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THE ROADRUNNER                                                                                            3     Create an ...
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THE ROADRUNNER                                                                                           7Mineral King Gro...
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THE ROADRUNNER                                                                                        9   Meetings: All Si...
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July-August 2006 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club

  1. 1. The Roadrunner Bimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — July/August 2006 Sierra Club Global Warming Policy Choices to be considered Joe Fontaine expresses his opinion. What do you think? Read on.TOP PRIORITY. Last year the Sierra Club Board of Directors decided that Energy and Global Warmingshould be the top priority for the Sierra Club. At the Sierra Summit that followed in September, Clubleaders reaffirmed that Energy and Global Warming should be the major focus of our work over the nextfew years. I believe that all of the grass roots activists in the Sierra Club recognize the threat that globalwarming and wasteful use of energy make to the well-being of the planet. Those issues transcend all ofthe other issues we work on.PUBLIC LANDS AND MORE. On the other hand, since its founding by John Muir and others over100 years ago, the primary priority of the Sierra Club has been to work on National Parks, Wilderness,and other public lands issues. More recently we have added protection of endangered species, air andwater pollution, urban sprawl, and environmental justice, to mention just a few of our concerns. Wehave been instrumental in designating millions of acres of Wilderness and new National Parks here inCalifornia. We have made impressive gains in improving air quality and combating urban sprawl.CARE IS NEEDED. We Must Not Throw Out The Baby With The Bath Water. Those of us who haveworked in the trenches on our traditional issues for so many years have developed a perception that theremay be a trend of the Club to back away from those issues. I do not believe anyone in the Sierra Clubintends for that to happen. In fact, at its meeting in March the Board adopted a resolution affirming thatas we turn our attention to this new overwhelming threat we are not going to abandon our work onpublic lands and other traditional issues.UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. However, in their enthusiasm to attack this emerging threat thosewho are leading the charge are creating some concerns. In our rush we must make sure we do not createunintended consequences. The proposed policy regarding Energy and Global Warming is a case in point.There has been a push to adopt this new policy quickly. A close examination of the proposal revealedsome flaws in wording, as in the statement on wind energy. All of us support the development of windenergy where appropriate. However, the proposed wording in the first draft established a presumptionthat supporting wind energy outweighs concerns over site-specific adverse impacts. Local groups andchapters would not have been allowed to oppose development of wind farms unless the adverse impactswere equivalent to siting them in a protected wilderness area. Since that would be illegal in any case,that would have removed the option for local activists to oppose the development of wind farmsanywhere. The language has now been modified to take care of that oversight.FAIR ALLOCATIONS OF $$$. The development of a policy on Energy and Global Warming is thefirst step in launching a new high-priority campaign to combat the worldwide impacts of our excessiveenergy consumption. We must play our part in reviewing this proposed policy to make sure it willenable us to be effective while not undermining our work on more traditional issues. When budgets areadopted by the Board, there must be a fair allocation of resources among our diverse programs.
  2. 2. 2 THE ROADRUNNERIN CONCLUSION. The real strength of the Sierra Club is its thousands of grass roots activists. Theydon’t set their priorities based on edicts from on high. They work on issues most important to thempersonally. You don’t try to tell Sierra Club activists what to work on. We like to pick our own fights.Those of us who have devoted our lives to protecting Wilderness and public lands will continue thatwork. We won’t disappoint John Muir. It is up to our elected leadership to adopt carefully consideredpolicies and allocate resources in a balanced manner. And it is up to us in the grass roots ranks to makeour voices heard. Be ready to speak up now! BUSH ADMINISTRATION YANKS SEQUOIA’S FIRE PLAN A year ago, in response to a lawsuit filed by the State Attorney General, a federal judge found thePlan violated requirements for environmental study and public participation and ordered the ForestService to comply with law. The Forest Service issued another Fire Plan without the requiredenvironmental documents, hoping new wording would take them off the hook as to the need to complywith environmental laws. When it appeared that strategy would fail, the Bush Administration respondedby pulling the Plan with no intent to issue another. The Forest Service contends that their Fire Plan made no land management decisions but was onlyadministrative, pulling together directions already existing in other documents and spelling out thelogistics for the use and response to fire. If this had been the case, there would have been no basis for alawsuit. In actuality, the Fire Plan was far more than a mere fire response planning document; it also prede-termined where prescribed burning and prescribed natural fire (“let burn” of naturally caused wild fire)could occur and where mechanical thinning would be the only method allowed for treating fuel build-up.In the fire-dependent, fire-deprived, and fire-prone Sierra Nevada and sequoia groves, such decisionsshould have been accompanied by a full environmental discussion, consideration of scientific research,and public involvement. But the Fire Plan was signed in the back office with no documentation whatso-ever for the public to review. The Sierra Club, Tule River Conservancy, Sequoia Forest Keeper and other organizations filed a law-suit against the Management Plan for the Giant Sequoia National Monument in part because the Planrelied almost totally on logging as a management tool and as a strategy for funding “restoration.” TheMonument Plan disallowed a discussion about where and when fire could be used in the Monument,saying such decisions were already made in their earlier (but non-public) Fire Plan. It was totally inappropriate to predetermine the use of fire and the reliance on logging in theMonument, particularly since fire and the use of fire is one of the most important aspects of managementand protection of the giant sequoia ecosystem. The Monument Plan had little or no discussion of firestrategies such as those carried out by the adjacent Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Allscientific studies indicate that the use of fire, not logging, results in a fire-resistant forest, nutrientrecycling, seed scarification, disease control, with less impacts to species and soils. There was nodiscussion of these elements regarding fire’s role in the Sequoia Monument Plan and EIS. We are expecting the judge to rule on our Sequoia Monument Plan lawsuit in midsummer. The Forest Service and those who are opposed to our concerns with management of the Monumentare likely to portray the withdrawal of the Fire Plan as evidence that our challenges to the Forest Servicesomehow jeopardize the forest. The truth is that the portion of the Fire Plan that deals with response tofire and protection of the public is spelled out in many other Forest Service regulations and policies. TheForest operated with no Fire Plan at all from 1988 until 2002. The 1988 Land Management Plan for Sequoia National Forest directed that a Fire and Fuels Manage-ment Plan be written as an amendment to the Forest Plan. A decade later, the National Fire Plan calledfor every National Forest to have a Fire Plan, but it is unclear whether or not the Forest Service isviolating a law by choosing to not have one. If they have one, it must be prepared in accordance withenvironmental law. Clearly the administration would rather have no Fire Plan at all than to allowscientific and public scrutiny into the process of developing one. - Carla Cloer, Sequoia Task Force
  3. 3. THE ROADRUNNER 3 Create an Environmental Legacy Include the Sierra Club in your estate plans to help ensure long term protection of our treasured wilderness. To learn more about planned gifts, call John Calaway, Director of Planned Giving. Phone: 415.977.5639 or e-mail planned.giving@sierraclub.org IN HONOR OF JIM CLARK, A LONG TIME MEMBER OF THE KERN KAWEAH CHAPTERJim Clark died in the 100th year of his life. Many of us, to our misfortune, knew him only from hisattendances at Sierra Club banquets. His daughter, Pamela, has written a revealing and heartwarmingeulogy, parts of which we can share with you. The full text can be found on our Chapter website. Jim and his twin brother were born in the time when “telephones had been invented, but they werentcommon, automobiles had been invented but they weren’t common, and if you needed a word thatmeant ‘great big’ it was okay to use ‘titanic’.” The place was Hannibal, Missouri. “Travel was a part of Dad’s life from an early age. His father was a railroad engineer for theBurlington, and his mother loved baseball, so they would get passes on the train and go down to St.Louis to watch the Cardinals play." Further travel involved four siblings and himself on a trip toWashington State. “Out west, when the train went across the high trestles, the ground fell away on bothsides of you, and it was like riding on empty air. Later Dad rode the rails as a hobo. A whole bunch ofadventures go with that.” “Mom and Dad met in the Methodist Church in Illasco (near Hannibal). It was the depths of theGreat Depression. Dad didn’t have any money to impress a girl . . . but he could quit smoking, so hedid.” He also became a Mason in order to impress the family of his wife-to-be, Nedra Miller. Hisassociation with the Masons was life-long. World War II was a changing event in the lives of the Clark family. One result, as for many, was theestablishment of their lives in California. After ten years of marriage, Pam unexpectedly arrived on thescene, “so they got a big surprise when they found out they were going to contribute to the leading edgeof the Baby Boom.” Life in California provided the events that led to Jim’s association with the Sierra Club. Pam wrotethis description of Jim’s getting membership in the Club. ”Membership required two sponsors, and heknew only one. Upon moving to Porterville, only one sponsor was required. The San Francisco officesent us a list of local members. I recognized one of the names right away as being a high schoolguidance counsellor, so I went to my freshman orientation assembly with Dad’s petition in hand. Afterthe speeches I went up to Miss Sprott and asked if she would sign it . . . and she did. Later, as she got tothinking things over, she decided she had better meet this guy she just agreed to sponsor, so she came bythe house and got acquainted. Mom gave Dad his Sierra Club membership for Christmas that year(1960).” Pam’s father was active in the Sierra Club for many years, doing everything from leading a nine-daybackpack every summer to serving as Chapter chairman. This remembrance of Jim Clark has given usall a fuller appreciation of the life of one Sierra Club member who will be well remembered in the yearsto come.
  4. 4. 4 THE ROADRUNNERGORMAN POST ROAD WILDFLOWER PRESERVE. WE HOPE THIS IS A NAME THAT WILL COME TO REPRESENT A DREAM COME TRUE. Details below with information as to how you can help The beautiful springtime displays of wildflowers along Gorman Post Road located in theGorman/Tejon Pass area, paralleling I-5, are known throughout the state and beyond. What can we do tosave this state treasure? Last fall, a qualified group of graduate students from UCLA prepared acomprehensive study of this environment covering the geological, botanical, historical, water resources,seismological, wildlife habitat, land use and various social factors. Their work has been the impetus forthe proposal creating a Gorman Wildflower Preserve which would cover 2800 acres of this irreplaceableand precious resource. A group is being formed to investigate the possibility of creating thisWildflower Preserve. We will be looking for willing sellers of parcels, finding funds to purchase theparcels and creating a plan for preservation and management in perpetuity. We urge all who care andwho appreciate this special heritage to join us in our efforts to protect and preserve these acres. We haveinformation available if you wish to know more or wish to offer your thoughts or give pertinentinformation about this area. You may contact Karen Cotter by e-mail at doggydan@earthlink.net or callMary Ann Lockhart at 661.242.0432. We look forward to hearing from you. MIDGEBUZZINGSSINCE THE middle 80’s in this country we have increasingly confronted the “super-size” phenomenon.Borrowing from the hamburger king’s vision of American preferences, we’ve begun calling super-sizedthings McThis and McThat: McTrucks and SUV’s, McMeals, McAirliner seats and, worst of all,McMansions. I have even encountered the phenomenon when trying to replace drinking glasses for thedinner table. It’s difficult to find anything under what can only be called the Big Gulp size. Environ-mentalists are appalled by the voracious use of natural resources in our pursuit of the biggest ofeverything. However, the national Sierra Magazine, two issues ago, took on the subject for an altogetherdifferent reason, and it is mainly that which I want to bring to your attention now. Recently I returned from a visit with friends in Virginia. They have lived for years in a charming homeon a quiet street in the town of Fairfax. There they raised their family, enjoyed their neighbors, anddelighted in the serenity of the community. Arriving at their home I was entirely unprepared for a shock.The houses on both sides have been torn down and replaced by generic McMansions, not only hideouslyugly, but also occupying all but a tiny bit of the property. They have literally been built from one side ofthe property to the other, and from the back to the front, leaving no more than a patch of ground betweenthe houses and the sidewalk. Apparently the reason for this is the same for all these projects. Developers,running short of land for the customary sprawl, construct these monsters in existing neighborhoods,selling them, ostensibly, to single families. Then two or three other families move in claiming to berelatives. The resulting traffic and noise destroy the quality of life so that people like my friends areforced to sell their homes as well. This appears to be happening all over the country, and I’m sorry to report that it has begun even in myneighborhood, which I think is the loveliest in Bakersfield. We have been especially blessed here withdistance from any major traffic thoroughfare, and our northern boundary is a bluff that overlooks a largenature preserve beside the Kern River so that we enjoy unusual quiet in an otherwise noisy world.However, several years ago one such McMansion was built on a beautiful street west of mine, with aresult somewhat similar to what I saw in Fairfax. Walking by it this morning I counted six cars, notincluding those no doubt parked in the McGarage. As it happens the occupants are quiet, and the houseis at the end of the street so that one is not aware of it until he is almost there. Had it been built in mid-block, the quality of the street would have been ruined. Only those neighborhoods with association rulesare safe from this phenomenon since there is no county ordinance to prevent it. Be assured that no one
  5. 5. THE ROADRUNNER 5living outside such an association in Kern County is protected, regardless of the quality and value of thehomes in his neighborhood. According to Sierra Magazine, Arlington County in Virginia has been quick to put a stop to the plagueso apparent in neighboring Fairfax County. They have legalized an ordinance making it impossible foranyone to build or rebuild a house that takes up more than 25 percent of the property. If we in KernCounty can stop irresponsible building as we seem to be doing now in the Northeast Bakersfield.Perhaps we can consider such an ordinance for the good of us all. It’s worth talking about.- Ann Williams GOOD NEWS CLIPSSTEELWORKERS JOIN SIERRA CLUB to promote economic equity and environmental sustainability.The850,000-member steelworkers union and the 750,000-member Sierra Club have joined to work togetherto further these causes. Carl Pope said, “Our new alliance allows us to address the great challenge of theglobal economy in the 21st century—how to provide good jobs, a clean environment and a safer world.”A step forward!Tejon Industrial Complex Challenged Again by Center of Biological Diversity (CBD). In 2004CBD and others successfully challenged Kern County’s environmental report for the Industrial Complexproject, a 1000-acre project proposed for the south end of the Valley. In March 2006, Kern County courtconcluded that the County had addressed the original report’s defects. CBD disagrees. One trigger forthis second suit relates to a deal struck between the project’s developer, Tejon Ranch Co., and the SanJoaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. More news about this later. KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER GROUP ACTIVITY ROUND-UPPLEASE READ CAREFULLY IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN SIERRA CLUB HIKES: Everyone is welcome,Sierra Club members and non-members, to join in any of the outdoor activities. Requirements: You must be in condition fortype of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity, and prepared to sign a Sierra Club release from liability. You must bewilling to follow leader’s directions. Be sure to bring any personal medicines you might need. Customary appropriateequipment includes good hiking shoes, plenty of water, snack, sunglass suntan lotion, layered clothing. Long pantsrecommended. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will be a no-go for you.Please let the leader know ahead of time thatyou are intending to participate. Change of plans may be necessary. IF YOU DONT WANT TO BE DISAPPOINTED, BESURE TO MAKE THAT CALL.The California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee will meet on July 15, 2006 in LosAngeles, and July 16 in San Francisco.Vice-Chair Ken Smokoska will chair the southern meeting at theAngeles Chapter office, 3435 Wilshire Blvd., #320. Open to all Sierra Club members. A good way tolearn about the Sierra Club in action. All-state Fall Meeting in San Luis Obispo: Sept 9 and 10, RanchoEl Chorro, SLO.July 29–Aug 4 (Fri–Sat) Sierra Backpack. Thousand Island Lake Base Camp. Mules will carry packsto and from Thousand Island Lake. We will day hike to lakes and peaks and enjoy the flowers. Triplimited to 12 qualified participants. Leaders: Gordon and Eva Nipp, 661.872.2432, gnipp@att.net.Sept 29–Oct 1 (Fri–Sun) Sequoia Task Force’s Annual Fall Outing in the magnificent Giant SequoiaNational Monument. Highlights: Saturday, Sunday hikes that include a visit to the Slate MountainRoadless area, a trip to a secret waterfall and Dome Rock, as well as sites where the Sierra Club stoppedlogging inside the Monument. Person to person encounters: seeing old friends and meeting new peoplefrom all over the country; talk with the activists who worked to protect these forests and groves for aquarter of a century and who continue to fight the Forest Service’s latest plans to log in the groves underthe pretext of restoration. Save the date. Want more information now? e-mail Carla at <cac@ocsnet.net>or call 559.781.8445.
  6. 6. 6 THE ROADRUNNERBuena Vista Group More info? call Donnel Lester, 661.831.6784Tuesday Conditioning Hikes. 7 PM, 4–5 miles. Corners of Highways 178 & 184. Gordon 661.872.2432 or Larry 661.873.8107July 1 (Sat) Join us for breakfast gathering at the Hill House (700 Truxtun Ave, across the street fromthe Beale Library). Program: “The Corporation,” with Donnel Lester providing commentary. Thepresentation is free; the cost of breakfast is about $7. Contact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabel at661.246.6195.Aug 5 (sat) Breakfast gathering at the Hill House (700 Truxtun Ave, across the street from the BealeLibrary). Discussion will focus on “Environmental Wars,” as discussed at June Skeptics Society Con-ference. Presenter will be Isabel Stierle, Buena Vista member. Cost of breakfast is about $7. For moreinformation, contact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabel at 661.246.6195.Future monthly topics planned: Protecting and growing native plants, organic gardening, and viewingfilms “The True Cost of Food” and “The Long View: A Plan to Save Our Ocean Fish.”- Past and Future. Buena Vista Group members had the opportunity in June to explore and enjoy thepark at River Walk, the site of their summer picnic. A Fall social event is planned to get acquainted withnew and transfer members. Contact Ann Gallon (661.589.7796 or amgallon@atg1.com) if you wouldlike to help or attend. Watch the Roadrunner for further details.BVG List Serve: Like to join the Buena Vista Group online information sharing group? Give DonnelLester a call at 661.831.6784 or email donnelc3bvg@earthlink.net.- Have a current first-aid certificate? If you do and can commit to participate in the monthly AdoptA-Highway cleanup, please contact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabel at 661.246.6195.- Interested in becoming an outings leader for the Buena Vista Group? please consider completing a“Basic Outings Leader Training” (web-based training through the National Organization). To find outmore, contact Donnel at 661.831.6784 or Isabel at 661.246.6195 as soon as possible.Condor Group MORE INFO? call Mary Ann Lockhart, 661.242.0432. PMC DATESAND TIMES FOR ALL Condor Gp HIKES: Fourth Saturday of each month, 8 AM. Persons planning to hike with us needto call ahead of time to indicate they are coming. Meeting place is the parking lot of Pine Mountain Club’s clubhouse in PineMountain Club. Call Leader, Dale Chitwood, 661.242.1076, More info? Barb Nusbaum, 661.242.1843 or Mary AnnLockhart, 661.242.0432.July 22 (Sat) Our wonderful Peak to Peak Hike. The trail goes between Mt. Pinos and Cerro Noroeste, 8miles of beautiful views, clean air, altitude over 8000 ft. Strenuous. Starts at 8 AM from PMC. Must callahead as some car-pooling may be involved.August 5 (Sat) Mountain Lions. Presenter from Mountain Lions Association will provide informationon this magnificent animal, which is encountered in this area. Potluck 6 PM, Program 7 PM in the PineMountain Clubhouse. Pine Mountain Club.August 28th (Sat) Toad Springs Trail. This close-at-hand trail will lead to the area of a big slide thatclosed off the further side of the trail. We will discuss the hows and whys of such slides, predictions forthe future. Moderate. Please, no children under 16 years. Meet at 8 AM at PMC tennis courts.Kaweah Group MORE INFO? CALL PAM, 559.784.4643 OR DIANE, 559.781.8897.Call early in September for upcoming events.
  7. 7. THE ROADRUNNER 7Mineral King Group Visalia. More info? call Kim Loeb, 559.798.1764Please visit mineralking.sierraclub.org for more info on our events and activitiesJuly 8 (Sat) 9 AM – Outing – Day hike to Mist Falls out of Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon NationalPark. Moderate 8-mile round trip hike along the beautiful Kings River. The hike will begin at RoadsEnd in Cedar Grove at 9 AM. The ride from Visalia takes about 21/2 half hours so we will camp thereFriday evening. Those who wish to camp with us are welcome. Any who plan to camp and/or do thehike must call Leaders Joanne and David at 559.733-2078 or Allen at 559.739.8087 by Friday, June 29.July 12 (Wed) 6 PM Dinner Social at Keo Thip Restaurant, 619 Murray Ave. Visalia. Please RSVPto Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.com.July 24 (Mon) 5:30 PM Executive Committee Meeting at Baker’s Square Restaurant, 3301 S. MooneyBlvd., Visalia. All members welcome. To RSVP, contact Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.comJuly 29 (Sat) 8 AM – Outing – A day at Grant Grove. Sequoia National Park. Designed tobe an easy hike or series of short hikes; final choices will be made on the trip to Sequoia. Possibilities:Spend the day in the Grove, take the Big Stump Trail (easy 2 miles; goes through the Converse BasinGrove of downed trees), the Hitchcock Meadow Trail (easy 2.6 miles; goes to a waterfall) and/or theNorth Grove and Dead Giant Loops (easy 2.5 miles; Grant Grove and logged areas). If we are moreambitious there are a few moderate 4–6 mile hikes in the area. Meet at 8 AM at Martha’s Vineyard bythe Taco Bell. Leaders Joanne and David at 559.733.2078 or Allen at 559.739.8087. Inform by Friday,June 29.August 9 (Wed) 6 PM – Dinner Social at Black Bear Diner, 1161 E Tulare Ave., Tulare. Please RSVPto Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.com.August 19 (Sat) 8 AM – Outing – The Lakes Trail – a moderate 6–8 mile hike to Heather Lake. Onthe way up, we will pass by the Watchtower and look down on Tokopah Falls. We could take the HumpTrail back, which is a somewhat shorter and steeper (going downhill). Meet at 8 AM at Martha’sVineyard by the Taco Bell. More info? Leaders Joanne and David at 559.733.2078 and Allen at559.739.8087.August 28 (Mon) 5:30 PM – Executive Committee Meeting at Baker’s Square Restaurant, 3301 S.Mooney Blvd., Visalia. All members welcome. To RSVP, contact Bev at 559.732.3785 or gmachine@psnw.comSave the date: Oct 2 (Sat) 7 AM – Outing – Day trip to and hikes at Glacier Point in Yo-semite National Park. We will meet at 7 AM in the parking lot by Taco Bell in Martha’s Vineyard. Weplan to do two short hikes with beautiful and unique views of Yosemite Valley without all the crowds ofYosemite Valley. Call Leaders Joanne and David at 559.733.2078 or Allen at 559.739.8087 for details.Owens Peak Group More general and hike info? call Leaders Dennis Burge,760.375.7967, Jim Nichols, 760.375.8161. email: dennis93555@yahoo.com Meets inRidgecrest, Maturango MuseumJuly 15 (Sat) ARMY PASS POINT AND LOOP (point is .7 mi ENE of New Army Pass; 12360+ ftelevation; gain 2640 ft; 14.4 mi RT) This is a reschedule of a hike we were rained out of 2 years ago.The hike will loop up over Old Army Pass and climb Army Pass Point, which dominates theCottonwood Lakes. We will (optionally) descend a fine lost route used by Carl Heller, E of the NewArmy Pass trail, that shortens the descent from New Army Pass. This old shortcut E of New Army Passtrail needs to be rediscovered. Army Pass Point is visible from everywhere in the Cottonwood Basin andprovides great photo opportunities of the Basin. Should be interesting, and a good workout. Call LeadersDennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info.Aug 19 (Sat) EAST DRAGON LAKES (11401 ft elevation; 2200 ft gain; 4.8 mi RT) These lakes,situated .5 mi E of Dragon Peak, are the jumping off places for climbing Dragon peak and crossing theSierra Crest at Dragon Pass. Knowledge of this route needs to be a part of every Sierra hiker’s bag oftricks. The lakes are gorgeous, the flowers should be in full bloom, and the hike is not too strenuous for
  8. 8. 8 THE ROADRUNNERAugust, when we are all in good shape. “E Dragon Lakes” are reached N out of Onion Valley. Moderatehike. Meet Sat, Aug 19 at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Leaders Dennis Burge at760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info. Sierra Club’s California/Nevada Regional Conservation CommitteeAug 5–6 (sat–sun) Visit beautiful White Mtns, hike Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Sat, eveningpotluck feast and campfire. On Sun, the only day of the year open to the public, tour of the UC’sBarcroft Lab at 12,500’, plus easy hike to Mt. Barcroft (13,040’). More info? Call Ldr: Lygeia Gerard,818.242.7053. or Bill Spreng, 760.951.4520. Aug. 16–20 (Wed–Sun) Backpack southern Sierra:Pacific Crest Trail starting at Kennedy Meadows to Olancho Peak, Total miles with backpack about 31miles round trip. Another 7-mile round trip from the high camp to top of Olancho Peak. Contact leader:David Hardy, hardyhikers@juno.com, 702.875.4549. Aug 19–21 (Sat–Mon) Inyo Crest Service andHike: cool air, great views. Service: re-signing the Ridgecrest BLM administered portion of wildernessarea. Carcamp with potluck, Saturday night. More info? Leader: Craig Deutsche,deutsche@earthlink.net, 310.477.6670.Coming up, save the dates: Sept 2–4 (Sat–Mon) Surprise Canyon Tamarisk Eradication,carcamp, and hike. Leader: Craig Deutsche, (310.477.6670), deutsche@earthlink.net.Sept 14–18(Thurs–Mon) Toiyabe Crest Backpack: contact John Wilkinson, 408.947.0858 or johnfw1@mac.com. Limited to 12 people. Loma Prieta Chap/CNCRR Sept 23–24 (Sat–Sun) Santa RosaWilderness Tamarisk Removal Service Trip: Contact Leader: Craig Deutsche, (310.477. 6670),deutsche@earthlink.net CNRCC Desert Com Sept. 30-Oct. 1 (Sat-Sun) Cottonwood CampgroundTree Planting and Cleanup Work Party: Leader: Larry Klaasen, 619.582.7407,klaasen_L@juno.com, asst: Pat Klaasen. Oct. 14–16 (Sat–Mon) Service and Celebration on theCarrizo Plain. contact Leader: Craig Deutsche, (310.477.6670), deutsche@earthlink.net. CHANNEL ISLANDS FUNDRAISING CRUISESJuly 21–24: 4-day, 4-islands: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa Islands ($750).August 25–29 & September 14–18: 5-day, 5-islands: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa,and Santa Barbara Island ($875). All cruises depart from Santa Barbara. Each island is unique andoffers its own special charm. Proceeds benefit Sierra Club political programs in California. Formore information contact Joan Holtz, 626.443.0706. To make a reservation, send $100 check payable toSierra Club to leader Joan Jones Holtz, 11826 The Wye St., El Monte, 91732. ANOTHER GOOD NEWS CLIPTejon Pass Area Housing Project to be reconsidered. The Mountain Communities (Lebec, FrazierPark, Lake of the Woods, up to Pine Mountain Club) had so many questions and concerns re: the 800-plus homes proposed for the vicinity of Frazier Park Exit and Hungry Valley State Park that KernCounty Planning pulled back the project for reconsideration, a very rare action. Concerns stronglyvoiced deal with water supply, fire station location, seismic actions, and more. Of course, the CondorGroups voice was included in the voiced objections to this project.. SPEAKING UP CAN BRINGACTION. KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER OFFICERS AND MEMBERS for 2006:Chair: Lorraine Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569; Vice-chair: Georgette Theotig (Tehachapi), 661.822;4371;Secretary: Harry Love (Bksf), 661.589.6245l; Treasurer: Janet Wood (Min King); Treasurer liaison::Richard Garcia (Min King), 559.592.9865; Mary Ann Lockhart (PMC), 661.242.0432; Ara Marderosian(Kernville), 760.378.4206; Steven Montgomery (Bksf), Gordon Nipp (Bksf), 661.872.2432; ArthurUnger (Bksf), 661. 323.5569
  9. 9. THE ROADRUNNER 9 Meetings: All Sierra Club members welcome to attend. Call Chair to verify meeting times, places. Give a Sierra Club membership as a gift! I want to join the Sierra Club. Check enclosed. The Roadrunner Return Service RequestedName Send to P.O. Box 3357 Bakersfield, CA 93385AddressCity State ZipCheck one: (I = individual, J = joint)Intro $25 Regular $39 Joint $47Supporting I $75 J $100Contributing I $150 J $175Life I $1,000 J $1,250Senior, student, limited income I $24 J $32Send to Sierra Club, PO 52968, Boulder, CO80322-2968F94QB 0605You can helpSign up for Arthur Unger’s Local Alert list.Call 661.323.5569 for further details.Read the Roadrunner on line;Go to the Sierra Club home page.Contact the Roadrunner? (Printed on 100% postconsumer recycled paper.)Mary Ann Lockhartjmal@frazmtn.com

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