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ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS OF NEVADA AND THE EASTERN SIERRA FROM THE TOIYABE CHAPTER OF THE SIERRA CLUB

From the Chair Chapter & group


ExCom election results
BY DAVID HORNBECK BY DAVID VON SEGGERN

FIRST, CONGRATULATIONS to
those elected to the Chapter and T he 2009 election ballot count
was conducted the evening of
December 10. Six counters and two
Group ExComs. Thank you all observers, including Toiyabe Chapter
for stepping forward as leaders Chair David Hornbeck, were present.
in the Club to undertake impor- About 460 ballots were counted, rep-
tant work for the environment resenting about 11.7% of the mem-
and our planet. (See article on bers of the Toiyabe Chapter. This 9%
this page for details.) is more than triple the typical return
Votes received up 350%! David rate in recent chapter elections.
For the chapter ExCom, in the order of
von Seggern deserves our special number of votes received, from highest
thanks and accolades for the tremen- to lowest, the candidates’ rankings are:
dous job he did as Chair of the Elec- 1. David Hornbeck
tion Committee. He was responsible 2. Glenn Miller
IRUWKHGLI¿FXOWWDVNRILPSOHPHQWLQJ 3. Erik Holland
the new individually mailed ballot 4. Jean Stoess
procedure. The result was a new Spring Mountains Acastus CheckerspotEXWWHUÀ\EDVNLQJLQWKHVXQRQD 5. Kris Cunningham
URFN 3KRWR&RXUWHV\*7$XVWLQ 'DWD6PLWK//& 3OHDVHVHHSDJH 6. Mary Winston
high for the Toiyabe Chapter with
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587 ballots returned, for an 11.7%
return. The 11.7% return was about a 8. Pat Mulcahy
350% fold increase over the response Eastern Sierra update 9. Lisa Stiller
10. Michael Garabedian
of 167 ballots in last year’s elec-
tion conducted through the Toiyabe Motorized vs. non-motorized The top five candidates have been
provisionally elected to Toiyabe Chapter
Trails. In addition, Jane Feldman
did an outstanding job as Chair of winter recreation ExCom for a term of two years. Formal
acceptance of the results will be at the
the Chapter Nominations Commit- Sherwin Working Group’s consensus January 2010 ExCom meeting.
tee. The NomCom nominated 10 None of the groups had contested Ex-
overturned by outside groups Com elections (only as many candidates
Please see CHAIR’S COLUMN, page 2.
BY MARY K PRENTICE ran as were seats available), and so all

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he Sherwin Working Group* and the USFS held a seven-month candidates for all groups were automati-
cally elected. For the groups, the follow-
Don’t forget planning process to recommend summer and winter recreation ing members will be serving.
uses for Mammoth Meadows and the Sherwin range to the • Great Basin Group ExCom: Bob Tre-
to visit the USFS. The goal was to deliver a negotiated consensus on competing gilus, Jeff Harcastle, Cathy Schmidt,
recreational uses and to be a model for future recreation planning and Graham Stafford.
Chapter website around Mammoth Lakes and beyond. • Southern Nevada Group ExCom:
Last April the group quickly came to Maxine Miller, Kristine Cunningham,
in the winter. The approximate boundar-
<http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> consensus that there should be a separa- ies were to extend from the town bound-
Scott Stevens, and Thomas Ainley, Jr.
tion of motorized and non-motorized use • Range of Light Group ExCom:
Please see OVERTURNED, page 5.
Rosemary Jarrett, Mary Kay Prentice,
and Brigitte Berman.
Kudos to David Hornbeck Please see EXCOM ELECTION, page 2.
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Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507

BY TINA NAPPE
PAID

D avid Hornbeck, Chair of the Toiyabe


Chapter of the Sierra Club for the past
three years, received the annual Pinecone
IN THIS ISSUE
Motorsports Racetrack. . . . . .. . 2
award in November. Hornbeck was chosen Winter Desert Trips . . . . . . . . . . . 3
DV WKH RXWVWDQGLQJ LQGLYLGXDO LQ WKH ¿HOG 2010 W. Wilderness Conference. 3
RIFRQVHUYDWLRQ)RUWKHSDVW\HDUV¿YH Range of Light Group . . . . . . 4-5
Pinecone awards have been offered annu- E. Sierra Land Trust Events . . . . 5
ally at a dinner sponsored by EcoNet. Channel Islands Fundraiser . . . . 5
   'DYH +RUQEHFN ¿UVW VHUYHG RQ WKH7RL\DEH Court Victory in Water Wars. . . 6
Chapter Excom in the l980s. He joined the op- Disabled to Lose FS Benefits . . . 6
position to the proposed MX missile racetrack, Ruby Gas Pipeline . . . . . . . . . . . 6
which was designed to utilize 45,000 acres in Horse Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Nevada and Utah. A number of Sierra Club mem- New Nat’l Monument? . . . . . . . . 7
bers, along with ranchers, miners, rural com- Carson Valley Trails Assoc. . . . . . .8
munities, and ultimately the Catholic Church, Trash Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
worked together to oppose the project. Protect Gold Butte . . . . . . . . . . . .8
During his second term of service on the Great Basin Group . . . . . . . . . 8-9
Toiyabe Chapter ExCom, Hornbeck, in addition to administrative duties, has
S. Nevada Group . . . . . . . . 10-11
Please see GOLDEN PINECONE AWARD page 2.
2 JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010 TOIYABE TRAILS

From the Chair In Memoriam


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DONALD HUBER, 81, of Truckee and Carson
PHPEHUV IRU ¿YH &KDSWHU ([&RP City, passed away on October 30. He joined and
positions! became a lifetime member of the Sierra Club in the
New election procedure. This 1950s, often staying at the Clair Tappaan Lodge
very effective election procedure on Donner Summit. During his early tenure with
resulted from budget constraints the Sierra Club, he assisted in the construction of
on national Sierra Club revenues some of the Sierra Club huts lining the crest of
due to the current economy. These the Sierra Nevada. He was also involved with
constraints meant it was necessary WKHGHVLJQDQGFUHDWLRQRIWKH3DFL¿F&UHVW7UDLO
to reduce the Toiyabe Trails publica- around Lake Tahoe. To see his full obituary, go
tion schedule from six to four issues to <http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20091105/
this year. 1(:6 SDUHQWSUR¿OH >.
A paperless
Tr a i l s ? Wi t h CONSERVATION . . .
coming chang- FRQWLQXHGIURPSDJH
es to Chapter
funding by the
national Si-
Motorsports racetrack near Poppy Reserve?
BY KATHERINE ALLEN
erra Club, your
Chapter leaders have been discuss-
ing whether someday there will T he staff of the Los Angeles County egional Planning Commission has
recommended approval of a plan to build a motorsports racetrack next
to Fairmont Butte, 1.5 miles north of California State Poppy Reserve in
need to be a conversion to a digital,
paperless Toiyabe Trails. The Chap- Antelope Valley. There will be at least one more Commission hearing on the
ter ExCom will be discussing this subject and, if approved, it will go to the LA County Board of Supervisors
further in 2010, but rest assured, if for approval of the required zoning change.
this happens, consideration will be The racetrack could host high perfor- There are also other problems with this
mance race vehicles 365 days a year. project. It requires a zone change from
given to our members who prefer a
The noise would affect visitors to the residential/agricultural to industrial/
paper Trails. Poppy Reserve, who come there to ex- commercial, which would open the door
perience nature. A survey taken during to more development -- development
the height of the poppy season indicated which is incompatible with the rural Toiyabe Trails
TOIYABE CHAPTER DIRECTORY that many people would not return to nature of the area. Development would
CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS & MEMBERS the Reserve if there were a motor ve- have a negative impact on the property SERVING NEVADA
Chair
Vice-Chair
Dave Hornbeck*
Dorothy Hudig*
775-323-6655
775-323-4835
hicle racetrack nearby. Even more said values of nearby residents, and would & CALIFORNIA’S E. SIERRA
Secretary Jane Feldman*
janefeldman@
cox.net WKDWWKHLUYLVLWVZRXOGVLJQL¿FDQWO\GH- draw additional illegal off-road activity Toiyabe Trails is published six times each year
Treasurer (Apptd) Kris Cunningham 702-285-6832
At Large Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429 crease. Fewer visitors mean decreased to the area. by the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club,
At Large Ann Brauer* 702-879-3376
At Large Charlotte Cox
charcox@
charter.net
revenue for the reserve, funds that are Both this development activity and P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507, to help keep
At Large
At Large
Jean Dillingham*
Erik Holland*
760-648-7109
775-322-3582
crucial during this time of budget cuts the racetrack itself would destroy prime our members well-informed and better able to
in California. protect the environment—for our families, for
At Large
Sharon Marie
Wilcox*
775-852-5075 DUHDVIRUZLOGÀRZHUVQHJDWLYHO\LPSDFW our future.
GROUP CHAIRS (EX-OFFICIO VOTING EXCOM MEMBERS) Please see POPPY RESERVE, page 5. Editor – Lynne Foster (94 Mountain View
Great Basin David von Seggern 775-303-8461
Drive, Swall Meadows, Bishop, CA 93514-9207;
Range of Light
Southern NV
Tahoe Area SC
Malcolm Clark
Kris Cunningham
Roger Rosenberger
760-924-5639
702-285-6832
775-588-8101
EXCOM ELECTION . . . 760-387-2634; <lfoster@schat.net>; fax avail-
DELEGATES & REPRESENTATIVES
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Assoc. Editor – Kathy Morey (760-938-2050).
-Delegate** Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429
-Alternate Michael Donahue 775 588-5466
• Tahoe Group ExCom: The Group FRQWLQXHGIURPSDJH Kathy does the July- August-September issue.
-Alternate Erik Holland* 775-322-3582
Deadlines – Contributions are due by the
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CA/NVRCC-CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES
ran their own election, and ExCom Dome. Primitive car camp at Sunrise 1st of the month for publication in the following
-Nevada Vice-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 officer results will be announced Rock. Sunday morning, visit museum/ month’s issue: December 1 for January-Febru-
-Desert Comm John Hiatt 702-361-1171
-Wilderness Comm Marge Sill 775-322-2867
epillard@
separately. visitor center at Kelso Depot then hike ary-March; March 1 for April-May-June; June
PLAN Board
SC Council-Delegate
Ellen Pillard
Jane Feldman*
nvbell.net
702-648-0699
A full report on the 2009 election pro- Kelso Dunes. These dunes have various 1 for July-August-September; September 1 for
-Alternate Sharon Marie Wilcox* 775-852-5075
cess and the details of the ballot count nicknames including “singing dunes” October-November-December.
COMMITTEE, TASK FORCE & ISSUE CHAIRS Submissions – Call or e-mail editor before
Chapter Funding TF
Conservation Co-Chair
Eric Blumensaadt*
Dennis Ghiglieri
702-566-9429
775-329-6118
will be submitted to the chapter ExCom and “moaning dunes” due to sounds deadline for late submissions. Submit news, sto-
Conservation-Co-Chair Eric Blumensaadt*
Energy Jane Feldman*
702-566-9429
702-648-0699
at the January 2010 meeting. that they often make. Whatever you ry ideas, photos, and letters-to-the-editor to the
Env. Education
Financial Review
Jean Dillingham*
Kris Cunningham
760-648-7109
702-285-6832
call them, they’re impressive. Option editor (contact info above). Please include your
Fundraising Charlotte Cox* charcox@
to spend another night camping at name, phone/fax, e-mail address, and group with
GOLDEN PINECONE
charter.net
Legal Compliance Burt Patterson 702-562-1571 all contributions. You may send contributions by
Legislative-Co-Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 Granite Mountains. Reservatilons: con- e-mail or on a PC-compatible disk (Word, text,
AWARD . . .
Legislative-Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353
Membership
Sharon Marie
775-852-5075
tact leader, Carol Wiley (desertlily1@ or ascii). Please send hard copy by snail mail
Wilcox*
Mining-Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 verizon.net, 760-245-8734). for all submissions on disk. For photo or disk
Mining-Co-Chair Glenn Mille
glennm@unr. FRQWLQXHGIURPSDJH
Nominating Jane Feldman*
edu
702-648-0699 CNRCC Desert Committee return, please include a stamped, self-addressed
Outings Eric Blumensaadt* 702-566-9429 dealt with key issues facing the Chap- envelope. The Toiyabe Trails reserves the right
Political-Co-Chair Erik Holland* 775-322-3582 APRIL 24-25 (SAT-SUN) to edit all contributions for reasons of space,
Political-Co-Chair Ellen Pillard
epillard@
nvbell.net ter. These include suggesting changes ROCK ART IN EASTERN CALIFOR- clarity, slander, or libel.
Public Lands
Public Rel./Outreach
Rose Strickland
Charlotte Cox
775-329-6118
charcox@
charter.net
incorporated in the White Pine County NIA Subscriptions – Toiyabe Trails is free to all
Sierra Student Coalition Trisha Mynster 530-680-4483
emily.
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port to the Great Basin Water Network non-members is $12 per year. To subscribe, send
Staff Oversight Dave Hornbeck* 775-323-6655 time to go exploring. Saturday, visit check for $12, payable to “Toiyabe Chapter,”
Sustain. Consumption Philip Moore 775-224-1877 (which is opposing Southern Nevada’s three rock art sites in S Owens Val-
Trails Editorial Marge Sill 775-322-2867 to Toiyabe Trails Subscriptions, Sierra Club,
Trails Redesign
emily.
Emily Rhodenbaugh rhodenbaugh efforts to strip eastern Nevada of water), ley area bordering Coso Mountains. Toiyabe Chapter, c/o Treasurer, 1621 Foster Dr.,
@sierraclub.org
Video Conf. TF
Water Campaign
Ann Brauer*
Rose Strickland
702-879-3376
775-329-6118
strengthening the recently approved Sunday, we’ll be escorted to (the as- Reno, NV 89509-1111.
Wilderness
Wildlife-Co-Chair
Marge Sill
Tina Nappe
775-322-2867
775-786-1178
Carson public lands bill, opposing the tonishing) Little Petroglyph Canyon on Change of address – Postmaster & Members,
Wildlife-Co-Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 route of the Ruby pipeline in northern please send address changes to Sierra Club, Change
OTHER CONTACTS & STAFF China Lake Naval Weapons Station. As of Address, P. O. Box 52968, Boulder, CO 80322-
emily. Nevada, and addressing the problem of government restrictions apply here, all 2968 or <address.changes@sierraclub.org>.
SC Staff-Reno Emily Rhodenbaugh rhodenbaugh
@sierraclub.org
robert.disney
excess wild horses.. DUUDQJHPHQWV DQG FRQ¿UPDWLRQV PXVW Membership information – There is a mem-
SC Staff-Las Vegas Rob Disney
Foundation Liaison (Vacant)
@sierraclub.org A native Nevadan, Hornbeck practices be completed by April 1 (no joking). bership coupon in each issue of Toiyabe Trails.
Listserve Manager Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118
law in Reno and enjoys skiing, hiking, You can also call the Chapter Membership Chair
Chapter Webmaster Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118 +LJK FOHDUDQFH :' VXI¿FLHQW 'D\ (see Chapter Directory, this page) or the Sierra
Trails Editor
TRAILS STAFF
Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 and bicycling. He believes “we have hiking; Saturday eve potluck. Group
Assoc. Editor Kathy Morey 760-938-2050 &OXERI¿FHLQ6DQ)UDQFLVFR  
Distribution Carol Tresner 775-786-0489 to stop abusing the environment and limit, 14. Reservations: contact leader, Other Sierra Club information – Call the Toiyabe
-Co-Coordin. Bill Bowers 775-786-3259
-Co-Coordin. Dennis Ghiglieri 775-329-6118 preserve what we have if we want it to Craig Deutsche (310-477-6670, craig. Chapter Chair or Conservation Chair (see Chapter
Directory, this page) or the Sierra Club Information
* = Elected ExCom Members
remain a stable and healthy environ- deutsche@gmail.com). Center in San Francisco (415-977-5653). Also, see
ment.” CNRCC Desert Committee group pages for website addresses of groups.
TOIYABE TRAILS JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010 3
DECEMBER 28 - JANUARY 2, 2010 Western Wilderness
(MON-SAT)
HOLIDAY SERVICE IN CARRIZO Winter Desert Trips Conference 2010
PLAIN NAT’L MONUMENT. “New Aims, New Allies”
Celebrate end of one year, beginning of
T he CNRCC Desert Committee’s purpose is to work for protec- BY VICKY HOOVER
next in one of our new national monu- tion, preservation, and conservation of California/Nevada desert. DON’T MISS THE WESTERN Wilder-
PHQWV&DUUL]R3ODLQ:RI%DNHUV¿HOG All Desert Committee activities, unless stated otherwise, are suitable ness Conference 2010, which will take
is vast grassland, home to pronghorn for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The average car or high clearance place April 8-11, 2010, on the campus of
antelope, tule elk, kit fox, wide variety the University of California, Berkeley,
vehicle will be adequate for most trips. For a good guide to desert travel we California. Visit the conference website:
of birds. Welcome hike Dec. 28, 3.5
days of service modifying barbed wire recommend the Sierra Club book, Adventuring in the California Desert, <www.westernwilderness.org>.
fencing, full day for hiking exploring by Lynne Foster. Save the date now! For anyone who
are planned. Use of accommodations at For questions about, or to sign up for, a particular outing, please cares about the wild places of the
Goodwin Ranch included. Limited to 14 contact leader listed in write-up. For questions about Desert Com- West—this is one event not to miss!
SDUWLFLSDQWVFRYHUV¿YHGLQQHUV,QIR mittee outings in general, or to receive outings list by e-mail, please This is your opportunity to give back,
contact leader: Craig Deutsche (craig. to make a difference and to help secure
deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670) or
contact Kate Allen (kjallen@wildblue.com, 661-944-4056). the grand wild places of the American
co-leader Melinda Goodwater (mgoodwa- West for future generations. Dynamic
ter@sbcglobal.net, 408-774-1257). speakers, workshops, music, meals,
CNRCC Desert Committee outings! It’s all part of the celebration
JANUARY 22-24 (FRI-SUN)
Sierra Club California/Nevada of the West’s wild places.
WILDERNESS RESTORATION: Regional Conservation Committee Although the event takes place in the
DEATH VALLEY NAT’L PARK San Francisco Bay Area, wilderness or-
EXPLORATORY TOUR Assist Nat’l Park Service in eradicating ganizations and advocates from around
Help protect Death Valley NP from the West are invited to participate in this
Sample some of many wonders offered Russian olive from Escalante River.
DEXVH E\ LOOHJDO RIIURDG WUDI¿F 7KLV grand event. Some 600 to 800 partici-
in this NP. Beginning in Shoshone on Work under direction of Park Ranger
wilderness restoration project along pants from all western states will gather
Saturday morning, travel N on Hwy 178 Bill Wolverton, gathering up slash from
park’s scenic E boundary in Amargosa to focus on the role of wild lands in an
with stop at Badwater, easy 2-mi hikes previous service trips and burning it.
Valley involves installation of signs, era of global climate change.
at Natural Bridge and Golden Canyon. Since 2000, over half of river has been
raking out of vehicle tracks moving Plenary sessions, dynamic speakers
Camp at Texas Springs ($14/site). If cleared. Meet in Escalante, Utah Sunday
rocks. Meet late Friday afternoon, or and intensive workshops will help con-
time allows, drive to Zambriskie Point morning, March 14, caravan to trailhead,
early Saturday morning, work Saturday, nect wild places with climate change and
Dante’s View. Sunday morning, visit then hike in. Work four days, day hike
part of day on Sunday. Camp Friday- give lessons on how to advocate more
museum visitor center in Furnace Creek, one day, hike out Saturday morning,
Saturday night in Park Service camping HIIHFWLYHO\0XVLF¿OPVDQGIXQ
VHHUDUHSXS¿VKDW6DOW&UHHNWDNH March 20. Expect knee to thigh deep
area (no water, portable toilets). Leader: The Toiyabe Chapter is one of 22
mi hike to highest sand dune. Possible river crossings, overnight lows near
Kate Allen, kj.allen@wildblue.net, Sierra Club western chapters which
hike into Mosaic Canyon. Want to stay freezing, mild temperatures during day.
(661-944-4056). are already conference sponsors. Other
CNRCC Desert Committee Sunday night? Camp at Stovepipe Wells Participants responsible for their own
($12/site). Option of primitive camping leather work gloves (highly recom- sponsors nearby are Friends of Nevada
JANUARY 30-31 (SAT-SUN) on Friday night. Reservations: contact mended), food, gear on trail. Contact Wilderness, Nevada Wilderness Project,
FENCING WILDERNESS: leader, Carol Wiley (desertlily1@veri- Leader Paul Plathe: (209-476-1498). and Friends of the Inyo.
GOLDEN VALLEY WILDERNESS zon.net, 760-245-8734). Delta-Sierra Group (Mother Lode Chapter) What you can do. Register online at
During past year, a long fence has been CNRCC Desert Committee <www.westernwilderness.org>. “Early
MARCH 20-21 (SAT-SUN)
constructed along N boundary of Gold- bird” registration fee is $100. Some
MARCH 13-14 (SAT-SUN) OVERNIGHT BACKPACK:
en Valley Wilderness to prevent illegal scholarships available; contact Vicky
FENCE REMOVAL, HIKING: PANAMINT MOUNTAINS
motorized vehicle entry. Where this Hoover, Planning Committee Co-chair,
CARRIZO PLAIN CAR CAMP In N of Surprise Canyon on W side of for info (vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org,
fence is still high above ground, we’ll
Help remove fences on Cal Dept. of Panamints, Hall Canyon and Jail Canyon 425-977-5527).
assist Marty Dickes of Ridgecrest BLM
Fish & Game Reserve. At this time of descend into Panamint Valley from slopes
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year, Carrizo may be turning green, if of Telescope Peak. Loop trip taking in volves protecting several springs by
ward will be in knowing that intrusions
winter has been wet, there should be lower reaches of these canyons. On Satur- earth work, stabilization work, putting
KDYHEHFRPHPRUHGLI¿FXOW2SWLRQWR
ZLOGÀRZHUV :RUN 6DWXUGD\ SRWOXFN day, hike to Hall Canyon camp. On Sun- up fence and some infrastructure in and
stay over on Monday, when there will be
dinner that evening. Hike Sunday. day, hike across dividing ridge between around a qanat. We’ll be directed by
hike up nearby peak. Car camping; pot-
Bring leather gloves, warm clothes with Hall Canyon and Jail Canyon, descend staff from Mojave Nat’l Preserve. Hike
luck Saturday evening. Contact leader:
long sleeves and legs, dish for potluck 4WD route to road. The canyon mouths planned for Friday for those arriving
Craig Deutsche, (310-477-6670), craig.
on Saturday night. Leaders will be at are short enough car shuttle not needed. in morning. If rains are good this year,
deutsche@gmail.com.
CNRCC Desert Committee Selby Camp on Friday night for those Info: contact leader John Wilkinson (408- WKHUH PD\ EH SOHQW\ RI ZLOGÀRZHUV
who want to arrive early. Leaders: Cal 876-8295, johnfw1@mac.com). Work all day Saturday until noon on
FEBRUARY 15-17 (MON-WED) & Letty French (805-239-7338; prefer CNRCC Desert Committee
Sunday. Ranger talk about Preserve on
GOLD BUTTE INTRODUCTORY TOUR e-mail, lettyfrench@gmail.com). APRIL 5-10 (MON-SAT) Saturday eve. Camping is rustic. Res-
Explore this proposed Nat’l Conserva- Santa Lucia Chapter / CNRCC Desert Committee
WILDFLOWERS FENCE REMOVAL: ervations: contact leader, Rich Juricich
tion Area in SE Nevada. See many beau- MARCH 13-14 (SAT-SUN) CARRIZO PLAIN NAT’L MONUMENT (rich.sac@pacbell.net, 916-492-2181).
tiful and interesting sights, including GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZA Three half-days of service to monu- CNRCC Desert Committee
petroglyphs, Joshua trees. Climb a peak, ment, removing modifying fences to
Visit this spectacular landscape near APRIL 17-18 (SAT-SUN)
enjoy splendid views. Central commis- allow resident pronghorn to travel
sary. Leader: Vicky Hoover, (415-977- Death Valley to see desert leprechauns, OWENS VALLEY WORK PROJECT
explore ruins of California’s colorful PRUHZLGHO\7KLVLVVSULQJZLOGÀRZHU
5527), vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org. Maybe bash tamarisk along Owens
past. Camp at historic ghost town of season, so our schedule allows at least
CNRCC Wilderness & Desert Committees River, but this could change. Work on
%DOODUDW ÀXVKWRLOHWV KRWVKRZHUV  a day for exploring, either hiking or
Saturday, enjoy extensive birding op-
FEBRUARY 27-28 (SAT-SUN) On Saturday, very challenging hike to driving backcountry roads. With lon-
portunities on Sunday. Camp at Diaz
MECCA HILLS CAR CAMP ghost town, Lookout City, with expert ger daylight hours there may also be
Lake just S of Lone Pine. Group pot-
Explore Mecca Hills Wilderness Area Hal Fowler, who will regale us with time to visit sights in monument after
luck Saturday night. Bring all camping
east of Indio, CA. Hike through gravel tales of this Wild West town. Later, work. Because we are privileged to be
gear, or stay in motel in nearby Lone
washes, rocky hills, to several well- return to camp for Happy Hour, St. staying at one of old ranch houses, our
Pine. Info: contact leaders, Cal & Letty
known spectacular sites. Saturday, visit 3DWW\¶V'D\SRWOXFNIHDVWFDPS¿UH2Q trip is limited to 14 participants; $30
French (805-239-7338; prefer e-mail,
Hidden Springs Grottos, Sunday, explore Sunday, quick visit to infamous Riley covers five dinners. Contact leader:
lettyfrench@gmail.com).
Painted Canyon. Car camping includes town site before heading home. Group Craig Deutsche, (310-477-6670, craig. Santa Lucia Chapter / CNRCC Desert Committee
civilized amenities, potluck supper, size strictly limited. Contact leader: deutsche@gmail.com).
FDPS¿UH6DWXUGD\QLJKW/LPLWSDU- Lygeia Gerard (760-868-2179). CNRCC Desert Committee APRIL 24-25 (SAT-SUN)
ticipants. Ldr: Craig Deutsche, craig. CNRCC Desert Committee. EXPLORING MOJAVE
APRIL 16-18 (FRI-SUN)
deutsche@gmail.com (310-477-6670). NAT’L PRESERVE
MARCH 14-20 (SUN-SAT) MOJAVE NAT’L PRESERVE
CNRCC Desert Committee
SERVICE TRIP Meet Saturday morning, 9 am, on Cima
GLEN CANYON NRA, ESCALANTE
MARCH 6-7 (SAT-SUN) RIVER CANYON: SERVICE TRIP/ Rd. Hike to Teutonia Peak on Cima
Help restore historic water feature to
DEATH VALLEY NAT’L PARK BACKPACK provide water for wildlife. Work in- Please see DESERT TRIPS, page 2.
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Snow play, cross-country


Range of Light Group skiing, & snowshoe tours
BY BRYCE WHEELER, ROL OUTINGS CHAIR
ARE YOU READY FOR FUN IN THE SNOW? Come out with
Group News us and work off holiday feasting calories. We’re going to have a varied
winter outings program of cross-country ski and snowshoe tours. For more
info, call or email leaders: John Walter (760 934-1767; salt1143@gmail.
Letter from the Chair com); Jean Dillingham (760 6487109; jdill@qnet.com); or Bryce Wheeler
BY MALCOLM CLARK (760 934-3764; telebry@verizon.net).
2I¿FHUFKDQJHV Rosemary Jarrett is our new ExCom member. January-April 2010: Thursday and do, although waxless, patterned skis
We thank retiring ExCom member Dick Baggett for his service to Sunday cross-country ski trips. First are preferred. The new, lightweight
the group. Dick continues to lead our Wednesday evening hikes. RoL 2010 x-c ski outing will be Thurs- snowshoes are preferable. Rental
day, Jan.7. Meet at ML Union Bank equipment is available locally if
Also note that CD Ritter has replaced Mary Ann Dunigan as our parking lot, 10 am. Sunday x-c ski trips needed. Dress in layered clothing to
Publicity Chair. Thanks to Mary Ann for her service and also to will start Jan.10. Meeting time and place be prepared for changeable weather.
retiring Chapter ExCom (and ROLG) member Jean Dillingham. are same for both Thursday and Sunday Wear sunscreen, hat, and gloves and
Schedule changes. ROL ExCom third Tuesdays, potluck at 6:30, an- trips. Winter tours will continue through bring water and lunch or snacks.
April or until the snow runs out. Weather and snow conditions de-
FRQWLQXHVWRPHHWRQWKH¿UVW0RQ- nouncements followed by program
Thursday morning snow play. We termine where we go. If you have a
day of each month, but the time has at 7 pm. You are welcome to skip the concentrate on conditioning, technique favorite trip, let us know and will try to
switched back to 3 pm from 3:30 potluck and come at 7 pm. practice, and learning about our local put it on the list. We would like to have
p.m. We rotate meetings among Conservation. In separate articles landscape and critters. All skill levels more trips scheduled out of Bishop and
ExCom members’ homes so check or in future newsletters we’ll report welcome. We like to help beginners involve more local people there. We
with me (wmalcolm.clark@gmail. on current conservation issues: Sher- get started. Bring water, lunch or would welcome more winter outings
com, 760-924-5639) regarding win Working Group’s plan for recre- snack, ski equipment or snowshoes; leaders. Getting out in the forest in
ORFDWLRQ DQG DOVR WR FRQ¿UP WKDW ation in the area adjoining Mammoth wear sunscreen, hat, gloves and lay- the winter offers opportunities to see
the monthly meeting has not been Lakes on the south; proposed expan- ered clothing. Thursday treks tracks of animals seldom seen, such as
canceled. In January, we meet on sion by the Mammoth Lakes Geo- will last about two hours. pine martin and other elusive critters,
the 2nd Monday, January 11, rather thermal plant (topic of our January Sunday trips. These will and enjoy the serenity and spectacular
than on January 4. 19 monthly meeting); the Inyo-Mono be easy tours (about 5 miles) beauty of our public lands.
Potlucks return. We’ll again be County water management plan; and and are open to both snowshoers and Unfortunately, sometimes we
having potlucks before the monthly ':3SURSRVDOVIRUVLJQL¿FDQWVRODU skiers; however, snowshoers must encounter snowmobile tracks in
meetings held at the Crowley Com- facilities in the Eastern Sierra. be able to keep up. Sunday outings wilderness areas where such intru-
munity Center (no potlucks allowed Outings. See this page for informa- will usually be longer and could sion is illegal. We hope to educate
at the Mammoth Lakes library). A tion on our Thursday morning and be described as snow hiking, as we the public by assisting the Forest
poll of members indicated over- Sunday snowshoe and cross-country won’t usually be on groomed trails. Service in putting up signs to dis-
whelming support for the potlucks. ski outings which begin in January, Most Nordic track or touring skis will courage illegal entry.
People also said they were willing snow permitting. If you live near
to share the work for organizing Mammoth, you’ll be glad to know
the potlucks so the burden does that Mammoth Nordic is resuming You’re Invited!
not always fall on the same person. grooming cross-country ski trails in
The schedule remains the same: the Shady Rest area. Range of Light Group Monthly Meeting
Everyone welcome!
Group ExCom meetings Jan. 19 (Tues) Feb. 16 (Tues)
WE USUALLY MEET RQWKH¿UVW0RQGD\
of the month. All Sierra Club members are
Deadline! Full Potluck & Social 6:30 pm! Full Potluck & Social 6:30 pm!
New Crowley Lake Community Ctr New Crowley Lake Community Ctr
welcome. Meeting dates and places are MARCH 1 (next to Crowley Lake Store) (next to Crowley Lake Store)
subject to change. Information: for date,
time, and locations, please call the Chair, Please bring your own non-disposable Please bring your own non-disposable
TRAILS table setting and a dish for 6-8 people. table setting and a dish for 6-8 people.
Malcolm Clark (760-924-5639).
Program 7:30 pm Program 7:30 pm
RANGE OF LIGHT GROUP
“What’s New at the Geothermal Plant” “Roof Pendants of the E. Sierra”
OFFICERS ZLWK5RQ/HLNHQ(QYLURQPHQWDO with Brigitte Berman, ROL ExCom
for Apr-may-june issue Regulatory Affairs Mgr. at Ormat 2I¿FHU 5HVLGHQW*HRORJLVW
Chair Malcolm Clark* 760-924-5639
Vice Chair Open Ron will present the basics of geothermal energy, Roof pendants are remnants of ancient sedimen-
Secretary Brigitte Berman* 760-924-2140 describe operations at the Mammoth Lakes geo- tary and volcanic rocks into which Sierra Nevada
Conservation
Cons. Asst.
Mary K. Prentice*
Henning Jensen*
760-934-0355
805-564-8374
760-934-7176
ROL Group Website thermal plant, compare geothermal energy plants
with other types of non-renewable and renewable
granite was emplaced. Brigitte will focus on
the Mt. Morrison and Mt. Ritter pendants: their
Treasurer Lyle Gaston 760-387-2634 energy plants, and discuss possible expansion distribution, structure, age, lithology, and pale-
At Large Rosemary Jarrett* kaljar@qnet.com <http://nevada.sierraclub. plans at the facility. ontology.
Chapter Del. Jean Dillingham 760-648-7109
Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 org/rolgroup/>
Mar. 16 (Tues) Program 7:30 pm
&
Hway Cleanup John Walter 760-934-1767
Hospitality Wilma Wheeler 760-934-3764
LORP Mark Bagley 760-873-5326
Full Potluck & Social 6:30 pm! “Devils Postpile: Challenges”
Chapter website
Membership Shalle Genevieve* 760-934-9668
Outings Bryce Wheeler 760-934-3764 with Deanna Dulen, Supt., Devils Postpile NM
Outings Asst. Dick Baggett 760-924-5749 New Crowley Lake Community Ctr The Postpile is known for its striking basaltic columns,
Programs Claus Engelhardt 760-872-4596 (next to Crowley Lake Store) but there is much more to this small jewel. Surveys
Publicity
Webmaster
CD Ritter
Owen Maloy
cdritter@mono.ca.gov
760-934-9511 <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> Please bring your own non-disposable table of the park’s resources reveal it is situated at a sig-
QL¿FDQWFURVVURDGRIHFRORJLFDOGLYHUVLW\'HDQQDZLOO
* ExCom member setting and a dish for 6-8 people. GLVFXVVWKHVH¿QGLQJV
TOIYABE TRAILS JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010 5

Eastern Sierra Land Trust coming events SHERWIN WORKING GROUP


BY MARY MCGURKE, ESLT DEVELOPMENT & OUTREACH DIRECTOR CONSENSUS OVERTURNED . . .
F or a close up look at the Eastern Sierra’s winter landscape and how we
are preserving it, please come to one of our upcoming events. Visit our
new website at <www.eslt.org> for more information.
FRQWLQXHGIURPSDJH
ary (UGB) to the top of the Sherwin
Range, with motorized use to the east
consensus believe proper procedure was
violated. The subcommittee did not
In January, ESLT and non-motorized use to the west. report back to the full committee, but
will host a Volun- On Oct 13, a furious winter storm blew simply asked the facilitator to explain its
teer Orientation into Mammoth and turned away many UDWLRQDOHDWWKH¿QDOPHHWLQJ7KHFRP-
Evening. This is a regular participants. As a result, the six- mittee consensus was altered at the 11th
wonderful opportu- month consensus was negated. For some hour by outside phone calls and e-mails
nity to get involved reason, no minutes of the meeting were from the snowmobile community.
with the amazing sent as in the past. In an e-mail a few days Non-members overturn consensus.
community of ESLT ODWHU WKH IDFLOLWDWRU VDLG WKH ¿QDO GUDIW Thus, the consensus was altered by
volunteers! Learn would be put into subcommittee to work people who did not participate in the
more about how as RXWVRPHFKDQJHVDQG¿QDOGHWDLOV open committee. Why did the facilita-
an ESLT volunteer Facilitators violate proper proce- WRUV DOORZ WKLV WR KDSSHQ"$Q RI¿FLDO
you can contribute dure. The full committee received the public comment period by the USFS was
to preserving excep- ³¿QDO GUDIW´ YLD HPDLO RQ D )ULGD\ always to be a part of the process.
tional lands in the 2FWREHUMXVWGD\VEHIRUHWKH¿QDO Note that the committee had always
Eastern Sierra. committee meeting on Tuesday, Novem- been completely open to all user groups.
In February, join Wheeler Ridge Wildlife Migration Corridor: 72 acres of ber 3. No new substantive changes were The nearly 70 of us who volunteered
ESLT for a Moon- ESLT conservation easements permanently protect the allowed. Rather, a celebratory party was EHOLHYHGZHZRXOGIRUJHDGLI¿FXOWFRQ-
light Ski Tour on migration habitat for the Round Valley mule deer herd, and planned, to approve the subcommittee sensus by the presence and participation
lands that have been other wildlife and plant communities. Photo: Stephen Ingram consensus and end our work. of all user groups. The committee recom-
permanently preserved by an ESLT and migration corridor habitats. Expe- ,QWKH¿QDOGUDIWWKHVXEFRPPLWWHH mendations would than go to the USFS
conservation easement. We will quietly ULHQFH¿UVWKDQGWKHLPSRUWDQFHRIWKH had deleted the heart of the winter plan: for the open public comment period.
swish through beautiful meadows and migration corridor and wildlife habitat the boundary separation of motorized What you can do. We’ll keep you
end the evening with warm drinks and that has been permanently protected for use to the east and non-motorized use alerted! The plan is called SHARP (Sher-
dessert. This is an exclusive opportunity plant communities and wildlife. to the west. win Area Recreational Plan). When
WRVHH¿UVWKDQGWKHEHDXW\DQGYDOXHRI What you can do. Visit ESLT’s The reason for this was calls from the you get our alert please tell the Forest
preserving the Eastern Sierra’s working new website (address above) for more snowmobile community. To appease Service to “reinstate the original com-
and wild lands. information, event details, and other op- those who had come to the original mittee consensus to separate motorized
In March, join ESLT for a Wildlife portunities to connect with our treasured consensus, the subcommittee enlarged and non-motorized winter use in Mam-
Migration Corridor Field Trip. Local lands. Also, please join our e-mail mail- a section to include a non-motorized moth Meadow and the Sherwin Range.”
biologists will share their knowledge ing list for monthly updates (info@eslt. “developed” zone only in the meadow This is urgent!
and research on Eastern Sierra wildlife org) or give us a call (760-873-4554). and only after a ski trail system could be *a volunteer citizens’ committee, convened by
developed sometime in the future. the Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes
Those who had agreed on the original Trails & Public Access (MLTPA)
POPPY RESERVE . . .
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important prehistoric sites on Fairmont is scheduled for February 6, 11 -5 pm
Island Hopping in
Butte, and disrupt a sensitive ecological at the Regional Public Library, 601 Channel Islands National Park
area for birds of prey. W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA.
What you can do. The next hearing )RU PRUH LQIRUPDWLRQ DQG WR ¿QG RXW May 7-9; Jul 16-19; Aug 6-9; Sep 10-12, 2010

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where to write to support a NO vote on alifornia’s Channel Islands are Galapagos USA! Marvel at the sight
this project, visit the Save the Poppy RIZKDOHVVHDOVVHDOLRQVUDUHELUGVDQGEOD]LQJZLOGÀRZHUV+LNH
TAHOE GROUP Reserve website at <www.sio2.com/sa-
the wild, windswept trails. Kayak the rugged coastline. Snorkel in pristine
OFFICERS vethepoppyreserve>.
Chair Roger Rosenberger* 305-298-6191 waters. Discover remnants of the Chumash people who lived on these islands
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Carla Ennis
Bryan Holzbauer*
530-573-1834
775-265-1586
for thousands of years. Or just relax at sea. These 3 and 4-day, live-aboard
Treasurer
At Large
At Large
At Large
Jerry Yeazell
Grace Anderson*
Bob Anderson*
Patricia Hickson*
530-588-8216

530-401-1397
Deadline! fundraiser cruises are sponsored by the Angeles Chapter Political Commit-
tee and Sierra Club California Political Committee.
Depart from Santa
Cons. S. Shore Michael Donahoe* 775-588-5466
Cons. N. Shore Ron Grassi
Membership Kay Edwards*
Newsletter Ed Josh Benin
775-588-4565
530-541-1371
MARCH 1 Barbara aboard the
Truth. Fee ($590 for
Outings Glenn Polochko* 530-587-5906 May and Sep; $785
Webmaster
* ExCom member
Bryan Holzbauer* 775-265-1586
for Apr-may-june issue for July & August)
includes an assigned
bunk, all meals,
snacks, and beverag-
es, plus the services
of a ranger/natural-
ist who will travel
with us to lead hikes
on each island and
Built by Sierra Club members in 1934, this rustic, hostel-style point out interesting
lodge stands atop historic Donner Pass, less than an hour features.
from Reno, an hour and a half from Lee Vining, two hours To make a reser-
from Mammoth Lakes, and two and a half hours from Bishop. vation, mail a $100 *HWWLQJUHDG\WRKLNH1LGHYHU&DQ\RQ6DQ0LJXHO,VODQG
Expect convenient access to all mountain activities, excellent check payable to Si- 3KRWR-RDQ-RQHV+ROW]
family style meals, friendly staff, and a casual atmosphere. erra Club to leaders: Joan Jones Holtz & Don Holtz, 11826 The Wye St , El Monte,
The Lodge grooms its own cross-country ski and snowshoe CA 91732. Contact leaders for more information (626-443-0706; jholtzhln@aol.
trails, rents equipment for these activities, and offers cross-
country ski lessons. Quick, easy access to the backcountry!
Announcement: Golden Trout Wilderness Camp 2010
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walk-in camp located in the southern Sierra in Golden
Trout Wilderness near Mt. Whitney. Three one-week nat-
ural history sessions will be held this summer. The $495
tuition includes all meals, canvas tent cabins with cots,
and daily guided naturalist-led hikes. Please go to<www.
goldentroutworkshops.org> for detailed information.
6 JANUARY -FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010 TOIYABE TRAILS

conservation roundup I only went out for


a walk and finally
concluded to stay
out till sundown, for
going out, I found,
20th anniversary celebration of Nevada wilderness International was really going in.
BY MARGE SILL Symposium on — John Muir
On December 5, 1989, the Nevada Wil- on this bill is invited to submit memories to Terminus Lakes
derness Protection Act designating 733, Marge Sill (msill@juno.com) who is com-
DFUHVRIIRUHVWVHUYLFHZLOGHUQHVVZDV piling a short history of Nevada wilderness BY ROSE STRICKLAND Ruby Gas Pipeline
signed into law. This marked the end of a
25-year effort to achieve wilderness in Ne-
and its heroes. FOR THREE DAYS in October, 2009, would scar landscape
over 150 scientists, government agency
vada which previously had only one small Seniors & disabled RI¿FLDOV WULEHV ODZ\HUV DQG FRQVHU- & habitat
wilderness area: the Jarbidge in northeast WRORVH)RUHVW6HUYLFHEHQHÀWV vationists listened to presentations on BY DENNIS GHIGLIERI
Elko County.
Hearings were held in nearly every Nevada
BY MARGE SILL research done on Walker Lake and other THE PROPOSED RUBY GAS PIPELINE
The U.S. Forest Service has announced n rare lakes all over the planet which would cross spectacular 12 Mile Creek
community and in Washington, D.C. This i Canyon on the Nevada-Oregon Border. The
legislation was introduced by Jim Bilbray in the December 1 Federal Register that it will have no outlet. Walker Lake is now on
no longer give a 50% discount on camping the world map as scientists compared proposed pipeline would cut a swath of up
the House and Harry Reid and Dick Bryan
fees to holders of the Golden Age, Senior our Nevada lake (which is threatened to 192 feet across northern Nevada from
in the Senate; it was signed by President
Pass, and Access (disability) passes. This Utah to Oregon. This action would leave a
Ronald Reagan. with declining lake levels and rising permanent scar (and road) over hundreds of
Areas designated were Alta Toquima, will apply to all concession-operated Forest levels of salts) with similar lakes in
Arc Dome, Boundary Peak, Currant Moun- Service Campgrounds. miles of prime sage grouse habitat.
Antarctica, Uzbekistan, the middle east No utility corridor or road now exists
tain, East Humboldt, Grant Range, Mount Free day use of sites will also no longer be
available to holders of these lifetime passes.
and China. Most of the research done where Ruby wants to go. The draft EIS,
Charleston, Mount Moriah, Mount Rose, in Nevada was conducted as a part
Quinn Canyon, Ruby Mountains, Santa Comments on this change (which evidently which studied only Ruby’s selected route
Rosa, Table Mountain, and the Jarbidge has been brought about by lobbying from of the Walker Basin Project, a feder- in detail, should be redone to study less
Extension. large concession companies) will be ac- ally funded project, with Senator Harry environmentally damaging routes.
Many Sierra Club members worked cepted by the Forest Service until Feb. 1. Reid’s assistance.
tirelessly to achieve this victory. Among If the Forest Service makes this change, Participants learned that Walker Lake
these were Roger Scholl, Karen Boeger, the Bureau of Land Management and the waters originate in the East and West
Dennis Ghiglieri, Rose Strickland, Glenn Park Service may follow suit. If many of Walker Rivers in California. These rivers
Miller, Kirk Peterson, Bert Young, Ann us had to pay the full fee to enter a national WKHQÀRZLQWR1HYDGDFRPELQHWRIRUP
and Greg Ebner, Ross Smith, Don Molde, park or monument, we’d no longer have the Walker River in Mason Valley, and
Pete Sferrazza, and particularly Lois Sagel access to the national treasures we helped
create.
XOWLPDWHO\ ÀRZ LQWR :DONHU /DNH QHDU
and her wonderful Soroptimist group in Las Hawthorne, in central Nevada. These wa-
Vegas. Sadly, many of the key players in What you can do. For further informa-
the effort are no longer with us, including tion, please contact Kitty Benzar (ws- WHUVVXSSRUWDJULFXOWXUHUHFUHDWLRQ¿VK
6DOO\ .DELVFK -HDQ )RUG ¿UVW ([HFXWLYH nofee@gmail.com). Those of us who will be and wildlife. Walker Lake is one of only
Director of Friends of Nevada Wilderness), affected by this change should also contact three desert closed lakes with a freshwa-
Catherine Smith, and Amy Mazza. our Senators and Representatives. WHU¿VKHU\LQDOORI1RUWK$PHULFD
What you can do. Anyone who worked Some questions addressed by the
researchers included: What are the
best ways to deliver water, purchased
Huge court victory in water wars from willing sellers, to Walker Lake?
BY ROSE STRICKLAND How can water deliveries be managed
to sustain both the economies of local
On October 19, 2009, Judge Norman Robison overturned the Nevada State communities and the river-lake eco-
Engineer’s granting of water rights to the Southern Nevada Water Authority system? Are alternative crops feasible
(SNWA) in three remote dry valleys in eastern Nevada. The judge bluntly ruled agriculturally? How best can water
WKDWWKHVWDWHRI¿FLDO³DEXVHGKLVGLVFUHWLRQ´DQG³DFWHGDUELWUDULO\FDSULFLRXVO\ conserved by switching to alternative
and oppressively.” crops be delivered to Walker Lake under Twelve-mile Creek Canyon. Photo: Dennis
Attorneys for the Great Basin Water requires the state engineer to protect senior Ghiglieri.
Network had appealed the decision on behalf water rights, his vacated ruling would have existing federal and state water laws?
of local farmers, ranchers, residents, and con- meant that local residents whose livelihoods What you can do. Find more in- The Sierra Club is not necessarily opposed
servationists. These groups feared removal are based on access to scarce water resourc- formation on these and other research to building a gas pipeline but wants several
of 6 billion gallons of groundwater per year es would have to sue the SNWA each time questions at Toiyabe Chapter website, alternatives studied in detail, including ones
from Cave, Delamar, and Dry Lake Valleys its pumping adversely affected their wells <www.toiyabe.sierraclub.org>. which would follow existing road, rail,
ZRXOGVLJQL¿FDQWO\GLPLQLVKWKHLUZDWHUULJKWV and springs. This court “remedy” would power and gas utility corridors.
and also harm the threatened and endangered repeatedly pit rural residents against the $¿QDO(,6LVVFKHGXOHGWREHUHOHDVHGLQ
species dependent on apparently unlimited Wildlife damage management: January 2010. See the latest at <http://toi-
yabe.sierraclub.org/RubyPipeline.html>.
rare desert springs financial and legal What does it mean?
supported by the resources of the wa-
BY DON MOLDE
groundwater aquifer. ter authority.
The judge found An SNWA spokep- A FEW YEARS AGO, the Nevada legisla- to sage grouse). Despite that expenditure
that the state engi- erson quickly at- ture passed a law which assesses sports- and the fact that there has been no increase
neer had arbitrarily tacked the court men a special $3 fee when a license/tag in deer numbers, the theory lives on. And
increased the esti- ruling, claiming is purchased. That fee goes to the Nevada NDOW has over $600,000 in its predator
mate of water avail- it was biased and Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to be management budget to start FY 2010.
able in the valleys “flat wrong” and used for predator management. The theory, NDOW does not kill coyotes and cougars
without specific threatening an ap- espoused by some sportsmen, is that preda- directly. Rather, it contracts with APHIS/
empirical data. The peal to the Nevada tors (coyotes, cougars) are the direct cause Wildlife Services (formerly ADC) to do so
judge also noted A September 25, 2009 Ely Court hearing by Judge Supreme Court. In of Nevada’s “low” mule deer population LQ DUHDV ZKHUH 1'2: WKLQNV D ³EHQH¿W´
Robison to hear oral arguments on the GBWN (100,000 instead of twice that, last seen
that the engineer “is lawsuit against the State Engineer’s 3-basin ruling a press release from might occur. NDOW has made modest
simply hoping for was crowded by local farmers and residents, tribal the Great Basin Wa- about 30 years ago). Therefore, they argue, attempts to monitor game populations, pre/
the best while com- representatives, a county commissioner, and ter Network, Susan killing predators will enhance deer popula- SRVWNLOOLQJEXWZLWKRXWVFLHQWL¿FDOO\YDOLG
mitting to undo his conservationists. Photo: Dennis Ghiglieri. Lynn responded to tion for hunters, and increase NDOW rev- study designs, the results are inconclusive.
decision if the worst occurs.” SNWA’s attack on the Judge by saying enue through license/tag sales. A persistent irritant for those sportsmen
According to testimony at the water hear- “Such a response is consistent with SNWA Although NDOW biologists published and Commissioners has been an inability
ing, the state engineer had cut the amount management’s inability to engage in self- DGH¿QLWLYHVWXG\LQORRNLQJDW to obtain higher numbers of cougar kills
of water to be reserved for future growth FULWLFDOUHÀHFWLRQDERXWLWVDVWURQRPLFDOO\ years of history with the animal, showing (currently about 150/year). Recently, a
as required by the interbasin water transfer expensive, utterly misguided, and environ- that degraded habitat conditions/drought/ Commissioner suggested declassifying the
requirements in state water law. The engi- mentally catastrophic pipeline project.” ¿UH DUH WKH SULPDU\ UHDVRQV IRU FXUUHQW cougar from game species (can’t be hunted
QHHUDOVRGHFLGHGWKDWQRVSHFL¿FSURWHFWLRQ What you can do. For more details on population levels, some sportsmen and po- by air) to “varmint” status so it could be
of existing water rights was needed since the water wars, see the Chapter website litically appointed Wildlife Commissioners hunted/killed by fixed-wing aircraft or
pumping impacts would not likely impact at <www.toiyabe.sierraclub.org>, and the were not persuaded. They have spent about helicopter.
WKHGRZQÀRZEDVLQVIRUDWOHDVW\HDUV GBWN website at <www.greatbasinwater- $2,000,000 since FY 2000 to kill coyotes, What you can do. For further informa-
Although the Nevada state water law network.org>. cougars and ravens (thought to be a threat tion, contact me at skyshrink@aol.com.
TOIYABE TRAILS JANUARY - FEBRUARY -MARCH 2010 7

The richest values of 2000 National Conservation Area Act: Conservation news of Northern Nevada
wilderness lie not in Hope encounters reality BY ERIK HOLLAND, CHAPTER EXCOM MEMBER & PRESIDENT OF VOTERS FOR SENSIBLE GROWTH

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the days of Daniel BY TINA NAPPE ustainable water supplies. Here in Northern Nevada, we successfully passed
Boone nor even in the IN 2000 SENATOR RICHARD BRYAN cre- WC3, an initiative that ties growth to known and sustainable water supplies.
present, but rather in ated a legacy for Nevada with passage of We are now working on getting that language into our regional plan. Unfor-
the Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon WXQDWHO\RI¿FLDOVFRQWLQXHWRLQVHUWODQJXDJHDOORZLQJWKHUHJLRQWR³¿QGPRUH
the future. - Emigrant Trail National Conservation water.” Translation: import water from nearby counties. The latest attempt is to
— Aldo Leopold $UHD$FW ,Q  DQ DPELWLRXV PDQDJH- incorporate the language of WC3 into the regional plan, but include a “decision
ment plan was approved. Two years later, WUHH´LQZKLFKRQHGHFLVLRQFRXOGEHWR³¿QGPRUHDYDLODEOHZDWHU´The initiative
BLM convened a group of people interested was silent on water import, so the regional plan should also be silent.
Wild horse preserves in the Black Rock and laid out a list of
projects totaling $20,000,000. BLM had Leapfrog annexa- Northern Nevada local government daily trips along the
in the Midwest virtually no money to invest in the NCA. tions. Sparks has re- idea of “growth within limits” Pyramid Highway
Could we help? cently begun a series (and their carbon
BY TINA NAPPE
Two organizations provide some assis- of illegal leapfrog emissions); and per-

© Erik Holland 2009.


SECRETARY OF INTERIOR KEN SALAZAR annexations, which haps returning to a
tance. These are Nevada Outdoor School
proposes creating two wild horse preserves Voters for Sensible more sensible region-
and Friends of the Black Rock. Their web-
in the Midwest to maintain approximately Growth has been al plan.
sites provide information on their activities.
6000 horses. The cost of acquiring and challenging through Spring Moun-
Sierra Club member David Book serves on
developing these preserves will be $93-96 the administrative tain green commu-
the Friends board and also leads a number of
PLOOLRQ 6DOD]DU SURSRVHV ¿YH DGGLWLRQDO process. Legal ac- nity location. We
Sierra Club outings to the Black Rock.
horse preserves in partnership with non- tion may follow. would be interested
The Black Rock Committee, on which
SUR¿WRUJDQL]DWLRQV Up-zoning in in working with the
I serve as a Sierra Club representative,
Wild horse advocates have wanted up to Winnemucca GHYHORSHUWR¿QGDO-
originally established by the Sierra Front
2500 horses in discrete herds, but capable of Ranch. Our lawsuit on Reno’s up-zoning ternatives to his plans for building a green
- Northwestern Great Basin Resource
mixing gene pools. However, the Great Ba- on the distant Winnemucca Ranch will community. They say Spring Mountain will
Advisory Committee, continues and meets
sin Desert is unlike the Great Plains grass- be heard in District Court by Judge Brent EHWKHZRUOG¶V¿UVWWRWDOO\DOWHUQDWLYHHQHUJ\
several times a year. This year, for instance,
lands, which are adapted to multitudes of Adams on January 28. Meanwhile, we have powered community. As we build a new
BLM hosted a three-day meeting on how to
grass grazing animals like horses or bison. learned the developer will consider selling green economy that can begin to put people
evaluate and prioritize water sources in the
In the Great Basin Desert, the highly nu- the ranch at “fair market appraised value”. back to work, we want to harness this posi-
NCA. What is their condition now? What
tritious bunch grasses are not adapted to The payoff to spending $10-50 million to tive part of the Spring Mountain developer’s
are the impacts on them? Which springs
sustaining large numbers of hoofed animals buy this ranch will be huge. Savings to our plans. Our issue is not the development, but
have priority for management? The Com-
like sheep, cattle, or horsesall year. Instead, region include: not spending $1.5 billion on where it is located. We want to direct growth
mittee has reviewed a travel management
Great Basin grasses evolved in the absence LA style freeways; saving at least 27,000 towards our traditional urban cores.
plan, signage, the growing OHV use, and
of heavy grazing.
horse impact.
Horse talk
Grass in the Great Basin doesn’t grow
In 2005 the Committee viewed a spring
year round. After being cropped once or
in High Rock Canyon where the Nevada
twice, a bunch grass dies and is replaced
Department of Wildlife proposed a water BY ROSE STRICKLAND
with sage brush (which is virtually unpal-
development (guzzler) nearby. A small RANGE CONS, WILD HORSE enthusiasts, balance” as mandated by the 1971 Wild
atable) or annual grasses like cheat grass
seep, previously used by bighorn sheep, was academics, tribal and animal rights repre- Horse & Burro law, but there was little
(which is minimally nutritious and highly
dominated by growing numbers of horses. sentatives, scientists, hunters, ranchers, state agreement on what constituted “thriving
ÀDPPDEOH 
BLM assured the group that horse numbers and federal agency managers, politicians ecological balance.”
Salazar is also proposing that some Herd
would be reduced. The Committee did not and conservationists gathered in early No- Tribal representatives told the conference
Management Areas (HMAs) be for geldings
endorse the guzzler. vember to discuss management and public that over 20,000 wild horses on reservations
only. When horse roundups occur, horses
This month the Committee drafted a letter policy on wild and feral horses and burros were not counted in the Dept. of Interior
returned to public lands might have sex
of support for the Calico herd horse removal in the U.S. The conferencewas organized population estimates , but were causing
ratios adjusted with proportionately more
planned for December but now placed on by the Society for Range Management and the same adverse impacts evident on public
stallions or geldings than mares. Or PZP,
hold by horse advocates. Approximately co-sponsored by the Sierra Club; it was held lands.
the fertility drug, will be used on mares to
2500 horses were to be removed leaving in Sparks and included a tour of wild horse Domestic horse breeders explained some
retard pregnancy for several years. The
 KRUVHV DV SHU WKH +HUG 0DQDJH- facilities north of Reno. unintended consequences of a recent ban
goal is to eventually maintain horses within
ment plan. The Committee has established The purpose of the conference was to on horse slaughter in the U.S. People are
their HMAs, with the excess horses -- ide-
a horse subcommittee and may review the search for (1) practical solutions to the abandoning pet horses and dumping horse
ally, young animals -- equaling the current
guzzler issue. current wild horse and burro dilemma on carcasses, because no “legal” and affordable
adoption rate of about 3500 animals annu-
What you can do. If you are interested in public rangelands and to (2) address the disposal options are available.
ally. If implemented, the need for roundups
helping with the Black Rock Desert, please issue of domestic horse disposal and release All agreed there is a need to educate
will decrease.
contact me (tnappe@nvbell.net) or Friends on public and private lands. The downturn people about wild horses, their manage-
Like many other efforts at compromise,
of the Black Rock Desert. in the economy and closure of all horse ment, impacts upon rangeland ecosystems,
no one is happy. The horse advocates don’t
want any horses removed from public lands. slaughter facilities in the U.S. has made population numbers and dynamics, fertil-
Horses are wild and “natural” and the land New National Monument this a problem. ity control and alternative management
will eventually “adjust” to their grazing. The conference panels covered the is- options.
proposal in LasVegas Valley sues of increasing wild horse and burro What you can do. For more information
Ranchers, sportsmen, and conservationists,
meanwhile, recognize that Congress is un- BY YUKI TAKAGI populations (resulting in negative impacts RQKRZDQRQSUR¿WRUJDQL]DWLRQLVIDFLOL-
likely to adequately fund the proposal and NESTLED BETWEEN RED ROCK National on wildlife and other multiple uses of tating wild horse adoptions, go to: <www.
remove excess horses, as well as maintain Conservation Area and Desert National Wild- public lands), declining adoption demand, mustangheritagefoundation.org>. If you’re
the 30,000 already in long-term care. life Refuge, just a stone’s throw away from increasing costs for BLM holding facilities, interested in feral horse problems and do-
Horses (now 37,000 in number) on BLM the Las Vegas metropolitan area, late Pleis- and destroying of the domestic wild horse PHVWLFKRUVHLVVXHV\RXFDQ¿QGRXWPRUH
lands are reproducing at 20% per year tocene paleontological sites in Upper Las market due to feral horse disposition. at: <www.unitedorgsofthe horse.org>.
and expanding out of their HMAs as they Vegas Wash (also known as Tule Springs), 'LVFXVVLRQVZHUHGLI¿FXOWGXHWRGLIIHULQJ For tips on what Sierra Club members
overgraze their current lands. Conserva- await increased federal protection. opinions. Much support was expressed for can do on the wild horse issue, check out
tionists fear the loss of biological diver- Ice Age mam- keeping wild horses and burros on public the chapter website at: <www.toiyabe.
sity and eventually the end of the Great malian fossils rangelands in “thriving natural ecological sierraclub.org>.
Basin Desert. LGHQWL¿HG LQFOXGH
the Colombian sil-bearing site in the American southwest increased illicit recreation demand, and il-
mammoth, ground tracks this critical time period, this area legal dumping of residential and industrial
sloth, North LV XQLTXHO\ TXDOL¿HG IRU GHVLJQDWLRQ DV D waste, as well as ongoing vandalism and
American lion, National Monument. possible looting of irreplaceable paleonto-
Don’t forget This particular Columbian camelops, bison, In addition to its paleontological treasures, logical resources.
mammoth tooth was exca- and ancient spe- the Upper Las Vegas Wash area provides What you can do. Please contact your
to visit the vated from a pluvial spring cies of horses.
deposit on a private prop- The area, with
habitat for rare plants and animals, many of
them listed as sensitive by the State of Ne-
U.S. Senators and Representative now and
ask them to move swiftly to ensure the per-
Chapter erty nearby the proposed nearly 600 iden-
National Monument area. WL¿HG IRVVLO VLWHV
vada. These sensitive species include the Las
Vegas bearpoppy, Merriam’s bearpoppy, Las
manent protection of the Upper Las Vegas
Wash/Tule Springs area. You can also take
website
Photo courtesy: Dr. Stephen is scientifically Vegas buckwheat, kit fox, and many others. action by visiting Southern Nevada Group’s
Rowland of the Dept. of Geo- noted as one of
The desert tortoise, Nevada’s State Reptile website at: <http://nevada.sierraclub.org/
science at Univ. of Nevada,
Las Vegas.
the largest and (currently a threatened species under the En- sngroup/index.html>.
<http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> most significant
in the Southwestern United States. The
dangered Species Act), is also found there.
Unfortunately, the fossil beds and sur-
NOTE. Paleontological information courtesy of
Kathleen Springer, Senior Curator of Geological
time period extends from 200,000 years ago rounding fragile desert ecosystem are Sciences, and Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontol-
until about 7000 years ago. As no other fos- threatened by urban sprawl, ongoing or ogy, of the San Bernardino County Museum.
CONSERVATION continued on page 2.
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Great Basin Group


Calendar
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 JANUARY 1 (FRIDAY)


Annual New Year’s Day Assault on
JANUARY 2 (SATURDAY)
Beginner’s Cross-Country Ski. In Mt.
Prison Hill. Climb Prison Hill in Carson Rose Meadows. Learn basics from other
City then follow ridge line S, dropping back Sierra Club x-c skiers: How to fall down;
Group News down near Mexican Dam. Meet 9 am. Fol-
low Mexican Ditch trail back to cars. Bring
KRZ WR JHW XS KRW WR VNL RQ ÀDWV 0XVW
provide own equipment. Half-day trip;
those left over goodies you want to get rid of bring lunch, water, sunscreen, warm cloth-
Mountain of trash may come to to share. Dogs not recommended. Alternate
hike available if there’s heavy snow. About
ing. ND. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055;
edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Gracie Caudill
the most mountainous state 6 mi, 1100 ft gain. DL. Leader: Donna In- (233-6404; myoki@att.net). Easy.
BY DAVID VON SEGGERN versin (775-315-6763). Easy. JANUARY 4 (MONDAY)

I n the high desert 28 miles west of Winnemucca, Nevada, is a site now JANUARY 1 (FRIDAY) Great Basin Group ExCom. We meet on
QDPHGDVWKHSURSRVHG-XQJR/DQG¿OO$&DOLIRUQLDFRPSDQ\FDOOHG5H- Leader’s Choice New Year’s Day Recov- WKH¿UVW0RQGD\RIWKHPRQWK,QIR'DYLG
ery Hike. Meet 10 am to accommodate von Seggern (303-8461).
FRORJ\ IRUPDOO\1RU&DO LVDWWHPSWLQJWRGHYHORSWKHODQG¿OO,WKDVEHHQ late-night revelers. Truckee Meadows vi-
discussed for several years but is only now receiving intense attention by JANUARY 9 (SATURDAY)
cinity. Mod. easy hike for healthy start to
local activists and civic-minded citizens of Humboldt County. Carson Pass Cross-Country Ski. Meet 9
the new year. Leader: David von Seggern
am. Intermediate-level x-c ski trip to Carson
7KHODQG¿OOLISHUPLWWHGZLOOEULQJLQ an indication of how inadequate Nevada (303-8461). DL. Mod. easy.
Pass. Somewhere in sight of Elephant’s
million pounds (4000 tons) of non-recy- law is with respect to air quality, the devel- JANUARY 2 (SATURDAY) Back. About 5-6 mi on rolling terrain. Not
clable trash (including hazardous waste) oper is not required to have any permanent El Dorado Canyon near Dayton. Day too steep, but with a few hills. Moderate
IURPWKH%D\DUHDRI&DOLIRUQLD¿YHGD\V air monitoring equipment at the site. hike. Meet 8:30 am. About 13 mi on an in GLI¿FXOW\1'/HDGHU5LGJH:DONHU 
a week, via train, for 95 years. The project The merits of this site are doubtful. and out, under 1000 ft gain. Riparian habitat 8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Valerie
now encompasses one full section of land, Local residents have pictures of the with many crossings of small stream. Lunch Anderson (828-0302). Moderate.
but the company has options on three ad- proposed site being underwater in years at natural arch. Also small slot canyon to JANUARY 10 (SUNDAY)
jacent sections. This would undoubtedly with wet spring weather. The dominant view on way out. Learn some history of
Tamarack Palisades Snowshoe. Meet
EHFRPH1HYDGDµVODUJHVWODQG¿OO west winds would certainly carry the area. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935).
Moderate. Please see GB CALENDAR, page 9.
The Nevada Division of Environmental odors to the nearest town of Winnemuc-
Protection has expressed their intent to is- ca. In all, it’s one more attempt by out-
suee an air-quality permit for the site. As Please see TRASH MOUNTAIN, page 9. GREAT BASIN GROUP PROGRAM MEETINGS
BY VALERIE ANDERSEN
For more information on any program, contact Valerie Andersen
Carson Valley Trails Association Receives (828-0302, mtnval@sbcglobal.net). All programs are open to the public
National Park Service Grant “River of Hope: was featured in a National Geographic Chan-
BY BARB WILSON, CVTA TRAILS AWARENESS VICE PRESIDENT The Truckee River Chronicles” nel program titled “The Animal Extractors”

T
Jan. 14, 2010 (Thursday) in 2006. Lackey will offer a brief overview
he Carson Valley Trails Association (CVTA) has been awarded a tech- of the natural history of bears in our state,
Time: 7 pm social, 7:30 pm program
nical assistance grant from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails Location: Bartley Ranch Park, Reno including basic biological information. He
& Conservation Assistance program. The grant will provide the assistance Frank X. Mullen, Jr., author will then discuss bear management issues,
and expertise of a National Park Service (NPS) outdoor recreation planner and an investigative reporter WKUHDWVDQGRSSRUWXQLWLHV:LWKZLOG¿UHV
to work with CVTA for one to two years. for the Reno Gazette-Jour- drought, and human encroachment into their
trail up Sierra Canyon to the Tahoe nal, will explore the geo- habitat, bear encounters are no longer un-
The NPS planner will help CVTA common. For a preview of the information to
Rim Trail, and a connecting trail to the logic and environmental
create strategies for working together be covered, check out the Wildlife & Habitat
Kingsbury Grade in Pine Basin area. history of the Truckee River
with both the private and public sec- with an audiovisual look at section of the NDOW web site, <http://www.
tors to reach the organization’s goal of Environmental studies for this trail ndow.org/>. Carl has
his book-in-progress, River
establishing the Carson Valley Trail, a system have begun and are expected to of Hope: The Truckee River produced and posted
continuous, non-motorized recreational continue through most of 2010. Trail Chronicles. The Truckee River created our many fascinating re-
trail system circling the Carson Val- construction is expected to begin during valley and has nurtured life from time imme- ports, including a 46-
ley. When completed, this trail will spring of 2011. morial. Only a few decades after emigrant page booklet, “Ecol-
implement most of Douglas County’s CVTA’s annual meeting will be held pioneers began using it as a highway in ogy & Conservation
on Monday, January 18, 2010, at the 1844, the once-pristine stream had become of Nevada’s Black
Comprehensive Trails Plan.
Genoa Town Hall. The meeting is open an open sewer– an odorous “Reno chowder” Bears,” as well as his-
In 2008, CVTA received a $396,378 torical and current
Nevada Division of State Lands Ques- to the public. In addition, CVTA is plan- ±GHSOHWHGRI¿VKDQGELUGVSHFLHV,IFRQ-
sidered at all, the Truckee was often seen as Photo: Jim Nelson. statistics on black
tion 1 Grant for the Genoa Foothill Trail ning the 4th annual “Hike for Health”
to raise funds for the cash match for EOLJKWRQWKHFRPPXQLW\DQGDÀRRGKD]DUG Please see GB PROGRAMS, page 9.
System project to fund two-thirds of the to be walled off in concrete and ignored. To-
approximately 24-mile trail system near the Question 1 grant. There will be day, things have changed. Slowly, the insults
Genoa, Nevada. This project proposes two events: (1) a silent and live auction to our river are being corrected. Anyone who
two general loop trails, a connecting event on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at
the Genoa Town Hall in Genoa and (2)
has enjoyed Frank Mullen’s performances
as a Chautauqua character knows this talk
Don’t forget
GREAT BASIN GROUP a month-long “Hike for Health” Chal- promises to be dynamic! Mullen is also the to visit the
OFFICERS lenge beginning on April 22 and ending author of The Donner Party Chronicles: A
Chair David von Seggern* -- on May 23, 2010. Complete details Day-by-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon
Train, 1846-47.
Great Basin Group
website
Vice-Chair Holly Coughlin* -- about both events will be posted on the
Secretary Julie Woodard* -- CVTA website early in 2010. “Be Bear Aware!”
Treasurer Chip Latham* --
The Carson Valley Trails Asso- February 11, 2010 (Thursday) <http://nevada.sierraclub.org/
Conservation David von Seggern --
FLDWLRQ LV D QRQSUR¿W YROXQWHHUEDVHG Time: 7 pm social, 7:30 pm program
Distribution Carol Tresner --
organization working with partners to Location: Bartley Ranch Park, Reno gbgroup>
Energy Jeff Hardcastle --
provide access to public lands through Join wildlife biologist Carl Lackey for an in-
Membership Cathy Schmidt*
Outings
--
Holly Coughlin* -- a recreational trail system for present formative discussion on Nevada’s black bear & the
Chapter website
Political Chip Latham* -- and future generations to enjoy. More population. Lackey is a well-known black
bear specialist from the Nevada Department
Programs Valerie Andersen* -- information about the organization is
of Wildlife and has overseen the bear control
Webmaster Howard Goldbaum -- available online at <www.carsonval- program for more than 13 years. His work
<http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org>
* ExCom members
leytrails.org>.
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Great Basin Group


9am, return 3pm. Ascend off-trail 600-700 area. Optional extension after lunch to
ft through forest from just N of little Tama- scale ridge. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-
rack Lake. A little steep in places. Com-
ing up rounded backside of promontory
we’ll be on top of large granite wall 300ft
Calendar 530-2935). Easy.
MARCH 6 (SATURDAY)
Pig Rock to Monkey Condos. Meet 9 am.
above valley, halfway between Mt Rose
continued from page 8 Fun trip to see and learn about amazing
& Tamarack Peak. About 3 mi. Expecting
geological rock formations. About 5-6 mi,
to need snowshoes. DOK. Leader: Gary P
Spooner Summit North on TRT. Meet pm at home of Yvonne Jerome. All members 900 ft gain, optional peak bag after lunch.
Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@
8:30am, return 4pm. Starting at 7200 ft welcome to join us to help plan outings DL. Leader: Valerie Andersen (828-0302;
charter.net). Mod. easy.
Spooner Summit, steadily ascend N through for April-May-June. Bring potluck dish to mtnval@sbcglobal.net). Co-Leader: Sharon
JANUARY 16 (SATURDAY) high forests on Tahoe Rim Trail. In about share. All beverages provided. Call Yvonne Marie Wilcox (852-5075). Mod. easy.
Relay Ridge Snowshoe. Meet 8:45 am. 4 mi, reach 8500-9000-ft level; good vis- for directions; leaders will receive e-mail MARCH 7 (SUNDAY)
This is fantastic outing for views of Lake tas of Lake Tahoe along way. Likely to with directions. ND. Leader: Yvonne Je- Ophir Creek Overlook Snowshoe. Meet
Tahoe and Tahoe Meadows from top of need snowshoes along most of trail. DOK. rome (851-3043; why@clearwire.net). Co- 9am, return 3pm. Start at 8600 ft in Tahoe
ridge. About 5 mi, 1400 ft gain. Learn about Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Easy. Meadows, snowshoe into snow-draped
unique plants along way. Trip limit 12. DL. gphanneman@charter.net). Moderate. FEBRUARY 27 (SATURDAY) IRUHVWDQGKHDG60DQ\¿QHYLVWDVRI/DNH
Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co- FEBRUARY 1 (MONDAY) Spooner Summit North on TRT. Meet 9 Tahoe while gently ascending below and
Leader: Vesna Koracin (324-4092). Mod.
Great Basin Group ExCom. We meet on am. Snowshoe N along Tahoe Rim Trail past Chickadee Ridge; veer off-trail to over-
Strenuous.
WKH¿UVW0RQGD\RIWKHPRQWK,QIR'DYLG starting from Spooner Summit. Spectacular look about 600 ft above Ophir Creek. About
JANUARY 23 (SATURDAY) von Seggern (303-8461). views of Tahoe in winter; cozy place for 5 mi. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman
Buckland’s Station (S of Silver Springs) FEBRUARY 13 (SATURDAY) lunch. About 1000 ft gain, 5-6 mi. Hint: (775-336-7698; gphanneman@charter.net).
Day Hike. Meet 8:30 am. Loop of about This is equivalent to 8-9 mi hiking. Learn Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (775-851-3043;
10 mi on flat ground. Start at historic Churchill Butte Day Hike (near Silver sjerome@att.net). Mod. easy.
about TRT. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin
Buckland’s Station, proceed downstream Springs). Meet 8:30 am. Scale butte
(331-7488). Co-Leader: Vesna Koracin MARCH 13-17 (SATURDAY-
along Carson River, enjoy riparian habitat. overlooking historic Ft Churchill, parts of
(324-4092). Moderate. WEDNESDAY)
Some recent beaver activity visible. Return emigrant wagon route, ancient and modern
Lake Lahontan, Pony Express Trail and FEBRUARY 28 (SUNDAY) Death Valley Digital Photography &
on segment of Pony Express Trail route.
Lincoln Hway. Learn some history of area. Centennial Park Carson City to Mound Exploration. Join retired photographer
Learn some history of area. State Park walk-
$ERXWPLDWOHDVWIWJDLQDOOLQ¿UVW House Loop. Meet 9 am. Follow trailfrom and teacher Graham Stafford on car camp
in fee is $1/person. Option to tour remains
4 mi. Parts of hike are off-trail with steep east side of Carson City up to ridge line trip into Death Valley’s photographers’
of Fort Churchill on your own after hike.
descents. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530- overlooking Mound House and new V & wonderland. Visit Eureka Dunes, dunes at
ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935).
2935). Strenuous. T Railroad Line. If no one has destroyed Stove Pipe Wells, and dunes at Saratoga
Moderate.
FEBRUARY 20 (SATURDAY) it we’ll get to view an interesting piece of Springs, Racetrack and Artist Drive. All
JANUARY 24 (SUNDAY) ‘folk art’ along way. About 5 mi, 500 ft gain. levels of photography experience happily
Beginners Snowshoe. Meet 9 am. Learn Sawmill in Desert Day Hike. Meet 8:30 accepted -- beginners strongly encouraged.
DL. Leader: Donna Inversin (775.315.6763;
basics for using your own snowshoes, then DP$ERXW  PL ORRS PRVWO\ ÀDW QHDU Graham will cover all aspects of digital
dinversin@yahoo.com). Mod. easy.
go on short outing in local area with skilled Buckland’s Station, S of camera and general photography with
Silver Springs along MARCH 1
leaders. Must bring snowshoes, clothing (MONDAY) class handouts. See examples of Graham’s
for weather, lunch. About 2-4 mi depend- lower Carson River. work on his website (www.grahamstafford.
ing on group; little gain. Trip limit 15. DL. See and ponder re- Great Basin com). ND. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-
Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763). mains of sawmill
in desert, then see
It’s not just Group ExCom.
We meet on the
686-8478; graham@grahamstafford.com).
Co-Leader: Grace Blaylock (846-2758). Mod. easy.
Mod. easy. current route of rail-
road which services a good basin, first Monday of
the month. Info: MARCH 14 (SUNDAY)
JANUARY 31 (SUNDAY) Hawthorn, hike on David von Seg- Sagehen Creek Snowshoe. Meet 9 am.
Jumbo Grade Shuttle. meet 9 am. An
easier Jumbo Grade hike with great views
route of Carson and
Colorado Railroad,
it’s a gern (303-8461). Snowshoe in Sagehen Creek area. Observe
and try to identify wildlife tracks in snow.
MARCH 6
of Washoe Valley and Slide Mountain.
About 10 mi one way with shuttle; about
early 1880’s. ND.
Leader: T A Taro
GREAT BASIN! (SATURDAY) About 6 mi, 800 ft gain. Trip limit 14.
DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488).
950 ft gain. DL. Leader: Donna Inversin Wa s h o e C o . Co-Leader: Vesna Koracin (324-4092).
(775-530-2935).
(775-315-6763; dinversin@yahoo.com). Parks Service Moderate.
Mod. easy.
Moderate. Trip. Meet 8:30
FEBRUARY 20 am. Help Washoe MARCH 14 (SUNDAY)
JANUARY 31 (SUNDAY) (SATURDAY) Co. Parks Department by working in one of Historic Virginia City Flume System.
Tamarack Peak Ridgeline Snowshoe. regional parks. Due to reduction of budgets Meet 8:30 am. Welcome back Daylight
GB GROUP Meet 9am, return 3pm. Slowly snowshoe
up 1000 ft to reach Tamarack Peak’s
IRU SDUNV YROXQWHHUV DUH ¿OOLQJ LQ WR GR Savings Time! See part of historic Virginia
&LW\ÀXPHV\VWHPRQ0F&OHOODQ3HDNQHDU
routine cleanup and improvements. Please
PROGRAMS . . . fabulous vistas, including all 22 mi down join in and show Sierra Club supports our Carson City. See part of 1870 wooden box
continued from page 8 Lake Tahoe. Occasionally encounter ski- parks. Work most of day, depending on ex- ÀXPH URXWH )OXPH EURXJKW ZDWHU IURP
ers jumping off north side. Beautiful, deep act needs. ND. Leader: David von Seggern Carson Range to Virginia City. About 10
bear mortalities and complaints. snow banks on way up. About 5-6 mi. DOK. (775-303-8461). Mod. easy. mi, under 800 ft gain. Some off trail. High
“Renewable Energy Projects Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; MARCH 6 (SATURDAY) clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle necessary,
gphanneman@charter.net). Co-Leader: or possible ride share. Learn some history
in Northern Nevada” Lahontan Reservoir near Silver Springs. of area. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-
March 11, 2010 (Thursday) Chuck Oliveira (775-786-2988; colivei-
Meet 8:30 am. Explore shoreline. Enjoy 2935). Moderate.
Time: 7 pm social, 7:30 pm program ra55@yahoo.com). Moderate.
silence and stark beauty of area. About 5
Location: Bartley Ranch Park, Reno FEBRUARY 22 (MONDAY) mi, in-and-out hike along “beach.” View MARCH 20 (SATURDAY)
Where is Northern Nevada Outings Meeting & Potluck. Meet 6:30 tufa formations. Learn some history of First Day of Spring Service Clean-up
when it comes to renewable Trip.0HHWDP7RGD\LV¿UVWGD\RI
energy? Hear answers and Spring and perfect time to join us in clean-
ideas from Dr. Jason Geddes, up near Hidden Valley which we call Clean
Reno’s first Environmental TRASH MOUNTAIN . . . Water Parkway Trail. Last year we hauled
Services administrator and continued from page 8 out truckloads of trash. Our efforts have
the former Environmental paid off as there is minimal new trash, but
VLGHUVWRÀXVKWKHLUSUREOHPVLQ1HYDGD of county commissioners (Humboldt Co.)
Affairs manager for the Uni- still enough to warrant another trip. Work
versity of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Geddes will as with the nuclear waste repository at paved the way for this project two years from 9:30-11, then take optional hike up to
GHVFULEHWKHFLW\¶VODWHVWHQHUJ\HI¿FLHQF\DQG Yucca Mountain. ago by making two minor changes to the rock pinnacle. Top provides some fantastic
renewable energy projects, including solar Local activists have recently used an &RXQW\&RGHDOORZLQJIRUDVHFRQGODQG¿OO scenery and exercise for those inclined.
photovoltaic systems, wind turbine demonstra- opinion poll mailed to an unbiased sam- and the import of toxic waste. Bring gardening type gloves and desire to
tion programs, solar thermal heating systems ple of 198 registered voters. The results Nevadans Against Garbage (NAG) make Truckee Meadows more beautiful.
DQGOLJKWLQJUHWUR¿WV+HZLOODOVRGHWDLOWKH ZHUHIDYRUWKHODQG¿OO RSSRVH leaders became aware of the true scope Leaders: Holly, Pat, Doug, Julie, Mike.
current status of recycling in Reno, where he WKHODQG¿OO XQGHFLGHG 7KH of the project in August 2008 and began DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488).
leads the Green Team, implements action plans, next step will be to use whatever legal sounding the alarm. Those in opposi- Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (359-5089).
and communicates with the public. In 2002, Dr. means possible to override the county tion have been heartened by a recent Easy.
Geddes served in the Nevada Legislature on commission’s approval of the site. rider attached to an appropriations bill MARCH 27 (SATURDAY)
the Education, Judiciary, Natural Resources,
Agriculture, and Mining committees, and spon-
An independent petition committee by Senator Reid in October. This rider Hot Springs & Cold Nights. 7 am Meet
sored legislation dealing with sustainability. of concerned citizens has recently been directs the U.S. Geological Survey to 7 am. Join an experienced Black Rock
He is also a member of the Nevada System of formed. The committee’s purpose is to do a thorough hydrological study of the traveler for weekend hot springs tour. Exact
Higher Education Board of Regents, where he place an initiative on the 2010 general elec- proposed site. View more information at
currently serves as Vice Chair. tion ballot to block the project. The board <KWWSQRODQG¿OOZRUGSUHVVFRP>. Please see GB CALENDAR, page 12.
10 JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH 2010 TOIYABE TRAILS

Southern Nevada Group


The
Calendar
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.)
ALL EVENTS INCLUDE CONSERVATION EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator Ref. No. 2008-0041.
Southern Nevada Group JANUARY 1, 2010 (FRIDAY) JANUARY 4 (MONDAY)
*Pinto Valley, LMNRA. Begin this 8 mi Group ExCom Meeting. Time & Place:
loop at Mile 18 on North Shore Rd. See a SORFDO6LHUUD&OXERI¿FH6WK
Group News spring, narrow canyons, rock formations.
What makes various colors? Leader: David
St. (at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All members
welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham
Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarq- (285-6832, krissysjake@gmail.com).
Monthly meetings mail.com; e-mail preferred). Level 2-3. JANUARY 9 (SATURDAY)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for The next ExCom meeting dates are JANUARY 1 (FRIDAY) *China Ranch Car Shuttle. Amargosa
the second Wednesday of every month Mondays, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, and Mar. 1. Hangover Hike: Valley of Pillars in Rain- Wild & Scenic River, date shakes, optional
(except August and holidays) for the All members welcome. Info: Kristine bow Gardens. Start New Year right by soak. Where is river’s source? About 6 mi.
joining your fellow hikers on a moderate but Leader: Ann Cronin (737-5758). Level 2.
MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING Cunningham (285-6832). scenic 4-mi RT hike in Rainbow Gardens.
at 7:30 pm. Come socialize, learn what’s The next NEW & PROSPEC- JANUARY 9 (SATURDAY)
Spectacular desert scenery with rugged
going on in the environmental com- TIVE MEMBER ORIENTA- *South Bowl of Fire, LMNRA. About
sandstone buttes and volcanic mountains.
munity, and hear and see an interesting, TION will be on Feb. 10. It precedes 5-7 mi RT through colorful formations.
Leave late morning. Leader: Geologist Nick
educational slideshow program. See What two organisms work together to form
the general meeting in the same Saines (896-4049).
cryptobiotic crusts on surface? Leader: Bill
the Calendar (pages 10-11) for dates room at 7 pm. Info: please call Taj JANUARY 2 (SATURDAY) Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4.
and details. Ainlay (682-9361). *Blue Diamond Trails and Velvet Canyon,
CONSERVATION COMMITTEE JANUARY 13 (WEDNESDAY)
MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT. RRCNCA. Hike begins in Blue Diamond,
Conservation Meeting. Time & Place:
MEETINGS precede the General To put an announcement in our lo- over a ridge and to Velvet Canyon where we
Meeting in the same room from 6-7 pm. 6-7p, before General Meeting; NV Energy
cal monthly announcement sheet may see ice. Then back by a series of trails
The next ConsCom meetings are Wednes- Bldg. (see next). Program: TBA. Learn
(available at the General Meet- to Blue Diamond. What are main evergreen
about many issues S. NV Group is involved
days, Jan. 12 and Mar. 10. Contact: jane ing), please send a brief e-mail to shrubs? About 10 mi. Leader: David Hardy
in and how you can get involved. Light
Feldman (janefeldman@cox.net). (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail.com;
Rita (rita.ransom@hotmail.com) e-mail preferred). Level 3.
dinner, refreshments. All members, friends,
GROUP EXCOM MEETINGS are no later than Tuesday afternoon guests welcome. Contact: Jane Feldman
SPRQWKH¿UVW0RQGD\RIHDFK before the meeting. To make a brief JANUARY 3 (SUNDAY) (feldman.jane@gmail.com).
PRQWK H[FHSW$XJXVW ZKHQ WKH ¿UVW announcement at the meeting, check *Horse Loop. Begin near Mountains Edge JANUARY 13 (WEDNESDAY)
Monday is a holiday. Location: Sierra ZLWK 5LWD *DU\ RU DQRWKHU RI¿FHU development, then across an open area and
General Program Meeting. Time & Place:
into a rather narrow canyon which leads
&OXE 2I¿FH  6 WK 6W DW *DVV before the meeting. 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 W. Sahara
to a high ridge. After lunch, follow ridge
Ave.), Suite 220B (upstairs), Las Vegas. down to another canyon and back to cars.
(E. entrance, Wengert meeting room). Pro-
gram: “Artist in Antarctica: Walking Among
Are there fossils in rocks here? About 5 mi.
Emperor Penguins,” with award-winning
0W&KDUOHVWRQ¶VEXWWHUÀLHV Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhik-
ers@embarqmail.com; e-mail preferred).
artist and naturalist Sharon K. Schafer,

On the way to extinction? Level 2-3. Please see SN CALENDAR, page 11.

BY LAUNCE RAKE*

A s the weather turns colder and the winter snows blanket the Spring
Mountains west of Las Vegas, visitors to the National Recreation
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Help protect Gold Butte
BY TERRI ROBERTSON, FRIENDS OF GOLD BUTTE

mountain meadows will bring in the spring. Unfortunately, there will likely GOLD BUTTE, SOUTHERN Nevada’s Conservation Area with Wilderness.
piece of the Grand Canyon puzzle, has Congresswoman Titus can be reached
EHIHZHUEXWWHUÀLHVQH[WVSULQJWKDQWKHODVW7KHODWHVWWUHQGKDVVHHQWKH
yet to achieve the designation it de- at 8215 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 205, Las
likely extinction of at least one subspecies in the mountains (the Mount serves. Sandwiched between the Grand Vegas, NV 89123 or 202-225-3252.
&KDUOHVWRQEOXHEXWWHUÀ\ DQGFRXOGVHHH[WLQFWLRQLQRWKHUV Canyon Parashant National Monument For information on Friends of Gold
,¿UVWZURWHDERXWWKHWKUHDWVWRWKHWLQ\ &KDUOHVWRQ%OXHEXWWHUÀ\DSDVWHOEOXH and Lake Mead National Recreation Butte, contact Terri Robertson, Las
EXWWHUÀLHVRQWKHPRXQWDLQIRXU\HDUV denizen of the range’s alpine meadows. Area, Gold Butte is recognized for Vegas Outreach Coordinator (702-
ago while a reporter for the Las Vegas The federal agency ultimately refused to critical desert tortoise habitat, unique 459-7613), Nancy Hall, President
Sun. In 2005, conservationists with provide endangered species protections botanical and scenic resources, and (702-346-3723), or e-mail us at friend-
the Urban Wildlands Group petitioned to the Mount Charleston Blue. stories of our history and prehistory. sofgoldbutte@gmail.com. You can also
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for One of the major researchers of Lepi- The City of Mesquite recently passed check our blog at <http://friendsofgold-
emergency protections for the Mount doptera in the Springs Mountains fears a resolution in support of designating butte.blogspot.com/>.
that the Blue is now extinct, and others Gold Butte as a National Conservation Just think about those beautiful places
SOUTHERN NEVADA GROUP are in real jeopardy. Area with Wilderness. Our next step is we all enjoy, like the Grand Canyon, Red
OFFICERS All nine major species in the moun- to acquire a resolution of support from Rock NCA, Wee Thump Wilderness
Chair Kristine Cunningham* -- tains are now at risk, says Bruce Boyd, the Clark County Commission. Area, and Lake Mead National Recre-
Vice-Chair Par Rasmusson* --
Secretary Par Rasmusson* -- DUHVHDUFKHUZKRKDVVWXGLHGEXWWHUÀLHV What you can do. Please take a ation Area, and how much they enrich
Treasurer
At Large
Desiree Saporito
Scott Stevens*
--
--
and their habitats in the Spring Range moment of your time to join/assist our our lives. Our work on Gold Butte will
At Large Teresa Crawford* -- IRUWKUHHGHFDGHV7KLVIDOO%R\G¿OHG group as we work to protect and pre- result in our having another beautiful
At Large Open
Compliance Bart Patterson -- an emergency petition to list the Chlo- serve the beautiful Gold Butte Area. All place to enjoy for generations.
Conservation
Cool Cities
Jane Feldman feldman.jane@gmail.com
Open
syne acastus robusta (Spring Mountains of us have a responsibility to care for
Editor Yuki Takagi yuki.takagi@ $FDVWXV &KHFNHUVSRW EXWWHUÀ\  DV DQ our public lands for themselves and for
toiyabe.sierraclub.org
Hwy Cleanup Sandee Herlands-Gogatz -- endangered under the federal Endan- future generations. Stewardship, writing
Membership Taj Ainlay* -- gered Species Act. letters, and volunteering: all of these ac-
Outings Jack Sawyer
Parks, Refuges Ed Rothfuss
Political Open
--
-- 7KHODVWFRQ¿UPHGUHSRUWVRIVLJKWLQJV tions are ways that you can help and are Don’t forget
of the Mount Charleston Blue were two essential to protecting Gold Butte.
to visit the
Programs Gary Beckman --
Publicity
Social
Maxine Miller
Matt Van Note*
--
--
years ago. The Mount Charleston Blue You can call the Board of County
was found only in alpine meadows at
Chapter website
Webmaster Par Rasmusson* --
Commissioners in support of a Gold
Sierra Club National Representative in S. Nevada elevations of 5000 - 11,000 feet, and Butte resolution (702-455-3500). In ad-
Regional Rep Rob Disney -- was heavily dependent on one type of dition, you can call or write Congress-
robert.disney@sierraclub.org
W. Regional Organizer Vinny Spotleson -- plant (the Torrey’s mikvetch) as host woman Dina Titus and ask her to protect <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org>
vinny.spotleson@sierraclub.org
* ExCom member Please see BUTTERFLIES, page 11. Gold Butte by designating it a National
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S. Nevada Group
Calendar
continued from page 10

Boulder City. Sharon recently served as footprint from an old one? How long does 1:5V$OVRKHDUDERXWÀRUDIDXQDHFRV\V- for our annual service project in largest
artist-in-residence for prestigious Antarctic a footprint last in desert? Leader: Bill Marr tems, endangered species, environmental National Park in lower 48. Work with park
Polar Arts Program. Join Sharon in this (433-0743). Level 3-4. issues, as well as recreational, educational, personnel on a variety of projects Friday
multimedia presentation as she shares her JANUARY 24 (SUNDAY) volunteering opportunities. All members, and Saturday. Park staff has a lot we can
sketches, photographs, memories of her general public are welcome. Refreshments, do. Check SNG website for updates. Stay
*North Peak, RRCNCA. Start at Willow
extraordinary experience with penguins announcements, free literature, too. Info: as guests of park in beautiful Breakfast Can-
Spring about 10 mi RT, 2000 ft+ gain.
in icy Antarctic wilderness. She will have Gary Beckman (648-2983). yon campground. Park staff also promises
Beautiful views on trip that feels remote
some of her artwork for sale. All members FEBRUARY 13 (SATURDAY) some great hiking, including Sunday morn-
even though so close to city. What evidence
and general public are welcome. Refresh- ing hike before heading back that afternoon.
do you see of Red Rock’s microclimates on *North Muddy Mountains Exploratory.
ments, announcements, free literature, too. Come for all or part of weekend. Dogs not
this trip? Leader: Peppe Sotomayor (463- About 5-6 mi RT. Come enjoy solitude so
Info: Gary Beckman (648-2983). encouraged as they must be on leash and
8548). Level 4. close yet so far from city buzz. What hap-
JANUARY 16 (SATURDAY) cannot go on hikes. Be ready for a great
time --doing a good project for park, getting
*New Year’s Resolution Hike: Around
to know more about Park’s resources, Park
Blue Diamond Town. Join us for a walk
employees, issues facing Park. Carpooling
and some talk about how to make 2010 your
encouraged. Leader: Par Rasmusson (215-
best year ever. Is Blue Diamond on Old
9119, Par@mvdsl.com).
Spanish Trail? Leader: Peppe Sotomayor
(463-8548). Level 3. FEBRUARY 28 (SUNDAY)
JANUARY 17 (SUNDAY) 6XQGD\:DON :DIÀHV Another Sunday
walk along one of Valley’s award-winning
*Blue Diamond Hill Loop, RRCNCA. We
urban trails, followed by brunch at local
begin at horse station and end there, going
restaurant. Leaders: Ann Cronin (737-5758)
up a series of trails to top, then down Bomb
and Nick Saines (896-4049). Level 2.
Voyage Trail. About 7 mi. Do elk live here?
Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhik- MARCH 1 (MONDAY)
ers@embarqmail.com; e-mail preferred). Group ExCom Meeting. Time & Place:
Level 2-3. SORFDO6LHUUD&OXERI¿FH6WK
JANUARY 17 (SUNDAY) St. (at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All members
welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham
Sunday Walk & Waffles: Henderson
(285-6832, krissysjake@gmail.com).
Trail System. Third in our winter pro-
gram of monthly 2-hr Sunday walks along MARCH 6 (SATURDAY)
Valley’s award-winning urban park trails, *Rogers Spring Exploratory. About 5-6 mi
followed by brunch at a local restaurant. RT. Where does heat in hot spring come
We’ll choose an excellent Henderson trail. Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up Volunteers. (l-r) Jack Borden, Rosie, Shomari, Susan, Billy from? What lives in spring? Leader: Bill
Leaders: Ann Cronin (737-5758) and Nick Jean, Sandee, Irving and Bob. Missing from the shot were 13-year old Sam, his dad Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4.
Saines (896-4049). Level 2. Randy, and Jack Sawyer. Join the next Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up on March 14! (Photo: MARCH 7 (SUNDAY)
JANUARY 23 (SATURDAY) Jack Sawyer.)
*Wildflower Hike. If rains have been
*Fire Wash, LMNRA. About 6-8 mi RT in pens when you breathe on a creosote branch? JRRG¿QGRQHRIEHVWDUHDVIRUDERXWD
Bowl of Fire area. How can you tell a fresh JANUARY 31 (SUNDAY) mile hike in Lake Mead area. Otherwise,
*North Wind Wash. Begin near Mile Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4.
hike in Cottonwood Valley section of Red
10 of N. Shore Rd.. The wide open area FEBRUARY 15 -17 Rock. What plants come up with winter
BUTTERFLIES . . . gradually narrows. After a series of narrow (MONDAY-WEDNESDAY) rains? Leader: David Hardy (875-4549,
continued from page 10 canyons, end up in a bowl of red sandstone hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; e-mail
Gold Butte Introductory Tour. What’s
for its larvae. formations. Where did sandstone come this mysterious region of southeast Nevada preferred). Level 2.
Boyd says more must be done if the from? About 8 mi. David Hardy (875-4549, being proposed for a National Conserva- MARCH 10 (WEDNESDAY)
Checkerspot, and potentially dozens of hardyhikers@embarqmail.com; e-mail tion Area, with wilderness? Find out by
preferred). Level 2-3. Conservation Meeting. Time & Place:
other undocumented species of moths joining Vicky Hoover in a car camping trip 6-7p, before General Meeting; NV Energy
and other insects, are going to survive in FEBRUARY 1 (MONDAY) right after the Shoshone desert wilderness Bldg. (see next). Program: TBA. Learn
the mountains. Boyd says he last saw the Group ExCom Meeting. Time & Place: meeting. Central commissary, petroglyphs, about many issues S. NV Group is involved
SORFDO6LHUUD&OXERI¿FH6WK Joshua trees, a peak scramble. Info: contact
Acastus Checkerspot more than two years in and how you can get involved. Light
St. (at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All members Vicky (415-977-5527, vicky.hoover@ dinner, refreshments. All members, friends,
ago. It has been at least two years since sierraclub.org).
hikers last spotted a species they believed welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham guests, are welcome. Contact: Jane Feldman
(285-6832, krissysjake@gmail.com). FEBRUARY 20 (SATURDAY) (feldman.jane@gmail.com).
was the Mount Charleston Blue.
For me, the tragedy of any extinction FEBRUARY 6 (SATURDAY) *Snowshoeing on Bristlecone Trail, Lee MARCH 10 (WEDNESDAY)
RIWKHEXWWHUÀLHVLVFRPSRXQGHGE\WKH *Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing Canyon. Bring own equipment. Snow day General Program Meeting. Time & Place:
on Bristlecone Trail, Lee Canyon. Bring (hopefully)! Time and distance will be 7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 W. Sahara
fact that all the federal and Clark County adjusted to abilities of participants. Why
RI¿FLDOV,WDONHGWRIRXU\HDUVDJRDV- own equipment. Come to play in snow. (E. entrance, Wengert meeting room). Pro-
Time and distance will be adjusted to abili- does Lee Canyon have more snow? Lead- JUDP³:LOGÀRZHUVRI0RMDYH'HVHUW´E\
sured me that the Mount Charleston ers: Jack Sawyer (228-3857), Peppe Soto-
ties of participants. Whose paw prints can Bob Peloquin, retired Biology professor,
Blue would be protected. Extinction we identify: rabbits, deer, ground squirrels? mayor (463-8548) and Eric Blumensaadt Red Rock interpretative naturalist, Master
wasn’t a possibility, they told me then. Leaders: Jack Sawyer (228-3857), Peppe (7speeder@cox.net). Level 1-2. *DUGHQHU/HDUQDERXWJHQHUDOZLOGÀRZHU
I hope it isn’t too late for the Acastus Sotomayor (463-8548, Eric Blumensaadt FEBRUARY 20 (SATURDAY) features of Mojave Desert and comparisons
Checkerspot. (Please see photo on Page 1.) (7speeder@cox.net). Level 1-2. *Arrow Canyon Exploratory. About 6-7 with other deserts, between north and south
What you can do. Those who want to FEBRUARY 10 (WEDNESDAY) mi RT. Up past retention dam to see what we Mojave. Local Spring Mountain Range,
VSHDNIRUWKHEXWWHUÀLHVKDYHDFRXSOH ¿QG$UHWKHVHSLFWRJUDSKVRUSHWURJO\SKV" one of most biologically diverse of more
New & Prospective Member Orientation.
RIRSWLRQV  ZULWHWRIHGHUDORI¿FLDOV Time & Place: 6-7p before General Program Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4. than 90 mountain ranges of Mojave, will
at Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Meeting; NV Energy Bldg. (see next). All FEBRUARY 21 (SUNDAY) also be discussed. All members and gen-
Supervisor’s Office (1200 Franklin welcome. Contact: Taj Ainlay (682-9361). eral public are welcome. Refreshments,
*Bowl of Fire to Anniversary Narrows. announcements, free literature, too. Info:
Way, Sparks, NV 89431) and (2) write FEBRUARY 10 (WEDNESDAY) Go past N end of Bowl of Fire, over a low
to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Gary Beckman (648-2983).
General Program Meeting. Time & Place: pass into a large wash, over another pass
6RXWKHUQ 1HYDGD )LHOG 2I¿FH  into drainage that leads to narrows. Long MARCH 13 (SATURDAY)
7:30p; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 W. Sahara
North Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV (E. entrance, Wengert meeting room). Pro- hike, about 14 mi, requires unusually early *La Madre Spring-La Madre Peak,
89130). Letting them know that you gram: “National Wildlife Refuges,” by start. How did narrows form? Leader: David RRCNCA. Start together, but at Spring
support the emergency petition for fed- a representative of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarq- some can choose to go up, some to go
HUDOSURWHFWLRQLVDJRRG¿UVWVWHS Service, Las Vegas. Learn about National mail.com; e-mail preferred). Level 4. down. Why does spring emerge here?
* Launce was an environmental reporter for almost Wildlife Refuge system and, in particu- FEBRUARY 26-28 (FRIDAY-SUN- Leaders: Jack Sawyer (228-3857) for Level
two decades before joining the Progressive Leader-
lar, four refuges near Las Vegas: Desert, DAY) 1-2; and Peppe Sotomayor (463-8548) for
ship Alliance of Nevada in 2007 as communications Level 4-5.
director. When he has time, he likes to go hiking in Pahranagat, Ash Meadows, Moapa Valley *Death Valley NP Service Trip. Join us
the Spring Range. Please see SN CALENDAR, p. 12.
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destination depends on Playa conditions. ows, pass frozen-over pond and join Tahoe
Camp at hot spring on Saturday night under Rim Trail. Following TRT, top 10,000 ft at
WALK THE SKY: full moon. Learn about Black Rock region. ridgeline near Relay Station. If conditions
following the john muir trail Bad weather cancels. Sign up March 1 to permit, continue snowshoeing up to summit
BY JOHN DITTLI & MARK SCHLENZ March 24. DL. Leader: David Book (843- of Relay Peak for even more spectacular
Companion Press, 2009 6443). Easy. vistas. About 12 mi. DOK. Leader: Gary P

T his new full-color celebration of the John Muir Trail presents the most
comprehensive photographic essay treatment of the Trail since Ansel
Adams’ treatment in 1938. Over the course of three decades mountaineer-
MARCH 28 (SUNDAY)
Climb to “C” in Carson City. Meet 9 am.
&OLPEXSWRYLVLW³&´DQGÀDJWKDWRYHUORRN
Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@
charter.net). Co-Leader: John Ide (321-
525-2050; johnide1@yahoo.com). Mod.
Strenuous.
photographer John Dittli has captured the stunning scenery and spirit of Carson City and capture some great views
of city and eastern mountains. About 5 mi, MARCH 27 (SATURDAY)
ZLOGHUQHVVDORQJWKHVXPPLWRIWKH3DFL¿F&UHVW 1000 ft gain. ND. Leader: Donna Inversin Tibbie Peak. Meet 8 am. Peak is in Flowery
Walk the Sky features 85 traverses more than 200
(775.315.6763; dinversin@yahoo.com). Range near Dayton. Day hike to top (7277
spectacular large format roadless miles through Yo-
Moderate. ft). About 6 mi on an in and out with about
color plates (including semite National Park, the
MARCH 27 (SATURDAY) 2400 ft gain. Parts are off trail with steep
18 double-page panora- Ansel Adams Wilderness,
ascents and descents. Learn some history
mas) and four thoughtful the John Muir Wilderness, Relay Ridge Snowshoe. Meet 8:30am,
of area. Great overviews. ND. Leader: T A
essays by Eastern Sierra and Sequoia and Kings return 3:30pm. Starting at 8800 ft, take
Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. strenuous.
writer Mark Schlenz on Canyon National Parks. snowshoe shortcut up to snow-buried ser-
the history of the trail, In Walk the Sky, the vice road. Then, high above Tahoe Mead-
John Muir’s early 20th reader journeys with
century wilderness advo-
cacy, the joy of walking
John Dittli’s spectacular
images north to south
SN GROUP CALENDAR . . .
continued from page 11
the watersheds and passes – from Yosemite Valley to
the trail traverses, and Mount Whitney – along MARCH 14 (SUNDAY) St. (at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All members
wilderness ethics of High Sierra hiking. John Muir’s 221-mile namesake route Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up. Walk and welcome. Contact: Kristine Cunningham
Completed in 1938, the John Muir Trail through the wilderness areas at the heart of talk while sprucing up southern approach to (285-6832, krissysjake@gmail.com).
the Sierra Nevada. This is an extraordinary Red Rock. Lots of people were honking their APRIL 17-18 (SATURDAY-SUNDAY)
walk: each hiker encounters high passes, thank-yous to us last time. Meet at Dunkin’ *Bonanza Peak Trail Backpack. Start at
stream crossings, mountain meadows and Donuts (W of I-215 in Albertson shopping Cold Creek, go up to beautiful views from
lakes, thunderstorms, and daunting physical center), 8:30a. Leaders: Sandee Gogatz ridge, camp at Wood Springs, meet up with
challenges along with awesome beauty and (248-4443), Jack Sawyer (228-3857). drive-around party on Bristlecone Trail.
the camaraderie of the trail.
MARCH 20 (SATURDAY) The drive-arounds will day hike from or
Those who hike the JMT (or take it on as
Valley of Fire Exploratory.Follow a beau- back to Cold Creek Saurday and from or to
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tiful sandstone arroyo for 5-6 mi. Leader: Bristlecone on Sunday. Join in either or both
months to advance planning and weeks to
Eric Blumensaadt (370-1836, 7speeder@ with Gracie if you don’t backpack! North
walk these mountain miles. The experi-
cox.net). Level 2-3. two-thirds of trail offers fresh wilderness
ence inspires passionate enthusiasm for the
experience over 15 mi, also feeling of alpine
John Muir Trail – and precious wilderness MARCH 27 (SATURDAY) remoteness much like Sierra. Can you see
preserved in the High Sierra – among hik- *Arizona Hot Springs, LMNRA. Bring Telescope Peak from this ridge? Leaders:
ers around the world. John Muir inspired suit, sandwich, to romp to emerald green Eric Blumensaadt (7speeder@cox.net) or
countless others to share his passions for river for lunch, pause for soak at top of Jack Sawyer (228-3857). Level 4-5.
walking and wilderness conservation. A ladder. Why is rock in bottom of wash
century later, no person who has walked his different from that of walls? Leaders: Jack MAY (DATE-TBA)
trail remains unchanged. Sawyer (228-3857) and Peppe Sotomayor *In works: Service trip to Kalaupapa
The stunning collection of photographs by (463-8548). Level 3-4. National Historic Park. On island of
a Sierra mountaineer who knows this country Molokai, Hawaii (5 days), to work with
intimately throughout the seasons will appeal MARCH 27 (SATURDAY) National Park Service on natural and cul-
to all who have walked the John Muir Trail *Historic Railroad Tunnels, LMNRA. tural resource projects. A rare opportunity
(and anyone who hopes to walk it) as they Family hike. Friendly dogs welcome. Hike to live for a week in isolated area serving as
follow Muir’s trail and “walk the sky.” through interesting tunnels on old RR grade. DVHWWOHPHQWIRUSHRSOHDIÀLFWHGZLWK+DQ-
A hardcover coffee table book, Walk the Great views of Lake Mead. Learn some his- sen’s disease (leprosy) since 1866. Google
Sky: Following the John Muir Trail, retails tory, geology. About 4 mi. Level 1. Leader: to learn more about Kalaupapa. Trip limited
for $49.95 and is available at Spellbinder Gary Beckman (648-2983). to 12 participants; moderate. Leader: Linda
Books in Bishop and The Booky Joint in APRIL 3 (SATURDAY) Nations (LLNations@pbsj.com).
Mammoth Lakes, as well as National Park *Grand Circle, RRCNCA. Do bunny hop JUNE 29-JULY 5
and Forest Service Visitor Centers in the through part of this long, 12-mi walk. Con- (TUESDAY-MONDAY)
Sierra region. A limited edition slipcased, nect dots with new views of RR escarpment,
signed, and numbered edition of 300 is avail- *Coyote Gulch, Escalante UT. Leave Las
PD\EH VRPH HDUO\ ZLOGÀRZHUV /HDGHUV Vegas about 6 am, June 29. Each day we’ll be
able only from photographer John Dittli at Jack Sawyer (228-3857) and Peppe Soto-
<www.johndittli.com>. in awe as we hike along Coyote Creek. Easy
mayor (463-8548). Level 3-4. WRPRGHUDWHRYHUPRVWO\ÀDWFDQ\RQERWWRP
APRIL 5 (MONDAY) total about 30 mi with backpack. Limit 12.
Deadline! Group ExCom Meeting. Time & Place:
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Info: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@
embarqmail.com; e-mail preferred).

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Toiyabe Chapter
ExCom Meeting

TBA
For details,
contact the Chair,
David Hornbeck
1400
davidhornbecklaw@msn.com