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.
Here's what's currently happening
in our Group...
The Santa Margarita Group had a lovely set of hikes these last
two months, for both the hard core, and the softer among us. Bob
Audiberg led a beautiful seven mile hike in November in Cedar
Springs with a great bunch of people, while our Outdoor Families
group enjoyed a stroll along the Santa Margarita river with a
couple of docents from the Ecological Reserve who shared lots of
interesting information about the area. Looking ahead, we’re
partnering with the local American Volkssport group for the
numerical confluence 10-11-12-13-14 Guiness Book of Records
walk. They’re trying to get the most walkers ever at 10:11 AM on
December 13th, 2014.
Water and watershed issues were top conservation issues these
last two months. We continue to follow closely issues arising
from Rancho Water’s purchase of the Vail Lake Resort. Also,
Rancho is looking for projects that could be created in the
upper Santa Margarita watershed to do with water conservation,
to be included in a grant application to the Department of Water
Re-sources, as is the new facilitator of Cal Trout.
Politically our group, and then the chapter voted to support
Temecula City Councilor Chuck Washington to fill the vacancy for
county supervisor created by Jeff Stone’s election to the State
Senate. As a result of this action, the “California Sierra Club"
is recommending to Governor Jerry Brown that Chuck Washington be
In other news, Meadowview HOA received the Environmental
Leadership award from the Elsi-nore, Murrieta and Anza Resource
Conservation District for project that emerged out of a SMG
effort, that involves grazing for weed abatement and
installing artificial burrowing owl boxes in their open
space. Learn more about this
U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) project and the
USFWS Partnership Program.
looking forward to examining the submissions from local
colleges from students wanting to design a logo for the
Murrieta Creek trail. The due date is Jan. 7, and the
winner will have their logo used on trail signs and maps
of the trail, as well as win a $500 prize. We are also
looking into how this project can be incorporated into and
managed by WRCOG, who has made trail creation a top
priority in our region.
Our group also supported our partners - the Meyncke’s led
a nature hike at Palomar Mountain State Park Friends
annual Apple Festival, and our Christmas party at Rodrigos
on December 11th is a fundraiser for the Santa Rosa
Plateau. The history of how it was saved by a dedicated
and determined group from a developer was the topic of our
last presentation, given by the foundation leader Ginger
SMG wishes everyone a happy holiday season and lots of
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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Outdoor Families information visit