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California State Parks: Colorado District Newsletter May 2012

California State Parks: Colorado District Newsletter May 2012

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The Colorado District Newsletter shows us what we are losing by the closure of Picacho State Recreation Center (page 16 - 18) - Also learn more about the history of Picacho in newest release: Picacho and the Cargo Muchachos http://www.sunbeltbook.com/BookDetails.asp?id=449
The Colorado District Newsletter shows us what we are losing by the closure of Picacho State Recreation Center (page 16 - 18) - Also learn more about the history of Picacho in newest release: Picacho and the Cargo Muchachos http://www.sunbeltbook.com/BookDetails.asp?id=449

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Colorado Desert District Newsletter
 
RACKS
May2012
 
Inside thisissue
Abby’s new hatPage 23Keeping an eye onthe river, Page 16
ABF celebrates acquisitionof 50,000th acre for ABDSP
Pats on the back,Page 12
(Continued on Page 10)
Photos by Leslie Bellah
Called a “gathering of eagles” by Park supporter LowellLindsay, four retired District or ABDSP superintendents(above) stand together before speaking at the celebration of the Anza-Borrego Foundation’s (ABF) acquisition of the50,000th acre of land for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.The former superintendents are Mark Jorgensen, Dave VanCleve, Bud Getty and Wes Cater. Louis T. Busch (below)holds a plaque commemorating the land he and his familyhave given ABF for the Park. His father was the first donor.Standing next to him are ABF Trustee Diana Lindsay,ABDSP Superintendent Kathy Dice and ABF’s Vice Presi-dent of Land Acquisitions Delores Lukina.
 
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Salton Sea StateRecreation Area 
From the desk of Interpreter I FreddaStephens:What is a champion? By definition, a cham-pion is a person who has defeated all oppo-nents in a series of events so as to hold firstplace; this is the best competitor or supporter;he or she has met the greatest challenges andproved to be superior; this is a winner, an ar-dent defender of a cause or fight, a true war-rior. The Salton Sea is a real Park Champion.Now many champions, as we know them,are the people who are rich or famous. Thechampion species is the charismatic mega-faunathat people love so much such as mountain li-ons, bighorn sheep or bear. Champion placesare majestic mountains, oceans and rivers. Butthe real champ is the Sea. Sometimes seen asunloved and unwanted, the Sea represents allthat has gone amiss because of human distur-bance. A cruel trick of nature, a stranded bodyof water, the diverted Colorado River and tila-pia, a non-native species gone wild. The Sea is aliving lesson in resource management.But against all odds the Sea has survived. Ithas harbored millions of birds every year andthat makes it a true winner. Scores of snowbirds feed our desert economy, enjoying theweather and all of our new facilities.And the bottom line is that people do careand support our mission; maybe not with bigbucks like some other regions, but with theirhearts.We are lucky to have some help these days.The California State Park Foundation’s “Park Champion Program” has lent a hand with ourfabulous new garden project. By holding volun-teer work days throughout the year, the foun-dation provides advocates who improve thequality and safety, and protect and preserve ourstate parks.March 22 they came out to the Sea to pro-vide help with the renovation of our NativePlant Garden.The project included installing a whole newdrip irrigation system using a satellite weatherstation. The Smart Programmer picks up andtransmits information to the site from localmonitors to compensate for weather and soil
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LOG JAM: Notes from the District, sectors
Park Maintenance Assistant Lynn Jamerson(second from left) explains some of the pro-cedures to volunteers who are helping tobeautify the SSSRA.
Photos by Margaret Oakley 
Working on irrigation lines can be a pricklybusiness in the desert—just ask this volun-teer who is working at the Salton Sea StateRecreation Area.
 
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conditions. So when it is raining, it does notwater! Pretty smart!The entire garden was dug up and old pipeswere replaced by new rodent-resistant driplines and PVC piping. The volunteers broughtand planted a palo verde tree and seven othernative trees to beautify the place.Special thanks to Park Champion Coordina-tor Margaret Oakley who set up and led theproject and to Generation Water, a companyfrom Los Angeles for its dedication and people-power. They brought a crew of six students tohelp.Thanks also to Park Maintenance AssistantLynn Jamerson for all her hard work and ourskilled volunteers who also assisted.Work on our Ironwood Trail replacing plantsand signage is slated for the fall.For more information about the program gotowww.calparks.organd click on Park Champi-ons. Projects include trail repair, invasive plantremoval, habitat restoration, rehabilitation of historic resources and repair of existing struc-tures. What a great resource for us in thesehard times.Even champions can’t do it without somesupport and working together makes everyonea winner.
Palomar Mountain StatePark 
From the desk of Ranger Jessica Murany:Park Maintenance Worker I Randy Burt wasinterviewed about PMSP’s campgrounds re-opening by the North County Times. Visitwww.nctimes.comand watch the video link orread the story.Our Earth Day event was cancelled becauseof unfavorable weather predictions. And theywere correct with four inches of snow andmore to come on the day we had planned tobe grooming trails, and mulching and pruningthe historic apple trees. Stay tuned, we will
LOG JAM: District, sector notes (cont.)
Photos by Sue Barney 
A “herd” of cattle egrets in summer plumagehangs out on a shade ramada at Paddle-wheeler Boat-In Camp at Picacho State Rec-reation Area.A red naped sapsucker looks with interestat the photographer at PSRA. Their breed-ing habitat is mixed forest in the RockyMountains and Great Basin areas. They nestin cavities in dead trees. Like other sap-suckers, they drill holes in trees and eat thesap as well as the insects attracted to it.

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