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October - December 2009 Toiyabe Trails Newsletter, Toiyabe Sierra Club


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October - December 2009 Toiyabe Trails Newsletter, Toiyabe Sierra Club

  1. 1. 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 <> 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. 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<>. 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. 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  3. 3. 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 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 (, 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, 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, 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, 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 (, 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 (, 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;, 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- Reservationist: Kate Allen (kj. direction of Park Ranger Bill Wolverton,now moves to the Senate floor. ing area in open flats near Cronese Lakes., 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 . . . 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. 4. 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-; Jean Dillingham (760 648-7109,; or Bryceter will include modern solar power and nity members in developing a plan for Wheeler (760 934-3764, 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 <> Please bring your own non-disposable table setting & a special dish to share for 6-8 people to share.
  5. 5. 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/ 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.