sucking bugs which appeared in the millions. Beforewe realized what was happening we had lost almostour entire planting.But we persevered and replanted (mostly sycamoresbecause we didn’t have any more oaks), and thesesycamores did well.Two years ago a new grove next to the river wasstarted with the help of Bill Cooper and Rich O’Neil.This was named the Hampson Grove after SteveHampson who had tragically died. The HampsonGrove was not connected to drip irrigation and had tobe hand watered with cat litter jugs of water that Itrucked from home. In 2009 we got a grant from theKern Wildlife Commission to purchase a 525 tank,trailer and pump. We got permission to pump waterfrom the river and our burden was lessened.This brings us to 2009 when, with the help of ScottFrazer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wereceived a couple of grants to enable us to have anirrigation system installed for a new 30-acre grove.An old well, dating from the 1940s was refurbished.In early February, with the help of many friends,including Sierra Clubbers, we gathered thousands of willow, cottonwood and mulefat cuttings and putthem in containers of water to (we thought) soon beplanted. The crucial thing was for P.G.&E. to provideelectricity for the well pump.Finally, in late April after PG&E postponements,the water system was up and running and we, withmany volunteers, planted a couple thousand trees andshrubs over the next two months. Active in workingon planting was Harry Love, a Kern-Kaweah Chapteractivist and Audubon member who organizedAudubon work parties,Meanwhile Bill Cooper, Phil Shepard and RichO’Neil constructed a nursery for the propagation andholding of nursery stock.The Hampson Grove and the nursery continue to bewatered from the trailer tank, but we have recentlyconnected a water system from the well to our firstgrove and soon will be tying our nursery and theHampson Grove to the watering system thanks to a$3000 grant awarded us by the Kern-KaweahChapter.We have made a great deal of progress in ourrevegetation but the story is not over. Volunteer or just come by and see how things are coming along.Go to our web site
to learnmore, to see where we are, and learn how to contactus.—Andy Honig
Sierra Club California is again making recommendationsfor several initiatives appearing on the upcoming ballot inNovember. For more information, see:
The Safe, Clean, and ReliableDrinking Water Supply Act of 2010.This November, California voters will vote on an $11.1billion water bond. Sierra Club California opposes thewater bond and urges voters to reject it.This bond would obligate the state to pay back more than$800 million in bond debt every year for the next 30 years.These payments would further stress our general fund,providing $800 million less for schools, parks, socialservices, police protection and fire services. It seemsunwise to add these huge annual payments to a budget witha projected shortfall of $21 billion by 2011.
No on Proposition 23:
Proposed Big Oil Initiative.Big Texas oil companies are trying to buy their way out of cleaning up their California refineries and fuels.Companies like Valero and Tesoro recently announced thatthey plan on fully funding a November ballot initiative thatwould halt clean energy efforts and pollution controlstandards aimed at cleaning up our air and atmosphere forour kids and future generations.
Yes on Proposition 25
: Proposition 25, which wouldallow state budgets to be passed by a simple majority of
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each house of the Legislature. The anti-democratic two-thirds requirement for passing budgets has createdopportunities for anti-environmental mischief. One of themost egregious examples came in 2007, when 14 SenateRepublicans held the budget hostage to their demand fornon-fiscal legislation weakening the CaliforniaEnvironmental Quality Act’s application to globalwarming.
Yes on Proposition 21:
The California State ParksInitiative. The State Parks and Wildlife Conservation TrustFund Act of 2010, would provide a stable, reliable andadequate source of funding to protect state parks andconserve wildlife.“With our state parks facing an insurmountable fundingcrisis and irreparable damage, it is essential we provide ourparks with a sustainable and reliable funding stream,” saidJim Metropulos, Senior Advocate of Sierra ClubCalifornia. “For years California’s 278 state parks havebeen an integral public asset that residents and visitorsalike enjoyed, and it is imperative we maintain thesepriceless assets for our children and future generations.”Proposition 21 would ensure a dedicated and reliablefunding stream for state parks through an $18 annual StatePark Access Pass surcharge and, in return, would providevehicles subject to the surcharge free, year-roundadmission to state parks.
PANORAMA VISTA: Chapter donates$3000 to support watering system
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