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Is NGS sue


Bear Scat or Rice 2009 Chapter election

Krispies Treats? ballots to be MAILED
to members!
taste-test of energy bars from 25 compa- NOMINATING AND ELECTION com-
nies that work to preserve the environ-
mittees of the Toiyabe Chapter and
ment, well, let’s just say that the flavor
comparisons were all over the map. We its groups are working to make
won’t name names when it comes to this 2009 election have the highest
which brand provoked the comparison turnout in recent memory. Chapter
to ursine calling cards (and what kind of members will receive ballots by
person knows what that tastes like in the U.S. mail this year, in the first week
first place?), but we’ll be happy to point of November. There is no election
you 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-September
The Taste of Power: 2009 Toiyabe Trails, along with rel-
Top Ecofriendly Energy Bars evant contacts. One clarification is
Energy bars have come a long way. that ballot counting will take placeat
When introduced more than two decades 6 pm on December 13 at the home
ago, 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 view
hard-core athletes and hikers. Today, and deep canyons leaving a permanent scar on the landscape. The route is the process. Call David von Seggern
thanks 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--while
others are still harder to swallow than
compressed wood shavings.
list the bird under the Endangered
To determine the best and worst, 15
Sierra Club staffers blind-tasted and
scored bars from 25 companies that
Ruby Pipeline: Species Act. Other sagebrush-de-
pendent wildlife which would be
work to preserve the environment. Our
eaters 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
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


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.

RUBY PIPELINE . . . Letters

continued from page 1

The Sierra Club urged FERC to correct Wild horses are to be removed . . . . In a vast area
the many problems in the pipeline EIS and Dear Editor: covering thousands of acres in BLM’s
especially to include study of an alterna- Winnemucca District in northern Ne-
tive using the West-Wide Energy Corridor
America’s last remaining wild horses
routes through Nevada. These routes were and burros are being systematically vada, plans have been announced to
designed (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 herd
the environmental footprint from develop- eastern Nevada Ely District, 1.4
ment of energy corridors. The proposed million legal acres are planned for of Montana is being gutted, reduced
Ruby pipeline appears to be exactly the type zeroing out, in spite of . . . public to a non-viable population level by
of project which the WWEC is supposed outcry. Here, the sparsely distributed BLM roundup contractors. It bears
to prevent. 620 stout wild horses that remain are mentioning that of Montana’s seven
The Sierra Club comments on the FERC
draft 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%

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

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for jan - feb- mar Bridgeport kids on first-ever
2010 issue ROL group ICO outing.
Photo by outing leader
Mauriça Anderson. Toiyabe Trails
Chair Dave Hornbeck* 775-323-6655
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Secretary Jane Feldman*
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At Large
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P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507, to help keep
At Large Jean Dillingham* 760-648-7109 our members well-informed and better able to
ESLT & AmeriCorps partnership
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Sharon Marie
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GROUP CHAIRS (EX-OFFICIO VOTING EXCOM MEMBERS) Editor – Lynne Foster (94 Mountain View
Great Basin
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David von Seggern
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ESLT IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE the renewal “The AmeriCorps program is an excellent Drive, Swall Meadows, Bishop, CA 93514-9207;
Southern NV
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DELEGATES & REPRESENTATIVES AmeriCorps Partnership. For the past three organization. It not only gets important proj- able, call first.
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-Delegate** Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429 years, ESLT along with other non-profit ects done in our community, but it provides
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build on for the rest of her or his life,” said 1st of the month for publication in the following
-Nevada Vice-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 have hosted AmeriCorps members. In 2010, Mary McGurke. month’s issue: December 1 for January-Febru-
-Desert Comm John Hiatt 702-361-1171
-Wilderness Comm Marge Sill 775-322-2867 ESLT will continue to host an AmeriCorps ESLT and AmeriCorps are currently re- ary-March; March 1 for April-May-June; June
PLAN Board Ellen Pillard member for a year of national service doingcruiting members for 2010. The AmeriCorps 1 for July-August-September; September 1 for
SC Council-Delegate Jane Feldman* 702-648-0699
-Alternate Sharon Marie Wilcox* 775-852-5075 work throughout the Eastern Sierra. member will receive skills and training, a October-November-December.
Chapter Funding TF Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429
This year, Serena Dennis joined the monthly stipend, and an education award at Submissions – Call or e-mail editor before
Conservation Co-Chair Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118 AmeriCorps program and ESLT team as the the end of their year of service. If you know deadline for late submissions. Submit news, sto-
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Energy Jane Feldman* 702-648-0699 Education and Outreach Coordinator. “The someone interested in conducting restora- ry ideas, photos, and letters-to-the-editor to the
Env. Education
Financial Review
Jean Dillingham*
Kris Cunningham
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community events, and providing education
Legal Compliance Burt Patterson 702-562-1571 all contributions. You may send contributions by
Legislative-Co-Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 vital job skills,” says Serena. “I am proud to
programs, please visit www.easternsier- e-mail or on a PC-compatible disk (Word, text,
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know that my service made a difference for to learn more. or ascii). Please send hard copy by snail mail
Mining-Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 ESLT and the local community.” This valuable work in our community is for all submissions on disk. For photo or disk
Mining-Co-Chair Glenn Mille
Nominating Jane Feldman*
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epillard@ local non-profit organization based to edit all contributions for reasons of space,
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Chapter Chair or Conservation Chair (see Chapter
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and a Girl Scout crew restore habitat at Crowley Development & Outreach Director, Center in San Francisco (415-977-5653). Also, see
Hilltop Preserve. Eastern Sierra Land Trust group pages for website addresses of groups.

Club activists swarm Capitol SAVE THE DATE!

to boost clean energy & parks bills Fall-Winter Desert Trips 2010 Western Wilderness
BY BILL MAGAVERN, SIERRA CLUB Conference: New Aims, New Allies
was 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
The 2010 Western Wilderness Conference
unteers 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 conference
our 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 who
the Capitol for briefings on how to lobby on by Lynne Foster. cares about the wild places of the
the 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, wilderness
utilities to get 33% of their power from
mittee outings in general, or to receive outings list by e-mail, please
organizations and advocates from all
clean, 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 grand
establish public processes to protect parks event. The Toiyabe Chapter and fifteen
from 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 effectively
A group of activists paid close attention Hal will regale us with tales of this wild
in Monument. Leader: Craig Deutsche (craig. for wild places
as 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 the
a 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: contact
Sierra 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 and
Pavley accepted CNRCC Desert Committee modifying barbed wire fencing, and full
Air Resources Board Finish conversion to trail of N end of old
the 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 PROPOSED
California. (Photo: covers five dinners. Info: contact leader,
accepted the award Monday morning; work Monday-Tuesday. WILDERNESS ADDITION
John 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. (Project
ols for their pathbreaking work in passing Nat’l Park, Fort Irwin is lovingly referred Goodwater (,
may change). Info: contact leader, Kate Allen
and 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 Committee
Pavley 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 TRIP
bear fruit; on August 27 the Assembly Ap-
Explore ridges, deep washes of this rela- Four wheel drive (4WD) recommended. BACKPACK
propriations Committee passed SB 14 and
SB 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 eradicating
the Assembly floor. The Senate Appropria- Area (WSA), located E of Barstow, N of Carol Wiley (760-245-8734, desertlily1@ Russian Olive from Escalante River. With
tions 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 river
who 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 gloves
contact 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,

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Summer summary & Winter outings


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. Most
Ski 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, and
compromise passed this summer. Also, (MLTPA,) is moving towards October
looking forward
the 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 and
remains in effect. urban boundary of Mammoth Lakes
spring outings
Bristlecone Pine Forest visitor cen- and Sherwin Mountains Crest. Several
will be published
ter. 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 Bryce
ter will include modern solar power and nity members in developing a plan for
Wheeler (760 934-3764,
updated 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 Drive
City Outing) of kids from Bridgeport mer in which 11 vehicles of the Eastern Club. Participants had
schools was led by Mauriça Anderson Sierra 4-wheel Drive Club took 19 a fine view of South
in 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. (Top
the 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 South
ROLG members participated exten- have not been our traditional allies Lake from the ridge by
sively 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 developing
its 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 Regional
Water Management Plan) for recog-
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 your
Group 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 pm
of the month. All Sierra Club members are in presenting to our group, please New Crowley Lake Community Ctr New Crowley Lake Community Ctr
welcome. 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!
Vice Chair
Malcolm Clark*
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-
Cons. Asst.
Mary K. Prentice*
Henning Jensen*
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
Mark Bagley
Shalle Genevieve*
760-934-9668 & Holiday Party & Potluck 6:30 pm!
Outings Bryce Wheeler 760-934-3764
Outings Asst.
Dick Baggett*
Claus Engelhardt
Chapter website Home of John & Nancy Walter (760-934-1767
(240 Mammoth Knolls Drive, Mammoth Lakes)
Publicity Mary Ann Dunigan 760-924-5982
* 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.

Range of Light Inyo NF releases Final EIS for

Motorized Travel Management
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 is
snow 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. The
conditions and weather permit. The Sunday trips will begin January 10. inventory by volunteers/users, environmental analy- selection of Modified Alternative 6 does close
The meeting place and time for both Thursday and Sunday outings will sis, and extensive some dirt roads
be the Mammoth Lakes Union Bank parking lot at 10 am. Suitable rental public involvement and adds others
equipment 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 system
treks will last about two hours. We’ll Most Nordic track or touring skis will “I believe my de- roads are 850
concentrate 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 road
welcome. We like to help newcomers wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, gloves, future by pro- as roads open to
get started. Bring water and lunch or a Bring water and lunch or hearty snack. viding a sustain- all vehicles, 122
snack 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 open
priate 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 removes
be 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 connector
shoers 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 were
the 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 National
MLTPA & Mammoth Trails: gem collectors, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Forest, which will be available to the public at
From Gate to Gateway
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 a
DECEMBER 1 Sierra Club Range of Light Group in this CD of the Final EIS and Record of Decision
newly 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/ohvroute5.shtml.
in Mammoth. As the gates swung open I
noticed three backcountry skiers sport-
ing wide grins climbing over a mound
after 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 COMMITTEE
the 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 one
of 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 ghoulish
as 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 Dead
try 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 the
organization 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 to
sources 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. You
nature,” has garnered a wide range of pub- blessed. The 15 dif- to Clair Tappaan and
can prepare it in advance or you can just
lic opinion about recreation, trails, public ferent hikes, all led by Hutchinson lodges
bring a photo or some other reminder of your
access, 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. This
GPS 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 at
passage 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? The
used 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 and
Trails,” 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 at
monthly to discuss common goals of stew- highlight was a reunion the builders of CTL, and Christa Baker. 19940 Donner Pass
ardship, 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* 305-298-6191
Group.” 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 of
to help design a recreational plan for a land- Treasurer Jerry Yeazell 530-588-8216
mark 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 local
Mammoth 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 the
passionate, 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* 775-588-4565
obstacles, 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 encourage
opportunity — 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 to
lands. 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.
6 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2009 Toiyabe Trails Toiyabe Trails OCTOBER - NOVEMBER -DECEMBER 2009 7

conservation roundup N ational parks are the best idea we ever had.
Sierra Meadow Forum
October 15, 2009 • Kings Beach, CA
How much do they eat?
Hoofed animals on public lands
. . . they reflect us at our best rather than our worst. by Tina Nappe

News briefs Keeping the

— Wallace Stegner
This forum brings together
experts and other interested stakehold-
ers invested in meadow research and
T here is a tendency to argue “animal rights” to public lands based
on numbers of ungulates (hooved animals). Nevada ungulates
include livestock (cows, sheep, horses), free-roaming horses, burros,
by marge sill birds from restoration from across the Sierra to
share studies, information and advice on bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and elk. Ungulates
generally prefer Nevada’s native grasses, forbs (flowers), and some
Bob Abbey confirmed as Head of the be very much missed in Nevada and disappearing, WATER SPLIT:
meadow science, meadow restoration
approaches and building capacity and shrubs, like bitterbrush. Ungulates generally cannot utilize sagebrush,
Part II
BLM. Before the U.S. Senate adjourned Eastern California.
support for future meadow restoration.
Bad deal for Utah
for its August recess, it confirmed the Celebrate the Wilderness Act! Sep- which has an unpalatable alkaloid. As a result, sagebrush expands as
The National Fish & Wildlife Founda- the overgrazed grasses and forbs disappear.
appointment of Bob Abbey as Head of tember 3 marked the 45th anniversary (Part I appeared in the July-August-
tion . . . Horses and cows can consumes about 5  AUMs a year on pub-
the Bureau of Land Management. Bob of the signing of the Wilderness Act into September Toiyabe Trails)
by Rose Strickland • has made Sierra meadow restoration weigh 1000 pounds. lic lands. In Nevada Livestock AUMs
served as Nevada BLM state director for law. In honor of this historic occasion,
President Obama has proclaimed Sep- While some bird species are one of its keystone initiatives under The Natural Re- have dropped from 2,198,371 in l971 to
several years and was highly regarded
by all the conservationists in the state
for his intelligence, willingness to lis-
tember as the month to celebrate wilder-
ness and recognize the importance of
holding their own, many once-
common species are declining
A lazy summer in the Nevada water wars was interrupted by a surprise announcement in
August from Utah and Nevada negotiators. A draft split of shared groundwater
climate change adaptation
• has recently come out with the
sources Conserva-
tion Service (NRCS)
963,417 in 2007.
By contrast, one of the ungulates shar-
ten, and love of the land. Most believe wilderness to the country. sharply in population. “Habitat has been ordered by Congress as a part of the 2004 Lincoln County Lands Act. Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration uses 26 pounds of ing the same land as a cow or horse is
Business Plan
that he will steer the BLM in the right Jon Jarvis confirmed as Head of availability and quality are the Members of the Great Basin Water Network had been awaiting the long delayed air-dry forage per day as the standard the pronghorn antelope. A female (doe)
• is devoting funds in the form of
direction for wilderness, national con- National Parks. The U.S. Senate has (by hydrological model problems) release of the Environmental Impact Statement forage demand for a 1000-pound cow pronghorn antelope weighs 75-105
keys to healthy, thriving bird grants to help achieve the goals out-
servation areas, and alternative energy confirmed Jon Jarvis as the new head or horse. This is called an AUM (animal pounds and a buck
of the National Parks. This appointment populations,” said Dave Mehlman on the proposed 300+ mile pipeline from E. Nevada to S. Nevada. lined in the plan   unit month). 85-130. A pronghorn
facilities. Date, time, & place. Thursday,
Forest Supervisor retires. Ed Mon- has been hailed by park enthusiasts all of The Nature Conservancy. The “deal” announced by state bureaucrats an “up or down vote” on the pipeline at a Free-roaming horses graze on public antelope moving
Surveys conducted by the U.S. Fish on August 13 is also a mandate to protect quickly called meeting of the SNWA Board October 15, 2009; 9:30 am to 4 pm; lands year round. In the spring, they lightly on the land
nig, Forest Supervisor for the Hum- over the country as setting a new direc-
and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geo- North Tahoe Conference Center, Kings graze on emerging grasses; they also nibbles 0.2% AUM
bolt-Toiyabe National forest for the tion for the management and funding of the many existing local water rights users of Directors on August 20. The vote was
Beach, CA. graze during drought and winter, when per month. No over-
past three years, announced that he national parks, considered by many all logical Survey, including the annual and the health of the aquifer before any ex- somehow mysteriously transformed into an Information. To find out more, no plant growth occurs. Under the l971 grazing has been documented.
will retire Dec. 31, 2009. No successor over the world to be the great legacy of Breeding Bird Survey, combined portation of water unnecessary “con- including agenda and Sierra Nevada Wild Horse and Burro Act, the “thriving Humankind has introduced its
has been named as yet. Ed has proved the United States. The Sierra Club has with data gathered through volun- from Snake Val- tinue pipeline stud- Meadow Restoration Business Plan,
to be a fine supervisor in every way. established a task force to make sure teer citizen science program such ley. Unfortunately, ies” and passed 6-0, visit: http://www.sierranevadaal-
natural ecological balance” population domestic animals all over the world.
He has worked hard to make sure the that national parks are fulfilling the pur- as the National Audubon Society’s for horses in Nevada is 12,600. The Cats, dogs, horses, pigs, goats, sheep,
what is character- after Directors heard BLM estimates that over 20,000 horses
largest forest outside of Alaska is run pose for which they were established. etc., have thrived at the expense
Christmas Bird Count, show once- ized as a “50-50” heartfelt statements shtml?index=1251226153_28331&ca are now living in the driest state in the
well and has worked closely with con- For further information, please contact of native plants and animals. Jared
abundant birds such as the northern split, based on by opponents and t=&loc=&listpage=1.

© Erik Holland 2009.

servationists to protect the lands. Ed has Joe Fontaine ( Union: Nevada.
bobwhite and marbled murrelet are an overestima- scripted support by Diamond’s book Collapse docu-
practiced an “open door” policy which who is representing California and Under public pressure, livestock use of
assures that he listens to all points of Nevada on the task force. declining significantly. The possibil- tion of available the business com- 16th Annual Sierra public lands has been reduced to protect ments human (and domestic animals)
destruction of native species. Let’s
view before making decisions. He will ity of extinction also remains a cold groundwater from munity. Nevada Alliance plants. Livestock use of public lands
ensure that the Great Basin and Mo-
reality for many endangered birds.
Citizen science plays a critical role
a single study with Sierra Club and Conference is generally limited to a few months.
To protect new plant growth, livestock jave Deserts maintain their resiliency
67% reliability, Great Basin Wa- & Sierra IRWMP Summit
Walker Lake: in monitoring and understanding the should be released late in spring. When and ability to thrive — a Sierra Club
threats to these birds and their habi-
actually provides
more like 80% of
ter Network activ-
ists are studying
October 16-18, 2009 not on public lands livestock go to priority — by managing how many
Water acquisitions coming soon tats, and only citizen involvement unallocated water the 11-page draft Kings Beach, CA market or live on private lands. A cow cows and horses use public lands.
by Rose Strickland to Nevada. Agreement and will Join us once again along the shore
The deal also in- submit comments of Lake Tahoe for a weekend full of Mt. Grafton Wilderness Service Trip
N evadans welcomed the release of the long-awaited Environmental
Impact Statement on acquiring water rights for Walker Lake. The
lake is not only a local, national, and international treasure, but one
cludes a separate
agreement between the state of Utah and the
by the deadline of
September 30. At this point, the Agreement
informative workshops, speakers and
terrific networking!
Date & place. Friday-Sunday, Octo-
by vicky hoover

In July 2009, the Sierra Club’s

Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) for appears not to comply with the Congres-
of a few terminus lakes in the world. Falling lake levels and rising “monitoring and mitigation” of SNWA pump- sional mandates, as well as being based on ber 16-18, 2009; North Tahoe Confer- CA/NV Wilderness Committee
salt concentrations have been threatening the survival of the fragile ence Center, Kings Beach, CA. sponsored a service trip with BLM’s
ing impacts in Nevada on Utah farmers who an unrealistic estimate of available water. Theme. “Celebrating the Nature of
lake ecosystem and fisheries in rural Mineral County, Nevada. The are down the flow system. No such protections In addition, it does not provide an equitable Ely, Nevada office in White Pine
the Sierra”
EIS had to be completed before already-appropriated federal funds are proposed for pumping impacts in Nevada, share to Utah and fails to protect both exist- County’s new Mt. Grafton Wilder-
Registration. Visit: https://secure.
set aside to aid terminus lakes could be used. although the Agreement warns of many “chang- ing water rights users and the environment ness; eight volunteers worked hard
Thanking the Bureau of Reclama- version program, ways of monitoring Greater sage grouse. (Photo: es” in the aquifer and native plants. on both sides of the state boundary. Stay form/index.shtml. to dig up, and carry out to the wil-
tion for developing the EIS, many the effectiveness of the water delivery Ted Schroeder, © Cornell Lab of A few quick briefings were announced, tuned! Information. Visit: http://www.sierra- derness boundary, two sections of
Lake enthusiasts testified in August in program, and ways of enforcing re- Ornithology.)
along with a short comment period. A bus- Info. For more details on the water wars, culvert that had been buried under a
support of the quirements for can help address them, said National load of local residents joined Las Vegas see the chapter website: shtml?index=1047408021_12424. former road — no longer needed.
acquisition up-river water Audubon Society’s Bird Conserva- conservationists to testify against the pro-, and the GBWN website: www.  — contributed by Robert W. Collier,
program and diversions. tion Director, Greg Butcher.
Alternative The Bureau posed deal and. The residents also asked for Americorps Member, Water & Climate
Conservation action can only make a Change Program Assistant, Sierra
1 which best will be urged
protects and to include lo- real difference when concerned people Nevada Alliance (robert@sierrane-
as endangered or threatened. In addition, cies, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Klamath
restores Walk- cal conserva- support the kind of vital habitat res-
toration and protection measures this more than 184 species are designated as Bird Observatory, National Audubon Soci-
er Lake. The tionists and species of conservation The Sierra Nevada Alliance’s mission is to pro-
Sierra Club, representa- report explores. ety, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. tect and restore the natural environment of the
t h e Wa l k e r tives of Min- Birds are beautiful as well as eco- concern due to a small Geological Survey. Sierra Nevada for future generations while en-
distribution, high-level suring healthy and sustainable communities.
Lake Working eral County nomically important and a priceless The complete report is available at www.
Group, and as integral part of America’s natural heritage. of threats, or declining Contact: Pat Leonard,
many other parts of the Birds are also highly sensitive to populations. Cornell Lab of Ornithology (607-254-2137,
L a k e s u p - Walker Lake water elevations continue to fall due entity which environmental pollution and climate The U.S. Fish and The Cornell Lab of
Don’t forget
porters will to upstream diversions of the Walker River. The is created to change, making them critical indica- Wildlife Service coor-
be submitting declining elevation causes increased salinity and oversee the
tors of the health of the environment dinated creation of the Western
Ornithology is a membership institution to visit the
written com- is shifting the lake’s ecology so that it will no longer acquisition of dedicated to interpreting and conserving the
ments to the support fish. (Photo: Oct 2008, D. Ghiglieri.) water rights on which we all depend. new report as part of the meadowlark.
The United States is home to a earth’s biological diversity through research,
Bureau to urge for the resto- U.S. North American (Photo: Donald
rejection of the No Action Alternative ration of Walker Lake and the Walker tremendous diversity of native birds, Metzner, © Cornell
Bird Conservation Ini- Lab of Ornithology.)
education, and citizen science focused on website
and to support acquisition from willing River basin. with more than 800 species inhabit- birds. Visit the Lab’s web site at www.birds.
sellers. Several provisions should be Info. For more information on Walker ing terrestrial, coastal, and ocean tiative, which includes <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.
included in Alternative 1 in the final Lake, see the chapter website: www. habitats, including Hawaii. Among partners from American Bird Conservancy, — 2009 news release courtesy of
EIS: ways of using funds for a crop con- these species, 67 are Federally-listed the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agen- Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Great Basin Group

All phone numbers are 775 unless otherwise noted.
ALL events include conservation education activities.
CST Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator
Ref. No. 2008-0041 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute
approval by the State of California.
Great Basin Group OCTOBER 3-4 OCTOBER 5-11
Black Rock Hot Springs Tour & Car Toiyabe Crest Through Backpack. Multi-
Group News Camp. Visit at least three, maybe more, hot
springs in Black Rock NCA. Learn where
day backpack, 65 mi, on Toiyabe Crest
National Recreation Trail, for experienced
they are so you can revisit at your leisure! backpackers only. Join Friends of Nevada
In Memoriam The weather is starting to cool off, there
will be few visitors. Also check out Burn-
Wilderness, GBG, Austin/Tonopah Ranger
District’s Wilderness Ranger to experience
Catherine Smith & Amy Mazza ing Man site’s cleanup efforts. Learn about the work that FNW has completed over sum-
this National Conservation Area. Call ahead mer. This rugged, wild place is the ultimate
T he conservation community is saddened by the untimely deaths of
two wonderful women — Catherine Smith and Amy Mazza.
Catherine served for two years as the Chair or to hear her play the flute around the
for details. Trip limit 10. DL. Info: contact
leader, David Book (843-6443, dbook@ Easy.
Nevada hiking experience. Learn about land
management and resources on Humboldt-
Toiyabe. To minimize impact, trip limit of
of the Toiyabe Chapter, was active in campfire at night. OCTOBER 3 (SATURDAY) 6. Carpooling, shuttle required. FNW will
advocating for Nevada wilderness leg- Amy was a fine artist and expressed her provide transportation. ND. Leaders: Wes
Snow Valley Peak. Hike from Spooner
islation, and for protection of the land. love of the land in her beautiful paintings Hoskins (762-6730), David Kiell USFS
Summit off Hwy. 50 to Snow Valley Peak.
Her most recent Sierra Club effort was of Nevada’s wild places, most of which Wilderness Ranger. Strenuous.
About 12 mi RT, 2000 ft gain, 8a-4p.
participation in the Sheldon restoration she explored tirelessly for many years. Fast-paced outing. Views of Lake Tahoe, OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY)
effort in June of this year. As a life-long She illustrated books on wilderness Sierra Crest, Marlette Lake, parts of Carson Galena Park Service Outing. Help your
believer in the principle of the “web of and designed a logo for the Black Rock Valley. Learn some history of area. ND. crippled Washoe County Parks with service
life”, she worked tirelessly for the rights Desert-High Rock Canyon National Con- Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. day at Galena Park. Work under supervision
of women, children, and people of color, servation Area. Amy dedicated her recent strenuous. of county parks staff person, doing what-
as well as for the environment. An ac- efforts to opposing sprawl and preserving OCTOBER 4 (SUNDAY)
complished musician and scholar, she scenic values in Northern Nevada. Donner Peak, Mt. Judah Roller Pass.
introduced many young people to the Those of us who were privileged to This 8 mi loop-hike will take us to “window
importance of music in human history know Catherine and Amy will attempt to east” at Donner Peak’s modest 8000-ft
through her teaching. She loved the to carry on their magnificent work in summit. Then over nearby Mt. Judah for un-
outdoors, and many of us had the op- their memory. restricted vistas. Dropping down to historic
Roller Pass, return rapidly on Pacific Crest
portunity to accompany her on the trail – Marge Sill
Trail. Total gain 1200 ft, 8 mi RT, 8:30a-3p.
DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336-7698,
Earth Day is every day! Great Basin Group Events Moderate.
with many opportunities to think Group program meetings 2009 Holiday Party
about the Earth and our responsi- Great Basin Group members enjoy the
bility for its care. However, Earth “Exploring Nevada in Virtual Reality” Patagonia Service Center
deck overlooking Galena Creek at the
Day, is not just a one day event. Program Meeting: Oct. 8 (Thursday) Saturday, December 5, 6 -10 pm summer “Keep Washoe Wild” party
An easy way to commit to the Time: 7 pm social, 7:30 Program. BY DAVID VON SEGGERN,
Location: Bartley Ranch held July 19 at Galena Park’s Fish
Earth’s care is with our shopping habits. We can VONSEG1@SBCGLOBAL.NET Hatchery. About 100 people attended.
vote with our wallets and support responsible Regional Park, Reno.
MEMBERS AND GUESTS are all invited to
companies and products when we shop; mak- University of Nevada at Reno professor, ever is high on their list of unmet needs due
Howard Goldbaum, will demonstrate how attend the Great Basin Group holiday
ing a difference every time we spend money. to cutbacks in operational funds. Call for
modern digital media on the Internet can cre- party at the Patagonia Outlet in north- meeting time, details. ND. Leader: David
The Better World Shopping Guide is a
handy pocket guide that rates companies and ate “sense of place experiences” using virtu- west Reno (8550 White Fir St., Reno). von Seggern (303-8461).
products according to five key issues; human al reality programming. From remote desert Located next to the Truckee River, Pa-
rights, the environment, animal protection, environments, to hidden caves, to restricted tagonia has again donated their facility
community involvement, and social justice. access government sites, we will explore for our party which promises to be a lot OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY)
They use records from the past 20 years to various out-of-the way Nevada locations of fun! Lundy Canyon Day Hike. Lots of color,
analyze and rate companies for their social using virtual reality and 3-D visualization We will have live mu- waterfalls. A bit of drive, but worth it!
and environmental records. techniques. All programs are free and open About 6 mi with under 1000 ft gain, 8a-5p.
sic, mixer games, door DL. Leader: Kim Glasgow (kfcaloha@att.
Check out their website at www.betterworld- to the public. For more information, contact prizes, awards, and a to find details on how they rate Valerie Andersen at (775) 828-0302. net). Moderate.
slide show. Come meet
companies. This site provides a printer friendly your friends and celebrate our year. Par- OCTOBER 10 (SATURDAY)
list of the “Ten Best Companies” plus a list of “Nevada’s Environmental Legacy” 101 Mile Hiking Party! Celebrate an-
small companies you may not be familiar with
tiers are asked to bring a dish and their
Program Meeting: Nov. 12 (Thursday) beverage of choice (alcoholic beverages
Please see GB CALENDAR, page 9.
that also have exceptional records. Time: 7 pm social, 7:30 Program.
As you shop, support products and compa- Location: Bartley Ranch
are permitted).
nies that have proven track records in their For more information, call David von
commitment to the Earth!
Regional Park, Reno.
James Hulse is a lifetime Nevadan and a Seggern (303-8461) or Cathy Schmidt Don’t forget
professor emeritus of history at the University
of Nevada, Reno. His
(323-6316). to visit the
what we intend to do. Dr. Hulse is the
David von Seggern* --
newest book, Nevada’s
Environmental Leg- author of several books about Nevada Great Basin Group
Holly Coughlin* --
Julie Woodard* --
a c y : P ro g re s s o r
Plunder (published
history, including The Silver State: Nevada’s
Heritage Reinterpreted, now in a third
Treasurer Chip Latham* -- earlier this year by edition. All programs are free and open to <
Conservation David von Seggern -- the university press), the public. For more information, contact
Distribution Carol Tresner -- Valerie Andersen at (775) 828-0302.
reflects his idea that we
Energy Jeff Hardcastle --
Nevadans have been
Membership Cathy Schmidt*
Holly Coughlin* --
neglecting the many Great Basin Group ExCom Meeting & the
environmental threats
Political Chip Latham* --
that have developed
We meet on the first Monday of the month,
6:30 pm, at the Cathexes Bldg, 2nd and Bell.
Chapter website
Programs Valerie Andersen* --
Webmaster Howard Goldbaum --
over the last century and a half. He will For info, contact chair, David von Seggern <>
* ExCom members ask what we are doing about them and (303-8461).
other great year of trips with Great NOVEMBER 29 (SUNDAY)
Basin Group. Bring your card to show off Great Basin Group Ophir Creek Overlook Day Hike. Mod.
your totals, even if you didn’t quite make
it, or perhaps you just were late starter (It’s
okay, we all began sometime). Photos of
Calendar easy 5 mi RT to seldom visited overlook,
which is about 600 ft (total hike ascent)
above where Ophir Creek starts to descend
our outings would be greatly appreciated. continued from page 8 toward Washoe Lake 3200 ft below. Most
We’ll supply main course, all cutlery, water. of hike is on southbound TRT, 9:30-2p.
Please bring appetizer, salad, or dessert, some flora, fauna. About 10-12 mi RT, over class. Would you literally be lost without DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336-7698;
BYOB. Feel free to bring friend so they 2500 ft gain, 8:30a-5p. Take non-traditional a leader? Come on this beginning map, Mod. easy.
can see how much fun we have trekking all off-trail route to return which involves scree compass class, learn basic outdoor skills. DECEMBER 5 (SATURDAY)
over this area. Chuck is graciously hosting (fun to ski). Good knees a must. DOK. Part “classroom,” then easy, local hike to Waterfall in Winter Day Hike. Many
this year’s party at his home, 6-9p. Please Leaders: Holly, Mike (331-7488). Mod. top of Rattlesnake Mountain to put skills of you are familiar with waterfall on Mt.
call Chuck (786-2988) for details or Holly strenuous. into practice. Bad weather cancels. Trip Rose Trail ... did you know that it freezes
(331-7488) for questions. Fun! OCTOBER 30 (FRIDAY) limit 10. DOK. Leader: David Book (843- on outside, keeps flowing in winter? Learn
OCTOBER 11 (SUNDAY) Nevada Day Hike. Celebrate our state 6443). Easy. about Mt. Rose area. No cotton clothing,
Biz Johnson Mountain Bike Ride. Terrific holiday with traditional peak bag of our NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) bad weather will cancel. Trip limit 10, 9a-
ride out of Susanville on old railroad bed. local landmark, Peavine Mtn (8300 ft). North on TRT from Spooner Summit. 2p. DL. Leader: David Book (843-6443).
Ride about 20-22 mi on trail heading toward Find novel route up back side.About 10 mi Follow TRT N (ascending 1000 ft from Mod. easy.
Westwood, 8:30a-5p. Helmet required. Fall RT, 3300 ft gain, 9a-4p. Learn a lot about Spooner Summit) for several milesi, DECEMBER 5 (SATURDAY)
colors should be fantastic. ND. Leaders: diverse habitats we climb through. If lucky, taking advantage of interesting off-trail Ridgeline to Tamarack Peak Day Hike.
Holly, Mike (331-7488). Moderate. see some migrating mule deer. DL. Leader: viewpoints, photo ops of Lake Tahoe. For this popular destination, ascend 1000
Ridge Walker (853-8055; Trail is rather low, between 7000-8000 ft, ft mostly off-trail. Within 2.5 mi reach
Mod. strenuous. so very little snow, if any. About 8-9 mi Tamarack Peak (9900 ft) summit for lunch,
OCTOBER 31 (SATURDAY) RT, 1000 ft gain, 8:30a-3p. DOK. Leader: breath-taking views of whole 22 mi down
Dayton to Silver City Day Hike. Visit Gary Hanneman (336-7698; gphanneman@ Lake Tahoe. Shouldn’t need snowshoes
Rock Point Mill site, then head out to find Moderate. (yet). Total trip 5 mi RT, 1000 ft gain,
support sites for aerial buckets that brought NOVEMBER 21 (SATURDAY) 9:30-2p. DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman
ore to mill from Silver City. Then follow old Cleaver Peak Day Hike. Second in series (336-7698;
wagon road up to outskirts of Silver City of highest peaks in local mountain ranges: Moderate.
to find lovely spot under pinyon pines for Cleaver Peak is in Desert Mountains near DECEMBER 6 (SUNDAY)
lunch. Optional strenuous climb up to ridge Silver Springs. About 7 mi RT, 1500 ft Churchill Butte Day Hike. Third in series
line with T A and return. Otherwise, trip is gain, 8:30a-4pm. Learn some history of of highest peaks in local mountain ranges.
6 mi RT, 800 ft gain, 9a-3p. ND. Leaders: area. Cross country. ND. Leader: T A Taro Churchill Butte, near Silver Springs. Scale
Donna Inversin (775-315-6763), T A Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. strenuous. butte overlooking historic Fort Churchill,
(775-530-2935). Mod. NOVEMBER 22 portions of emigrant wagon route, ancient,
easy. (SUNDAY) modern Lake Lahontan, Pony Express Trail,
Volunteers dig hard on the July NOVEMBER 1 Fort Churchill Lincoln Highway. Learn history of area.
2009 service trip to the new Grafton
Wilderness Area in White Pine
Castle, Basin Peaks
It’s not just Loop Day Hike.
Park at entrance
About 9.5 mi RT, at least 1800 ft gain, all
in first 4 mi, 8:30a-4p. Parts of hike are off-
County. (Photo: Vicky Hoover.)
Bag. Loop hike, 12
mi RT, 2100 ft gain, a good basin, to State Park,
follow trail to
trail with steep descents. ND. Leader: T A
Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. strenuous.
8a-4p. First stop is fort. Spend some DECEMBER 6 (SUNDAY)
Snow Valley Peak Day Hike. All day hike
up North Canyon from Spooner Lake, up
famous (triple) Cas- it’s a time exploring Spanish Springs Peak Day Hike. From
tle Peak. Then fol- old Fort build- Sparks to Dry Lake Basin near Spanish
toward Marlette Lake, but with right turn
up ridge to bag Snow Valley Peak (9214 ft.
low cliffside saddle GREAT BASIN! ings before going Springs Peak. This basin is unusual field
trail over to Basin down to Carson of small rocks laid bare by erosion. See
Stroll up new trail through aspen-filled glens,
Peak and drop down River. Follow petroglyphs along way, enjoy autumn air.
expect to see great fall colors, plus fantastic
(off-trail) to nearby trail along river, Gain about 1000 ft, 10 mi RT, mostly on dirt
views of Lake Tahoe. If lucky, we might see
PCT for easy return. back to highway, roads, some cross country, 9a-4p . DL. Lead-
some ospreys and eagles. About 11 mi RT,
DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336- cars. About 6 mi RT, no gain, 9a-3p. DOK ers: David von Seggern (303-8461), Donna
2200 ft gain, 8:30a-4p. DL. Leaders: Ridge
7698; Mod. on leash. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315- Inversin (775-315-6763). Moderate.
Walker (853-8055;, Vesna
strenuous. 6763). Easy.
Koracin (324-4092). Mod. strenuous. DECEMBER 13 (SUNDAY)
OCTOBER 18 (SUNDAY) Virginia Mountains Desert Day Hike.
State Line Peak Day Hike. Ascend State OUTINGS MEETING. Calling all Outings Trek in fabulous mountain range NE of
Under Mt. Houghton’s Shadow. Cross
Line Peak in Ft. Sage Mountains N of Reno. Leaders interested in learning about outings! Reno. Destination determined by weather
Mt. Rose Meadow, then climb small canyon
About 3000 ft gain, 10 mi RT, 70% off-trail, Join us for fun social event that helps us conditions. Bad weather cancels. About 6-
to reach Mt. Rose trail junction at 9600
8a-4p. Learn about precarious rocks, enjoy generate all these great outings everyone 8 mi, 1200 ft possible gain, 9a-4p. Views
ft. Then go off-trail to lunch at bottom of
splendid views, sign in at seldom visited enjoys. Bring dish to share. All beverages, of Pah Rah Range, Dog Skin Mountains,
nearby Mt. Houghton’s northerly moon-
peak. DL. Leaders: David von Seggern possibly Pyramid Lake. DOK.
scape. Total gain 1200 ft, 8 mi RT, -3p.
(303-8461), Ileana Tibuleac (781-258-3619). Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-
DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (336-7698;
Mod. strenuous. 7488). Moderate. Moderate.
Mt. Davidson Day Hike. First in series of Carson River Railroads near
Spooner to Marlette Lake Day Hike.
highest peaks in local mountain ranges; Mt. Moundhouse. About 12 mi one
Lots of fall color. About 8 mi RT, 800-
Davidson is in Virginia Range overlooking way with vehicle shuttle. Gain
1000 ft gain, 9a-4p. Learn about flora. DL.
Virginia City.About 7 mi loop, 1000 ft gain, under 1000 ft. Hike along scenic
Leader: Kim Glasgow (
8a-4p. Parts off-trail, steep, with brush. See Carson River Canyon, learn about
segment of an old wooden flume which two railroads of Comstock era.
OCTOBER 24 (SATURDAY) brought water to VC. ND. Leader: T A Taro: Parts of hike are cross-country.
Buckland Station South of Silver Springs (775-530-2935). Moderate. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-
Day Hike. Nearly 12 mi RT loop hike on NOVEMBER 8 (SUNDAY) 2935). Moderate.
flat ground starts at historic Buckland Sta-
Horse Thief Canyon Day Hike. Come JANUARY 1, 2010 (FRIDAY)
tion, proceeds downstream along Carson
out, enjoy last of fall season in area known Annual New Year’s Day Assault
River, 8:30a-5p. Enjoy riparian habitat, fall
for aspen bursting with color. Beginning of on Prison Hill. Climb Prison Hill
leaves. Return on segment of Pony Express
Trail route. Learn some history of area.
hike is steep, with water cascading nearby The Grafton group celebrates a successful in Carson City then follow ridge
in creek. Lunch on rocks overlooking entire culvert-removing service trip (Photo: Vicky line S, dropping back down near
Option to tour remains of Fort Churchill on
canyon. About 8 mi, 2000 ft gain, 8:30a- Hoover.) Mexican Dam. Follow Mexican
your own after hike. ND. Leader: T A Taro
4p. Optional stop at Grover’s Hot Springs Ditch trail back to cars. Bring left
(775-530-2935). Moderate. eating implements are supplied. Meet at
afterward. DOK. Leaders: Holly, Mike over goodies you want to get rid of to share.
OCTOBER 25 (SUNDAY) Gracie’s home off Vista Dr. in Sparks about
(331-7488), Vesna Koracin (324-4092). Dogs not recommended. Alternate hike if
Freel Peak Day Hike. Fabulous trek offers 6:30pm. Plan for January, February, March.
Mod. stenuous. there is heavy snow. About 6 mi RT, 1100
spectacular vistas of Tahoe, Carson Valley. Call Gracie (233-6404) for directions or
NOVEMBER 14 (SATURDAY) Holly (331-7488) for questions. Fun! ft gain. DL. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-
Fall colors should still be nice. Learn about
Lost Without a Leader? Map & Compass 315-6763). Moderate.

Southern Nevada Group

Mojave All phone numbers are 702 unless otherwise noted.

Monitor (Please use email when leaders state that they prefer email,
especially if you have a long distance telephone number.)
Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator Ref. No. 2008-0041.
Southern Nevada Group
OCTOBER (DATE-TBA) gain. Leader: Gary Beckman (648-2983).
Tule Springs “Ice Age Park,” North Las Level 2.
Group News Vegas. Join representatives from Protec- OCTOBER 5 (MONDAY)
tors of Tule Springs in visiting largest late GROUP EXCOM MEETING. Time & Place:
Pleistocene paleontology site in American 6-8:30p; local Sierra Club office, 732 S. 6th
Monthly meetings southwest, located just stone’s throw away St. (at Gass Ave.), Ste. 200B. All members
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for The next ExCom meeting dates are from Las Vegas metropolitan area. Learn welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham
about endemic, endangered flora in area; (285-6832,
the second Wednesday of every month Mondays, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7. why area needs protection; and how you
(except August and holidays) for the All members welcome. Info: Kristine OCTOBER 11 (SUNDAY)
can become steward of this unique place
MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING Cunningham (285-6832). in our desert. Sierra Club members only. Pine Creek, RRCNCA. After about 1.5
at 7:30 pm. Come socialize, learn what’s The next NEW & PROSPEC- About 3 mi RT. Limit 25. Check SNG mi. on trail, start lots of rock scrambling in
going on in the environmental com- very deep sandstone canyon. Expect to see
TIVE MEMBER ORIENTA- website for update. Contact: Yuki Takagi
some fall color. Where did green go? About
munity, and hear and see an interesting, TION has not been scheduled at (263-7327, yuki.takagi@toiyabe.sierraclub.
org). Level 1. 6 mi RT. Leader: David Hardy (875-4549,
educational slideshow program. See press time. It precedes the general; e-mail
the Calendar (pages 10-11) for dates meeting in the same room at 7 OCTOBER 3 (SATURDAY) preferred). Level 2-3.
and details. pm. Info: please call Taj Ainlay Cathedral Rock, Kyle Canyon, SMNRA.
MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT. Family hike: all ages (little kids, too!).
MEETINGS precede the General To put an announcement in our lo- Friendly dogs welcome. Cool fall tempera-
tures, autumn colors (golden aspen trees), Place: 6-7p, before General Meeting; NV
Meeting in the same room from 6-7 pm. cal monthly announcement sheet Energy Bldg. (see next). Program: TBA.
The next ConsCom meetings are Wednes- awesome view of canyon and surrounding
(available at the General Meet- mountains at top of “Rock.” Learn some Learn about many issues S. NV Group is
days, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. Contact: jane ing), please send a brief e-mail to
Feldman ( geology, too. About 2.8 mi RT, 1000 ft Please see SN CALENDAR, page 11.
Rita (
GROUP EXCOM MEETINGS are no later than Tuesday afternoon
6 - 8:30 pm on the first Monday of each
month, except August, when the first
before the meeting. To make a brief
announcement at the meeting, check
Glacier National Park Service Trip
Monday is a holiday. Location: Sierra with Rita, Gary, or another officer improves historic ranger stations
Club Office, 732 S. 6th St. (at Gass before the meeting. BY LINDA NATIONS
Ave.), Suite 220B (upstairs), Las Vegas.

Meet our new Senior Regional Rep

M ore than 20 Sierra Club members traveled to Polebridge in the remote
northwest corner of Glacier National Park, Montana, for volunteer
work on August 24-28, 2009. Organized by Ed Rothfuss, former Chief
for S. Nevada Field Office Park Naturalist, Glacier National Park, and Brooke Linford, NPS Volunteer
BY YUKI TAKAGI Coordinator, the group included
18 from the Southern Nevada
T he Southern Nevada Group is excited to in-
troduce a new Sr. Regional Representative for
the Southern Nevada Field Office to our members.
Group, one from the Great Basin
Group, one from the Austin Group
in Texas, and one field recruit
His name is Rob Disney, and prior to joining the
Our Bridge in Polebridge. Dave
Sierra Club he worked in the Crisis Corps program Luttman leans over guardrails of
for the Peace Corps and was active with its union. a 250-foot bridge to apply paint
While with the Crisis Corps, he managed disaster evenly. Paint crew not pictured:
assistance projects including Hurricane Katrina Marion Ammerman, Norma Biggar,
Rob Disney, our new Howard & Ursula Booth, Susan Call,
and the Tsunami of 2004. Barbara Gerhardt, John Harrington,
Senior Regional Rep.
Many of our local members got to
PHOTOS: Teresa Crawford.

Billie Jean James, Linda Nations,

know Rob during the 2008 general There is no doubt that Rob will bring Glennis Peterson, Stan Peyton,
elections as he worked for the Obama his enthusiasm and organizational Cheryl Phillips & Rita Ransom.
and Titus campaigns at a field director skills to the Club’s Beyond Coal and A memorial (Photo: John Harrington.)
level in Southern Nevada. Clean Energy Solutions campaigns. for Fred Treat from Bowman Lake Campground,
In fact, he’s already made a big splash BY GARY BECKMAN Polebridge. Over 400 hours of work
SOUTHERN NEVADA GROUP in the local conservation community were contributed.
since he began his venture with the IN MEMORY OF OUR recent At the historic Polebridge Ranger Sta-
OFFICERS Sierra Club in May. Group chairman, Fred Treat, who
Chair Kristine Cunningham* --
tion Complex the group painted five
Vice-Chair Par Rasmusson* --
He was successful in organizing a passed away last January, the South- historic buildings and a 250-foot bridge
Par Rasmusson*
Desiree Saporito
rally with various environmental and ern Nevada Group will purchase an over the North Fork of the Flathead
At Large Open progressive organizations as well as engraved tile for the memorial walk- River, as well as all sign posts, sheds,
At Large Teresa Crawford* --
Compliance Bart Patterson -- local unions during Senator Harry way at the Red Rock Canyon NCA Please see GLACIER NAT’L PARK, page 12.
Conservation Jane Feldman Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit
Cool Cities Open visitors center. Fred loved Red Rock,
Editor Yuki Takagi yuki.takagi@ 2.0. to show support for renewable as the rest of us do. A new Visitor
Hwy Cleanup Sandee Herlands-Gogatz -- energy development in Nevada. Center is currently under construc-
Membership Taj Ainlay*
Outings Jack Sawyer
-- Rob is absolutely committed that tion and should be completed by
Don’t forget
Parks, Refuges Ed Rothfuss -- there will be no new coal-fired power
Political Open the end of the year. If you ‘d like to to visit the
Programs Gary Beckman -- plants in the Silver State. He looks
Publicity Maxine Miller -- donate to Fred’s memorial, please
Social Matt Van Note* -- forward to meeting everyone and
Webmaster Par Rasmusson* --
encourages anyone who has ques- contact Gary Beckman (648-2983, Chapter website
Sierra Club National Representative in S. Nevada tions or suggestions to give him a call, or at
Regional Rep Rob Disney -- (702-732-7750). our monthly program meeting) or a <>
* ExCom member
Please welcome Rob! Group officer.

S. Nevada Group
continued from page 10

involved in and how you can get involved. NOVEMBER 11 (WEDNESDAY) e-mail preferred). Horse Canyon? Leader: Jack Sawyer (228-
Light dinner, refreshments. All members, Conservation Meeting. Time & Place: NOVEMBER 28 (SATURDAY) 3857). Level 1-2.
friends, guests, are welcome. Contact: Jane 6-7p, before General Meeting; NV Energy DECEMBER 25 (FRIDAY)
Valley of Fire. Another one of many pos-
Feldman ( Bldg. (see next). Program: TBA. Learn sible loop hikes. See brilliant colors, unusual Hwy. 160 to Blue Diamond. Begin at new
OCTOBER 14 (WEDNESDAY) about many issues S. NV Group is involved rock formations, narrow canyons. Some parking lot off Hwy 160, continue along
GENERAL PROGRAM MEETING. Time in and how you can get involved. Light rock scrambling. About 7-8 mi. What geol- base of Red Rock cliffs, water tub, onto an
& Place: 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 dinner, refreshments. All members, friends, ogy layer is represented here? Leader: David open area, then along high ridgeline, finally
W. Sahara (E. entrance, Wengert meet- guests, are welcome. Contact: Jane Feldman Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarq- into Blue Diamond. About 8 mi. What is
ing room). Program: “Hiking Northern (; e-mail preferred). Level 2-3. main geology layer of Red Rock cliffs
Arizona,” by Bruce Grubbs, hiker, writer, NOVEMBER 11 (WEDNESDAY) NOVEMBER 28 (SATURDAY) and how does it compare to Zion NP? Car
and photographer from Flagstaff, Arizona. GENERAL PROGRAM MEETING. Time Shuttle. Leader: David Hardy (875-4549,
The Best of Valley of Fire. Valley of Fire is
Bruce is author of subject title and many & Place: 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226; e-mail
Nature’s gift to hikers of Las Vegas. About 5
other hiking, backpacking, camping, and W. Sahara (E. entrance, Wengert meeting preferred). Level 2-3.
mi hike through strange, colorful landforms
mountain biking guidebooks for Arizona, room). Program: “U.S. Bureau of Land DECEMBER 26 (SATURDAY)
with geologist Nick Saines (896-4049) and
Nevada, Utah, California, and Oregon. Management, Southern Nevada: Changes & Sasson Jahan (499-9218). Level 3. Bowl of Fire, LMNRA. Begin and end
Learn about wonderful places to explore, Challenges,” with Mary Jo Rugwell, BLM
NOVEMBER 29 (SUNDAY) at Mile 18 of N. Shore Rd. Loop includes
hike, camp, including Grand Canyon, District Manager, Southern Nevada. Learn Ravens’ Balconies. Some rock scrambling
Flagstaff, and Sedona areas, Hualapai about environmental issues and successes, Blue Diamond Hill. Walk trail part way
and Rabbit Hole. See Snow White. What
Mtns., Havasu Falls. Hear tips on how to d current and future activities on more towards top from horse station, cut over to
is the difference between a raven and a
safely enjoy great outdoors. Bruce will have than three million acres of land managed an old road, then down deep canyon which
crow? About 8-10 mi. Leader: David Hardy
some of his books for sale at discount and by BLM in southern Nevada, including finally leads to Wheeler Spring. What kind
to sign. All members and general public are Red Rock Canyon NCA, Sloan Canyon of trees are at Wheeler Spring? Some rock
e-mail preferred). Level 3.
welcome. Refreshments, announcements, NCA, Upper Las Vegas Wash, Rainbow scrambling. Car Shuttle. About 7-8 mi.
free literature, too. Info: Gary Beckman Gardens, Gold Butte. Meet new local man- Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhi- DECEMBER 27 (SUNDAY)
(648-2983). Note: BLM program originally ager. All members and general public are; e-mail preferred). Calico-to-Calico Loop: RRCNCA. Begin
scheduled for Oct. meeting has been re- welcome. Refreshments, announcements, Level 2-3. at Red Spring, walk along and through red
scheduled for Nov. meeting. free literature, too. Info: Gary Beckman DECEMBER 5 (SATURDAY) sandstone formations, up over pass into
OCTOBER 17 (SATURDAY) (648-2983). Gateway Canyon, then up canyons to an-
Bitter Springs Loop, LMNRA. Rambling
other side canyon that leads to Sandstone
Beginner Hike: Fall Color in Spring NOVEMBER 14 (SATURDAY) through badlands, we’ll seek out source of
Quarry. After lunch, return by way of Grand
Mountains. Are there any hibernators up Pinto Valley, LMNRA. Keep an eye out for spring. What chemicals might be present
Circle Trail, 3 mi back to Red Spring. How
in these mountains? Leader: Jack Sawyer desert big horn. How many years will it take to make this spring “bitter?” About 7-8 mi.
much rainfall normally falls in winter at Red
(228-3857). Level 1-2. for old road to disappear? About 8-9 mi. Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4.
Rock? About 7 mi. Leader: David Hardy
OCTOBER 24 (SATURDAY) Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4. DECEMBER 5-6 (875-4549,;
Far N. End Valley of Fire Exploratory, NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) (SATURDAY-SUNDAY) e-mail preferred). Level 2-3.
LMNRA. Let’s learn about and view China Ranch, near Tecopa, CA. About Death Valley Car Camp. Meet very early JANUARY 1, 2010 (FRIDAY)
petroglyphs, soak in some cool air and 1.25 hrs W from Blue Diamond to hike in (around 6 a.m.) to make most of day at this Pinto Valley, LMNRA. Begin this 8 mi
sunshine. About 6-8 mi. Leader: Bill Marr fun hills and narrow canyons near China time of early sunsets. About 8 mi of various loop at Mile 18 on N. Shore Rd. See spring,
(433-0743). Level 3-4. Ranch. This is an area similar to parts of routes both days. Camp at Texas Springs narrow canyons, rock formations. What
OCTOBER 25 (SUNDAY) Death Valley. Enjoy date shake or shopping campground (first come, first served). How- makes various colors? Leader: David Hardy
Valley of Fire, LMNRA. One of many for dates or date bread after hike. How did ever, we should nearly have it to ourselves (875-4549,;
loops in this colorful sandstone area, walk China Ranch get its name? About 7 mi. since we will be after Thanksgiving but be- e-mail preferred). Level 2-3.
through shaded canyon and among many Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhi- fore Christmas crowd arrives. How cold can; e-mail preferred). it get in Death Valley? Leader: David Hardy JANUARY 1 (FRIDAY)
rock formations. What are some common
Level 2. (875-4549,; Hangover Hike: Valley of Pillars in
plants here and how do they survive the hot,
e-mail preferred). Level 2-3. Rainbow Gardens. Start New Year right
dry summer? About 7-8 mi. Leader: David NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) by joining fellow hikers on moderate but
Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarq- Sunday Walk & Waffles: Springs Pre- DECEMBER 9 (WEDNESDAY) scenic 4-mi RT hike in Rainbow Gardens.; e-mail preferred). Level 2. serve Trail. First in our winter program of ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY. Time & Place: Trail has spectacular desert scenery with
OCTOBER 31 monthly, 2-hr Sunday walks along valley’s 6:30p; NV Energy Bldg., rugged sandstone buttes, volcanic moun-
(SATURDAY-HALLOWEEN) award-winning urban park trails, followed 6226 W. Sahara (E. en- tains. Leave late morning. Leaders: geolo-
by brunch at local restaurant. Walk trail trance, Wengert meeting gists Gary Beckman (648-2983) and Nick
Beginner Hike: RRCNCA. Bring pumpkin room). Our annual holi-
and check out historic signs. Early lunch Saines (896-4049). Level 2-3.
cupcake or pumpkin colored clothes or your day party will be potluck,
at Wolfgang Puck’s cafe. Leaders: Nick
Halloween mask. What paints did local
Saines (896-4049), Ann Cronin (737-5758). with Club providing main dish, we welcome JANUARY 2 (SATURDAY)
tribes use for their decorations? Leader: ideas for entertainment, too. Volunteers Blue Diamond Trails & Velvet Canyon,
Level 1.
Jack Sawyer (228-3857). Level 1-2. needed to help organize festivities. Con- RRCNCA. Begin in Blue Diamond, go
NOVEMBER 1 (SUNDAY) NOVEMBER 21 (SATURDAY) tact: Matt VanNote (348-5473, vansvan@ over ridge and to Velvet Canyon where
Beginner Hike: RRCNCA. What animals we may see ice if it has been cold enough.
Blue Diamond Hill. We will begin at horse
and insects do we find streamside? Leader: Back by series of trails to Blue Diamond.
station and end at Blue Diamond. This 8 DECEMBER 12 (SATURDAY)
Jack Sawyer (228-3857). Level 1-2. What are main evergreen shrubs? About
mi hike rises to crest of mountain, then Beyond Arrow Canyon Dam, Moapa Val-
follows ridge. Good views of Las Vegas, NOVEMBER 22 (SUNDAY) 10 mi. Leader: David Hardy (875-4549,
ley. Extensive concentration of petroglyphs; e-mail
Lake Mead, Red Rock along way. If you set ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP, RED
make this a fascinating stroll. Go up past preferred). Level 3.
your clocks back one hour last night (don’t ROCK. Come out for an early turkey trot
dam to get greater grasp of surrounding
forget to do so) you will be on Pacific Stan- down road at S entry to Red Rock. Meet at JANUARY 3 (SUNDAY)
topography. Who built this cache basin?
dard Time. Does sun now come up later or 8:30 am at Dunkin’ Donuts (two lights W Horse Loop. Begin near Mountain’s Edge
About 7-8 mi. Leader: Bill Marr (433-
earlier? Car Shuttle. Leader: David Hardy of I-215 on Charleston) for your eye-opener development, go across an open area and
0743). Level 3-4.
(875-4549,; before we head out. We’ll be back for pizza into rather narrow canyon which leads to
e-mail preferred). Level 2-3. lunch. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, joke to DECEMBER 13 (SUNDAY) high ridge. After lunch, follow ridge down
tell. Leader: Sandee Herlands Gogatz (248- Sunday Walk & Waffles: Cottonwood to another canyon and back to cars. Are
NOVEMBER 2 (MONDAY) 4443,, co-leader Wash, Las Vegas. Ssecond in our winter
GROUP EXCOM MEETING. Time & Place: there fossils in rocks here? About 5 mi.
Jack Sawyer (228-3857). program of monthly, 2-hr Sunday walks Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhi-
6-8:30p; local Sierra Club office, 732 S. 6th along Valley’s award-winning urban trails,
St. (at Gass Ave.), Ste. 200B. All members NOVEMBER 26; e-mail preferred).
followed by brunch at local restaurant. Walk Level 2-3.
welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham (THURSDAY-THANKSGIVING DAY) fabled and hidden Cottonwood Wash Trail,
(285-6832, Wilson Tanks, RRCNCA. Begin in S end have brunch at Red Rock casino. Leaders: JANUARY 4 (MONDAY)
NOVEMBER 7 (SATURDAY) of Red Rocks below hwy 160. Half mile of Ann Cronin (737-5758) and Nick Saines GROUP EXCOM MEETING. Time &
Bowl of Fire Loop, LMNRA. Where in good dirt road; 10 mi loop. See water trough (896-4049). Level 2. Place: 6-8:30p; local Sierra Club office,
Utah do we see this same strata of red for wildlife and, if lucky, some fine horses. 732 S. 6th St. (at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All
Return by way of Red Canyon. Were horses DECEMBER 19 (SATURDAY)
sandstone? About 7-8 mi. Leader: Bill Marr Beginner Hike: Winter in Spring Moun-
(433-0743). Level 3-4. ever native here? Leader: David Hardy
(875-4549,; tains. Can you find secret entrance to Wild Please see SN CALENDAR, p. 12.


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and fire hose boxes. In addition, worked shoulder to shoulder with us

they leared an overgrown fishing and greatly added to our knowledge of
access trail, graveled the paths Glacier’s backcountry.
between staff ousing, and removed Ed Rothfuss also organized opportuni- Toiyabe Chapter
invasive plants. At Logging Creek, ties for the group to meet and speak with
the group removed a mile of worn Glacier National Park Superintendent ExCom Meeting
fencing and built log bridges over Chas Cartwright, USGS bear researcher
a creek crossing the trail between my MacLeod, and
the historic Ranger Station and the USGS climatolo- TBA
river. gist/geologist Dr.
District Ranger Scott Emmerich Dan Fagre.
provided insights into management We are indebted For details,
challenges at Polebridge. With no to Ed for orga- contact the Chair,
paved roads, the area receives only nizing this ser- David Hornbeck
30,000 of the Park’s 2 million an- vice trip, which
nual visitors. Winters are long and he unfortunately
brutal. Snow can fall in any month could not attend. Almost done! Dawn
Lauritzen poses
of the year. Wildfires are frequent. He encourages before painting
Log Jam. The Glacier National Park Periodic drought, general climate others to create the final section ents that are grown without chemical sprays.
volunteer crews display their pride on a 3. ONE LUCKY DUCK, Chewy Almond
newly built log bridge made of fallen trees. change, infestations of pine borer similar service of unfinished Crunch Bar, $6.50,
From front to back: Liebling the k-9, Bill beetles and spruce bud worm, and and stewardship guardrails. (Photo: Despite being chided as an ugly duck-
James, Yuki Takagi, Rita Wirtz (NPS), Dave proposed new mining operations opportunities in John Harrington) ling--one taster said it looked “terrible,”
and another found its green seeds “off-put-
Luttman, Irving Norwood, Par Rasmusson, in British Columbia and Alberta, our public lands.
ting”--One Lucky Duck’s taste soared. The
Mike Thorson, Sam Keifer & Ken Wirtz Canada, pose serious threats to the “hearty” bar is “well executed” and has “a
(NPS). (Photo: Harry W. McDaniel, NPS) area. Ranger Emmerich and his staff nice collection of nuts, seeds, honey, and
oats accented with raisins,” with “just the
right amount of moisture, chewiness, and
SN GROUP CALENDAR . . . ENERGY BARS . . . sweetness.” “This could be served as a des-
continued from page 11 continued from page 1 sert at a nice restaurant,” one taster opined.
Handmade in small batches, this pricey
members welcome. Contact: Kristine W. Sahara (E entrance, Wengert meet- Some bars garnered comments like bar is from a company that sells only raw,
Cunningham (285-6832, krissysjake@ ing room). Program: TBA. All members “looks and tastes like bear scat,” “I’d rather vegan, organic products. and general public welcome. Refresh- have a root canal,” “should not be sold to 4. CLIF BAR, Cool Mint Chocolate,
ments, announcements, free literature, the public,” “like sticking your tongue in $1.39,
JANUARY 9 (SATURDAY) a mousetrap,” and “kitty litter.” But other “The icing pulls you in and the minty
too. Info: Gary Beckman (648-2983). brands pack as much flavor as they do nu-
China Ranch with Car Shuttle. Amar- flavor finishes you off,” summarized
gosa scenic and wild river, date shakes, trients. Here are Sierra’s top five in order of one taster. The bar was called “refresh-
how they ranked. ing,” “chewy but not too dense,” and
optional soak. Where is source of this 1. LUNA, White Chocolate Macadamia,
river? About 6 mi. Leader: Ann Cronin
(737-5758). Level 2. Deadline! $1.39,
Fans called it “simply delicious,” “natural
tasting,” and “not too dense” and noted its
“like a Thin Mint.” “Caffeine?” some-
one surmised. (Yes, actually--one of the
ingredients is green tea.) Though a few
General Program Meeting. Time &
DECEMBER 1 “nice crunch” and “tempting” appearance.
found it “weird” and “too potent,” most
were “surprised to like this one so much.”
They detected vanilla, cinnamon, brown Clif Bars are 70% organic, and the com-
Place: 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 for Jan-Feb - Mar issue sugar, and a “sweet and salty combo,” which pany engages in many sustainable actions,
inspired comparisons to Rice Krispies Treats including diverting most of its waste and
and popcorn Jelly Bellies. But not everyone using biodiesel for its fleet.
loved this bar. “Weird aftertaste,” one com- 5. HONEY STINGER, Peanut Butter ‘n
plained. “A bit commercial,” said another. Honey, $1.49,
Luna bars, marketed to women by the This “crumbly,” “simple-looking bar” was
makers of Clif Bars, are 70% organic. A divisive. Those who gave it a thumbs-up said
portion of the company’s proceeds goes it “tastes almost like candy” with an “excel-
toward eliminating environmental causes lent flavor,” “melt-in-your-mouth peanut
of breast cancer. butter,” and a “nice crunch.” But those
2. OLYMPIC GRANOLA, Almond who didn’t like it commented on a “terrible
Chocolate Trail Bar, $2.99, olympicgra- chemical flavor.” One taster wondered, “Will the chocolate base melt in the heat?”
Raves included “I’d get this for a hike, Honey Stinger is 100% wind powered,
no doubt,” “one of the best,” and “I’d and employees get time-off credit for
eat these every day.” Our panel appreci- carpooling, bicycling, or walking to work.
ated the “hearty, well-balanced mixture The company recycles all paper, glass, and
of nuts, oats, seeds, and chocolate”; the metal and maintains a community vegetable
“chewy,” “light and airy” texture; and that garden outside of its building.
it “looks like food.” One naysayer com- For more ratings, go to:
mented that there’s “too much going on.”
Olympic Granola’s corn-syrup-free bars life/2009/06/energy-bars-have-come-a-
are made of non-genetically-modified ingredients. long-way
“BOOTS” MCFARLAND © 2009 Geolyn Carvin