Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is August 28.) Hikes are conversation-
Contact leader for reservations, meeting place, times. LEADER: RALPH SALISBURY, prefer ralphsalis- ally paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Claremont, at
bury@charter.net, (951) 686-4141.                                     SAN GORGONIO SIERRA SINGLES NE corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-hike
                                                                                                              (optional), and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE, (909)
MAY 12 (SAT) 9:00 AM ARRASTRE CANYON WATERFALL                                                        HIKE 981-5813.                                                                    LOS SERRANOS GROUP
Please join the Mojave Group Sierra Club on a hike to Arrastre Falls. We will hike down the dirt road to the
falls and explore the surrounding area. We may climb up and over some rocks and hike behind the falls on a           SEP 23 (SUN) 6:00 PM                       MOONLIGHT HIKE                                                   HIKE
trail that leads further into Juniper Flats. Slight decline/ incline on dirt road. Bring sturdy shoes, 2 liters of   Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is September 26.) Hikes are conversa-
water, lunch or snacks, layered clothing, and 10 essentials. Expect to hike approx 5 miles RT. Meet at Victor        tionally paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Clare-
Valley Museum at 9:00 am to car pool. 4WD’s to site – a plus. INFO: LEADER JOANN KELLY, (760) 247-                   mont, at NE corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-
1405.                                                                                          MOJAVE GROUP          hike (optional), and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE,
                                                                                                                     (909) 981-5813.                                                                  LOS SERRANOS GROUP
MAY 19-20 (SAT-SUN)               LONE PINE LAKE, MANZANAR                                  CARCAMP/HIKE
Join us at our beautiful creek-side camp in the high desert near Lone Pine. On Sat, we'll hike a moderate 6          OCT 26 (FRI) 6:00 PM                       MOONLIGHT HIKE                                                  HIKE
mi rt, 1600' gain from Whitney Portal to beautiful Lone Pine Lake, followed by Happy Hour, a potluck feast           Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is today October 26.) Hikes are conver-
and campfire. On Sun, we'll drive through the picturesque Alabama Hills on our way to the WWII Japanese              sationally paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Clare-
internment camp at Manzanar with its moving tribute to the internees held there during the war. Group size           mont, at NE corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-
strictly limited. RESERVATIONS: Send $8 per person (Sierra Club), 2 SASE, H&W phones, email, ride-                   hike (optional), and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE,
share info to LEADER: LYGEIA GERARD, P.O. Box 294726, Phelan, CA 92329, (310) 594-6789. CO-                          (909) 981-5813.                                                                    LOS SERRANOS GROUP
LEADER: JEAN NOUD; (714) 841-8798.                                       DESERT COM/SIERRA SINGLES
                                                                                                                     NOV 23 (FRI) 6:00 PM                       MOONLIGHT HIKE                                                   HIKE
                                                                                                                     Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is November 24.) Hikes are conversa-

                 Thank you for Remembering
                                                                                                                     tionally paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Clare-
                                                                                                                     mont, at NE corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-
                                                                                                                     hike (optional), and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE,
  Your financial contribution means a lot to us. By supporting                                                       (909) 981-5813.                                                                  LOS SERRANOS GROUP
    this chapter, you support the Sierra Club’s work in your                                                         DEC 23 (SUN) 6:00 PM                       MOONLIGHT HIKE                                                   HIKE
  back yard. This makes you an important part of our work to                                                         Come hike in the foothills for several hours by moonlight. (Full moon is December 23.) Hikes are conversa-
                                                                                                                     tionally paced. Between 4 and 5 miles rt, 800 ft elev. gain. MEET: North parking lot of PFF Bank, Clare-
  protect wilderness and wildlife, to improve the quality of life                                                    mont, at NE corner of Indian Hill & Foothill Blvds. BRING: Jacket, flashlight, water, a snack to share mid-
                                                                                                                     hike (optional), and wear sturdy shoes/boots. RAIN CANCELS. LEADERS PATTY & DAVID THORNE,
      in our cities, and to promote the enjoyment of nature.                                                         (909) 981-5813.                                                                  LOS SERRANOS GROUP
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                                                                                                                  grove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center St., Highgrove. DIRECTIONS: Take the Center St. exit
(Continued from page 7)                                                                                           from Interstate 215. The church is one half mile east of the freeway on the right. INFO: GAIL SEEKINS,
                         NON-SIERRA CLUB ACTIVITIES                                                               (909) 825-4427, lgseekins@sbcglobal.net.

The following activities, meeting and events are neither sponsored nor administered by the Sierra Club.           MAR 4 (SUN) 3:30 PM                RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE                                         DANCE
The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or         NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE
warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of such activities. They are published            The March dance is cancelled due to the Fiddling Frog dance camp in town this weekend. INFO: MEG
only as a reader service because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.                      HOFFMAN (951) 359-6984, rdhoyt@juno.com.

                                                                                                                  MAR 16 (FRI) 8:00 PM              INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE                                FOLK DANCE
                                    NON-SIERRA CLUB                                                               NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                              UC RIVERSIDE FOLK DANCE CLUB
                             RECURRING WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS                                                  Join us for international folk dancing. This is the same group that used to meet at UCR. Meetings are
                                 (LOOK IN CALENDAR FOR DATES)                                                     twice monthly: on the 1st and 3rd Fridays. COST: $2 donation to help pay for the room. PLACE: High-
                                                                                                                  grove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center St., Highgrove. DIRECTIONS: Take the Center St. exit
(1ST FRI) 8:00 PM                 INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE                                  FOLK DANCE            from Interstate 215. The church is one half mile east of the freeway on the right. INFO: GAIL SEEKINS,
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                               UC RIVERSIDE FOLK DANCE CLUB                  (909) 825-4427, lgseekins@sbcglobal.net.
Join us for international folk dancing. This is the same group that used to meet at UCR. Meetings are
twice monthly: on the 1st and 3rd Fridays. COST: $2 donation to help pay for the room. PLACE: High-               MAR 17 (SAT)                   ARRASTRE CYN/JUNIFPER FLATS                                            HIKE
grove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center St., Highgrove. DIRECTIONS: Take the Center St. exit                 NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                      FRIENDS OF JUNIPER FLATS
from Interstate 215. The church is one half mile east of the freeway on the right. INFO: GAIL SEEKINS,            A 3-4 miles round trip moderate hike with about 500 foot elevation gain. This hike takes you to visit a sur-
(909) 825-4427, lgseekins@sbcglobal.net.                                                                          prising waterfall in the desert-Arrastre Falls. From there you get a good workout hiking up a sandy wash to
                                                                                                                  a ridge for terrific views of the Mountains, Arrastre Canyon and Juniper Flats ACEC as well as distant
(1ST SUN) 3:30 PM                  RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE                                           DANCE         mountains on a clear day. There are large boulders to visit and explore, birding along Arrastre creek, and
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                         RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE              some rocks to scramble over. Bring snacks, water, hat, layered clothing and sunscreen. Wear good hiking
Join us in for an afternoon of contra dance to live music. Dance Instruction at 3:30. Dance from 4:00 to          shoes/boots and don't forget your binoculars and camera! Early wildflowers are a good possibility. Info: e-
7:00. Refreshment will be served at the break. Potluck at 7:00, so bring a dish to share. COST: $9.               mail FOJF2@yahoo.com or call CAROL WILEY (760) 245-8734, or JENNY WILDER, (760) 220 0730
PLACE:All Saints Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Dr., Riverside. DIRECTIONS: The church is on the
corner of Terracina and Magnolia between 14th St. and Central Ave. From the 91 freeway, exit on 14th              MAR 17 (SAT) 5:00 PM              EARTHSAVE VEGAN POTLUCK/PROGRAM                               MEETING
St., go north to Magnolia and turn left. The church will be on your right. Alternatively, exit at Central Ave.,   NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                     EARTHSAVE INLAND EMPIRE
go north to Magnolia and turn right. The church will be on your left. INFO: MEG HOFFMAN (951) 359-                Monthly vegan potluck. PROGRAM: Call for info. TIME: 5:00 PM socialize and view diet and animal rights
6984, rdhoyt@juno.com.                                                                                            videos; 6:00 PM potluck dinner; 7:00 PM program. BRING own non-disposable table service including
                                                                                                                  cloth napkin and a dish to serve 8 that has no animal products (meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs or honey).
(3RD WED) 7:30 PM                        AUDUBON SOCIETY                                         MEETING          Just read the labels, or, if you prepare something, bring a recipe card of ingredients. DONATION: $1
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                              SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY                          members, $3 non-members. First time visitors free with potluck dish. LOCATION: University Hall, Univer-
PROGRAM: A guest speaker presents an illustrated program on wildlife or natural science. Come early to            sity of Redlands. DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 10, take the University St. exit in Redlands. Go north on
browse the gift tables and socialize. LOCATION: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree                    University St. to Campus Ave. and turn right. University Hall is the fifth building on the left. INFO: DICK
Lane, Redlands. DIRECTIONS: Exit I-10 at California St. INFO: DORI MEYERS, (714) 779-2201.                        MORRIS, (951) 682-1196.

(3RD FRI) 8:00 PM                 INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE                                 FOLK DANCE             MAR 21 (WED) 7:30 PM                    AUDUBON SOCIETY                                         MEETING
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                              UC RIVERSIDE FOLK DANCE CLUB                   NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                              SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY
Join us for international folk dancing. This is the same group that used to meet at UCR. Meetings are             PROGRAM: A guest speaker presents an illustrated program on wildlife or natural science. Come early to
twice monthly: on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. COST: $2 donation to help pay for the room. PLACE: High-               browse the gift tables and socialize. LOCATION: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree
grove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center St., Highgrove. DIRECTIONS: Take the Center St. exit                 Lane, Redlands. DIRECTIONS: Exit I-10 at California St. INFO: DORI MEYERS, (714) 779-2201.
from Interstate 215. The church is one half mile east of the freeway on the right. INFO: GAIL SEEKINS,
(909) 825-4427, lgseekins@sbcglobal.net..                                                                         APR 1 (SUN) 3:30 PM                RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE                                         DANCE
                                                                                                                  NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                        RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE
(3RD SAT) 5:00 PM EARTHSAVE VEGAN POTLUCK/PROGRAM MEETING                                                         Join us for an afternoon of contra dance to live music. Live band: "Spin Cycle" with Susan Michaels call-
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                     EARTHSAVE INLAND EMPIRE                 ing. Dance Instruction at 3:30. Dance from 4:00 to 7:00. Refreshment will be served at the break. Pot-
Monthly vegan potluck. PROGRAM: Call for info. TIME: 5:00 PM socialize and view diet and animal rights            luck at 7:00, so bring a dish to share. COST: $9. PLACE:All Saints Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Dr.,
videos; 6:00 PM potluck dinner; 7:00 PM program. BRING own non-disposable table service including                 Riverside. DIRECTIONS: The church is on the corner of Terracina and Magnolia between 14th St. and
cloth napkin and a dish to serve 8 that has no animal products (meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs or honey).       Central Ave. From the 91 freeway, exit on 14th St., go north to Magnolia and turn left. The church will be
Just read the labels, or, if you prepare something, bring a recipe card of ingredients. DONATION: $1              on your right. Alternatively, exit at Central Ave., go north to Magnolia and turn right. The church will be on
members, $3 non-members. First time visitors free with potluck dish. LOCATION: University Hall, Univer-           your left. INFO: MEG HOFFMAN (951) 359-6984, rdhoyt@juno.com.
sity of Redlands. DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 10, take the University St. exit in Redlands. Go north on
University St. to Campus Ave. and turn right. University Hall is the fifth building on the left. INFO: DICK       APR 6 (FRI) 8:00 PM               INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE                                FOLK DANCE
MORRIS, (951) 682-1196.                                                                                           NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                              UC RIVERSIDE FOLK DANCE CLUB
                                                                                                                  Join us for international folk dancing. This is the same group that used to meet at UCR. Meetings are
                                  MARCH/APRIL CALENDAR                                                            twice monthly: on the 1st and 3rd Fridays. COST: $2 donation to help pay for the room. PLACE: High-
                           OF NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENTS & OUTINGS                                                    grove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center St., Highgrove. DIRECTIONS: Take the Center St. exit
                                                                                                                  from Interstate 215. The church is one half mile east of the freeway on the right. INFO: GAIL SEEKINS,
MAR 2 (FRI) 8:00 PM               INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE                                 FOLK DANCE             (909) 825-4427, lgseekins@sbcglobal.net.
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                             UC RIVERSIDE FOLK DANCE CLUB
Join us for international folk dancing. This is the same group that used to meet at UCR. Meetings are
twice monthly: on the 1st and 3rd Fridays. COST: $2 donation to help pay for the room. PLACE: High-                                                                                                     (Continued on page 9)




                                             Chapter Executive Committee
  San Gorgonio Chapter Website                                   Group Representatives          Forestry Issues San Jacinto RD          Mountains Group
  http://sangorgonio.sierraclub.org                       Big Bear Group                                    Holly Owen 951-303-7922         Chair—Dave Barrie 909-337-0313
                                                                      *Don Jordan 909-585-8786               Joyce Burk 760-252-3820                m.barrie@worldnet.att.net
  Chair                                                               donjordan@silvercloud.net Forestry Issues Cleveland NF                     Meets 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m.
          *Ralph Salisbury 951-686-4141                   Los Serranos Group                                   Gene Frick 951-689-2283 Except Aug & Dec. St Richard’s Episocpal
               ralphsalisbury@charter.net                          *David Thorne 909-949-8046                    gfrick@cosmoaccess.net     Church, 28708 Hwy 18, Sky Forest
  Vice-Chair                                                                dcthorne1@aol.com Water Issues                              Tahquitz Group
         *Bill Cunningham 909-793-9558                    Mojave Group                                       Terry Wold 951-684-6203       Chair — Jeff Morgan 760-770-9411
  Secretary                                                         *Jenny Wilder 760-220-0730             Steve Farrell 909-338-2637                jckmorgan@earthlink.net
               *Rick Estes 951-678-7406                                      jensoasis@aol.com
            Rickestes_92595@yahoo.com                     Moreno Valley
                                                                   *George Hague 951-924-0816
                                                                                                                                               Section Directory
  Treasurer
             *Ladd Seekins 909-825-4427                                                                                                          Sierra Singles
                  lgseekins@sbcglobal.net                 San Bernardino Mtns. Group                                                                 Chair — Ralph Salisbury 951-686-4141
                                                                     *Dave Barrie 909-337-0313                Group Directory
  Conservation Chair                                                                                                                                            ralphsalisbury@charter.net
               *Kim Floyd 760-249-5385                                  m.barrie@worldnet.att.net Big Bear Group                                                     Meets 1st Tuesday,
                    kimffloyd@verizon.net                 Tahquitz Group                                     Chair — Ed Wallace 909-584-9407            San Bernardino County Museum
                                                                     *Jeff Morgan 760-770-9411       Meets 3rd Tuesday, Discovery Center
  Conservation Education Chair
                                                                         jckmorgan@earthlink.net                      North Shore, 6:30 p.m. Natural Science Section
                                    Open                                 _________                                                                      Co-Chairs —Janice/Brian Elliott
                                                                                                           www.sierraclubbigbeargroup.org
  Membership Chair                                          Wilderness Skills/Leadership Training Los Serranos Group                                                       909-985-2395
              *Linda Jones 951-684-5846                            Ralph Salisbury 951-686-4141      Chair — David Thorne 909-949-8046
                                                                        __________
                 lindareej@sbcglobal.com                                                                                  dcthorne1@aol.com
   24-Hour Hotline 951-684-6203 Box 4                        Chapter Conservation Issue Chairs          Meets 3rd Tuesday Upland Presbyterian
  Outings Chair                                           Desert Issues — High Desert                                Church, Ed Building 7 p.m.
          *Ralph Salisbury 951-686-4141                                  Kim Floyd 760-249-5385    Mojave Group
               ralphsalisbury@charter.net                                  Kimffloyd@verizon.net     Chair — Jenny Wilder 760-220-0730
  Political Chair                                         Desert Issues —Low Desert                  Meets 2nd Wednesday except Jul. & Aug.
                                    Open                                               Joan Taylor                 Sterling Inn, Regency Room,
                                                                                                             17738 Francesca, Victorville 7 p.m.
  SC Council Delegate                                     Desert — Eagle Mountain                     (just north of Bear Valley and Ridgecrest)
                     *Ralph Salisbury                              Donna Charpied 760-392-4722
           ralphsalisbury@charter.net                                        laronna@earthlink.net Moreno Valley Group
  CNRCC Delegates                                         Forestry Issues — Mountaintop RD          Chair —Michael Millspaugh 951-653-2068
        *George Hague 909-924-0816                              East—Ed Wallace 909-584-9407                            silvertop7@earthlink.net
          Steve Farrell 909-338-2637                          West—Steve Farrell 909-338-2637
                                                                  Steve_and_valerie@compuserve.com
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                                                       Palm and Pine                                                                         Page 9


                                                                                                                                                           of 2007.
                                                                                                                 Moreno Valley
(Continued from page 8)

APR 18 (WED) 7:30 PM                    AUDUBON SOCIETY                                        MEETING                                                          If you are concerned about the
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                              SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY                                                                   impacts of this project, please check
PROGRAM: A guest speaker presents an illustrated program on wildlife or natural science. Come early to
browse the gift tables and socialize. LOCATION: San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree                                                             the Friends of the Northern San Ja-
                                                                                                                 (Continued from page 3)
Lane, Redlands. DIRECTIONS: Exit I-10 at California St. INFO: DORI MEYERS, (714) 779-2201.                                                                 cinto Valley web page at
APR 20 (FRI) 8:00 PM             INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE                                 FOLK DANCE             measures for the loss of wildlife         www.northfriends.org where up-
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                              UC RIVERSIDE FOLK DANCE CLUB
Join us for international folk dancing. This is the same group that used to meet at UCR. Meetings are
                                                                                                                 habitat under the county’s Multi-         dated information is posted. If you
twice monthly: on the 1st and 3rd Fridays. COST: $2 donation to help pay for the room. PLACE: High-              Species Habitat Conservation Plan.        have questions, concerns or need
grove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center St., Highgrove. DIRECTIONS: Take the Center St. exit
from Interstate 215. The church is one half mile east of the freeway on the right. INFO: GAIL SEEKINS,
                                                                                                                      The city is not required to carry    information on the project, please
(909) 825-4427, lgseekins@sbcglobal.net.                                                                         out the same measures. The next           contact: Adam Rush, Project Plan-
APR 21 (SAT) 5:00 PM             EARTHSAVE VEGAN POTLUCK/PROGRAM                               MEETING
                                                                                                                 step is for the project applicant is to   ner, Riverside County Planning De-
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                  EARTHSAVE INLAND EMPIRE                   submit information to the Riverside       partment, at (951) 955-9076 or e-
Monthly vegan potluck. PROGRAM: Call for info. TIME: 5:00 PM socialize and view diet and animal
rights videos; 6:00 PM potluck dinner; 7:00 PM program. BRING own non-disposable table service includ-           Local Agency Formation Commis-            mail him at: ARUSH@rctlma.org
ing cloth napkin and a dish to serve 8 that has no animal products (meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs or          sion (LAFCO) so the project can be             You can also contact Group
honey). Just read the labels, or, if you prepare something, bring a recipe card of ingredients. DONA-
TION: $1 members, $3 non-members. First time visitors free with potluck dish. LOCATION: University               annexed to the city of Moreno Val-        Conservation Chair George Hague
Hall, University of Redlands. DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 10, take the University St. exit in Redlands.
Go north on University St. to Campus Ave. and turn right. University Hall is the fifth building on the left.
                                                                                                                 ley. Information on the LAFCO             at (951) 924-0816 or contact Ann
INFO: DICK MORRIS, (951) 682-1196.                                                                               process and/or when a LAFCO               McKibben at (951) 924-8150 or
MAY 4 (FRI) 8:00 PM              INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE                                 FOLK DANCE
                                                                                                                 hearing may be held on the project        movalleygroup@yahoo.com if you
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                              UC RIVERSIDE FOLK DANCE CLUB                  can be found at: www.lafco.org or         would like to get involved in pro-
Join us for international folk dancing. This is the same group that used to meet at UCR. Meetings are
twice monthly: on the 1st and 3rd Fridays. COST: $2 donation to help pay for the room. PLACE: High-
                                                                                                                 by calling (951) 369-063l. For            tecting the San Jacinto Wildlife
grove United Methodist Church, 938 W. Center St., Highgrove. DIRECTIONS: Take the Center St. exit                more information on the project,          Area. The wildlife area is a corner-
from Interstate 215. The church is one half mile east of the freeway on the right. INFO: GAIL SEEKINS,
(909) 825-4427, lgseekins@sbcglobal.net.                                                                         contact city planner Mark Gross at        stone reserve in the county’s Multi-
                                                                                                                 (951) 413-3215.                           Species Habitat Conservation Plan,
MAY 6 (SUN) 3:30 PM                RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE                                        DANCE
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                      RIVERSIDE CONTRA DANCE                     Another pressing item for the        a plan which is supposed to protect
Join us for an afternoon of contra dance to live music. Live band TBA. Ginger Alberti calling. Dance             city council to consider was sched-       the county’s wildlife, endangered
Instruction at 3:30. Dance from 4:00 to 7:00. Refreshments will be served at the break. Potluck at 7:00,
so bring a dish to share. COST: $9. PLACE: All Saints Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Dr., Riverside.           uled for their February 13 meeting.       and threatened species into perpetu-
DIRECTIONS: The church is on the corner of Terracina and Magnolia between 14th St. and Central Ave.
From the 91 freeway, exit on 14th St., go north to Magnolia and turn left. The church will be on your right.
                                                                                                                 Councilmember Frank West has              ity.
Alternatively, exit at Central Ave., go north to Magnolia and turn right. The church will be on your left.       proposed renaming the eastern por-             The Moreno Valley Group Ex-
INFO: MEG HOFFMAN (951) 359-6984, rdhoyt@juno.com.
                                                                                                                 tion of the city. Mr. West was            ecutive Committee met on February
MAY 13 (SUN)                              JUNIPER FLATS                                             HIKE         quoted in a newspaper article as          4. Topics discussed included con-
NON-SIERRA CLUB EVENT                                                       FRIENDS OF JUNIPER FLATS
Friends of Juniper Flats Annual Mothers Day Hike. Pack up your mother’s favorite picnic and join us for a
                                                                                                                 saying, “. . . he got the idea of re-     servation issues and plans for future
moderate 6 mile round trip hike in the Juniper Flats area. We will hike from 'The Village' south to the USFS     naming the area from an informal          meetings.     The group executive
boundary and back. Enjoy varied scenery and beautiful mountain views. Bring snacks, water, hat, layered
clothing and sunscreen. Wear good hiking shoes/boots and don't forget your binoculars and camera! We             ‘economic council’ of local busi-         committee for the year is: Mike
hope for a nice display of wildflowers. INFO: e-mail FOJF2@yahoo.com or call CAROL WILEY, (760)                  ness leaders.”                            Millspaugh, Chair, (951) 653-2068;
245-8734, or JENNY WILDER, (760) 220 0730.
                                                                                                                      Apparently, the public was not       Ann McKibben, Secretary, (951)
                                                                                                                 invited to take part in the discus-       924-8150; Ellen Absher, Treasurer,
                                                        learned about our local native plants
Mojave Group                                            and why they are so meaningful to our
                                                                                                                 sions and their thoughts on the mat-
                                                                                                                 ter were not considered part of the
                                                                                                                                                           (951) 924-0201; George Hague,
                                                                                                                                                           Group Conservation Chair, (951)
(Continued from page 3)                                 area and why we should protect them.                     process. Rancho Belago is the sug-        924-0816; Theresa Carson, Mem-
                                                        I have learned and learned and am still                  gested name. The 92555 ZIP code           bership Chair, (951) 242-4752.
camping vacations, etc., but I have                     learning. I have volunteered for resto-                  for the area would remain the same.            A Household Hazardous Waste
never taught them respect for our                       ration and service projects with the                     It would be refreshing and somehow        Collection event will be held in Mo-
lands, our forests or national parks. I                 Mohave Group and Pacific Crest Trial                     noteworthy if the city of Moreno          reno Valley on March 23 and 24
have always looked with disgust at the                  Association. I am feeling really good                    Valley would consider holding             and again on June 8 and 9. The
trash left behind of other campers, but                 about the fact that I am now an active                   community meetings to discuss is-         event will be held at the Moreno
never did anything about it.                            participant and am not just reading                      sues such as this with the city’s resi-   Valley Maintenance Facility, 15670
     Always an avid reader, I have read                 about it.                                                dents.                                    Perris Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
about everything I can get my hands                          While participating, I was trying to                     Pigeon Pass Road from Moreno         each day. These events are a great
on regarding the outdoors. That’s how                   figure out what my passion or niche                      Valley to Highgrove is still closed       way to safely dispose of household
I finally got involved with the Sierra                  would be and how I could help this                       with no new information on when it        hazardous materials such as old
Club; by becoming a member and                          great group of people. Still working                     will be reopened. According to the        kitchen cleaners, paints, pool
reading about what's going on.                          full time and trying to start a business                 county’s transportation department,       chemicals, antifreeze, oil, fertilizers,
     Carol Wiley’s 2005 Message from                    on the side, I didn’t have much time to                  a variety of issues need to be re-        fiberglass and more. They also ac-
the Chair really spoke to me - "We                      spare, but decided to set aside my Sat-                  solved by the Spring Mountain de-         cept electronics such as televisions,
need new people and younger people                      urdays by becoming a hike leader. So I                   velopers before the road is re-           cell phones, computer monitors,
to step forward and assume some of                      attended the leadership training class,                  opened.                                   common batteries. Please log on to
the responsibilities. Actually it is im-                got my CPR and First Aide classes out                         Plans to realign Reche Canyon        their       web        page        at:
perative if the Mohave Group is to                      of the way, led the required hikes and                   Road and Reche Vista Drive con-           www.rivcowm.org or call 1-800-
continue with the same activities as we                 became a certified hike leader for the                   tinue. The county is in the process       304-2226 for more information and
have had in the past. I cannot believe                  Sierra Club.                                             of hiring a consultant to work on         to verify dates.
that people in the Victor Valley do not                      One last goal I had envisioned for                  preliminary engineering and envi-              If you are interested in learning
care about what happens to our lands                    this year was to get started backpack-                   ronmental studies. For more infor-        more about backyard composting,
and our quality of life here. People                    ing with my husband. We bought all                       mation, contact John Marcinek at          log on to Riverside County’s web
certainly must care about what hap-                     the gear early in the year but do to an                  the Riverside County Transportation       page at: http://www.rivcowm.org/
pens to the world around them and the                   operation he had to have; we were set                    and Land Management Agency at             c o m p o s t i n g /
future they leave for their children                    back a bit. I am glad to say that just                   jmarcine@rctlma.org                       composting_workshops.html for a
enough to become involved." So out                      two weeks ago we accomplished our                             As we have mentioned before,         schedule of Riverside County Back-
of the house I came - sorry it took me                  goal and participated in our first begin-                the proposed development called           yard Composting Program schedule
so long Carol!                                          ner backpack to the Soda Mountains                       the Villages of Lakeview in Lake-         of workshops other information.
     I started in January 06 attending                  with leader Craig Deutche. Hi Craig,                     view/Nuevo is still in progress. The           The Moreno Valley Group is
meetings and joining in on the hikes in                 I'm feeling better now!                                  project proponents plan to put            looking for group members who
the area. At some 50 lbs overweight,                         My goals for 2007 are as follows;                   12,000+ homes, apartments and             would be interested in taking the
most of you know that was not an easy                   to continue what I’ve started with the                   schools on the southern boundary of       Chapter’s Outings Training so they
task but I have loved every minute. I                   Mohave Group and help where ever I                       the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, a          can help lead walks and hikes for
am learning about areas of Critical                     can, continue leading weekend hikes                      19,000 acre reserve in Riverside          the group. Our current outings chair
Environmental Concern and how to                        with a focus on beginners and children                   County’s Multi-Species Habitat            has moved so we are in need of
protect them. I have learned about en-                  and to encourage others to becoming                      Conservation Plan.       The county       someone to complete the training
vironmental issues that are a priority in               active in conservation work. As I have                   plans to release the draft environ-       and work on scheduling outings for
our deserts and our National Forests. I                 learned; you’re never too young or too                   mental document for The Villages          the group. If you would be inter-
have learned to leave no trace. I have                  old to get started.                                      of Lakeview project by the summer         ested in volunteering for the train-
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                                   Palm and Pine                                                                                        Page 10

                                                                                                                                               tional 94,301 acres of Catellus Land.
Island Hopping In Channel Islands                                                            The Land Conservancy                              TWC funded the acquisition of an addi-
                                                                                                                                               tional 62,847 acres in Imperial County
Whales, Pinnipeds & Wildflowers
                                                                                             (Continued from page 2)
                                                                                                                                               In February 2003. In summer 2003,
                                                                                             aesthetic integrity, as well as recrea-           TWC funded the remaining 7,916 acres
                                                                                             tional access for more than 4 million             of Catellus conservation lands.
                                                                                             acres of public lands, due to the                       TWC also funded two land ex-
                                                                                             checker-boarded configuration of the              changes that netted over 35,000 acres in
                                                                                             lands owned by SF Pacific Properties.             six BLM Wilderness Areas and gifted
                                                                                                  In July 1999, The Wildlands Con-             an additional 28,000 acres of land that
                                                                                             servancy acquired an option on 437,000            was acquired to prevent exploitation of
                                                                                             acres by negotiating an $18 million               private lands primarily in Joshua Tree
                                                                                             discount with the parent company of SF            National Park. TWC is currently acquir-
                                                                                             Pacific Properties and Catellus Devel-            ing thousands of acres of private in-
                                                                                             opment Corporation, whose leadership              holdings in federal wilderness areas to
                                                                                             acted in the public interest. Thanks to           gift to the U.S. Department of the Inte-
                                                                                             the support of TWC donors, the U.S.               rior.
                                                                                             Department of the Interior acquired                     Thanks to the support of our do-
                                                                                             405,206 acres with $30 million in pri-            nors, this vast reach of the Mojave De-
                                                                                             vate monies gifted by TWC and $15                 sert will always be open to hikers,
                                                                                             million in Land and Water Conserva-               campers and sightseers, and will remain
                                                                                             tion Fund (LWCF) monies. In 2002,                 a place of beauty, solitude and inspira-
                                                                                             TWC funded the acquisition of an addi-            tion for all time to come.


                                                                                           DESERT INSTITUTE CLASSES
                                                                Photo by Joan June Holtz   (Continued from page 13)
Land Bridge
                                                                                           Apr 27, 2007                     Bradshaw Trail (Lecture)
    Please join us for an exciting          ablaze with wildflowers. The pris-             In 1862, the Bradshaw Trail became the path for miners and adventurers to the gold fields of
                                                                                           Arizona. Reda Anderson will take listeners back in time to experience the excitement and hard-
tour of Channel Islands National            tine waters of the Marine Sanctu-              ships of the late 1800s on the road that began in San Bernardino and ended in La Paz, Arizona.
Park. We are offering 4-day, 4-             ary churn with colorful fish & sea                        Date/Time: Fri, Apr 27, 7 pm-8 pm
island cruises, cost $775, on April         lions and will entice snorkelers &                        Location: Old Firehouse Museum, 72-861 El Paseo Dr., Palm Desert
13-16; May 4-7; July 20-23 visit-           kayakers.                                                 Fee: $5 at the door, open to the public.
                                                                                                      Lecturer: Reda Anderson, Bradshaw Trail Guide
ing San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa               Each island is unique & offers
Cruz & Anacapa Islands. Two 5-              special charm: San Miguel for its              Apr 28 - 29, 2007               Edible Plants of the Desert
                                                                                           Native Americans inhabited the Mojave and Colorado Deserts for centuries, their survival
day, 5-island cruises are planned           white, sandy beaches & huge con-               depending largely on the knowledge of desert plants. Under the guidance of ethnobotanist
for August 25-29 & September                gregation of elephant seals; Santa             William Pink, students will learn to identify and make food from various seeds, nuts, flow-
15-19, cost $925 visiting all of the        Rosa for its rare Torrey Pine for-             ers, fruits and stalks found within the California deserts.
islands of Channel Islands Na-              est; Santa Cruz for high moun-                             Date/Time: Sat Apr 28, 9 a.m.–Evening; Sun Apr 29, 9 am–12 pm
tional Park, including tiny Santa           tains, deep valleys & the famous                           Location: Black Rock Canyon Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd., Yucca Valley
                                                                                                       Fee: $75 ($65 for JTNPA/PINE members)
Barbara Island.                             Painted Cave, Anacapa for the                              Material Fee: $10
      These fundraising cruises de-         west coast brown pelican rookery,                          Instructors: William Pink, Native Skills Educator, Ethnobotanist, Cupeno/Luiseno Indian
part from Santa Barbara, CA,                steep cliffs, a picturesque light-
aboard the 68' twin diesel                  house & excellent snorkeling wa-
Truth. Prices include assigned              ters. Tiny Santa Barbara Island
                                                                                           UCR EXTENSION CLASSES
bunk, all meals, snacks, beverages          delights visitors with its friendly            (Continued from page 13)
                                                                                           are responsible for their own transportation. Visitors not permitted. Botany course for Cer-
& services of a ranger/naturalist           colony of frolicking sea lions.                tificate in Field Ecology. Elective for Specialized Study Program in Field Botany
who will travel with us to lead                    To make a reservation send                          Instructor: Michael J. Wangler, M.S., Professor of Geography, Cuyamaca College, El Cajon.
hikes and help identify plants,             $100, payable to Sierra Club, to                           When: Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m. & Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11 & 12 (2 meetings)
flowers, wildlife & remnants of             leader Joan Jones Holtz, 11826                             Location: University Extension Center - Room TBA, RIVERSIDE
the rich culture left behind by the         The Wye St., El Monte, CA                      Introduction to Plant Identification and Ecology – PINE discount $170 each (064-SCF-F30)
Chumash people. Proceeds will               91732. (626) 443-0706;                         Appropriate for individuals with no experience identifying plants, this course introduces a
benefit Sierra Club programs.               jholtzhln@aol.com.                             simplified process of plant identification. Discussion and direct observation explore the
                                                                                           relationships between plant species and families in several common habitats. Plant materials
     Activities include hiking, kay-        For island scenes try web-                     are used to teach botanical terminology and introduce the concept of keying as a means to
aking, swimming, snorkeling,                s i t e :           h t t p : / /              identify plants. Saturday and Sunday field trips to the local mountains provide an opportu-
beach combing, or just relaxing at          www.truthaquatics.com/                         nity to study the native flora of Southern California. Field studies include discussions of
sea. In spring, the islands are             hiking.htm                                     plant distribution and community ecology, plant physiology, adaptation to environmental
                                                                                           stresses, pollination biology, conservation and uses of native plants. This course provides a
                                                                                           framework for those who wish to continue explorations of the plant world. At the conclu-
                                            wonderful day and they were all out to
Mountains Group                             enjoy the much appreciated warmth.
                                                                                           sion of the course students construct their own "taxonomic salad" by examining the vegeta-
                                                                                           bles that make up a salad and determining what families and species are present and how
                                                                                           they relate to wild plants in Southern California.
                                            We spotted 27 different species and the        Botany course for Certificate in Field Botany
(Continued from page 3)                     highlight of the day was a Bald Eagle                     Instructor: Daryl Koutnik, Ph.D., Managing Principal, Biological Services
Services District has started the process   atop a dead tree above the north shore.                   Group, Impact Sciences, Inc.
of developing an integrated Water Re-       After the walk we adjourned to a local                    When: Fri., 6-8 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18, 19 & 20
sources Program by organizing a Pro-        eatery for a couple of hours of eating                    (3 meetings)
                                                                                                      Location: University Extension Center - Room TBA, RIVERSIDE
ject Advisory Committee (PAC) to help       and talking.
create a forum for feedback on the alter-        And (in the context of the bird           Geology and Natural History of the Eastern Sierra – PINE discount $125 each (064-
natives and evaluation criteria of a        walk) I am happy to report that Bill           SCF-F22)
much-needed water plan.                     Engs, who had been somewhat doubt-             Along the eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada lies one of the most remarkable landscapes in
                                                                                           North America. This weekend field course explores the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra
     The Mountains Group will be rep-       ful of my birding skills when I told him       between Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes. Topics include the huge 1872 earthquake (one of
resented on the committee.                  of spotting a roadrunner at Lake Greg-         the three great earthquakes in California history), glacial landforms from the last ice age, the
     On the lighter, and more fun side,     ory (about 4500’ elevation) in Novem-          cataclysmic eruption of Long Valley, and the volcanic hazards of future eruptions of Mam-
Bill Engs shepherded a group of us on a     ber, acknowledged that I was not as            moth Mountain. Note: No previous background in geology is necessary. Transportation to
winter bird walk around Lake Gregory        much out of my tree as he had imag-            Owens Valley is the responsibility of the student. Information on accommodations and
                                                                                           camping will be provided. Visitors not permitted. Physical Science Course for Certificate in
in Crestline on February 3rd.        We     ined because he had just recently seen         Field Ecology. Elective for Specialized Study Program in Field Geology
started at around 8:00 am (chilly -         probably the same roadrunner at a                         Instructor: Gary Arce, M.S., Instructor, Geology, Victor Valley College/
ducks had been walking on the ice just      nearby market.                                            Published author & photographer.
two weeks before) and walked counter-            Did I mention that when I saw the                    When: Sat.-Sun. Jun. 2-3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (2 meetings)
                                                                                                      Location: Field Study
clockwise around the lake over about a      roadrunner it was about six feet off the
three hour period. The birds must have      ground in a tree?
known it was going to turn out to be a
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                                Palm and Pine                                                                             Page 11

                                                                                                                                       nology and you can help make it hap-
Sierra Club & Sierra Club California                                                      Step It Up 2007                              pen!
                                                                                                                                       HOW TO GET INVOLVED
                                                                                          (Continued from page 1)
(Continued from page 2)                                                                                                                     When San Gorgonio Chapter’s
                                                                                          there is not convincing proof that it is     event is selected you’ll be able to find
Meet the Sierra Club California Staff                                                     being caused by man?                         out more about it several ways:
Bill Allayaud - State Legislative Director                                                      Step It Up is still for you because         1) Attend our April 3 Chapter
Focuses on coastal/ marine issues, land use/ sprawl, transportation, and California       the day is dedicated to convincing Con-      meeting and along with the fantastic
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues.                                                  gress to enact legislation to cut carbon     program from the Wildlands Conser-
                                                                                          emissions by 80% by 2050. So if you          vancy, we’ll provide you all the details.
     Bill Allayaud has been director of Sierra Club California since June, 2000                                                        (Hopefully, I’ll have details March 6 at
                                                                                          don’t believe in global warming or you
arriving with a background in city and environmental planning and natural                 don’t believe man is causing it, we’ll       another absolutely fantastic chapter
resource management. He spent 20 years working for the California Coastal                 still virtually cut our dependency on oil,   program)
Commission, where he did analysis of development projects, worked with                    coal and natural gas to produce our               2) Send an e-mail to your Chapter
cities and counties on their coastal land use plans, and developed particular             electricity.                                 Chair Ralph Salisbury ralphsalis-
expertise in shoreline processes, water quality, and legislative advocacy. He                   These alternative renewable energy     bury@charter.net and I’ll keep you up-
also had stints working for two cities as a planner. Bill holds a Bachelor's de-          sources will ultimately be cheaper than      dated.
gree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies             petroleum and coal based electrical               3) Visit the San Gorgonio Website
and Politics and a Master's in Regional Planning from Cornell University. On              generation. They will be cleaner. They       at http://sangorgonio.sierraclub.org and
weekends you can find him on the trails, both snowy and dry, of the moun-                 will help solve United States’ conflicts     well post the information on our home
tains of California and the West.                                                         that oddly seem to occur in oil-rich na-     page as soon as we have it.
                                                                                          tions. Cutting carbon emissions is win-           4) Visit Step It Up 2007 at http://
Beverly Clairfield - Administrative Assistant                                             win for everyone – even the petroleum        stepitup2007.org Click on “Find an
Responsible for bookkeeping and office administration.                                                                                 Action” and submit zip code 92501 or
                                                                                          industry and the auto industry. The
     Beverly Clairfield has been Sierra Club California's administrative assis-           United States can be the leader in tech-     something close to it.
tant and bookkeeper since May 1996. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree
from the University of Nevada-Reno, and is particularly interested in wildlife
and habitat conservation. Bev enjoys exploring and hiking anywhere east of
Highway 395.                                                                              Sierra Club National Election Coming
                                                                                               The annual election for the Club's Board of Directors is now underway. In
Bill Magavern - Senior Legislative Representative
                                                                                          March, those of you who are eligible to vote in the national Sierra Club election
Focuses on environmental justice, pesticides, recycling/ solid waste, toxics, haz-
                                                                                          will receive in the mail (or by Internet if you chose the electronic delivery option)
ardous waste, air quality, and good government issues.
                                                                                          your national Sierra Club ballot. This will include information on the candidates
     Bill Magavern has been senior legislative representative for Sierra Club Cali-       and where you can find additional information on the Club's website.
fornia since 2000, responsible for advocating for environmental causes before the              The Sierra Club is a democratically structured organization at all levels. The
State Legislature and executive agencies. Bill received his A.B in American Civi-         Club requires the regular flow of views on policy and priorities from its grass-
lization from Brown University. After working in youth outreach, political cam-           roots membership in order to function well. Yearly participation in elections at
paigns, and alternative journalism, he received his J.D. from the State University        all Club levels is a major membership obligation. Your Board of Directors is
of New York at Buffalo Law School. Bill has worked as an environmental advo-              required to stand for election by the membership. This Board sets Club policy
cate since 1988, first as a staff attorney for the U.S. Public Interest Research          and budgets at the national level and works closely with the Executive Director
Group, then as a director of Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project, and           and staff to operate the Club. Voting for candidates who express your views on
later as the Sacramento director of the Committee to Bridge the Gap. Bill enjoys          how the Club should grow and change is both a privilege and responsibility of
hiking in Yosemite when the Legislature is out of session.                                membership.
Paul Mason - Legislative Representative                                                        Members frequently state that they don't know the candidates and find it dif-
Focuses on forestry & habitat issues, fish and wildlife, factory farms, mining, and       ficult to vote without learning more. You can learn more by asking questions of
oil drilling.                                                                             your group and chapter leadership and other experienced members you know.
                                                                                          Visit the Club's election website: http://www.sierraclub.org/bod/2007 election.
     Paul Mason has been a legislative representative for Sierra Club California          This site provides links to additional information about candidates, and their
since 2002. Between 1995 and 2002 Paul worked to protect forests, watersheds              views on a variety of issues facing the Club and the environment.
and endangered species for the Environmental Protection Information Center                     You should use your own judgment by taking several minutes to read the
(EPIC) in Humboldt County. While at EPIC, Paul was intimately involved in the             ballot statement of each candidate. Then make your choices and cast your votes.
successful effort to protect Headwaters Forest from Pacific Lumber’s rapacious            You will find the ballot is quite straightforward and easy to mark. A growing
logging, as well as the protection of a number of less infamous stands of ancient         number of members find the user friendly Internet voting option to be very con-
forest. Paul has also worked for the Mattole Salmon Group coordinating restora-           venient as well as saving postage.
tion and sediment reduction projects in the headwaters of the Mattole river. Paul              The candidates are listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot:
holds a B.S. in Resource Policy from Humboldt State University, with a focus on
forest management. When he’s not in the Capitol, you can often find Paul roam-                  Clark A. Buchner - Nominating Committee candidate
ing in the forests of Northwestern California.                                                  Alan Kuper - Petition candidate
                                                                                                Sanjay Ranchod - Nominating Committee candidate
Jim Metropulos - Legislative Representative                                                     Jerry Sutherland - Petition candidate
Focuses on energy, water quality, water supply, parks and off-highway vehicles,                 Robert Brashear-Kaulfers - Nominating Committee candidate
wetlands and flood control issues.                                                              Robert Cox - Nominating Committee candidate
    Jim Metropulos has been a legislative representative at Sierra Club California              Ayelet Hines - Petition candidate
since the beginning of 2002. Before coming to the Sierra Club, he was committee                 David Karpf - Nominating Committee candidate
counsel to the Washington State Senate's Environment, Energy and Water Re-                      Allison Chin - Nominating Committee candidate
sources Committee. Previously he clerked for Justice Jim Regnier of the Montana                 Lisa Renstrom - Nominating Committee candidate
Supreme Court. He graduated from Tulane Law School specializing in Environ-                     Kenneth P. Langton - Nominating Committee candidate
mental and Natural Resources Law and was research assistant to Professor Oliver
Houck. While in law school, he interned for the National Wildlife Federation in
Washington DC, working on endangered species issues. He holds a Bachelor's
degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Jim
                                                                                          Green Tips...Is your Fridge Running Efficiently?
enjoys getting out of Sacramento and hitting the open road to explore Northern                 Appliances account for about 20%        and vacuum the coils at least once a
California.                                                                               of a household’s annual electricity use.     year.
                                                                                          While replacing old appliance with new            Open the door as little as possible
Sierra Club California's Legislative Action Network                                       Energy Star-rated models is the most         to minimize the amount of cold air that
                                                                                          efficient method of reducing your envi-      escapes.
You can help us protect California’s environment by joining our online                    ronmental impacts, there are several              Don’t keep your refrigerator or
Legislative Action Network.                                                               things you can do with your current
                                                                                                                                       freezer too cold, which can waste en-
                                                                                          refrigerator:
                                                                                                                                       ergy. Recommended temperatures are
    Once signed up, you will receive up-to-the minute e-mailed alerts on key                   Keep your refrigerator away from
                                                                                          heat sources (including dishwashers,         between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit
environmental legislation and regulations. By following the link in the alert to the
                                                                                          ovens, heating vents, and direct             (ºF) for refrigerators and 5 ºF for freez-
Action Network website, you will find background information on the issue and
an editable letter that will be emailed or faxed automatically to your official.          sunlight), which cause it to work harder     ers.
                                                                                          to keep its contents cold.                        Keep the refrigerator and freezer
                                                                                               Leave a few inches of space behind      full to better retain the cold. If your
                                                                                          the refrigerator to ensure proper air        refrigerator is fairly empty, store water-
                                                                                          circulation around the condenser coils,      filled containers inside.
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Historic Mine Protected For Wilderness                                                   California’s Global Warming Law
    WRIGHTWOOD, CA:             The           son's Big Horn Sheep occur in the          …..Now The Hard Work Begins
Wilderness Land Trust announced               area. Abundant water from springs
January 10 that it has purchased the          increased the value of the mine            By Bill Magavern
historic Big Horn Mine in the Sheep           property for potential development             In 2006 California’s Legislature
Mountain Wilderness of the Ange-              as a mountain retreat.                     passed, and the Governor signed,
les National Forest. The Trust ne-                 Financing for a portion of the        landmark legislation putting an en-
                                                            project came from pri-       forceable cap on our state’s emis-
                                                            vate donations, with         sions of global warming pollution –
                                                            the majority being se-       the first such law in the United
                                                            cured by a long-term         States. The Global Warming Solu-
                                                            loan. "We will need to       tions Act, AB 32, authored by As-
                                                            work hard to raise the       sembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and
                                                            funds to pay off our         then-Assembly member Fran Pav-
                                                            loan," said Nicole           ley, has garnered justifiable praise
                                                            Nedeff, Vice President       around the country and even over-
                                                            of the Wilderness Land       seas as a demonstration of Califor-
                                                            Trust. "The Trust had        nia’s willingness to fill the leader-
                                                            to move quickly to pro-      ship vacuum left by the Bush Ad-
                                                            tect the property so it      ministration’s refusal to take mean-
                                                            would not be marketed        ingful action to curb greenhouse gas
Hikers visit the historic stamp mill at the Big Horn Mine for its viable mineral         emissions.                                    Environmental groups, includ-
in the San Gabriel Mountains.                               resources." The site                                                  ing Sierra Club California, have
                                                                                         Now the hard work begins                 urged the ARB to take a bolder ap-
                                                            was first prospected in
gotiated with a private mining com- 1859 and permits to mine gold had                         Far from the culmination, pas-      proach and add several other early
pany to buy the 277-acre property been valid up until just a few years                   sage of the law represents the begin-    action measures that reduce emis-
and will transfer it to the Forest Ser- ago, according to Nedeff.                        ning of what will be a long and dif-     sions from passenger vehicles,
vice for incorporation into the sur-               Founded in 1993, the Wilder-          ficult process of implementing poli-     heavy-duty vehicles, cement facto-
rounding Sheep Mountain Wil-                                                             cies to bring California’s green-        ries, landfills and marine vessels.
derness. The Big Horn Mine is                                                            house gas emissions down to their             The ARB also is in the process
an extremely popular hiking                                                              1990 level by 2020. The Legislature      of setting the “baseline” – the level
destination and its preservation                                                         has required a reduction to that         of emissions in 1990 -- and of estab-
is vital to the surrounding wil-                                                         level, and has wisely put the state’s    lishing a system for large emitters
derness. The former owners                                                               Air Resources Board in charge of         of greenhouse pollution to report
chose to sell to the Trust rather                                                        making it happen. The ARB, which         their emissions. Advisory commit-
than reopen the mine or pursue                                                           has built a reputation as the nation’s   tees have been chartered on the top-
a sale to another mining com-                                                            premier guardian of air quality, now     ics of environmental justice, mar-
pany.                                                                                    takes on the additional challenge of     kets, and technology.
      “Transferring this property                                                        addressing global warming. Indus-             As implementation proceeds,
into public ownership will help                                                          try lobbyists are already flocking to    many important questions will be
ensure conservation of the                                                               the workshops and seminars on the        debated and decided, including:
valuable resources this land has                                                         topic, hoping to shape the eventual      how many emission reductions will
to offer for future generations.                                                         rules to benefit their narrow inter-     come from technology standards
Without the hard work and                                                                ests.                                    and incentive programs, and how
dedication of the Wilderness                                                                  The ARB’s first task, which         many from market mechanisms?
Trust and its partners this op-                                                          may come up as early as its April        Will the market mechanisms in-
portunity to enhance the Sheep                                                           meeting, is to publish a list of         clude a “cap-and-trade” program, as
Mountain Wilderness would                                                                “Early Action Measures,” those           Governor Schwarzenegger has or-
not be possible. This is a true                                                          regulations that could be put in         dered? If so, will polluters be given
legacy opportunity made possi- East Fork of the San Gabriel River seen from              place before 2010 to start bringing      permits to emit greenhouse gases, or
                                         the Big Horn Mine in the Sheep Mountain
ble through public/private part- Wilderness of the Angeles National Forest.              down greenhouse pollution. ARB           will they have to buy them? Tech-
nerships, “ said Jody Noiron,                                                            staff have indicated their inclination   nology-based standards have a far
Forest Supervisor of the Angeles ness Land Trust is a non-profit, pub-                   to put forward only two such meas-       better record of success than pollu-
National Forest.                              licly supported charity that works to      ures: the Low-Carbon Fuels Stan-         tion trading schemes, especially
      The mine, named after the Nel- purchase private lands (inholdings)                 dard announced by the Governor in        when the right to emit is granted to
son's Big Horn Sheep that still roam within wilderness and transfer these                a January executive order, and re-       polluters for free.
across the San Gabriel Mountains, properties to public ownership                         strictions on refrigerants called             This implementation process
is located near Mt. Baden-Powell through voluntary mechanisms that                       hydrofluorocarbons that have high        will be a high priority for Sierra
and Vincent Gap along Highway 2 respect landowner property rights                        global warming potential. The Low-       Club California this year and for
in northern Los Angeles County. and values. The Trust has protected                      Carbon Fuels Standard will require       years to come.
"The rising price of gold made re- over 20,600 acres of land in 57 dif-                  a 10% reduction in the carbon inten-          For more information on-line,
opening the mine attractive for the ferent wilderness areas across Cali-                 sity of transportation fuels by 2020,    go to www.climatechange.ca.gov
owner and we are thankful that we fornia, Oregon, Washington, Mon-                       stimulating deployment of alterna-       and www.sierraclubcalifornia.org.
could step in to secure the site for tana, Colorado, Arizona and New                     tives to gasoline.
the enjoyment of future generations. Mexico. The Trust purchased the
The Trust ranks this property as one Big Horn Mine as part of its ongo-
of the most critical wilderness in- ing effort to complete California's
holdings to protect in California," wilderness system by working with                    Calico Ghost Town Carcamp
said Reid Haughey, President of the willing sellers to acquire and trans-                Join The Big Bear Group For a Weekend of Fun
Wilderness Land Trust.                        fer over 100,000 acres of remaining
      The Big Horn Mine is situated private inholdings to public owner-                     Join the Big Bear Group for a fun camping trip starting on Friday eve-
at the headwaters of the East Fork ship.                                                ning, April 13 at the Calico Ghost Town campground. Saturday will include
of the San Gabriel River and the                                                        a local hike, and a visit to the Ghost Town. Saturday night is a potluck din-
                                                                                        ner, singing around the campfire and storytelling by two professional sto-
area supports an interesting mixture (Printed with permission by The                    rytellers. Sunday we will take a tour of the Calico Early Man archeological
of high elevation and desert vegeta- Wilderness Land Trust                              site, (Additional $5 entrance fee for tour.) Camping is $18 a night and
tion. Yuccas and sagebrush are www.wildernesslandtrust.org PO                           includes the entrance fee to Calico Ghost Town. Information: Leader: Ed
found growing under Jeffrey pine Box 163, Carmel Valley, CA 93924                       Wallace. To reserve a spot on this trip, call Christie Walker, 909-866-
and big-cone Douglas fir, and Nel- (415) 606-5895)                                      5006.
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DESERT INSTITUTE CLASSES                                                                             UCR EXTENSION CLASSES
(Continued from page 16)                                                                             (Continued from page 16)
Mar 23, 2007                  Marshal South & the Ghost Mountain Chronicles (Lecture)                ans and the botanical explorer, John C. Fremont. Along the way, explore ghost towns, old
Join Diana Lindsay, editor of Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles: An Ex-                mines and historic Indian sites and gain an appreciation for this little-traveled area between
periment in Primitive Living, to learn the story of Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain             mountain resort communities and Joshua Tree National Park. Note: Course involves mod-
Chronicles. In the 1940’s Marshal South chronicled his family’s controversial primitive              erate hikes and driving over dirt roads. Vehicles should be somewhat sturdy, but a four-
lifestyle on Ghost Mountain through popular articles written for Desert Magazine.                    wheel drive is not required. Visitors not permitted. Botany course for Certificate in Field
           Date/Time: Fri, Mar 23, 7pm                                                               Ecology. Botany course for Certificate in Desert Ecology. Elective for Specialized Study
           Location: Old Firehouse Museum, 72-861 El Paseo Dr., Palm Desert, CA                      Program in Field Botany
           Fee: $5                                                                                             Instructor: Daryl Koutnik, Ph.D., Supervising Regional Planner, Los Angeles
           Lecturer: Diana Lindsay, editor of Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chroni                      County Regional Planning Department
           cles: An Experiment in Primitive Living, author                                                     When: Fri., 6-8 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mar. 23, 24 & 25
                                                                                                               (3 meetings)
Mar 24 & 25, 2007               Flora of Joshua Tree National Park                                             Location: University Extension Center - Room TBA, RIVERSIDE
Learn the secret of how plants survive in some of the hottest deserts in the world in this two
day field class offered by the Desert Institute. Allan Schoenherr, author of A Natural History       Geology and Natural History of Death Valley – PINE discount $170 each (064-SCF-
of California and Alan Romspert, the botanist’s botanist will guide the class in the identifica-     F34)
tion of desert flora while unfolding the story of how plants have adapted to flourish in a land      Death Valley National Park offers a wonderful outdoor laboratory for studying the natural
with little rain.                                                                                    forces which have shaped western North America. An extraordinary range of geologic
            Date/Time: Sat, Mar 24, 8 am – 5 pm; Sun, Mar 25, 7:45 am – 2 pm                         processes has left its mark on this landscape. This weekend field course addresses how
            Location: Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms                such processes as earthquakes, volcanoes, lake formation, sedimentation and mountain-
            Credit Fee: $175 ($165 for JTNPA/PINE members)                                           building have contributed to the present form of Death Valley. Discussions introduce de-
            Non-credit Fee: $100 ($90 for JTNPA/PINE members)                                        sert plants and animals and address the colorful human history of the region. Several short
            Instructors: Allan Schoenherr, Ph.D., Professor, Ecology, Fullerton Collage              hikes (less than one mile) are planned. No previous background in geology is required.
            Alan Romspert, M.A., botanist, desert naturalist                                         Note: Transportation and overnight accommodations are the responsibility of the student.
                                                                                                     Visitors not permitted. Students will meet at the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center on High-
Mar 31, 2007                  Wildflower Wanderings                                                  way 190 in Death Valley. Physical Science course for Certificate in Field Ecology. Physi-
Our experienced Park Ranger will lead you to the best blooms for this year. The class will cover     cal Science course for Certificate in Desert Ecology. Elective for Specialized Study Pro-
themes from basic flower anatomy to the unusual adaptations they have for desert survival.           gram in Field Geology
          Date/Time: Mar 31, 9 am to 4 pm                                                                       Instructor: Gary Arce, M.S., Instructor, Geology, Victor Valley College/
          Location: Oasis Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park                                             Published author & photographer.
          Fee: $45 ( $35 for JTNPA/PINE members)                                                                When: Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Apr. 14 & 15 (2 meetings)
          Instructor: Dar Spearing, Park Ranger                                                                 Location: Death Valley
Apr 1, 2007                    Basic Desert Survival
                                                                                                     A Field Study of Birds: Spring – PINE discount $180 each (064-SCF-F23)
Do you have what it takes to survive in the desert for a couple of days, or even a single
                                                                                                     Birds during the spring migration and in their breeding territories. Emphasis on identifica-
night? Taught by survival skills expert Tony Nester of Ancient Pathways, this course im-
                                                                                                     tion of breeding plumages in the field and museum. Field trips include Mystic Lake, Impe-
parts the information needed to survive an emergency situation in the unforgiving environ-
                                                                                                     rial Beach, Salton Sea, Imperial Valley, Morongo Valley, High Desert and San Jacinto
ment of Joshua Tree National Park.
                                                                                                     Mountains. Note: Visitors not permitted. Vertebrate course for Certificate in Field Ecol-
           Date/Time: Sun, Apr 1, 9 am 4 pm
                                                                                                     ogy. Elective for the Specialized Study Program in Field Ornithology (may be taken twice
           Location: Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms
                                                                                                     for credit)
           Fee: $60 ($50 for JTNPA and PINE members)
                                                                                                                Instructor: Eugene A. Cardiff, B.A., Retired Curator of Natural History, San
           Instructor: Tony Nester, Outdoor Guide, Author of Desert Survival Tips, Tricks & Skills
                                                                                                                Bernardino County Museum, Redlands.
Apr 7, 2007                    Desert Night Sky                                                                 When: Tue. 7:30-9:30 pm, Apr. 17. Field trips all day Sat. Apr. 21, 28, May 5,
Come learn about the plants, nebulas, and the two thousand stars that are visible in an ideal                   19, June 2. (6 meetings)
night sky. This class will start inside and then move to the field for a guided exploration                     Location: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MUSEUM, REDLANDS
using sight, binoculars, and telescopes to discover the universe that surrounds us.
          Date/Time: Sat, Apr 7, 3 pm to 10 pm                                                       Chaparral of Southern California – PINE discount $129 each (064-SCF-F33)
          Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms                   Chaparral defines one of Southern California's most extensive and characteristic native
          Fee: $55 ($45 for JTNPA/PINE Members)                                                      landscapes. Shaped by climate, geology and fire, this sclerophyllous-shrub-dominated
          Instructor: Peter Bertain, Astronomer                                                      habitat ranges from near sea level to 800 ft. elevation, forming several distinct communi-
Apr 10, 2007                  Desert Wildflower Wanderings (Lecture)                                 ties found in coastal, inland valley, foothill, mountain and desert environments. This
Joshua Tree National Park Ranger, Cindy VonHalle, will saturate your senses with the                 course surveys the ecology and natural history of Southern California's native chaparral,
beauty of a wildflower bloom in the desert. Her multi-media presentation will lead you on a          including its distribution, classification, habitat requirements, and life cycle strategies. On
tour through the colorful potential of a desert spring.                                              the field trip, participants visit several representative community types and learn basic field
          Date/Time: Tue, Apr 10, 6:30 pm 8 pm                                                       identification techniques and to differentiate closely related species within and across habi-
          Location: Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Ave, Palm Springs                    tat types. In addition, the course explores how climate, geology and fire have influenced
          Fee: Free, open to the public.                                                             chaparral evolution, and how communities are affected by modern environmental stresses
          Lecturer: Cindy VonHalle, Joshua Tree National Park Interpretive Ranger                    associated with urban sprawl, air pollution, invasive species and global warming. Note:
                                                                                                     Participants should be prepared for several light hikes in coastal, mountain and desert set-
Apr 13 - 15, 2007              Plant Ecology of Joshua Tree National Park                            tings. Please bring water, lunch, and snacks and be prepared for the day's weather. Students
Learn the secret of how plants survive in some of the hottest deserts in the world in this                                                                                   (Continued on page 10)
three-day field class offered by the Desert Institute. Stephanie Ritter, Professor of Biology at
Copper Mountain College will guide the class in the identification of desert flora while un-
folding the story of how plants have adapted to flourish in a land with little rain.
          Date/Time: Fri Apr 13, 6-9 pm; Sat Apr 14, 8am–5 pm; Sun Apr 5, 8 am–1 pm
          Location: Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree                                                         One Environment...
          Credit Fee: $175 ($165 for JTNPA/PINE members)
          Non-credit Fee: $100 ($90 for JTNPA/PINE members)
                                                                                                                                     One Simple Way to Care for it
          Instructor: Stephanie Ritter, Professor of Biology, Copper Mountain College
                                                                                                                                    Join us in protecting the future by doing your
Apr 20 - 21, 2007             Photographing Joshua Tree Up Close & Personal
Join outdoor guide/artist Spelman Evans Downer for a field class to capture the spring sea-                                      vvvshare today.
son through photography. Spelman will discuss macro photography principles and their
application to wildflowers, plants, rocks and insects.                                                                         How can you choose between the eagle and the
          Date/Time: Fri, Apr 20, 7-p pm; Sat Apr 21, 9:45 am–6 pm                                    buffalo? Between the elephants and the whales?
          Location: Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree
          Fee: $75 ($65 for JTNPA and PINE members)
          Instructor: Spelman Evans Downer, Visual Artist, Instructor                                 Between drinking clean water and breathing clean air? Between parks and
                                                                                                      beaches? How can you choose? Would there be a right choice?
Apr 20, 2007           Air Pollution & Invasive Plants: Is There a Connection in JTNP? (Lecture)
Dr. Allen will explain how air pollution and invasive grasses are changing the face of the Mojave     Now there’s a way to help not just one, but all these things. It’s called Earth
and Colorado Deserts and what this means for the future of Joshua Tree National Park.
          Date/Time: Fri, Apr 20, 7 pm-8 pm                                                           Share of California – the world’s leading environmental and conservation
          Location: Black Rock Canyon Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd., Yucca Valley        charities working together.
          Fee: Free, open to the public.
          Lecturer: Edith Allen, Ph.D., Biologist                                                     Through Earth Share of California you can make a one-time gift, or a payroll
Apr 22, 2007                 Venomous Animals of the Desert                                           deduction donation that helps every day to preserve and protect the environ-
Feared and respected by many for their potential to inflict harm, venomous animals have
long captured the fascination of humanity. Join William Hayes, Ph.D., and Professor of
                                                                                                      ment – locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
Biology at Loma Linda University to learn the secrets of the venomous animals of the desert.
         Date/Time: Sun, Apr 22, 9 am-5 pm                                                            Earth Share is not part of your employer’s workplace giving campaign? We’d
         Location: Black Rock Canyon Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd., Yucca Valley         like to do something about that. Call Ladd Seekins at 909-888-0161 week-
         Fee: $55 ($45 for JTNPA and PINE members)                                                    days or 909-825-4427 evenings and weekends. Address e-mail to iw-
         Instructor: William Hayes, Ph.D., Loma Linda University, Professor of Biology
                                                                           (Continued on page 10)
                                                                                                      fladd@eee.org.
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                                                                                          Roadmap Details Plan for
                                                                                          Achieving an 80% Reduction
                                                                                          In Carbon Emissions By 2050
                                                                                               Renewable Energy Experts Un-                Climate scientists agree that in
                                                                                          veil Groundbreaking Report Road-            order to prevent the most catastrophic
                                                                                          map Details Plan for Tackling US            effects of global warming we need to
                                                                                          Global Warming Emission by 2050             halt the growth of our emissions imme-
                                                                                          Using Energy Efficiency, Renewable          diately and begin reducing them within
                                                                                          Energy Alone                                the decade. The peer-reviewed report,
                                                                                                                                      "Tackling Climate Change in the US,"
                                                                                               February 1, 2007, Washington DC        is authored by scientists from the
                                                                                          — Today on Capitol Hill the Sierra          American Solar Energy Society, many

  Huts and Lodges
                                                                                          Club joined with the American Solar         of whom are employed by our nation's
                                                                                          Energy Society (ASES), key Congres-         national research laboratories. It identi-
                                                                                          sional chairmen and representatives,        fies the renewable energy resources
                                                                                          and the nation's preeminent climate         available across the US that can be
       Want to escape to the mountains? Try visiting one of the Sierra Club Huts or       scientists to unveil a new report au-
  Lodges. Stay overnight at the best rates in town.                                                                                   used to transition away from the dirty,
                                                                                          thored by ASES that lays out a plan for     fossil fuel-based energy economy of
       Keller Ski Hut, built in 1938 is at an elevation of 6800 feet on Highway 18        dramatically reducing the nation's          yesterday toward the clean energy tech-
  between Running Springs and Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains, across            global warming emissions. The road-         nologies that will fuel the economy of
  from Snow Valley Ski Area. An adventure pass is required. There are two rustic          map — now the official Sierra Club          tomorrow. The report brings together
  living/dining rooms; fully equipped kitchen with cookware, dishes, utensils, stove,     global warming strategy — details how       detailed analyses of various smart en-
  refrigerator; two dormitory sleeping lofts with 30 sleeping pads on floors; and         an aggressive, yet achievable increase      ergy solutions, including energy effi-
  bathroom. On open weekends or work parties/overseer training, call Jacqueline           in the use of energy efficient and re-      ciency solar (both photovoltaic and
  Meese (714-427-0457) or e-mail kellerskihut1938@yahoo.com. Keller rates: $2.00          newables alone can achieve a 60-80%         concentrating), wind, biofuels, bio-
  Day; $6.00 overnight.                                                                   reduction in US global warming emis-        mass, and geothermal.
                                                                                          sions by 2050.                                   "This roadmap gives us both a
       Harwood Lodge, built in 1930 to honor Aurelia Harwood, the first woman                   "This report moves the discussion
  president of the Sierra Club is located in the San Gabriel Mountains on Mt. Baldy at                                                destination — 60-80% emissions re-
                                                                                          from whether we can achieve the nec-        ductions by 2050 — and a plan for how
  6000 feet elevation. It is about 2 miles after Icehouse Canyon and across from Snow     essary reductions in global warming         to get there using the best smart energy
  Crest Park on the way up Mt. Baldy Road. The driveway on the right is shared with       pollution with energy efficiency and        solutions like efficiency and renew-
  the Zen Center. There is a fully equipped kitchen, dormitory sleeping facilities and    renewable energy in this country to         ables," said Dave Hamilton, Director of
  restrooms with showers. On Open Weekends, no reservation is required. Check in          exactly how we should do it," said Carl     the Sierra Club's Global Warming and
  with the Overseer between 10:00 a.m. Saturday until 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Rates:            Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director.       Energy Program. "Dollar for dollar,
  $5.00 Day; $12.00 overnight.                                                            "Fully three-quarters of the reductions     these clean energy solutions are the
                                                                                          in global warming pollution called for      best choices for America. There is no
      San Antonio Ski Hut, built by the Ski Mountaineers in 1937. At 8200 feet, it is
                                                                                          by Dr. Hansen and other scientists can      reason to invest tens of billions more in
  reached by a steep 3 mile hike with 2200 feet of gain. Rates: $1.00 Day; $10.00
                                                                                          be realized using energy efficiency,        the outdated, environmentally and eco-
  overnight.                                                                              wind, and solar — all technologies we       nomically irresponsible technologies of
        Open weekends for these huts and lodges can be found by visiting the Angeles      have today. The rest can be made with       yesterday like coal and nuclear when
  Chapter Website (access through sierraclub.org) or in the Angeles Schedule of Ac-       geothermal, biofuels, biomass, and          we can have efficient, clean energy at a
  tivities .                                                                              other renewables. We already have the       reasonable cost. If we want to build a
                                                                                          best, cheapest, and cleanest solutions at   new energy economy based on clean
                                                                                          our disposal; now we just need the mar-     energy and new, good-paying manufac-
Keller Ski Hut Open Weekends                                                              ket and our political leaders to put them
                                                                                          to work."
                                                                                                                                      turing jobs, this is the road to get there.


And Work Parties                                                                           Death Valley                               Biological Diversity, one of the coa-
                                                                                                                                      lition members. "The county's law-
                                                                                                                                      suit could undermine that protection.''
                                                                                                                                           Inyo County's action is the latest
Open Weekends—For Keller reservation information, see above.                               (Continued from page 15)
                                                                                           zens who helped obtain national park       attempt by off-road organizations,
Upcoming open weekends include: March 3-5, 10-11, 17-19, 24-25;                            status for Death Valley.                   counties and states throughout the
April 7-8; May 5-6, 12-13, 26-28; June 23-24 and June 20-July 1.                                Inyo County greatly benefits          West to take over little-used tracks
Overseer Training—Saturday,            April 14. The Keller Ski Hut                        from recreation and tourism in Death       on federal lands on the basis of a
                                                                                           Valley National Park and other re-         Civil War-era law called R.S. 2477
Committee invites interested hosts & leaders to learn the rewards &
                                                                                           gional wilderness areas, said Paul         that was repealed 30 years ago, said
responsibilities of being an overseer for Keller Ski Hut. Half day
                                                                                           McFarland, director of Friends of the      Ted Zukoski, attorney for Earthjus-
training is conducted in April & October each year. Current overseers                      Inyo. "It's a shame that the Board of      tice.
who would like a refresher & procedure update are encouraged to join                       Supervisors has chosen to spend                 "Use of this ancient, repealed
any scheduled training session. To reserve send a large SASE 7 days                        scarce local and national taxpayer         law threatens to degrade some of
prior to scheduled date to O/S Trainer Jacqueline Meese; 2710 W                            money attacking one of America's           America's most spectacular lands,
Northwood; Santa Ana, CA; 92704 or e-mail kellerski-                                       most popular natural icons, especially     from the Arctic Refuge in Alaska,
hut1938@yahoo.com. Be sure to include your day & evening phone                             when there is so much real need all        and Canyonlands National Park and
numbers.                                                                                   across our National Parks system and       the Grand Staircase-Escalante Na-
                                                                                           on public lands. Visitors and locals       tional Monument in Utah, to Dino-
Work Parties—April           14-15 (Saturday-Sunday); April 21-22                          alike need open campgrounds and            saur National Monument in Colo-
(Saturday-Sunday); June 9-10 (Saturday-Sunday) and June 16-17                              maintained trails, not divisive law-       rado. And now Death Valley's natural
(Saturday-Sunday). Join us for part one of our two-part SUPER work                         suits." The National Park Service          wonders are under attack,'' Zukoski
party weekends. Come up the first or second work party weekend this                        estimates Death Valley National Park       said.
month as we continue with special projects & other chores. Enjoy the                       contributed over $35 million dollars            Organizations represented by
mountain air & make new friends while earning a free pass for a future                     to the local economy in 2005.              Earthjustice in this legal action in-
stay at the Hut ($8-$12 value). Fabulous meals provided from lunch                              "The park is one of the few de-       clude the Sierra Club, Friends of the
Saturday through Sunday. All skill levels welcome. To reserve, send                        sert areas in California where wildlife    Inyo, California Wilderness Coali-
large SASE 7 days prior to scheduled date to reservationist Jacqueline                     populations are protected from habi-       tion, Center for Biological Diversity,
Meese; 2710 W Northwood; Santa Ana, Ca 92704 or e-mail kellerski-                          tat fragmentation caused by roads          The Wilderness Society and the Na-
hut1938@yahoo.com. Be sure to include your day & evening phone                             and motorized vehicle use," said Lisa      tional Parks Conservation Associa-
numbers. Leaders: Martin Kluck, Jacqueline Meese, Joel Ortmann.                            Belenky, attorney with the Center for      tion.
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International Polar Year...March 2007—March 2008                                                                                     Groups Fight to Preserve
By Michele Perrault                                              impacts to those living in the Arctic, the urgent
      International Polar Year will begin March                  need for greater research into life at the poles,                   Death Valley National Park
2007 and run through March 2008.                                 what readings from ice cores can tell us about
     It will highlight over 200 projects involving               past history, etc.                                                  Inyo County seeks to bulldoze highways through park wilderness
thousands of scientists along with nongovern-                         Watch for activities to be held in your area.                       January 18, 2007, Fresno — A coalition of envi-
mental projects, schools and other educational                   There is a link on the IPY                                          ronmental groups today filed legal papers to oppose a
facilities that have offered to bring attention to                    website) for the United States response to                     federal lawsuit by Inyo County that could let bulldozers
                                                                 IPY as well as activities worldwide. Your local                     cut new roads through Death Valley National Park, the
the conditions faced in both the Arctic and Ant-
                                                                 schools should be encouraged to join schools                        largest national park in the lower 48 states.
arctic regions.
                                                                 across the globe focusing on some aspect of the                            Intervention papers were filed in US District
     The Sierra Club responded to the request
                                                                 poles.                                                              Court, Fresno by Earthjustice, a non-profit environ-
from the IPY leadership to propose, in conjunc-                                                                                      mental law firm representing the coalition. The envi-
tion with The Antarctic Southern Oceans Coali-                        From the Club viewpoint, a focus of great
                                                                 importance is the relationship to local actions                     ronmental groups seek the right to defend the park
tion of which it is a member, ways to "help be                                                                                       against the proposed road building.
the voice of Antarctica," which has no citizenry                 that can help minimize global climate change.
                                                                 The public interest in the Arctic and Antarctic                          Inyo County filed suit in October seeking rights-of-
that can speak for it, other than those of us who                                                                                    way for highways through park wilderness, the right to
visit or have a special place in our hearts for                  has been greatly increased by recent media fo-
                                                                                                                                     tear down Park Service barriers and the right to build
this wonderful wilderness, jeopardized by nu-                    cus on penguins and polar bears, though the
                                                                                                                                     new two-lane highways in roadless desert canyons and
merous pressures. The completion of a bro-                       complex details and the relationship to needed
                                                                                                                                     valleys. Building highways in these areas would per-
chure to provide tourists on Sierra Club trips                   changes in our lives stills needs more attention.                   manently disrupt the desert stillness of Death Valley
was one recent response to bring greater atten-                       Michele is Sierra Club’s representative to                     National Park and threaten the imperiled desert tor-
tion to impacts on the continent and ways that                   the ASOC and has been elected an at-large                           toise, desert bighorn sheep and other park wildlife, as
people could help in response.                                   member of its board.                                                well as one of the park's most important petroglyph
     The IPY website notes some of the                                There is a wealth of information on Antarc-                    (ancient rock art) sites.
"urgencies of IPY" that include changing snow                    tica at the Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition                           "Routes" named in the Inyo County lawsuit would
and ice, global linkages based on what happens                   site at www.asoc.org The International Polar                        run through Greenwater Canyon, Greenwater Valley
in Antarctica affecting the rest of the world,                   Year site is www.ipy.org                                            and Last Chance Canyon, all of which have been pro-
                                                                                                                                     tected from damaging off-road vehicle use since at least
                                                                                                                                     1994. All three areas were found to be "roadless'' in
Art in the Park—Joshua Tree National Park Art Festival                                                                               1979, and were designated as wilderness when Death
                                                                                                                                     Valley National Park was created in 1994.
     Come visit the Fifteenth Annual Art Festival at             personal interpretation of the Joshua Tree National                      "It's in the public interest to ensure that the natural
the Joshua Tree National Park’s visitor center in                Park with you.                                                      and archeological treasures in Death Valley National
Twentynine Palms on April 13, 14, and 15, 9:00 a.m.                   Painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and                Park are protected. This is our legacy for future genera-
to 5:00 p.m. The Center is located at 74485 National             jewelry are some of the media included in this year’s               tions," said Deborah DeMeo, program manager for the
Park Drive, Twentynine Palms (760-367-5500).                     Art Festival.                                                       National Parks Conservation Association. "This suit
     You’ll have the pleasure of seeing the work of                   Joshua Tree National Park Association, sponsor                 threatens to destroy one of the parks' main attractions
more than twenty artists. A love and respect for the             of the Art Festival, is a nonprofit organization that               — it's stark, pristine desert beauty."
Joshua Tree National Park is the common bond be-                 provides support and assistance to the Park’s inter-                     "These wilderness areas in Death Valley National
tween these artists and you can’t escape the feelings            pretive, educational and scientific programs. Open to               Park established by Congress reflect the strong national
                                                                                                                                     interest in seeing their integrity protected," said George
of camaraderie that exist at this festival!! Each artist         the public, there is no fee to attend the Art Festival.
                                                                                                                                     Barnes of the Sierra Club. Barnes is one of the key citi-
will have work for sale and enjoy sharing their very
                                                                                                                                                                                            (Continued on page 14)
MARCH—APRIL 2007                                                                               Palm and Pine                                                                                    Page 16




The Desert Institute Classes
The Desert Institute presents outdoor adult weekend classes for Fall 2006. Come to Joshua Tree Na-
tional Park to learn with the experts about this exciting desert wonderland. These classes are open to
all skill levels. Call for brochure, information and registration: 760-367-5535 or www.joshuatree.org
                                                                                                                                                         Just outside Yosemite National Park
Mar 3, 2007                  Queen Mountain: A View from the Top                                                                                           on 50 Acres of beautiful forested
A cross-country climb up a mountainside with spectacular view of the Wonderland of
Rocks, Queen Valley and Lost Horse Valley. Along the way there will be a discussion of                                                                    hillside. Private cabins with bath or
the geology and ecology of the area. Rated Strenuous.                                                                                                     shared bath, dorms and tent cabins.
          Date/Time: Mar 3, 8 am to afternoon
          Location: Oasis Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park                                                                                        Full service Ayurvedic spa with
          Fee: $45 ($35 for JTNPA/PINE members)                                                                                                           sauna, hot tub, cold plunge, mas-
          Instructor: Mark Wheeler, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide                                                                                     sage, scented soaking room & yoga
Mar 4, 2007                  Pinto Basin Desert Ecology                                                                                                                 classes.
Travel up the bajada to the base of Pinto Mountain and view the Hexie Mountains, Cox-
combs and Eagle Mountains. Identify signature plants and wildlife of the Colorado Desert,                                                                  Meeting rooms to accommodate
geology and the importance of sand dunes to the ecosystem.                                                                                                conferences & retreats of all sizes.
         Date/Time: Mar 4, 8 am to afternoon                                                                                                              Outdoor amphitheater with fire pit.
         Location: Oasis Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park
         Fee: $45 ( $35 for JTNPA/PINE members)                                                                                                          Cafe at the Bug serves fresh Califor-
         Instructor: Mark Wheeler, Desert Naturalist, Outdoor Guide
                                                                                                                                                          nian cuisine with Vegans & Vege-
Mar 5, 2007                    Mining Tales and Gold Dust (Lecture)                                                                                                 tarians options.
Margaret Eggers, Ph.D., mining historian, geologist, and author, will share the captivating
tale that created a landscape of abandoned mines and in Joshua Tree National Park.                                                                       Visit us once, and you'll come back
           Date/Time: Mon, Mar 5, 4 pm – 5:30 pm                                                                                                                    for a lifetime.
           Location: UCR Theater, Rm B200, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA
           Fee: $55 for entire symposium of 4 lectures or $15 at the door                                                                                Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort
           Lecturer: Margaret Eggers, Ph.D., mining historian, geologist, and author                     Palm and PineAdvertising                        6979A Highway 140, Midpines, CA
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create the white granite and gneiss that characterize Joshua Tree National Park in a com-
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that formed the Southern California landscape into the Mojave and Colorado Deserts.                      wide by 14 ½ inches deep. There
          Date/Time: Fri, Mar 9, 6 pm–9 pm; Sat, Mar 10, 8 am–5 pm; Sun, Mar 11, 8 am–4 pm
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          Location: Copper Mountain College, 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, CA
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vital for the continuation of Joshua trees in our desert vistas.
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Mar 12, 2007                  The Stars Among Us (Lecture)                                maximum                                                         Submission
Explore the intricacies of the universe that surrounds us with David Chappell, Ph.D., and of 8 lines (40 characters to the line).
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Mar 13, 2007                The Mystery of Johnny Lang (Lecture)
The tale of Johnny Lang and the Lost Horse Mine sounds like a campfire story filled with
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discuss the life and death of Johnny Lang and the Lost Horse Mine.
          Date/Time: Tue, Mar 13, 6:30 p.m.
          Location: Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Ave, Palm Springs, CA
          Fee: Free, open to the public.
                                                                                                         UCR Extension Field Nature Study Programs
          Lecturer: Deborah Gray, forensic anthropologist, Riverside Sheriff’s Dept.
                                                                                                         Complete course information, including course descriptions and instructors, is
Mar 16, 2007                  On the Wild Side: California Mountain Lions (Lecture)                      available on our web site at www.ucrextension.net and in our current catalog. To
With approximately 4,000 – 6,000 mountain lions living in California, Christa Mann, moun-
                                                                                                         enroll in these courses, please call (800) 442-4990 or (951) 827-4105. Fees in-
tain lion expert and Southern Californian representative of the Mountain Lion Foundation
will discuss the compelling nature of these large cats, their importance in the desert ecosys-           clude 20% PINE discount. If you have questions regarding any of these courses,
tem, debunk myths, and explain what to do if you encounter a lion.                                       requirements for the certificate or your current status in the certificate program,
          Date/Time: Fri, Mar 16, 7 p.m.                                                                 please email sciences@ucx.ucr.edu.
          Location: Black Rock Canyon Campground Visitor Center, JTNP, Yucca Valley
          Fee: Free, open to the public                                                                  Field Study of the San Andreas Fault: San Bernardino to Mecca Hills – PINE discount
          Lecturer: Christa Mann, Mountain Lion Foundation                                               $170 each (063-SCF-F21)
                                                                                                         A companion to Geo. X440.2, Field Study of the San Andreas Fault: San Bernardino to
Mar 17, 2007                   Geology of Rattlesnake Canyon                                             Palmdale (which is not a prerequisite course), tracing prominent surficial features along the
Rushing water may be seen after a rain in this amazing canyon; water is retained in potholes             fault southward to the Salton Sea area. Stops begin around San Bernardino to observe the
throughout the year creating a perennial desert stream habitat. Discover the natural flora               relationship between urbanization and fault location and then continue southward through
and physical features of the Joshua Tree landscape.                                                      the desert to note such features as shutter ridges, offset streams and anomalous vegetation.
         Date/Time: Mar 17, 8 am to afternoon                                                            The course concludes at the picturesque Mecca Hills, where deformation along the San An-
         Location: Indian Cove Ranger Station, Joshua Tree National Park                                 dreas has produced wildly tilted rock layers. No previous knowledge of geology is required.
         Fee: $45 ( $35 for JTNPA/PINE members)                                                          Note: Visitors not permitted. Students will meet in San Bernardino. Physical Science course
         Instructor: Bruce Bridenbecker, Asst. Professor of Physical Science                             for Certificate in Field Ecology. Elective for Specialized Study Program in Field Geology
Mar 18, 2007                    Integrating Map & Compass with GPS                                                  Instructor: Gary Arce
An Introduction to wilderness navigation with GPS and map & compass using UTM coordi-                               When: Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Mar. 3 (1 meeting)
nates. Combined classroom and field exercise. Basic understanding of your GPS unit, rock                            Location: Field Study. Exact location to be announced.
scrambling skills are required. Prerequisite: Basic Map & Compass.
         Date/Time: Mar 18, 8 am to 5 pm                                                                 Wildflowers of the Desert Foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains – PINE discount
         Location: Oasis Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park                                       $170 each (063-SCF-F32)
         Fee: $60 ($50 for JTNPA/PINE members)                                                           The north slope of the San Bernardino Mountains holds many surprises for the botanical
         Instructor: Karl VonHalle, Outdoor guide, naturalist                                            explorer. Visit the best areas to view and inspect the wildflowers of this region, some of
                                                                                                         which are rare and endemic. Search for wildflowers such as scarlet milk-vetch, Mojave
                                                                                                         ghost flower, desert bells and various cacti. The route follows old trails of the Serrano Indi-
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