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April-May 2001 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club

April-May 2001 Roadrunner Newsletter, Kern-Kaweah Sierrra Club

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THE ROADRUNNER1
The Roadrunner
X (Bimonthly Publication of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club — April/May 2001 )
 
APRIL 21ST
EARTH DAY! MUIR'S BIRTHDAY!
CHAPTER'S AWARDS BANQUET 
What could be a greater combination of dates onwhich to honor those Chapter members who have
taken action in one form or other to forward the
goals of the Sierra Club?The evening will begin with a social hour at 5
PM. Dinner will be served at 6:15. You will have a
choice of lemon chicken or spinach lasagna.
There will be no formal program after theawards, but there will be the raffle that always offersa great selection of prizes.The banquet will be held at the East BakersfieldVeterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Rd. $12.50 is the cost of the meal. Call Michelle Hoffman at (661)
835-8599 to make your reservation.
Do jot down the date on your calendar, makeyour call, and be prepared to have an enjoyablerelaxing evening seeing old friends and hearingabout what your Chapter and its groups have been
up to in the last year.
SOLAR SEMINAR BIG SUCCESS
Great information, Great audience
 
Some 200 people turned out on the evening of 
February 15 at Bakersfield's Beale Library to hearTor Allen explain California's renewable energybuy-down program. According to long-time
activists, it was one of the most well-attended Sierra
Club events in recent memory. The seminar alsogarnered good press both in the
 Bakersfield 
Californian
and on two local TV stations.Allen, director of the Rahus Institute in Martinez,also discussed how simple conservation measurescan not only help California weather the currentpower crisis, but also save consumers money.Though he spoke about lucrative subsidies forinstalling solar panels and small wind turbines,Allen made it clear that using compact fluorescentsand other energy-efficient appliances was still themost cost-effective way to cut utility bills.For information on how to qualify forCalifornia's emerging renewables buy-down
program or how to use "net-metering" to run your
kilowatt-hour meter backwards, log on to
www.energy.ca.gov/greengrid by Paul Gipe
 
SWING INTO SPRING
WELCOME TO THE BUENA VISTA GROUPOF THE SIERRA CLUB.
The new Bakersfield
group will be holding monthly meetings, probablyat the Beale Library. Call Leah Hagemei
(661-324-5213) for up-to-date info on programs,
etc.
Evening Conditioning Hike
. Every Thursday 4-5
miles in northeast Bakersfield area. Meet at 7 PM atthe Chevron station at the corner of Hwys 178 and184. Call Leaders: Eva & Gordon Nipp (661)
872-2432 or Larry Wailes (661-861-1186) for
details.
Workdays
 
(sat/sun)
 
at "
Wind Wolves
Preserve at
Historic San Emigdio Ranch." Call (661) 858-1115for complete details and future workday dates.
APRIL 5th-8th.
(thurs/sun) Mineral King Group
Car Camp to Death Valley National Park.
Driving tour and day hikes. Focus on geology;come for all or part of the weekend! Contact HaroldWood via e-mail atharold.wood@sierraclub.orgor
call 559-739-8527 for details.
APRIL 5th.
(sat)
Dedication
of 725 acre addition
to Kaweah Oaks Preserve. Tours at 10 and 11. Call
APRIL 7th-8th.
(sat/sun)
 
New
Carrizo Plain
Mon-ument. Driving tour and day hikes. Bring ownwater and food. Call Joe Fontaine at 661-821-2055or e-mailfontaine@lightspeed.netfor details.
APRIL 7th.
(sat)
S
earching for Snails.
 
Potluck, 6
PM; program, 7 PM; PMC Clubhouse. 242-0423.
APRIL 10th.
(tues)
Kern River Wildlife
Migration Corridor
.
Easy walk. Bakersfield. Meet
at 6 PM in the parking lot at River and PanoramaBoulevards. Sneakers OK, boots are better.
Beginners welcome. Leader Lorraine,
661-323-5569
APRIL 13th. (fri)
 
Mineral King Coffee Socials
Wildflower Cafe, Exeter.
APRIL 14th.
KK Ex Com, Beale Lib,
 
Bksd.,
noon.
APRIL 16th. (
mon)
Owens Peak MonthlyMeeting.
Speaker to be determined. MaturangoMuseum, 100 E. Las Flores, 7:30 PM. Call Dennis
at 760-375-7967 or Jeanie at 375-8973 for details.
APRIL 21st.
(sat)
 
Family hike
.
8:30, Pine Mtn.Club tennis courts.
 
Bring your kids! 661-242-0423.
 
2THE ROADRUNNERTHE ROADRUNNER2
APRIL 21st.
(sat)
 
 EARTH DAY.
Kern-Kaweah
Chapter Awards Banquet
.
Social Hour, 5 PM,
Dinner 6 :15 PM. Bakersfield. $12.50 See col. l, p.1.
APRIL 21st.
(sat)
Chuckwalla/Cross Mtns
. (5,203')
Hike.
We'll hope to see some wildflowers.
Moderately strenuous climbs (2-4,000'), 4.5 mi.Meet at Ridgecrest Cinemas at 7:30 AM. Call Dennis
at 760-375-7967 for more info.
APRIL 22nd
(sun)
Excursion to Antelope Valley
Indian Museum.
Lancaster area. Meet Pine Mtn.
Club tennis courts 8 AM. 661-242-7024 or 1600.
APRIL 24th.
(tues)
Gorman sump ponds. Checkingfor migrant Gorman-Grapevine birds.
 
8:30 AM,
east side of Flying J parking lot. 661-242-7922.
APRIL 28th.
(sat)
Mill Creek Hike
. Meet at 8:00AM at the Chevron station at intersection of Hwys178 & 184, just east of Mesa Marin Sports Complex.A relatively easy hike for everyone includingfamilies with children. Hopefully fire salamanders
and lots of wildflowers. Bring lunch, water, hats, &
sunscreen. Leader Larry Wailes, 661-861-1186.
APRIL 28th.
(sat)
Wildflower Hike
.
9 AM, Meet
Pine Mtn. Club tennis courts. Exact destination
dependent on wildflowers. 661-242-0432.
MAY 5th.
(sat)
Kaweah Oaks Preserve Spring
Dinner.
Tours begin at noon, social hour 5 PM,dinner 6 PM. Elegant dinner (no paper plates, nopaper tablecloths) served under oaks. $30. Call Brian,
559-627-3571.
May 11th.
(fri)
 
Mineral King Coffee Socials.
6 PM,
The Creamery,
Visalia.
MAY 12th.
(sat)
 
Excursion to Red Rock Canyon.
Meet at tennis courts,
 
PMC, 7:45 AM. 661-242-7024
or 1600
.
MAY 14th.
(mon)
 
Condor Ex-com mtg
.
1:30.Ches’ house. Call 242-0423 to check for sure. All
members are welcome.
MAY 15th.
(tues)
 
Kern River Wildlife migration
corridor.
 
Easy walk. Bakersfield. Meet at 6 PM at
the clock tower at Albertson's Market at Stockdaleand Coffee. Sneakers okay. Beginners welcome.
Leader Lorraine 323-5569.
MAY 19th.
(sat)
Wildrose Peak
(9064') in
Death
Valley NP
. We'll try again after getting snowed outin Feb. Moderate (2,000') hike, 15 person limit. Call
Dennis at 760-375-7967 for more info.
MAY 19/20th.
(sat/sun)
Lilac Festival.
Pine Mtn.
Club.
 
Visit Condor Group Booth.
May 22nd.
(tues)
Bluebird Hike. Smokey Bear
Trail.
8 AM. Pine Mtn Club tennis courts.
661-242-7922.
MAY 26th.
(sat)
 
Three Falls, Lilly Meadows.
 
Meet
at Mini-Mart, Lockwood Valley, Cuddy Valley RoadY, west of Frazier Park. 9 AM. Call 242-0423.
MAY 28th.
(tues)
Kern River Wild
Life Migration
Corridor
 
,
Easy walk. Bakersfield. Meet at 6 PM atDenise and Manor Drive at the Kern River. Call
Leader Lorraine for directions, 323-5569.
July 18th-22th.
(wed-sun) Board of Directors of National Sierra Club meeting at Wuksachi Lodge,
Sequoia
 
National
 
Park.
Opportunities to meet Boardmembers, national staff informally on forest toursand at mealtimes. Camping on your own. More
information? Call Joe Fontaine, 661-821-2055.
SOME GREAT NEWS
"Wind Wolves Preserve at Historic San EmigdioRanch," New name comes from good happenings!
The Wildlands Conservancy recently closed on thepurchase of the vast majority of the New Town site!This puts the final nail in the coffin of thatdevelopment plan, and places the land inconservation as part of Wind Wolves in perpetuity.As you may also know, last October, we purchasedthe 5700 acre Tecuya property, which washistorically, and once again is part of the SanEmigdio Ranch. "Tecuya" (as it is known) has themajority of Tecuya Creek canyon within it, and a
splendid area of valley oak savanna. "Wind WolvesPreserve at Historic San Emigdio Ranch" (which iswhat we are now calling ourselves) is now up to a
whopping 96,100 acres. We are currently in the
process of purchasing 500 acres of land adjacent to
both the Carrizo Plain and Bitter Creek NationalWildlife Refuge, which harbors the remains of thehistoric Stubblefield homestead adobe. We will likely
do some sort of restoration of the adobe.
These words are from a note from David Clendenen, Preserve Manager. This vast preserve is
located west of the north end of the Grapevine. It ishoped that this spring it will be opened to visitors.Watch for further announcements!
Congratulations
,
Thanks
to each of these letter writers
Dolph Amster, Carla Cloer, Bonnie East, Bugs and JoeFontaine, Richard Garcia, Paul Gipe, Mary Ann Henry,Michelle Hoffman, Sasha Honig, Charlene Little, Harry
Love, Ara Marderosian, Mary Moy, Eva and Gordon Nipp,
Mel Rubin, Jim Segesta, Glenn Schellcross, Georgette
Theotig, Lorraine and Arthur Unger, Larry Wailes, Harold
Wood.
They took the time and made the effort to expresstheir opinions on subjects of concern to all SierraClub members. They sent their letters to localnewspapers. Their well-expressed facts and opinionswere published, bringing much-needed information
to the reading public.
Sorry
 
if we missed anyone. Pleaselet us know for inclusion in the next issue.
 
THE ROADRUNNER
 3
WRITE RIGHT NOW 
 Be prepared to do it often!
**Bush breaks pledge to curb carbon dioxide
emissions
**4 plus billion for national parks, not as good as
it sounds! (mainly roads and facilities, not habitat
protection and restoration)**The (oil) hunt is on in the Arctic
**Bush using California energy crisis as excuseto push more oil and coal exploration with weakerregulationsAll these headlines and similar topics have raised thehackles of many, if not all, of the above-listed letterwriters who took action.
You can do it too.
 
*Write to the politicians and the media to expressyour opinions on environmental topics that dismay
you.
*Sign up for Art Unger's hotline list. He'll send youSierra Club alerts with all directions on how to takeaction. Enroll at
*sign up for
The Planet 
(see feb/march RR), and
WRITE WRITE WRITE
 
You doubt that letters have any effect? Manyattribute Clinton's taking positive action on roadlessareas and monuments to that deluge of over amillion letters expressing support. Now add yourvoice to protect what has been gained!
DON'T KNOW WHO YOUR REP IS?
TypeHouse of Representatives Home Page into yoursearch engine. Lower left-hand corner of page saysWrite Your Representative; put in your zip code andup comes the answer. Type in United States SenateHome Page for similar results. Not on web? Callyour local library!
The Sierra Nevada Framework
 Please read on!
 Attacks on the Sierra Nevada Framework Plan appear more than likely. The most protective regional plan ever 
developed by the Forest Service, it will provide protection
 for all of the Sierra's old growth forests, reduce logging to a
 fraction of historic levels, and more. Rep. George Miller is circulating a Dear Colleague
letter (see below). Please call your Representative to urge
signing of the Miller letter. The Congressional Switchboard number (202-224-3121)will connect you to your rep. Givemessage to the Member's environmental aide. The following extracts from Miller's letter will give youbackground on this project.
“On January 12, 2001 the U.S. Forest Servicecompleted an eight-year planning process byfinalizing a new management plan for the elevennational forests within the Sierra Nevada region.Based on an extensive public process, the planprovides a welcome shift from the past emphasis ontimber production, and will significantly improve
protection for the forests, watersheds, and wildlife
habitat of the Sierra. All remaining ancient forestswill be preserved, and damaged forest areas will berestored. The forest protection is balanced by anaggressive fuel reduction program in the forestsadjacent to human communities. This effort will
protect the Sierra community.”
The letter to be sent to Sec., Dept. of Agriculture:
Dear Secretary Veneman:We are writing to express our continued supportfor the Sierra Nevada regional forest managementplan. This plan will reduce the threat of devastatingwildfires while protecting the Sierra's unique naturalresources. As you know, the plan developed from anextensive eight-year planning process which
produced over 47,000 comments and included 60
public meetings. Based on public and scientific input,the plan balances the protection of the remainingancient forest with the need to intensively manage thewildland-urban interface. The plan also allows for thesubstantial implementation of the Quincy LibraryGroup Pilot Project, with modifications designed toensure the survival of the California spotted owl andother at-risk species.Throughout the process, we have encouraged theplan's developers to focus on producing a framework which is supported by the public at large and thescientific community, and can withstand legalscrutiny. This plan accomplishes those goals.
Specifically, we believe the plan significantly
increases protection for the California Spotted Owl,Pacific Fisher, and several aquatic species currentlyunder consideration for Threatened Species status. Inaddition, the extensive public comment period andscientific scrutiny make for a legally defensible land
management plan.
Obviously, forest issues are one of the mostcontroversial matters in the Department of Agriculture. The Sierra Nevada Plan genuinelyreflects a reasonable compromise developed fromextensive public input. If properly implemented, thenew management plan will help restore the Sierra'secological health, while enhancing its economicvitality. As this is one of the first major forest issuesbefore the Bush Administration, we encourage you tosupport the thousands of Californians we representand fully implement the scientifically based planwhich will protect and restore a vital component of California's natural heritage.Sincerely, George Miller
 Reprinted from SC Alert 

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