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July-August-September 2010 Toiyabe Trails Newsletter, Toiyabe Sierra Club

  1. 1. trails toiyabe JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2010 sum outi mer Iss nGs ue environmental news of nevada and the eastern sierra from the toiyabe chapter of the sierra club in memoriam What, me run for ExCom? (I don’t even know what that means!) michael mcCurry yES, yoU. you could be a candidate. 1940 - 2010 or maybe you know another memberArtist, Desert Lover, Conservationist who’d like to be more involved in the Sierra Club? Now is the time to startM ichael McCurry was remem- bered for his fabulous pho-tography, passion for conservation, thinking about running for a Toiyabe Chapter elected position. If the Si- erra Club is the premiere grassroots,and free spirit by his friends and col- democratic environmental group inleagues in Reno at the Interpretative Nevada and Eastern California, it isgardens on the banks of the Truckee because people like you make theRiver last month before moving to Tucson, aZ, Mike decision to put in time and energylived in Reno from 1998 to 2006. In that to make it that way.short time, Mike served on the Execu- The Toiyabe Chapter has an ExCom,tive Committees of both the great basin as does each of our groups (great basin,group and the Toiyabe Chapter and Endangered Moapa Dace swims in the sparkling clear water of Moapa Warm Range of Light, Southern Nevada, andproduced the Wild Nevada calendars Springs at the Moapa National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists say that the water Tahoe area). ExComs – Sierra Clubfor both the Sierra Club and friends of supplying the complex of springs comes from desert valleys in eastern Nevada. lingo for Executive Committees – areNevada Wilderness for over 10 years. The springs are the source of Nevada’s Muddy River and are threatened by the teams of people who make your local McCurry’s passions were many, from proposed massive interbasin water transfer projects. Please see article, page 6. Sierra Club work. They make decisionshis glowing art (see www.MikeMc- (Photo: Dennis Ghiglieri.) and, perhaps even more importantly, doCurry.com), to the black Rock Desert the behind-the-scenes work to carry out(Burning Man aficionado and founder those decisions. Questions of policy, Grassroots action! resource allocation, priorities, and justof the counter-celebration, SmolderingWoman), and protection of the owyheeCanyonlands, a wild and beautiful place water buffaloes about anything else, are handled by volunteer leaders, from group commit-shared by Nevada, oregon, and Idaho.Mike felt especially close to this area meet tsunami of protests tee members to ExCom members to the Chapter Chair.where his grandfather ranched in the by Rose stRickland The Chapter Executive Committee islate 1800s - early 1900s. for people with a fair amount of prior Sierra Club experience. group ExComs, “Mike brought many people closerto desert landscapes through his pho-tographs, his hand-tinted scenes, his D ue process oppportunity seized! The broad coalition of opponents of proposed massive interbasin transfers in E. Nevada and W. Utah exercised their right to protest water decisions affecting senior however, mostly require willingness to pitch in and do some work. (groups aredauntless leadership on many trips to the most local level of the Sierra Club water rights and their futures. This was possible due to the Nevada within the Chapter.)desert places, and his constant promo-tion of conservation of wild places in Supreme Court’s affirming due process for citizens in this situation. What you can doour state,” said David von Seggern, anti-pumping allies give assistance to details on how to file a protest and If you’d like to get more involved,one of the organizers of the memorial to affected areas. Southern Nevada how to raise important issues for the and/or have an issue you think the Clubcelebration. Water authority (SNWa) is proposing State Engineer to consider if and when should tackle, running for an office in on a more personal note, Carol Tresner rural groundwater pumping to provide future water hearings are scheduled, the Club is a great first step. water for S. Nevada urban centers. they supplied a list and map of where The bottom line is that to run for an Please see MICHAEL McCURRY, page 2. Determined to prevent another owens applications already had been filed. Pro- ExCom position, you need to file paper valley disaster, the Sierra Club and its test workshops were held in E. Nevada, work starting next month, in July 2010. water network allies provided assis- Utah, Las vegas and Reno. Information (our elections take place in November.) tance to affected rural and urban areas was posted on the website of the great Please see WHAT ME? page 2. Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507 Non-Profit Org. Permit No. 356 Reno, Nevada U.S. Postage in the form of information. In addition Please see SAGE GROUSE, page 12. PAID TRAILS Totally paperless in this issue In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Toiyabe Trails not an option Nat’l Board of Directors Results . 2 by jean stoess Lobby Day for Activists . . . . . . . . 3 Sierra Nevada Alliance . . . . . . . . 3 If yoU’vE bEEN WaITINg with bated Hard copies aren’t distributed only Range of Light Group . . . . . . 4-5 breath to see if Toiyabe Chapter is going to Toiyabe Chapter members. They are Ruby Pipeline & FERC . . . . . . . . 6 to stop mailing hard copies of Toiyabe also sent to or dropped off at libraries, Washoe County Sprawl . . . . . . . 7 Trails to its members, you can exhale museums, and other high-traffic areas Gold Butte Progress . . . . . . . . . . 7 now. The Trails will continue to be around the Chapter area. our newslet- ter helps provide information about the Hope for Walker Lake . . . . . . . . . 7 published in both hard copy and on the website. Sierra Club, especially Toiyabe Chapter, GB Peak Section Up & Running. . . 8 When asked if they wanted to con- to the public. Who Will Keep Tahoe Blue? . . . . . 8 tinue receiving Toiyabe Trails by mail, Having Toiyabe Trails on the internet Great Basin Group . . . . . . . . . 8-9 over 50 members responded with a has several advantages over our quarter- Kalaupapa Service Trip . . . . . . . 10 heartfelt “yes.” The responses came via ly hard copy newsletter. for example, it S. Nevada Group . . . . . . . . . 10-11 postcards, telephone, written and typed can be updated at any time. also, anyone Bookshelf: NV High Points . . . . 12 letters, and, yes, e-mail. We appreciate Chapter ExCom Dates . . . . . . .12 the input. Please see PAPER TRAILS, page 2.
  2. 2. 2 JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2010 toiyabe trailsNational Sierra Club in memoriam2010 Board of Directors electionby Gene coan Harriet burgesselected nance, and keeping the Club effective inAllison Chin (VA) 38,471 pursuing our key mission to Explore, En- Public lands lose a good friendDonna buell (Ia) 33,116 joy and Protect the planet. The Board isRobbie Cox (NC)Jim Dougherty (DC) 32,959 30,965 the highest governing body in the Club. It consists of 15 members, of whom five S ierra Club members were sad- dened to hear from her family of the death of Harriet burgess, founderJared Duval (CT) 30,403 stand for election every year. of the american Land Conservancy,Runners-up in april. Harriet was instrumental inJonathan Ela (WI) 27,404 PAPER TRAILS . . . acquiring many important parcels Phil Wheeler (CA) 21,996 continued from page 1 of private lands for federal and stateKatherine Pendleton (TN) 20,778 with access to the internet can check up agencies all over the country, but weValid returns by Internet 12,705 on Chapter and group activities. remember her for her work in Nevada,Valid returns by Mail 38,087 To access the Trails online and find out Lake Tahoe, and the Eastern Sierra.Total valid ballots 50,792 about the latest outings and meetings, one of Harriet’s greatest land dealsInvalid ballots 351 go to <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> in our chapter was the acquisition ofTotal ballots distributed 514,972 and click on “Toiyabe Trails online” Mt. Rose, in the Carson Range betweenThe board of Directors of the Sierra (on the left side of the page) or “Chapter Reno and Lake Tahoe. The area, popularClub is elected to serve the membership Newsletter online” (in the center, under with recreationists and in Reno’s water-in deciding policy, conducting gover- the group listings). shed, was threatened by a proposed ski area, condo, golf course, and residential Toiyabe ChapTer DireCTory development, all of which were avoided when the lands were purchased and ChApTEr ExECuTIvE CommITTEE offICErS transferred to the US forest Service. Chair Dave Hornbeck 775-323-6655 another successful deal protected DavidHornbeckLaw@msn.com Bodie State Historic Park from mining Vice-Chair Jean Stoess 775-322-5326, jstoess@aol.com development. and Harriet deserves Secretary Jane Feldman 702-648-0699 credit for the acquisition of the historic Treasurer Kristine Cunningham 702-285-6832 Thunderbird Lodge at Lake Tahoe. over At Large Eric Blumensaadt 702-566-9429 30 years, Harriet helped acquire and At Large Ann Brauer 702-879-3376 preserve lands protecting the natural At Large Malcolm Clark 760-924-5639 environment at ash Meadows, High At Large Charlotte Cox 775-322-7567 Rock Canyon, Rosachi Ranch, Pah Rah toiyabe trails At Large Erik Holland 775-322-3582 and Peavine Mountains, Red Lake and At Large Glenn Miller 775-786-0462 High Meadows at Lake Tahoe, Carson Serving nevada Group ChAIrS (DELEGATES To ThE ChApTEr ExECuTIvE CommITTEE) Valley, Pyramid Lake, and the Faye- & California’S e. Sierra Luther Canyon Trailhead. Toiyabe Trails is published six times each year Great Basin Group Catherine Schmidt 775-323-6316 according to her fellow workers, Har- by the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, Range of Light Group Malcolm Clark 760-924-5639 riet began her career in the early 1970s, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507, to help keep S. Nevada Group Kristine Cunningham 702-285-6832 volunteering for the Washington DC our members well-informed and better able to Tahoe Area Group Roger Rosenberger 775-588-8101 office of the Sierra Club. She worked protect the environment—for our families, for our future. ISSuES, ouTINGS, & CommITTEES as a congressional assistant and for the Editor – Lynne foster (94 Mountain view Trust for Public Lands before founding Drive, Swall Meadows, Bishop, CA 93514-9207; Campaign Coordinator Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 aLC on Earth Day, 1990. 760-387-2634; <lfoster@schat.net>; fax avail- Chapter Delegate Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 Her family remembers her natural able, call first. Chapter Delegate Graham Stafford graham@grahamstafford.com Assoc. Editor – Kathy Morey (760-938-2050). beauty, vibrant energy and enthusiasm. Conservation Co-Chair Yuki Takagi 702-263-7327 Kathy usually does one issue each year. Those of us who worked with Harriet re- Deadlines – Contributions are due by the Conservation Co-Chair Dennis Ghiglieri 776-329-6118 Elections Chair Erik Holland 775-322-3582 member her passion and tireless energy, 1st of the month for publication in the following her creative approaches to land acquisi- month’s issue: December 1 for January-febru- Endangered Species Chair Tina Nappe 775-786-1178 ary-March; March 1 for April-May-June; June Energy Task Force Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 tions, and her breathless phone calls, 1 for July-August-September; September 1 for Environmental Ed. Chair Jean Dillingham 760-648-7109 asking for help to resolve difficulties, october-November-December. Fundraising Chair Charlotte Cox 775-322-7567 contact donors and allies, and answer a Submissions – Call or e-mail editor before deadline for late submissions. Submit news, sto- Legislative & Mining Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 million questions, all with urgent dead- ry ideas, photos, and letters-to-the-editor to the Legislative & Mining Co-Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 lines. Harriet will be missed. editor (contact info above). Please include your Membership Chair Sharon Marie Wilcox 775-852-5075 name, phone/fax, e-mail address, and group with Outings Chair Eric Blumensaadt 702-566-9429 all contributions. you may send contributions by Outreach & Public Rel. Chair Launce Rake 702-451-9363 mIchAEL mccuRRy . . . e-mail or on a PC-compatible disk (Word, text, or ascii). Please send hard copy by snail mail Political Co-Chair Taj Ainlay 702-682-9361 continued from page 1 Political Co-Chair Ellen Pillard 775-746-1726 for all submissions on disk. for photo or disk return, please include a stamped, self-addressed Political Co-Chair Erik Holland 775-322-3582 said “If I were asked the one defining envelope. The Toiyabe Trails reserves the right 775-324-7383, pjs- quality of this ever-gentle soul, I would to edit all contributions for reasons of space, Political Compliance Officer Pete Sferrazza ferra@yahoo.com reply his intense, pervasive spirituality. clarity, slander, or libel. Public Lands Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 Subscriptions – Toiyabe Trails is free to all I believe it guided his every moment Ruby Pipeline Task Force Chair David von Seggern 775-303-8461 Toiyabe Chapter members. Subscription cost for as it was to him like water to a fish. non-members is $12 per year. To subscribe, send Sierra Club Council Delegate Jane Feldman 702-648-0699 check for $12, payable to “Toiyabe Chapter,” to Sierra Club Council Delegate Jean Stoess 775-322-5326 His photographic treatments of cloud formations expressed the divinity of Toiyabe Trails Subscriptions, Sierra Club, Toi- Sierra Club Staff, Reno Emily Rhodenbaugh 775-284-8695 yabe Chapter, c/o Treasurer. Contact Treasurer, Sierra Club W. Reg. Organizer Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 nature.” Kris Cunningham (702-285-6832) for address. Sierra Student Coalition Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 Change of address – Postmaster & Members, Sierra Student Coalition Glenn Miller 775-786-0462 please send address changes to Sierra Club, Change Sustainable Consumption Chair Phillip Moore 775-224-1877 whAT mE? . . . of Address, P. O. Box 52968, Boulder, CO 80322- 2968 or <address.changes@sierraclub.org>. Toiyabe Trails Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 continued from page 1 Membership information – There is a mem- Toiyabe Trails Ed. Comm. Chair Jean Stoess 775-322-5326 bership coupon in each issue of Toiyabe Trails. Water Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 for more information, contact your you can also call the Chapter Membership Chair Webmaster Dennis Ghiglieri 776-329-6118 group chair or Chapter Nominating (see Chapter Directory, this page) or the Sierra Wild Lands Chair Marge Sill 775-322-2867 Committee members. Phone numbers Club office in San Francisco (415-977-5663). Other Sierra Club information – Call the Toiyabe Wilderness Chair Marge Sill 775-322-2867 are in the directories on pages 2, 4, 8, Chapter Chair or Conservation Chair (see Chapter Wildlife Co-chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 and 10. Directory, this page) or the Sierra Club Information Wildlife Co-Chair Tina Nappe 775-786-1178 — thanks to the Bay Chapter’s yodeler Center in San Francisco (415-977-5653). Also, see newsletter for the “What, me . . .” template group pages for website addresses of groups.
  3. 3. toiyabe trails JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2010 3Sierra Club California Clair Tappaan LodgeLobby Day in Sacramento summer-fall Desert trips 6th Annual Fundraiser Friday-sundaysunday-Mondayaugust 15-16, 2010by annie PhaM T he CNRCC Desert Committee’s purpose is to work for protec- tion, preservation, and conservation of California/Nevada desert. all Desert Committee activities, unless stated otherwise, are suitable august 13-15, 2010 LOCATED AT 7000 FEET off Soda Springs offramp of Highwy 80, ClairCoME JoIN US in Sacramento for our for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The average car or high clearance Tappaan Lodge provides a respite fromannual Lobby Day! be part of a team vehicle will be adequate for most trips. for a good guide to desert travel we the summer heat. at last year’s fundthat will help Sierra Club California recommend the Sierra Club book, Adventuring in the California Desert, raiser, we had to move the Sundaypass our priority bills during the most by Lynne foster. breakfast indoors because we were con-exciting and challenging time of theyear at the State Capitol. you’ll have op- for questions about, or to sign up for, a particular outing, please cerned the milk would freeze. freeze contact leader listed in write-up. for questions about Desert Com- in august?portunities to work with other activists yes, our august fund raiser, scheduledand our professional lobbying staff, as mittee outings in general, or to receive outings list by e-mail, please this year for august 13-15, offers sunnywell as with legislators and their staff. contact Kate Allen (kjallen@wildblue.com, 661-944-4056). days, exciting and invigorating hikes, on Sunday afternoon, our advocacy and crisp nights.team will train you on how to lobby and Hikes! Ernie Malamud, Chair of thebrief you on our priority bills so you can event, will once again offer a multi-effectively advocate for them. on Mon-day, you’ll work the halls of the Capitol sierra Club California/nevada tude of guided hikes on Saturday andas teams, with meetings scheduled from regional Conservation Committee Sunday. Many hikes will have a theme. In addition, there will be hikes to anmorning through afternoon. alpine lake for lunch and swimming, a auGust 21-22 (sat-sun) ghosts of California’s colorful past? It’s possible to have fun and save our few vigorous hikes, and still others forenvironment at the same time! Past BRISTLECONE PINES Come with us to this spooky desert Come with us to the beautiful White landscape near Death valley. Camp at people who prefer an easier, shorterparticipants have found Lobby Dayto be an eye-opening and rewarding Mtns to camp, hike, just relax. on Sat- historic ghost town of Ballarat (flushexperience. Participants should expect urday, hike the Ancient Bristlecone Pine toilets, hot showers). on Saturday, doto pay some costs, but some travel reim- forest on moderate 5 mi RT interpre- challenging hike to ghost town Look-bursements will be available, depending tive trail, followed by picnic lunch and out City with expert Hal fowler, whoon location. short optional hike to nearby old mining will regale us with eerie tales of this cabin. back at camp, enjoy Happy Hour, wild west town. Later, return to campWhat you can do potluck feast, campfire. Sunday, pack for Happy Hour and special holiday for more information and to register, up and head home. group size strictly potluck feast, followed by midnightcontact Annie Pham (lobbyday@sierra- limited. Info: contact leader, Lygeia visit to ghosts and goblins in ballarat’sclubcalifornia.org, 916-557-1100, x 107). Gerard (760-868-2179). graveyard. on Sunday, quick visit to the CNRCC Desert Committee infamous Riley townsite before heading This lake hike is one we do each year. home. group size strictly limited. Info: It’s a short one that ends with a swimSAvE ThE DATE! octobeR 30-31 (sat-sun) contact leader, Lygeia Gerard (760- and a bag lunch. GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZASierra Nevada Alliance What could be more appropriate this 868-2179). CNRCC Desert Committee foray intoTahoe National forest.17th Annual Conference Halloween weekend than visiting the other Saturday activities will include lunch at the historic Warming Hut, wa-august 27 & 28, 2010 tercolor techniques, etc.lake tahoe community final arrangements are being madecollege, s. lake tahoe, ca and speakers, events, and hike leaders will be announced soon on the ClairKeeping the Sierra Resilient Tappaan Lodge website. Watch forStrategies and partnerships for prices and details at <www.ctl.sierra-helping communities and our club.org>. Reservations! Consider making anatural world thrive in this century! reservation and joining the fun andA GROWING POPuLATION, changing great camaraderie with fellow lodgeclimate, and degrading natural resources enthusiasts. Proceeds will benefit themean that the Sierra Nevada needs to Lodge and the Sierra Club’s Clair Tap-be resilient. The Sierra is a foundation paan Lodge Environmental Educationof California’s and Nevada’s prosperity fund.– supplying clean water, energy, and What you can do. If you can’t joinrecreational refuge to millions. We need us in august, but want to contribute to the Environmental Education fund, just write a tax deductible check to “CTL Environmental Education fund” and mail to Peter Lehmkuhl, General Manager, Clair Tappaan Lodge, P.O. Box 36, Norden, 95724. Island hopping in Channel Islands National park cONFERENcE . . . continued from L column july 16-19 • july 30- august 2 • september 9-11 • october 17-19Carson Pass: A reminder of what the torneys. There will be two tracks, aAlliance is about.to keep alive a strong vision of the beautyand diversity of our region for the future. E xplore the wild, windswept islands of Channel Island National Park. Enjoy the frolicking seals and sea lions. Train your binoculars on unusual sea and land birds. Hike the trails to find blankets of wildflowers State track and a federal track, with some overlap. Saturday will begin with an inspi-We need to adapt to changes we cannot and plants found in no other place on earth. Kayak or snorkel the pristine rational keynote speaker, Memberpredict and adopt smarter policies and waters--- or just relax at sea. group updates, motivating speakers,programs than in our past. These live-aboard ecotours depart from Santa barbara aboard the 68-foot twin excellent networking, informative Join us for our two-day conference! diesel Turth. Fee ($785 for July trips; $590 for September and October) includes an workshops, and joyous celebrationWe’ll kick off on friday with our Sierra assigned bunk, all meals, snacks, beverages, plus the services of a ranger/naturalist as we explore keeping the SierraLegal Services Day. There will be an who will travel with us to lead hikes, call attention to items of interest and present resilient.excellent legal program focusing on the evening programs. Profits support Sierra Club. Program & registration infor-needs of activists & conservationists, Reservations. Mail a $100 check (payable to “Sierra Club”) to leader Joan Jones mation. Contact Kay ogden (530-and also provide MCLE credit for at- Holtz, 11826 The Wye St., El Monte, CA 91732. Contact leader for more information 542-4546, x. 304) or go to <www. Please see CONFERENCE, R column. (626-443-0706; jholtzhln@aol.com). (Photo: Joan Jones Holtz.) sierranevadaalliance.org>.
  4. 4. 4 JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2010 toiyabe trails From your summer outings committee by henninG jensen, Rol suMMeR outinGs chaiR T his year, after bryce Wheeler stepped down as outings Chair, our sum- mer outings were planned by a committee of seven members.Range of Light Group Group news letter from the chair by MalcolM claRk (WMalcolM.claRk@GMail.coM)NEW ROL GROuP E-MAIL. our new emailis RangeofLight.sc@gmail.com (the “sc” on plans to drill new wells and build two newis for Sierra Club). The address is NoT case plants that will almost double the output ofsensitive. In case of the chair’s extended ab- Mammoth Pacific Geothermal plant.sence or a new chair, we can simply change SuMMER OuTINGS. Next highway ROL hikers and friends in O’Harrel Canyon on May 9 2010. The canyon is in thethe email forwarding setting. cleanups: 8am, July 21 and Sept 21. If the White Mountains; Owens Valley and Sierra in background. (Photo: Malcolm Clark.) GROuP MEETINGS. our July and august Crestview Rest area is still closed, meet on(3rd Tuesday) meetings will be cook-outs. E- east side of Highway 395 intersection and Our objectives and plans. We consider Independence to bridgeport. We’ve donemail us or check the web for place and time. Mammoth Scenic loop. Wednesday evening outings, together with conservation, the our best to address interests from hiking to This March, we enjoyed a presentation and Sunday hikes are now underway as well most important parts of Sierra Club activi- birding, nature walks, kayaking, photogra-on Devil’s Postpile NM by Supt. Deanna as several special interest hikes (new this ties. It is essential to integrate these two phy tours, day hikes, hikes with car camps,Dulen, including a letter Deanna recently year) noted elsewhere in the RoL pages. activities so that all outings include ele- overnight hikes, easy to challenging hikes,discovered in which early Sierra Club lead- CONSERVATION NEWS. With the ap- ments of conservation. “Protect,” together outings with dogs, and outings withouters urged preservation of Devil’s Postpile. pointment of a new, interim general Man- with “Enjoy” and “Explore”! dogs. We’ll have outings every Wednesday In april, Jim Nichols of Kern Kaweah ager, the long range solar plans of LADWP However, outings are also a key to the night, Sundays, and many Saturdays (ex-Chapter told us about his experiences lead- (Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power) in strength and health of our organization. cept holidays), to accommodate members’ing an expedition to Nepal (in the 50s) and owens valley are unclear. RoL and other outings encourage members, activate different schedules.later to Mt. Denali. local groups continue to monitor the situa- leaders, and attract new members. In order We hope this program will result in many In May, Ron Leiken of ormat updated us Please see CHAIR’S LETTER, page 5. to meet the many needs of our members new faces among the familiar ones on this and future members, outings planning summer’s outings. However, please let us must do its best to provide a broad variety know if there is anything we’ve missed, so On May 1, Rosemary Jarrett was staffing the Range of Light and Club information of outings. we can continue to improve the program. booth at the Tri-County Fairgrounds fortunately, the RoL outings Commit- Thanks! finally, a big “Thank you!” to in Bishop when Smokey dropped by. tee has wide expertise and experience in our leaders for their input and for volun- (Photo: Stephen Kalish.) many areas, as well as an adequate number teering. and, of course, also to our com- of well qualified leaders. (We can always mittee members: Dick baggett, Malcolm use more leaders, though, so don’t hold Clarke, Jean Dillingham, grethe Jensen, back!) Mary K. Prentice, and Ron Stormo. Our summer outings program. We’ve PLEASE SEE planned an exciting variety of outings for this summer, geographically cover- RANGE OF LIGHT GROuP ing both Mono and Inyo counties, from CALENDAR ON PAGE 5! You’re Invited! range of light Group monthly meeting everyone welcome!Group Excom meetings ROL ExCom candidates needed! July 20 (tues) august 17 (tues)WE USUaLLy MEET on the first Tuesday of by MalcolM claRk outdoor potluck & BBQ 6:30 pm! outdoor potluck & BBQ 6:30 pm!the month at 3 pm. all Sierra Club members OuR GROuP IS SEEKING CANDIDATES for Hayden Cabin Museum, Mammoth Lakes Forest Service Picnic Area,are welcome. To confirm date, place, and our ExCom election in November or early (near old Mammoth Rd/Sherwin Creek Rd) Mosquito Flat, Rock Creektime, contact the Chair, Malcolm Clark (760- December. The three members whose terms Please bring your own non-disposable Please bring your own non-disposable924-5639, wmalcolm.clark@gmail.com). end this year are Shalle genevieve, Henning table setting, something to grill for your- Jensen, and Malcolm Clark. one or all of the table setting, something to grill for your-NoTE: We may not meet some months. self, and a dish to share. three may run for reelection. self, and a dish to share. range of LighT group When possible we like to offer a choice by Join your Sierra Club Friends Join your Sierra Club Friends for the fielding more than three candidates. Please send to any member of our nominating com- for a summer get-together. Ar- 2nd summer BBQ at the picnic area at oFFiceRs rive early to spend some time Mosquito Flat near road’s end on Rock Chair Malcolm Clark* 760-924-5639 Please see ROL CANDIDATES, page 5. Vice Chair Shalle Genevieve* 760-934-9668 wandering through the interest- Creek. Exit Hwy 395 at Tom’s Place. Secretary Brigitte Berman* 760-924-2140 Conservation Mary K. Prentice* 760-934-0355 ing museum exhibits or to stroll Come early to hike the trails. By 6:30 Treasurer Lyle Gaston 760-387-2634 the BBQs will be ready for your use. down Mammoth Creek or along at Large Chapter Del. Rosemary Jarrett* Jean Dillingham rosemaryjjar- ett@gmail.com 760-648-7109 rol Group website the bike path. By 6:30 the BBQs Check our website and local media for Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 <http://nevada.sierraclub. will be ready for your use. details and possible changes. Hway Cleanup John Walter 760-934-1767 Hospitality Wilma Wheeler 760-934-3764 org/rolgroup/> LORP Mark Bagley 760-873-5326 Membership Shalle Genevieve* Winter Outings John Walter 760-934-9668 760-934-1767 & september 21 (tues) rol Group e-mail Summer Outgs Henning Jensen* 760-934-7176 Outings Asst. Dick Baggett 760-924-5749 Programs Claus Engelhardt 760-872-4596 Publicity Webmaster Rosemary Jarrett* see At Large, above Jo Bacon jbacon22@verizon.net <RangeofLight.sc@gmail.com> to be announCeD Webmaster Emeritus Owen Maloy 760-934-9511 * Voting ExCom member
  5. 5. toiyabe trails JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2010 5 range of light Calendar Friends of the Inyo SummER 2010 cALENDAR by stacy coRless, executive diRectoR WE HAVE PLANNED another full July thru August July 24 (Saturday) windswept subalpine ridges, cirque ba- summer of preservation, exploration, Starkweather Lake from Minaret Over- “fun & fitness hikes” sins, extensive white bark pine Kromholtz look. Wildflower hike from Minaret stands. bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, and stewardship for the Eastern Sierra. Please join us for a trail work day, a hike Wednesday Evenings overlook to Starkweather Lake. See large variety of wildflowers, old mine site while sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML Union bank parking lot. Leaders: grethe in the hills or for a weeklong steward-JoIN US EvERy WEDNESDay EvENINg descending 3.5 mi through old red fir for- & Henning Jensen (760 934 7176). Dogs ship vacation. get details on all theseat 6 pm at ML Union bank parking lot for est. observe result of avalanches on forest. limited. events at <www.friendsoftheinyo.org>,a hike to get fit, stay fit for summer fun.Explore local trails, learn about our natural Ride bus back to Minaret overlook or to auguSt 8 (Sunday) or email stacy@friendsoftheinyo.org other points of interest along San Joaquin Lakes Basin to Solitude Canyon via Saturday, July 3. Mammoth Summer ofsurroundings, geology, wildflowers, trees. River for $7. Bring lunch, plenty of water, Sherwin Red Ridge. Car shuttle. Strenu- Stewardship (SoS) Lakes basin Cleanup.all hikes are moderate to easy, completed hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Meet 9a, ous but enjoyable 6 mi trail, x-c up backby dark. bring water, layered clothes, sturdy Minaret overlook. Leaders: Jean Dilling- Saturday, July 10. Hike to Dry Lakes of Sherwins for spectacular view of lakes,shoes. Info: call leader, Dick Baggett (760 ham (760 648 7109), Wilma Wheeler (760 Plateau in the Bodie Hills. town. Then down Solitude Canyon to end934 5749). Dogs Limited. 934 3764). No dogs. at Sherwin Lakes trailhead parking. Prepare Saturday, July 17. SoS volunteer Trail July 25 (Sunday) for off-trail adventure. bring lunch, plenty Day Crystal Lake Trail. summer outings Dana Plateau. Hike to spectacular Tioga of water, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Saturday, July 31. SoS volunteer Trail by henninG jensen, Lake Roadless Area, Dana Plateau in Meet 8a, ML Union bank parking lot. Leaders: Mary K. Prentice (760 934 0355), Day Coldwater Trails. Rol suMMeR outinGs chaiR ansel adams Wilderness north of Mt. Dana. group size limited: 15 hikers. See Maurica Anderson (760 932 7175); expert August 1-7. EvoLvE (volunteer wilder- July 3 (Saturday) spectacular wildflowers, explore giant direction, Wilma & Bryce Wheeler. Dogs ness vacation) Thousand Island Lake.Birding with Nancy States & Sierra Club. wind-sculptured granite boulders distrib- limited. August 19-22. EvoLvE Steelhead LakeNancy States is expert birder from Santa uted over plateau surface, undisturbed by auguSt 15 (Sunday) (Mcgee Creek Canyon).barbara. walk through many eco systems Crater Meadows from Horse-of Mammoth Meadows. See different spe- shoe Lake. Moderate hike, 7 Saturday, August 28. SoS volunteercies inhabiting aspen/conifer forest, open mi RT to Upper, Lower Crater Trail Day Panorama Dome.meadow, wetland, Hidden Lake. bring Meadows, Red Cones, from Saturday, September 11. SoS Convictsnacks, binoculars, scopes, bird books, or Horseshoe Lake. See lots of wild- Lake.just come, enjoy. finish before noon, but flowers in meadows. Bring lunch, Saturday, September 25. National Pub-you may want to stay with a picnic. Meet plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, lic Lands Day project, owens Headwaters7:30a , ML union Bank parking lot. Lead- hiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML (Glass Creek Meadow Trail); FOI Memberers: Nancy States, Mary K. Prentice (760 Union bank parking lot. Leaders: & Volunteer Party.934 0355). No dogs. Henning, Grethe Jensen (760 934 July 4 (Sunday) 7176). Dogs limited. Editor’s Note. SOS = Summer of Stewardship auguSt 22 (Sunday) EVOLVE = Volunteer Wilderness Vacation.Holiday. No outing. July 11 (Sunday) Virginia Canyon. beautiful,Valentine Lake from Sherwin Lakes mountainous hike. about 6 miTrailhead (or shorter option). Hike to RT, 800 ft gain, along virginia eastern sierra land trustvalentine Lake from Sherwin Lakes trail- Lakes to Virginia Pass, overlook coming eventshead with Sierra Club, Range of Light to Excelsior. bring lunch, plentygroup. See some of largest Sierra junipers of water, hat, sunscreen, hiking by saRah sPano,in region, exceeding 8 ft diameter. about 10 boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML Union education cooRdinatoRmi RT, 1885 ft gain, moderate to strenuous bank parking lot oR 8:45 am,trail. Short option to Sherwin Lakes, only Lee vining visitor Center oR brown bag lunch series4 mi RT, gain 860 ft, easy to moderate trail. 9:15 at virginia Lakes trailhead. june 30 & august 4, 2010bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, Leaders: Janet & Davis Carlehiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML Union bank (760 647 6431) Dogs limited. We are hosting a brown bag Lunch seriesparking lot. Leaders: Pat & E.L.Smoogen auguSt 29 (Sunday) on the first Wednesday of every month.(760 934 0359), Grethe Jensen (760 934 Kearsarge Pass. about 10 mi Talks are from 12-1 pm in the ESLT gar-7176). Dogs limited. RT, 2600 ft gain from 9200-ft den, at 176 Home Street, Bishop. July 18 (Sunday) A preview of this summer’s hiking opportunities: trailhead. Trail passes Little and The next two brown bag LunchesMammoth Crest with car shuttle. views, ROL hikers and four-legged friends resting along Big Pothole Lake, with Flower will be June 30 (first week of July) andviews, views! Hike from Lake george to Lower Rock Creek on May 16, 2010. (Photo: Lake and Heart Lake in be- August 4. Please visit <www.eslt.org>top of actual Crest at Mammoth Pass with Malcolm Clark.) tween. Kearsarge Pass view into for the upcoming topics, or call Sarahgrand views, then along entire crest to Sequoia/Kings Canyon is spec- at 760-873-4554.off-trail descent down steep scree slope to glaciations that occurred in canyons below. tacular! Lunch at pass. bring lunch, plentyMcLeod Lake, Horseshoe Lake. Car shuttle. about 9 mi RT, 1500 ft gain, moderate of water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hikingSemi-strenuous trail, 6 mi RT, gain 1650 ft. trail, x-c. bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, boots, raingear, warm clothes, etc. Car pool GPs Workshopbring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML from Mammoth or Independence. Trailheadhiking boots etc. Meet 8a, ML Union bank Union bank parking lot or 8:45, Lee vining is 15 mi up valley from Independence. Meet saturday, august 21, 2010parking lot. Leaders: Mary K. Prentice (760 Ranger Station on Hwy 120. Leaders: Jean 8a, ML Union bank parking lot or 9:15 am Join Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s Lands934 0355), Brigitte Berman (760 924 2140). Dillingham (760 648 7109), John Walter in Independence at Hwy 395/onion valley Program Coordinator for a day explor-Dogs limited. (760 934 1767) No dogs. Road. Leaders: Monica & Ron Stormo (760 876 5401) Dogs limited. ing the world auguSt 1 (Sunday) of GPS on Sat- Duck Pass to Deer Lakes & Lake George. September 5 (Sunday) urday, august Car shuttle. Strenuous hike partly off-trail, Labor Day Weekend. No outing.ROL cANDIDATES . . . 12 mi RT, 2200 ft gain. From Duck Pass September 12 (Sunday) 21. Learn thecontinued from page 4 trailhead via Duck Pass, Deer Lakes to Lake Hall Natural Area Reserve. Explore Hall basics of glob- george with car shuttle back to trailhead. Natural area Reserve in shadow of Mt. al Positioningmittee your suggestions for someone you Interesting variety of terrain, including Conness, in a magnificent glacial lakes Satellite (GPS)think could make a valuable contributionto our ExCom and who might be willing to basin. about 5 mi RT. bring food, plenty including ba-serve. Don’t hestitate to suggest yourself of water, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. sic GPS use,(self-nomination) if you have time and chAIR’S LETTER . . . Meet 8a, ML Union bank parking lot. Some of us will camp at Sawmill campground a cross-coun-willingness to serve. try geography continued from page 4 Nominate yourself! We would appreci- the night before. you are welcome to join Volunteer Kim walk, and dis-ate having self-nominations and suggested tion. Work continues on a small, pilot solar us, but you’ll need to get your own camp Forkner teaching cussion of ap-names of other possible candidates by project on Owens (dry) Lake. The group site. Leaders: Jean Dillingham (760 648 participant how to use plications andaugust 31, though we don’t yet know the drawing up a conservation management plan 7109), Mary K. Prentice (760 934 0355). a GPS device. uses. for the lakebed is progressing steadily. Dogs limited.deadline the Chapter will decide on. Please bring your own GPS unit. What you can do. Please contact any RoL is participating in a renewed push for September 19 (Sunday) Drinks and snacks will be provided.member of our nominating committee Bodie area federal protection. Tuolumne Cascades. This is a lovely day tripwith your suggestion/s: Rosemary Jarrett a draft Ea has been released proposing along a fishermen’s trail with white heather, Suggested donation $15. Space lim-(rosemaryjjarrett@gmail.com), Mary Kay United Airlines flights from the bay area to huckleberries along route. opportunities for ited. To sign up for the workshop andPrentice (mkp@npgcable.com), and Wilma Mammoth next winter. The Ea raises some swimming along the way. Easy hike, 6 mi RT. for more information, please contactWheeler (wilma.bryce@verizon.net). serious environmental questions. Please see ROL CALENDAR, page 12. sarah@eslt.org or call 760-873-4554.
  6. 6. 6 july - august - september 2010 Toiyabe Trails conservation roundup “So extraordinary is Nature that the beauty of lilies falls on angels and men, bears and sqirrels, wolves and sheep, birds and bees ....”Conservation Briefs Spring meeting report — John Muirby marge sill Sierra Club CA/NV Wilderness CommitteeCalifornia Desert Protection Act of Many hearings have been held on the2010. Introduced by Senator Dianne roadless rule since it was first issued participants were asked to expressFeinstein, the Act includes several areas during the Clinton administration. The by viCky hoover, their concerns to the Committee staffin Inyo County which lie in Toiyabe public has overwhelmingly supported wilderness Committee Chair while the hearing record remains open.Chapter. This legislation would add two the moratorium on logging and mining THIS GALA THREE-FOLD EVENTsmall areas to Death Valley National in roadless areas. with the Sierra Club’s Southern CAPark and designate three additional ar- Travel Management Project DEIS. Forests Committee and Great Oldeas in the Park as wilderness. It would The Mountain City, Ruby Mountains, Broads for Wilderness in San Diegoalso establish 7871 acres of wilderness and Jarbidge Ranger Districts of the County on May 22-23, 2010, wasat Great Falls Basin and add a small Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forestsection to the Amargosa Wild & Scenic has released the Draft Environmental a great success. In addition to theRiver designation. Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Com- joint meeting Saturday, the gather- Support for this legislation is neces- bined Travel Management Project. ing featured a service project in thesary if the bill is to be passed in this The proposed action would add an Cleveland National Forest, improv-session of Congress. Please contact additional 1151 miles of unauthorized, ing a trail in the Agua Tibia Wilder-Ryan Henson (rhenson@calwild.org) user-created routes to the existing 1103- ness, and a fine hike in the proposedfor further information. mile forest transportation system on the Beauty Mountain Wilderness. Logging & mining moratorium. The three ranger districts. Toiyabe Chapter California Desert Protection Act of 2010.Obama administration has extended the has requested an extension of time for The groups heard news of Senator Diannemoratorium on most logging and min- comments so that (1) routes can be stud- Feinstein’s new bill which adds several newing on the 58.5 million acres of Forest ied and (2) a better map made showing California desert wilderness areas, expands Beauty Mountain in background, ToiyabeService roadless inventory lands for one which routes are user-created, particu- several other areas, and establishes two Chapter member, Lois Snedden, on left.more year. This will give the Secretary larly in inventoried roadless areas. national monuments. Several wilderness (Photo: Vicky Hoover.)of Agriculture time to study what should For further information, please contact additions are in Inyo County, within the Nevada wilderness management.be done in certain situations and also Karen Boeger (kboeger@juno.com) or domain of the Range of Light group. The Draft Management Plan is out forgive the courts time to decide verdicts Marge Sill (msill@juno.com.) Though Sierra Club supports good eight wilderness areas in Clark County.on the many suits that have been filed. land protection, it has serious concerns Comments are sought until mid-July. about the bill’s legislative mandate for These eight areas are all or in part in the five off-road vehicle recreation areasruby Pipeline decision and omission from wilderness of high Lake Mead National Recreation Area; the National Park Service has prepared priority areas like Cady Mountainspetitioned at FerC and Conglomerate Mesa. The bill the plan. The Bureau of Land Manage- ment is also involved, as three of theby david von seggern had just had a hearing in the Senate eight areas are jointly managed. Energy & Natural Resources Commit- oiyabe Chapter has filed a “petition for rehearing” of the Federal Energy It’s generally a good plan, but SierraT Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision* to accept the EnvironmentalImpact Statement (EIS) and approve the Ruby Pipeline project. The project tee only two days earlier, so meeting Please see page 7, top left column. Duplication of assumes that the Record of Decisionwould put a 4-inch natural gas pipeline across northern Nevada and in three (ROD) will be signed at some point byother states. The Nevada segment is especially the input of many other individuals, the BLM. Events which have strengthened our expenditure inworrisome because it lies in fairlypristine high desert land -- one of the organizations, and even government agencies. Our stance is that we don’t case. First, even though the U.S. Fish Nevada predator management & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) de-largest contiguous wildlife and scenic oppose the pipeline per se, only the clined in March to list the sage grouseareas of the lower 48 states. Our peti- selected route. as threatened or endangered, it did rule by don moldetion for rehearing includes nine major On June 2 FERC ruled that they need- it a “warranted” species. This meanspoints in which we argue why the order ed more time to consider our petition for THE NEVADA BOARD the sage grouse deserved to be listed,was improper. rehearing. If they ultimately deny it, our of Wildlife Commis- but was not listed for lack of resources Basically, FERC not only has ignored only option then is litigation in court to within the agency. sioners has for the firstour comments on this pipeline, but achieve rerouting of the pipeline. This Second, the BLM head office in Wash- time approved contro- ington, D.C. issued an Instructional versial expenditures of nearly $500,000 from BIKE TO WORK WEEK Memorandum which, in recognizing the USF&WS non-action, requests more its Heritage Fund to measures to protect the sage grouse in try enhancing mule its jurisdictions. Our interpretation of deer numbers by kill- I brought my this memorandum is that rerouting the ing coyotes and cougars. Represen- bike to work ! Ruby Pipeline to a corridor of lesser tatives from most county advisory impact would be a logical implemen- game boards objected to this action, tation. Third, the BLM has so far refused to pointing out the questionable nature sign the ROD allowing Ruby Pipeline of the premise, the lack of opportu- nity for their members to consider © Erik Holland 2010. to proceed with its project on the BLM portion of the preferred route. The Ne- the matter in detail, and the tradi- vada part of the route is mostly through tion of using Heritage Fund monies BLM land. Many mandated items must for nobler purposes. Requests for a be finished before the BLM can legally delay of the vote were rejected by sign the ROD. the commission at its May, 2010 What you can do. Contact David meeting. von Seggern (vonseg1@sbcglobal.net), A duplication of expenditure? Ruby Pipeline Task Force, for further This controversial move by the Wild- information or if you want to help in life Commissioners does not seem to this very important Chapter issue. * April 5, 2010 Please see PREDATOR MANAGEMENT, page 11.