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March-April 2004 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club

  1. 1. The Roadrunner Bimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — March/April 2004 ELECTION OF SIERRA CLUB’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMING UP. PLEASE PLEASE VOTE!This year there is an unprecedented level of outside involvement and attention to the Club’s Board ofDirectors election. Outside, non-environmental organizations have endorsed candidates in the Club’s Boardelections. These outside organizations have endorsed Club Board candidates and are urging their supportersto join the Club as a means to influence Club policy in line with their non-environmental agendas.Those outside groups that may be attempting to intervene in the Club’s Board of Directors elections include:Center for American Unity – VirginiaDare/ Collective for “white nationalist writers.” * Colo-radans for American Immigration Reform * Federation for American Immigration Reform * FurCommission USA * * (promotes marijuana legalization) * NationalAlliance - “ideology from a white racial perspective” * National Immigration Alert (NumbersUSA) * or White Politics Inc. * Project USA * Southern Poverty Law Center *The Sierra Club has become an even more influential and effective voice in American society over the lastdecade. Now it appears that non-environmental groups are trying to take advantage of the Club’s open anddemocratic nature to influence the composition of our Board of Directors and our policies. Faced with thisthreat, the Board of Directors urges every member of the Club to act to ensure that the Sierra Club remainsfaithful to its environmental mission and principles.Please cast your vote in this year’s election as a means of demonstrating to outside groups that they cannotinfluence our organization. Vote for candidates whose positions reflect your values and vision for the futureof the Sierra Club. Vote for candidates whose experience matches what you believe the Club needs. Vote forcandidates endorsed by Club leaders whom you trust.In addition to the information about candidates found in the ballot, some chapter and group newsletters willcarry additional information. More can also be found on the Sierra Club candidate forum which you canreach from the Club’s website.Democracy really does work—but only if we all vote. Help maintain the Sierra Club’s tradition as America’spreeminent democratic and grass roots advocate for the environment. Thank you. Larry Fahn, President Need more information to participate wisely? see p. 8 FROM THE NEW CHAIR OF THE KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER, LORRAINE UNGERGreetings, fellow members.I’m starting off 2004 as your new Chapter Chair. Our best wishes to Paul Gipe and his wife, Nancy Nies, whohave left us for an adventure in Toronto, Canada. Paul will be working temporarily for an energy foundationacross the border.As for the rest of the Board, we have a new member on our Executive Committee (ExCom), Marissa Albright.Marissa was active in the Condor Group and has now moved “down the mountain,” and we are happy tohave her enthusiasm on our board.We are gearing up for a busy, litigious year. Gordon Nipp and Harry Love are capably carrying on theirassault on Bakersfield’s urban sprawl. Hopefully they can convince the City of Bakersfield and the County ofKern to take on the responsibility of sustainable planning. Ara Marderosian always seems to be working on aSequoia Forest appeal and Arthur Unger is constantly representing you at both Kern County and BakersfieldCity meetings and also when our Chapter joins suits to attain better air quality. Richard Garcia is holding upsome of the difficult issues in Tulare County, especially those in Visalia. Mary Ann Lockhart is busily lead-ing us on Tejon development issues.Mark March 27, Saturday, on your personal calendar. We’ll be sending you a special mailing about ourupcoming annual banquet. Kevin Hall from the Tehipite Chapter will talk about San Joaquin Valley airquality. Don’t forget to send in your check to reserve a dinner spot.
  2. 2. 2 THE ROADRUNNEROur Chapter is composed entirely of volunteers. Don’t just sit back and let others solve local environmentalproblems. We need lots of helpers for varied tasks: tasks that are small enough so that you can do them onceor on a reoccurring basis. Some items that need doing are working a Club table at a community event, callingnew members to welcome them, keeping track of our Chapter’s historical documents, being a reporter for theRoadrunner, attending hearings or meetings before governmental bodies, etc. The list is endless.Contact me or any of our ExCom or Group officers to help out; I’m at 661.323.5569 and can refer you to atask or an individual in your local group who can help you get started. See you at the banquet. Lorraine WATER LAW TOPIC OF APRIL 18TH CHAPTER WORKSHOP. MS KATE NEISWENDER, LAWYER, WILL BE PRESENTER. SIGN UP NOW. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVEDComing Up! A workshop on water law, the court cases interpreting the laws, and the present challenges tothese laws. April 18th is the date, the place Bakersfield. The presenter will be Ms. Kate Neiswender, anenvironmental lawyer, who has had much experience dealing with water cases. Ms. Neiswender workedclosely with Lynn Plambeck, the Sierra Club activist who was dealing with the Newhall Ranch DevelopmentProject and now is the chair of the Santa Clarita Water Company. Her first hand experience and broadknowledge of water law will aid activists to be more effective in their efforts to succeed against challenges toour natural environment.The workshop will be held at Centennial High School from 12 to 3 on Sunday afternoon. Please eat lunchbeforehand. Simple snacks will be available.This workshop is open to all Sierra Club members. Sponsored by the Kern Kaweah Chapter, there will be nocost to the participants. Limited to 25 participants, it will be first come, first served. Want to register? Needmore information? Call Mary Ann at 661.242.0432. CNRCC meeting to deal with environmental topics of concern. A must for Sierra Club activists, would-be activists. Mar 13th, 14th, San Luis ObispoThis two-day session of the California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee, to be held at San LuisObispo, gives Sierra Club members from all over the state an opportunity to meet, discuss, and becomefurther informed of topics of concern in our state and and nation.The keynote speaker at this event will be Peter Douglas, ex-director of the California Coastal Commission. Asis well known, the Coastal Commission has been the agency in charge of keeping the Pacific Coastline for useby all citizens as well as protecting the coastal areas from misuse by others who would, by their activities,critically harm the natural environments of the Coast.Workshop topics scheduled for this meeting include: Growth Management, which will be focused on whetherthe Club should continue to try to curb growth through legislation/lobbying or consider a state initiative;State Priorities, which will consider whether (and how) the Club should devote more effort to having animpact on the state budget, agencies and commissions; a Public Lands Workshop focusing on federal landmanagement issues in Yosemite and Sequoia; as well as a workshop on the pros and cons of liquid natural gasport facilities. Specifics will be announced as the dates for the conference approach. The workshops areprepared for and led by activists from various California Chapters who are working in these areas. Alwaysincluded in the two day program is a resumé of activities in Sacramento by the Sierra Club state staff.Further details of this meeting: To stay overnight $20. Meals, Sat night, Sun breakfast, $10. Rest of fees paidfor by Sierra Club California. Email or call 909.621.7148 for more info and/or tomake reservation. FINAL SEQUOIA MONUMENT PLAN IS BAD NEWS. VOICE YOUR PROTESTS. CALL, EMAIL OR FAX OUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NOW.Your voice needs to be heard to protect the Sequoia National Monument. As time is short, please pick up thephone, use your fax, hop on to the web and get your message off to government officials who are in aposition to exert their influence effectively.Your start: To be most effective in expressing your message start with a definitive statement in yourintroduction to your points, such as “I am in full opposition to the Final Decision by the Forest Serviceregarding Sequoia National Monument.”Points to make: 1/ The plan doesn’t follow the proclamation. In his Proclamation, President Clinton protectednot only the Giant Sequoia groves but the entire range of ecosystems within Monument boundaries, stating
  3. 3. THE ROADRUNNER 3that the forest needs to be restored from logging and fire suppression and that trees cannot be removedunless absolutely necessary.In contradiction to this, the Forest Service has approved what amounts to a logging plan. They will log 75million board feet of merchantable trees (12"–30" in diameter) over the next ten years from more than128,000 acres of the Monument! That amounts to about 1500 logging trucks full every year!2/ We do support removal of easily ignitable fuels, trees 4–8" in diameter and occasionally larger ones ifnecessary, from within about 200 feet of developed areas and structures. That is the action that the ForestService’s own Fire Specialists recommend for protecting structures and public safety.3/ The Forest Service’s plan approves logging miles away from structures. While the Forest Service claims itwill use prescribed burning as their first choice of management methods, their words are hollow. The hugevolume of large trees they will remove goes far past prudent fuels reduction which could be accomplished byprescribed burning. Indeed they have categorized almost half the Monument for mechanical treatment ratherthan prescribed fire. With logging, the Forest Service will “develop” huge so-called “threat and defensezones” that will extend up to 11 /2 miles from structures, and they will thin most south and west facing slopes.Sequoia groves are included in this “treatment.” This contrived justification for removal of large pine, firand Sequoia trees up to 30" in diameter as “ecological restoration” is unbelievable. We don’t buy it andneither did the Monument Scientific Advisory Board.4/ Costs! The Forest Service’s Plan for the Monument will cost taxpayers 3.4 million dollars per year. AnAlternative plan, which the Forest Service rejected, more closely follows the Proclamation by allowing only alittle tree cutting and by truly relying on prescribed fire as the primary management tool. This Alternativewould cost only 2.1 million dollars per year. This would save taxpayers 1.3 million dollars every year ANDprovide sound management.5/ Use Sequoia National Park’s plan as model. With the same objectives as Sequoia Monument, the Park hassuccessfully avoided tree removal on forests adjacent to Monument lands, in the same Giant Sequoia grovesand Sierran forest ecosystem. The Park has been using prescribed fire for decades to protect communities,reduce fuels, create diversity, stimulate the growth of young sequoias and enhance wildlife habitat in ahealthy forest. They seldom resort to tree removal. The results have been excellent.6/ Sequoia National Monument should be administered by the Park Service.Most National Monuments are administered by the Park Service. Because the Forest Service refuses tocomply with the spirit of the Proclamation, the Sierra Club’s position is that the Monument should bemanaged by the National Park Service—specifically Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park—instead of by theForest Service. We are NOT recommending that the Monument become a Park; it should remain a NationalMonument, managed in strict accordance with the Proclamation that created it.The Sequoia Task Force/Sierra Club will file an administrative appeal by the March 1st deadline and followwith legal action should it be necessary.Take action now! Use e-mail, fax, telephone calls. Elected officials needed to help curb Forest Service’s poorintentions. Contact info for Boxer, Feinstein, Schwarzenegger on p. 8. HELP SAVE THE SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER! CONTACT BELOW The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments until March 8, 2004 on redesignation of “criticalhabitat” for the Southwestern willow flycatcher—one of North America’s most endangered songbirds. In regards to public and private lands, the words “critical habitat” provides an additional level of pro-tection forcing federal agencies to consider the impacts of actions, public and private, on the flycatcher’shabitat, regardless of whether that habitat is presently occupied by the species or not. Critical habitat was originally designated for the flycatcher on July 22, 1995, but was set aside by courtorder May 11, 2001. The first designation of areas as critical habitat resulted in the removal of livestock fromhundreds of miles of southwestern rivers and streams, allowing the riparian areas to regenerate and thusprovide habitat once again for this songbird. Since the removal of the designation caused by a rancher-supported suit, the flycatcher has been reducedto less than 1,000 territories spread across southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and extreme southernNevada, Utah and Colorado. The vast majority of populations consist of fewer than 10 pairs, placing thespecies as a whole at imminent risk of extinction.Please write by March 8 to support the reinstatement of the “critical habitat” category. Send to Steve Spangle, USFWS, 2321West Royal Palm Road, Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ 85021. fax: 602.242.2513 e-mail to
  4. 4. 4 THE ROADRUNNER OHV (Off Highway Vehicles) USE IS RAMPANT THROUGHOUT OUR CHAPTER’S AREA. YOU ALL KNOW THE DAMAGE TO THE LAND AND STILLNESS. Here’s what you can do when you are especially concerned about a specific area.First find out who owns the land. *If private, ask us if it’s OK to call the sheriff. Kern County is helpful on this issue. *If public, call the appropriate land management agency. Ask to speak with the recreation specialists and getto know them. Do so more than once if needed. Remember that public land agencies are poorly fundedunder the current federal and state administrations. *Attend public meetings and speak up. Remind people that the Sierra Club is not limited to “Big CityLiberals.” We live and vote and care here. We need to be seen. *Learn about what Club leaders at all levels are doing and about the enviro majority OHV Commission. *Realize there is usually a big difference between legal OHV riders and mavericks who don’t know or careabout the regulations.Here is what Owens Peak Group is doing: * Volunteering for BLM and getting acquainted with their over-worked people. * Adopting walking trails closed to OHV use and checking for damage. * Watching Forest Service land. * Working with land planners and other managers for Red Rock Canyon State Park. * Reporting any problems seen on our popular monthly hikes. * Representing environmental interests on the local BLM Steering Committee and the Friends of JawboneCanyon (OHV open area). * Getting to know the OHV community and working with organized OHV groups that promote responsibleand legal OHV use. * Checking about multi-agency coordination and OHV compliance.The Southern California Sierra Club OHV Chair is Jim Dodson. The State chair is George Barnes.For more information leave a message for Stan or Jeanie Haye at 760.375.8973.Grateful thanks to the Owens Peak Group’s ExCom for producing this most informative, helpful letter on asubject that concerns many and was specially requested by a reader of the Roadrunner. TWO ADVOCATE (ALSO KNOWN AS LOBBY) DAYS IN SACRAMENTO: May 17th and Aug. 9th. COME TO THE CAPITOL TO HELP PROTECT CALIFORNIA’S FUTURE!This is your chance to come to Sacramento to meet with legislators and advocate for current environmentalissues on behalf of the Sierra Club. A Lobby Day provides activists with an opportunity to talk withlegislators and their staff about the Sierra Club’s statewide priorities and specific legislation that is pendingbefore the Senate and Assembly. Last year’s Lobby Day was highly successful. Most of the bills we lobbiedon passed and were signed by the governor. This year, we anticipate our topics to include forest protection,land use, air quality, and more!You will attend a training session in political effectiveness the day before Lobby Day, on the afternoons ofMay 16th and August 8th. Through discussion, role-play and some real-life examples, you will learn skills tobecome an effective lobbyist with elected officials both in Sacramento and at the local level.Sierra Club California will provide dinner Sunday night for both events as well as breakfast on Monday.Accommodations will be arranged and participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses. Be sure to reservea place early, as space fills up quickly.For more details, please contact Marianne Batchelder at 916.557.1100 x107 ( Pat Veesart at 916.557.1100 x103 ( COIN NEWS: THE CALIFORNIA QUARTER. One of the new quarters this year will feature our state. Two choices are up for grabs—waves and sun vs John Muir and Yosemite. Wherever you live, you can help put John Muir on the flip side of the California Quarter by contacting California Gov- ernor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ask him to support the Yosemite Valley-John Muir design.
  5. 5. THE ROADRUNNER 5 MIDGEBUZZINGS Pristine: Remaining in a pure state; uncorrupted by civilization American Heritage DictionaryAssuming, as I believe most of us do now, that civilization has affected the global climate adversely, it isprobably safe to say that no physical place on earth is still pristine. Much of the world remains beautiful, butbeauty is relative to the perceptions of its beholders. Pristineness, if I may invent a word, is not. Where, then, ifnot in the natural world, can we find what is “pristine” by definition? I think I know.Recently my friend and high school classmate Carl Parks sent me a letter regarding a beautiful parcel of landalong the Kern River which he and his wife, Jean, bought in 1971. His family loved the location, and hismother even lived in a little cabin there during her mid to late sixties, fishing in the river and reveling in thebeauty, the sound of the river, the abundant wildlife, and the quiet. It was the Kern River Canyon as Carl and Iremember it from childhood: lovely and remote. It was also a developer’s dream, especially with a proposedfreeway planned to run adjacent to the south boundary and across the river at about the place where an oldwooden bridge still spanned the water.Wishing to protect the property from opportunists, Carl and Jean sold it in 1994 to the Forest Service for lessthan a third of its commercial value. To facilitate the sale the family had to return the land to its natural state.They spent a full summer removing buildings, filling mine shafts, taking down the old bridge and a 3600foot fence, and combing the area to rid it of any trash or debris. As Carl told me, “We thought you wouldlike to know there will be no trailer parks or homes on that part of the Kern River.” I believe the impulse tothat action arose from a pristine sensibility.Another couple I know live so generously in the world that I would call the quality of their thinking pristine.Because they understand the effects of poverty upon the lives of people, they have, for years, quietly givenmuch of a double tithe to help the poor, especially in the form of scholarships, both at the communitycollege and at the local state university, to young people who would otherwise be unable to afford aneducation. As for themselves, they live happily in a modest-to-poor neighborhood which most people of theirmeans would have fled years ago. They raise some of their own food, they entertain with excellent cookingand pleasant company, and they shake their heads in bemusement over the current passion for acquisition ofthe newest things, most of which they prefer to live without. They seem to be entirely immune to the viruswhich leads to the newly-named cultural disease, Affluenza.Finally, I offer a brief account of a pristine moment in a busy American city many years ago. A youngreporter sought an interview in a settlement house with Dorothy Day, a great champion of the homeless anddestitute. He was directed to a room where he found her listening attentively and with compassion to theravings of a ragged and obviously deranged woman. When Mrs. Day became aware of the young man’spresence, she turned to him and smiled. “Im sorry,” she said. “Are you waiting to speak with one of us?”Beauty is available to us both in the actions of such people, and in what remains of the natural world. Butonly we can b e pristine. by AnnWilliams Computer Connections To Create Common Clout Have a computer? Near a library with a computer? USE IT! HOW? Use the internet! Go to Google search engine (bookmark it). Type in National Sierra Club Home Page. Take action on national issues. Using In my backyard, select California. Take action on state issues. Sign up for California alerts. Select Kern Kaweah Chapter from Chapter list. Take action. Sign up to receive Local Alerts. just send an e-mail to or regular mail: Unger, 2815 La Cresta Dr, Bksfld, CA 93305 WE NEED MORE OF YOU! Raised Voices can cause Raised Attention. The people in power can change their positions—especially in an election year! Speak up, speak out in every way you can—especially in this election year! Take action whenever you can!
  6. 6. 6 THE ROADRUNNER SPRING INTO SPRING Your calendar of hikes and eventsEveryone is welcome, Sierra Club members and non-members, to join in any of the outdoor activities listed below.Requirements: You must be in condition for type of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity, and prepared to sign a SierraClub release from liability. You must be willing to follow leader’s directions. Unprepared for the prospective hike? It will bea no-go for you. Please let the leader know ahead of time that you are intending to participateCustomary appropriate equipment includes good hiking shoes, plenty of water, snack, sunglasses, sun tan lotion, layeredclothing. Long pants recommended. It is always wise to call before coming to a listed activity as cancellations and changesmay have to be made!Every Week. Bakersfield. Conditioning Hikes: (tuesday) 7 PM. 4–5 miles. Corner of highways 178 & 184.Gordon, 661.872.2432 or Larry, 873.8107 (KK Chapt.) Note change of day.Mar 6 (sat) 5:30 PM. Pizza Party and Old Fashioned Sing-A-Long. Come and enjoy pizza followed bygroup singing of those favored folk songs of the 50s and 60s. Lyrics provided. Place: Kathy and HarryLove’s house in Bakersfield. Call 589.6245 for directions. Need to know number coming to order pizza.Small fee collected.Mar 10 (wed) 6 PM. Evening Social. Mediterranean Restaurant (on Caldwell near Sizzler, Visalia.).559.739.8527 for more info, make reservation. (Min Kg Gp) Mar 13–14 California/Nevada Regional Conservation Conference. St. Luis Obispo (See p. 2 for more info)Mar 20 (sat) 7:30 AM. A Twofer! Part one of two easy hikes: NELSON RANGE ANCIENT CAMPSITE(Location of petroglyphs near defunct spring in the Nelson Range; 5925 ft; 350 ft gain; 3.4 mi RT)Part two: 8 mi drive to launching point of the easy jaunt to Jackass Benchmark, the high point of Hunter Mtn,located on the NW corner of the huge desert massif. From the top of the easy scramble up Jackass we can seeSaline Valley. Meet at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nicholsat 760.375.8161 for more info. (Owens Peak Gp.)Mar 21 (sun) 2–3:30 PM. Kaweah Group Coffee and Dessert Social. Meet new friends and old. Explorethe backyard ecology of the Clark’s home. Bring your binoculars! Possible sightings may include nestingRed-Shouldered Hawks. All Sierra Club members welcome. Call Pam at 559.784.4643. (Kaweah Gp.)Mar 22 (mon) 7:30 PM. SCA Restoration Projects. Presentation by students working on StudentConservation Assoc. (SCA) restoration projects on BLM lands in the Ridgecrest area. Maturango Museum.Call Jean Bennett 760.446.4339, 375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info. (Owens Pk Gp.)Mar 27 (sat) See Non-Sierra Club events, p. 7. Join Min Kg Gp for brunch at Cafe 225, Visalia, at 10 AM. Mar 27 (sat) Annual Kern Kaweah Awards Banquet. See page 8 for more infoMar 27 (sat) 8 AM. Piedra Blanca National Recreation Trail: Meet at PMC Clubhouse. Hike begins at theReyes Creek Campground (off Lockwood Valley Road), proceeds approximately 3 1 /2 miles up a usually drycreek. Effects of hopefully still visible spring water will be compared to what was seen in our late season trips.Moderate hike to Upper Reyes Campground located in an impressive incense cedar grove up somewhat steepembankment before dropping into the Beartrap Creek Valley. Ecologically interesting site with variety oftrees including white alder and often fish in a small pond. Long pants are recommended since there arenumerous patches of nettles along the trail. Call Dale 661.242.1076 or Ches 661.242.0432 (Condor Gp.)April 3 (sat) 7 PM. Biology of Tejon Ranch. Speaker Michael White, Conservation Biology Institute. Slides.6 PM potluck, talk 7 PM. Pine Mountain Clubhouse. Info? Call Ches, 661.242.0423 (Condor Gp.)April 14 (wed) 6 PM. Evening social. Canton Restaurant, Main St., Visalia. 559.739.8527 for more info,make reservation. (Min Kg Gp.)April 14 (wed) 7:30 PM. The Orient: Steve Smith will show slides of his recent trip to the Orient (Thailand,Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong and China). Maturango Museum. Call Steve 760.384.5440. (Owens Pk Gp.)April 17 (sat) Wildflower Hike, Sage And Boulder Canyons, Maybe Even Tit Peak! (Boulder to Tit; 5352ft; 1500 ft gain; 3.8 mi RT) or if the flowers are better (Sage Canyon to McIver’s Cabin; 6689 ft; 1700 ftgain, 5.5 mi RT) We will explore the location of numerous Indian metates at the springs of Boulder Canyonon our quest to identify wildflowers. Many photo-ops here. From the Indian Campsite, we will ascendmagnificent Tit peak. Hopefully more flowers will be found here and also a great view of S Indian WellsValley. If conditions advise, we will instead ascend the back end of adjacent Sage Canyon and hike to
  7. 7. THE ROADRUNNER 7McIver’s Cabin, a local landmark. Either hike will be easy. Meet Sat, Apr 17 at 7:30 AM at the RidgecrestCinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161. (Owens Pk Gp.)April 24 (sat) 8AM. Fishbowls Trail: Meet at PMC Clubhouse. The Cedar Springs/Fishbowls trail is one ofthe most beautiful, popular and geologically interesting area trails, leading off Lockwood Valley Road;Approximately 81 /2 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 800 feet. First stop: Cedar Springscampground after an easy walk, located in beautiful incense cedar grove. Second stop; After moderatelysteep climb reach the Piru Creek and a series of sandstone pools. Learn about origin of pools as well as, withluck, enjoy a good (chilly?) swim in them, joined by some fish waiting to be identified. Wildflowers unique toarea to be identified. Call Dale 661.242.1076 or Ches 661.242.0432 (Condor Gp.) LOOKING AHEADMay 22 (sat) Yellow Jacket Trail. Features meadows, protected areas of arroyo toad. More details next issue.Call Dale 661.242.1076 or Ches 661.242.0432. (Condor Gp.)June thru August (every sunday, 8AM) Sunday Strolls. 11 /2 hours. Meet at Pine Mountain Clubhouse. Moreinfo? Call 661.242.0432.June 12 (sat) Hike Muir Grove in Sequoia National Park with Pam Coz-Hill, 559.733.3972. Discuss wildflowers and John Muir. Call 559.733.882 if you plan to attend. Meet at 8 AM at Mary Vineyard parking lotnear Taco Bell, Visalia. SIERRA CLUB ENCOURAGES INVESTMENT IN SOCIAL CHANGESAN FRANCISCO (January 13, 2004). Consider investing in Sierra Club Mutual Funds. Our financialpractices can unite with our environmental ones. Companies offered through SC Mutual Funds have all beenscreened in terms of their environmental practices and have received A’s for the way they conduct theirbusinesses.Social and financial objectives don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In 2003, the Sierra Club Stock Fundreturned more than 30%, outperforming the S&P 500 by more than 5 percent. Call 866.897.5982 for moreinformation. NON-SIERRA CLUB OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPLORING THE OUT OF DOORSMarch 27 (sat) Join the Sequoia Riverlands Trust at Herbert Preserve. This outing will explore the variety ofwild flowers native to the region we live in (the Valley floor) as well as to learn about the Fairy Shrimp foundin vernal pools located in small wetland area of the Herbert Preserve. The Sierra Club’s Mineral King Grouphas been invited by Jane Caputo of Sequoia Riverlands Trust to join her on this exploration. Call559.738.0211. The exact time and the location of Herbert Preserve will be announced in the TIMES DELTAand will be posted on the Mineral King Group website, 30 - May 2nd. (fri-sun) 10th annual Kernvilles Bioregions Festival. Hikes, Displays, Programs. JoeFontaine of our Chapter to be a featured speaker as well as a trip leader. Put the words Bioregions Festival +Kernville in Google and up will come the complete program and other related information. Call 760.378.3044 for further information. NATURAL WAY TO MARK ANY OCCASION Honor an individual or an occasion by honoring our environment. A Commemorative or Memorial gift that supports the Sierra Club is a gift that’s always in style. Call Sierra Club National Office, 415.977.5653 for details.
  8. 8. 8 THE ROADRUNNER Time-Saving Information Contact names, addresses of policy makers The Roadrunner See page 5 for more info Kern Kaweah ChapterFederal government numbers Sierra ClubPresident: White House Comment Line: 202.456.1111George W. Bush’s email - Send to: P.O. Box 3357Address - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500 Bakersfield, CA 93385Senator Barbara Boxer e m a i l : senator@boxer.senate.govphone: 202.224.3553 fax: 202.956.6701 mail US Senate112 Hart Senate Office Building , Washington D.C. 20510 Return service requestedSenator Dianne Feinstein email: phone 202.224.3841 fax 202.228-3954 mail US Senate331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington D.C. 20510For House Reps US Capitol Switchboard - 202.224.3121.California government numbers:Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, phone: 916.445.2841 fax: 916.445.4633 mail State ofCalifornia, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814Calif. Legislative Switchboard (receptionist will helpyou ID your Senator and Assembly member if you areunsure): 916.322.9900. Kern-Kaweah Groups Contact NumbersExCom, Kern Kaweah Ch. 661.323.5569 (Lorraine)Buena Vista Group (Bakersfield) 661.833.3795 (Glen)Condor Group (Pine Mtn Club, Frazier Park area) 661.242.0423 (Ches)Kaweah Group (Porterville) 559.784.4643 (Pam)Mineral King (Visalia) 559.739.8527 (Harold)Owens Peak Group (Ridgecrest) 760.375.7967 (Dennis)Please call Chairs to contact Conservation Chairs ofindividual groups.Thanks to Harold Wood, our indefatigable Web manager,Chair of the Mineral King Group, who posts the latest newsas to action alerts, changes in schedule, issues of theRoadrunner, and to Ann Williams and Michelle Hoffmanwho prepare the Roadrunner for mailing. ANNUAL KERN KAWEAH SPRING BANQUET. Features: Kevin Hall, air whiz, speaker.Time: Evening will begin with a 5:30 PM social hour followed by a 6:30 PM dinner. Place: East BakersfieldVeterans Hall on Ridge Road, off Mt. Vernon Ave. Fill out slip below, include check, mail to Harry Love,13500 Powder River Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93314. Saturday, March 20 is deadline. RESERVATION SLIP FOR KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER MARCH 27TH BANQUET************************************************************************Yes, I wish to attend the 2004 Annual Banquet of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter on Sat March 27.Name Telephone Number For each person (@$15.00) I have included a check for the total of Number attending: (@ $15.00) Total amount: $ Desired entree: place number requested for each item tri-tip beef spinach lasagna