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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.




Please join us on May 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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. Details...



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 out.

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 breathtaking.

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.


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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