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To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;

To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;

To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.






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.





Thursday September 10, 2015 6:00 pm regular monthly meeting at the Temecula Public Library on Pauba Rd.  PUBLIC INVITED!

Join California Wolf Center's own Frank Capolupo in an informative event for all ages as we explore the role of the gray wolf on our landscape. We will be discussing the history of the wolf, the surprisingly vital role they play in an ecosystem, and current stages of wild wolf recovery. Hear the story of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and learn the beginnings of what could be one of the most inspiring conservation stories in California! 

Photo Credit: Bonnie McDonald

Here's what's currently happening in our Group...

Summer got off to an exciting start for the Santa Margarita Group with the opening of the Murrieta Creek Regional trail on June 6th. The four cities adjacent to the creek - Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar and Lake Elsinore - all hosted ribbon-cutting events to mark the official kick-off of the 14 mile-long trail. Dozens of walkers and cyclists turned up at each staging site, with a handful even trekking the entire length.

The trail's theme of connections between cities, people and nature was captured by Wildomar's Assistant City Manager, Dan York, one of the key architects of the project, who highlighted the significance of the interim trail as a regional link that ultimately will also connect multiple counties. The route also serves as a north/south "spine" from which a number of other trails will branch off.

The trail opening marked the culmination of a three year-long effort initiated by the Santa Margarita Group's (SMGSC) chair Pam Nelson. She applied for and managed the National Parks Service technical grant that created the city-based planning team. Nelson explained, "In this way we focused on our goal of connecting the cities to form a continuous trail accessible to multiple communities."





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The route will eventually be entirely along the creek side, but in its interim phase some sections will be on stretches of street. The cities are actively seeking dedicated funding for road crossings and bridges across the creek and will improve the trail as an ongoing concern.

York says the new route bolsters the four cities' focus on promoting healthy lifestyles. "The trail also offers great after dinner family walks - lace up and stay healthy!"

Another, newer project of the SMGSC got underway in August, with a four-day workshop for the valley's science teachers. Several months ago the group was approached by a teacher looking for more innovative ways of teaching locally focused environmental science. Nelson responded by organizing a roster of expert speakers with specialized knowledge of the Santa Margarita watershed and other regional issues and concerns. As part of the workshop, the teachers will also collaborate on curriculum and experimental projects. SMGSC organized funding for food as well as further education credit through Cal State San Marcos. The hope is that the project can be transferred to the university to manage and build upon in years to come.

In addition, SMGSC is busy assembling after our summer break from public meetings, a new series of speakers, hikes, outings and other projects. There's much to look forward to.


For more information, please email us at sierraclubsmg@gmail.com and visit our web site: www.sierraclubsmg.org and www.facebook.com/SierraClubSantaMargaritaGroup and for Outdoor Families information visit www.meetup.com/outdoorfamilies.



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