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January-February 2007 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club


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January-February 2007 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club

  1. 1. The Roadrunner A bimonthly publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — Jan/Feb. 2007Welcome To The New Year And All Its Best Surprises! Midgbuzzings by Ann Williams When I came to my present home in 1973, the landscaping was humdrum at best. Not long after moving day Iwas in the back yard contemplating changes, when a jay flew down and landed on the west border, a bleakstretch where nothing was growing. He had an acorn, and he wasted no time burying it. Deep into my ownthoughts about planting, I didn’t pay much attention. But it wasn’t long before I saw a stem coming up from thejay’s excavation and bearing a tender oak leaf which had just unfolded to the sun. Now a beautiful tree shadesmy summers here, its charm enhanced by a Concord grape vine which I have made no attempt to stop fromclimbing upward through the leaves and branches. In late summer when the grapes are ripe, visiting birds revelin an abundant harvest from the work of that first laborer so many years ago. It has occurred to me that this story is a metaphor for what happened recently in our national congressionalelections, especially for those of us whose lives are focused upon the preservation of the natural world. We hadbeen living so long with a government indifferent and even hostile to environmental concerns that a mood ofpessimism had descended and seemed to be pervasive. Gloom was the order of the day with all but the mostoptimistic people, and many of us believed, from bitter recent experience, that fraud and faulty voting machineswould ensure an outcome friendly to the status quo. The same dark mood and sense of hopelessness sometimes gets the better of us in regard to such problems asoverpopulation and the effects of global warming. What many of us have understood and foreseen for decadesseems barely to have come into the consciousness of the majority of people. We know that the folly which ledto our present involvement in a horrendous and ill-conceived war is nothing new in human history, but there areno precedents for what is happening environmentally. This man-assisted calamity is new, and in many respectsit is already dire, as the people in New Orleans understand so well. But every day now there seems to be some good news in relation to the environment. Locally, optimisticmembers of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter, with other like-minded citizens, have succeeded in forcing developers tobuild more responsibly. Just last week a federal judge ruled that the no-road policy in vast areas of our nationalforests will be maintained, so that corporations will not be able to bulldoze roads through pristine woodlands toreach leases provided for them by the federal government. Eleven states have joined in a lawsuit against theEPA for its failure to address the conditions that lead to global warming. Whatever the decision of the SupremeCourt, it is clear that there is a movement underway, and that we can look for more such initiatives. Thanks tothe efforts of optimists, people are becoming more and more conscious of their stake in the health of the earth. There is a new little oak tree coming up in front of my house, rising out of the hedge where it was dropped bysome member of the present generation of jays. It isn’t well placed, but I haven’t cut it down because itreminds me of the potential for regeneration, not only of the physical environment, but also of hope and thehuman spirit. Optimism is powerful and contagious. May it grow in all of us! Midgebuzzings by Ann Williams SAVE THE DATE….SPRING BANQUET SATURDAY, APRIL 21. 2007 Speaker: Garret Burke, Designer of the California Quarter. Place: Chalet Basque
  2. 2. 2 THE ROADRUNNERPLEASE NOTE; THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS INCLUDED IN THE PRINTED VERSION OF THE ROADRUNNEr. Since then, THE DECISION WAS MADE BY THE STATE PARKS NOT TO USE THE SITE FOR AN OHV PARK. IT IS PRINTED HERE JUST FOR THE RECORD….AND THE PROS AND CONS INCUDED IN THIS ARTICLE MAY BE OF USE IN THE FUTURE . “PROPOSED OHV PARK IN BAKERSFIELD”Many members of the Chapter have been active in providing input to the county supervisors and the state OHVcommission about some of the problems that must be addressed and for which solutions found. The two mostimportant ones are listed below. You can have citizen input on this topic be writing either/or both yoursupervisor in Kern county or to the OHV commission. Below is a summary of the two issues. Your commentscan address both of them or just one. It is very important that both groups hear from the people most affected bythis proposed development.TOPIC 1: Of the 11,000 acres in the proposed property, the most important of interest is the preservation of thePoso Creek region, both the riparian area and the watershed that feeds the creek. Riparian areas are rare in thestate and are continually being threatened by development. The vegetation of the area, especially the willows,cottonwoods, and sycamores, is of prime importance to support of bird life and other species. To allowmotorized vehicles in this area, to any degree, reduces its role to support birds and other species. In addition, tohave trails in areas of unstable soils which would cause runoff into the creek would make it difficult to sustainthe riparian area. The watershed that feeds Poso Creek must not have OHV activity! The most reasonable and workable measure to mitigate this issue is for this 2,500 acre portion be removed fromOHV activity. This still allows almost 9,000 acres for OHV use, a reasonable amount. This unique treasure ofKern County must be protected! The establishment of the Kern River Preserve on the South Fork proves thatpreservation is a win, win choice!TOPIC 2: Air quality and health hazards are of prime interest to those of use who live in the San JoaquinValley air basin, one of the most polluted in the state. OHV activity will produce fugitive dust, both PM 10 andPM 2.5. The soils in the area are of such a nature as to be easily disturbed by OHV activity, creating clouds ofdust to be easily transmitted to other regions. Because the user vehicles are not regulated by the state air qualityguidelines, the amount of ‘smog’ producing pollutants will be higher and concentrated in the area. As to healthissues, valley fever is a disease that is produced by spores found in the soils of the area. The proposed activity inthe park will cause these spores to become air born. This will cause both riders and residents of the area to havea high degree of possibility to contract the disease. Of special note is that many of the riders in the park will befrom outside the Valley, coming from southern California. Thus people without a resident immunity will have amuch higher degree of contracting the disease. The most reasonable and workable measure to mitigate this issueis for this 2,500 acre portion be removed from OHV activity. This still allows almost 9,000 acres for OHV use,a reasonable amount.Send your letters to one or more of the following: Kern County Supervisor_______________ OHV Commission Administrative Building P.O. Box 942896 1115 Truxtun Ave. 5th Floor Sacramento, CA 94296-0001 Bakersfield, CA 93301
  3. 3. THE ROADRUNNER 3“ VACATION NOTES” by Ara Marderosian No, he didn’t visit the White House but he did run a Political Marathon During the last week of June 2006, I met with legislators and their aides in Washington D.C. to educatethem about the damage caused by Forest Service logging and about the necessity of transferring the Monumentinto the National Park System. It was an exhilarating, whirlwind, five-day run through the halls of Congressfrom one building to the next to meet separately with 55 congressional aides. In each meeting I showedphotographic evidence that the Forest Service logged trees in the Monument NOT to get rid of the mostflammable materials but to sell the most commercially valuable trees to the sawmill. In March 2006, key aides on the House Resources subcommittee had asked for pictures and informationabout logging in the Monument. We supplied this data, which was used in a subcommittee hearing to grill theChief of the Forest Service about the illegal logging in the Trail of 100 Giants. The Chief provided factuallyincorrect answers.A Great “Souvenir” 29 Congress Reps Chastise USFS for Logging Sequoia Monument:I helped draft a ‘sense of the congress’ letter about mismanagement of the Monument and suggested to manycongressional aides that a letter be sent to the Chief of the Forest Service. On October 19, 2006, CongressmanPete Stark (D-CA) and 28 other Members of the House of Representatives, including those same members whogrilled the Chief, sent a letter to Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, and Dale Bosworth, Chief of the U.S.Forest Service, demanding a halt to logging in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Space limitations preclude naming and telling how others helped make this extraordinary series ofevents happen. To obtain a 3.26 mb copy of the letter and see what you can do to help, please see the ActionAlert at You can reach your representative by calling the capitol switchboard at(202) 224-3121 and telling the operator your zip code. KERN KAWEAH ROUND-UPPLEASE READ IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN SIERRA CLUB HIKES: Everyone is welcome, Sierra Club members and non-members, tojoin in any of the outdoor activities. Requirements: You must be in condition for type of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity, and prepared tosign a Sierra Club release from liability. You must be willing to follow leader’s directions. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will be a no-go foryou. Please let the leader know ahead of time that you are intending to participate. Customary appropriate equipment includes good hiking shoes,plenty of water, snack, sunglasses, sun tan lotion, layered clothing. Long pants recommended. Change of plans may be necessary. It is always wise tocall before coming to a listed activity.Buena Vista Group More info? Call Donnel Lester, 661.831.6784 or Isabel at 661.246.6195Meeting Notices If you have Internet access and would like to receive BVGroup meeting and activityinformation by email, please contact Membership Chair, Ann Gallon, at, with Add me tothe email list. We try to keep this to once-a-month emailings. You can opt out at any time.Buena Vista Group’s monthly Program meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at theHill House, 700 Truxtun Ave. Breakfast is optional and costs about $7.Tuesday Conditioning Hikes. 7 PM, 4–5 miles. Corners of Highways 178 & 184. Gordon 661. 872.2432 orLarry 661.873.8107Jan. 7 (sat), Kevin Scheidt, who works with REC Solar, will discuss “Making solar part of the mainstreamenergy supply”. For more information contact Isabel Stierle, 661.246-6195.Feb. 3 (sat) Brier Miron will do an overview of the Green Business Program she participated in Sacramento,CA. This is a nonprofit program certifying businesses that go above and beyond on environmental compliance.For more info, contact Donnel Lester at 661. 831-6784.Jan 20 and Feb 17, saturdays) Buena Vista Group members and friends are invited to join us for the "Adopt-A-Highway" cleanup, at 9 a.m. Meet at the Monte Carlo Club parking lot (intersection of Hwy 119 and OldRiver Road). Bring water, gloves, and a hat. Work-time: about an hour and a half. More info? call Donnel at661. 831-6784.
  4. 4. 4 THE ROADRUNNER Activities:“Who Killed the Electric Car?” Bakersfield College Foundation hosted a presentation of this film at the FoxTheater. Viewers were given a chance to ask questions of Paul Scott, advisor and “actor” in the film Mr. Scottencouraged those interested in purchasing new cars to wait for plug-in hybrids that are due out in a few years.Battery Recycling at BVG Meetings – bring us your old batteries, lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, NiCad,small sealed lead-acid batteries and from cordless & cell phones, power tools, laptops, etc. Brier Miron will addthem to the Recycling Program bin she started at her company. No car batteries, please.Condor Group Hikes?Call Dale Chitwood, 661.242.1076 More info? Mary Ann Lockhart 661.242.0432 oremail: Meets Pine Mountain Club. WANT INFORMATION ABOUT TEJON, WATER,TRAFFIC AND MUCH MORE??? LOOK AT http://www. cuddyvalley.orgFEB 4 (sat) Inconvenient Truth. Film will be shown, discussion to follow. Potluck 6PM, Program 7PM. PoolPavilion Room, Pine Mountain Club House, PCMHiking program will begin again in March.Kaweah Group More info? call Pam, 559.784.4643 or Diane, 559.781.8897.Jan 13 (Sat) Beat the winter blahs. Potluck 6PM Turkey provided, bring side dish. RSVP and further questions?Boyd and Mary Leavitt. 559.784.2738Jan 18 (Thur) Committee for Responsible Growth will present powerpoint on Tulare County, relating toGeneral Plan Revision in progress . Community Room of Porterville Public Library . 7PMMineral King Group. More info? Call Chair Kim Loeb. 559.798.1764. Please visit mineralking. sierraclub.orgfor more info on group events and activities.January 10 (Wed) - 6:00 PM - Dinner Social at Gozen Japanese Restaurant, 1115 W. Caldwell,Visalia. PleaseRSVP to Bev at 559.732.3785 or 13 (Sat) - Outing - Join us on a snowshoe hike in Kings Canyon. We will do a 5 mile round trip toCherry Gap near Grants Grove. Due to the elevation and the aerobic nature of snowshoeing, this is a strenuousouting. Participants must wear warm, layered clothing and provide their own snowshoes. After the outing, wewill dine at the coffee shop at Grants Grove. Those planning to attend, must call Joanne at 559.733.2078 formeeting time and place. Bad weather and/or road conditions cancel.January 22 (Mon) 5:30 PM - ExCom Meeting. All members are welcome. Contact Bev at 559.732.3785 to RSVP and meeting location.February 21 (Wed) - 6:00 PM - Dinner Social at Mimis Restaurant, 4004 S. Mooney, Visalia. Please RSVP toBev at 559.732.3785 or 24 (Sat) - Outing - We will hike the North Fork Trail in the foothills near Three Rivers. This will be a8 mile moderate hike. Call Joanne at 559.733.2078 for meeting time and place. Rain cancels.February 26 (Mon) 5:30 PM - ExCom Meeting. All members are welcome. Contact Bev at 559.732.3785 to RSVP and meeting location.Owens Peak Group For further information call Dennis Burge, Chair 760.375.7967 Jim Nichols, Hikes760.375.8161 email: Ridgecrest, Maturango MuseumJan. 22(mon.) 7:30 pm: Baja California by the Peninsular Road, Steve Smith will present this program about hisrecent trip. At Maturango Museum.Jan 13 (Sat) IN AND AROUND RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK (Located astride Hwy 14, 25 mi N ofMojave and 18 mi S of the junction with Hwy 178) 3500 ft max elevation, <1000ft elevation gain, 8 mi RT,route TBD) The itinerary for this hike has not been finally determined yet. It will be some combination of visitsto ghost towns, opal and other mines, superb colorful rock formations, and old movie sets. We are still in thescouting stage, but already know that this will be a photographers dream. The elevation gains arent too great,but the horizontal distance may be moderate. Therefore, this will be a "moderate" hike due to length. We willannounce details of the route when determined. Meet Sat, Jan 13 at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking
  5. 5. THE ROADRUNNER 5lot. Call Dennis Burge at (760) 375-7967 or Jim Nichols at (760)375-8161 for more info.Feb 10 (Sat) PANAMINT DUNES (8.5 mi N of Hwy 190 in Panamint Valley) 2635 ft max elevation, 1050 ftgain, 8 mi RT) These lovely dunes, located at the N end of Panamint Valley on the S slopes of Hunter Mtn, cannow be explored only by a hike across the desert due to road closures. This is definitely a cooler weatherproject and Feb is the perfect time to avoid being fried. What appear as mere white patches on the hillside growto a substantial dune complex worthy of exploration and photography as the hiker draws near. An archeologicalsite has been excavated or exploited at the southern base of the dunes, and the report "Archaeology in PanamintDunes, 1983" is available at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest. This same report also has "Geologic Noteson the Panamint Dune Field" by Dr. Pierre Saint-Amand. Moderate hike due to length. Meet Sat, Feb 10 at7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more info, call Dennis Burge at (760) 375-7967 or JimNichols at (760) 375-8161.Feb. 24th (Sat.)WORKDAY We will work with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and affiliatedgroups of the Alliance for Responsible Recreation (ARR) to do sometrail restoration and hiding of illegal OHVroutes (probably in the Rand area). Potluck will follow day’s work. For further info. call Dennis Burge(760)375-7967 in Jan.Feb. 26 (mon.) 7:30 pm: Mark Faull, former chief Ranger of Red Rock Canyon State Park, will tell us about thestatus of Red Rock planning, and stopping OHV damage. At Maturango Museum.!"!"! IN FOND REMEMBRANCE "!"!" Dolph Amster 1924 - 2006Dolph came to our chapters attention about 20 years ago when we noticed that the Chair of Sierra ClubsNational Outings Committee lived in Ridgecrest but was not active in our chapter. Dolph became a long timemember of the chapter excom and helped found the Owens Peak Group. He was chapter treasurer for severalyears.He led many international trips to places such as Norway, Russia, Nepal, Tibet and China. I never asked himwhich of those stood out most in his memory, but I bet it was his first one. He went to England on the QueenMary and thence to Normandy where he waded ashore on D-Day +50 and served as a forward mortar observer.He traveled across France including combat in the hedgerows and the Hurtgen Forest. Shrapnel caused him tolose one eye. After recovering from his wounds, he returned to school in New York City and completed his PhDin Physical Chemistry. Dolph came to Ridgecrest in 1977 and headed the Naval Weapons Center ChemistryDivision from 1977-86. (Ron Henry also worked in the NWC Chemistry Division.)Contributions in his memory can be made to the United Way of the Indian Wells Valley. By Art Unger and Dennis BurgeFrom the ChairLast summer we visited the Le Conte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley. The Valley was stupendous and thewater was running high in the Merced River while we were there. The Lodge which was built and maintainedby the Club has been deeded to Yosemite National Park but we still supply staffing for the summer months,May-September. The Club employs a professional curator, Dr. Bonnie J. Gisel, who performs an outstandingjob providing the public with the Sierra Club message. I would like to encourage you all to consider a week’scommitment at Le Conte; it’s a wonderful experience and an opportunity to learn about the founding of the Parkand the Sierra Club.The Le Conte Memorial Lodge is quite interesting with something for every visitor. There is a CommerativeWilderness Quilt Project hanging over the doorway. It is composed of squares based on drawings made byvisitors of their Park experience. There is the feel of a quiet library and the book shelves are full of texts onnature, Joseph Le Conte, John Muir, climbing, the building architecture, etc. One corner is dedicated tochildren with appropriate books and toys, plus projects for them to work on. Displays depicting the history ofthe Club, John Muir’s life, and Joseph Le Conte have been designed and constructed with staff/Le ConteCommittee cooperation. One of our Chapter members, Harold Wood has been Chair and a long term member of
  6. 6. 6 THE ROADRUNNERthe Le Conte Committee. His wife, Janet, has also been very involved in assisting in running the facility.You need to sign up early to volunteer so plan ahead. Your responsibility is to work 3 hours per day for fivedays. Also, you are committed tlllo assisting the curator at two evening programs. You will be provided with acamping place that you share with other volunteers. But the end reward Is a real sense of the history of the Cluband a feeling of where you fit in with preserving our environment. To volunteer call (209) in nature, Lorraine KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER OFFICERS AND MEMBERS for 2006:Chair: Lorraine Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569; Vice-chair: Georgette Theotig (Tehachapi), 661.822.4371;Secretary: Harry Love (Bksf), 661.589.6245; Treasurer: Janet Wood (Min King); Treasurer liaison: RichardGarcia (Min King), 559. 592.9865; Mary Ann Lockhart (PMC), 661.242.0432; Ara Marderosian (Kernville),760.378.4206, Gordon Nipp (Bksf), 661.872.2432; Arthur Unger (Bksf), 661.323.5569 Meetings: All Sierra Club members welcome to attend. Call Chair to verify meeting times, places.Ballots For Sierra Club Elections[Ballots are removed for online edition]RICHARD GARCIA DONNEL LESTER development in all caused by their project.Mineral King Gp Buena Vista Gp shallow groundwater This has become a60 year old man likes A Sierra Club member areas of the county. precedent for APCDslong walks on unpol- since 2000. Active in the Gathered on-the-ground throughout the nation.luted beaches. Would Buena Vista Group and evidence for two otherlike a long-term rela- an officer since 2004. major court victories LORRAINE UNGERtionship with young, Skills, abilities and involving Sequoia BUENA VISTA GPenergetic activists to experience in human National Monument. Ara I enjoy my involvementshare clean air and relations and or- is also the Executive with the Sierra Club andwater. ganizational develop- Director of the Sequoia being the retiring Chair. ment. Enjoys creative ForestKeeper. I would like to continueJAN DE LEEUW writing, especially po- on the board because ICondor Gp etry GORDON NIPP know the Clubs internalJan de Leeuw, Born Buena Vista Gp workings and I can rep-Voorburg, Netherlands. ARA MARDEROSIAN Worked through the resent the Chapter on thePhD 1973, University of Conservation Chair, Kern-Kaweah Chap to state level and in theLeiden. Since 1987 KK Ex-com. Served as secure Indirect Source National Sierra ClubProfessor of Statistics at point person for lawsuit Review Ordinance. Council.UCLA. Moved to the to prevent approval by Every developer mustMountain Communities Kern County that would now pay a mitigation feein 1998. have allowed to offset the pollutants
  7. 7. 2 THE ROADRUNNER nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association, NEWS IN A NPCA, today released a new economic analysis that shows that the National Park System generates at NUTSHELL least four dollars for state and local economies in return for every tax dollar invested in the nationalEIR and Water Condor Group wins court decision parks’ annual budget. The national parks are nowrequiring EIR for water extraction project on the short more than $800 million annually.Gorman hills. Final details are in the making. Full Bakersfield Developers & Sierra Club Continuereport in the next issue. of Road runner “Relationship” After nearly twenty conferencesCondor diet likely to be protected beginning in with developers resulting in agreements thatthe New Year. .A lawsuit was filed last week by a involved building a solar house as example forcoalition of conservation groups, including hunters, future purchasers, paying a house fee as mitigationseeking to force the California Fish and Game for impact on environment. encouraging carCommission to stop hunters from using lead pooling, etc. the first suit against a housinghunting ammunition that is poisoning critically developer had to be filed by the Chapter.endangered California condors. Of the 46 condorsthat have died sinch 1992, lead poisoning has beenthe probable cause of death of the majority. LOOKING AHEAD TO THISCarrizo Plain A quote from the San Luis ObispoTribune, 12/3/06. A federal official whom NEW YEAR OF 2007 Some interesting destinations to put on yourenvironmentalists have considered to be a dogmatic calendar for further consideration.!opponent of efforts to reduce cattle grazing at the CNRCC SOUTH will meet on SUNDAY,Carrizo Plain National Monument is being JANUARY 21, 2007, at the Angeles Chapterreassigned by his agency. That has led to new hopes office, 3435 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 320, Los Angeles.that a management plan for the monument in CNRCC statewide will meeteastern San Luis Obispo County, home to a high SATURDAY,”MARCH =concentration of rare and endangered species, can ooobe finished. Full announcement under Summertime. SeeU.S. Court Bans Oil and Gas Roads on Roadless below. Must commit by the end of Feb. 2007, asNational Forests permit must be obtained March 1.. Call DavidFrom Environment News Servic:e: A federal district Hardy, 702 875-4549, hardyhikers@juno.comjudge ruled that the Roadless Area ConservationRule should be applied to prohibit road construction SUMMERTIMEon hundreds of oil and gas leases issued on national Volunteer for Le Conte Memorial Lodge inforest roadless areas since the rule was first enacted Yosemite Valley. Consider a week’s commitment atin 2001. Bush does not have the power to change Le Conte thia summer; it’s a wonderful experiencethe rule unilaterally. and an opportunity to learn about the founding of Roadless areas are landscapes of 5,000 or more the Park and the Sierra Club. (see more details incontinuous undeveloped acres. They provide a vital From the Chair)source of fresh water in the arid West, and habitat CONDOR GROUP’S Peak to Peak…Hike from Mt.for more than 2,000 imperiled species. Pinos to Cerro Noroeste in Mt. Pinos District ofCourt says NO to nine construction projects Los padres. A 10 year old traditional hikeproposed for Yosemite scheduled by the Condor Group each yearThe most recent ruling in November, makes June 2007, 7 days Paria Canyon Backpackexplicit that the National Park Service (NPS) (PERMIT DEADLINE IS MARCH 1ST)must follow the law and prepare a valid plan The exact days are uncertain at this time but likelyto protect the Merced River before proceeding to be June 12 - 18, but arriving at the trailhead Junewith construction activities which would harm 11 to get an early start the next day to beat the heatthe river environment. of the first 4 miles. Call or use e-mail (preferred)Four Dollars for Every One Invested The
  8. 8. THE ROADRUNNER 3for exact days and other information. The exact MAGICdays will not be more that a few days different. Read the Roadrunner and more—on the web!Finest narrows in the world, brilliant red rock, dark Put Sierra Club Home Page into your search engine. Follow the directions from there. Easy as pie, really it is!narrows, lots of wading. Fine areas for swimminglower in canyon. Hiking with backpack is easy, Want to contact Roadrunner editor?mostly flat. A day or so could be 8 to 10 miles. Mary Ann Lockhart,About 42 miles with backpack and optional miles or 661.242.0432without. Limit 10. BLM fee is around $45. Send$20 deposit made out to Sierra Club to David Want to change your address for Sierra Club publications?Hardy, Box 99, Blue Diamond, NV 89004. Call 415.977.5653 and listen to menu. We are not able to do it locally. Good luck!Must commit by the end of Feb. 2007, as permitmust be obtained March 1. Once you havecommitted, you will be given instructions about the ddddBLM fee and obtaining your permit. David Hardy, Help preserve and restore!702 875-4549, Making your estate plans? Include the Sierra Club.FALL Call John Calaway, Director of Planned Giving. Learn about options and opportunitiesSequoia Monument in the Fall. ( Late September) that will ensure your gifts will be used as you desire.This weekend outing in Sequoia Monument attracts Phone: 415.977.5639 for more information.people of all ages from all over the country. This is dddda unique opportunity to hike and explore the areawith Carla Cloer, Ara Marderosian and others whohave fought to protect it for over a quarter of acentury."