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.
6:00 pm regular monthly meeting at the Temecula Public
Library on Pauba Rd.
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!
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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
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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
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
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.
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