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.
Sunday June 1, 2014... the
Press Enterprise did a big
story on the recent approval of the Murrieta Creek Trail
project that the Santa Margarita Group and others worked
long and hard to see happen.
See the article here.
Here's what's currently happening
in our Group...
Two projects several years in the making have finally come
together for the Santa Margarita group.
Our Murrieta Creek Trail project received formal approval from
the final of four participating cities at the end of May. That
means we’ve had unanimous support from all the voting city
councilors of Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula for
the development of our 16 mile trail along the creek. Stalwart
Sierra Club members turned out for every meeting, as well as
other cycling, walking and equestrian groups who added their
voices to the call for this path which will serve as stem for
the development of many other regional trails.
This four city partnership gives new leverage to efforts to
secure grants for the construction of the trail and influence in
its development, as well as creating new partnerships within and
between communities in south west riverside. The Press
Enterprise ran a story on the plan, you can
see it here.
Another Sierra Club spin-off project found its legs this month -
about 2000 of them - all roaming the 370 acres of Meadowview
association, based in Temecula. For years the HOA
disced, and then mowed their land for fire abatement but some
long-time residents yearned for the days when sheep used to
graze through there - and there was no need for heavy,
soil-compacting, fossil-fuel burning machines to cut the dry
These land management strategies came at a cost - both
financially, and to the land which has visible scars and
substantial erosion in areas which were disced, not to mention
the disappearance of much of its wildlife, including the
absolutely adorable burrowing owl. But at the end of May, after
years of planning, almost 500 sheep arrived with a shepherd and
two little dogs and the grazing is underway. In addition to the
targeted grazing plan which residents hope to graduate to - this
year its really just about meeting fire control regulations and
figuring out what all is involved - this style of land
management has become quite the tourist draw, with dozens of
people descending on the association simply to watch the sheep
graze, or the shepherd and his dogs do their thing. It is an
amazing sight to see these quite small dogs control this flock.
Enjoy these terrific pics
by Nick Shah of our May 3rd
hike of the Warner Springs section of the PCT.
We’re also excited that our tireless leader Chair and
Conservation chair Pam Nelson has been awarded the honor
of Joe Momeyer Conservation Award. We couldn’t agree more
with the decision to honor her - Pam is not just a force
of nature, she is a force for nature, with a resume of
service to the environment to be proud of.
We celebrated Earth Day, with two separate events, at the
Temecula Rose Garden on April 20th, we had a birthday cake
in honor of John Muir’s birthday, we had a table at the
fabulous recycled fashion show at Mira Monte winery, and
the Meynckes tabled at the Idyllwild Earth Fair, and a day
later we were tabling at the Los Coyotes reservation,
which was a really special and happy event.
And on May 3rd, we had a Pacific Crest Trail/50th
Anniversary of the Wilderness Act celebration at Warner
Springs where we had two hikes and fed the through-hikers
free tacos. This was courtesy of a mini-grant from Sierra
Club national. Thank you Pam, for organizing this event.
As the heat of summer bears down, we’ll have one hike in
July, in the cooler elevations of Mt. Palomar, a 5 miler
starting at Doane Pond, and then looking further ahead,
we’ll be at the Walk for Wilderness in Claremont at the
Rancho Botanical Garden on Sept. 27. This is organized by
the CA Wilderness Coalition and the Palm Springs BLM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and visit our web site:www.sierraclubsmg.org and
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Outdoor Families information visit www.meetup.com/outdoorfamilies.