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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.



Sunday June 1, 2014... the Press Enterprise did a big story on the recent approval of the Murrieta Creek Trail project that the Santa Margarita Group and others worked long and hard to see happen. See the article here.


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

Two projects several years in the making have finally come together for the Santa Margarita group.

Our Murrieta Creek Trail project received formal approval from the final of four participating cities at the end of May. That means we’ve had unanimous support from all the voting city councilors of Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta and Temecula for the development of our 16 mile trail along the creek. Stalwart Sierra Club members turned out for every meeting, as well as other cycling, walking and equestrian groups who added their voices to the call for this path which will serve as stem for the development of many other regional trails.

This four city partnership gives new leverage to efforts to secure grants for the construction of the trail and influence in its development, as well as creating new partnerships within and between communities in south west riverside. The Press Enterprise ran a story on the plan, you can see it here.

Another Sierra Club spin-off project found its legs this month - about 2000 of them - all roaming the 370 acres of Meadowview home owners


association, based in Temecula. For years the HOA disced, and then mowed their land for fire abatement but some long-time residents yearned for the days when sheep used to graze through there - and there was no need for heavy, soil-compacting, fossil-fuel burning machines to cut the dry grass.

These land management strategies came at a cost - both financially, and to the land which has visible scars and substantial erosion in areas which were disced, not to mention the disappearance of much of its wildlife, including the absolutely adorable burrowing owl. But at the end of May, after years of planning, almost 500 sheep arrived with a shepherd and two little dogs and the grazing is underway. In addition to the targeted grazing plan which residents hope to graduate to - this year its really just about meeting fire control regulations and figuring out what all is involved - this style of land management has become quite the tourist draw, with dozens of people descending on the association simply to watch the sheep graze, or the shepherd and his dogs do their thing. It is an amazing sight to see these quite small dogs control this flock.


Enjoy these terrific pics by Nick Shah of our May 3rd
hike of the Warner Springs section of the PCT.


We’re also excited that our tireless leader Chair and Conservation chair Pam Nelson has been awarded the honor of Joe Momeyer Conservation Award. We couldn’t agree more with the decision to honor her - Pam is not just a force of nature, she is a force for nature, with a resume of service to the environment to be proud of.

We celebrated Earth Day, with two separate events, at the Temecula Rose Garden on April 20th, we had a birthday cake in honor of John Muir’s birthday, we had a table at the fabulous recycled fashion show at Mira Monte winery, and the Meynckes tabled at the Idyllwild Earth Fair, and a day later we were tabling at the Los Coyotes reservation, which was a really special and happy event.

And on May 3rd, we had a Pacific Crest Trail/50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act celebration at Warner Springs where we had two hikes and fed the through-hikers free tacos. This was courtesy of a mini-grant from Sierra Club national. Thank you Pam, for organizing this event.

As the heat of summer bears down, we’ll have one hike in July, in the cooler elevations of Mt. Palomar, a 5 miler starting at Doane Pond, and then looking further ahead, we’ll be at the Walk for Wilderness in Claremont at the Rancho Botanical Garden on Sept. 27. This is organized by the CA Wilderness Coalition and the Palm Springs BLM division. 


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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