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.