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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.

 

   

 
 Welcome!

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.

Cedar Springs
 


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 appointed.


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 match-making 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.


 

We are 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 Greaves.

SMG wishes everyone a happy holiday season and lots of wonderful hiking!

 


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 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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