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March-April 2005 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club

  1. 1. The Roadrunner Bimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — March/April 2005KERN KAWEAH CHAPTER’S APRIL 16TH SPRING BANQUET TO FEATURE AWARDS, WIND WOLVES.Honorees and Wind Wolves. The big social event of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter, the annual April banquet, will beheld on Saturday, April 16. The highlights of the evening will be the honoring of the Conservation work of theclub members and the formal presentation showing the world of the Wind Wolves Nature Preserve, which issupported by the Wildlands Conservancy. South of Bakersfield, Wind Wolves is 150 square miles in size andincludes lands that are splendid examples of grassland and mountain areas in which are spotted some of the finestexamples of Native American art known. The presentation will be made by the preserve directors, David andSheryl Clendenen. The Clendenens will explain the successes of the preserve, its unique beauty, and how you canget involved as a volunteer.Norris Veterans’ Hall is the meeting place for this year’s banquet. It is at 400 Norris Road, near Chester Ave, inOildale. There will be plenty of parking. The Hall itself is considerably larger than our former meeting place, soEVERYBODY sign up so we can fill it to the top! Directions: No exit directly from 99. Take Airport Drive exit,go north on Airport Drive, turn right (east) on Norris Road.Groups and environmental organizations have always prepared displays as a means of presenting pertinentinformation to attendees of the banquet, and this year will be no exception. There may be a raffle this year again,but its fate is uncertain. Anyone want to volunteer to solicit donations from our local merchants and friends? CallHarry Love to sign up! 661.589.6245.Dinner will be an Italian theme, with chicken marsala or vegetarian soup as the entrees, along with fettucciniAlfredo, asparagus, Caesar salad, bread, and cherry cheese cake. The social hour will begin at 5:30 PM withdinner served at 6:30 PM. Price: $18.00 per person.Socializing will be encouraged! During the social hour there will be time to visit and to view the exhibits fromlocal environmental groups. It is a great time to meet new members, to renew old friendships, and to get re-vitalized in the community. Please plan to come and celebrate the good news, though November’s headlinesmight lead you to think otherwise. State and local efforts have won some rewards for the environment, andactivists have increased in numbers, determination and stubborness. We will not give up!Please complete the coupon below and mail to Harry Love, as directed below. Make checks out to KERN-KAWEAH CHAPTER, SIERRA CLUB. RSVP by Wednesday, April 6. Need more info? Call Harry Love,661.589.6245 CELEBRATE SPRING AT WIND WOLVES PRESERVE Bring family and friends. Join a three-hour vehicle tour to see wildflowers, wildlife and much more. DATES: March: Saturday, 19th; Sunday, 20th; Saturday, 26th April: Saturday, 2nd; Sunday, 3rd; Sunday, 17th; Sunday, 24th May: Saturday, 7thSaturday Tours at 9 AM, 1 PM, Sunday Tours 1 PM only. Bring a lunch and picnic during or after tour.
  2. 2. 2 THE ROADRUNNERYes, I wish to attend the 2005 Annual Banquet of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club on Saturday, April16.I have included a check for the total at $18.00 per person. Number attending: ____ (@ $18.00) Total amount: $___________ Desired entrée: place number requested for each entree: ____ chicken marsala ____ vegetarian soup Please mail check and this coupon to: Harry Love, 13500 Powder River Ave., Bksfld, CA, 93314 by April 8. SEQUOIA GROVES UNDER ATTACK AGAIN. ONLY ONE OPTION: GO TO COURT. SIERRA CLUB, OTHERS DO IT!The Sierra Club and other conservation organizations have challenged the Bush administration’s decision to logGiant Sequoia National Monument in federal court. The groups also encouraged the administration and the courtto look to neighboring Sequoia National Park for a better way to manage this rare forest.Giant Sequoia National Monument boasts two-thirds of all the Giant Sequoias in the world, with most of theremainder found in the adjacent National Park. The popularity and awe-inspiring beauty of the Sequoia forest andits wildlife led President Bill Clinton to permanently protect the forest as a National Monument. Earlier, PresidentGeorge Bush Sr. had proclaimed the Sequoia groves off limits to commercial logging. Bruce Hamilton, SierraClub Conservation Director. said: “It makes no sense for the Bush administration to sacrifice such a spectacularnational treasure. It also happens to be illegal.”Earlier this year, the Bush administration officially reversed those policies by finalizing plans to allow whatamounts to commercial logging in the Monument, including the prized Giant Sequoia groves. Theadministration’s plan would allow 7.5 million board feet of timber to be removed annually from the Monument,enough to fill 1,500 logging trucks each year. This policy would include logging of healthy trees of any species asbig as 30 inches in diameter or more. Trees that size can be as much as 200 years old.“The plan proposed by the Forest Service reverts back to an outdated strategy that ignores the clearrecommendations of fire scientists on the Monument Science Advisory Committee, that fire risk reduction is notabout logging large trees,” stated Craig Thomas, Director of the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign. “Thisplan opens up huge areas to logging and specifically targets trees big enough to sell, undermining the wholepurpose of the Monument,” added Carla Cloer, representing the Tule River Conservancy. Carla Cloer is alsochairperson of the Sierra Club Sequoia Taskforce. Updates on the course of this suit will be reported in futureRoadrunners. NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR CHAPTER AWARDS All members may suggest nomineesNominations are now open for chapter awards, which will be presented at our annual Chapter Banquet on April16, 2005. Any member can nominate any other member for any award. Persons are eligible to receive the sameaward more than once over an extended period of time. Below is an overview of our Chapter’s five awards.Kern-Kaweah Sierra Club Cup Award: This is the highest award granted by the Kern-Kaweah Chapter. Itssymbol is simply a Sierra Club cup engraved with the awardee’s name. Selected by previous awardees.Ruth Allen Award: An award named in honor of one the Chapter’s activists who quietly worked behind the scenesproviding important institutional support.Chairman’s Award: The recipient of this award is selected annually by the incumbent chair of the Chapter.Long Trail Award: This award recognizes long service for the Chapter. The award is traditionally accompanied bya walking stick.Community Activist Award (New): For an individual or group outside the Sierra Club that is noteworthy inprotecting or preserving the environment within the Chapter’s boundaries. Selected by the ExCom.
  3. 3. THE ROADRUNNER 3Please send your nominations, giving the name and the reasons you nominate the person, by March 22, 2005 to:Janet Wood, P.O. Box 3543, Visalia, CA 93278; e-mail:, or by telephone: 559.739. 8527. Kern Kaweah Ex Com and Group Chairs (Usually meets at the Beale Library, Bakersfield, once a month: call the Chair for specific information.)Lorraine Unger, Chair, 661.323.5569; Harry Love, Vice-chair; Ara Maderosian, Secretary. Marisa Albridge,Ches Arthur, Richard Garcia, Mary Ann Lockhart, Gordon Nipp, Arthur Unger. (Janet Wood, Treas.) Buena Vista Group: Glen Shellcross, 661.832.3382 Condor Group: Chester Arthur, 661.242.0423 KaweahGroup: Pam Clark, 559.784.4643 Mineral KingGroup: Harold Wood, 559.739.8527 e-mail harold@planetaryexploration. Owens Peak Group: Dennis Burge, Chair, 760.375.7967 15 CANDIDATES COMPETE FOR 5 SLOTS in Club Election. Three important ballot measures will be subject to a vote. Let’s double voter participation over last year’s record!Another potentially contentious national Sierra Club election is upon us. This year, not only are 15 candidatesrunning for 5 positions on the Board of Directors, there are three ballot measures, two of which would alter rulesfor future elections, and a third about whether the Club should adopt a policy on limiting immigration into theUnited States.The Population Ballot Question asks members: “Shall the Sierra Club policy on immigration adopted by theBoard of Directors be changed to recognize the need to adopt lower limits on migration to the United States?” TheClub Board of Directors recommends a no vote on this question.The two other ballot measures propose changes to the bylaws that affect the election. Bylaws Change #1 wouldremove the requirement to provide space for write-in candidates on the ballot. Bylaws Change #2 requires oneyear of continuous membership in the Sierra Club in order to run for the Board. (Currently, members can file apetition to run for office on the same day they become a member.) The Board recommends a yes vote on the twobylaws changes.Last year’s election controversy generated a spate of coverage in local and national newspapers, even a New YorkTimes editorial. Due to the extensive publicity, more Club members voted than ever before: 171,616 voters, or22.7 percent of Club members. Can we meet and exceed that number this year? Vote no matter what it takes!To find out more about the candidates and measures, visit Club members shouldreceive their ballots in the mail by mid-March. Votes must be cast by noon Eastern daylight time on April 25. Tovote online, follow the instructions in your printed ballot. KERN-KAWEAH NEWSLETTER vol.2, number 7, June 28, 1953 Italicized remarks in parentheses were made by present editor of RR.Old Man Weather froze us out of our June Box Dinner Social, but we’re right back with it on July 17.Ladies will bring gourmet delights, inside boxes - outside boxes, not a hint of what’s inside. Auctioneerwill sell box (and lady). Proceeds will go to rock climbing section for equipment. (Who is up to rockclimbing now? Please step right up!)Outing to Mineral King July 25, 26. Horses are available so you can ride instead of hike on this trip ifyou wish.For more information read the June issue of SUNSET MAGAZINE in which you will see an article called“High Sierra” (the great Sunset Mag that did so much to educate folks about the out of doors.)Call Ralph Zock ph. 20842. (oh, for the days of those old phone numbers)ODDS and ENDS. Life magazine, June 29th, carries Mt. Everest pictures and promises color pictures inJuly. (A special treat in those days! And now, for better or for worse, even the grocery ads come incolor!)
  4. 4. 4 THE ROADRUNNERCONSERVATION NEWS: Hunting in State Parks: Bill is dead for this year. Stockmen’s Bill: Still athreat to the Wilderness. There’s been a lot of loud protests, some heard and perhaps heeded. Billboards:Smart lobbyists get bill through, governor can veto it. Letters from you to him could help a lot. (Somethings never change—though it seems much more frantic these days.) Where did all these quotes come from? Mr. James Leonard of Hanford was cleaning out his files, found this number andsent it to us. It is printed on the old purple-producing ditto machine—and producing color means it was not only purple printbut purple all over your hands and elsewhere. Mr. Leonard is one of the charter members of the Kern Kaweah Chapter. He was the first editor of the Newsletter but notof this number. Mr. Leonard is now nearly 85 and doing well. By the way, his wife was a student of Ann Williams when shewas in the 8th grade.Wonderful memories—Thank you, Mr. Leonard, for sharing this “artifact” from 1953 with us. SPRING TIME SPECIALSRequired Reading: Everyone is welcome, Sierra Club members and non-members, to join in any of the outdoor activities.Requirements: You must be in condition for type of hike, equipped appropriately for the activity, and prepared to sign aSierra Club release from liability. You must be willing to follow leader’s directions. Unprepared for the prospective hike? Itwill be a no-go for you. Please let the leader know ahead of time that you are intending to participate. Customary appropriateequipment includes good hiking shoes, plenty of water, snack, sunglasses, sun tan lotion, layered clothing. Long pantsrecommended. It is always wise to call before coming to a listed activity.Every Tuesday. Conditioning Hike. 7 PM. 4–5 miles. Corners of Highways 178 & 184. Bksfld. Gordon 661.872.2432 or Larry 661.873.8107 (KK Chapter)Mar 5 (sat) Buena Vista Group Breakfast. 8:30 AM. News from the Forests. Ara Marderosian will giveoverview of what is happening with Sequoias and more. Meet at the Jungle Cafe at Hill House Best Western. CallGlenn for more info. 661.832.3382Mar 5-6 (sat, sun) California-Nevada Conservation Committee Meeting. San Luis Obispo. Cost $35, Lateregist. $45. If you intend to attend any part or all of meeting, fee is the same. Make your reservations via e-mail( or mail to CNCC Registration/Ives, 112 Harvard PMB 297, Claremont, CA 91711 ONOR BEFORE MARCH 1 (Tuesday) if at all possible.Mar 9 (wed) 6:00 PM. Mineral King Evening Social - Brewbaker’s, Main St., VisaliaMar 19 (sat) Flowers, Flowers, Flowers (Best flower site we can find; details to be announced, max elev. 4000–5000 ft, 1500–2000 ft elev. gain, 4–8 mi RT) In what promises to be an exceptional flower year, we will find agood display and hike to that, and maybe bag a peak in the process. We want to see how the pattern developsbefore picking the exact location. The hike will be announced a week before via email, or you can call thenumbers below. This will be an easy/moderate hike and a great photo opportunity. Meet 7:30 AM at theRidgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at760.375.8161. (Owens Peak Gp)Mar 19 (sat) 9 AM, done by 11 AM. Highway Cleanup. Buena Vista Group has the privilege of maintaining thecleanliness of Hwy. 119 (Taft Hwy) coming east from Buena Vista Road to Gosford road, a distance of about 2miles. Meet at the midpoint at Old River Road in the parking lot of the Monte Carlo Club. Come and bring yourkids older than 16 only (Hwy danger considerations). Bring water, a sun hat, gloves, sunscreen. We will then headfor Rite-Aide on Panama Lane for ice cream. Call Glenn 661.832.3382.Mar 18-20 (fri-sun) Cambria Hike on coast: Joanne and David Dudley, Leaders, R.S.V.P. (Mineral King Gp)Mar 26 (sat) Piedras Blancas National Recreational Trail, only national trail in the Condor Group area. Twopart hike (you can do only first part and return): First part, 6 miles round trip with approximately 900 feetelevation gain, to the Upper Reyes campground. Beautiful hike, crossing 2 or 3 creeks with water this year.Campground located beside Reyes Creek in an attractive cedar grove. Part 2: Continue on to BeartrapCampground, which involves a steep climb and adds 6 miles. Beauty of the setting makes it worth the effort. Meetat Tennis Courts,, PMC, 8 AM or MiniMart, Lockwood Valley and Cuddy Rds. 8.20 AM. RSVP to Dale,
  5. 5. THE ROADRUNNER 5661.242.1076 or Ches, 661.242.0423. (Condor Gp)Mar 28 (mon) 7:30 PM: Indian Wells Valley History Project video, with interviews with long-time residentsand including old-time pictures. Liz Babcock will tell us about the soon to be released video. Maturango Museum,100 E. Las Flores. For more info call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967. (Owens Pk Gp)Mar 31 (thur) Kaweah Group. Meeting. Call Pam for latest info. 559.784.4643April 2 (sat) Buena Vista Group Breakfast. 8:30. Gordon Nipp. The Scoop on Sprawl. Meet at the Jungle Cafeat Hill House Best Western. Call Glenn for more info. 661.832.3382.April 2nd (sat) The Trails of Los Padres. Karen McKinley, Mt. Pinos District Recreation. 6 PM, Potluck, PM,7 PM, Program. Pool Pavilion Room, PMC. Bring dish to share, silverware. More info? Call Ches,661.242.0423 (Condor Gp)April 3rd (sun) Kern Kaweah Ex-com. Ungers, 2815 La Cresta Drive, Bksf. 11 AM, lunch. Noon, Mtg.April 13 (wed) 6 PM. Mineral King Evening Social. Keo Thip Restaurant, Visalia. (Mineral King Gp)April 16th (sat) 9 AM, done by 11 AM. Highway Cleanup. Buena Vista Group has the privilege of maintainingthe cleanliness of Hwy. 119 (Taft Hwy) coming east from Buena Vista Road to Gosford road, a distance of about2 miles. Meet at the midpoint at Old River Road in the parking lot of the Monte Carlo Club. Come and bring yourkids older than 16 only (Hwy danger considerations). Bring water, a sun hat, gloves, sunscreen. We will then headfor Rite-Aide on Panama Lane for ice cream. Call Glenn 661.832.3382.April 16 (sat) Wildflower Hike in Three Rivers. Meet at 8:30 AM at Mary’s Vineyard shopping center nearMcDonald’s if you wish to carpool. Call leader to RSVP: Sharon Meckenstock 559.732.8458. (Mineral King Gp.Yes, it is the same day as the Chapter Banquet, but we will be back in plenty of time to attend! Please call559.739.8527 or e-mail to carpool from Visalia.) APRIL 16 (SAT) CHAPTER BANQUET IN BAKERSFIELD. (DETAILS FIRST PAGE)April 23 (sat) Nelson Range (Galena BM) Nelson Range is N of Lee Flat, which is 18 mi N of Hwy 190 betweenOwens Valley and Panamint Valley, elev. 7696 ft, 1500 ft gain, 2 mi RT. This high point of the Nelson Range,Galena Bench Mark, is located in the middle of many old prospects for the lustrous lead oxide mineral giving it itsname. Outstanding views from the top include Race Track playa, Inyos, Saline Valley, bits of the Sierra, and MtCharleston on a clear day. If we have time, we will climb Hunter Mt (elev. 7455 ft, 300 ft gain, 1.5 mi RT), takingcare of a miss from last year. Hunter Mt has even better views than Nelson Range! Climb one or both.Easy/moderate hike. Meet Sat, Apr 23, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information,call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161. (Owens Peak Gp)April 23 (sat) Yellow Jacket Trail. An OHV trail that leads to several vernal pools and an unnamed stream thathave water this spring. Water means wildflowers, a special treat for this hike, which is approximately nine to tenmiles in length with only 200 to 300 feet elevation change. Wet feet may result from this hike. Meet at TennisCourts, PMC, 8 AM, or MiniMart, Lockwood Valley and Cuddy Rds. 8.20 AM. Call Ches, 661. 242.0423.(Condor Gp)Apr. 25 (mon) 7:30 PM. Slides of January trip to Patagonia (Chile & Argentina), presented by Steve Smith.Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores. For more info call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967. (Owens Peak Gp)Coming UpCNRCC Desert Committee trips. For a complete listing contact Craig Deutsche 2231 Kelton Ave, Los Angeles,CA 90064, (310-477-6670). Trips may also be received via e-mail from <>.May 21,22 (sat,sun) Hetch Hetchy. Details below.Sept 8 to 11 (thur to sun) Sierra Summit, San Francisco. The Sierra Club will hold its first large-scaleconvention. It will bring 3,000 members and activists from all over the country together with top-notch keynotespeakers and entertainers. There will be 60+ educational workshop sessions, an exhibition hall filled withhundreds of the latest outdoor adventure and “green” ideas, products and technologies, and an opportunity toshowcase the Sierra Club’s work. It will be a time to celebrate accomplishments that show us just how much wecan do together and give us an opportunity to talk together about the Club and its future direction.
  6. 6. 6 THE ROADRUNNER Hetch Hetchy—Time for you to help it flow!Come to a weekend full of informative and fun events relating to the possibility of restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley,Yosemite’s buried treasure, on May 21 & 22, 2005. On Saturday, May 21, the Sierra Club’s Hetch HetchyRestoration Task Force and the independent Restore Hetch Hetchy Board of Directors will meet jointly during theday at the Evergreen Lodge. Early Saturday evening, there will be a reception at the Evergreen Lodge, with wine,cheese, and good munchies; our award-winning documentary film, “Hetch Hetchy: Yosemites Lost Valley;” anda presentation regarding our Restoration Feasibility Study by the technical/engineering team. Sunday morning,May 22, a Yosemite National Park Interpretive Ranger will lead a day trip to Hetch Hetchy. Natural history,spectacular waterfalls (Tueeulala and Wapama), great granite walls, and wildflowers will be on the menu.Mark your calendars; May 21 & 22, 2005. Make your reservations at the Evergreen Lodge. Discounts to thosewho tell the reservation clerks that they are with “Restore Hetch Hetchy.” Contacts: 800.935.6343; FAX:209.379.2606; e-mail:; website: MIDGEBUZZINGS And for all this, nature is never spent; There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; And though the last lights off the black West went Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs. Gerard Manley HopkinsIn the old film version of “The Grapes of Wrath,” the Joad family, sharecroppers driven from their Oklahomafarm by drought and the callous indifference of landowners to their plight, come to a river just before theirentrance into California. The men strip to their long johns and immerse themselves in the first water of anyquantity they have seen since the beginning of their desperate journey across the desert. The film is focused uponthe bleakness of the family’s situation. But in the background, in soft contrast to human misery, and clearlyaudible to anyone with discerning hearing, are the wistful and delicate calls of killdeer.Another film involves the decline of a woman into the helplessness of old age. Although “Driving Miss Daisy” isgently humorous, there are moments of great poignancy and sadness. In one late evening scene, Miss Daisy,having lost mastery of her life, is left alone for a brief time in the back seat of her automobile on a country roadwhile her driver, Hoke, disappears into the darkness to relieve himself. In growing panic and with a tremblingvoice, she calls his name: “Hoke? Hoke?” Again in the background, in quiet opposition to her mounting terror, arethe calming sounds of tree frogs.On the eve of the fiery siege of Baghdad, I saw an interview with a family conducted by a courageous reporter.The desperate father of a diabetic daughter demonstrated his family’s plan to keep her alive when the electricitythey relied upon would be lost, and the medications necessary for her life could no longer be refrigerated. He ledthe interviewer to a well in his back garden, and demonstrated how the medications would be lowered in a sealedjar to the cool water below. Yet even in that grim place, with the poor prospect for his success, the air was alivewith the madcap and merry songs of sparrows.Arising one morning in late January, well before daylight, I could not shake off thoughts about the growingtragedy of our national situation and of the world. I was grieving both for humanity and for the naturalenvironment. I had not been consoled the previous evening by reassurances from historically sophisticated friendsthat we have been in such straits before and have gotten past them, and will again. As I see it, even in the worst oftimes in human history there have been vast unexploited places in the world of nature from which we could drawaesthetic solace and resources for physical health. Now those places are rapidly disappearing, as appreciationgives way to the crush of population and our seemingly inherent ambition for dominance and gain. Then, as Iwent out into the dark for the morning paper, I heard, startlingly close, a Great Horned Owl. His was a familiarvoice, but this time I heard it in the form of a question: “Who are you? Who? Who?”How appropriate it seemed to me on that dark morning to be interrogated by a member of another species, acitizen of the natural world which my own species is destroying with appalling speed and efficiency. Indeed, whoare we? Will Hopkins’ morning dawn upon an empty world, or will we understand what we must understandbefore the last lights off the black West go? The owl’s question must become our question now. Ann Williams
  7. 7. THE ROADRUNNER 7 KAWEAH GROUP HAD STARS IN THEIR EYES— A GRAND IDEA FOR YOUR GROUPS TOO.Last spring members of the Kaweah group visited SCICON (Science Conservation Tulare Ed. Center ) to have thechance to view the night skies through the new 120-pound Meade 14 depth magnitude telescope. A perfect nightwas picked, a night after the full moon and before the new moon. What they saw was incredible: close-ups(relatively) of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, stars of the Big and Little Dippers, Arcturus, the 4th largest star, and Sirius,the brightest star. It was a grand event. Notes from Diane Jetter CARRIZO PLAIN—ONE OF THE GREAT PLACES OF CALIFORNIA. LETTERS NEEDED NOWMany of us who live in the Central Valley know this exceptional place well. A long valley located between twomountain ranges, the Temblors and Calientes, it is the grassland that many say still looks like the old California ofa hundred or so years ago. It is the place that we go to see Sand-hill Cranes, all types of raptors, antelope andspectacular displays of wildflowers. An “added attraction” is the fact that one can see the San Andreas Faultclearly, as trees and other vegetation do not hide evidence of the Fault’s presence and it is the home of threatenedand sensitive species. The area has been described as the Serengeti of California.The status of this area was raised to National Monument in the waning days of the Clinton Administration. Theagency now responsible for management decisions is the Bureau of Land Management, which is preparing arevison of a 1996 plan written to carry out the goals for management of the MonumentThe central goal in the plan is as follows: “to manage the area so that indigenous species interact within adynamic and fully functioning system in perpetuity while maintaining compatible scientific, cultural, social andrecreational activites. . . All authorized livestock grazing shall be managed to foster restoration and enhancementof plant communities and listed plant and animal species, not to establish federal grazing preferences.”So the question arises. Is the proposed revised plan of action really capable of achieving the above statedobjective and having that achievement verified by data? This is seriously questioned.First: the objective states that all native plants are to be protected and encouraged to increase, not just threatenedand endangered species. Has this broader goal been a guiding force in making decisons about grazing leases?Apparently not. It seems that no data have been collected to determine one way or another how decisions made bythe BLM have affected the natural patterns of change and development of the plants and animals in theMonument over the last years. In fact, the contents of the data collected have not been revealed, which makes onewonder if data of any kind were collected in the past It appears that simple tradition has been followed ingranting grazing permits in the area, grants that were given to extend over ten years.In one of the proposed revisions of the management plan is a tool designated as “free-use” leasing for grazing,which would seem to be a step in the right direction. This would grant permissions for cows to graze on areaswithin the Monument based on biologists’ assessments made each year as to benefits the grazing might have forthe health and increased spread of native species.However, the decisions of the BLM, if free leasing is included in the final plan, would be based on a simpleEnvironmental Assessment. What is needed is the far more intensive and detailed review called for in anEnvironmental Impact Statement. Basing leases on inadequate environmental information can be as harmful as noinformation.What you can do to help protect this unique area of California is to pick up your pens and write.The best of the plans offered by the BLM Vegetation Plan is Alternative Three, which includes the free-leaseproposals and the call for the Environmental Impact Statement. It is also supported by California Fish and Game.Please send a letter of support for this plan to Mike Pool, Calif. State Director, BLM, 2800 Cottage Way, SuiteW-1834, Sacramento, CA 95825. Please do it at once, as time is a running outThanks to Peter Knapp and Cal French of the Santa Lucia Chapter for providing the basic information and reviewing thecontent of this article. All errors of interpretation are the editor’s.April 1-3 (fri-sun) Volunteer Service in Carrizo Plains National Monument. In this large, relatively unknown naturalgrassland tucked between the Coast Range and the Central Valley, miles of barbed wire from former ranching days needremoval to allow pronghorn antelope and tule elk freer access to the plain. Meet Friday at Selby Campground, removebarbed wire on Saturday, then hike Caliente Ridge on Sunday. Enjoy spring wildflowers, lush meadows, and abundant birdsand wildlife. Contact Ldr: Melinda Goodwater,, 408.774.1257. (CNCRCC Desert Com)
  8. 8. 8 THE ROADRUNNER WIND WOLVES PRESERVE VOLUNTEER WORK PARTYWHERE: San Emigdio Canyon WHEN: Saturday, March 12th, MEET AT 9:00 AM, at “The Crossing” in SanEmigdio Canyon. We’ll be getting back to Tamarisk Whacking in Pleito Creek.We provide drinking water, barbecue dinner, and a warm campfire. You must rsvp if you want to partake of thebarbecue!! Call 661.858.1115 or 661.747.0374 to rsvp. Those who wish may camp at The Crossing in SanEmigdio Canyon, and take a morning tour on Sunday. Can’t make it this date? Mark your calendars with thesedates: April 9th, May14th, June 11th. March Appeal The RoadrunnerThe generosity of members of this chapter has always Kern Kaweah Chapterbeen outstanding. We thank you for your past Sierra Clubcontributions and hope you can continue to help; with Send to: P.O. Box 3357litigation in many cases being the only way to curb Bakersfield, CA 93385extreme anti-conservation action, dollars are needed. Return service requestedSPECIAL NOTE From the KRV Hiking Club: The April 23–24Mount Jenkins 20th anniversary celebration has been cancelled,due to family obligations for Ruby and Bill Jenkins. Themaintenance hike along the PCT from Walker Pass toJenkins/Owens saddle on April 23 at 9:00 is still scheduled. If youhave loppers please bring them to cut brush along the trail. Noother tools will be available this time.” Roadrunner Contact: Mary Ann Lockhart, Editor 661.242.0432Yes, I want to join the Sierra Club. Check enclosed.NameCity State ZipCheck 1:Intro $25 Sing $39 Joint $47Senior: (sing) $24 (joint) $32Send to Sierra Club, PO 52968, Boulder, CO 80322F94Q W 6000-1 YOU ARE NEEDED! WHY?Here is a Mini-List; who knows what else might come along!Logging in the Sequoia Monument scheduled for Sequoia groves. Oil and gas drillingpermitting is being expanded on Forest lands. Logging is being increased in NationalForests. Moves are being made to weaken controls on air polluting emissions.No energy conservation is being considered for cars and otherwise. Roadless areas maynot have national protection any longer. Arctic Wildlife Refuge is threatened again.Clean water regulations to be weakened. CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)and Endangered Species Act threatened... on and on and on! The obstacles are HUGE but we can make a DIFFERENCE! We do have a chance to stop these damages. Read On!
  9. 9. THE ROADRUNNER 91. Join Sierra Club Californias Legislative Action Network at: .2. Join the National Sierra Club Action List. Go to Sierra Club Home Page for directions.3. Join the local Action List. Call Art Unger to sign up 661.323.5569.4. THEN DO IT! Write an email, write a fax, write a letter, telephone, attend a public meeting, ASK OTHERS TO DO THE SAME YOUR VOICE, joined with others, CAN MAKE OUR LEGISLATORS PAY ATTENTION AND ACT ACCORDINGLY!