The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 and is America's oldest, largest,
and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by
nature, we are 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors, working
together to protect our communities and the planet.
The Santa Margarita Group is a part of the San Gorgonio
Chapter, serving the Inland Area of Southern California since 2008.
Please join us on May 3rd
from 11:00 a.m. to
p.m. at the Warner Springs Community Resource Center for a
welcoming of the Pacific Crest Trail Hikers of 2014 and to
celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Here's what's currently happening
in our Group...
This spring the Santa Margarita
group hopes to see the formal adoption of our initiative to
construct adoption trail along the Murrieta Creek, which will
span about 16 miles from Temecula to Lake Elsinore. Murrieta
City council was the first to approve (unanimously) the project
initiative with the remaining three cities to hear presentations
about the proposed trail in April and May. The Sierra Club had a
significant body of supporters at the Murrieta hearing, all
identifiable by our club hats, and the mayor Alan Long had
special words of thanks for the work we’ve done towards bringing
this important quality-of-life asset to the region.
April means Earth Day and we’ll be celebrating it on the 19th at
Temecula’s Rose Haven Heritage garden, with a birthday cake for
John Muir. We’ll also be highlighting the 50th anniversary of
the Wilderness Act. The Rose garden is a beautiful venue, which
is home to approximately 1600 roses.
The Monte de Oro Recycled Fashion show is scheduled for April,
on the 26th. This event is organized by a community member who
shares the same concerns for our planet as Sierra Clubbers,
which is why we’ll have a table there. It’s also a great night
Finally for April, we’ll host Anysia Dickson, a local volunteer
for the wildlife rescue group, Project wildlife, for our program
on the 10th. She’s promised to bring along some of her critters
to help with the presentation.
On May 3rd, our group is sponsoring a Pacific Coast Trail
welcoming and 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act festival at
the Warner Springs Community Resource Center from 11:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. Our chair, Pam Nelson has been working hard to put
together this event which will feature noshables, prizes, music
and a chance to chat with foot-sore thru-hikers. Bob is also
organizing an 8.5 mile hike on a section of the PCT for that
event. This part of the trail winds through several beautiful
oak-filled canyons with streams. Our partner meet-up group
“Outdoor Families” (http://www.meetup.com/Outdoor-Families/)
will also hike to the festivities on a shorter route along the
PCT. Check out the website.
Gary Masalone is planning for June a seven mile hike to Suicide
Rock in Idyllwild. This is a favorite for summer because much of
it is shaded by pines and oaks and the view from the rock is
That is the look-ahead - now a quick look back at some of
the main events from March.
Blair Valley from Smuggler's Canyon
A few of our members tabled the Back Country Horsemen
Annual Rendezvous in Norco - and had a blast doing it
There were lots of opportunities to network with both
individuals and organizations such as the PCTA, State
Parks, BLM, officers of the BCH and more. The wilderness
advocate and chair of the Sierra Club's California/Nevada
Wilderness Committee, Vicky Hoover traveled from San
Francisco to participate in this event. She shared loads
of interesting stories about her life as an activist and
history of the Sierra Club, and provided great
introductions to important attendees. Special props to
Margaret Meynke for bringing all the tabling gear and
set-ting up the entire site by herself.
We had a wonderful presentations from Rees Hughes, the
Editor of the Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: Oregon and
Washington, and Carl Love, a local author and contemporary
historian at our monthly program.
Also in March our intrepid hiking leader Bob Audibert led
a desert hike to Blair Valley, where they explored the
austere and perplexing Marshall South ruins. He was a
refugee from civilization who in the 1930s chose to raise
his family of three children in an adobe hut at the top of
a mountain peak with no water or fuel. The group was left
with an appreciation for the harsh beauty of the desert
and the toughness of those who live there. The group also
found some well preserved pictographs.
Finally, Outdoor Families introduced a number of young
families to one section of the proposed Murrieta Creek
Trail. The little ones had a great time getting soaked and
muddy looking for tad-poles.
OUR SANTA MARGARITA GROUP GENERAL MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE
2nd THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH EXCEPT IN JULY AND AUGUST AT
THE TEMECULA VALLEY LIBRARY, 30600 PAUBA ROAD, TEMECULA
STARTING AT 6:00PM.
For more information, please email us at email@example.com
and visit our web site:www.sierraclubsmg.org and
www.facebook.com/SierraClubSantaMargaritaGroup and for
Outdoor Families information visit www.meetup.com/outdoorfamilies.