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    October - December 2009 Toiyabe Trails Newsletter, Toiyabe Sierra Club October - December 2009 Toiyabe Trails Newsletter, Toiyabe Sierra Club Document Transcript

    • trails toiyabe OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 FAL OUTI L Is NGS sue ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS OF NEVADA AND THE EASTERN SIERRA FROM THE TOIYABE CHAPTER OF THE SIERRA CLUBBear Scat or Rice 2009 Chapter electionKrispies Treats? ballots to be MAILEDBY SIERRA CLUB’S THE GREEN LIFE to members!WHEN WE SAT DOWN TO DO A BLIND BY DAVID VON SEGGERNtaste-test of energy bars from 25 compa- NOMINATING AND ELECTION com-nies that work to preserve the environ- mittees of the Toiyabe Chapter andment, well, let’s just say that the flavorcomparisons were all over the map. We its groups are working to makewon’t name names when it comes to this 2009 election have the highestwhich brand provoked the comparison turnout in recent memory. Chapterto ursine calling cards (and what kind of members will receive ballots byperson knows what that tastes like in the U.S. mail this year, in the first weekfirst place?), but we’ll be happy to point of November. There is no electionyou to our ranked listing of 28 different material in this Toiyabe Trails.bars, as well as reviews of the five that The election schedule was pub-our judges found most appetizing. lished in the July-August-SeptemberThe Taste of Power: 2009 Toiyabe Trails, along with rel-Top Ecofriendly Energy Bars evant contacts. One clarification isEnergy bars have come a long way. that ballot counting will take placeatWhen introduced more than two decades 6 pm on December 13 at the homeago, they sacrificed taste for function of the Election Committee Chair.and were “enjoyed” almost solely by The proposed Ruby Gas Pipeline route would traverse rugged, rocky plateaus All candidates are welcome to viewhard-core athletes and hikers. Today, and deep canyons leaving a permanent scar on the landscape. The route is the process. Call David von Seggernthanks to a boom in competing brands, proposed across northern Nevada including along the entire southern boundary of the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: Dennis Ghiglieri.) (775-303-8461) for directions.some are actually worth savoring--whileothers are still harder to swallow thancompressed wood shavings. list the bird under the Endangered To determine the best and worst, 15Sierra Club staffers blind-tasted andscored bars from 25 companies that Ruby Pipeline: Species Act. Other sagebrush-de- pendent wildlife which would bework to preserve the environment. Oureaters didn’t sugarcoat their opinions: Eco-disaster for impacted by this proposed industrial development include pygmy rabbits and a host of birds. Please see ENERGY BARS, page 12. Northern Nevada Toiyabe Chapter conservationists developed and submitted 28 pages of comments to the Federal Energy Don’t forget BY ROSE STRICKLAND Regulatory Commission (FERC) on to visit the Chapter website W hat would cut through over 350 miles of mostly undisturbed sagebrush country on public lands in Northern Nevada? Si- erra Club members were shocked to learn this summer of a proposal the draft Environmental Impact State- ment. The DEIS is missing dozens of critical studies, plans, and reports; it does not substantively study any for a natural gas pipeline and right-of-way in Nevada’s backcountry <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> alternatives to the proposed route; in order to get a glut of natural gas from the Rocky Mountains in and it provides little documentation Wyoming to possible markets in Pacific coast states. of the actual need for the natural gas The size and scope of the potential of the MX missile proposal for Great in Nevada or elsewhere. Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507 environmental impacts rivals those Basin valleys in the 1980s, except Non-Profit Org. Please see RUBY PIPELINE, page 2. Permit No. 356 Reno, Nevada U.S. Postage that it is a linear proposal from the PAID Utah to the Oregon border. Instead of following already dis- IN THIS ISSUE turbed road and utility corridors, the LETTERS: Wild Horses . . . . . .. . 2 proposed pipeline route appears to Fall-Winter Desert Trips . . . . . . . . 3 have been drawn with a ruler on a Americorps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 map without knowledge of or appre- 2010 W. Wilderness Conference. 3 ciation for the fairly intact sagebrush Range of Light Group . . . . . . 4-5 steppe ecosystems on public lands Motorized Travel Mgt . . . . . . . . 5 in Nevada and three other Western Clair Tappaan Lodge Events. . . . 5 states. Walker Lake: Water . . . . . . . . . . 6 State and federal agencies as well Nevada-Utah Water Split . . . . . . .6-7 as conservationists, sportsmen, and How Much Do Hoofed Animals Eat? . . 7 ranchers have developed and are Wild Nevada Calendar 2010 . . . .7 implementing plans to protect the Great Basin Group . . . . . . . . . 8-9 The pipeline route would cut up to a declining populations of sagebrush- S. Nevada Group . . . . . . . . 10-11 200-foot swath through prime sage dependent sage grouse and grouse grouse habitat both in and adjacent Glacier Nat’l Park Service Trip . . . . 12 to the Sheldon National Wildlife habitat, so that it is unnecessary to Chapter ExCom . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Refuge. (Photo: Dennis Ghiglieri.) Please see NO COAL page 2.
    • 2 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2009 TOIYABE TRAILSRUBY PIPELINE . . . Letterscontinued from page 1 The Sierra Club urged FERC to correct Wild horses are to be removed . . . . In a vast areathe many problems in the pipeline EIS and Dear Editor: covering thousands of acres in BLM’sespecially to include study of an alterna- Winnemucca District in northern Ne-tive using the West-Wide Energy Corridor America’s last remaining wild horsesroutes through Nevada. These routes were and burros are being systematically vada, plans have been announced todesigned (finalized in 2008) by federal eliminated or nearly so by the very take off all but 10 wild horses — the .agencies to avoid sensitive resources and agencies charged with their protec- . . “Appropriate Management Level”the proliferation of rights-of-way across tion and management . . . . In BLM’s . . . . As I write these words, the fa-Western public lands as well as to minimize mous Pryor Mountain mustang herdthe environmental footprint from develop- eastern Nevada Ely District, 1.4ment of energy corridors. The proposed million legal acres are planned for of Montana is being gutted, reducedRuby pipeline appears to be exactly the type zeroing out, in spite of . . . public to a non-viable population level byof project which the WWEC is supposed outcry. Here, the sparsely distributed BLM roundup contractors. It bearsto prevent. 620 stout wild horses that remain are mentioning that of Montana’s seven The Sierra Club comments on the FERCdraft EIS are posted on the chapter website: in fact quite under-populated, and original herd areas, only one still has<www.toiyabesierraclub.org>. greatly outnumbered by livestock and any wild horses left and that in terms game animals. In southern Califor- of acreage this represents an 83% Deadline! nia, one of the last remaining burro reduction. And the list goes on. To herds (Owl Creek) is also slated for claim there is an overpopulation of complete removal by BLM, though wild equids today on the public lands only about one dozen remain. Wyo- is in no way objective . . . . TRAILS ming’s historic Red Desert mustang Sincerely, herd is to be gutted, ca. 1000 horses Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist Range of Light Group DECEMBER 1 continued from page 5 for jan - feb- mar Bridgeport kids on first-ever 2010 issue ROL group ICO outing. Photo by outing leader Mauriça Anderson. Toiyabe Trails TOIYABE CHAPTER DIRECTORY CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS & MEMBERS SERVING NEVADA Chair Dave Hornbeck* 775-323-6655 Vice-Chair Dorothy Hudig* 775-323-4835 janefeldman@ & CALIFORNIA’S E. SIERRA Secretary Jane Feldman* cox.net Treasurer (Apptd) Kris Cunningham 702-285-6832 Toiyabe Trails is published six times each year At Large At Large Eric Blumensaadt* Ann Brauer* 702-566-9429 702-879-3376 by the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, At Large Charlotte Cox charcox@ charter.net P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507, to help keep At Large Jean Dillingham* 760-648-7109 our members well-informed and better able to ESLT & AmeriCorps partnership At Large Erik Holland* 775-322-3582 Sharon Marie protect the environment—for our families, for At Large 775-852-5075 Wilcox* our future. GROUP CHAIRS (EX-OFFICIO VOTING EXCOM MEMBERS) Editor – Lynne Foster (94 Mountain View Great Basin Range of Light David von Seggern Malcolm Clark 775-303-8461 760-924-5639 ESLT IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE the renewal “The AmeriCorps program is an excellent Drive, Swall Meadows, Bishop, CA 93514-9207; Southern NV Tahoe Area SC Kris Cunningham Roger Rosenberger 702-285-6832 775-588-8101 of their partnership with the Sierra Nevadaopportunity for the member and the host 760-387-2634; <lfoster@schat.net>; fax avail- DELEGATES & REPRESENTATIVES AmeriCorps Partnership. For the past three organization. It not only gets important proj- able, call first. CA/NVRCC-Del.** Wilma Wheeler 760-934-3764 Assoc. Editor – Kathy Morey (760-938-2050). -Delegate** Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429 years, ESLT along with other non-profit ects done in our community, but it provides -Alternate Michael Donahue 775 588-5466 community groups or natural resource agen- the member an amazing experience they can Kathy does the July- August-September issue. -Alternate Erik Holland* 775-322-3582 (** = Ex-Officio Non-Voting ExCom Members) cies working throughout the Sierra Nevada Deadlines – Contributions are due by the CA/NVRCC-CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES build on for the rest of her or his life,” said 1st of the month for publication in the following -Nevada Vice-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 have hosted AmeriCorps members. In 2010, Mary McGurke. month’s issue: December 1 for January-Febru- -Desert Comm John Hiatt 702-361-1171 -Wilderness Comm Marge Sill 775-322-2867 ESLT will continue to host an AmeriCorps ESLT and AmeriCorps are currently re- ary-March; March 1 for April-May-June; June epillard@ PLAN Board Ellen Pillard nvbell.net member for a year of national service doingcruiting members for 2010. The AmeriCorps 1 for July-August-September; September 1 for SC Council-Delegate Jane Feldman* 702-648-0699 -Alternate Sharon Marie Wilcox* 775-852-5075 work throughout the Eastern Sierra. member will receive skills and training, a October-November-December. COMMITTEE, TASK FORCE & ISSUE CHAIRS Chapter Funding TF Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429 This year, Serena Dennis joined the monthly stipend, and an education award at Submissions – Call or e-mail editor before Conservation Co-Chair Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118 AmeriCorps program and ESLT team as the the end of their year of service. If you know deadline for late submissions. Submit news, sto- Conservation-Co-Chair Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429 Energy Jane Feldman* 702-648-0699 Education and Outreach Coordinator. “The someone interested in conducting restora- ry ideas, photos, and letters-to-the-editor to the Env. Education Financial Review Jean Dillingham* Kris Cunningham 760-648-7109 702-285-6832 AmeriCorps service gave me the opportuni- tion, working with volunteers, coordinating editor (contact info above). Please include your charcox@ name, phone/fax, e-mail address, and group with Fundraising Charlotte Cox* charter.net ty to live in this beautiful place while gaining community events, and providing education Legal Compliance Burt Patterson 702-562-1571 all contributions. You may send contributions by Legislative-Co-Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 vital job skills,” says Serena. “I am proud to programs, please visit www.easternsier- e-mail or on a PC-compatible disk (Word, text, Legislative-Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 Membership Sharon Marie 775-852-5075 know that my service made a difference for ralandtrust.org to learn more. or ascii). Please send hard copy by snail mail Wilcox* Mining-Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 ESLT and the local community.” This valuable work in our community is for all submissions on disk. For photo or disk glennm@unr. Mining-Co-Chair Glenn Mille Nominating Jane Feldman* edu 702-648-0699 possible through the collaboration return, please include a stamped, self-addressed Outings Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429 of many organizations. ESLT is a envelope. The Toiyabe Trails reserves the right Political-Co-Chair Erik Holland* 775-322-3582 epillard@ local non-profit organization based to edit all contributions for reasons of space, Political-Co-Chair Ellen Pillard nvbell.net Public Lands Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 in Bishop that works with private clarity, slander, or libel. Public Rel./Outreach Charlotte Cox charcox@ Subscriptions – Toiyabe Trails is free to all charter.net landowners and the public to pre- Sierra Student Coalition Trisha Mynster 530-680-4483 Toiyabe Chapter members. Subscription cost for emily. Emily Rhodenbaugh rhodenbaugh serve working farms and ranches, non-members is $12 per year. To subscribe, send Staff Oversight Sustain. Consumption Dave Hornbeck* Philip Moore 775-323-6655 775-224-1877 natural areas and historical and check for $12, payable to “Toiyabe Chapter,” Trails Editorial Marge Sill 775-322-2867 emily. biological resources in the Eastern to Toiyabe Trails Subscriptions, Sierra Club, Trails Redesign Emily Rhodenbaugh rhodenbaugh @sierraclub.org Sierra. The Sierra Nevada Alli- Toiyabe Chapter, c/o Treasurer, 1621 Foster Dr., Video Conf. TF Ann Brauer* 702-879-3376 Water Campaign Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 ance is a non-profit organization Reno, NV 89509-1111. Wilderness Marge Sill 775-322-2867 that works to protect and restore Change of address – Postmaster & Members, Wildlife-Co-Chair Tina Nappe 775-786-1178 Wildlife-Co-Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 Sierra lands, water, wildlife, and please send address changes to Sierra Club, Change OTHER CONTACTS & STAFF rural communities. AmeriCorps of Address, P. O. Box 52968, Boulder, CO 80322- emily. SC Staff-Reno Emily Rhodenbaugh rhodenbaugh 2968 or <address.changes@sierraclub.org>. @sierraclub.org is a part of the Corporation for Membership information – There is a mem- robert.disney SC Staff-Las Vegas Rob Disney @sierraclub.org National and Community Service, bership coupon in each issue of Toiyabe Trails. Foundation Liaison (Vacant) Listserve Manager Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118 whose mission is to build lives, You can also call the Chapter Membership Chair Chapter Webmaster Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118 TRAILS STAFF strengthen communities, and (see Chapter Directory, this page) or the Sierra Trails Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 Assoc. Editor Kathy Morey 760-938-2050 foster civic engagement through Club office in San Francisco (415-977-5663). Distribution Carol Tresner 775-786-0489 Serena Dennis (center), current AmeriCorps service and volunteering. Other Sierra Club information – Call the Toiyabe -Co-Coordin. Bill Bowers 775-786-3259 Chapter Chair or Conservation Chair (see Chapter -Co-Coordin. * = Elected ExCom Members Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118 Outreach and Education Coordinator at ESLT, — submitted by Mary McGurke, Directory, this page) or the Sierra Club Information and a Girl Scout crew restore habitat at Crowley Development & Outreach Director, Center in San Francisco (415-977-5653). Also, see Hilltop Preserve. Eastern Sierra Land Trust group pages for website addresses of groups.
    • TOIYABE TRAILS OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 3Club activists swarm Capitol SAVE THE DATE!to boost clean energy & parks bills Fall-Winter Desert Trips 2010 Western WildernessBY BILL MAGAVERN, SIERRA CLUB Conference: New Aims, New AlliesCALIFORNIA BY VICKY HOOVER, CHAIR, SIERRA CLUBSIERRA CLUB CALIFORNIA’S 2009 LOBBY DAYwas a smashing success! Dedicated vol- 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 CA/NV WILDERNESS COMMITTEE The 2010 Western Wilderness Conferenceunteers from around the state travelled to will take place April 8-11, 2010, on the cam-Sacramento to urge their legislators to ramp for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The average car or high clearance pus of the University of California, Berke-up clean energy requirements and preserve vehicle will be adequate for most trips. For a good guide to desert travel we ley, California. Please visit the conferenceour state parks. recommend the Sierra Club book, Adventuring in the California Desert, website at www.westernwilderness.org. On August 23, participants gathered in Save the date now! For anyone whothe Capitol for briefings on how to lobby on by Lynne Foster. cares about the wild places of thethe four bills we focused on this year. Two For questions about, or to sign up for, a particular outing, please West—this is one event not to miss!of them — SB 14 (Simitian) and AB 64 contact leader listed in write-up. For questions about Desert Com- Although the event will take place in(Krekorian) — would both require electric the San Francisco Bay Area, wildernessutilities to get 33% of their power from mittee outings in general, or to receive outings list by e-mail, please organizations and advocates from allclean, renewable sources by 2020. Also, SB contact Kate Allen (kjallen@wildblue.com, 661-944-4056). twelve western states, including Alaska,372 (Kehoe) and SB 679 (Wolk), would both are invited to participate in this grandestablish public processes to protect parks event. The Toiyabe Chapter and fifteenfrom inappropriate uses. other Sierra Club western Chapters have On August 24, the volunteer lobbyists kept already signed on as event sponsors. Why attend? Western Wilderness Confer- California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee ence 2010 will: SEPTEMBER 25-27 (FRI-SUN) What could be more ap- • inspire interested new advocates, propriate this Halloween including students SERVICE & HIKING • re-inspire longtime dedicated wilder- IN CARRIZO PLAINS weekend than to visit ghosts and ruins of Cal- ness advocates Visit, assist in an outstanding, relatively un- • focus on the role of wild lands in an era ifornia’s colorful past? known national monument. Optional, scenic of global warming Come with us to this eerie hike high in Caliente Mountains on Friday. • explore how to incorporate wildlands desert landscape near Others may join us for Nat’l Public Lands advocacy with Native American tradi- Death Valley. Camp at historic ghost town Day on Saturday when we participate with tional land-ethics and cultural values of Ballarat (flush toilets, hot showers). On other volunteers working on improvements • promote getting children outside into Saturday, a challenging hike to ghost town for Soda Lake Overlook. On Sunday, tour a Nature’s wild places! of Lookout City with expert Hal Fowler. number of historic, prehistoric, geologic sites • train activists to advocate effectivelyA group of activists paid close attention Hal will regale us with tales of this wild in Monument. Leader: Craig Deutsche (craig. for wild placesas Sierra Club California lobbyists (not west town. Saturday eve, Happy Hour and deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670). And we’ll all have fun!pictured) provided talking points and tips potluck feast, followed by midnight visit CNRCC Desert Committee Speakers, plenary sessions, workshops,on how to lobby the California Legislature. to Ballarat’s graveyard. On Sunday, quick OCTOBER 3-4 (SAT-SUN) visit to infamous Riley town site before music, meals, outings! It’s all part of thea busy schedule of meetings with legislators celebration of the West’s wild places. ANTELOPE PROTECTION WORK heading home. Group size strictly limited.and their staff, letting them know that their Sierra Club, California Wilderness Co- PARTY IN CARRIZO PLAIN NAT’L Info: contact leader, Lygeia Gerard (760-constituents support greening our electrical alition, and Northwest Parks and Wilder- MONUMENT 868-2179).grid and protecting parks. Our participants re- ness Conference are leading the planning. CNRCC Desert Committee.ported very positive results from their meet- Help remove fences to allow beautiful, en-ings, with many saying they were impressed dangered, pronghorn antelope unobstructed NOVEMBER 6-8 (FRI-SUN)by how interested the legislators were in what access to all areas of Plain. We succeeded in recreational hike either from work site or in MOJAVE NAT’L PRESERVE nearby Indian Pass Wilderness. Info: contactSierra Club California has to say. clearing American Ranch area; join us as we SERVICE TRIP Midway through work on Panorama Ranch. Camp at Selby leader, Craig Deutsche (craig.deutsche@ Help Preserve clean up large, illegal dump gmail.com, 310-477-6670). the day, Sierra Club campground, bring food, water, heavy leather built up over the years. Work all day Sat- CNRCC Desert Committee California present- work gloves, camping gear for weekend. urday and until noon on Sunday Preserve ed our Byron Sher Potluck Saturday night. Meet at Goodwin DECEMBER 28 - JANUARY 2, 2010 (MON-SAT) staff will provide barbecue Saturday eve. Award, which rec- Visitor Center, 9 am Saturday. Rain cancels. Hike planned for those arriving in morning HOLIDAY SERVICE TRIP, CARRIZO ognizes outstand- Resource specialist: Alice Koch. Info: contact on Friday. Ranger talk about Preserve on PLAIN NAT’L MONUMENT ing achievements leaders, Cal & Letty French, (805-239-7338; Friday. Camping will be rustic, but portable Celebrate end of one year, beginning of in environmental lettyfrench@gmail.com, e-mail preferred). restroom provided. High clearance vehicle next in one of our new national monuments. protection by Cali- Santa Lucia Chapter/CNRCC Desert Committee recommended to access site, but we can Carrizo Plain, W of Bakersfield, is a vast fornia public offi- OCTOBER 5-6 (MON-TUE) shuttle people, gear if needed. Info: contact grassland, home to pronghorn antelope, cials. This year’s WILDERNESS RESTORATION leader, Rich Juricich (rich.sac@pacbell.net, tule elk, kit fox, a wide variety of birds. honorees are Sena-Senator Fran IN DEATH VALLEY NAT’L PARK 916-492-2181). Welcome hike Dec. 28, 3.5 days of service tor Fran Pavley andPavley accepted CNRCC Desert Committee modifying barbed wire fencing, and full Air Resources Board Finish conversion to trail of N end of oldthe Byron Sher day for hiking and exploring are planned. Chair Mary Nichols Mesquite Flats/Death Valley crossover road, NOVEMBER 7-8 (SAT-SUN)award presented Use of accommodations at Goodwin Ranch (ARB Legislative Di- which used to join Scotty’s Castle Rd near “BOWLING ALLEY” CAR CAMP &by Sierra Club included. Limited to 14 participants; $30 rector Rob Oglesby Red Wall Canyon. Meet Sunday eve or early HIKE, DEATH VALLEY PROPOSEDCalifornia. (Photo: covers five dinners. Info: contact leader, accepted the award Monday morning; work Monday-Tuesday. WILDERNESS ADDITIONJohn Kokaska.) Craig Deutsche (craig.deutsche@gmail. on Nichols’ behalf). Potluck Monday night. Wednesday, ranger-We honored Senator Pavley and Chair Nich- A narrow strip of land between Death Valley com, 310-477-6670) or co-leader Melinda led hike for those who stay over. (Projectols for their pathbreaking work in passing Nat’l Park, Fort Irwin is lovingly referred Goodwater (mgoodwater@sbcglobal.net, may change). Info: contact leader, Kate Allenand implementing California’s major laws to as “Bowling Alley.” It is also an ideal 408-774-1257). (661-944-4056; kj.allen@wildblue.net, e-to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Senator wilderness candidate. With unique, beautiful CNRCC Desert Committee mail preferred). CNRCC Desert CommitteePavley addressed the very appreciative geology, several perennial springs, habitat OCTOBER 17-18 (SAT EVE-SUN) for desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, we’ll MARCH 14-20, 2010 (SUN-SAT)activist group. EXPLORING SODA MOUNTAINS have lots to explore! Drive in on some rough GLEN CANYON NRA, ESCALANTE It did not take long for our Lobby Day to – MOJAVE DESERT routes, then day hike from car/tent campsite. RIVER CANYON: SERVICE TRIPbear fruit; on August 27 the Assembly Ap- Explore ridges, deep washes of this rela- Four wheel drive (4WD) recommended. BACKPACKpropriations Committee passed SB 14 andSB 679. These bills can now join SB 372 on tively unknown, rugged Wilderness Study Potluck dinner Saturday night. Leader: Assist Nat’l Park Service in eradicatingthe Assembly floor. The Senate Appropria- Area (WSA), located E of Barstow, N of Carol Wiley (760-245-8734, desertlily1@ Russian Olive from Escalante River. Withtions Committee approved AB 64, which I-15. Arrive late Saturday afternoon at camp- verizon.net.) Reservationist: Kate Allen (kj. direction of Park Ranger Bill Wolverton,now moves to the Senate floor. ing area in open flats near Cronese Lakes. allen@wildblue.net, 661-944-4056). gather up slash from previous service trips Sierra Club California staff thanks everyone Potluck Saturday night. Full day hike on CNRCC Desert Committee and burn it. Since 2000, over half the riverwho participated in this year’s Lobby Day, Sunday will help us appreciate a unique has been cleared. Meet in Escalante, Utah place and comment on its future, which is DECEMBER 12-13 (SAT-SUN)and we hope to see you again next year. Sunday morning, March 14, caravan out uncertain. Hike mod. difficult. Info: contact SERVICE & HIKING IN S. DESERT to trailhead, hike in. Work four days, day leader, Craig Deutsche, (310-477-6670, This cooler season is a good time to visit hike one day, hike out Saturday morning,DESERT TRIPS . . . craig.deutsche@gmail.com). southern deserts. Our project on Saturday March 20. Expect knee to thigh deep river CNRCC Desert Committee will be on E side of N. Algadones Dunes crossings, overnight lows near freezing,continued from right column Wilderness, approximately 20 miles E of mild temperatures during day. Participants(highly recommended), food, gear on trail. Info: OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 1 (SAT-SUN) Brawley, CA, where we will rebuild facili- responsible for own leather work glovescontact leader, Paul Plathe (209-476-1498). GHOST TOWN ties at Watchable Wildlife Site. Saturday eve Delta-Sierra Group (Mother Lode Chapter) EXTRAVAGANZA Please see left column, this page . is a car camp with potluck dinner. Sunday,
    • 4 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2009 TOIYABE TRAILS Range of Light Calendar ALL OUTINGS INCLUDE CONSERVATION EDUCATION ACTIVITIES! All phone numbers are 760 unless otherwise noted. CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. Summer summary & Winter outingsRange of Light Group BY BRYCE WHEELER, ROL OUTINGS CHAIR 2009 summer fun ROL outings leaders have led many interesting and fun hikes this past summer, in- Group News cluding 18 weekend hikes and 16 Wednesday evening fun and fitness hikes. During October, Novem- ber, and Decem- Letter from the Chair ber we have no BY MALCOLM CLARK scheduled outings so leaders can en- Outings. Summer outings are over. mally attends the monthly meetings. joy a break. MostSki outings begin in January. (4) The Sherwin Working Group, un likely they will be State Parks. Some state parks (but der sponsorship of the Forest Service, out hiking, kayak-not as many as originally anticipated) the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and ing, backpacking,will be closed as a result of the budget Mammoth Lakes Trails Public Access volunteering, andcompromise passed this summer. Also, (MLTPA,) is moving towards October looking forwardthe freeze on state bond funds that sup- submission of a plan for management to the ski season.port environment projects in the Sierras of forest service land between the south Winter andremains in effect. urban boundary of Mammoth Lakes spring outings Bristlecone Pine Forest visitor cen- and Sherwin Mountains Crest. Several will be publishedter. Destroyed by arson last September, ROLG members have actively partici- and announced in local media. Info? Contact leaders: John Walter (760 934-1767,it will be rebuilt next year. The new cen- pated along with many other commu- walter@qnet.com); Jean Dillingham (760 648-7109, jdill@qnet.com); or Bryceter will include modern solar power and nity members in developing a plan for Wheeler (760 934-3764, telebry@verizon.net).updated exhibits on the effect of global the use of this prime recreational asset.warming on the Bristlecones. (See article on next page.) ROL members enjoyed ROL Group area projects moving Four-wheel drive outing. Finally, a joint outing with E.forward. (1) The first ICO (Inner worthy of note was an outing this sum- Sierra 4-Wheel DriveCity Outing) of kids from Bridgeport mer in which 11 vehicles of the Eastern Club. Participants hadschools was led by Mauriça Anderson Sierra 4-wheel Drive Club took 19 a fine view of Southin July. (See photo on page 2.) ROL hikers up to Coyote Ridge east of Lake from Coyote (2) Inyo National Forest approved Bishop. We then hiked down to South Ridge before hiking(with modifications) Alternative 6 for Lake. We look forward to a repeat out- down to the lake. (Topthe Forest’s Motorized Travel Man- ing next summer which will hopefully group photo by Anon.,agement Plan. Bryce Wheeler and other improve our relations with people who bottom photo of SouthROLG members participated exten- have not been our traditional allies Lake from the ridge bysively in the citizen group that produced in environmental endeavors in Inyo C.D. Ritter.)Alternative 6. The Toiyabe-Humboldt County. (See photos in Calendar.)National Forest is currently developingits Motorized Travel Management plan.(See article on next page.) Help requested Please see ROL CALENDAR, page 5. (3) The application of Inyo-Mono with programs!County IRWMP (Integrated RegionalWater Management Plan) for recog- FOR MANY YEARS THE ROL GROUP has organized and presented regular You’re Invited!nition as a state-approved IRWMP will monthly programs for the enjoy-likely be approved. A ROL member nor- Range of Light Group Monthly Meeting ment of our membership. We want to continue these very popular and well Everyone welcome! attended events, but we need yourGroup ExCom meetings help to keep the effort going. If you, Oct. 20 (Tues) Nov. 17 (Tues)WE USUALLY MEET on the first Monday or some one you know, is interested Refreshments & Social 6:30 pm Refreshments & Social 6:30 pmof the month. All Sierra Club members are in presenting to our group, please New Crowley Lake Community Ctr New Crowley Lake Community Ctrwelcome. Meeting dates and places are contact our Program Chairman Claus (next to Crowley Lake Store) (next to Crowley Lake Store)subject to change. Information: for date, Engelhardt at engelhardt@cebridge.time, and locations, please call the Chair, Please bring appetizers and non-alco- Please bring appetizers and non-alco- net or by phone (760-872-4596). holic drinks or dessert to share. holic drinks or dessert to share.Malcolm Clark (760-924-5639). He’d appreciate it very much. Sierra RANGE OF LIGHT GROUP Club people have diverse interests Program 7:00 pm Program 7:00 pm — adventure travel, environmental “Virtual Field Trip to Owens Lake” “Mono Lake Update” OFFICERS subjects/local controversies and the with Bartshe Miller, Education with Mike Prather, E. Sierra arts among them. Take your pick! Chair Vice Chair Malcolm Clark* Open 760-924-5639 Environmentalist Extraordinaire Director, Mono Lake Committee Secretary Brigitte Berman* 760-924-2140 Mike will discuss the changing situation with Mono Lake is on the rise. Learn how in- Conservation Cons. Asst. Mary K. Prentice* Henning Jensen* 760-934-0355 805-564-8374 760-934-7176 ROL Group Website construction of 9 more sq. mi. of shallow flooding. Tens of thousands of shorebirds and stitutional amnesia threatens management of Mono Lake. Get a snapshot of what’s Treasurer Lyle Gaston 760-387-2634 waterfowl are returning.. happening at the other end of the LA Aque- Chapter Del. Jean Dillingham 760-648-7109 <http://nevada.sierraclub. duct. Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 Hway Cleanup John Walter 760-934-1767 org/rolgroup/> Dec. 15 (Tues) Hospitality Wilma Wheeler 760-934-3764 LORP Membership Mark Bagley Shalle Genevieve* 760-873-5326 760-934-9668 & Holiday Party & Potluck 6:30 pm! Outings Bryce Wheeler 760-934-3764 Outings Asst. Programs Dick Baggett* Claus Engelhardt 760-924-5749 760-872-4596 Chapter website Home of John & Nancy Walter (760-934-1767 (240 Mammoth Knolls Drive, Mammoth Lakes) Publicity Mary Ann Dunigan 760-924-5982 Webmaster * ExCom member Owen Maloy 760-934-9511 <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> Please bring your own non-disposable table setting & a special dish to share for 6-8 people to share.
    • TOIYABE TRAILS OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 5 Range of Light Inyo NF releases Final EIS for Motorized Travel Management Calendar BY WILMA WHEELER INYO NATIONAL FOREST SUPERVISOR, jor environmental contributors were James continued from page 4 Jim Upchurch, has announced the release of the Wilson (Audubon and Friends of the Inyo) Motorized Travel Management Final Environ- and Frank Stewart (Friends of the Inyo), Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Tours mental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of conservationists and business owners.On January 7, 2010, our winter outings will start with the Thursday morning Decision. Supervisor Upchurch signed a Record of Under the Plan, public motorized use issnow play event and continue through winter and spring as long as snow Decision approving the selection of Modified Alter- restricted to National Forest Transportation native 6. The project started five years ago with route System (NFTS) roads, trails and areas. Theconditions and weather permit. The Sunday trips will begin January 10. inventory by volunteers/users, environmental analy- selection of Modified Alternative 6 does closeThe meeting place and time for both Thursday and Sunday outings will sis, and extensive some dirt roadsbe the Mammoth Lakes Union Bank parking lot at 10 am. Suitable rental public involvement and adds othersequipment is available locally. and discussion. to the system. Supervisor Added to the Thursday morning snow play and easy ally on groomed trails. Upchurch said, existing systemtreks will last about two hours. We’ll Most Nordic track or touring skis will “I believe my de- roads are 850concentrate on conditioning, technique work, although waxless, patterned skis are cision provides miles of high-practice, and learning about our local preferred. Newer, lightweight snowshoes a transportation clearance na-landscape and critters. All skill levels are preferable. Dress in layered clothing, system for the tive surface roadwelcome. We like to help newcomers wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, gloves, future by pro- as roads open toget started. Bring water and lunch or a Bring water and lunch or hearty snack. viding a sustain- all vehicles, 122snack and skis or snowshoes. Wear sun- Weather and snow conditions de- able system of miles of motor-screen, sunglasses, hat, gloves, appro- termine where we go. If you have a roads and trails Volunteer members of the CAT (Collaborative Alternative Team). ized trails openpriate footwear, and layered clothing to favorite trip, let us know and we will while protecting to all trail vehicles, 20 miles of ATV trails, and important resource values.” 15 miles of motorcycle trails. The Plan removesbe prepared for changeable weather. try to add it to our list. We welcome The modified version of Alternative 6 was many duplicate routes, and provides intercon- Sunday trips will usually be easy tours new participants and qualified leaders. crafted by the Collaborative Alternative nected loops and linkages into backcountry land-(about 5 miles) and open to both snow- If you are interested in becoming a Team (CAT) at the end of 2008 after several scapes, including a key north/south connectorshoers and skiers; however, snowshoers leader, call for more information. Until years of work. CAT participants (see photo) between the White and the Inyo Mountains.must be able to keep up. Occasionally, the snow arrives, enjoy fall colors and included representatives of environmental Public meetings to introduce the plan werethe trips will be longer. We are not usu- our spectacular mountains. groups (Sierra Club, Friends of the Inyo, held in September. This Forest Service will Audubon Society, etc.,) and members of complete a Motor Vehicle Use Map depicting the public representing off-highway users, the designated system on the Inyo NationalMLTPA & Mammoth Trails: gem collectors, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Forest, which will be available to the public atFrom Gate to GatewayBY MARY K. PRENTICE Deadline! Inyo and Mono County Supervisors, mo- no cost. The map will be revised and reissued torcyclists, ATV users, climbers, business as needed. Contact Marty Hornick (760-873- owners, etc. Bryce Wheeler represented the 2461) or Susan Joyce (760-873-2516) for aFOUR YEARS AGO I WAS DRIVING UP to a DECEMBER 1 Sierra Club Range of Light Group in this CD of the Final EIS and Record of Decisionnewly installed gate across Ranch Road for Jan-Feb - Mar issue effort. Paul McFarland and Bill Mitchell or view the documents at http://www.fs.fed. represented Friends of the Inyo. Other ma- usr5/inyo/projects/ohvroute5.shtml.in Mammoth. As the gates swung open Inoticed three backcountry skiers sport-ing wide grins climbing over a moundafter an exhilarating ski down the face Tahoe Group Clair Tappaan Gala Weekend a slam-dunk success!of the Sherwins. This historic ski route BY ERNIE MALAMUD, CHAIR, GALA CELEBRATION COMMITTEE,has long been a favorite challenge for Clair Tappaan Lodge & OLIVIA DIAZ, CO-CHAIR, CLAIR TAPPAAN LODGE COMMITTEEthe best skiers & boarders. FALL EVENTS I asked if I could hold the gates open for them.“Thanks, but I think we have made it”, said oneof the tall, tanned skiers who emerged. “My October 31. Saturday, Halloween. We are plan- W hat fun! The Gala Celebration of the Anniversaries of the two lodges at Donner Summit owned by the Sierra Club — Clair Tappaan Lodge (75 years) and Hutchinson Lodge (85 years) — was a great success. The weather ning a costume parade,name is John Wentworth and it is kind of you to games, pumpkin carving was mild, as it usually is in August at Donner Summit in the Sierra Nevada,let three tired skier pass through your gate.” (bring your own pump- and there was music, music, and more music all weekend long. Now, four years later, John Wentworth kin and tools) a piñata,has moved from the controversial “Gate” There were many highlights to the August Christa Baker* of Nevada City and Kevin and other fun ghoulishas an obstacle to creating “A Gateway” to 14 –16 weekend. Saturday afternoon, the Brown from Reno. The program emphasized activities that are not just for kids. Bring“Mammoth Lakes Trails & Public Access” wine and cheese reception was at Hutchinson the importance of preserving the history and kids for a safe, sane, and fun Halloween.(MLTPA). John’s passion for the backcoun- Lodge. In the woods, the Lost Quartet, 16 and tradition that make the Sierra Club unique November 1, Sunday, Day of the Deadtry and the right of public access, combined 17 year-old members of the Santa Rosa Youth among environmental organizations. (El Día de los Muertos). This is an invita-with his non-aggressive style, has forged an Symphony, played beautifully and profession- Squads of Sierra Club volunteers ran the tion to explore another cultural view of theorganization of public agencies, fund raising ally. People sat around on tree stumps, benches, event. Participants came from all over the U.S. passing of loved ones. You are invited tosources and user groups. and chairs in the shade while the Sierra breezes Donations will benefit the 501(c3) CTL Sierra make and bring a remembrance of someone MLTPA’s motto, “connecting people with caressed us. The afternoon felt magical and Club Foundation account to help bring students in your past you would like to honor. Younature,” has garnered a wide range of pub- blessed. The 15 dif- to Clair Tappaan and can prepare it in advance or you can justlic opinion about recreation, trails, public ferent hikes, all led by Hutchinson lodges bring a photo or some other reminder of youraccess, and opportunities in the Mammoth certified leaders and for environmental loved one to add to the “Ofrenda”(offering)Lakes area. MLTPA has created a data base superbly organized education programs. that Olivia Diaz, co-Chair of the Clair Tap-of existing winter and summer trails using by Rick Ramos, were C T L’ s e x p a n d i n g paan Lodge Committee, will prepare. ThisGPS methods for accuracy. highly popular. p r o g r a m o f Mexican celebration offers a different way MLTPA was largely responsible for the Melissa Hutchinson environmental to view our ancestors, a joyous way, not atpassage of Measure R with a 72% vote last was a special guest. education is nurturing all macabre.June. These special tax funds can only be She is a great-grand- the next generation of Where is Clair Tappaan Lodge? Theused on trails, parks, and recreation. niece of the Hutchin- activists! Lodge is located at 19940 Donner Pass A major spin-off project, “Mammoth son brothers, Lincoln CTL, the “Sierra Road in Norden, CA. For information andTrails,” is a new confederation of recreation and James, who built Club at Donner Sum- reservations, contact the Lodge (800-679-user groups like the Sierra Club which meets the Lodge. Another Professor Milton Hildebrand, one of mit,” is located atmonthly to discuss common goals of stew- highlight was a reunion the builders of CTL, and Christa Baker. 19940 Donner Passardship, opportunities, and programs. TAHOE GROUP of old timers who built Road in Norden, CA. MLTPA has recently assisted the USFS the Warming Hut and used or operated the Signal * Christa was part of a group of students from OFFICERS Hill rope tow. Some of the stories were hair-rais- Nevada City who came to the Lodge with Syn-and the town to form the “Sherwin Working Chair Roger Rosenberger* 305-298-6191Group.” The Group has over 40 volunteers Vice-Chair Carla Ennis 530-573-1834 ing since those were “pre OSHA” days. ergia Learning Ventures to make a documentary Secretary Bryan Holzbauer* 775-265-1586 Sierra Club President, Allison Chin, was DVD about the Lodge and the experience ofto help design a recreational plan for a land- Treasurer Jerry Yeazell 530-588-8216mark area, including the Sherwin Range and At Large Grace Anderson* our keynote speaker on Saturday night. Diana being there. Synergia won a grant from our localMammoth Meadow. At Large Bob Anderson* Vanderburg and her father George Homsey, group, the Sierra Nevada Group, to bring stu- At Large Patricia Hickson* 530-401-1397 As in many mountain towns, it takes a few Cons. S. Shore Michael Donahoe* 775-588-5466 the well-known San Francisco architect who dents to CTL for environmental education. In thepassionate, dedicated nature lovers to turn Cons. N. Shore Ron Grassi designed the Warming Hut, set up a mag- DVD, Christa introduces viewers to the various Membership Kay Edwards* 775-588-4565obstacles, such as an exclusive gate, into an Newsletter Ed Josh Benin 530-541-1371 nificent photo display. Other speakers were rooms of the lodge. It will be used to encourageopportunity — a gateway to access public Outings Glenn Polochko* 530-587-5906 Milton Hildebrand, one of the builders of schools or other groups to bring their youth tolands. Thank you, John. Webmaster Bryan Holzbauer* 775-265-1586 CTL (he was 17 then), and two young people, the Lodge for environmental education.RANGE OF LIGHT GROUP continued on page 2.
    • 6 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2009 Toiyabe Trails Toiyabe Trails OCTOBER - NOVEMBER -DECEMBER 2009 7 conservation roundup N ational parks are the best idea we ever had. annoUncemenTs Sierra Meadow Forum October 15, 2009 • Kings Beach, CA FREE! How much do they eat? Hoofed animals on public lands . . . they reflect us at our best rather than our worst. by Tina nappeNews briefs Keeping the — Wallace Stegner THIS FoRUM BRINGS ToGETHER experts and other interested stakehold- ers invested in meadow research and T here is a tendency to argue “animal rights” to public lands based on numbers of ungulates (hooved animals). Nevada ungulates include livestock (cows, sheep, horses), free-roaming horses, burros,by marge sill birds from restoration from across the Sierra to share studies, information and advice on bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and elk. Ungulates generally prefer Nevada’s native grasses, forbs (flowers), and someBob Abbey confirmed as Head of the be very much missed in Nevada and disappearing, WATER SPLIT: meadow science, meadow restoration approaches and building capacity and shrubs, like bitterbrush. Ungulates generally cannot utilize sagebrush, Part IIBLM. Before the U.S. Senate adjourned Eastern California. support for future meadow restoration. Bad deal for Utahfor its August recess, it confirmed the Celebrate the Wilderness Act! Sep- which has an unpalatable alkaloid. As a result, sagebrush expands as The National Fish & Wildlife Founda- the overgrazed grasses and forbs disappear.appointment of Bob Abbey as Head of tember 3 marked the 45th anniversary (Part I appeared in the July-August- tion . . . Horses and cows can consumes about 5 AUMs a year on pub-the Bureau of Land Management. Bob of the signing of the Wilderness Act into September Toiyabe Trails) by rose sTrickland • has made Sierra meadow restoration weigh 1000 pounds. lic lands. In Nevada Livestock AUMsserved as Nevada BLM state director for law. In honor of this historic occasion, President obama has proclaimed Sep- WHILE SoME BIRD SPECIES are one of its keystone initiatives under The Natural Re- have dropped from 2,198,371 in l971 toseveral years and was highly regardedby all the conservationists in the statefor his intelligence, willingness to lis- tember as the month to celebrate wilder- ness and recognize the importance of holding their own, many once- common species are declining A lazy summer in the Nevada water wars was interrupted by a surprise announcement in August from Utah and Nevada negotiators. A draft split of shared groundwater climate change adaptation • has recently come out with the sources Conserva- tion Service (NRCS) 963,417 in 2007. By contrast, one of the ungulates shar-ten, and love of the land. Most believe wilderness to the country. sharply in population. “Habitat has been ordered by Congress as a part of the 2004 Lincoln County Lands Act. Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration uses 26 pounds of ing the same land as a cow or horse is Business Planthat he will steer the BLM in the right Jon Jarvis confirmed as Head of availability and quality are the Members of the Great Basin Water Network had been awaiting the long delayed air-dry forage per day as the standard the pronghorn antelope. A female (doe) • is devoting funds in the form ofdirection for wilderness, national con- National Parks. The U.S. Senate has (by hydrological model problems) release of the Environmental Impact Statement forage demand for a 1000-pound cow pronghorn antelope weighs 75-105 keys to healthy, thriving bird grants to help achieve the goals out-servation areas, and alternative energy confirmed Jon Jarvis as the new head or horse. This is called an AUM (animal pounds and a buck of the National Parks. This appointment populations,” said Dave Mehlman on the proposed 300+ mile pipeline from E. Nevada to S. Nevada. lined in the plan unit month). 85-130. A pronghornfacilities. Date, time, & place. Thursday, Forest Supervisor retires. Ed Mon- has been hailed by park enthusiasts all of The Nature Conservancy. The “deal” announced by state bureaucrats an “up or down vote” on the pipeline at a Free-roaming horses graze on public antelope moving Surveys conducted by the U.S. Fish on August 13 is also a mandate to protect quickly called meeting of the SNWA Board october 15, 2009; 9:30 am to 4 pm; lands year round. In the spring, they lightly on the landnig, Forest Supervisor for the Hum- over the country as setting a new direc- and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geo- North Tahoe Conference Center, Kings graze on emerging grasses; they also nibbles 0.2% AUMbolt-Toiyabe National forest for the tion for the management and funding of the many existing local water rights users of Directors on August 20. The vote was Beach, CA. graze during drought and winter, when per month. No over-past three years, announced that he national parks, considered by many all logical Survey, including the annual and the health of the aquifer before any ex- somehow mysteriously transformed into an Information. To find out more, no plant growth occurs. Under the l971 grazing has been documented.will retire Dec. 31, 2009. No successor over the world to be the great legacy of Breeding Bird Survey, combined portation of water unnecessary “con- including agenda and Sierra Nevada Wild Horse and Burro Act, the “thriving Humankind has introduced itshas been named as yet. Ed has proved the United States. The Sierra Club has with data gathered through volun- from Snake Val- tinue pipeline stud- Meadow Restoration Business Plan,to be a fine supervisor in every way. established a task force to make sure teer citizen science program such ley. Unfortunately, ies” and passed 6-0, visit: http://www.sierranevadaal- natural ecological balance” population domestic animals all over the world.He has worked hard to make sure the that national parks are fulfilling the pur- as the National Audubon Society’s for horses in Nevada is 12,600. The Cats, dogs, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, what is character- after Directors heard liance.org/news/calendar/profile. BLM estimates that over 20,000 horseslargest forest outside of Alaska is run pose for which they were established. etc., have thrived at the expense Christmas Bird Count, show once- ized as a “50-50” heartfelt statements shtml?index=1251226153_28331&ca are now living in the driest state in thewell and has worked closely with con- For further information, please contact of native plants and animals. Jared abundant birds such as the northern split, based on by opponents and t=&loc=&listpage=1. © Erik Holland 2009.servationists to protect the lands. Ed has Joe Fontaine (fontaine@wildblue.net) Union: Nevada. bobwhite and marbled murrelet are an overestima- scripted support by Diamond’s book Collapse docu-practiced an “open door” policy which who is representing California and Under public pressure, livestock use ofassures that he listens to all points of Nevada on the task force. declining significantly. The possibil- tion of available the business com- 16th Annual Sierra public lands has been reduced to protect ments human (and domestic animals) destruction of native species. Let’sview before making decisions. He will ity of extinction also remains a cold groundwater from munity. Nevada Alliance plants. Livestock use of public lands ensure that the Great Basin and Mo- reality for many endangered birds. Citizen science plays a critical role a single study with Sierra Club and Conference is generally limited to a few months. To protect new plant growth, livestock jave Deserts maintain their resiliency 67% reliability, Great Basin Wa- & Sierra IRWMP SummitWalker lake: in monitoring and understanding the should be released late in spring. When and ability to thrive — a Sierra Club threats to these birds and their habi- actually provides more like 80% of ter Network activ- ists are studying October 16-18, 2009 not on public lands livestock go to priority — by managing how manyWater acquisitions coming soon tats, and only citizen involvement unallocated water the 11-page draft Kings Beach, CA market or live on private lands. A cow cows and horses use public lands.by rose sTrickland to Nevada. Agreement and will JoIN US oNCE AGAIN along the shore The deal also in- submit comments of Lake Tahoe for a weekend full of Mt. Grafton Wilderness Service TripN evadans welcomed the release of the long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement on acquiring water rights for Walker Lake. Thelake is not only a local, national, and international treasure, but one cludes a separate agreement between the state of Utah and the by the deadline of September 30. At this point, the Agreement informative workshops, speakers and terrific networking! Date & place. Friday-Sunday, octo- by vicky hoover IN JULy 2009, THE SIERRA CLUB’S Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) for appears not to comply with the Congres-of a few terminus lakes in the world. Falling lake levels and rising “monitoring and mitigation” of SNWA pump- sional mandates, as well as being based on ber 16-18, 2009; North Tahoe Confer- CA/NV Wilderness Committeesalt concentrations have been threatening the survival of the fragile ence Center, Kings Beach, CA. sponsored a service trip with BLM’s ing impacts in Nevada on Utah farmers who an unrealistic estimate of available water. Theme. “Celebrating the Nature oflake ecosystem and fisheries in rural Mineral County, Nevada. The are down the flow system. No such protections In addition, it does not provide an equitable Ely, Nevada office in White Pine the Sierra”EIS had to be completed before already-appropriated federal funds are proposed for pumping impacts in Nevada, share to Utah and fails to protect both exist- County’s new Mt. Grafton Wilder- Registration. Visit: https://secure.set aside to aid terminus lakes could be used. although the Agreement warns of many “chang- ing water rights users and the environment twinwolf.net/sierranevadaalliance/reg- ness; eight volunteers worked hard Thanking the Bureau of Reclama- version program, ways of monitoring Greater sage grouse. (Photo: es” in the aquifer and native plants. on both sides of the state boundary. Stay form/index.shtml. to dig up, and carry out to the wil-tion for developing the EIS, many the effectiveness of the water delivery Ted Schroeder, © Cornell Lab of A few quick briefings were announced, tuned! Information. Visit: http://www.sierra- derness boundary, two sections ofLake enthusiasts testified in August in program, and ways of enforcing re- Ornithology.) along with a short comment period. A bus- Info. For more details on the water wars, nevadaalliance.org/conference/profile. culvert that had been buried under asupport of the quirements for can help address them, said National load of local residents joined Las Vegas see the chapter website: www.toiyabe.si- shtml?index=1047408021_12424. former road — no longer needed.acquisition up-river water Audubon Society’s Bird Conserva- conservationists to testify against the pro- erraclub.org, and the GBWN website: www. — contributed by Robert W. Collier,program and diversions. tion Director, Greg Butcher.Alternative The Bureau posed deal and. The residents also asked for greatbasinwaternetwork.org Americorps Member, Water & Climate Conservation action can only make a Change Program Assistant, Sierra1 which best will be urgedprotects and to include lo- real difference when concerned people Nevada Alliance (robert@sierrane- as endangered or threatened. In addition, cies, Cornell Lab of ornithology, Klamath vadaalliance.org)restores Walk- cal conserva- support the kind of vital habitat res- toration and protection measures this more than 184 species are designated as Bird observatory, National Audubon Soci-er Lake. The tionists and species of conservation The Sierra Nevada Alliance’s mission is to pro-Sierra Club, representa- report explores. ety, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. tect and restore the natural environment of thet h e Wa l k e r tives of Min- Birds are beautiful as well as eco- concern due to a small Geological Survey. Sierra Nevada for future generations while en- distribution, high-level suring healthy and sustainable communities.Lake Working eral County nomically important and a priceless The complete report is available at www.Group, and as integral part of America’s natural heritage. of threats, or declining stateofthebirds.org. Contact: Pat Leonard,many other parts of the Birds are also highly sensitive to populations. Cornell Lab of ornithology (607-254-2137,L a k e s u p - Walker Lake water elevations continue to fall due entity which environmental pollution and climate The U.S. Fish and pel27@cornell.edu). The Cornell Lab of Don’t forgetporters will to upstream diversions of the Walker River. The is created to change, making them critical indica- Wildlife Service coor-be submitting declining elevation causes increased salinity and oversee the tors of the health of the environment dinated creation of the Western ornithology is a membership institution to visit thewritten com- is shifting the lake’s ecology so that it will no longer acquisition of dedicated to interpreting and conserving the Chapterments to the support fish. (Photo: Oct 2008, D. Ghiglieri.) water rights on which we all depend. new report as part of the meadowlark. The United States is home to a earth’s biological diversity through research,Bureau to urge for the resto- U.S. North American (Photo: Donaldrejection of the No Action Alternative ration of Walker Lake and the Walker tremendous diversity of native birds, Metzner, © Cornell Bird Conservation Ini- Lab of Ornithology.) education, and citizen science focused on websiteand to support acquisition from willing River basin. with more than 800 species inhabit- birds. Visit the Lab’s web site at www.birds.sellers. Several provisions should be Info. For more information on Walker ing terrestrial, coastal, and ocean tiative, which includes cornell.edu. <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.included in Alternative 1 in the final Lake, see the chapter website: www. habitats, including Hawaii. Among partners from American Bird Conservancy, — 2009 news release courtesy ofEIS: ways of using funds for a crop con- toiyabesierraclub.org. these species, 67 are Federally-listed the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agen- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    • 8 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 TOIYABE TRAILS Great Basin Group Calendar All phone numbers are 775 unless otherwise noted. ALL events include conservation education activities. CST Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator Ref. No. 2008-0041 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.Great Basin Group OCTOBER 3-4 OCTOBER 5-11 (SATURDAY-SUNDAY) (SATURDAY-FRIDAY) Black Rock Hot Springs Tour & Car Toiyabe Crest Through Backpack. Multi- Group News Camp. Visit at least three, maybe more, hot springs in Black Rock NCA. Learn where day backpack, 65 mi, on Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail, for experienced they are so you can revisit at your leisure! backpackers only. Join Friends of Nevada In Memoriam The weather is starting to cool off, there will be few visitors. Also check out Burn- Wilderness, GBG, Austin/Tonopah Ranger District’s Wilderness Ranger to experience Catherine Smith & Amy Mazza ing Man site’s cleanup efforts. Learn about the work that FNW has completed over sum- this National Conservation Area. Call ahead mer. This rugged, wild place is the ultimateT he conservation community is saddened by the untimely deaths of two wonderful women — Catherine Smith and Amy Mazza. Catherine served for two years as the Chair or to hear her play the flute around the for details. Trip limit 10. DL. Info: contact leader, David Book (843-6443, dbook@ gbis.com). Easy. Nevada hiking experience. Learn about land management and resources on Humboldt- Toiyabe. To minimize impact, trip limit ofof the Toiyabe Chapter, was active in campfire at night. OCTOBER 3 (SATURDAY) 6. Carpooling, shuttle required. FNW willadvocating for Nevada wilderness leg- Amy was a fine artist and expressed her provide transportation. ND. Leaders: Wes Snow Valley Peak. Hike from Spoonerislation, and for protection of the land. love of the land in her beautiful paintings Hoskins (762-6730), David Kiell USFS Summit off Hwy. 50 to Snow Valley Peak.Her most recent Sierra Club effort was of Nevada’s wild places, most of which Wilderness Ranger. Strenuous. About 12 mi RT, 2000 ft gain, 8a-4p.participation in the Sheldon restoration she explored tirelessly for many years. Fast-paced outing. Views of Lake Tahoe, OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY)effort in June of this year. As a life-long She illustrated books on wilderness Sierra Crest, Marlette Lake, parts of Carson Galena Park Service Outing. Help yourbeliever in the principle of the “web of and designed a logo for the Black Rock Valley. Learn some history of area. ND. crippled Washoe County Parks with servicelife”, she worked tirelessly for the rights Desert-High Rock Canyon National Con- Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. day at Galena Park. Work under supervisionof women, children, and people of color, servation Area. Amy dedicated her recent strenuous. of county parks staff person, doing what-as well as for the environment. An ac- efforts to opposing sprawl and preserving OCTOBER 4 (SUNDAY)complished musician and scholar, she scenic values in Northern Nevada. Donner Peak, Mt. Judah Roller Pass.introduced many young people to the Those of us who were privileged to This 8 mi loop-hike will take us to “windowimportance of music in human history know Catherine and Amy will attempt to east” at Donner Peak’s modest 8000-ftthrough her teaching. She loved the to carry on their magnificent work in summit. Then over nearby Mt. Judah for un-outdoors, and many of us had the op- their memory. restricted vistas. Dropping down to historic Roller Pass, return rapidly on Pacific Crestportunity to accompany her on the trail – Marge Sill Trail. Total gain 1200 ft, 8 mi RT, 8:30a-3p. DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336-7698, Earth Day is every day! Great Basin Group Events gphanneman@charter.net). Moderate. BY SHARON MARIE WILCOX BY VALERIE ANDERSEN,EACH YEAR, EARTH DAY PROVIDES US MTNVAL@SBCGLOBAL.NET with many opportunities to think Group program meetings 2009 Holiday Party about the Earth and our responsi- Great Basin Group members enjoy the bility for its care. However, Earth “Exploring Nevada in Virtual Reality” Patagonia Service Center deck overlooking Galena Creek at the Day, is not just a one day event. Program Meeting: Oct. 8 (Thursday) Saturday, December 5, 6 -10 pm summer “Keep Washoe Wild” party An easy way to commit to the Time: 7 pm social, 7:30 Program. BY DAVID VON SEGGERN, Location: Bartley Ranch held July 19 at Galena Park’s FishEarth’s care is with our shopping habits. We can VONSEG1@SBCGLOBAL.NET Hatchery. About 100 people attended.vote with our wallets and support responsible Regional Park, Reno. MEMBERS AND GUESTS are all invited tocompanies and products when we shop; mak- University of Nevada at Reno professor, ever is high on their list of unmet needs due Howard Goldbaum, will demonstrate how attend the Great Basin Group holidaying a difference every time we spend money. to cutbacks in operational funds. Call for modern digital media on the Internet can cre- party at the Patagonia Outlet in north- meeting time, details. ND. Leader: David The Better World Shopping Guide is ahandy pocket guide that rates companies and ate “sense of place experiences” using virtu- west Reno (8550 White Fir St., Reno). von Seggern (303-8461).products according to five key issues; human al reality programming. From remote desert Located next to the Truckee River, Pa-rights, the environment, animal protection, environments, to hidden caves, to restricted tagonia has again donated their facilitycommunity involvement, and social justice. access government sites, we will explore for our party which promises to be a lot OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY)They use records from the past 20 years to various out-of-the way Nevada locations of fun! Lundy Canyon Day Hike. Lots of color,analyze and rate companies for their social using virtual reality and 3-D visualization We will have live mu- waterfalls. A bit of drive, but worth it!and environmental records. techniques. All programs are free and open About 6 mi with under 1000 ft gain, 8a-5p. sic, mixer games, door DL. Leader: Kim Glasgow (kfcaloha@att. Check out their website at www.betterworld- to the public. For more information, contact prizes, awards, and ashopper.org to find details on how they rate Valerie Andersen at (775) 828-0302. net). Moderate. slide show. Come meetcompanies. This site provides a printer friendly your friends and celebrate our year. Par- OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY)list of the “Ten Best Companies” plus a list of “Nevada’s Environmental Legacy” 101 Mile Hiking Party! Celebrate an-small companies you may not be familiar with tiers are asked to bring a dish and their Program Meeting: Nov. 12 (Thursday) beverage of choice (alcoholic beverages Please see GB CALENDAR, page 9.that also have exceptional records. Time: 7 pm social, 7:30 Program. As you shop, support products and compa- Location: Bartley Ranch are permitted).nies that have proven track records in their For more information, call David voncommitment to the Earth! Regional Park, Reno. James Hulse is a lifetime Nevadan and a Seggern (303-8461) or Cathy Schmidt Don’t forget GREAT BASIN GROUP professor emeritus of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. His (323-6316). to visit the what we intend to do. Dr. Hulse is the Chair OFFICERS David von Seggern* -- newest book, Nevada’s Environmental Leg- author of several books about Nevada Great Basin Group Vice-Chair Secretary Holly Coughlin* -- Julie Woodard* -- a c y : P ro g re s s o r Plunder (published history, including The Silver State: Nevada’s Heritage Reinterpreted, now in a third website Treasurer Chip Latham* -- earlier this year by edition. All programs are free and open to <http://nevada.sierraclub.org/ gbgroup> Conservation David von Seggern -- the university press), the public. For more information, contact Distribution Carol Tresner -- Valerie Andersen at (775) 828-0302. reflects his idea that we Energy Jeff Hardcastle -- Nevadans have been Membership Cathy Schmidt* Outings -- Holly Coughlin* -- neglecting the many Great Basin Group ExCom Meeting & the environmental threats Political Chip Latham* -- that have developed We meet on the first Monday of the month, 6:30 pm, at the Cathexes Bldg, 2nd and Bell. Chapter website Programs Valerie Andersen* -- Webmaster Howard Goldbaum -- over the last century and a half. He will For info, contact chair, David von Seggern <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> * ExCom members ask what we are doing about them and (303-8461).
    • TOIYABE TRAILS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 9other great year of trips with Great NOVEMBER 29 (SUNDAY)Basin Group. Bring your card to show off Great Basin Group Ophir Creek Overlook Day Hike. Mod.your totals, even if you didn’t quite makeit, or perhaps you just were late starter (It’sokay, we all began sometime). Photos of Calendar easy 5 mi RT to seldom visited overlook, which is about 600 ft (total hike ascent) above where Ophir Creek starts to descendour outings would be greatly appreciated. continued from page 8 toward Washoe Lake 3200 ft below. MostWe’ll supply main course, all cutlery, water. of hike is on southbound TRT, 9:30-2p.Please bring appetizer, salad, or dessert, some flora, fauna. About 10-12 mi RT, over class. Would you literally be lost without DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336-7698;BYOB. Feel free to bring friend so they 2500 ft gain, 8:30a-5p. Take non-traditional a leader? Come on this beginning map, gphanneman@charter.net). Mod. easy.can see how much fun we have trekking all off-trail route to return which involves scree compass class, learn basic outdoor skills. DECEMBER 5 (SATURDAY)over this area. Chuck is graciously hosting (fun to ski). Good knees a must. DOK. Part “classroom,” then easy, local hike to Waterfall in Winter Day Hike. Manythis year’s party at his home, 6-9p. Please Leaders: Holly, Mike (331-7488). Mod. top of Rattlesnake Mountain to put skills of you are familiar with waterfall on Mt.call Chuck (786-2988) for details or Holly strenuous. into practice. Bad weather cancels. Trip Rose Trail ... did you know that it freezes(331-7488) for questions. Fun! OCTOBER 30 (FRIDAY) limit 10. DOK. Leader: David Book (843- on outside, keeps flowing in winter? Learn OCTOBER 11 (SUNDAY) Nevada Day Hike. Celebrate our state 6443). Easy. about Mt. Rose area. No cotton clothing,Biz Johnson Mountain Bike Ride. Terrific holiday with traditional peak bag of our NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) bad weather will cancel. Trip limit 10, 9a-ride out of Susanville on old railroad bed. local landmark, Peavine Mtn (8300 ft). North on TRT from Spooner Summit. 2p. DL. Leader: David Book (843-6443).Ride about 20-22 mi on trail heading toward Find novel route up back side.About 10 mi Follow TRT N (ascending 1000 ft from Mod. easy.Westwood, 8:30a-5p. Helmet required. Fall RT, 3300 ft gain, 9a-4p. Learn a lot about Spooner Summit) for several milesi, DECEMBER 5 (SATURDAY)colors should be fantastic. ND. Leaders: diverse habitats we climb through. If lucky, taking advantage of interesting off-trail Ridgeline to Tamarack Peak Day Hike.Holly, Mike (331-7488). Moderate. see some migrating mule deer. DL. Leader: viewpoints, photo ops of Lake Tahoe. For this popular destination, ascend 1000 Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Trail is rather low, between 7000-8000 ft, ft mostly off-trail. Within 2.5 mi reach Mod. strenuous. so very little snow, if any. About 8-9 mi Tamarack Peak (9900 ft) summit for lunch, OCTOBER 31 (SATURDAY) RT, 1000 ft gain, 8:30a-3p. DOK. Leader: breath-taking views of whole 22 mi down Dayton to Silver City Day Hike. Visit Gary Hanneman (336-7698; gphanneman@ Lake Tahoe. Shouldn’t need snowshoes Rock Point Mill site, then head out to find charter.net). Moderate. (yet). Total trip 5 mi RT, 1000 ft gain, support sites for aerial buckets that brought NOVEMBER 21 (SATURDAY) 9:30-2p. DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman ore to mill from Silver City. Then follow old Cleaver Peak Day Hike. Second in series (336-7698; gphanneman@charter.net). wagon road up to outskirts of Silver City of highest peaks in local mountain ranges: Moderate. to find lovely spot under pinyon pines for Cleaver Peak is in Desert Mountains near DECEMBER 6 (SUNDAY) lunch. Optional strenuous climb up to ridge Silver Springs. About 7 mi RT, 1500 ft Churchill Butte Day Hike. Third in series line with T A and return. Otherwise, trip is gain, 8:30a-4pm. Learn some history of of highest peaks in local mountain ranges. 6 mi RT, 800 ft gain, 9a-3p. ND. Leaders: area. Cross country. ND. Leader: T A Taro Churchill Butte, near Silver Springs. Scale Donna Inversin (775-315-6763), T A Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. strenuous. butte overlooking historic Fort Churchill, (775-530-2935). Mod. NOVEMBER 22 portions of emigrant wagon route, ancient, easy. (SUNDAY) modern Lake Lahontan, Pony Express Trail,Volunteers dig hard on the July NOVEMBER 1 Fort Churchill Lincoln Highway. Learn history of area.2009 service trip to the new GraftonWilderness Area in White Pine (SUNDAY) Castle, Basin Peaks It’s not just Loop Day Hike. Park at entrance About 9.5 mi RT, at least 1800 ft gain, all in first 4 mi, 8:30a-4p. Parts of hike are off-County. (Photo: Vicky Hoover.) OCTOBER 17 (SATURDAY) Bag. Loop hike, 12 mi RT, 2100 ft gain, a good basin, to State Park, follow trail to trail with steep descents. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. strenuous. 8a-4p. First stop is fort. Spend some DECEMBER 6 (SUNDAY)Snow Valley Peak Day Hike. All day hikeup North Canyon from Spooner Lake, up famous (triple) Cas- it’s a time exploring Spanish Springs Peak Day Hike. From tle Peak. Then fol- old Fort build- Sparks to Dry Lake Basin near Spanishtoward Marlette Lake, but with right turnup ridge to bag Snow Valley Peak (9214 ft. low cliffside saddle GREAT BASIN! ings before going Springs Peak. This basin is unusual field trail over to Basin down to Carson of small rocks laid bare by erosion. SeeStroll up new trail through aspen-filled glens, Peak and drop down River. Follow petroglyphs along way, enjoy autumn air.expect to see great fall colors, plus fantastic (off-trail) to nearby trail along river, Gain about 1000 ft, 10 mi RT, mostly on dirtviews of Lake Tahoe. If lucky, we might see PCT for easy return. back to highway, roads, some cross country, 9a-4p . DL. Lead-some ospreys and eagles. About 11 mi RT, DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336- cars. About 6 mi RT, no gain, 9a-3p. DOK ers: David von Seggern (303-8461), Donna2200 ft gain, 8:30a-4p. DL. Leaders: Ridge 7698;gphanneman@charter.net). Mod. on leash. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315- Inversin (775-315-6763). Moderate.Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu), Vesna strenuous. 6763). Easy.Koracin (324-4092). Mod. strenuous. DECEMBER 13 (SUNDAY) NOVEMBER 1 (SUNDAY) NOVEMBER 23 (MONDAY) OCTOBER 18 (SUNDAY) Virginia Mountains Desert Day Hike. State Line Peak Day Hike. Ascend State OUTINGS MEETING. Calling all Outings Trek in fabulous mountain range NE ofUnder Mt. Houghton’s Shadow. Cross Line Peak in Ft. Sage Mountains N of Reno. Leaders interested in learning about outings! Reno. Destination determined by weatherMt. Rose Meadow, then climb small canyon About 3000 ft gain, 10 mi RT, 70% off-trail, Join us for fun social event that helps us conditions. Bad weather cancels. About 6-to reach Mt. Rose trail junction at 9600 8a-4p. Learn about precarious rocks, enjoy generate all these great outings everyone 8 mi, 1200 ft possible gain, 9a-4p. Viewsft. Then go off-trail to lunch at bottom of splendid views, sign in at seldom visited enjoys. Bring dish to share. All beverages, of Pah Rah Range, Dog Skin Mountains,nearby Mt. Houghton’s northerly moon- peak. DL. Leaders: David von Seggern possibly Pyramid Lake. DOK.scape. Total gain 1200 ft, 8 mi RT, -3p. (303-8461), Ileana Tibuleac (781-258-3619). Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336-7698; Mod. strenuous. 7488). Moderate.gphanneman@charter.net). Moderate. NOVEMBER 7 (SATURDAY) DECEMBER 21 (SATURDAY) OCTOBER 18 (SUNDAY) Mt. Davidson Day Hike. First in series of Carson River Railroads nearSpooner to Marlette Lake Day Hike. highest peaks in local mountain ranges; Mt. Moundhouse. About 12 mi oneLots of fall color. About 8 mi RT, 800- Davidson is in Virginia Range overlooking way with vehicle shuttle. Gain1000 ft gain, 9a-4p. Learn about flora. DL. Virginia City.About 7 mi loop, 1000 ft gain, under 1000 ft. Hike along scenicLeader: Kim Glasgow (kfcaloha@att.net). 8a-4p. Parts off-trail, steep, with brush. See Carson River Canyon, learn aboutModerate. segment of an old wooden flume which two railroads of Comstock era. OCTOBER 24 (SATURDAY) brought water to VC. ND. Leader: T A Taro: Parts of hike are cross-country.Buckland Station South of Silver Springs (775-530-2935). Moderate. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-Day Hike. Nearly 12 mi RT loop hike on NOVEMBER 8 (SUNDAY) 2935). Moderate.flat ground starts at historic Buckland Sta- Horse Thief Canyon Day Hike. Come JANUARY 1, 2010 (FRIDAY)tion, proceeds downstream along Carson out, enjoy last of fall season in area known Annual New Year’s Day AssaultRiver, 8:30a-5p. Enjoy riparian habitat, fall for aspen bursting with color. Beginning of on Prison Hill. Climb Prison Hillleaves. Return on segment of Pony ExpressTrail route. Learn some history of area. hike is steep, with water cascading nearby The Grafton group celebrates a successful in Carson City then follow ridge in creek. Lunch on rocks overlooking entire culvert-removing service trip (Photo: Vicky line S, dropping back down nearOption to tour remains of Fort Churchill on canyon. About 8 mi, 2000 ft gain, 8:30a- Hoover.) Mexican Dam. Follow Mexicanyour own after hike. ND. Leader: T A Taro 4p. Optional stop at Grover’s Hot Springs Ditch trail back to cars. Bring left(775-530-2935). Moderate. eating implements are supplied. Meet at afterward. DOK. Leaders: Holly, Mike over goodies you want to get rid of to share. OCTOBER 25 (SUNDAY) Gracie’s home off Vista Dr. in Sparks about (331-7488), Vesna Koracin (324-4092).Freel Peak Day Hike. Fabulous trek offers 6:30pm. Plan for January, February, March. Dogs not recommended. Alternate hike if Mod. stenuous.spectacular vistas of Tahoe, Carson Valley. Call Gracie (233-6404) for directions or there is heavy snow. About 6 mi RT, 1100 NOVEMBER 14 (SATURDAY) Holly (331-7488) for questions. Fun! ft gain. DL. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-Fall colors should still be nice. Learn about Lost Without a Leader? Map & Compass 315-6763). Moderate.
    • 10 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 TOIYABE TRAILS Southern Nevada GroupThe CalendarMojave All phone numbers are 702 unless otherwise noted.Monitor (Please use email when leaders state that they prefer email, especially if you have a long distance telephone number.) ALL EVENTS INCLUDE CONSERVATION EDUCATION ACTIVITIES Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator Ref. No. 2008-0041.Southern Nevada Group OCTOBER (DATE-TBA) gain. Leader: Gary Beckman (648-2983). Tule Springs “Ice Age Park,” North Las Level 2. Group News Vegas. Join representatives from Protec- OCTOBER 5 (MONDAY) tors of Tule Springs in visiting largest late GROUP EXCOM MEETING. Time & Place: Pleistocene paleontology site in American 6-8:30p; local Sierra Club office, 732 S. 6th Monthly meetings southwest, located just stone’s throw away St. (at Gass Ave.), Ste. 200B. All membersMARK YOUR CALENDARS for The next ExCom meeting dates are from Las Vegas metropolitan area. Learn welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham about endemic, endangered flora in area; (285-6832, krissysjake@gmail.com).the second Wednesday of every month Mondays, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7. why area needs protection; and how you(except August and holidays) for the All members welcome. Info: Kristine OCTOBER 11 (SUNDAY) can become steward of this unique placeMONTHLY GENERAL MEETING Cunningham (285-6832). in our desert. Sierra Club members only. Pine Creek, RRCNCA. After about 1.5at 7:30 pm. Come socialize, learn what’s The next NEW & PROSPEC- About 3 mi RT. Limit 25. Check SNG mi. on trail, start lots of rock scrambling ingoing on in the environmental com- very deep sandstone canyon. Expect to see TIVE MEMBER ORIENTA- website for update. Contact: Yuki Takagi some fall color. Where did green go? Aboutmunity, and hear and see an interesting, TION has not been scheduled at (263-7327, yuki.takagi@toiyabe.sierraclub. org). Level 1. 6 mi RT. Leader: David Hardy (875-4549,educational slideshow program. See press time. It precedes the general hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; e-mailthe Calendar (pages 10-11) for dates meeting in the same room at 7 OCTOBER 3 (SATURDAY) preferred). Level 2-3.and details. pm. Info: please call Taj Ainlay Cathedral Rock, Kyle Canyon, SMNRA. CONSERVATION COMMITTEE OCTOBER 14 (WEDNESDAY) MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT. Family hike: all ages (little kids, too!). CONSERVATION MEETING. Time &MEETINGS precede the General To put an announcement in our lo- Friendly dogs welcome. Cool fall tempera- tures, autumn colors (golden aspen trees), Place: 6-7p, before General Meeting; NVMeeting in the same room from 6-7 pm. cal monthly announcement sheet Energy Bldg. (see next). Program: TBA.The next ConsCom meetings are Wednes- awesome view of canyon and surrounding (available at the General Meet- mountains at top of “Rock.” Learn some Learn about many issues S. NV Group isdays, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. Contact: jane ing), please send a brief e-mail toFeldman (janefeldman@cox.net). geology, too. About 2.8 mi RT, 1000 ft Please see SN CALENDAR, page 11. Rita (rita.ransom@hotmail.com) GROUP EXCOM MEETINGS are no later than Tuesday afternoon6 - 8:30 pm on the first Monday of eachmonth, except August, when the first before the meeting. To make a brief announcement at the meeting, check Glacier National Park Service TripMonday is a holiday. Location: Sierra with Rita, Gary, or another officer improves historic ranger stationsClub Office, 732 S. 6th St. (at Gass before the meeting. BY LINDA NATIONSAve.), Suite 220B (upstairs), Las Vegas.Meet our new Senior Regional Rep M ore than 20 Sierra Club members traveled to Polebridge in the remote northwest corner of Glacier National Park, Montana, for volunteer work on August 24-28, 2009. Organized by Ed Rothfuss, former Chieffor S. Nevada Field Office Park Naturalist, Glacier National Park, and Brooke Linford, NPS VolunteerBY YUKI TAKAGI Coordinator, the group included 18 from the Southern NevadaT he Southern Nevada Group is excited to in- troduce a new Sr. Regional Representative forthe Southern Nevada Field Office to our members. Group, one from the Great Basin Group, one from the Austin Group in Texas, and one field recruitHis name is Rob Disney, and prior to joining the Our Bridge in Polebridge. DaveSierra Club he worked in the Crisis Corps program Luttman leans over guardrails offor the Peace Corps and was active with its union. a 250-foot bridge to apply paintWhile with the Crisis Corps, he managed disaster evenly. Paint crew not pictured:assistance projects including Hurricane Katrina Marion Ammerman, Norma Biggar, Rob Disney, our new Howard & Ursula Booth, Susan Call,and the Tsunami of 2004. Barbara Gerhardt, John Harrington, Senior Regional Rep. Many of our local members got to PHOTOS: Teresa Crawford. Billie Jean James, Linda Nations,know Rob during the 2008 general There is no doubt that Rob will bring Glennis Peterson, Stan Peyton,elections as he worked for the Obama his enthusiasm and organizational Cheryl Phillips & Rita Ransom.and Titus campaigns at a field director skills to the Club’s Beyond Coal and A memorial (Photo: John Harrington.)level in Southern Nevada. Clean Energy Solutions campaigns. for Fred Treat from Bowman Lake Campground, In fact, he’s already made a big splash BY GARY BECKMAN Polebridge. Over 400 hours of work SOUTHERN NEVADA GROUP in the local conservation community were contributed. since he began his venture with the IN MEMORY OF OUR recent At the historic Polebridge Ranger Sta- OFFICERS Sierra Club in May. Group chairman, Fred Treat, who Chair Kristine Cunningham* -- tion Complex the group painted five Vice-Chair Par Rasmusson* -- He was successful in organizing a passed away last January, the South- historic buildings and a 250-foot bridge Secretary Treasurer Par Rasmusson* Desiree Saporito -- -- rally with various environmental and ern Nevada Group will purchase an over the North Fork of the Flathead At Large Open progressive organizations as well as engraved tile for the memorial walk- River, as well as all sign posts, sheds, At Large Teresa Crawford* -- Compliance Bart Patterson -- local unions during Senator Harry way at the Red Rock Canyon NCA Please see GLACIER NAT’L PARK, page 12. Conservation Jane Feldman janefeldman@cox.net Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit Cool Cities Open visitors center. Fred loved Red Rock, Editor Yuki Takagi yuki.takagi@ 2.0. to show support for renewable as the rest of us do. A new Visitor toiyabe.sierraclub.org Hwy Cleanup Sandee Herlands-Gogatz -- energy development in Nevada. Center is currently under construc- Membership Taj Ainlay* Outings Jack Sawyer -- -- Rob is absolutely committed that tion and should be completed by Don’t forget Parks, Refuges Ed Rothfuss -- there will be no new coal-fired power Political Open the end of the year. If you ‘d like to to visit the Programs Gary Beckman -- plants in the Silver State. He looks Publicity Maxine Miller -- donate to Fred’s memorial, please Social Matt Van Note* -- forward to meeting everyone and Webmaster Par Rasmusson* -- encourages anyone who has ques- contact Gary Beckman (648-2983, Chapter website Sierra Club National Representative in S. Nevada tions or suggestions to give him a call glbeckman@hotmail.com, or at Regional Rep Rob Disney -- robert.disney@sierraclub.org (702-732-7750). our monthly program meeting) or a <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> * ExCom member Please welcome Rob! Group officer.
    • TOIYABE TRAILS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 11 S. Nevada Group Calendar continued from page 10involved in and how you can get involved. NOVEMBER 11 (WEDNESDAY) e-mail preferred). Horse Canyon? Leader: Jack Sawyer (228-Light dinner, refreshments. All members, Conservation Meeting. Time & Place: NOVEMBER 28 (SATURDAY) 3857). Level 1-2.friends, guests, are welcome. Contact: Jane 6-7p, before General Meeting; NV Energy DECEMBER 25 (FRIDAY) Valley of Fire. Another one of many pos-Feldman (janefeldman@cox.net). Bldg. (see next). Program: TBA. Learn sible loop hikes. See brilliant colors, unusual Hwy. 160 to Blue Diamond. Begin at new OCTOBER 14 (WEDNESDAY) about many issues S. NV Group is involved rock formations, narrow canyons. Some parking lot off Hwy 160, continue alongGENERAL PROGRAM MEETING. Time in and how you can get involved. Light rock scrambling. About 7-8 mi. What geol- base of Red Rock cliffs, water tub, onto an& Place: 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 dinner, refreshments. All members, friends, ogy layer is represented here? Leader: David open area, then along high ridgeline, finallyW. Sahara (E. entrance, Wengert meet- guests, are welcome. Contact: Jane Feldman Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarq- into Blue Diamond. About 8 mi. What ising room). Program: “Hiking Northern (janefeldman@cox.net). mail.com; e-mail preferred). Level 2-3. main geology layer of Red Rock cliffsArizona,” by Bruce Grubbs, hiker, writer, NOVEMBER 11 (WEDNESDAY) NOVEMBER 28 (SATURDAY) and how does it compare to Zion NP? Carand photographer from Flagstaff, Arizona. GENERAL PROGRAM MEETING. Time Shuttle. Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, The Best of Valley of Fire. Valley of Fire isBruce is author of subject title and many & Place: 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; e-mail Nature’s gift to hikers of Las Vegas. About 5other hiking, backpacking, camping, and W. Sahara (E. entrance, Wengert meeting preferred). Level 2-3. mi hike through strange, colorful landformsmountain biking guidebooks for Arizona, room). Program: “U.S. Bureau of Land DECEMBER 26 (SATURDAY) with geologist Nick Saines (896-4049) andNevada, Utah, California, and Oregon. Management, Southern Nevada: Changes & Sasson Jahan (499-9218). Level 3. Bowl of Fire, LMNRA. Begin and endLearn about wonderful places to explore, Challenges,” with Mary Jo Rugwell, BLM NOVEMBER 29 (SUNDAY) at Mile 18 of N. Shore Rd. Loop includeshike, camp, including Grand Canyon, District Manager, Southern Nevada. Learn Ravens’ Balconies. Some rock scramblingFlagstaff, and Sedona areas, Hualapai about environmental issues and successes, Blue Diamond Hill. Walk trail part way and Rabbit Hole. See Snow White. WhatMtns., Havasu Falls. Hear tips on how to d current and future activities on more towards top from horse station, cut over to is the difference between a raven and asafely enjoy great outdoors. Bruce will have than three million acres of land managed an old road, then down deep canyon which crow? About 8-10 mi. Leader: David Hardysome of his books for sale at discount and by BLM in southern Nevada, including finally leads to Wheeler Spring. What kind (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com;to sign. All members and general public are Red Rock Canyon NCA, Sloan Canyon of trees are at Wheeler Spring? Some rock e-mail preferred). Level 3.welcome. Refreshments, announcements, NCA, Upper Las Vegas Wash, Rainbow scrambling. Car Shuttle. About 7-8 mi.free literature, too. Info: Gary Beckman Gardens, Gold Butte. Meet new local man- Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhi- DECEMBER 27 (SUNDAY)(648-2983). Note: BLM program originally ager. All members and general public are kers@embarqmail.com; e-mail preferred). Calico-to-Calico Loop: RRCNCA. Beginscheduled for Oct. meeting has been re- welcome. Refreshments, announcements, Level 2-3. at Red Spring, walk along and through redscheduled for Nov. meeting. free literature, too. Info: Gary Beckman DECEMBER 5 (SATURDAY) sandstone formations, up over pass into OCTOBER 17 (SATURDAY) (648-2983). Gateway Canyon, then up canyons to an- Bitter Springs Loop, LMNRA. Rambling other side canyon that leads to SandstoneBeginner Hike: Fall Color in Spring NOVEMBER 14 (SATURDAY) through badlands, we’ll seek out source of Quarry. After lunch, return by way of GrandMountains. Are there any hibernators up Pinto Valley, LMNRA. Keep an eye out for spring. What chemicals might be present Circle Trail, 3 mi back to Red Spring. Howin these mountains? Leader: Jack Sawyer desert big horn. How many years will it take to make this spring “bitter?” About 7-8 mi. much rainfall normally falls in winter at Red(228-3857). Level 1-2. for old road to disappear? About 8-9 mi. Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4. Rock? About 7 mi. Leader: David Hardy OCTOBER 24 (SATURDAY) Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4. DECEMBER 5-6 (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com;Far N. End Valley of Fire Exploratory, NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) (SATURDAY-SUNDAY) e-mail preferred). Level 2-3.LMNRA. Let’s learn about and view China Ranch, near Tecopa, CA. About Death Valley Car Camp. Meet very early JANUARY 1, 2010 (FRIDAY)petroglyphs, soak in some cool air and 1.25 hrs W from Blue Diamond to hike in (around 6 a.m.) to make most of day at this Pinto Valley, LMNRA. Begin this 8 misunshine. About 6-8 mi. Leader: Bill Marr fun hills and narrow canyons near China time of early sunsets. About 8 mi of various loop at Mile 18 on N. Shore Rd. See spring,(433-0743). Level 3-4. Ranch. This is an area similar to parts of routes both days. Camp at Texas Springs narrow canyons, rock formations. What OCTOBER 25 (SUNDAY) Death Valley. Enjoy date shake or shopping campground (first come, first served). How- makes various colors? Leader: David HardyValley of Fire, LMNRA. One of many for dates or date bread after hike. How did ever, we should nearly have it to ourselves (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com;loops in this colorful sandstone area, walk China Ranch get its name? About 7 mi. since we will be after Thanksgiving but be- e-mail preferred). Level 2-3.through shaded canyon and among many Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhi- fore Christmas crowd arrives. How cold can kers@embarqmail.com; e-mail preferred). it get in Death Valley? Leader: David Hardy JANUARY 1 (FRIDAY)rock formations. What are some common Level 2. (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; Hangover Hike: Valley of Pillars inplants here and how do they survive the hot, e-mail preferred). Level 2-3. Rainbow Gardens. Start New Year rightdry summer? About 7-8 mi. Leader: David NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) by joining fellow hikers on moderate butHardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarq- Sunday Walk & Waffles: Springs Pre- DECEMBER 9 (WEDNESDAY) scenic 4-mi RT hike in Rainbow Gardens.mail.com; e-mail preferred). Level 2. serve Trail. First in our winter program of ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY. Time & Place: Trail has spectacular desert scenery with OCTOBER 31 monthly, 2-hr Sunday walks along valley’s 6:30p; NV Energy Bldg., rugged sandstone buttes, volcanic moun- (SATURDAY-HALLOWEEN) award-winning urban park trails, followed 6226 W. Sahara (E. en- tains. Leave late morning. Leaders: geolo- by brunch at local restaurant. Walk trail trance, Wengert meeting gists Gary Beckman (648-2983) and NickBeginner Hike: RRCNCA. Bring pumpkin room). Our annual holi- and check out historic signs. Early lunch Saines (896-4049). Level 2-3.cupcake or pumpkin colored clothes or your day party will be potluck, at Wolfgang Puck’s cafe. Leaders: NickHalloween mask. What paints did local Saines (896-4049), Ann Cronin (737-5758). with Club providing main dish, we welcome JANUARY 2 (SATURDAY)tribes use for their decorations? Leader: ideas for entertainment, too. Volunteers Blue Diamond Trails & Velvet Canyon, Level 1.Jack Sawyer (228-3857). Level 1-2. needed to help organize festivities. Con- RRCNCA. Begin in Blue Diamond, go NOVEMBER 1 (SUNDAY) NOVEMBER 21 (SATURDAY) tact: Matt VanNote (348-5473, vansvan@ over ridge and to Velvet Canyon where Beginner Hike: RRCNCA. What animals hotmail.com). we may see ice if it has been cold enough.Blue Diamond Hill. We will begin at horse and insects do we find streamside? Leader: Back by series of trails to Blue Diamond.station and end at Blue Diamond. This 8 DECEMBER 12 (SATURDAY) Jack Sawyer (228-3857). Level 1-2. What are main evergreen shrubs? Aboutmi hike rises to crest of mountain, then Beyond Arrow Canyon Dam, Moapa Val-follows ridge. Good views of Las Vegas, NOVEMBER 22 (SUNDAY) 10 mi. Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, ley. Extensive concentration of petroglyphs hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; e-mailLake Mead, Red Rock along way. If you set ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP, RED make this a fascinating stroll. Go up past preferred). Level 3.your clocks back one hour last night (don’t ROCK. Come out for an early turkey trot dam to get greater grasp of surroundingforget to do so) you will be on Pacific Stan- down road at S entry to Red Rock. Meet at JANUARY 3 (SUNDAY) topography. Who built this cache basin?dard Time. Does sun now come up later or 8:30 am at Dunkin’ Donuts (two lights W Horse Loop. Begin near Mountain’s Edge About 7-8 mi. Leader: Bill Marr (433-earlier? Car Shuttle. Leader: David Hardy of I-215 on Charleston) for your eye-opener development, go across an open area and 0743). Level 3-4.(875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; before we head out. We’ll be back for pizza into rather narrow canyon which leads toe-mail preferred). Level 2-3. lunch. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, joke to DECEMBER 13 (SUNDAY) high ridge. After lunch, follow ridge down tell. Leader: Sandee Herlands Gogatz (248- Sunday Walk & Waffles: Cottonwood to another canyon and back to cars. Are NOVEMBER 2 (MONDAY) 4443, hsandee@yahoo.com), co-leader Wash, Las Vegas. Ssecond in our winterGROUP EXCOM MEETING. Time & Place: there fossils in rocks here? About 5 mi. Jack Sawyer (228-3857). program of monthly, 2-hr Sunday walks Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhi-6-8:30p; local Sierra Club office, 732 S. 6th along Valley’s award-winning urban trails,St. (at Gass Ave.), Ste. 200B. All members NOVEMBER 26 kers@embarqmail.com; e-mail preferred). followed by brunch at local restaurant. Walk Level 2-3.welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham (THURSDAY-THANKSGIVING DAY) fabled and hidden Cottonwood Wash Trail,(285-6832, krissysjake@gmail.com). Wilson Tanks, RRCNCA. Begin in S end have brunch at Red Rock casino. Leaders: JANUARY 4 (MONDAY) NOVEMBER 7 (SATURDAY) of Red Rocks below hwy 160. Half mile of Ann Cronin (737-5758) and Nick Saines GROUP EXCOM MEETING. Time &Bowl of Fire Loop, LMNRA. Where in good dirt road; 10 mi loop. See water trough (896-4049). Level 2. Place: 6-8:30p; local Sierra Club office,Utah do we see this same strata of red for wildlife and, if lucky, some fine horses. 732 S. 6th St. (at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All Return by way of Red Canyon. Were horses DECEMBER 19 (SATURDAY)sandstone? About 7-8 mi. Leader: Bill Marr Beginner Hike: Winter in Spring Moun-(433-0743). Level 3-4. ever native here? Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; tains. Can you find secret entrance to Wild Please see SN CALENDAR, p. 12.
    • 12 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009 TOIYABE TRAILSGLACIER NAT’L PARK . . .continued from page 10 and fire hose boxes. In addition, worked shoulder to shoulder with us they leared an overgrown fishing and greatly added to our knowledge of access trail, graveled the paths Glacier’s backcountry. between staff ousing, and removed Ed Rothfuss also organized opportuni- Toiyabe Chapter invasive plants. At Logging Creek, ties for the group to meet and speak with the group removed a mile of worn Glacier National Park Superintendent ExCom Meeting fencing and built log bridges over Chas Cartwright, USGS bear researcher a creek crossing the trail between my MacLeod, and the historic Ranger Station and the USGS climatolo- TBA river. gist/geologist Dr. District Ranger Scott Emmerich Dan Fagre. provided insights into management We are indebted For details, challenges at Polebridge. With no to Ed for orga- contact the Chair, paved roads, the area receives only nizing this ser- David Hornbeck 30,000 of the Park’s 2 million an- vice trip, which nual visitors. Winters are long and he unfortunately davidhornbecklaw@msn.com brutal. Snow can fall in any month could not attend. Almost done! Dawn Lauritzen poses of the year. Wildfires are frequent. He encourages before paintingLog Jam. The Glacier National Park Periodic drought, general climate others to create the final section ents that are grown without chemical sprays.volunteer crews display their pride on a 3. ONE LUCKY DUCK, Chewy Almondnewly built log bridge made of fallen trees. change, infestations of pine borer similar service of unfinished Crunch Bar, $6.50, oneluckyduck.com.From front to back: Liebling the k-9, Bill beetles and spruce bud worm, and and stewardship guardrails. (Photo: Despite being chided as an ugly duck-James, Yuki Takagi, Rita Wirtz (NPS), Dave proposed new mining operations opportunities in John Harrington) ling--one taster said it looked “terrible,” and another found its green seeds “off-put-Luttman, Irving Norwood, Par Rasmusson, in British Columbia and Alberta, our public lands. ting”--One Lucky Duck’s taste soared. TheMike Thorson, Sam Keifer & Ken Wirtz Canada, pose serious threats to the “hearty” bar is “well executed” and has “a(NPS). (Photo: Harry W. McDaniel, NPS) area. Ranger Emmerich and his staff nice collection of nuts, seeds, honey, and oats accented with raisins,” with “just the right amount of moisture, chewiness, andSN GROUP CALENDAR . . . ENERGY BARS . . . sweetness.” “This could be served as a des-continued from page 11 continued from page 1 sert at a nice restaurant,” one taster opined. Handmade in small batches, this priceymembers welcome. Contact: Kristine W. Sahara (E entrance, Wengert meet- Some bars garnered comments like bar is from a company that sells only raw,Cunningham (285-6832, krissysjake@ ing room). Program: TBA. All members “looks and tastes like bear scat,” “I’d rather vegan, organic products.gmail.com). and general public welcome. Refresh- have a root canal,” “should not be sold to 4. CLIF BAR, Cool Mint Chocolate, ments, announcements, free literature, the public,” “like sticking your tongue in $1.39, clifbar.com. JANUARY 9 (SATURDAY) a mousetrap,” and “kitty litter.” But other “The icing pulls you in and the minty too. Info: Gary Beckman (648-2983). brands pack as much flavor as they do nu-China Ranch with Car Shuttle. Amar- flavor finishes you off,” summarizedgosa scenic and wild river, date shakes, trients. Here are Sierra’s top five in order of one taster. The bar was called “refresh- how they ranked. ing,” “chewy but not too dense,” andoptional soak. Where is source of this 1. LUNA, White Chocolate Macadamia,river? About 6 mi. Leader: Ann Cronin(737-5758). Level 2. Deadline! $1.39, lunabar.com. Fans called it “simply delicious,” “natural tasting,” and “not too dense” and noted its “like a Thin Mint.” “Caffeine?” some- one surmised. (Yes, actually--one of the ingredients is green tea.) Though a few JANUARY 13 (WEDNESDAY)General Program Meeting. Time & DECEMBER 1 “nice crunch” and “tempting” appearance. found it “weird” and “too potent,” most were “surprised to like this one so much.” They detected vanilla, cinnamon, brown Clif Bars are 70% organic, and the com-Place: 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 for Jan-Feb - Mar issue sugar, and a “sweet and salty combo,” which pany engages in many sustainable actions, inspired comparisons to Rice Krispies Treats including diverting most of its waste and and popcorn Jelly Bellies. But not everyone using biodiesel for its fleet. loved this bar. “Weird aftertaste,” one com- 5. HONEY STINGER, Peanut Butter ‘n plained. “A bit commercial,” said another. Honey, $1.49, honeystinger.com. Luna bars, marketed to women by the This “crumbly,” “simple-looking bar” was makers of Clif Bars, are 70% organic. A divisive. Those who gave it a thumbs-up said portion of the company’s proceeds goes it “tastes almost like candy” with an “excel- toward eliminating environmental causes lent flavor,” “melt-in-your-mouth peanut of breast cancer. butter,” and a “nice crunch.” But those 2. OLYMPIC GRANOLA, Almond who didn’t like it commented on a “terrible Chocolate Trail Bar, $2.99, olympicgra- chemical flavor.” One taster wondered, nola.com. “Will the chocolate base melt in the heat?” Raves included “I’d get this for a hike, Honey Stinger is 100% wind powered, no doubt,” “one of the best,” and “I’d and employees get time-off credit for eat these every day.” Our panel appreci- carpooling, bicycling, or walking to work. ated the “hearty, well-balanced mixture The company recycles all paper, glass, and of nuts, oats, seeds, and chocolate”; the metal and maintains a community vegetable “chewy,” “light and airy” texture; and that garden outside of its building. it “looks like food.” One naysayer com- For more ratings, go to: mented that there’s “too much going on.” http://sierraclub.typepad.com/green- Olympic Granola’s corn-syrup-free bars life/2009/06/energy-bars-have-come-a- are made of non-genetically-modified ingredients. long-way “BOOTS” MCFARLAND www.bootsmcfarland.com © 2009 Geolyn Carvin 1400