Volume 51 Number 2 Newsletter of the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club April/May 2010
BY WOODY HASTINGS, SONOMA GROUP CLIMATE & ENERGY COMMITTEE
NO on Prop 16: Clean Power Community “David” vs. Fossil & Nuclear “Goliath”
term investments in entirely different directions even if the will exists. Because the municipalities do not have these investments, they are free to strike deals with third parties to provide cleaner remote or on-site generation. Because there is no responsibility to return a proﬁt to shareholders, the opportunity to reduce rates also opens up. PG&E calls CCA a risky government attempt to run the electricity industry, but in reality, the known fact is that PG&E rates will continue to rise. PG&E has nine rate increase requests pending at the California Public Utilities Commission totaling about $5 billion over the next three years. According to the American Public Power Association, public power utility residential rates in the U.S. are 14% below private, for-proﬁt utility corporation rates. It has taken eight years for the municipalities to get the administrative ducks lined up enough to begin the process of issuing RFPs (Request for Proposals) for clean power generation. This is happening in Marin County with Marin Clean Energy and the City and County of San Francisco with Clean Power SF. That is why PG&E is now raising its head and striking out with Prop 16. PG&E put this proposition on the ballot and is bankrolling it to the tune of $30 million plus for one purpose and one purpose only - to protect its monopoly proﬁt-making machine. Prop 16 requires the voters in any community that wants to exercise the CCA law to secure approval of two-thirds of the voters. They disingenuously refer to it as a “taxpayer’s
PG&E is misleading the public that Prop. 16 will protect their rights, when in fact it is designed to protect PG&E’s proﬁts. Every once in a while the California Legislature does something wonderful. This happened in 2002 when Assembly Bill 117 was voted into law. AB117 made it legal for communities within private utility service areas to “aggregate” their ratepayers in order to purchase and sell electrical energy. What AB117 does, among other things, is offer a choice to ratepayers regarding the source of their electricity. Hence, the policy moniker, “Community Choice Aggregation,” or CCA. It has several safeguards on both sides of the coin, like a 60day “opt-out” if a ratepayer wishes to stay with their existing generation sources, and it requires the for-proﬁt utilities that would be affected to cooperate with the new programs. What is wonderful about CCA is that it opens up the possibility for communities to choose cleaner energy sources such as wind and solar. The current State Renewable Portfolio Standard calls for 20% of our power to come from renewable sources by 2010. Well, it’s 2010 and PG&E is only at about 14%. (See article on page 3 for more details.) PG&E is basically just saying “sorry, we can’t do it.” Part of the reason they can’t do it is that renewable energy is not historically a part of their core business. At its heart, PG&E is a natural gas and nuclear power company. It is difﬁcult to shift long-
right to vote” initiative. It is, in fact, a preemptive act of noncooperation with CCA, an illegal act. It sets up the playing ﬁeld to make it easier for PG&E to kill CCA clean power programs wherever they emerge because they only need to spend the amount of money it will take in a local campaign to convince one-third of the voters to vote no. Can we blame them for ﬁghting tooth and nail to protect their own money interests? Perhaps not, but they should be ashamed when they abuse the initiative process and deceive voters with disingenuous appeals to “taxpayer rights” when this proposition has absolutely nothing to do with taxpayer rights. There are at least two ways to run a successful business. One is to offer good quality products or services at reasonable prices. The other is to crush the competition. Unfortunately, PG&E has chosen the latter. The Sierra Club believes that the law should protect renewable energy and consumer choice, not obstruct them. PG&E wants to purchase a constitutional amendment that will stop local efforts to choose clean, green and affordable energy. This June, Sierra Club asks you to vote “No” on Proposition 16. But don’t stop there! Encourage all of your friends, colleagues and acquaintances to do the same. For more information visit www.localcleanenergy.org/powergrab or email Woody Hastings at [email protected]
Woody Hastings is a member of the Sonoma Group Climate & Energy Committee, and Co-chairs the Local Clean Energy Alliance Working Group to Defeat Prop 16.
One out of every three bites of food we consume is due to the work of the honeybee, serving as crucial pollinators. Yet our food supply may be severely impacted by the recently identiﬁed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) syndrome that has annually wiped out more than 30% of all honeybees since 2005! In light of the mounting evidence that new seed chemical coatings are deadly to bees, Sierra Club has been urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of these speciﬁc chemical treatments to protect bees and crops until more study can be done. At issue are the nicotinyl insecticides (also known as neonicotinoids) being used in a new way -- as seed coatings. For years, farmers have been spraying neonicotinoids onto their crops to stop insect infestation. Now huge agribusiness corporations have acquired patents to coat their proprietary corn seeds with these neonicotinoids. These “neonics” are extremely persistent. They enter the plant and are present in pollen and on droplets of water on leaves.
BY LAUREL HOPWOOD, SIERRA CLUB GENETIC ENGINEERING ACTION TEAM CHAIR
Want to Eat? Save the Honeybee!
Federal agencies in France, Germany and Italy have already taken responsible regulatory actions to suspend the use of these pesticides based on the best available scientific evidence. Strikingly, in Italy, honeybee populations immediately rebounded when these chemicals were suspended! We urge Sierra Club members and the American public to view the outstanding documentary entitled Nicotine Bees. Producer Kevin Hansen did a superb job researching, interviewing and splicing together an extraordinary story on the CCD problem. We suggest showing the 45-minute ﬁlm at meetings, home parties, classrooms, and community events. We are calling Nicotine Bees the new Silent Spring. Without a doubt, Nicotine Bees should be in every home, school, and library! To purchase the video, visit http://NicotineBees.com You are also encouraged to take action. Contact EPA’s Steve Owens at [email protected]
to request a suspension of the neonicotinoid seed coatings until independent scientists verify safety. For more information, please contact Laurel at [email protected]
Cleaning up our political system is crucial to cleaning up our air and water, curbing global warming pollution, and preserving our coast, parks, forests and deserts. Presently, wealthy developers, oil companies, utilities and other special interests hold too much inﬂuence over our elected ofﬁcials, so Californians do not get the environmental policies that we want. The Fair Elections Act on the June 2010 ballot would create a pilot project to make voluntary public ﬁnancing available to Secretary of State candidates in 2014 and 2018. Public ﬁnancing is a way to get politicians out of the fundraising game and back to solving California’s problems. Replacing special-interest money with clean money would ensure elected ofﬁcials are accountable to voters, not donors, and open up the political process so the best candidates, not just the wealthiest candidates, can pursue elected ofﬁce. Go to www.yesfairelections.org/ for more information and to volunteer or contribute to the campaign.
35.0 Hour Environmental Forum
Sierra Club Supports Proposition 15: The California Fair Elections Act
Aka Best Yet Mobile Earth Day Party for Our Planet and Our Future!
“Save/Savor Our Community”
Saturday, 4/24, 8 a.m. - Sunday, 4/25, 7 p.m.
Greenway. Finley Center. City Hall. Roseland Elementary School.
Activities will include a bike ride, Earth Day Birthday Cake, a dance party, speakers and discussion on a variety of topics. Come to one or all of the activities. Join us anytime throughout the. 35.0 hours.
See page 5 for complete details.
Redwood Chapter Sierra Club Directory
Ofﬁce Address: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 466, Santa Rosa, CA 95402, Phone 544-7651, Fax 544-9861 Environmental Center, 55A Ridgway Avenue, Santa Rosa (West off of Cleveland Ave., to the west of Hwy 101)
Lake County Group
The Redwood Chapter is governed by an executive committee, with one (1) member delegated by each of six (6) regional groups and six (6) members elected at large. Each group elects its own executive committee.
Chair • At Large • Forest Protection Jay Halcomb* 869-3302 [email protected]
Vice Chair • At Large • Political Chair • RCC Delegate Alternate • Wilderness Chair Victoria Brandon* 994-1931 [email protected]
Secretary Jill Hunter [email protected]
Treasurer Tom Davis 265-7539 [email protected]
At Large • Finance • RCC Delegate Alternate Dan Kerbein* 481-3903 [email protected]
At Large • Legal Chair • Council of Club Leaders Delegate Keith Kaulum* 538-5569 [email protected]
At Large • Conservation Committee Chair • Public Land • North Group Delegate Alternate Diane Beck* 445-2690 [email protected]
At Large • Water Chair • CCL Alternate Daniel Myers* 895-3887 [email protected]
ﬁc.net Lake Group Delegate to Chapter Tom Gilliam 263-1231 [email protected]
Lake Group Delegate Alternate Monica Rosenthal 987-2760 [email protected]
Mendocino Group Delegate to Chapter • Private and State Forest/Lands Linda Perkins* 937-0903 [email protected]
Mendocino Group Delegate Alternate Lorrie Lagasse 964-3011 [email protected]
Napa Group Delegate to Chapter Nancy Tamarisk* 257-3121 [email protected]
Napa Group Delegate Alternate Marc Pandone* 966-1902 [email protected]
Regional Conservation Committee Delegate John Stephens 251-0106 [email protected]
Regional Conservation Committee Delegate Steve Birdlebough 576-6632 afﬁ[email protected]
North Group Delegate to Chapter • Climate Change Chair Gregg Gold* 826-3740 [email protected]
Sonoma Group Delegate to Chapter Jana Selph 829-5356 [email protected]
Sonoma Group Delegate Alternate Veronica (Roni) Jacobi* 575-5594 [email protected]
Solano Group Delegate to Chapter Kenn Browne 553-1653 [email protected]
Administrative Staff • Publication Rep • Volunteer Coordinator Tom Devlin 544-7651 [email protected]
Finance Committee Jana Selph 829-5356 [email protected]
Fundraising Chair • Deferred Gift Rep • Volunteer Cooridinator • Environmental Education Leader Vacant Positions Outings Chair • Outings Leadership Training Carol Vellutini 546-6308 [email protected]
Redwood Needles Editor Mary Davison 874-3704 [email protected]
Chapter Webmaster Melanie Matway 765-6829 [email protected]
P.O. Box 1011 994-1931 Kelseyville 95451 Chair Cheri Holden* 263-5787 [email protected]
Vice Chair • Chapter Delegate 263-1231 Tom Gilliam* [email protected]
Secretary • Membership Meeting Coordinator Juliana Vidich* 279-1903 [email protected]
Treasurer Debra Sally* 994-9100 [email protected]
Conservation Chair • Chapter Delegate Alt Monica Rosenthal* 987-2760 [email protected]
ExCom Paul Marchand* 279-1903 [email protected]
Outings Chair Steve Devoto* 279-8308 [email protected]
Political Chair • Newsletter Editor • Webmaster 994-1931 Victoria Brandon* [email protected]
Trash pickup coordinator Michele Quere [email protected]
Membership Chair • Secretary Linda Gail Brown Web Master Genji Schmeder Conservation Chair • Secretary • Chapter Delegate Nancy Tamarisk* 257-3121 [email protected]
Napa Group Outings Chair Gina Hitchcock 967-8456 [email protected]
Newsletter Publisher Wendy Wallin [email protected]
Chapter Delegate Alternate Marc Pandone * 966-1902 [email protected]
Secretary • Agriculture • Urban Sprawl Patricia Gatz* 644-2943 [email protected]
Political • Corporate Accountability Katy Miessner* 642-2100 [email protected]
Sonoma County Group
Box 466, SR 95402 544-7651 55A Ridgway Ave., Santa Rosa
Mendocino County Group
P.O. Box 522 Mendocino 95460
Chair • Conservation Chair • State Forests• Chapter Delegate Linda Perkins* 937-0903 [email protected]
Vice Chair • Coastal Trails Rixanne Wehren 937-2709 [email protected]
Agriculture • Grazing • State Forests Bill Heil* 937-0903 [email protected]
Secretary-Treasurer • Newsletter Editor Mary Walsh* 937-0572 [email protected]
Environmental Education • Endangered Species/Wildlife Lorrie Lagasse* 9 6 4 - 3 0 11 [email protected]
Corp. Accountability • Energy • Global Warming Bernie Macdonald* 937-4352 [email protected]
Political • Water Quality/Habitats Daniel Myers* 895-3887 [email protected]
ﬁc.net Membership • Outings Chair Lorraine Buranzon* 937-3799 [email protected]
Webmaster Dave Jordan 884-3426 [email protected]
Chair • Membership Co-Chair • Chapter Delegate Gregg Gold* 826-3740 [email protected]
Vice Chair • Political Co-Chair Ned Forsyth* 826-2417 [email protected]
ExCom • Conservation Chair • Chapter Delegate Alt •Grazing • Mining • National Forests • Wilderness Diane Beck* 445-2690 [email protected]
ExCom • Wetlands • Political Co-Chair Melvin McKinney* 443-9538 [email protected]
Secretary-Treasurer • Membership Co-Chair • Publicity • Newsletter • Education Chair Sue Leskiw [email protected]
442-5444 ExCom • Agriculture Felice Pace* 482-0354 [email protected]
Outings Co-Chairs Al Muelhoefer* 482-0520 [email protected]
Allison Bronkall* 268-8767 [email protected]
Sprawl • Water Quality Diane Ryerson 826-7750 [email protected]
ExCom • Marine • Transportation Lucille Vinyard* 677-3497 ExCom • Cool Cities • Energy • Global Warming Jennifer Berman * 822-6171 [email protected]
Box 238, Arcata 95518 (Del Norte, Humboldt, W. Siskiyou, and parts of Trinity County)
Executive Committee Members* Steve Birdlebough* 576-6632 afﬁ[email protected]
Leonard L. Holt*, Vice Chair 527-7516 [email protected]
Jana Selph* 829-5356 [email protected]
Veronica (Roni) Jacobi* 575-5594 [email protected]
Jay Halcomb* 869-3302 [email protected]
Dan Kerbein* 535-0326 [email protected]
Chair • Conservation Co-Chair - Interim Steve Birdlebough* 576-6632 afﬁ[email protected]
Ofﬁce Coordinator•ExCom Secretary Tom Devlin 544-7651 [email protected]
Outings • Parks & Trails • Backpacking Carol Vellutini 546-6308 [email protected]
Political Chair Keith Kaulum 538-5569 [email protected]
Sierra Singles Coordinator Karin Liedtke 539-7855 [email protected]
Membership Chair Chuck Stanley 539-1696 [email protected]
Sierra Student Coalition Chair position open Treasurer Jana Selph* 829-5356 [email protected]
Webmaster Melanie Matway 765-6829 [email protected]
Volunteer Coordinator Diana Nasser 823-4293 [email protected]
Water Committee Chair Leonard L. Holt* 527-7516 [email protected]
Forum Chair Veronica (Roni) Jacobi* 575-5594 [email protected]
Box 4717, Vallejo 94590 553-1653 [email protected]
Chair Tom Meldau [email protected]
Webmaster Carl Inglin [email protected]
Treasurer Bob Clemens [email protected]
Education/Safety Shane McColgin [email protected]
Activities Hans Vidkjer [email protected]
Pool Coordinator Sig Johnsen pool_coord
Napa County Group
Newsletter of the Redwood Chapter, Sierra Club of California
Editorial Board: Mary Walsh, Margaret Pennington, Becky Frank, Linda Perkins, Sue Leskiw Editor: Mary Davison (707) 874-3704 [email protected]
Advertising Manager: Maureen Strain (707) 544-7651 Classiﬁeds: $5/10 words. Send check and ad copy by the 8th of the month. Outings Chair: Carol Vellutini (707) 546-6308 [email protected]
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Non-member Subscriptions: $6.00 per year. Send requests to: Redwood Needles Subscriptions, P.O. Box 466, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 The Redwood Needles is published six times a year on recycled paper. Circulation: 8,270 Printing: Healdsburg Printing, Inc. Submit articles by deadline via fax, mail or e-mail to: Redwood Needles P.O. Box 466, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Ph 707-544-7651 Fax 707-544-9861 e-mail: [email protected]
Chair•Trails Chair• Website Chair & Editor Elisabeth Frater * 258-1030 [email protected]
Vice Chair Mary Ann Mancuso Political Chair Tyler York* 363-8926 [email protected]
Treasurer TomDavis* 265-7539 [email protected]
Chair • Wild Lands • Genetic Engineering Jim Dekloe 864-3123 [email protected]
Vice Chair • Outings • Wetlands Kenn Browne* 553-1653 [email protected]
Co-Membership Kitty Powell* 642-3477 [email protected]
ExCom Ray Anderson* 745-6951 [email protected]
Treasurer • Fundraising • Recycling • Newsletter Jane Bogner 644-9183 [email protected]
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Box 1164, Windsor 95492
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Location: Environmental Center, 55A Ridgway Ave., Santa Rosa The Ofﬁce is staffed most weekday afternoons. Call ahead to conﬁrm, 544-7651. The Ofﬁce is also open during evening meetings (see listings on last page) and at other times when volunteers are present. Redwood Chapter Website: http://www.redwood.sierraclub.org for Group Websites, add: /napa, /north, /sonoma, /lake, /mendocino, or /solano Sequoia Paddlers: www.sequoiapc.org Redwood-Sonoma-Alerts Listserve: Instructions at Sonoma Group Website
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Election season is upon us. Our Chapter and Groups have been working on candidate interviews and political endorsements. Please see the article on page 5, as well as articles on two state propositions on page 1.
Bohemian Grove logging plan.
If someone proposed a commercial logging plan to remove a million board feet a year from Armstrong Woods, we’d be up in arms. The Bohemian Grove property is also too precious and unique to be reduced to a logging tract. Unlike Armstrong Woods, the Bohemian Club property is privately owned and the public isn’t allowed into it, so its 2700-acre property is not as well known. But the Bohemian Grove represents one of the most remarkable stands of old growth and late succession redwood and ﬁr forest in Sonoma County. The watersheds of two Russian River tributaries are under the ownership of the Club and this fact should have provided the Club with opportunities, had it pursued them, for salmon ﬁshery restoration and habitat protection for other endangered species. That’s why the Sierra Club and the Bohemian Redwood Rescue Club ﬁled a petition asking the court to rescind the CDF’s Dec. 29 approval of the Bohemian Club’s Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP). The Department agreed to the plan on December 29, 2009, just days before Russian River tributaries on the land would have become subject to more strict protections for steelhead and salmon habitat. Our principal legal issue is that the CDF has approved an NTMP that, in its current iteration, fails to meet the requirements of the law. It fails to consider less damaging and more feasible alternative plans. The NTMP gives the goahead for commercial-scale logging in the grove in perpetuity, with no speciﬁc written protections for identiﬁed old-growth redwood and Douglas ﬁr - an adequate inventory and map of old-growth stands has not been presented, and beyond
vague promises, there is no provision for protection without it. The logging plan also sets a false baseline for measuring additional impacts on greenhouse gas (GHG) protections from new large-scale logging. Then it fails to estimate the project’s GHG emissions. During its ﬁrst 20 years, the project shows a decline in carbon stocking, hindering the state’s 2020 goal and Sonoma County’s 2015 goal. So the NTMP hinders rather than helps achieve the goal of salmon restoration in the lower Russian River and does not look closely enough at cumulative impacts either on the environment in the grove or upon the Russian River watershed as a whole. Scientists have also criticized the Bohemian Club’s assertions that redwood groves are prone to crown ﬁres. Most experts argue that you reduce ﬁre danger by removing tan oak, ceanothus and other low-lying species, but when you thin out and open the redwood forest canopy to sunlight, you simply encourage more low-lying, ﬁre-prone growth. The Bohemian Club got off on the wrong foot with both the public and government agencies in its original 2006 draft harvest plan. The property owners asserted that their goals were to restore old growth forest characteristics and reduce ﬁre hazards. In fact, the plan proposed unsustainably high harvest levels and failed to disclose the existence of signiﬁcant stands of old growth redwoods and Douglas ﬁr. According to former Bohemian Club member John Hooper, “These stated goals sound commendable, but, in actuality, you cannot cut your way to restoration of old growth characteristics or reduce ﬁre hazard by commercial logging in redwood forests.” During
Chapter Chair Report
an extended 3 1/2 year review process, the property owners redrafted the terms of the plan several times in an effort to bring it up to legal standards. Most harvest plans can satisfy the approval requirements in 6 months or so. But the Bohemian Club appears to have put more effort into revising the rhetoric of the plan to make it sound more environmentally progressive than to improving its management strategy. Throughout the planning process, the landowners refused repeated requests to meet with critics of their plan or to discuss alternatives. In the week prior to ﬁling of the litigation, the Bohemian Club’s lawyer again refused to consider any compromise. The Redwood Chapter maintains that the approved plan, although somewhat improved from earlier versions, continues to pay lip service to managing the property for restoration of old growth forest characteristics. I don’t want to minimize the charitable activities of the Bohemian Club. The Club’s support of local schools and other charities is noted and appreciated. But these social activities have nothing to do with the Club’s logging plan. Our interest is in ensuring that sustainable forest management is practiced on that distinct and unique property. If the Bohemian Club wants to be seen as working with the community on salmon habitat restoration and forest protection, it should be doing just that. Local watershed groups could use the Club’s help. Previously the Bohemian Club was a better champion of our rare old growth forest. The Bohemian Club, if it chose to, could take the initiative and reap great beneﬁt from working with watershed and ﬁshery restoration groups, protecting the uniqueness of the Grove and the life in its streams. That would put the Bohemian Club in a position of being constructive and progressive rather than, as is now the case, looking like an absentee landowner with insufﬁcient concern for the environment.
–JAY HALCOMB, REDWOOD CHAPTER CHAIR
There’s a simple reason why PG&E is missing its target for renewable energy: it’s putting far more effort into fossil fuels. Even as a state deadline approaches, the company has been making its big investments in naturalgas plants. The state goal is for every electric utility to get 20% of its power from renewables by the end of this year. Yet according to the most recent data, less than 12% of PG&E’s current electricity comes from renewables eligible towards the state’s goal. PG&E is actually procuring a smaller percentage of renewables now than in 2002, when the renewable law was passed. Since 2002, California’s utilities have built or contracted for over 18,000 megawatts (MW) of new production from natural gas. In the case of PG&E, the result has been that in 2009, 47% of its electrical generation came from natural gas, up from 44% the year before. In July 2009 the California Energy Commission set an important precedent by rejecting a new natural-gas power plant that was to be sited in Chula Vista. Community activists presented evidence that locally sited solar panels could do the same job as the power plant at similar cost and with virtually no environmental impact. The commission used this information to reject the power plant, concluding that project developer MMC Energy did not adequately consider urban solar installations as a viable alternative. But PG&E is still pursuing business as usual. Last October PG&E applied to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to buy more fossil
PG&E still Putting its Money into Fossil fuels
power—1,300 megawatts of electricity—from two proposed natural-gas power plants to be located in eastern Contra Costa—in addition to the six natural-gas plants already operating in the county. Sierra Club California has joined Paciﬁc Environment, Communities for a Better Environment, and Californians for Renewable Energy in formally opposing this application. This is in addition to the 530 MW Gateway power plant, which just began operating last year, as well as the pending 200 MW Mariposa Power Plant across the Alameda County line near the Altamont Pass. There are many reasons for opposing these new power plants. • They are unnecessary. Recent information, from the California Energy Commission as well as from PG&E forecasts, demonstrates decreasing demand for electricity from natural gas in coming years. This is due to the effectiveness of energy-efﬁciency programs, new renewable energy that should be coming on-line, and changing economic conditions. • They would contribute substantially to global warming. Between them the new plants would emit about 2,750,000 tons of greenhousegas emissions per year, or as much as 575,000 cars. The failure to reach a binding agreement in Copenhagen necessitates local and state action. Projects of this magnitude are unacceptable. • They are inconsistent with California’s commitment to renewable energy. It’s already clear that California’s utilities will not make their mandated target of 20% renewable in 2010, and it’s an open question whether they can make Gov. Schwarzenegger’s goal of 33% by 2020. According to several reports, the only way to meet these ambitious targets is to stop building fossil-fuel power plants. California already has far more access to electricity from natural gas than it needs. Despite PG&E’s claims, these power plants are not needed to “back up” wind and solar. California already has plenty of sources of round-the-clock “baseload” electricity from other sources, including other natural-gas power plants. • They would add more pollutants to an already heavily polluted area. These power plants would add tons of new pollutants to eastern Contra Costa County, a region that already hosts six major natural-gas power plants. The plants already sited in Contra Costa generate over 50% of the nine-county Bay Area’s electricity coming from natural
gas. In addition, Contra Costa has numerous reﬁneries and chemical plants. As a result, the region has some of the most dangerous air quality in California. For example, asthma rates in Contra Costa County are nearly twice the national average. Two new power plants will only exacerbate what is already a public-health disaster.
What You Can Do:
To learn how you can help ﬁght these new power plants, contact Chapter conservation organizer Misha Rashkin at (510)848-0800, ext. 312, or: [email protected]
or Rory Cox, California program director at Paciﬁc Environment, at: [email protected]
This article is reprinted with permission from the Bay Chapter Yodeler.
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How can we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, improve our health and create a little habitat for pollinators – all at the same time? By growing more of our own fruit and vegetables. Sonoma County is thought of as a rural county overﬂowing with produce, but an estimated 80% of our farmable land is now planted in wine grapes. Since grapes are much more proﬁtable than fruit or vegetable farming, it’s likely to stay that way. Sonoma County fruit and vegetable farmers struggle to survive and must price their products high – making local produce unaffordable for many. But our temperate climate, which allows us to grow a great variety of crops from apples to oranges, means it’s easy to grow food almost anywhere except in the deepest redwood forests. Consider the environmental beneﬁts. Every new square foot of urban or suburban land that produces food could be a square foot of land that won’t need to be converted from habitat to agriculture. Every pound of organic produce grown is a pound less that might have been produced by industrial agriculture using toxic pesticides and herbicides. Every fresh fruit or vegetable that’s carried into the kitchen from the garden replaces one that got there using fossil fuels in tractors, harvesters, trucks and often long-distance ships. And home-grown produce is free. Even a well-mulched garden with drip irrigation and porous soil needs water, but much less than a lawn, and less than a subsidized central valley farm. Given our water limitations, it’s essential that gardeners learn how to use as little water as possible and to take advantage of our year-round growing season. Some plants, like garlic, greens and peas, can be grown with almost no irrigation water at all, since they can be planted in the fall and mature in the spring. Sonoma County’s Department of Health Services has a new program, called iGROW, that encourages home food gardening and creates a support system for County gardeners. iGROW’s ofﬁcial focus is health and community-building. Increasing the quantity of fresh produce grown in neighborhoods and then distributing some of it through produce swaps, food bank donations and gleaning will mean more fresh produce eaten by all. Gardening is also good exercise, as everyone with an aching back on a spring Sunday evening knows.
Grapes Are Not the Only Crop
If you grow food already or are starting a new garden, iGROW wants to add yours to its running total of acreage of food-growing gardens in Sonoma County. You can register at the interactive website igrowsonoma. org, add your garden and a picture of it to the map, ﬁnd gardening and water-conservation tips, gardening listserves and a blog, and check for events like gardening workshops and classes. Sonoma County Master Gardeners also has a ton of information online. The iGROW 350 Challenge will try to get 350 gardens planted in the County during the weekend of May 15 to 16. The Challenge is being coordinated by iGROW, GoLocal Sonoma County, and the Petaluma nonproﬁt Daily Acts, which just won this year’s Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award at the annual Sonoma County Environmental Dinner. Seed saving is the focus of other local groups. Seed savers grow older varieties of food plants from which you can collect seeds that will grow into the same plant variety next year. Most commercial seeds are now hybridized; they will not grow true to type from saved seed and new seeds must be bought each year. Another advantage to regional seed saving is that seeds can be selected over time from plants that ﬂourish under local soil and weather conditions. This is one of the aims of the West County Community Seed Bank, which is beginning to develop broccoli and carrots that will do well in the foggy, cooler west county. It’s Spring, a good time to plant parsley and lettuce!
–SUZANNE DOYLE, SONOMA GROUP
iGROW http://www.igrowsonoma.org/ Daily Acts http://www.dailyacts.org/ GoLocal Cooperative http://sonomacounty.golocal.coop/ Sonoma County Master Gardeners http://groups.ucanr. org/sonomamg/ West County Community Seed Bank http:// westcountyseedbank.blogspot.com/
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On the platform of the viewpoint at Lake Sonoma a shower blew its way across my end of day and gave to me a rumbling ﬂowing by, a ﬂaming melting sky, a glow on rock and tree, a breeze borne rhapsody, and peace a precious memory! –DICK SNIBBE
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Sierra Club Volunteer/Activist Opportunities
“I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world, and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.” –E.B. White
Volunteer Activists Needed:
North Group Hike Leaders: North Group is desperately seeking hike leaders. Please contact Al Muelhoefer, the Outings Chair, at [email protected]
; 707-482-0520. Sonoma Group Environmental Forum Committee: Please help with any of the following: Design programs. Suggest and Invite speakers. Create ﬂiers. Meet exciting environmental advocates throughout our community. Help speciﬁcally needed for Transition Sonoma County and Citizens Climate Caucus forum segments. Help can be by email only and sporadic. Alternatively or additionally, if you are willing to make a few phone calls periodically to invite Sierra Club members to attend forums, that would be GREAT! Please contact Veronica Jacobi [email protected]
Help the Sonoma Group Water Committee!: HELP SAVE WATER. Work with the Committee on water issues. Come to our meetings at 7:00 PM at the Environmental Center on April 7, 2010 and May 5, 2010. The Water Committee is working on issues related to our Water Shortage and Measures to Conserve, Save, and Reuse this valuable resource. Come to our meetings with your suggestions and to help in this enterprise. We are continuing work on Gray Water Reuse, a Water Policy Statement and work on water related issues in Sonoma County. Come and help us with your suggestions. Cities and the Water Agency are starting their 2010 Water Management Plans. Involvement by our members is critical. Help protect the quality of our water for people, wild life, ﬁsh and other aquatic life. Promote water conservation and intelligent reuse. Contact Len Holt at <[email protected]
> The Climate & Energy Committee is embarking on exciting goals and strategies!: We are encouraging members and the public to take action on Climate Change. We cannot get the level of impact we want without YOUR help! Please contact Veronica Jacobi [email protected]
or call Shirley Johnson 707-206-1138
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How Low Can We Go?! Series of Forums throughout two days with Fun, Connecting & Effectiveness
Aka Best Yet Mobile Earth Day Party for Our Planet and Our Future! (aka2 Let’s be less Fossil Foolish and have more Fun doing it!)
“Save/Savor Our Community”
Yes We Can Reduce our Carbon & Eco-Footprint
35.0 Hour Environmental Forum
Come to one or all of the activities. Join us anytime throughout the. 35.0 hours! There is no charge for any events except a suggested donation for Awakening the Dreamer. (Please Note. Due to the complexity of a mobile 35.0 hr event details are Subject to Change www.redwood.sierraclub.org/sonoma for updates, rain details & additional info. Zero Waste event. please bring your own cup, plate, silverware and some snacks. Some food will be provided and available. Also bring a sleeping bag, pillow and pad etc if you are planning on sleeping.) If you want to have some fun, exercise and join others on our way to the event meet us in front of Chop’s on W. 6th Street near the 6th Street Playhouse. We will head to the Greenway at 8:05 AM and arrive at Finley by 8:25 AM
Greenway. Finley Center. City Hall. Roseland Elementary School.
Saturday, 4/24, 8 AM - Sunday, 4/25, 7 PM
8 AM Bike Ride Greenway from Pierson Bridge to Finley Center
The Sierra Club endorsement process will continue through April. As of the publication deadline, these are the current endorsements. Endorsements will continue to be updated on our Redwood Chapter website, www.redwood.sierraclub.org. Also, the next issue of the Redwood Needles will contain the ﬁnalized list of Sierra Club endorsements, and will be mailed by May 14, to reach members in a timely manner for voting.
Preliminary List of June 8 Sierra Club Endorsements
8:30 AM - 12:30 AM Green Team Convention First ever High School Student Green Team Convention in Sonoma County. Co-sponsored by Students for Sustainable Communities (SRJC), Climate Protection Campaign and Alliance for Climate Education. Non-students welcome as mentors or for separate complementary Green Team planning. Manzanita room. RSVP is important for this segment to [email protected]
because we can move to a larger room if needed. 12 noon - 4 00 PM Food & Gardening Festival by CAP Sonoma 3:50 PM - 4:15 PM at display tables outside The Art of Climate Change Create art to display during the NOT Fossil Fools mini Parade 4:15 - 5:00 PM “Safe & Green” Mini intro Family & individual Safety training/demonstration/participation/discussion especially focused on pedestrian safety for young people, cycling, taking mass transit, and hiking. 5:00 PM We are NOT Fossil Fools Mini Parade & Bus or Bike etc. Ride (5:15 #6, arrives TM 5:25 PM) ((or 5:40 #3 Bus arrives 5:55 at Transit Mall)) to City Hall! We will walk, cycle, scooter, roll, take the bus or carpool to get a message out to our community encouraging low fossil fuels travel.Please feel free to dress in fun and noticeable attire and display signs encouraging anything green! 5:30/6 PM - 7:00 PM “Safe & Green” Family & individual Safety training/demonstration/participation/discussion especially focused on walking, cycling, taking mass transit, and hiking. 7 PM - 9:30 PM Awakening The Dreamer, Changing The Dream Symposium If you are tired of the gloom, doom and crisis you see in the news, come and learn about the “un-named movement” and a possible new way of life for the future. We guide you through an inquiry from “Where are we?” and “How did we get here?” to “What is possible for the future” and “What can we do?” Video presentation with interactive exercises, networking & discussions. Please bring a snack for yourself. Please register at www.awakeningthedreamer.org Suggested donation $15 but no one turned away! Contact Laura Baker at 707 322-7778 or [email protected]
with questions.) 9:30 PM - 10:00 PM Planting for Carbon Sequestration and more! 10:00 PM - 10:30 PM Eco Eating Hope Bohanec speaking on impacts and health. 10:30 PM - Midnight Celebrating Change LIVE MUSIC? DJ? Open mic? inspiring presenters and/or videos? GREEN & BLUE gloves Dancing/ Video ﬁlming party? (Filming is optional. Parental permission form required before ﬁlming.) Midnight - 3 50 AM 3hr50minutes DANCE etc. PARTY? DJ? Music & Video &/OR Video ﬁlming party! Open mic, inspiring videos OR COMBO 3:50 AM - 9 AM Do it Yourself Activism or Recharge for future Change Quiet sharing and video ﬁlming party, in case some of us want to sleep a bit, and some of us want to keep interacting. 9 to ~10 AM - getting to Roseland (CityBus #9 10:05 from TM arrives 10:09) or Bike etc. to Roseland Roseland 2nd Annual Earth Day! 10 AM -12 Green Jobs - Roseland Elementary School 12 Noon to 4 PM Multi-cultural Earth Day Festivities - Old Albertson’s parking lot 3:50 PM Earth Day Birthday Cake .maybe with solar oven cook-off! 4 PM - 7 PM Be the Change! Share YOUR experiences, ask questions, and discuss next steps! What more CAN we do? Lots.networking, strategizing, brief updates on local Food Forest Gardens, Sustainability/Transition projects, Energy Wise Neighbors, Graywater Reuse/Rainwater Harvesting/Conservation, Alternative Transportation, Youth Green Jobs, Solar Sonoma County and steps individuals/groups/communities are taking to reduce their carbon footprint.
It is not required, but please let us know the hours you are attending so we can adjust snacks etc! Call 544-7651 a week in advance or email Veronica Jacobi at [email protected]
up to a day in advance to RSVP and for information or to volunteer to help for an hour or two.
Debra Bowen - California Secretary of State Bill Lockyer - California State Treasurer John Chiang - California State Controller Pedro Nava - California State Attorney General Statewide ballot initiatives Proposition 15, The California Fair Elections Act: Support Proposition 16, New Two-Thirds approval rule for Local Electricity Providers: Oppose (See articles on page 1)
Congressional District 1, Mike Thompson California Senate Senate District 2: Noreen Evans California Assembly Assembly District 7: Michael Allen Local Races Napa County Supervisor, District 1: Brad Wagenknecht Napa County Supervisor, District 3: Diane Dillon Lake County Supervisor, District 3: Denise Rushing
Santa Rosa Council Chamber segment
Please visit www.redwood.sierraclub.org for the latest endorsement updates.
Everyone is invited to these public forums!
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Meetings are on Page 12
Sequoia Paddlers - Canoe and kayak roll practice. Ridgway Swim Center in Santa Rosa Thurs. 7 pm - 8:45 pm. The pool is located on Ridgway Ave off Mendocino right next to Santa Rosa High School. The water is warm but the air is often cold, so wet suits are recommended as well as PFD’s and helmets. Paddlers must bring their own clean boats and gear. Instruction is not provided although advice and tips are available for the asking. Showers are available. Cost $5. Co-sponsored by the Sequoia Paddlers and the Santa Rosa Parks & Rec. Dept. Info: Sig, [email protected]
or 292-4947 Sequoia Paddlers Section. The canoe, kayak and rafting section of the Redwood Chapter. Outings are often dependent on river conditions and do not have long lead times. Please check the Activites Page of our website, www.sequoiapc.org, for upcoming trips. April Sonoma Group Singles. No event. If you want to see the Singles Potlucks continue, please volunteer to host events at your home. Contact Karin, before 8:30 pm, 539-7855. Sat. April 3 - Sonoma Group. Mt. Burdell. Loop through oak grassland, wildﬂowers, vernal pool, great views. Bring lunch and water, walking sticks for brief steep downhill. Medium pace with breaks for photos, ﬂower identiﬁcation. Class M-5-B. Carpool: Petaluma Park and Ride 9:30am or @ trailhead for Open Space on San Andreas Drive in Novato 10am. Heading south on 101, take the ﬁrst Novato exit, San Marin/Atherton, and head west on San Marin Dr. Go about 2.5 miles, then turn right (north) onto San Andreas Dr. Go about 0.5 miles and park along street; the trailhead is to your right. Leader: Randi Farkas 824-0804. RSVP by 8:30 am with your phone number. Hard rain cancels. Sat., Apr. 3 - Mendo Group. Walker Lake Boundary. Route takes us through wildﬂower meadows, mixed forests and redwoods to Ridgewood Ranch boundary. There is a low water creek crossing. Wear layered clothing and sturdy hiking boots. Bring water, lunch. Meet 10 a.m. Class: M-6-A. By reservation only. Leader Steve 508-8729. Contact Carol for carpools from Santa Rosa. 546-6308 [email protected]
Rain cancels. Mon.-Sat., Apr. 5-10 - Wildﬂowers and Fence Removal-Carrizo Plain National Monument. This outing will include three and a half days of service to the monument, removing and modifying fences to allow resident pronghorn to travel more widely. This is the spring wildﬂower season, and our schedule allows at least a day for exploring, either hiking or driving backcountry roads. With longer daylight hours there may also be time to visit sights in the monument after work. Because we are privileged to be staying at one of the old ranch houses, our trip is limited to 14 participants. $30 covers ﬁve dinners. Contact leader: Craig Deutsche, (310-477-6670), craig. [email protected]
CNRCC Desert Committee Sat. April 10, May 22, July 10, Napa Group Monthly hikes: The Wandering Doodlers. Grab your paints/pencils and sketchbooks, lace your hiking boots and join us for a day of hiking and art. After meeting at the trailhead at 9 am, we will hike 2 or 3 miles, stop when the inspiration strikes, have lunch and sketch/paint for one or two hours, depending on the temperature. Then head back. Bring lunch, water, good hiking boots and adequate clothing. Professional artists or doodlers, all are welcome, but you must be able to hike 4 to 6 miles. Class: M- 5- A (estimated) Call leader Isabelle: 707-253-2293 or e-mail: [email protected]
for details and sign-up. Sat., April 10 - Napa Group. Hudson Ranch (Carneros). Take a hike with Lee Hudson to learn about the integration of raising wine grapes, olives, cattle, fowl, and other produce to more sustainably manage his Hudson Ranch in the Carneros area, while also enjoying peak spring wildﬂower displays and amazing views of San Pablo Bay. Bring hiking boots, water, and lunch. Class: MH -5-A. By Reservation. Leader Chip Bouril 707-944-2058 [email protected]
Sat., April 10 - Sonoma Group. Jenner Headlands. Formerly the Rule Ranch, this $36 million purchase for the public of 5,630 acres with 8 watersheds is the largest conservation land acquisition in Sonoma County. Hiking through Coastal Prairie to the serpentine soil area, we will see incredible views of the Sonoma Coast. We follow rough uneven old ranch roads and ascend 700 feet, hopefully viewing an amazing wildﬂower display. Bring lunch, liquids, layered clothing and wear sturdy hiking boots. Class M-5A Meet 9:30 am River Road Park & Ride. We will carpool to Jenner. By reservation only limit of 20. Leader Carol [email protected]
546-6308 Land Trust docent Brook Edwards. Rain Cancels. Sat., April 10 - Solano Group. Explore Mare Island Shoreline Preserve. Hike Mare Island Hill for views of Mt. Tam, Napa Marshes and Sonoma Mountain. View the Spirit Ship sculpture pointing towards the Golden Gate and historic homes overlooking Mare Island Strait. Walk along the Historic Southshore of Mare Island to Pier 35 for shoreline views of San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait. We’ll visit an historic cemetery dating from 1858 and see the original Mare Island where 150 years ago the US Navy sited its ﬁrst West Coast Shipyard. We’ll pass under Great Blue Heron and Osprey nests in the proposed Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve. This is a 5 mile walk on paved and gravel roads, and is great for families. Class E-4-A. 9:30 - 12:30. From I-80 in Vallejo take the Tennessee St. exit west towards Mare Island. Once on Mare Island take the ﬁrst left on Nimitz and go to 15th St. (stop sign). Turn right and follow to Railroad Ave. and turn left. Follow Railroad through the South Gate and park along the road. From Napa take Hwy 29 south to Tennessee St. in Vallejo, turn right and follow above directions. From Marin or Sonoma County take the Mare Island exit off Hwy 37 and follow Walnut Ave. south to ‘G’ St. (1st stop sign) and turn left. Take the 2nd right at Nimitz and follow above directions. Leader Kenn Browne 707-319-1846. Sat., April 10, May 22 - Sonoma Group. Backpacking Seminar continuation. Reminder of last classroom dates to those already signed up. Environmental Center 55 Ridgeway Ave in Santa Rosa. Backpacking dates will be June 12th - 13th, June 25th - 27th, and July 9th12th. David Henry 579-5861 or [email protected]
Sun., Apr. 11 - Mendo Group. Bike along Big River. 7400 acres of the Big River Watershed were purchased and protected in March 2002. This is the longest undeveloped estuary in California. An old logging haul road follows the river for many miles, making for a pleasant bike ride with spectacular estuary views, the opportunity to see river otters, seals, osprey, herons and other birds and animals. We’ll bike along this old road with gentle hills along the edge of the Big River passing an abandoned quarry, a small laguna at Dry Dock Gulch and travel about 14 miles round trip. We’ll stop for lunch by the river before returning. Bring lunch, your own bike, helmet, water, and layered clothing. Class: M-14A. By reservation. Leader Lorrie [email protected]
964-3011. Meet: 10:30 a.m. by kiosk and rest room near the haul road east end of Big River Beach parking lot, past boat launch area. Rain cancels. Sun., April 11 - Mendo Group. Valley View Trail, Cow Mt. Recreation Area. Hike up into the chaparral overlooking Ukiah Valley with spectacular views to the west and east. Good wildﬂower and bird spotting. Bring lunch, wear good hiking shoes. Class M-6-B.Carpools: 9 am, Long’s Parking lot. Trailhead: 9:30 am, Mill Creek Park, parking lot. By reservation. Leader: Yvonne 4630342 [email protected]
Sun., April 11 - Lake Group. Perkins Creek Ridge. This moderate but long hike starts near the Lake County land fill and then mostly follows the ridge above the main stem of Cache Creek down to Baton Flat. Bring lunch, water, binoculars and your favorite wildﬂower guide. Class: M-8-A Carpools: Meet 8:00 a.m. Red Bud trail head, 8 miles east of Clear Lake Oaks on Highway 20, at the bridge over the North Fork of Cache Creek. Shuttle to the trail head. By reservation only. Leader Steve Devoto [email protected]
Rain cancels. Fri.-Sun., April 16-18 - Mojave National Preserve Service Trip. Come help restore an historic water feature to provide water for wildlife. The work involves protecting several springs by earth work, stabilization work, putting up a fence and some infrastructure in and around a qanat. Our effort will be directed by staff from the Mojave National Preserve. A hike is planned for Friday for those arriving in the morning, if the rains are good this year, there may be plenty of wildﬂowers. We will work all day Saturday and until noon on Sunday. There will be a ranger talk about the Preserve on Saturday evening. Camping will be rustic. Email or call leader for reservation information. Leader: Rich Juricich, [email protected]
, 916-4922181. CNRCC Desert Committee Sun., Apr 18 - Lake Group (with Friends of Boggs Mountain). Boggs Mountain Forest. Hike various trails. Appropriate footwear required. Bring water/ snack. Neutered dogs on leash welcome. Class: M-5-A. Meet 9 am - covered kiosk - main parking area. Entrance Forestry Road 1.3 miles north of Cobb Village on Hwy 175. Carpooling to more remote trails possible. Leader Boone Lodge [email protected]
net (707) 928-5819. Rain cancels Sun., April 18 - Sonoma Group. Tolay Lake/Roche Property. Co-sponsored with Sonoma County Regional Parks. This is your chance to see one of the future additions to Sonoma County Regional Parks. The Roche Property (Tolay Creek) is approx. 1600 acres and connects with Tolay Lake Park. The hike will begin at Tolay Lake Regional Park with an introduction by a Regional Park Ranger. We will hike up the west ridge of Tolay Park and onto the Roche Property. If clear, expect 360° views of most mountains like St. Helena, Diablo and Tamalpais. The park is characterized by rolling grassy hills and valleys; Tolay Creek runs through it. We usually see one or more coyotes, raptures and if lucky, a golden eagle. Note: This is a long 9 miles with a steep climb at the beginning. The ground is extremely uneven (ankle twister). We will go cross country through grazing cattle pastures. Bring layered clothing, good hiking boots, lunch, and plenty of water. Class H-9-B. Hike will last about 5 hours. Carpools: Meet 8:30 a.m. Santa Rosa (leaderless) under Hwy. 12 overpass between the Fairgrounds and the Veterans building. Petaluma 9:00 a.m. Park & Ride 101 and 116 East or Tolay Park 9:30 a.m. By reservation only. Leader Bill Arenander 763-8133. Sat., April 24 - Sonoma Group Matt Davis & Steep Ravine Loop. Matt Davis Trail curves a long, graceful arc from Mt. Tam’s Pantoll Ranger Station to the sea at Stinson Beach. Steep Ravine Trail makes a dramatic ascent alongside a boisterous stream in a steep-sided redwood canyon. Hike is the best loop hike with spectacular views that the Bay Area has to offer. Hike in deep forests, lush canyons with waterfalls, open grasslands offering views of San Francisco to Pt.Reyes and the Paciﬁc. Lunch at Stinson Beach with breaks before and after. Bring comfortable boots, water,
Instructions to hikers
Outings start not later than 15 minutes after scheduled meeting time All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you chose to participate on an outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version. The leader is in charge of the trip and is responsible for your welfare and the good name of the Club. He/she must have your cooperation to make the trip safe, pleasant and rewarding. Do not get behind rear leader: if you need help, the rear leader will remain to assist you. Do not leave the group without the leader’s permission. Be adequately equipped and prepared. Please bring a daypack, lunch, liquids and personal 1st aid kit. Wear comfortable hiking boots or adequate shoes for the outing. Guard against ﬁre. Do not smoke on trails in ﬁre season. Build ﬁres only in established ﬁre rings with leader’s permission. Extinguish them completely. Guns, pets, or radios are not to be brought on hikes. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Participants assume the risks associated with travel. Redwood Chapter suggests that a 20 cents per car per mile compensation be paid to the driver you ride with. Carpools are not part of the outing, but a means of conserving natural resources.
Visitors are welcome
All Sierra Club trips are open to the public unless otherwise announced. You are free to bring all members of your family and guests. Children are usually welcome, but please call the leader to make sure it is an appropriate hike.
DIFFICULTY MILEAGE ELEVATION GAIN
E M H S V
- Easy - Moderate - Hard - Strenuous - Very Strenuous
A - Les than 1,000 B - 1,000 to 2,000 C - 2,000 to 3,000 D - over 3,000
The actual mileage will be listed for each trip. Elevation gain will reﬂect the gain from the start of the hike to the highest point. If you need to know the cumulative gain, please contact the leader.
To submit outings write-ups
Send all outings write-ups to: Carol Vellutini, Outings Chair, ([email protected]
net) by the 8th of the month. All leaders must coordinate their outings with their Group Outings Chair.
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lunch and a camera. Class: M-7B. Carpools: 8:00 am Santa Rosa CVS-I-Hop parking lot Farmers Ln. & 4th St near the 4th St.entrance, Petaluma 8:40 am Lakeville Park & Ride across from Hammers Ski and Marine, Trailhead 9:45 am Pantoll Rangers Station. By reservation only. Leader Tim Bartice 707-3420471 [email protected]
Cancelled if heavy rain. Sat., April 24 - North Group. Table Bluff/Mouth of Eel River. Hike begins on ocean beach below Table Bluff and follows dark sand beach southerly 4.5 miles between ocean and sloughs, estuaries and marshlands of Eel River and tiny North Bay. View abundant wild ﬂora, occasional bird and wildlife in this varied coastal environment. Return route varies along dunes and McNulty Slough and North Bay. Bring snacks & water. Class M-9 -A Carpools: Meet 9 am Park & Ride lot Herrick Avenue and Broadway (Highway 101) or 9:30 am at beach below Table Bluff. Leader Xandra 441-0702. Rain or tsunami warning cancels. Sat.-Sun., April 24-25 - Owens Valley Work Project. Project will probably be bashing tamarisk along the Owens River, but could change. Work on Saturday and enjoy the extensive birding opportunities on Sunday. Camp at Diaz Lake just south of Lone Pine. Group potluck on Saturday night Bring all camping gear, or stay in a motel in nearby Lone Pine. For more information, contact leaders Cal and Letty French, [email protected]
Santa Lucia Chapter and CNRCC Desert Com Sat.-Sun., Apr. 24-25 - Exploring the Mojave National Preserve. We will meet Saturday morning 9:00 AM at the Teutonia Peak trailhead on Cima Road and hike to Teutonia Peak and out on Cima Dome. Primitive carcamp at Sunrise Rock. Sunday morning, visit the museum/visitor center at Kelso Depot and then on to hike Kelso Dunes. These dunes have various nicknames including the singing dunes and the moaning dunes due to the sounds that they often make, but whatever you call then, they are impressive. For those who want to spend another night, we can camp at the Granite Mountains. For reservations contact leader: Carol Wiley at [email protected]
net or (760) 245-8734. CNRCC Desert Com Sat.-Sun., April 24-25 - Rock Art in Eastern California. Comfortable spring weather is an ideal time to go exploring. On Saturday, we visit three rock art sites in the southern Owens Valley area bordering the Coso Mountains. On Sunday we will be escorted to (the astonishing) Little Petroglyph Canyon on the China Lake Naval Weapons Station. As government restrictions apply here, all arrangements and conﬁrmations must be completed by April 1 (no joking). High clearance 2WD sufﬁcient, day hiking, Sat. evening potluck. Group limit, 14 participants, Contact leader Craig Deutsche (310477-6670), [email protected]
com. CNRCC Desert Committee
When I ﬁrst joined Sierra Club in 1982 it was obvious that there were many dedicated members. I was the new kid on the block. Among the “giants” who were legends, was Edgar Wayburn. He joined the Sierra Club in 1939. He died March 5th at the age of 103. I was only 4 years old when he went hiking on Mt. Tam with Peggy, the woman who would later become his wife. Ed and Peggy would then go on to help preserve the most breathtaking landscapes of our country, Redwood National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area being two local examples. He lived in San Francisco. So, now as I am the older generation, I am thinking that not many of us ever achieved what Ed did in his long life. Dr. Wayburn made a tremendous difference to the Bay Area. Sonoma Group used to put on an annual dinner in April. I was reminded of this when I went to this year’s Environmental Dinner (now put on with the SCCC). I was talked into helping in the 80’s when Barrett Lewis was active. The dinners were at different venues. The years I participated I moved the venue to our local Community College. I also moved the date to June. I put on all day events with meetings, slide shows, pool practices, forums, and workshops. I had the Doyle Student Center and the lawn area. The college has long since remodeled and expanded. We seemed to have more big gatherings back then. Dr. Wayburn’s death has inspired me to reminisce. Sonoma Group led many campouts and backpacks to remote areas. Now everyone is “busy”. The chapter in ‘85 was active in BLM Wilderness, Sinkyone, Apple Maggot fruit ﬂy bill, Cullinan Ranch, MX missiles, nuclear proliferation, Wild Rivers, sewage discharges in the Russian River, Shelter Cove LCP, oil exploration in Oat Hill area, EPA vs. pulp mills, King Rang/Chemise Mt. wilderness, decommissioning Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant, Bayside Mall, and the highway by-pass project by Redwood National
Sun., Apr 25 - Lake Group. Boggs Mountain Forest. Hike to Big Springs. Need sturdy shoes, lots of water, lunch, prior long distance hiking. Neutered/ Spayed dogs on leash welcome. Class M-8-10-A. Meet: 8 am Boggs Mtn. Forest, Cobb. RSVP reqd. Leader: Carol Magill, 707-928-5423, [email protected]
Sun., Apr. 25 - Sonoma Group. Halfa-Canoe Loop, Lake Sonoma. Canceled by rain in Feb., let’s try again. A scenic tour of Lake Sonoma during the quiet winter season. Starting at the trailhead on Rockpile road, we’ll loop over Bummer peak, descend to the lake, stop at Madrone Point camp for a lunch stop, then climb back up the ridge to the trailhead. Dress for the weather with layered clothing, good hiking shoes, bring lunch, liquids. Class M-6-B, approx.1200 ft elev. gain. Carpools: Meet 9:15 am River Road Park’n’Ride, on River Road, just west of Hwy 101. Leader Carl Inglin 538-8271 [email protected]
net. Rain cancels. Fri.-Sun., Apr. 30-May 2 Kingston Mountains Wilderness Restoration. We will assist the BLM in restoring a cultural site in this wilderness area just a little north of Mojave National Preserve. Meet mid-afternoon Friday and car-caravan on gravel roads to the campsite. Project organization from BLM staff Friday evening. Saturday, the BLM range specialist will provide guidance and interpretation of the area and explain the need for the project. Work will end around lunchtime on Sunday. Bring camping gear, work gloves and clothing for a range of temperatures from very cold to very hot. Central Commissary available ($15), otherwise participants are responsible for their own food. Leader: Vicky Hoover (415) 9775527, [email protected]
co-lead: Carol Wiley (760) 245-8734. CNRCC Wilderness Committee & Mojave Group Sat., May 1 - Sonoma Group Palisades May Day Table Rock. This is a hike from the parking lot off highway 29 in Robert Louis Stevenson Park. The trail leads about 2.2 miles through the forest to spectacular overlooks crossing a ridge to prominent Table Rock. There is a short steep section. The massive table rock formation sits at the head of Garnett Canyon at an elevation of 2,462 feet. We will pass through forests of tan oak, Doug ﬁr and madrone, Buckeyes, and on to chaparral covered slopes where Manzanita is the dominant plant, then continue onto volcanic outcroppings with excellent views of the northern end of the Napa Valley by Calistoga. Wildﬂowers should still be blooming. Bring lunch, liquids. Wear layered clothing & hiking boots. There is one small water crossing. There are no restroom facilities at trailhead. Class: M-5-A. Carpools meet 9:30 am River Rd. Park & Ride off 101. By reservation only. Leader Carol Vellutini 546-6308 [email protected]
Rain cancels. Sat.-Sun., May 1-2 - Lone Pine Lake. Alabama Hill & Manzanar. Join us at our beautiful creekside camp in the high desert near Lone Pine. On Sat, we’ll hike a moderate 6 mi rt, 1600’ gain from Whitney Portal to beautiful Lone Pine Lake, followed by Happy Hour, a potluck feast and campﬁre. On Sun, we’ll caravan to Manzanar, the WWII Japanese internment camp to visit the museum with its moving tribute to the internees held there during the war. Group size strictly limited. Send $8 per person (Sierra Club), 2 large SASE, H&W phones, email, rideshare info to Ldr: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 294726, Phelan,
Outings Chair Report
Park to name a few. So back to 2010. Make an effort to go to different Sierra Club group hikes. Mendo group has great hikes at Ridgewood Ranch. Land is private and this is a chance to enjoy the beauty of the area. The North Group leads hikes from the coast, rivers, and forests of our northern most counties. In my opinion, I think they have the most beautiful parks and beaches. The Lake Group goes all over Boggs Mountain. Napa Group partners with the Land Trust and hikes their lands. Solano does Mare Island. So travel to another area. Sonoma Group members seem to only go south. Many have never even been to Ukiah, let alone Willits or Covelo. It’s worth the trip.
–CAROL VELLUTINI, REDWOOD CHAPTER OUTINGS CHAIR
CA 92329, 760-868-2179. CNRCC Desert Com Sat.-Sun., May 1-2 - Fence Removal, Hiking, & Carcamp. To allow pronghorn antelope greater mobility on the Carrizo Plain we will help remove fences left from earlier ranching days. Weather may be warm, ﬂowers may, or may not, be still blooming. Work Saturday, camp and potluck dinner that evening. Hike Sunday. Leaders will be at Selby Camp on Friday night for those who want to arrive early. More information from leaders: Cal and Letty French, (805-239-7338). Prefer e-mail [email protected]
com. Santa Lucia Chapter, CNRCC Desert Committee, and Los Padres ForestWatch Sun., May 2 - Mendo Group. Trail work day with Ukiah Valley Trail Group. Work between 9 am and 2 pm on local trail, location to be announced. Dress in sturdy work shoes, bring water. Lunch provided. RSVP for more details and location Coordinator Yvonne Kramer 4630342 [email protected]
Sun., May 2 - Lake Group. Mahnke Homestead. This hike starts at the south end of Kelsey Creek Drive and follows a moderately sloped dirt road to the site of the Mahnke homestead with the option of descending to Kelsey Creek for lunch. Bring lunch and
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Ratings for Outings Leaders
Wonder if an outing leader walks fast or slow? Keep in mind that the leader’s speed is but one part of hiking. How high up a mountain the hike starts, the total mileage and elevation gain (up hill) and loss (down hill) greatly affect the difﬁculty of a hike, regardless of how fast or slow you walk. If you have any doubts about being able to do a hike or have other questions, please call the leader to discuss your concerns. These ratings only serve as a guide and are not a substitute for you being in appropriate physical condition before participating in an outing. Leaders are grouped according to how fast they normally hike. Fast-pace with few or no stops: Jim Gannon Paul Bozzo Lars Crail Carol Magill Paul Farley Moderate-pace with few stops: Carl Inglin Penny Proteau Don Anderson Steve Devoto Chip Bouril Isabelle Saint-Guily Steve Allen Lorrie Lagasse Boone Lodge Jackie Farley Val Nordeman Xandra Manns Martin Farber Moderate-pace with more frequent stops: Bill Arenander Ken Roberts Pete McGee David Henry Tim Bartice Nanette DeDonato Al Muelhoefer Suzanne Spillner Carol Vellutini Steve Stocksteder Annie Drager Kenn Browne Susan Whiteside Randi Farkis Janet Barth Yvonne Kramer Melinda Groom Slower-pace: Gina Hitchcock Allison Bronkall Jim Carr Page 7–Redwood Needles– April 1, 2010
How fast or slow do you go?
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water. Neutered dogs on leash welcome.Class M-7-B Meet at the car pool parking lot at the corner of Live Oak Drive and Highway 29 in Kelseyville at 8:30 a.m. Reservations required. Leader Steve Devoto [email protected]
Sat., May 8 - Sonoma Group. Johnson Trail to Gunsight Rock. We’ll take the shady route to Gunsight Rock, through the Johnson property addition to Hood Mountain Regional Park. Bring lunch, liquids, good hiking shoes, sunscreen. Dress for the weather. Class M-7B. Carpools: Meet 9:30 a.m. CVS Drugs (formerly Longs) parking lot 4th & Farmers Lane, behind the IHOP and Shell station or trailhead 10 a.m. end of Pythian Road. Please RSVP if you want to carpool. If there are no RSVP’s by 8:30 am I’ll go directly to the park. Leader Carl Inglin 538-8271 [email protected]
Sat. May 8 - Solano Group. Rush Ranch. We’ll walk along the levee in the middle of Suisun Marsh, then hike up the hill across Grizzly Island Road for a view of the west coast’s largest marsh. We’ll see wildﬂowers, hawks and maybe some otters, as well as butterﬂies and red-winged blackbirds. After the walk, you are invited to stay for a potluck picnic as part of Solano Group’s Annual Meeting. Speakers will be Michael Muir of Access Adventures and Bob Berman from the Solano Land Trust. Class E-4-A. 10:00 am - 12 noon. From I-80 in Fairﬁeld/Cordelia take Hwy 12 east to Grizzly Island Road (trafﬁc light). Turn right and go about 2 miles to Rush Ranch. Park by the barn. Leader: Jim DeKloe (707) 477-8354 Sat., May 8 - Solano Group. Mare Island Southshore. This easy walk begins in the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve. We’ll walk along the historic Southshore of Mare Island and see the site where 150 years ago the U.S. Navy sited its ﬁrst West Coast Shipyard. We’ll pass under Great Blue Heron and Osprey nests on the way to Pier 35 at the confluence of the Napa River, Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay. We’ll also see the Mare Island Cemetery which dates from 1857 and the Spirit Ship sculpture erected by Shipyard workers before Mare Island was closed in 1996. Class E-4-A. 9:30 - 12 noon. From I-80 in Vallejo take Tennessee St. exit west to Mare Island. Once on Mare Island take the 1st left on Nimitz and go to 15th St. (stop sign). Turn right for 2 blocks to Railroad Ave. Turn left and follow to Mare Island Shoreline Preserve, pass through the South Gate and park along the road near the kiosk. From Napa take Hwy 29 south on Sonoma Blvd in Vallejo and turn right on Tennessee St. and follow above directions. From Marin-Sonoma take Hwy 37 east and exit onto Mare Island on Walnut Ave. Take Walnut to ‘G’ St. (stop sign). Turn left on G, go 2 blocks to Nimitz, turn right and follow above directions. Leader Kenn Browne 707-319-1846 Sat., May 8 - North Group. Headwaters Forest. Hike begins at parking lot at end of Elk River Road at trailhead. Hike is level for ﬁrst 3 miles, passing through scenic second-growth redwood forest along Elk River. Last 2 miles is steep climb and loop through beautiful old-growth section of redwood forest. Return along same route. Bring snacks & water. Class M-11-B. Carpools: Meet 9 am Park & Ride lot intersection of Broadway (Highway 101) and Herrick Avenue or 9:30 am trailhead/parking lot. Dogs on leash allowed. Leader Xandra 441-0702. Sun. May 9 - Napa Group. Mothers Day Hike At Tuteur Ranch. Join our guide John Tuteur on this year’s annual romp through the springtime hills of Skyline Park and the Tuteur Ranch. Bring hiking boots, lunch, and water. Co-sponsored by the Land Trust of Napa County. Class H-7-B. Leader Chip Bouril 707-944-2058 [email protected]
Fri-Sun, May 14-16 - Napa Group. Loon Lake Chalet. Enjoy hiking along the lake, bird watching, and wildﬂowers at this rustic chalet in the Sierras. Activities are self guided; meals are shared. By reservation only, maximun of 12. Leader Nanette 707-645-8953 [email protected]
Sat., May 15 - Lake Group (with Friends of Boggs Mountain). Boggs Mountain Forest. Hike various trails. Appropriate footwear required, water/snack advised. Neutered dogs on leash welcome. Class M-4.5-A. Meet 9 am - covered kiosk - main parking area. Entrance Forestry Road 1.3 miles north of Cobb Village on Hwy 175. Carpooling to more remote trails possible. Leader Boone Lodge [email protected]
net (707) 928-5819. Rain cancels. Sat., May 15 - North Group. Fay Slough Wildlife Area Parent and Child Walk. Bring your child(ren) to walk on the level CA Fish & Game wetlands trail only two miles outside of Eureka. Jogging strollers OK. Optional loop on trail would add an extra half mile. After hike, we can ride the carousel nearby. Class E-1.5-A. Meet at Fay Slough Wildlife Area trailhead at 9:30 am. Directions: Exit Hwy 101 at Harper Ford exit, make an immediate left onto gravel road into parking lot. Bring snacks and water for you and your child(ren) and wear sturdy shoes. Leader Allison 707268-8767. Rain cancels. Sat., May 15 - Sonoma Group. Singles Potluck and Games Night, Rohnert Park. Karen hosts for the ﬁrst time. Social hour 5:30 pm, followed by dinner 6:30 pm. Please bring a food dish and beverage to share, plus $1 for the club fund. No place setting is needed if you wash the ones provided. Karen will provide the games. From Santa Rosa, take 101 S to Rohnert Park Expway exit and take a left onto it. Make the 1st right onto Commerce Blvd., then make a slight left to stay on Commerce. Continue on Southwest Blvd. Turn right on Adrian. Make the 2nd left onto Bonnie. Go through a stop sign and make the 2nd right to Bernice Ct. 7742 Bernice Ct. is a blue shuttered house with a Magnolia tree in front (address only on street, not on house). Info. Karin before 8:30 pm. 539-7855. Sat., May 15- Sonoma Group. Willow Creek. Explore several trails, loops and out-and-back, at a relaxed pace. Bring food, water, boots. Class: M-7-B. Meet: Gold Coast Bakery in Duncans Mills; we’ll leave there at 9:30 sharp. RSVP by 8:30 am with your phone number. Leader Randi Farkas. 824-0804. Sat.-Mon., May 15-17 - Service and Hiking in the Bright Star. This little known Wilderness Area (northeast Ridgecrest, CA) climbs from riparian canyons, to sagebrush hills, to pinyon and ponderosa forests. Our ﬁrst day will be spent helping Marty Dickes from the BLM in monitoring and signing a small northern unit of this wilderness. The next day we’ll work along the interior Open Vehicle Corridor. On the third day, those that can stay, will take a long, loop hike in one of the riparian canyons and then over the highlands. More info and sign-up with leader Craig Deutsche, (310-4776670), [email protected]
CNRCC Desert Committee Sun., May 16 – Sequoia Paddlers. “Julie and Julia” Lunch Cruise. Bring your boat for a moderate ﬂat water paddle to a picnic site where Chef Carl will prepare an al fresco feast centered around Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourginon recipe. Space is limited. RSVP by May 11. RSVP and info: Leader/chef Carl Inglin 5388271 or [email protected]
Sun., May 16 - Sonoma Group. Bike Ride Santa Rosa to Forestville and back on the Rodota and West County Trails. Come join us for a leisurely bike ride starting in Santa Rosa, on the Rodota trail to Forestville via the West County Trail. We will probably stop in Graton for lunch. The ride is on a relatively ﬂat paved path built on the former railroad right of way. We will return opposite direction. Ride is approximately 18 miles total. Bring bike, helmet, proper clothing and money for lunch. Meet at the parking lot on Sebastopol Rd. just west of Wright Rd. 10 A.M. By reservation only. Leader Bill Arenander 763-8133. Wed., May 19 - North Group. Six Rivers National Forest, South Fork Trail. From the trailhead, southwest of Sayler, our way leads through mixed forest and winds well up along the eastern slopes of the river gorge,descending after some 4 miles to a riverside grotto. Along the way, we can expect some ﬁne views, some slopeside exposure and a variety of spring wildﬂowers. Return by same path. Class M-8-A. Carpools: Because the trailhead is some 2 hours from Arcata, carpooling is highly encouraged, and this will be a daylong adventure. By registration only. Leader Melinda 707-668-4275 or [email protected]
Sat. May 22 - Napa Group. Monthly hikes: The Wandering Doodlers. See April 10 for details. Sat., May 22 - Lake Group. Oat Hill Mine Trail Hike. Oat Hill Mine Trail, Calistoga. Hike up and back. Need sturdy shoes, lots of water, lunch, prior long distance hiking. Neutered/spayed dogs welcome on leash. Class S-10-12-B. Meet: 8 am. Reservation required. Leader: Carol Magill, 707-928-5423 [email protected]
Sat., May 22 - Sonoma Group. Coastal, Cataract & Old Mine Loop. Located in Mt. Tam State Park starting at the Pantoll Ranger’s Station this hike has it all-secluded forest groves laced with small coursing steams, wide grass lands covered with wild flowers and spectacular vistas of city and sea. Bring water, food, hiking boots and your camera for one of the more pleasant hikes in Marin. Class: M-7-A. Carpools: 8:00 am Santa Rosa CVS/I-HOP parking lot on the corner of 4th and Farmers Ln. 4th St entrance, Petaluma 8:40 am Lakeville Park & Ride. By reservation only. Leader Tim Bartice 707-3420471 [email protected]
Cancelled if heavy rain. Sat., May 22 or Sat. June 12Sonoma Group. Sierra Club, California Trails Day Hood Mountain Regional Park. This will mark our 24th year of participation in this statewide event. Sierra Club volunteers built the Nattkemper Trail. We need your help to keep it in good repair. Sierra Club maintains this premier hiking trail. Work site depends on the trail conditions. This year, rains seem unpredictable so please keep both days open. If trail is not muddy or it is not raining we will go for May, but rain date will be in June. Call for updated info. Bring lunch, liquids, gloves, hiking boots, snacks, and daypack. We have tools. You will be carrying a tool to the workplace. We always have fun and the work is rewarding. Call for reservations and meeting place by May 19th. Carpools: Meet 8:30 am leave 8:45 am Adobe Canyon Rd. on the right after turning off Hwy 12 toward Sugarloaf Park (close to Vineyards Restaurant) We will ﬁnish around 4:30. Reservations: Carol Vellutini 546-6308 [email protected]
Sat., May 23 - Napa Group. Aetna Springs to Wild Lake and Wild Lake to Aetna Springs. Two groups meet halfway. Spring time hikes - wildﬂowers bloom.Aetna Springs - Wild Lake. (Haiku Hiking)The hike begins in two locations, Wild Lake Ranch and the Pope Valley side of the Oathill Mine Road Trail in Pope Valley. Hikers will experience spectacular views as they following the ridge line between Napa and Pope Valleys meeting somewhere in the middle for lunch, visit and a key exchange. This hike is co-sponsored with the Land Trust of Napa Valley. Wear hiking boots, bring lunch, plenty of water and sun protection. Class: M-11- B By reservation. Leader Penny Proteau 707-944-2058 [email protected]
com Sat., May 29 - Mendo Group. Ridgewood Ranch-Laughlin ridge traverse. A chance to hike private property with territorial views from a (3,215’) summit. 1,700’ el. gain. Steep trail. Chaparral environment. Class: M-8B. Wear layered clothing and sturdy hiking boots. Bring water, lunch. Meet 10 a.m. By reservation. Leader Steve (707) 508-8729. Sat.-Mon., May 29-31 - Death Valley Wilderness Restoration. Help with wilderness restoration in the Panamint Mountain area of the park. Continuation of the clean up of mining debris from a site in between Middle and South Park as well as a couple of wilderness restoration of old roads and cleaning up of trash at Madeline’s cabin in South Park. We will meet Saturday at noon, car caravan to the campsite and begin some of the cleanup. Work Sunday and half a day on Monday. Happy hour/potluck Sunday night. Bring work gloves, camping equipment, and food and water for the weekend. Leader: Kate Allen, [email protected]
, (661944-4056). CNRCC Desert Com Sat.-Mon., May 29-31 - Birch Canyon Backpack and Dayhike. Birch Canyon descends through a steep and narrow canyon into the Hammil Valley north of Bishop. We’ll backpack to the mouth of the canyon on Saturday and spend Sunday exploring upstream, returning on Monday by the route we came in on. Participants are responsible for their own meals. Leader: John Wilkenson, johnfw1mac.com (408) 876-8295. CNRCC Desert Com Sat., June 5 - Sonoma Group Singles Potluck, Cotati. Join us at Stephen’s newly remodeled home in Cotati. Social hour 5 pm, dinner 6 pm. Bring a dish and beverage to share and $1 for the club fund. No place setting is needed if you wash the ones provided. From Santa Rosa take 101 S. to the 116 exit in Cotati. Turn left to go under the freeway, then right (south) onto Old Redwood Hwy to the Cotati hub. Turn left on E. Cotati, then right at stop light on LaSalle to 8500 LaSalle Ave. Info. Karin before 8:30 pm. 539-7855. Sun. June 6 - Napa Group. Wildlake Ranch Loop from Poppy Flats. Come hike the entire loop trail at the Wildlake Ranch. This trek follows the trail down to Bell Canyon Creek and then up over Rattlesnake Ridge for lovely views of the valley. We’ll return through the hunting camp and past Wild Lake back to Poppy Flats. Co-led with the Land Trust of Napa Valley. Wear hiking boots; bring lunch, water, sun protection and be prepared for variable weather. Class: S-11- C By Reservation. Leader Penny Proteau 944-2058 [email protected]
Sat., June 12 - Lake Group. Boggs Mtn. Forest. Hike various trails. Need sturdy shoes, lots of water, snacks, prior long distance hiking. Neutered/ spayed dogs welcome on leash. Class M-8-B. .Meet: 7 am Boggs Mtn. Forest Cobb. Reservation required
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Leader: Carol Magill, 707-928-5423 [email protected]
Sun. June 20 - Lake Group (with Friends of Boggs Mountain). Boggs Mountain Forest. Father’s Day Hike various trails. Appropriate footwear required. water/snack advised. Neutered dogs on leash welcome. Class M-6-A. Meet 9 am - covered kiosk - main parking area. Entrance Forestry Road 1.3 miles north of Cobb Village on Hwy 175. Carpooling to more remote trails possible. Leader Boone Lodge friendsofboggsmount [email protected]
(707) 928-5819. Rain cancels Fri. June 25 - Sun. June 27. Napa Group/SPC. Loon Lake Paddle for artists/doodlers. 3 days, 2 nights camping on Loon Lake. Bring your paints, pastels, pencils... whether you are an accomplished artist, or like me, just like to put color on paper, this trip is for you. We will go and look for inspiration on the water or on land. Partners and friends not interested in the arts or contemplation are also welcome. Leader Isabelle 707253-2293. [email protected]
; Co-leader, Carl Inglin. Fri-Sun, June 25-27 Sonoma Group. Backpack Trip Sinkyone Wilderness. Two nights in the heart of the Sinkyone Wilderness, part of the Lost Coast, south of Shelter Cove. The trail starts at Bear Harbor, up and down the rugged terrain about 5 miles to the Wheeler camp, our ﬁrst camp site. Highlights include sea lions, elk, forests, beaches and probably fog. Rated M/9/B. Maximum ﬂexibility is required since all sites are ﬁrst come/ﬁrst served. Detailed itinerary and food arrangements will be available to approved participants. No bear canisters are required. Call leader for pre-trip meeting time and location. Cost is $15 (free to participants in the Beginner’s Backpack Seminar). Leaders: Don Anderson ([email protected]
com) 235-5897 and David Henry ([email protected]
) 477-2116. Rain does not cancel. Sun June 27 Sonoma Group. Jack London State Park 50th Anniversary Celebration. Come to the Beauty Ranch at Jack London State Park and enjoy a traditional barbeque. Take special ranch, lake and cottage tours. In the Old Winery Ruins view the winners of the ﬁrst annual Valley of the Moon Photography Show. Inside the beautiful stone walls of the old winery ruins will be artisan wineries and food vendors to market their foods and wines. The Sonoma Ecology Center, in conjunction with Soilculture and Benziger Winery, will be presenting an organic farming exhibit in the ruins as well. Event is from 11-4 more less. Participants will be on their own to decide which events to view or partake in. Info http://www. jacklondon50th.com/ Bring $$. Carpools: 10 am Safeway Shopping Center Hwy 12 & Calistoga Rd. south west corner. RSVP Carol Vellutini 546-6308 [email protected]
Fri-Mon, July 9th - 12th Sonoma Group Backpack Trip. Yosemite National Park. Three nights in the southern part of Yosemite National Park. The trailhead for Chilnualna Falls is located about 5 miles past the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. It is a steady 2400 ft hike up to reach Chilnualna Falls. Distance to the falls is 4.1 miles. We climb above the falls about a mile to a granite plateau. The views are spectacular. Be prepared for warm days and cool nights. A campsite will be reserved at Wawona campground Thursday night for those who wish to car camp. Rated M/15/C. Maximum ﬂexibility is required since all sites are ﬁrst come/ﬁrst served. Detailed itinerary and food arrangements will be available to approved participants. Bear canisters are required. Call leader for pre-trip meeting time and location. Cost is $15 (free to participants in the Beginner’s Backpack Seminar). Leaders: Don Anderson ([email protected]
com) 235-5897 and David Henry ([email protected]
) 477-2116. Rain does not cancel. Sat. July 10, Napa Group. Monthly hikes: The Wandering Doodlers. See April 10 for details Fri. Aug 20 -Sun. Aug 22. Napa Group/SPC. Utica Reservoir Paddle. 3 days, 2 nights camping on Utica Reservoir. We load the boats and ﬁnd a quiet camping spot across the water. Cooking, napping, hiking, painting, swimming, reading, story telling... Leader Isabelle 707-2532293. [email protected]
Coleader Carl Inglin.
The following activities and events are not sponsored nor administered by the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of such activities. They are published because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.
Saturday Saunters for Santa Rosa Area. Every Saturday. Meets 9am and usually ends around 11:30. These walks are moderate. Fun way to exercise with friends. For info call Bob Martin 707-539-6300. Sonoma County Regional Parks trail work days. On the day of the project you can call 707-548-4424 for an update or if you get lost coming to the park. Your support and dedication to our County’s trails really makes a big difference. To RSVP for any of these projects please call John at 707-565-3356. Hood Mountain Regional Park Workdays. Most of the upcoming workdays will focus on ﬁnishing off the Merganser pond backpacking sites. Once those are completed we will move up and over the mountain to the second backpacking site located at Azalea Creek. This backpacking site has been around since the 1970s but hasn’t been open to the public since the 80s. It’s basically all set to go with just a couple of workdays needed to spruce it up. Thanks for all of your support on these projects. All workdays are from 9 am to 1 pm. Saturday April 3, Thursday April 8, Tuesday April 27 Tuesday May 4, Thursday May 13, Saturday May 22. Saturday, June 5 - National Trail Day Directions: Meet in the Pythian Road parking lot for all workdays. Take Hwy 12 East from Santa Rosa toward Kenwood. Turn left onto Pythian Road (Pythian Road will be the ﬁrst stoplight you encounter after you pass the main Oakmont entrance.) After about 100 yards, Pythian Road forks. Stay to your right. The road becomes wooded and then you pass through a yellow gate. Stay on the road and you will come to the parking lot in about a 1/4 of a mile. Hood Mountain Regional Park, 1450 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa.
Non-Sierra Club Outings and Events
M e e t i n g s
Send all Meeting events by the 8th of the month to Carl Inglin: [email protected]
Sierra Club meetings are open to all members. You are welcome to participate or observe as often as you wish. Meetings are located in Sonoma County unless otherwise noted. Visitors should call the committee chair to verify time and place. The Sonoma County Environmental Center is located at 55A Ridgway Avenue in Santa Rosa (West of Hwy 101, two blocks North of College and 1 1/2 blocks West off of Cleveland Ave, South of Coddingtown).
Thurs., Apr. 1 - Solano Group ExCom. In Fairﬁeld. Call for details, (707) 319-6398 or email sierraclubsolan [email protected]
for location Sat., April 3 - Chapter ExCom. Location: Santa Rosa. Conservation Committee meets at 10 a.m., ExCom meets 1–5 p.m. Info: Jay, [email protected]
Mon., Apr. 5 - Sonoma Group Meetings. Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 55A Ridgway is the site of three related meetings: • Sonoma Group Climate and Energy Sub-Committee at 4:30 p.m. Info: Veronica Jacobi [email protected]
or 544-7651 • Sonoma Group Conservation Committee at 5:30 p.m. Info: Steve Birdlebough afﬁ[email protected]
•SonomaGroupExecutiveCommittee at 6:30 p.m. Info: Steve Birdlebough afﬁ[email protected]
Wed., April 7 - The Sonoma Group Water Committee. 7:00 PM in the back room of the
Environmental Center, 55A Ridgway, Santa Rosa. Contact Len Holt at 707527-7516 or at [email protected]
Tue., Apr. 13 - North Group Executive Committee Meeting. You are invited to attend the monthly meeting of elected ofﬁcers and other board members of the Group’s governing committee. Join us for a discussion of local conservation issues between 8 and 9 p.m., following ExCom business meeting starting at 7 p.m. Meet at Adorni Center Conference Room on Eureka Waterfront. For more information, call Gregg at (707) 826-3740. Tues., Apr. 20 – Napa Group ExCom. 7 p.m. at Friends of the Napa River ofﬁce, 68-B Coombs Street (use driveway opposite the A-1 convenience store.) Mon., May. 3 - Sonoma Group Meetings. Santa Rosa Environmental Center, 55A Ridgway • Sonoma Group Climate and Energy Sub-Committee at 4:30 p.m. Info:
Veronica Jacobi [email protected]
net or 544-7651 • Sonoma Group Conservation Committee at 5:30 p.m., Info: Steve Birdlebough afﬁ[email protected]
org •SonomaGroupExecutiveCommittee at 6:30 p.m. Info: Steve Birdlebough afﬁ[email protected]
Wed., May 5 - The Sonoma Group Water Committee. 7:00 PM in the back room of the Environmental Center, 55A Ridgway, Santa Rosa. Contact Len Holt at 707527-7516 or at [email protected]
Thurs., May 6 - Solano Group ExCom. In Vallejo. Call for details, (707) 3196398 or email sierraclubsolanogrou [email protected]
for location Tue., May 11 — North Group Executive Committee Meeting. See Apr. 13 for details. Sat., June 12 - Chapter ExCom. Location: Willits. Conservation Committee meets at 10 a.m., ExCom meets 1–5 p.m. Info: Jay, [email protected]
Support the Sierra Nevada Conservancy: Reserve Your License Plate Now!
At their Board meeting on October 5th, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board gave staff direction to develop a Sierra Nevada Conservancy License Plate. This was after following the passage of Assembly Bill 84 (Leslie/Laird), which creates a California specialty license plate program that the Sierra Nevada Conservancy can use to develop ﬁnancial support for its activities. To see the full bill for AB84, go to www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html The Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board has decided to take advantage of the opportunity to create a Sierra License Plate, proceeds from which will directly fund the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore 25 million acres of majestic landscapes of the Sierra Nevada. In the October 2006 Board meeting, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board discussed some of the constraints with the new license plate requirements as developed by CHP. The logo cannot cover the entire license plate but must be conﬁned to one corner. This restricts visibility and will necessitate some creative logo development and marketing to ensure its success. In order to demonstrate a market for the Sierra Conservancy license plate, we need 7,500 people to reserve their plate, thereby ensuring the success of this new program. To reserve your Sierra Nevada Conservancy License Plate, go to: http://www.sierralicenseplate.org/
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Mendocino Group Report
To be notiﬁed of upcoming events and hikes, please send your email address to [email protected]
You can also check out the Mendocino Group website at www.redwood. sierraclub.org/mendocino/index.html for detailed descriptions of Mendocino Group campaigns events, and outings. The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) has been the reigning obsession of many on the north coastal edge of California these past several months. Enacted in 1999, MLPA requires that the state establish a series of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for the purpose of protecting underwater life and ocean habitats from impacts associated with ﬁshing and habitat disturbance. Mendocino Group has supported the process and has associated itself with Conservation First and the proposed Northern Redwoods Oceanic Array. “ The primary goal of this proposal is to conserve and protect marine resources through the science-based development of a backbone of marine protected areas that enhances habitat and factors in potential socio-economic impacts and beneﬁts.” (From the Narrative Rationale for the North Coast Regional Stakeholders Group). The MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team, California Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Parks and Recreation and MLPA Initiative staff will analyze this proposed array along with 7 others. The MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force will also review them. In addition, the MLPA North Coast Regional Stakeholder Group will receive the information and evaluations of the north coast External MPA arrays. This exercise has been quite contentious and has involved a very steep learning curve. We have completed Round One despite debilitating deadlines, arduous distances and technological disadvantages. We struggle to improve relationships with community members with whom we found disagreement by continuing to attend community meetings and educational forums as well as making outreach efforts in other venues. The evaluation process will continue for some time. For information on the internet, and there is plenty of it, we encourage members to google MLPA and on the very ﬁrst entry click North Coast. The ocean needs our attention. “Some California fish populations, habitats, and marine ecosystems have been in crisis for years. Commercial ﬁsh landings in the North Coast (and throughout California) have declined by more than 50% in the past twenty years resulting in lost jobs and severe economic impacts to coastal communities.” This is taken from a paper by Dennis Heinemann, PhD, Fishery Scientist, Ocean Conservancy, 2010.
Lake Group Report
Cristallago 3, General Plan 2.
As reported in previous editions of the Needles, for the past four years Lake Group has been combating a large subdivision/golf course development northwest of Lakeport. Not only would the Cristallago project cause a number of signiﬁcant environmental impacts, and not only do its promised economic beneﬁts seem to consist mostly of smoke and mirrors, it is plainly non-compliant with our General Plan. We were therefore both surprised and saddened when on March 2 the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 (Supervisors Farrington and Rushing dissenting), to approve the requested entitlements. Cristallago is still unlikely to become a reality: the developers don’t own the land, don’t have ﬁnancing, and are presenting an outdated, unimaginative, ﬁnancially implausible project in an era when potential investors nationwide are demonstrating a strong inclination to keep their checkbooks in their pockets. This project will probably therefore become one of Lake County’s many paper subdivisions, hopefully before any woodlands are demolished or any asbestos-laden soil is disturbed, and before the county is forced out of compliance with any air quality standards. Nonetheless, this decision could be calamitous for the county, because it undermines the Smart Growth principles that are the central bulwark of our General Plan, designed to promote infill and prevent dense residential construction from leapfrogging out into farmland and other open space. Now, according to the precedent set by three shortsighted supervisors, developers who want to subdivide open countryside are likely to get away with it as long as they attach some sort of “resort” component to the proposal. Our ability to guide future growth will be crippled, and the door left wide open to exactly the kind of sprawl which has defaced so much of the rest of California, completely contrary to sensible standards in the age of peak oil, and completely contrary to the expressed wishes of the citizenry. At press time, Lake Group was investigating effective counter measures. Both a ballot initiative against the project approval and an appeal to the courts have been suggested.
A Green Light for Lowes.
Just a few days before the Cristallago decision, the city of Clearlake approved a large big-box retail development without preparing an Environmental Impact Report, despite expert testimony submitted by Lake Group legal counsel demonstrating substantial evidence of potential environmental impacts in at least three separate categories. Lake Group is exploring all options on this one too.
A Change of Leadership.
–MARY WALSH, MENDOCINO GROUP
John Muir: Naturalist & Scientist: An Inaugural Event in Honor of President Pamela Eibeck
University of the Paciﬁc April 22-24, 2010
58th California History Institute
THE CALIFORNIA HISTORY INSTITUTE and JOHN MUIR CENTER
Since 1948, the University of the Paciﬁc has hosted the California History Institute, established by Rockwell D. Hunt as an annual spring conference sponsored by the California History Foundation. The John Muir Center was created in 1989 to honor California’s most famous environmentalist and founder of the Sierra Club. The University holds the John Muir Papers in its Library’s Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections. This conference is the seventh to focus on John Muir. Pre-registration cost is $70 for the symposium or $85 at the door. For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit the John Muir Symposium website: http://web.paciﬁc.edu/x34710.xml
In January the Lake Group Excom (Cheri Holden, Tom Gilliam, Juliana Vidich, Debi Sally, Monica Rosenthal, and Paul Marchand) selected ofﬁcers for 2010: Cheri Holden will take over as Chair; Tom Gilliam, Vice Chair and Redwood Chapter delegate; Juliana Vidich, Secretary and meeting coordinator; Debi Sally, Treasurer, and Monica Rosenthal, Conservation Chair. Although no longer members of the Excom, Steve Devoto will continue as Outings Chair and Victoria Brandon will act as Political Chair, webmaster, and newsletter editor. Michele Quere has taken over the task of coordinating the Group’s Adopt-a-Highway program. The Group is still trying to ﬁll an ExCom vacancy and looking for a tabling coordinator.
–VICTORIA BRANDON, LAKE GROUP
Calling Inner City Outings, School Groups, Youth Groups
The Clair Tappaan Lodge Committee is proud to announce a new scholarship fund in the Sierra Club Foundation. Its purpose is to supplement funds needed by youth groups to participate in the environmental education program at Clair Tappaan Lodge. Proceeds from the successful Gala Anniversary Celebration in August 2009 went into this special fund and are earmarked for exposing young people to the beauty, ecology, history and need for conservation of the Donner Summit area of the Sierra Nevada. To qualify for the funds, call the Lodge at 800 879-6775 to obtain an application. Fill it out and send it to the Scholarship Committee for review. The mailing address is on the application form. The funds must include at least one overnight stay for environmental education at Clair Tappaan Lodge (CTL.) A grant from the CTL fund at the Sierra Club Foundation can be used to augment funds raised by the school or group itself. If you would like to help youth groups learn more about the environment, please share this information with local school teachers, boy or girl scout leaders or other youth groups, to inform them about the Lodge and the wonderful program available there. Another way to help is to make a taxdeductible contribution to the Clair Tappaan Lodge fund in the Sierra Club Foundation. Please make your check payable to Clair Tappaan Lodge – Sierra Club Foundation and send it to Peter Lehmkuhl at the Lodge at PO Box 36, Norden, CA 95724.
–OLIVIA DIAZ, CLAIR TAPPAAN LODGE COMMITTEE
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Measure E update from Duane Kromm
The Sierra Club is one of the plaintiffs in a complex legal challenge to Solano County’s failure to enforce a voter imposed limitation on garbage importation. In 1984 Solano voters approved Measure E with a better than 2/3’s majority. Measure E limits the amount of garbage that can be brought into Solano County landﬁlls to 95,000 tons a year. In 1992 , Solano County decided that Measure E was unenforceable because of a then recent Supreme Court decision. However, we, and our attorneys, believe the County’s position is wrong for multiple reasons. Not the least of which there is no provision in state law for a local governing board to set aside a voter initiative. Only the court of appeals has this kind of power. Because Measure E has not been enforced in excess of 800,000 tons of garbage a year has been hauled into Solano County, mostly to the Potrero Hills Landﬁll in the Suisun Marsh. On February 18 there was a hearing in Superior Court on the enforceability of Measure E. We do not expect a decision until sometime in May. The judge hearing the case appeared to be heading in an obscure direction. Our attorneys, Shute, Milhaly and Weinberger, did a wonderful job of trying to steer him back on course. We will not know how successful they were until a decision is rendered. Whatever the decision, it appears that all parties to the lawsuit expect that it will then go to the Court of Appeals. How can we thank all our generous members for their year-end contribution to the Measure E litigation? Your openhearted gifts to this litigation are truly awe-inspiring. We still need your help to continue our fund raising efforts. As you might expect, this is a difﬁcult and expensive lawsuit. We would deeply appreciate any and all extra support you might be able to provide. Please send your generous tax deductible donation to: The Sierra Club Foundation, c/o Sierra Club Solano Group, P.O. BOX 4717, Vallejo, CA 94590. Please include: Solano Group Landﬁll Litigation in the memo line, or send a check to our local account: Sierra Club Solano Group. For more information about this lawsuit, call (707)3196398, or email [email protected]
Covering Benicia, Fairﬁeld, Rio Vista, Suisun, Vacaville and Vallejo [email protected]
WE NEED A MEMBERSHIP CO-CHAIR - 4 HOURS A MONTH. MOSTLY COMPUTER WORK FROM HOME. The Solano Group WEB has updated local information, hikes, and events. Check this out often: http://www.redwood. sierraclub.org/solano/. Send E-mail updates or suggestions to our NEW email address: [email protected]
Solano Group Annual Meeting will be Saturday May 8 at Rush Ranch in the Suisun Marsh. Speakers will be Bob Berman, and Michael Muir. Bob is a founding member of both the Solano Orderly Growth Committee and the Solano Land Trust. There is no stronger leader for open space protection and park lands in Solano County than Bob. Mike is founder of Access Adventure, horse drawn carriage rides for those with physical difﬁculties. Mike has inspired many to work with him as he provides increased outdoor options for a big segment of our population. He is the greatgrandson of John Muir. Directions to Rush Ranch: Take Grizzly Island Road south from Highway 12, just east of Suisun. Schedule: 10 am: Hike to the top of the Hill, NOON: Pot luck in the grove. Volunteers needed to help set up. Call Jane at (707)319-6398.
Solano Breeze Corner
your cans & bottles. When you get up to the weighmaster, tell them that you want the money to go to SIERRA CLUB. They should give you a receipt with the amount of money listed that will go into our account.
Volunteer Thanks and VALCORE UPATE
Thank you to the Flyway Festival Volunteers, Phil McCullough, Bob McLaughlin, Kenn Browne, Patricia Gatz, Katy Meissner, Kitty Powell, Duane Kromm, Diji Christian, Rollye Wiskerson, Sam McGee, and Jane Bogner. We earned $700 for hosting the VALCORE table teaching people about recycling used motor oil. Thank you Bill Thomas, Diji Christian, Kenn Browne and Jane Bogner for working the Conﬁdential Paper Shredding event at VALCORE on Feb 20. VALCORE Recycling is located at 38 Sheridan St. [cross street is Solano) Vallejo Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am B 4:30pm Closed for Lunch 1pm - 2pm VALCORE Recycling 2010 WORKDAYS: March 13 (Farmers’ Market), May 5, and July 24. To volunteer: call 644-9183 or email [email protected]
CRV Buy Back money:
Each bottle or can is worth 5 cents (over 24 ounces they are worth 10 cents). A case of water is worth $1.20. It all adds up. All Buy Back Centers are listed in the yellow pages Recycle Guide in your phone book and at www.recycle-guide.com. Cash out your bottles and cans and send us the money. OR: donated your CRV cans and bottles directly to Sierra Club at VALCORE Recycling. HOW: Stay in the Buy Back line at VALCORE and sort
Solano County Tire Amnesty Event: Free drop-off, BUT participants need to preregister by calling the county Department of Resource Management at 707 784-6765. Mower Exchange: On April 1, log on at 6am to www. neutonpower.com/ys, or call 800-463-4958 to get a voucher for a discounted rechargeable mower. Supplies are limited. Earth Day. Volunteers needed to sit at our table. Benicia: April 22 (Terry Baldwin at 746-4370). Vallejo: April 24. (VALCORE at 707 645-8258) Fairﬁeld: April 24. (Sandra Gonzalez at 707 428-7489)
Paper Shredding event.
Conﬁdential Paper Shredding will be held on the 3rd Saturdays at VALCORE Recycling (38 Sheridan Street, Vallejo 707 645-8258) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a charge of $5 per twenty pounds (maximum: 100 pounds). -Jane Bogner
–GREG PETERSON, SOLANO GROUP
Sonoma Group Report
The 34th Annual Environmental Awards Dinner featured Brock Dolman’s humorous and well-documented survey of tomorrow’s water-saving solutions. Evelina Molina of the North Bay Institute of Green Technology introduced recent graduates of the Youth Green Jobs program. Displays showcased the activities of sponsoring organizations inviting activists of all ages to network. And of course there were awards: Geologist Jane Nielson’s inspiring work with SWIG (Sebastopol Water Information Group), OWL (Open Space, Water and Land Use Foundation), and to improve the environmental review process in Sonoma County makes her the Environmentalist of the Year. The daily acts’ empowerment of community members and public ofﬁcials to create green and edible landscaping won it the Outstanding Environmental Program award. Moms for Clean Air, Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, Ken Wells, and Jay Halcomb were among the nominees for awards. Organizer Portia Sinnott pointed out that the event allows newly formed groups to make themselves visible to the community. Proceeds support the Conservation Center and the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is opposing relocation of the county hospital outside the voter-mandated urban growth boundary for the City of Santa Rosa, more than four miles away from the SMART Train Station. Sonoma County’s planning goals call for major projects such as this to locate on available inﬁll sites in the urban core. Walkable locations reduce trafﬁc congestion, energy use, and greenhouse gases. Sutter’s proposal to develop a greenﬁeld site on Mark West Springs Road would interrupt the community separator between Windsor and Santa Rosa and cause leapfrog development. The project is opposed by neighbors who know the nearby roads are already congested, and by patient advocates because of the inconvenient rural location. The voter-approved rail line should be used by major generators of trafﬁc. A project that requires 900 additional parking spaces generating 6000 tons of greenhouse gas annually is unneeded. We expect the County Planning Commission to hold a hearing on the ﬁnal Environmental Impact Report on the hospital sometime in May. We will be urging denial of this unfortunate proposal.
In recent months Sonoma County ofﬁcials have been holding serious conversations about reducing landﬁll disposal to near-zero with cities, State ofﬁcials, business groups, and the Sierra Club. Mistrust and secrecy have been displaced by a city-county solid waste group that includes supervisors and council members from every city. Study groups are exploring economics and technologies affecting discarded materials and wrestling with difﬁcult questions about continuing to use the central landﬁll, or closing it. They are exploring ways to get more vegetable waste into the “Green Cans” for composting, and to move more paper products out of the wastestream and into the “Blue Cans” for recycling. These are important steps, both because buried food and paper waste produce methane—a powerful greenhouse gas—and because such conﬁdence-building actions can help with more difﬁcult issues ahead. A broad effort to minimize Sonoma County’s trash seems to be getting under way.
Island Hopping in Channel Islands National Park
May 7-9; July 16-19; August 6-10; September 10-12
Explore the wild, windswept islands of Channel Island National Park. The pristine waters of the Marine Sanctuary will entice both snorkelers and kayakers. Watch for the highly endangered Island Fox. Marvel at the sight of whales, dolphins, sea and land birds, endemic plants, and reminders of the Chumash people who lived on these islands for thousands of years. Each island offers special charm: San Miguel for white sandy beaches and a huge congregation of elephant seals; Santa Rosa for a rare stand of Torrey Pines; Santa Cruz for high mountains, deep valleys and the famous Painted Cave, Anacapa for the brown pelican rookery, a picturesque lighthouse, excellent snorkeling waters and a colony of friendly sea lions who will swim with snorkelers and follow kayaks. These live-aboard, eco-tours depart from Santa Barbara aboard the 68’ twin diesel Truth. The fee, $590 for May & September; $785 for July & August, includes an assigned bunk, all meals, snacks, beverages, plus the services of a ranger/naturalist who will travel with us to lead hikes on each island and present evening programs. To make a reservation mail a $100 check, payable to Sierra Club to leader: Joan Jones Holtz, 11826 The Wye St., El Monte, CA 91732. For more information: (626)-443-0706: [email protected]
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Sutter Hospital’s Unhealthy Site:
–STEVE BIRDLEBOUGH, SONOMA GROUP CHAIR