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CONDOR CALL - Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club

Vol. ’10, No. 1 of 6

February-March 2010

New leaders . . . Island . . . Oil . . . Ormond . . . Forest

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Journal of the Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club

Serving Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties

TEAM SELECTED

Sespe Group replaced

by ‘Ventura Network’

A new Ventura leadership team

was appointed in January by the Los

Padres Steering Committee to

replace the former Sespe Group,

now known as the Ventura Network,

covering western Ventura County.

“We are thrilled about the caliber

of the new Leadership Team.

The chance to re-launch the Club’s

structure here attracted an extraordinary

group of environmental

leaders,” said David Gold, Search

Team chair.

The nine Leadership Team

Leaders oppose

oil initiative off

Carpinteria coast

An initiative crafted by Venoco

Oil company to drill into the ocean

from the Carpinteria coast was

opposed by the Los Padre Sierra

Club Steering Committee last month.

The action, by email vote, follows

a Jan. 25 kickoff rally to

oppose the project by the Citizens

Committee Against the Paredon

Initiative (Citizens CAP).

About 200 people showed up to

say “No to Venoco,” especially to

rail against the oil company using

the initiative process instead of

going through the usual channels.

The city of Carpinteria has set a

Feb. 16 meeting to decide if it

wants to oppose the measure (Measure

J on the June 8 ballot).

Meanwhile, it has filed an

appeal of Judge Thomas Anderle’s

ruling in July that the initiative is

legal.

“Measure J is not right for the

community of Carpinteria, and no

amount of money can change that,”

members have an array of backgrounds

and talents.

The team includes two longtime

Chapter leaders, Conservation

Co-Chair Trevor Smith, and former

Chapter Executive Committee

(ExCom) member Dr. Jon Ziv.

—Trevor Smith is described by

Los Padres Chair Mike Stubblefield

as “an Environmental Force

of One.” He led the Chapter’s successful

effort against the proposed

BHP Billiton liquid natural gas

proposal offshore Oxnard, and he

said Donna Jordan, Citizens CAP

co-chair and former Carpinteria

mayor who is also a Sierra Club

member. “Venoco’s proposal misuses

the state’s initiative process

for their corporate gain and is an

egregious affront to city planning.”

Venoco wants to drill 35 wells

from a 175-foot-high rig on its

coastal property, site of its oil proc -

essing and storage plant and inland

from its pier. It is located within

the city boundaries at the end of

what opponents believe is appropriately

named Dump Road.

To join the Steering Committee’s

opposition and to keep

apprised of the project and upcoming

hearings, log on to:

http://CitizensAgainstParedon.org

Official information, including

impact analyses, is available at the

city’s website and through the

Environmental Defense Center:

www.carpinteria.ca.us

www.edcnet.org

currently heads the massive effort

to protect and restore the Ormond

Beach wetlands.

—Dr. Jon Ziv has a decadeslong

history of environmental leadership,

and spearheaded many successful

Los Padres battles, in cluding the

effort to protect the heron rookery

threatened by the proposed Boating

and Instructional Safety Center at the

Channel Islands Harbor.

He has also become our resident

expert in Convio, the email software

that is now being used to communicate

with Los Padres members.

The many new faces on the

Leadership Team include:

—Kirsten McGregor, a cofounder

of Global Green Carbon, a

reforestation project developer. She

has held director-level positions in

marketing, communications and

business development in a variety

of firms, and brings to the Team her

specialized skills in organizational

start-ups and strategic management.

—Jim Hines is a gifted communicator

about his love of the

local environment, notably through

his “Greetings, Friends” emails

that are now published in Condor

Call. His love of the outdoors was

honed on Lake Casitas-area land

his family has lived on since it was

a stagecoach stop, and his expertise

as a botanist. He has also been a

leader of many local environmental

Ventura Network >pg. 2

EAVESDROPS

“It’s just not okay to go into the

forest and do whatever you want.”

—Santa Barbara Deputy D.A.

Jerry Lulejian explaining why

charges were filed against two men

(Craig Ilenstine and Dana Neil

Larsen) for starting the devastating

Jesusita Fire last May as they were

clearing a trail using gas powered

weed cutters.

The harbor seal rookery is in season now through May and you can visit it and marvel at the young pups. Rookery is adjacent

to Venoco’s pier and a short walk to the oil company’s proposed Paredon Project site in Carpinteria, which worries opponents

of the project. The Seal Watch now has a website: www.SealWatchCarpinteria.com

February-March 2010

Sierra Club’s new executive director, Michael Brune, says having children amplifies

the need to nurture Mother Earth. Here he is with son Sebastian.

‘Hard-nosed activist’

is club’s new director

Michael Brune, a respected

leader whose strategic vision and

hard-charging charm have driven a

number of important environmental

victories, has been named executive

director of the Sierra Club,

the nation’s most influential grassroots

environmental organization.

Brune, 38, takes over leadership

of the Club from Carl Pope, who

has held the post for 18 years and

who announced last year that he

would step down but stay with the

Club as executive chairman, continuing

to help shape Club strategy.

Asserting that it’s time to pass

the torch, Pope said Brune “has

been called a hard-nosed activist

with a twist.”

At age 26, Brune led a winning

campaign to convince Home Depot

to stop selling wood from endangered

forests, which Time magazine

called “the top environmental story

of 1999.” He comes from the Rainforest

Action Network (RAN),

where he served as executive director

for seven years. During that time,

RAN won more than a dozen landmark

commitments from America’s

largest corporations, including Citi,

Goldman Sachs, Bank of America,

Kinko’s, Boise and Lowe’s.

He joins a long line of important

and influential club leaders, starting

in 1892 with John Muir and followed

by such icons as David

Brower and Michael McCloskey.

“I came to the Sierra Club

because there is no other organization

in the country with such a rich

history, diverse and effective grassroots

force, and record of success,”

Brune said.

“I’m excited to see the Sierra

Club become a more diverse and

inclusive organization . . . finding

strategic ways to get youth involved

and finally, I want to see the Sierra

Club become more nimble and

aggressive at using technology to

organize, advocate, and raise funds

to advance our programs.”

Now a resident of Alameda,

Brune said he grasped the importance

of protecting the natural world

as a teenager, when hypodermic needles

and chemical pollution washed

up on the shore near his New Jersey

home, closing the beaches.

His wife, Mary, is a technical

writer and cofounder of the group

MOMS—Making Our Milk Safe.

The couple has two children:

Olivia, five, and Sebastian, one.

For a full biography, photos,

blog, and video links and other

information, visit:

www.sierraclub.org/ed

L.P. Forest has

new website

The Los Padres National Forest

has a new website address:

http://fs.usda.gov/lpnf

The forest encompasses nearly

two million acres from Monterey

through Ventura County, a length

of over 200 miles.

The website is a wealth of information

on alerts, warnings, special

places, recreation, maps, permits

and a wide range of ecosystems—

home to at least 468 fish and

wildlife species.

COVER PHOTO

A casual group of Sierra Club

leaders known as the Dirty Rotten

Rocksuckers go climbing nearly

every month in Joshua Tree. The

real big event is during December,

in which the rocks are decorated

with luminaries. Our own Condor

John Hankins started the tradition

years ago, honing the technique to

using flameless candles. (Photo by

Martin Parsons)


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This is a job for the new Ventura Network team! No, not to pull out the Oxnard city truck stuck in the newly opened breach through the

Ormond Beach wetlands, but to monitor such events. Our conservation chair Trevor Smith says, “it is the first time the lagoon has been

breeched in 15 years by machine,” and should’ve been analyzed before work began because of destroyed habitat. (Photo by Trevor Smith)

Ventura Network . . .

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groups, often making his pitch at

the Ventura Farmers’ Market.

—Shannon Gillespie-McComb

has already distinguished herself as

an environmental leader while still

in high school. Shannon started

fighting BHP Billiton when she was

eight years old. She has spoken to

many state and federal boards, and

narrated a video about the Billiton

project that influenced key decision

makers, notably Lt. Gov. John Garamendi

and State Controller John

Chiang, who publicly praised her.

A gifted communicator, Shannon

has shown a remarkable ability to

mobilize young people for environmental

causes. In 2008, we honored

her with our annual Environmental

Hero of the Year award—at age 13!

—Jim McComb, Shannon’s

dad, is on the team as well. Jim has

proven himself a capable and ener-

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getic organizer who has already led

many coastal protection projects.

Jim was also a prime mover behind

last year’s highly successful Environmental

Hero Award Banquet,

featuring Lt. Gov. Garamendi.

—David Donaldson, an avid

surfer and climber, brings his Wharton

MBA skills to the team. “I’ve enjoyed

the outdoors of Ventura County my

entire life. I’m raising my three children

to do the same,” he said.

—Gwynneth Doyle, a senior

environmental specialist at the L.A.

County MTA, adds her expertise.

Says Doyle, “I’ve seen the value of

the non-profit community. They are

our innovators and our conscience.”

—Lawrence “Larry” Older

brings decades of management

experience, a love of the outdoors,

and a history of leadership on various

environmental boards.

—Art Shaffman will be an

alternate on the team. A lifetime

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S I E R R A C L U B

• LOS PADRES SIERRA CLUB •

Post Office Box 31241, Santa Barbara, Ca 93130-1241

www.sierraclub.org/chapters/lospadres

Santa Barbara 965-9719 • Ventura 988-0339

Change of Address: Member Services

P.O. Box 52968, Boulder, CO, 80322-2968

or address.changes@sierraclub.org or call (415) 977-5653

National Office: (415) 977-5500

85 2nd St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441

Washington Office: (202) 547-5550

408 C St., N.E., Washington, D.C., 20002

• STEERING COMMITTEE •

Michael Stubblefield (chair): 216-2630, motodata@roadrunner.com

Jerry Connor (vice-chair): 928-3598, connor.gd2@verizon.net

Jeri Andrews: 379-2768, jeriandrew@aol.com

Fran Farina: 681-8822, ffarina@cox.net

Trevor Smith: 469-9765, trevor.smith@earthlink.net

Jim Childress: 687-9418, childres@lifesci.ucsb.edu

Stephen Dougherty: 574-9445, stephen@lospadres.sierraclub.org

• GROUP CHAIRS •

Arguello: Jerry Connor, 928-3598, connor.gd2@verizon.net

Conejo: John Holroyd: 495-6391, backpacker2@earthlink.net

Santa Barbara: Jim Childress, 687-9418, childres@lifesci.ucsb.edu

Ventura Network (formerly Sespe Group): Michael Stubblefield, 216-2630,

motodata@roadrunner.com

• CLUB SERVICES •

Forest issues: Alan Coles, (562) 420-9270, alancoles@earthlink.net

Air Quality: Michael Stubblefield, 216-2630, motodata@roadrunner.com

Conservation SBC: Jim Childress, 687-9418, childres@lifesci.ucsb.edu

Conservation VC: Trevor Smith, 469-9765, trevor.smith@earthlink.net

Legal: David Gold, 642-7748 x6, davidgold4@aol.com

Legal (Alt): Fran Farina, 681-8822, ffarina@cox.net

Media Coordinator: Jim Hensley

Outings: Teresa Norris, 524-7170, teresahnorris@earthlink.net

Political SB: Fran Farina, 681-8822, ffarina@cox.net

Political VC: David Gold, 642-7748 x6, davidgold4@aol.com

Transportation: Michael Chiacos

Treasurer: Richard Hunt, 966-4157, richardhunt@cox.net

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club member, he brings quiet leadership

and the practical know-how

of a long-time general contractor.

The intensive selection process

was conducted by the Ventura Leadership

Search Team. Along with

Chair David Gold, a long-time Los

Padres leader and our legal chair, it

included Steering Committee member

Jeri Andrews, past Chapter

ExCom member Joe Connett, legendary

Chapter volunteer Selma

Rubin, and Steering Committee

Chair Mike Stubblefield.

The Search Team was unanimou

in recommending the nine

applicatn and the Steering Committee

was also unanimous in

appointing them.

“These are ten outstanding people;

they are an embarrassment of

riches!” said Stubblefield.

The Ventura Network Team will

undergo leadership training by

Greg Casini, associate director of

Volunteer Development for Sierra

Club National, and then begin to

structure a new Sierra Club in

Western Ventura County.

•••

Leadership Team meeting times

will be announced here in the Condor

Call. If you are interested in

participating in the new Ventura

Network, come to one of the meetings,

and share your views about

shaping our future efforts.

Meanwhile, the Club’s longstanding

efforts continue in the Ventura

Network area to protect

Ormond Beach, support SOAR,

save the Santa Clara River, and keep

watch over the Los Padres National

Forest, among many other projects.

Memorial or Commemorative

gifts are a unique way to honor

an individual or special event

and at the same time provide

important funding towards

Sierra Club’s long-term goals.

And like the memories you hold,

this is a gift that will last forever.

For more information, call

(415) 977-5653.

planned.giving@sierraclub.org

Memorial/Commemorative Program

85 Second St.,

San Francisco, CA 94105

Chapter Contact

Catherine Graham

682-1357

Concessions don’t go

far enough to restore

Ormond Beach vision

The Sierra Club and other

environmental groups won some

concessions for the future of

Ormond Beach and its wetlands

from Oxnard planners, but intend to

continue the fight at the city council

level.

Prior to the Oxnard Planning

Commission meeting on Jan. 28, the

groups and some local politicians

passed a resolution that land south of

Hueneme Road should be changed to

“resource protection” in order to

restore the Ormond wetlands,

especially since the California Coastal

Conservancy is planning to spend up

to $200 million dollars on it.

The city of Oxnard has ambitious

plans to develop all of the industrial

zoned land south of Hueneme Road

using its 2030 General Plan process.

“It is notable that Senator Fran

Pavely and Assembly member Julia

Brownley’s representatives signed

the resolution,” said Trevor Smith,

Los Padres Sierra Club’s Con ser -

vation Chair.

The Conservancy’s money is

intended to acquire almost all

remaining open space (500-800

acres) south of Hueneme Road. The

Conservancy owns about 540 acres

but maintains it should be around

1500 acres to do a proper

restoration, which could include

agricultural buffers.

The Environmental Defense

Center (EDC)—representing the

Los Padres Sierra Club and the

Environmental Coalition of Ventura

County—is challenging the likely

approval of the Ormond specific

plan. That plan proposes a mixed

use of up to 1500 homes north of

Hueneme Road and industrial and

business uses to the south.

On Jan. 28 the Planning Com mis -

sion voted to recommend that the city

approve the environmental analysis

and the 2030 Plan, but granted some

concessions. Those include support

for open space zoning south of

A controversial agreement

between an oil company and some

local environmental groups is

again in the news due to Gov.

Arnold Schwarzenegger pushing it

as a means of new income.

Also, parts of the deal were held

confidential, but have recently been

disclosed, adding fodder to political

rhetoric.

As a reminder to readers, the

proposal is between Plains Exploration

and Production Company

(PXP) and the Environmental

Defense Center, Citizens Planning

Assn. and Get Oil Out! (GOO!).

In short, PXP promised to end all

oil drilling from its four offshore

rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel

by 2022, donate 3,900 acres for

public use, add measures to reduce

air pollution along with $1.5 million

for hybrid buses. It would also compensate

the environmental groups

up to $100,000 to offset legal costs.

“We are discussing an update to

our prior agreement,” EDC attorney

Linda Krop told Condor Call,

“and have told everyone that,

should we get a new hearing before

the State Lands Commission, our

agreement will be public.”

The highlights of the agreement

will likely not change, however.

They include:

Hueneme Road on three industrial

sites: Agromin wood recycling,

Reliant generating station and the

shuttered Halaco metal recycling

business.

Its recommendation did not,

however, include 350 acres of

agriculture land that the commission

wants to rezone for industrial uses

and 38 acres that environmental

groups want to be a gateway park to

the wetlands.

The recommendations will go to

the City Council for certification and

applied to the 2030 Oxnard General

Plan, likely in late February, but it

also may need to get voter approval

on the June Ballot.

“It’s a little bit of movement our

way but not enough,” Smith said,

“because there are still almost 400

acres it wants zoned industrial south

of Hueneme Road.

In light of these developments,

“we will need to keep funding the

EDC from our existing budget plus

new fundraising,” Smith said. “This

is a make or break year. We are

working hard to steer decision and

policy makers on a better path.”

In addition, club members in

concert with the Ormond Beach Task

Force are literally on the ground

cleaning up waterways that pollute

the Ormond wetlands and urging

officials to maintain the storm drains

more often and, most importantly, to

clean the Ormond Beach Lagoon

where seven protected species of

plant, fish and bird are located.

EAVESDROPS

“I feel my cells perking up, thanking

me for taking them back to

the woods.”

—Debra Jones, reintroducing

herself to backpacking after 30

years, of which ten of them were

spent working behind a desk as

managing editor for Sierra, the

club’s magazine.

Channel oil deal

rises from dead

—The oil company wants to tap

into the Tranquillon Ridge reserves

located in State Waters offshore

Lompoc from its Platform Irene, located

in federal waters.

—If that project is ultimately approved,

PXP would stop and abandon

all its facilities in 2022, which

include Platforms Hermosa, Harvest,

Hildago and Irene in federal

waters, and the onshore Lompoc Oil

and Gas Processing Plant.

—The Gaviota processing site

would also be abandoned after the

2022 end date and the 200-acre site

conveyed to the public after clean-up.

—PXP has also pursued an 804acre

housing project known as

Purisima Hills for annexation to the

city of Lompoc, but would give that

up also.

—A total of 3,700 acres owned

by PXP next to the existing Burton

Mesa Chaparral Reserve would be

conveyed to the public.

—The environmental groups

would be compensated up to

$100,000 to cover legal fees and related

work in the prior agreement; it

is not known yet if a revised agreement

will change that.

—The three environmental

groups could not oppose the project,

although their members could as individuals.

—John Hankins


Los Padres Group News

The public is welcome to our programs

STEERING COMMITTEE

• The Steering Committee normally meets on the fourth Thursday of every month

at 6:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 941 Walnut Ave Carpinteria. Email

Chair Mike Stubblefield for the agenda: motodata@roadrunner.net.

ARGUELLO GROUP

• Volunteers needed as hike leaders and for monitoring issues, etc. ExCom meets

first Monday of most months. All information from Jerry Connor, 928-3598, or email:

Connor.gd2@verizon.net

CONEJO GROUP

• Get all information from John Holroyd, 495-6391, email: backpacker2@earth

link.net. On the web: http://users.adelphia.net/~Conejohiker

SANTA BARBARA GROUP

• ExCom meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery

in the S.B. Public Library.

• Do you tweet on Twitter and/or use Facebook? You skill is needed—call Stephen

at 574-9445.

• Get the latest updates on events and issues at: www.SBSierra Club.org

VENTURA NETWORK

• New officers have been selected, see stories on pages 1 and 3. First meeting not

set yet, so check our website for updates: http://LosPadres.SierraClub.org.

Scions of our north Santa Barbara County Arguello Group, Jerry and Doris Connor,

were reelected again. The group has the most reliable programs of any other

group, but they sure could use some help with outings. (Photo by John Hankins)

ARGUELLO NETWORK

Active programs

need more activists

The four candidates named in

the previous issue of the Condor

Call won re-election; there were no

write-in candidates.

The candidates took office in

January and selected duties: Chair,

Jerry Connor; Vice-Chair, Rosemary

Holmes; Treasurer, Doris

Connor, and Secretary, Connie.

We are planning some interesting

General Meetings for the rest

of the 2010 including timely conservation

topics.

Meetings are held on the third

Friday of most months at the First

Presbyterian Church, 1400 East

Berkeley Ave. in Lompoc, with a

6:30 p.m. start if a meal is planned

or 7:30 p.m. without, always ending

before 9 p.m.

The Operations and Planning

meetings of the Arguello Group’s

ExCom are recommended to anyone

wanting involvement with the

inner workings of this North

County group of activists; meeting

at 7 p.m. the first Monday of

almost every month, rotating

among homes.

For information about meetings

or any activity, call Jerry 928-3598

or Connie 735-2292.

Programs for the next few

months are:

—Friday, February 19: Potluck at

6:30 p.m., program at 7:30, featuring

Barry Weaver talking about tigers

and their habitats in northern India.

The tiger is a threatened species due

to loss of suitable habitat.

—Friday, March 19: Dave

Pierce will talk about Camino Cielo

trail development from Gaviota

Peak eastward on the ridge to the

Ronald Reagan Ranch area, starting

at 7:30 p.m. This could evolve into

a future link running from Gaviota

Peak past Santa Ynez Peak, Broadcast

Peak, and connecting with the

Camino Cielo above Santa Barbara.

SANTA BARBARA GROUP

Group likes ExCom,

The four candidates who ran for

Santa Barbara Group Executive

Committee all made the cut from

December’s election printed in

Condor Call.

Three are returning to the

ExCom—Jim Childress, Robert

Bernstein and Stephen Dougherty—

while one is new: Eric Schwartz.

There were no write-in candidates.

All four are long-time members

of the Sierra Club and love the outdoors.

Notably, Childress serves on

re-elects 3 of 4

the Santa Barbara County Trails

Council and Bernstein is a hike

leader who’s dramatic photos often

appear in Condor Call.

Dougherty also serves on the

Los Padres Sierra Club Steering

Committee.

NOTICE: The Group ExCom is

now meeting back at the Santa Barbara

Public Library in the Faulkner

Gallery on the first Monday of

every month at 7 p.m. It is no

longer meeting at the Pico Adobe.

Name:

Phone:

February-March 2010 • Condor Call 3

CHAIRMAN MIKE:

Talents galore join our efforts

By Mike Stubblefield

LPSC Chair

The new Ventura Leadership

Team is up and running!

In the last issue of Condor Call I

mentioned that the Los Padres Steering

Committee had dissolved the old

Sespe Group and replaced it with the

new Ventura Network. We formed a

Search Team and the response from

within the Los Padres, and even from

outside the Club, was formidable.

After sifting through many applications

we interviewed ten folks (see

article on page 1) and the Steering

Committee approved our recommendations,

so the new Ventura team is

now in place.

The Network covers Ventura, the

Oxnard Plain, Santa Clara River

Valley and Ojai Valley.

All 10 of them are outstanding

individuals with a combination of

practical skills and experience that I

reckon would rival those of any governance

body in the Sierra Club.

Many of them bring skills that will

benefit all of us.

I am proud, excited and grateful

that these folks heard our plea for

help and stepped up.

I invite all of you to meet and get

to know them. I’m particularly excited

about the appointment of

Shannon Gillespie-McComb, the

same Shannon who was the 2008

recipient of one of our first Environmental

Hero awards.

We think that Shannon, a freshman

in high school, will very likely

be instrumental in bringing younger

folks into the Los Padres. And to

old timers like me, that is a very

good thing!

ORMOND BEACH

On another front, I recently presented

our resolution calling for maximum

protection of the Ormond

Beach wetland to the Democratic

Party of Ventura County’s Central

Committee, and it was unanimously

approved.

Practically speaking, this means

that the Party officially joins the

Sierra Club, other environmental

groups and the citizens of South Oxnard

in publicly calling for the City

of Oxnard to adopt Alternative 2U

(known as the “unrestrained alternative”)

in the Final EIR for the Oxnard

2030 General Plan.

Alternative 2U calls for the acquisition

of virtually all of the land

south of Hueneme Road and gives it

a “resource protection” designation,

which forever precludes the possibility

of its development.

The Nature Conservancy already

owns 540 acres that will be part of the

wetland restoration. But a recent

study found that the optimal restoration

must be at least 1,500 acres. The

study was completed under the lead-

ership of Peter Brand of the Coastal

Conservancy, who also heads the Ormond

Beach Task Force.

Yet the City of Oxnard currently

plans to develop 700 of the remaining

real estate south of Hueneme

Road, some of it very near the proposed

wetlands restoration. If it decides

to follow through on this illconceived

and poorly informed plan,

we intend to persuade Oxnard to

change its collective mind, by any

legal means necessary.

ENERGY CHAIR NEEDED

I just finished listening to President

Obama’s first annual State of

the Union speech. He covered a lot

of ground, but I was more than a little

concerned by his comments about

the subject of clean (as in low-carbon)

energy generation.

He asserted that in order to meet

our mandate for cleaner energy, we

must be open-minded toward the

construction of nuclear power

plants, as well as “clean coal” and

Does Sustainable Food

need to be vegetarian?

Condor Classifieds

ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE, call Paula 962-

6508.

SAVE THE TOWN from demolition, go to city

planning hearings, 630 Garden St., Gebhard

Room, agendas posted there or www.santa

barbara.ca.gov/abr or /sfdb, /hlc, /sho, /pc and

city council. Very important Chumash burial

grounds everywhere, don’t add on to your house,

no condos, no building. Go to the hearings or

write comments and save the town.

TWO DOWN SLEEPING BAGS, they zip

together for two, excellent shape; $30 each or

$50 for both. Call Condor John at 745-5432.

I AM HIKING KILIMANJARO in September.

Looking for others to join me. Call Sally (805)

689-7820.

PET/HOUSE SITTING, Many, many great ref -

erences. Very reasonable rates. Lorraine,

450-0241

SAVE THE OLD GROWTH redwood houses,

offshore drilling along our coasts.

He did not mention obvious

strategies like wind and solar energy,

perhaps because they’re already

accepted as part of our alternative

energy strategy.

I’ve heard the President mention

“clean coal” (actually, there is no

such thing) and nuclear power before,

even during his campaign, so

no surprises there. But his inclusion

this time of new offshore drilling

gave me pause. And I hope it concerns

you too.

It reminded me that we still have

a big hole in our leadership structure:

We need an Energy Chair.

So once again I ask those of you

who want an opportunity to work as

part of our leadership team to step

up. This position will give the right

person a real opportunity to influence

the energy policies of Santa Barbara

and Ventura Counties. Please contact

me now at:

motodata@roadrunner.com

By Gerri French, MS, RD

Not necessarily, however we all need to evaluate our intake of meat

to sustain this planet and our health. Consider the 3Rs:

Reducing your portions of meat. Whatever your usual portion is,

eat less.

Replace meat with legumes, grains and vegetables. Consider

“Meatless Mondays” at your home, school and business.

Refining your meat choices. Purchase beef from animals raised by

eating their natural diet of grass; or pork and lamb from animals given

organic feed and treated humanely without antibiotics or hormone,

often sold locally at our farmers’ markets.

Animals raised this way are not only nutritionally superior, but use less

natural resources and have less impact on our environment. For more

information and to learn about regional and national ethical sources, go to:

www.eatwild.com

www.sustainabletable.org

• Gerri French is available for workshops and private nutrition counseling

and at Sansum Clinic. Contact her at:

gerrifrench@cox.net

shed and 1960’s workshop at 1236 San

Andres from massive condo project. Call the

SB City planners at 564-5470, ask for Danny

Kato. Tell your friends, call your legislators.

Save all SB from demolition of similar historic

houses throughout the city. We need another

Pearl Chase! Help now.

PASS ON your outdoor gear or whatever

through the Condor Call Classified. Just fill in

the blanks below and send us a check.

REAL ESTATE: I can help. Kevin Young,

RE/MAX SB, 564-3400. www.sbre.com; 22

years experience. UCSB grad.

ELECTRIC LAWN CARE service. We use

environmentally friendly cordless electric lawn

mowers and equipment. GO GREEN (805)

620-2417.

YOGA HIKE: Add another dimension to your

nature experience with yoga. Sundays, 10am.

Call Tali, 448-2619. www.yogahike.com

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4 Condor Call • February-March 2010

Outings

February 6

GOLETA BEACH-MORE MESA: Beach hike, south

along this quiet section of coast. Easy 6 to 8 mrt.

Bring lunch, water and a swimsuit for an optional

swim. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. VICKI 563-4850 (SB)

February 7

GAVIOTA CAVES: Hike up about 500 feet from

Gaviota beach and explore the caves and wind

tunnels in the ridges above and proceed to

overlook. Some rock scrambling and agility

required. About 4 mrt. Bring lunch and water.

Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope

Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283 (SB)

SUPERBOWL ALTERNATIVE HIKE AND POTLUCK:

If bears, dolphins, and eagles sound like animals,

not teams; join us Feb 7th as we hike

Point Sal Road to our potluck dinner destination

(4 miles round trip, 1300 ft. elev. gain). Bring a

daypack with food to share; as well as a plate,

utensils, and water for yourself. Meet at the

Orcutt CVS Drugs parking lot at 3pm. Details:

Jim 937-6766 (AR)

February 8

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Carrows, Seaward and Harbor Blvd. to carpool

to Sycamore Canyon. Pat 643-0270. (VEN)

February 13

INSPIRATION POINT: Hike up Tunnel Rd., then by

trail to a point with beautiful views of the coast

and mountains. Easy 3.5 mrt. Bring lunch and

water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. DAVID P. 705-3025 (SB)

February 14

CARPINTERIA BLUFFS: Morning walk past Seal

Rock, flower fields and over bluffs. Children welcome,

bring water and a snack. Slow paced 3

miles or so. Meet behind B of A on upper State

St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. VICKI 563-4850 (SB)

February 15

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 6:15am at

Metro train station take train ($11.80 on credit

card) to Los Angeles–see historic buildings, roof

garden and more. Pat 643-0270. (VEN)

February 15 -17

GOLD BUTTE INTRODUCTORY TOUR: Come

explore this proposed National Conservation Area in

Southeast Nevada. See many beautiful and interesting

sights, including petroglyphs and Joshua

trees. Climb one of the areas peaks and enjoy the

splendid views. Central commissary. Leader: Vicky

Hoover, 415-977-5527, vicky.hoover@sierra

club.org. CNRCC Desert Committee

February 20

TRESPASS TRAIL: Easy to Moderate Hike from

Gaviota Peak/Hot Springs trail head along a little-used

loop trail. About 3-4 mrt with some

optional side pieces possible. Elevation gain

about 700 feet. Bring water and snack or light

lunch. Meet behind the B of A on upper State St.

at Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283 (SB)

February 21

ROMERO CANYON LOOP: Hike up a trail with

trees and a small stream to a lunch spot. Moderate

5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind

Ongoing Outings

Ventura Every Monday Morning

Join Patricia Jump every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. for moderate walks in the Ventura

and Ojai areas. Now in its seventh year, the walks last about two hours, and the group sometimes

goes for coffee afterward. Call 643-0270.

Ventura Every Wednesday

URBAN EVENING HIKE: Weekly urban hike in Ventura meets at 6:45 p.m. for a 4.5-mile

hike up hill to Father Serra’s Cross (spectacular scenic views of Ventura, sunset, and the

Channel Islands); hike continues across hillside, down to the ocean, and out to end of the

pier; then along beach promenade to mouth of Ventura River; up the Ventura River to Main

Street, and finally loop back to the Mission. People interested in this hike should meet across

the street from the San Buenaventura Mission. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Contact

KURT PRESSLER, 643-5902. (SP)

Lompoc Tuesday Evenings

HIKES: After several years of excellent participation in hikes around Lompoc every Tuesday

evening, attendance has fallen off to almost nothing, and therefore our leaders cannot justify

donating their Tuesday evenings. Sorry, but we are suspending this activity until there is sufficient

interest to resume it. If you have any inputs or insights, please contact either Jerry

Connor 928-3598 or Dean Thompson 736-6685.

Santa Barbara Every Friday

SOCIAL HIKE: An easy-to-moderate 2-4 mile roundtrip night hike in Santa Barbara front

country, beach, or back roads. Meet at 6pm at the Santa Barbara Mission. Leave at 6:15pm

sharp. Bring a flashlight. Optional potluck or pizza afterward. AL SLAYDEK. (SB).

Conejo Sunday Afternoons

CONEJO GROUP is leading a special series of Sunday Afternoon hikes approximately twice

a month. These hikes are geared to the interests of individuals or families who wish to take a

2-3 hour walk in the outdoors with frequent stops to examine or study wildlife and the ecology.

Exercise is a secondary concern. The hikes are not intended to be strenuous, but may

entail some ascending of hills or walking on rocks. No pets or radios. Contact TOM

MAXWELL, 492-2184. (CJ)

Thursday Night Conditioning Hikes

CHUMASH TRAIL, PT. MUGU STATE PARK: Strenuous 3-mile route up steep (1,000' elev.

gain/loss) Chumash trail to Mugu Peak for a great view of coastline and Channel Islands.

Meet 5:30pm at Chumash trailhead (about 1/4 mi N of Mugu Rock on PCH across from the

gun range). Bring water; wear hiking shoes with gripping soles. You may also want to bring

insect repellent. SUZANNE 218-8613 (SP)

Monthly Programs

ARGUELLO GROUP: Slide shows, speakers, and movies—third Friday of each month.

Inquire for details: 928-3598. (AR)

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help keep Highway 1 beautiful. Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup

from the Lompoc ‘Wye’ to the Base boundary. Meet at Vandenberg Village Shopping Center

parking lot at 9 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of odd-numbered months. Rain cancels. Contact:

CONNIE, 735-2292.

Take a Hike!

LOS PADRES CHAPTER

LOS PADRES CHAPTER

Updates at www.SierraClub.org/chapters/LosPadres Panoramic photo by Robert Bernstein

James Fritz takes a break on the way into Pioneer Basin, just over Mono Pass (12,020’), while his dad Niall was busy taking

photos.

B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.

MONICA 805-886-9868 (SB)

February 22

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am to

carpool to Bates Beach. We’ll leave Bates

Beach at 9am to walk to Carpinteria and

return—low tide. Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

February 27

CAMINO CIELO CLEANUP: We’ll follow the informal

“rim trail,” beginning near Knapp’s Castle.

Great views of the backcountry mountains. We’ll

return by E. Camino Cielo, picking up trash and

containers along the way. Easy 2.5 mrt. Bring a

snack and water. Meet behind B of A on upper

State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. GERRY 964-5411

(SB)

February 27-28

MECCA HILLS CARCAMP: Join us as we explore

the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area east of Indio,

CA. We will hike through the gravel washes and

rocky hills to several well-known and spectacular

sites. Saturday we visit Hidden Springs and

the Grottos, and Sunday we will explore Painted

Canyon. Carcamping will include the civilized

amenities, potluck supper, and campfire Saturday

night. Limit 12 participants. Ldr: Craig

Deutsche, craig.deutsche@gmail.com (310-

477-6670). CNRCC Desert Committee

February 28

CHORRO GRANDE: Strenuous 12 mrt hike with

3200’ elev. gain/loss. The hike starts at 4000` and

climbs steadily for 6 miles to 7200', ending up on

the Pine Mountain Ridge near Reyes Campground.

Wear hiking shoes/boots, jacket (top may be

cold/windy), bring lots of water, snack, lunch. Meet

at 8:30am at the Ventura carpool lot (Seaward and

Harbor between Chase Bank and Carrows). Jim

447-1876/644-6934 (SB)

Conditions

A number of campgrounds and roads in Los

Padres National Forest are closed or have

restricted (no autos) access due to protection

of habitats and species or are under repair.

Before you go into the local backcountry, it’s

a good idea to check conditions with

rangers. Numbers to call (unless noted all

are area code 805):

Los Padres National Forest Districts

Headquarters 968-6640

Ojai District 646-4348

Mt. Pinos (661) 245-3731

Santa Barbara 967-3481

Santa Lucia 925-9538

Other Areas

Santa Monica Mtns. Area 370-2301

Conejo Parks 381-2737

Simi Valley 584-4400

Montecito 969-3514

Forest Notes

For updated information, news releases,

maps, and many other goodies, go to

Los Padres National Forest’s website:

http://fs.usda.gov/LPNF

Regional Hike Info

There are a number of websites that give you

information as varied as outings, trail profiles,

wildflower alerts, trail work opportunities,

and much more. Here’s a few:

http://LosPadres.SierraClub.org

www.SBSierraClub.org

www.SantaBarbaraTrailGuide.com

www.SantaBarbaraHikes.com

www.LPForest.org

www.VenturaCountyTrails.org

http://Hikes.VenturaCountyStar.com

March 1

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza to carpool to Casitas Springs to

walk into Foster Park, the Bowl, Casitas Vista

Road, and Skyhigh Road. Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

March 6

SAN YSIDRO 7 TRAILS: Touch the Wiman, Old

Pueblo, San Ysidro, Cold Spring, Hot Springs, Bud

Girard and McMenemy trails on this strenuous 12

mile loop. Bring lunch and at least two liters of

water. Prepare for an all-day adventure. This hike

is not suitable for beginners or people with health

issues. Meet behind the B of A on upper State St.

at Hope Ave. at 9am. DIANE 455-6818 (SB)

MONTANA DE ORO: OATS PEAK–COON CREEK

LOOP: Hike from Spooner’s Cove Ranger Station

along gradually ascending open ridge to

lunch at Oats Peak. After lunch, we’ll descend

along a spur ridge through a canopy of oak

woods through Coon Creek valley to the ocean.

Loop may be finished by Bluff trail or roadway

back to the Ranger Station (9 mrt, 1500 ft. elev.

gain). Meet 8:45am in Santa Maria at the North

end of the Home Depot parking lot. Rain cancels.

Hikes are subject to change so always

contact the leader. Jerry 928-3598 (AR)

March 6-7

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK EXPLORATORY

TOUR: Come and experience a sampling of the

many wonders offered in this national park.

Beginning in Shoshone on Saturday morning,

we will travel north on Hwy 178 with stops at

Badwater, Natural Bridge and Golden Canyon.

Camp at Texas Springs ($14/site). If time

allows, drive to Zambriskie Point and Dantes

View. Sunday morning, visit the museum and

visitor center in Furnace Creek, see the rare

pupfish at Salt Creek, and hike to the sand

dunes. Possible hike into Mosaic Canyon. For

those who want to stay Sunday night, camp at

Stovepipe Wells ($12/site). For reservations,

contact leader, Carol Wiley at desertlily1@verizon.net

or call (760) 245-8734.

March 7

UCSB LAGOON: Stroll for an hour or so around

the Lagoon and over the Bluffs at the University.

Children welcome, bring water, slow paced 3

By Teresa Norris

Outings Chair

Good news! In January, we

approved two new day-hike leaders

for the Ventura Network: Irene

Raushenberger and Harold Sipple,

but we’d like more leaders in Santa

Barbara’s North County (see below).

Irene led her provisional hike to

the Old Cabin Site in Newbury

Park on a hot and sunny New

Year’s Day, with a good-sized

group of happy hikers. Harold led

Simi Peak in Thousand Oaks via

the China Flat Trail, with a brisk

pace on Jan. 16, and spectacular

views all over the county.

Ventura and Oxnard folks will be

seeing more hikes later in the

spring. However, during February

and March, many of our Ventura

hike leaders are tied up with leading

twelve different day hikes and backpacks

for the Wilderness Basics

Course. So the hikes may look kind

of sparse in this issue of the Condor

Call, but then we hope to pick it

Outing Notes

The two-letter abbreviations at the end of

each outing is a key to the group that has

organized the outing.

AR: Arguello Group

CJ: Conejo Group

SB: Santa Barbara Group

VEN: Ventura Network

WLA: West L.A. (Angeles Chapter)

All phone numbers are in area code (805)

unless otherwise noted.

The public is welcome at all outings listed,

unless otherwise specified. Please bring

drinking water to all outings and optionally a

lunch. Sturdy footwear is recommended. If

you have questions, contact the leader

listed. Pets are generally not allowed. A parent

or responsible adult must accompany

children under the age of 14.

A frequently updated listing of all outings

can be viewed at www.sierraclub.org/

chapters/lospadres. This website also

contains links to the group web pages.

miles or so. Meet behind B of A on upper State

St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. KEITH 965-9953 (SB)

March 8

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza, 9am at Foster Park to take bicycle

trail north to Oak View and return. Pat 643-

0270 (VEN)

March 11

ANACAPA ISLAND WITH ISLAND PACKERS

BOAT TRIP: Coreopsis and more–$45.00.

9:30am departure. Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

March 13

GIDNEY RIDGE TO GORILLA ROCK: An off-trail

hike under strenuous conditions to rock formations

in a remote canyon. Difficult/strenuous 10

mrt with over 1500 elevation gain/loss. Rock

scrambling, bush whacking involved. Wear long

pants and shirt. The hike will begin headed down

hill and end headed up hill. Prepare for an all-day

adventure. This hike is not suitable for beginners

or people with health issues. Long drive. Meet

behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at

9am. DIANE 455-6818 (SB) March 13-14

FENCE REMOVAL, HIKING, and CARCAMP in the

Carrizo Plain: Come help remove fences on the

Cal Dept of Fish and Game Reserve. At this time

of year, the Carrizo may be turning green, and if

the winter has been wet, there should be wildflowers.

Work Saturday, camp and potluck dinner

that evening. Hike Sunday. Bring leather

gloves, warm clothes with long sleeves and

legs, dish for potluck on Saturday night. Leaders

will be at Selby Camp on Friday night for

those who want to arrive early. Leaders: Cal and

Letty French, (805-239-7338). Prefer e-mail

lettyfrench@gmail.com. Santa Lucia Chapter

and CNRCC Desert Committee

GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZA: Come with us

to this spectacular landscape near Death Valley

to visit the desert leprechauns and explore the

ruins of California’s colorful past. Camp at the

historic ghost town of Ballarat (flush toilets &

hot showers). On Saturday, do a very challenging

hike to ghost town Lookout City with expert

Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this

Wild West town. Later we’ll return to camp for

Outings >5

OUTING UPDATE

Hike training pays off

back up in April.

However, Pat Jump is really

picking up the slack and leading

almost two dozen hikes) Go, Pat!

TRAINING DAYS

We’ll be having a four-hour

Wilderness First Aid class in April

or May, and I’ll let the Group Outings

Chairs know when and where.

This class may be taken in place of

the Red Cross Basic First Aid

class, and fulfills the requirement

for outings leaders. Hike leaders or

potential hike leaders from any

group will be able to attend.

In addition, we plan to repeat

our Backpack Leader Training on a

weekend in April or May. Let me

know if you are interested in this

training, and I will start a sign-up

list. Call 524-7170 or email:

teresahnorris@earthlink.net

ARGUELLO UPDATE

Arguello (Lompoc-Santa Maria)

continues to need outings leaders

and participants. There are only

three AR outings scheduled during

February and March in the Condor

Call, with only two hike leaders

volunteering.

We would like many more

hikes, leaders and hikers, too. Several

members in AR do a lot of personal

hiking, often with friends

during mid-week, avoiding crowds

and exploring new trails and destinations

as a primary objective.

However, we would like to

know how our Condor Call readership

feels about official weekend

AR day hikes in northern Santa

Barbara or southern SLO counties.

It probably takes boots on the

ground, one-step-at-a-time activity

to really know and feel our great

local environment, and meeting

others who feel the same way.

Interested? Contact: Jerry 928-

3598 or Connie 735-2292.


Outings . . .

(continued from page 4)

Happy Hour, a St. Patty’s Day potluck feast and

campfire. On Sunday, a quick visit to the infamous

Riley town site before heading home.

Group size strictly limited. Send $8 per person

(Sierra Club), 2 sase, H&W phones, email,

rideshare info to Ldr: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box

294726, Phelan, CA 92329; (760) 868-2179.

CNRCC Desert Committee.

March 13-17

DEATH VALLEY PHOTO TRIP: Join retired photographer

& teacher Graham Stafford on a car

camp trip to Death Valley, a photographer’s wonderland.

Visit Eureka Dunes, dunes at Stove Pipe

Wells, dunes at Saratoga Springs, the Racetrack,

and Artist Drive. All levels of photography experience

accepted—-beginners encouraged. Lessons

with class handouts will cover all aspects

of your digital camera and general photography.

See Graham’s work at www.grahamstafford.

com. Leader: Graham Stafford (775) 686-8478

graham@grahamstafford.com Great Basin

Group-Toiyabe Chapter

March 14

PINE MOUNTAIN LODGE–Pine Mountain Lodge.

Strenuous 12 mrt, 3000' elev. gain/loss hike to

campsite located in a cool mountain pine forest.

Trail starts at Lions camp along a creek to Twin

Forks, then a steep climb to Pine Mountain

Lodge. Wear hiking shoes/boots, jacket (top

may be cold/windy), bring lots of water, snack,

lunch. Meet at Ventura carpool lot at 8:30am

(Seaward and Harbor between Chase Bank and

Carrows). Jim 447-1876/644-6934 (SB)

March 14-20

GLEN CANYON NRA, ESCALANTE RIVER CAN -

YON–SERVICE TRIP / BACKPACK: Assist the

National Park Service in eradicating Russian

Olive from the Escalante River. Working under

the direction of Park Ranger Bill Wolverton, we

will gather up slash from previous service trips

and burn it. Since 2000, over half of the river

has been cleared. Meet in Escalante, Utah Sunday

morning, March 14, caravan out to the trailhead

and hike in. Work four days, dayhike one

day and hike out Saturday morning March 20.

Expect knee to thigh deep river crossings,

overnight lows near freezing and mild temperatures

during the day. Participants will be responsible

for their own leather work gloves (highly

recommended), food and gear on the trail. Contact

Leader Paul Plathe: 209-476-1498. Delta-

Sierra Group (Mother Lode Chapter)

March 15

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am. Bus

to Santa Barbara, 9:04am. $1.25 Thompson

and Oak. Walk to Warner Sea Center to explore.

Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

March 20

LITTLE PINE MOUNTAIN: A challenging hike to a

4,000 foot peak in the back country. Strenuous

12.5 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Prepare

for an all-day adventure. Optional destination

to Little Pine Spring instead of the peak,

adding another 2 miles. Bring lunch and at least

two liters of water. This hike is not suitable for

beginners or people with health issues. Meet

behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at

9am. DIANE 455-6818 (SB)

March 21

CANINE HIKE JESUSITA TRAIL TO INSPIRATION

POINT: Hike through woods and meadows to a

scenic view point. Moderately strenuous 7 mrt.

Well behaved dogs welcomed and encouraged;

must be leashed. Bring lunch and water for you

and your canine companion. Hikers without

dogs welcome too. Meet at B of A parking lot at

9am. Hike limited to ten dogs–please call to

reserve your dog’s place. SALLY 689-7820 (SB)

March 22

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza to carpool to Loon Point at 9am

for low tide walk, Summerland Beach. Pat 643-

0270 (VEN)

March 27

PLAYGROUND: Explore the labyrinth of boulders

forming a natural playground off West Camino

Cielo. Some rock scrambling and agility required.

Always a new route! Bring lunch and plenty of

water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283 (SB)

March 28

WEST FORK COLD SPRING TO LOOKOUT: Start

on Cold Spring Trail, cross stream and hike west

up to Lookout. Moderate, but sometimes steep

4 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of

A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.

MONIKA 805-886-9868 (SB)

SUNSET/MOONRISE HIKE AND POTLUCK AT

Roads closed

The Los Padres Forest Service

has closed 68 roads within the Los

Padres for the winter season, and

more could be shut down depending

on weather conditions.

“The closures are needed to prevent

damage to unpaved road surfaces

and minimize public safety

hazards,” according to the Service.

Before heading out, visitors

should call the ranger station nearest

their destination for conditions

(see page 4 for phone numbers)

and ensure you leave your itinerary

with a friend or family member.

Also, the Service has a new Los

Padres Forest website address:

http://fs.usda.gov/lpnf

HARRIS GRADE: We’ll hike in as the full moon

rises, then stop to eat atop a hill and watch the

sun set. (4 miles round trip-mild with a short

strenuous hill at the end). Bring a daypack with

food to share; as well as a plate, utensils, and

water for yourself. Meet carpool groups near

the Orcutt CVS Drugs or the Lompoc Pizza Hut

at 5:30pm. More info: Jim 937-6766 (AR)

March 29

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 9am under

freeway at San Jon Road, walk north on bicycle

trail to Main Street and return. Pat 643-0270

(VEN)

April 3

HOT SPRINGS LOOP: A short moderate 3mrt hike

covering portions of the Hot Springs, Vincent

(Saddle Rock), Girard and McMenemy trails.

We’ll start at the Hot Springs trailhead, head up

the Saddle Rock, connect with the Catway and

stop for a light lunch at the Girard trail overlook.

Return by way of the McMenemy trail. Great

views of the South Coast. Bring sun protection as

most of this route is unshaded. Bring lunch and

water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. GERRY 964-5411 (SB)

April 4

ARROYO HONDO PRESERVE: A docent led hike

through a scenic canyon. Enjoy the views and

learn the area’s history. Moderate 3-4 miles.

Bring lunch & water, & be prepared to carpool to

the Preserve, approx 30 minutes north of Santa

Barbara. Meet behind B of A on upper State St.

at Hope Ave. at 9am. CHRISTINE 963-2347 (SB)

April 5

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza to carpool to Carpenteria Beach

for low tide 10:34am walk. Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

April 5-10

WILDFLOWERS AND FENCE REMOVAL-Carrizo

Plain National Monument: This outing will include

three and a half days of service to the monument,

removing and modifying fences to allow

resident pronghorn to travel more widely. This is

the spring wildflower season, and our schedule

allows at least a day for exploring, either hiking or

driving backcountry roads. With longer daylight

hours there may also be time to visit sights in the

monument after work. Because we are privileged

to be staying at one of the old ranch houses, our

trip is limited to 14 participants. $30 covers five

dinners. Contact leader: Craig Deutsche, (310-

477-6670), craig.deutsche@gmail.com. CNRCC

Desert Committee

April 8

Spruce Falls Los Padres National Forest: Meet

8:30am, Rotary Club parking lot, Ojai and carpool

to Rose Valley 6 mrt. Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

April 10

INSECT HIKE IN ALISO CANYON: Learn about

the most abundant form of life on the planet –

insects–on this interpretive hike. A leisurely

loop from Sage Hill campground on a marked

trail alongside a stream. Easy/Moderate 3.5

mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A

on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. KENNY

692-2227

April 11

PARMA PARK: Pleasant stroll for an hour or so

through one of Santa Barbara’s largest and

least known parks. Slow paced loop hike of

about 3 miles, bring water. Children welcome.

Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope

Ave. at 9am. DAVE 563-4850 (SB)

April 12

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at Mission

Plaza to carpool to Shelf Road at 9am and do

circle by Grand Avenue. Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

April 16-18

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE SERVICE TRIP:

Come help restore an historic water feature to

provide water for wildlife. The work involves

protecting several springs by earthwork, stabilization

work, putting up a fence and some

infrastructure in and around a qanat. Our effort

will be directed by staff from the Mojave

National Preserve. A hike is planned for Friday

February-March 2010 • Condor Call 5

There’s no time like snow time and we’ve already had a sprinkling on the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, but the closest real deal

is Frazier Mountain, Pine Mountain Club and around Mt. Pinos in Ventura County at the Kern County boundary. See if it’s

snowing there anytime via a web cam: www.frazmtn.com/pmcwebcam

WILDERNESS BASICS

Open air adventures await students

By Alisse Fisher

John Muir’s advice to “climb

the mountains and get their good

tidings,” has been followed by

Sierra Club members since the

Club’s founding. Taking his advice,

the local Los Padres Wilderness

Basics Course started Feb. 2, but

there may be room left to join this

unique experience.

The course includes eight

weeks of exciting lectures on backpacking

and outdoor lore, featuring

experts on such topics as gear,

safety, navigation and how to

for those arriving in the morning, if the rains are

good this year, there may be plenty of wildflowers.

We will work all day Saturday and until

noon on Sunday. There will be a ranger talk

about the Preserve on Saturday evening. Camping

will be rustic. Email or call leader for reservation

information. Leader: Rich Juricich,

rich.sac@pacbell.net, 916-492-2181. CNRCC

Desert Committee

April 17

El CAPITAN CANYON: Start at El Capitan Canyon

Camp, walk into the canyon, cross the creek and

climb up various ridges for great view of the

coast. Moderate 7 or 8 mrt. on ranch roads and

some trails. Elevation gain is about 600ft. Meet

behind B of A on upper State Street at Hope Ave.

at 9am. CHRISTINE 963-2347 (SB)

April 18

URBAN HIKE TO FRANCHESCI PARK: Start near

the Mission, walk through the Riviera, then up

the “1000 steps” to a great view of the city and

harbor. Return via Las Tunas Rd. Some steep

Calling all outdoor lovers, get all the hikes in our region in Condor Call.

(Photo by Robert Bernstein)

The Condor Calls for Thee

Join the Club!

“leave only footprints.”

Outside the classroom, WBC

participants will enjoy a day hike

in the Newbury Park area, a camping

trip in the Santa Ynez River

area north of Santa Barbara, and

two backpacks in the Los Padres

National Forest.

This is a course for persons of

all levels from beginners to seasoned

hikers who desire to get out

and see our beautiful local forest.

Last year’s participants learned

a lot and enjoyed the class

immensely. Some have gone on to

sections. Moderate 4 mrt. Bring water and a

snack. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. KEITH 965-9953

OUTINGS NEEDED: Get your Jun-Sep outings to

your Group outings chair soon. Be sure to include

the first week of October in your schedule.

April 19

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza to carpool to carpool to Foster

Park to walk south on bicycle trail. Pat 643-

0270 (VEN)

April 24

ROCKY PINE RIDGE–SHORT ROUTE: From

Camino Cielo, hike into this wonderful pine

tree/rock region and skirt along the ridge line.

Short, moderate morning hike, 4-5 mrt. Bring

water and a snack. Meet behind B of A on

upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT

685-1283 (SB)

April 24-25

OWENS VALLEY WORK PROJECT: Project will

Outings >6

become hike leaders, done volunteer

trail work, and traveled to the

annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail

Kick-off near San Diego.

They are out there hiking, getting

fit, and having a blast. Several

are even part of our volunteer staff

this year.

Classes will be held at 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Feb. 2-Mar. 23, in the

Carpenters’ Room at Community

Presbyterian Church in Ventura,

1555 Poli St.

For information email lospadres

wbc@gmail.com or call 524-7170.

EAVESDROPS

“The genius of the Squibbs

[founders of Midland School in

Los Olivos] was in making our

relationships with our resources

transparent. Working to heat

shower water with wood fires,

exploring the outdoors and placing

oneself on a topographic map . . .

tending a garden or installing solar

panels puts people in the cycle of

life and materials.”

—Lise Goddard, director of the

Midland’s programs, which was

the only school to win a 2009 Governor’s

award for environmental

leadership.

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SPECIES REBOUND

On the road to recovery

By Chuck Graham

The Little Foxes That Could—

Surviving at the top of the food

chain is just as tough as struggling at

the bottom. There’s always someone

or something that wants to

knock you down. That was the case

for the pint-size island fox in the

Channel Islands National Park.

About the size of a small house

cat, the rusty, cinnamon-colored canine

was nearly picked clean by

golden eagles on Santa Cruz, Santa

Rosa and San Miguel Islands by

1999. It’s been listed on the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered

Species List since 2004.

Originally lured to the volcanic

chain by a massive feral pig population

on Santa Cruz, golden eagles

soon realized that island foxes were

an easier catch, not only on the

largest of the Channel Islands, but

also on neighboring Santa Rosa and

San Miguel.

Fast forward to November

2009, and the fragile island

ecosystem is reaching some

ecological stability. The 5,000

feral pigs were officially eradicated

in the spring of 2008,

43 golden eagles were trapped,

attached with GPS units and

relocated back to northeastern

California. None of those raptors

have returned.

Bald eagles were returned

to the islands between 2002

and 2006 to reestablish historic

nesting habitat, while keeping

potential golden eagles at bay.

The results have been astounding

for island fox populations

across the unique archipelago.

“We’ve removed the predation

pressure on the foxes,”

said Tim Coonan, terrestrial biologist

for the Channel Islands

National Park. “Now the foxes

know what to do.”

What they’ve done is proliferate

since the last captive island fox was

released on Santa Rosa in November

2008. Historically, Santa Cruz and

Santa Rosa had 1,000 foxes on each

island. On San Miguel there were

400 foxes. By 1999 island fox numbers

on San Miguel and Santa Rosa

dropped to 15 foxes on each island,

and less than 50 on Santa Cruz. Because

island foxes on each of those

islands are physically and genetically

different, it was possible a subspecies

could be lost forever.

After a decade of captive breeding

and no aerial predators around,

island fox numbers have skyrocketed

in the wild to 1,000 on Santa

Cruz, 400 on Santa Rosa and 320 on

San Miguel. It’s believed to be one

of the swiftest recoveries of an endangered

species in the history of

the Endangered Species Act.

To keep tabs on their continued

recovery, 50 island foxes have been

radio collared on each island.

“That gives us a good look at

how they survive,” continued Coonan.

“It’s a safeguard against potential

dangers.”

Free Flying—Once teetering on

the brink of extinction, California

brown pelicans are now flourishing

along the Golden State. They’re

commonly seen along our scenic

coastline and especially the offshore

Channel Islands, majestically gliding

above the ocean, or roosting on

guano-covered rocks.

As of November 11, 2009, they

were delisted from the Endangered

Species List. Pelicans are a great indicator

of how healthy ocean environments

are. They are one of the

most recognizable creatures on

mainland beaches with their long

sword-like beaks as they dive headfirst

into the ocean to fill their

pouches full of anchovies.

The Endangered Species Act

passed in 1970, but the brown peli-

Brown pelicans are back, delighting us with their Vformation

flying and diving. (Photo by Chuck Graham)

can was listed three years before

that. Nearly wiped out by DDT pesticides

and habitat loss, the ungainly

birds—noted for their triangular

flight formations—were affected nationwide

and along the coasts of the

Caribbean, Central and South America.

Brown pelicans along the Gulf

and Atlantic coastlines were delisted

back in 1985.

“The legal protections provided

by the Endangered Species Act, coupled

with the banning of DDT in

1972, provided the means for the

Service and its partners to accelerate

the pelican’s recovery,” said U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service Director

H. Dale Hall. “State wildlife agencies,

universities, private ornithological

groups and individuals participated

in reintroduction efforts

and helped protect nest sites during

breeding season.”

The Channel Islands National

Park, and especially Anacapa and

Santa Barbara Islands, are the primary

rookeries of California brown

pelicans on the west coast, due to

The island fox was at the top of the food chain until golden eagles came along, but

that threat was resolved. (Photo by Kurt Preissler)

their dry, secure and quiet roosting

and nesting places.

In 1970, only one chick out of

550 nests survived. However, over

the past decade their populations

have rebounded to historic levels.

Above the sheer 300-foot-high cliffs

on West Anacapa Island the annual

average has been 4,600 nesting

pairs. In 2004, the Anacapa breeding

population peaked at nearly 8,000

nesting pairs.

To the south on tiny Santa Barbara

Island, there has been an annual

average of about 1,500 nesting pairs,

with an estimated high of 4,000

nests in 2006. Pelicans on that island

nest in different spots. A couple of

years ago they took up nesting at

Landing Cove, the only place for

visitors to get on the island. The tiniest

island off California was shut

down until breeding and nesting season

was over.

They rule the roost.

“The recovery of the brown

pelican is a tremendous milestone

for conservation in our

country,” said Channel Islands

National Park Superintendent

Russell Galipeau. “This

species has been safeguarded

by the Endangered Species

Act, as well as being sheltered

in the national park, on remote

rock outcroppings and islands

that provide undisturbed nesting

and roosting habitat.”

Toxins like DDT caused

pelicans to lay thin-shelled

eggs that were crushed during

the incubation proc ess. Other

birds of note affected this way

include raptors like peregrine

falcons and bald eagles.

Bald eagles were removed

from the Endangered Species

List a year ago, but the majestic

raptors are still trying to recolonize

the rugged archipelago

after a 50-year absence. Bald

eagles are at the top of the food

chain and are still experiencing the

affects of DDT.

“But there’s still 30 bald eagles

on the islands,” said Tim Coonan,

terrestrial biologist for the NPS.

The delisting of brown pelicans

means federal agencies no longer

need to consider effects on approving

development like roads, because

brown pelicans have rebounded so

well after being listed for 40 years.

However, with DDT still in the

ecosystem, scientists will continue

to monitor population levels.

• Chuck Graham is a local adventure

writer and editor of DEEP magazine.

A version of this article first

appeared in the Carpinteria Coastal

View. His wide-ranging photos may

be viewed at:

www.ChuckGrahamPhoto.com

Stream-clean a creek

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

has created an Adopt-a-Stream program

for volunteers to choose their

own waterway area to help keep

our beaches and waterways free of

garbage.

Its first event was on Jan. 30,

when teams picked up garbage in

each of 23 monitoring sites in

Goleta, before it washes into the

Goleta Slough and the ocean.

Channelkeeper has similar

events planned in Ventura County,

along with creating a network of

people who monitor the waterways

and report pollution.

If you would like to become a

regular caretaker of one of these

sites or an additional one near your

home, or support in other ways,

call 563-3377, or send an email or

Great memories await those who sign on to the Sierra Club’s island hopping series,

right here on our own, er, front yard. Just ask these folks who visited San Miguel

Island. (Photo by Joan Jones Holtz)

Club is offering four chances

for island adventure cruises

There are four opportunities to

go island hopping with the Sierra

Club this year: May 7-9, July 16-19,

August 6-9 and September 10-12.

The Channel Islands are often referred

to as the Galápagos of America

and are home to many endangered

and unique species.

These three- and four-day liveaboard

cruises benefit Sierra Club’s

political program in California. They

depart from Santa Barbara aboard the

68-foot boat Truth where you’ll have

a bunk along with all meals, snacks

and beverages for only $590 for the

May and September cruises and $785

for July and August.

The club has retained the services

of a ranger-naturalist who will

travel with us to lead hikes on each

island and point out interesting features.

You will marvel at the sight of

whales, seals, sea lions, rare birds and

blazing wildflowers. Opportunities

abound to hike the wild, windswept

trails, kayak the rugged coastline and

snorkel in pristine waters.

Discover remnants of the Chumash

people who lived on these islands

for thousands of years, or just

relax at sea.

To make a reservation, mail a

$100 check payable to Sierra Club

to leaders Joan Jones Holtz and Don

LPFA wants you

The Ojai Chapter of the Los

Padres Forest Association is searching

for people interested in being

officers and leaders on its board.

The chapter primarily manages

and presents outdoor programs for

all ages at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor

Center on Highway 33 behind

Ojai, and trails in the district.

If you are interested or want more

details, contact Mike Havstad at:

mrhseh@earthlink.net

visit the website:

penny@sbck.org

www.sbck.org

EAVESDROPS

“Ventura’s toxic sewage discharges

pose frightening public

health and environmental

threats. Decades of paying the

minimum penalty to pollute as a

cost of conducting business—

instead of implementing feasible

solutions to safeguard public

health and the Santa Clara River

ecosystem—must stop now.”

—Jason Weiner, Ventura Coastkeeper

attorney Jason Weiner, in

announcing an intent to sue the city

of Ventura for “routinely violating

the federal Clean Water Act.”

Holtz, 11826 The Wye St, El Monte,

CA 91732.

Contact leaders for more information

at (626) 443-0706 or email:

jholtzhln@aol.com

Outings . . .

(continued from page 5)

probably be bashing tamarisk along the Owens

River, but could change. Work on Saturday and

enjoy the extensive birding opportunities on

Sunday. Camp at Diaz Lake just south of Lone

Pine. Group potluck on Saturday night Bring all

camping gear, or stay in a motel in nearby Lone

Pine. For more information, contact leaders Cal

and Letty French, lettyfrench@gmail.com Santa

Lucia Chapter and CNRCC Desert Committee

EXPLORING THE MOJAVE NATIONAL PRE-

SERVE: We will meet Saturday morning 9:00

AM at the Teutonia Peak trailhead on Cima

Road and hike to Teutonia Peak and out on

Cima Dome. Primitive carcamp at Sunrise Rock.

Sunday morning, visit the museum/visitor center

at Kelso Depot and then on to hike Kelso

Dunes. These dunes have various nicknames

including the singing dunes and the moaning

dunes due to the sounds that they often make,

but whatever you call then, they are impressive.

For those who want to spend another night, we

can camp at the Granite Mountains. For reservations

contact leader: Carol Wiley at

desertlily1@verizon.net or (760) 245-8734.

CNRCC Desert Committee

ROCK ART IN EASTERN CALIFORNIA: Comfortable

spring weather is an ideal time to go exploring.

On Saturday, we visit three rock art sites in

the southern Owens Valley area bordering the

Coso Mountains. On Sunday we will be escorted

to (the astonishing) Little Petroglyph Canyon on

the China Lake Naval Weapons Station. As government

restrictions apply here, all arrangements

and confirmations must be completed by

April 1 (no joking). High clearance 2WD sufficient,

day hiking, Sat. evening potluck. Group

limit, 14 participants, Contact leader Craig

Deutsche (310-477-6670), craig.deutsche@

gmail.com. CNRCC Desert Committee

April 25

SANTA PAULA PEAK LOOP–Very strenuous,

fast-paced 14 mi. 4000’ elev. gain/loss shuttle

trip starting from Thomas Aquinas College with

lunch at Cienega campground, hike up to Santa

Paula Peak, and return via Timber Canyon.

Some primitive trail and lots of boulder and rock

hopping and scrambling along creeks. Wear lug

sole shoes and bring at least two quarts of

water, lunch, sunscreen and hat. Meet at Ventura

carpool lot at 7:15am(Seaward and Harbor

between Chase Bank and Carrows) or junction

of Hwy 126 and Timber Canyon Rd. at 8am for

car shuttle. JIM 447-1876/644-6934 (SB)

April 26

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 9am at

Canada Largo to walk (passing the last piece of

the Mission Aquaduct). Pat 643-2070 (VEN)

May 1

CANINE HIKE ROMERO CANYON LOOP: Hike up

a trail with trees and a small stream to a lunch

spot. Then down an abandoned road with a

beautiful view. Moderate 6 mrt. Well behaved

dogs welcomed and encouraged; must be

leashed. Bring lunch and water for you and your

canine companion. Hikers without dogs welcome

too. Meet at B of A parking lot at 8am.

NOTE EARLY START TIME. Hike limited to ten

dogs–please call to reserve your dog’s place.

SALLY 689-7820 (SB)

May 2

GAVIOTA PEAK: Walk past the hot springs, then

up to a 2,400 foot peak for lunch and a sweeping

coastal view. Return on the Trespass Trail to

complete the loop. Long drive. Moderately

strenuous 7 mrt with approx. 2000 feet elevation

gain. Bring lunch and two liters of water.

This hike is not suitable for beginners or people

with health issues. Meet behind B of A on upper

State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. DIANE 455-6818

(SB)

Outings >8


Forest Service sued

over public review

The Los Padres National Forest

is being sued to ensure the public is

able to review and comment on

land-use decisions.

Filed by Los Padres Forest-

Watch and California Chaparral

Institute in December, it challenges

regulations that they believe barred

public comment.

It was sparked by the Tepusquet

Fuels Treatment Project, which

allowed vegetation cleared across

19,300 acres using chainsaws, dozers,

masticators, and prescribed

burning. The Forest Service ap -

proved the project on August 10,

2009, without preparing an Environmental

Assessment, and it further

exempted the project from

public notice, comment, and

appeal, according to ForestWatch.

The conservation groups do

support the concept of wildland

fuel-treatment projects and believe

that portions of the Tepusquet project

are appropriate. But public

review must be part of the mix,

ForestWatch maintains.

Coalition wins grant

The Naples Coalition received

$5,000 from The Fund for Santa

Barbara in December to continue its

efforts to preserve the rural character

of the Gaviota Coast.

Los Padres Sierra Club is part of

the coalition, and has also contributed

to the effort over the years.

The 485-acre Naples property

(AKA Santa Barbara Ranch) is two

miles west of the Goleta city boundary

on the gateway to the Gaviota

Coast.

Although the land is zoned for

agriculture with 100-acre-minimum

parcel size, the County of Santa Barbara

has recognized over 200 much

smaller lots based largely on an 1888

“antiquated subdivision.”

Vintage Communities, an Orange

County development company, received

tentative approval from the

county in 2008 to build 71 large luxury

gated houses there, and ever since

the coalition has challenged it at the

local and state levels.

Recently, portions of the tentative

approval were rejected by the

Board of Supervisors, and another

portion sent back by the Coastal

Commission as incomplete.

To keep up on this and all other

issues of the Gaviota Coast, go to:

http:/GaviotaAction.org

HIKING THE WEB

Do you know of a web site that would interest Los Padres Chapter members?

Send it in to the Condor Call editor (condorjohn@gnusman.com) or

call him at 745-5432.

State trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.parks.ca.gov/trails

Ag-Eco alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.AgFuturesAlliance.org

National outings . . . . . . . . www.sierraclub.org/outings/national

Condor comeback . . . . . . . . . . . www.independent.com/bigbirds

New Forest Website. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://fs.usda.gov/lpnf

Eco-film fest features

two local activists

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy

will present the first-ever

Wild and Scenic Environmental

Film Festival in Ventura County in

March that includes two important

local films.

The event will be at the Poinsettia

Pavilion in Ventura on Friday

and Saturday, March 12-13, from 7

to 10 p.m.

The festival includes adventure

films from around the world,

nature exploration and inspiring

stories of activism.

Rich Reid’s Watershed Revolution

will headline the Saturday

show at 7 p.m., followed by Q&A.

Reid, who lives in Oak View,

produced and directed the documentary

about the Ventura River

watershed. Co-produced by Paul

Jenkin of Surfrider Foundation,

they worked for two years experiencing

fire, flood, and drought,

visually defining an important and

essential water system. The documentary

has its own website now:

www.WatershedRevolution.com

On Friday night, Alex Loorz of

Ventura will show the short film

that won him the Sierra Club’s

Brower Youth Award. As a young

teen, Loorz was inspired by An

Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore and

founded his own organization,

Kids vs. Global Warming, winning

wide recognition, including an

environmental award from the Los

Padres Sierra Club.

For full details of these and

other films, call 643-8044 or go to:

www.venturahillsides.org

By Jim Hines

Greetings, friends . . .

What wonderful life-giving rains

we had in January. Our natural

world has now become

alive, all because of water.

On several outings this

past weekend, I noticed bird

life in great abundance, as

many small feeder species

were out scratching the

moist earth for seeds and

small insects and the skies

were filled with larger birds-of-prey

soaring over the fields seeking a

fresh kill of rodent.

The eagles up at Lake Casitas

were quite busy and the fish-eating

hawks known as osprey are already

making their nests for springs birth.

Great blue herons are also building

nests and it won’t be long until the

cries of baby chicks are heard.

The earlier rains of last Fall produced

green hillsides and this additional

rain will keep the grass

greener even longer, ideal grazing

for deer herds in the fields around areas

like Lake Casitas, Lake

Cachuma and Upper Ojai and Santa

Ynez Valley.

Young sprouts of soon to be

spring wildflowers are already appearing

...take a walk along Syca -

more Canyon south of Pt. Mugu and

you will notice just emerging from

the moist soil, violas, brodiea and

February-March 2010 • Condor Call 7

Big surf and heavy winds happened around the same time as the first big rains of the year in January. There was no massive

flooding so the rains are probably helping to heal the thousands of acres of denuded backcountry caused by a series of wild

fires last year in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. (Photo by Robert Bernstein)

GREETINGS, FRIENDS

Rains shower beauty on land

JIM HINES

amole plants. The early blooming

white flowered ceanthous are also

quite showy in the Santa Monica

Mountains right now.

The rivers are flowing

with a force which we don’t

often see. This is exciting . .

. this power of nature. Our

Ventura and Santa Clara

Rivers drain hundreds of

miles of pristine backcountry

watershed. That earth is now

full and abundant, thus allowing

the rivers to flow with the

power they were intended for.

The skies were washed clean

and the nights are brilliantly clear

now.

Oh, what LIFE rains bring —

spend some time out in our natural

world and feel its energy, touch the

sprouting young shoots and feel

LIFE.

Watch the soaring hawk as it

hunts from the sky and see LIFE . . .

listen to the song of the meadowlark

in the early morning and hear LIFE

. . . sniff the warm fragrance of the

first petals of blue ceanthous in

bloom and smell LIFE . . . bite into

a refreshingly tart wild blackberry

and taste LIFE . . . this all in turn allows

each one of us to be a part of

that wonderful natural LIFE.

“International Year of Bio-Diversity”

. . . celebrating and protecting

all LIFE on our planet.

See you on the trail.

Celebrate wilderness

The Western Wilderness Conference

2010 will take place April

8 to11 on the campus of the UC-

Berkeley, and the event will not

only include speakers and workshops

but also music and outings

for fun.

“For anyone who cares about

the wild places of the West, this is

one event not to miss,” said Vicky

Hoover, chair, Sierra Club California/Nevada

Wilderness Committee.

“Wilderness organizations and

advocates from all twelve western

states, including Alaska, will participate

in this grand event,” she

added.

Some of the topics that will be

addressed include ways of getting

more children into the backcountry,

advocating more effectively for

protection, archaeological issues

and mentoring new activists, all in

a celebration of the West’s wild

places.

For details, go to the conference

website:

www.westernwilderness.org

A Mission Ridge hike offers excellent views of Santa Barbara and the coastline down to Ventura. Experience new hike areas,

consult our outings. (Photo by Robert Bernstein)


Local ocean ‘parks’ enhance wildlife

By Greg Helms

Ocean Conservancy

Work to set aside key local

ocean reef and kelp forest areas as

marine protected areas (MPAs)—

akin to parks or preserves on

land—passed a key hurdle as 2009

closed, setting up a final decision

affecting our coast this year.

Local conservation activists

struggled mightily to advance

effective protection against strong

opposition, but helped produce a

still-contested pro posal selected in

December by a Blue Ribbon Task

Force.

The Fish and Game Com -

mission will make the final

decision this year after hearings

statewide, including a Santa

Barbara meeting in August.

Here in our area, MPAs are

very likely for the Point Con -

ception and Cojo Reef area, along

with a length of kelp-studded

UCSB and Isla Vista coastline.

For Ventura County, the

delicate estuary at Point Mugu is

also under consideration and

would join the MPAs established

in 2003 at the Channel Islands

National Marin Sanctuary.

Strong contention remains

regarding inclusion of the most

unique and diverse reef in Santa

Barbara County—a submerged

pinnacle system called Naples Reef.

Called the most productive

marine area in our region by

scientists, inclusion of Naples

Reef in our MPA system is

critical—both for the Reef itself

and for its potential to benefit

unprotected areas nearby.

MPAs are open to recreation

and enjoyment, but are closed to

harvest or resource extraction.

The idea is to restore and sustain

ocean wildlife via a network of

marine protected areas

throughout the length

of southern California’s

coast.

Last year’s struggle

for a network of MPAs

last year included an

array of ocean stake -

holders and conservation

advocates, including

Ocean Conservancy,

Santa Barbara Channel

Keeper and the Envir on -

mental Defense Center.

This effort stems

from the Marine Life

Protection Act, which

calls for protection of

select areas of Cali -

fornia’s coastline.

Scientists indicate

that the rapid increases

in the size and number of fish and

wildlife produced by MPAs—

such as those recorded at the

Channel Islands—are key to

restoring and sustaining ocean

abundance in the face of extensive

seafood harvest, coastal pollution

and impending climate change.

Strong local support ex -

pressed in letters, emails and

attendance at the hearings this

year will be critical so ensure

meaningful and effective protec-

EAVESDROPS

“We do not take a trip; a

trip takes us.”

—John Steinbeck in “Travels

with Charlie,” quoted in emails

by Ojai District Ranger Heidi

Anderson, who invites volunteers

to take a working trip on the trails

to help repair them. She’ll send

you the schedule for work parties;

just call her at 646-4348 Ext.

309 or email:handerson@fs.fed.us

The waters around the Channel Islands are protected by a marine sanctuary, but there’s a

movement to create a network of Marine Protected Areas off our mainland shores. Shown

is Anacapa Island. (Photo by Kurt Preissler)

tion for our spectacular underwater

habitats.

For ongoing updates and

information, contact me at:

Club’s trips go ‘everywhere’

The new 2010 Sierra Club

trips sport over 300 adventures to

choose from—at least half costing

under $1,000—so there’s something

for all people regardless of

experience or funds.

For a taste, how about: Smoke

jumping in Montana, Women’s

beginning backpacking in Ansel

Adams Wilderness, Canoeing the

Ozarks’ Current River, International

adventures beyond tour

guides, Family week in the

Adirondacks, Red Rock Kaleidoscope:

Sedona and Oak Creek

Canyon, Arizona; trips for seniors,

bicyclists, kayakers, backpackers,

skiers, family; family and

work trips to our own Channel Islands—or

go to the Galápagos;

ghelms@oceanconservancy.org

More information is available

at:

www.CalOceans.orgClu

service trips (AKA Volunteer Vacations)

in which you work for

part of the time enhancing the outdoor

environment in exotic places

for a fraction of commercial costs.

And that’s not all, but the list

and scope is so long, it’s best to go

to the website where you can

search for what you want and be

surprised along the way:

www.sierraclub.org/outings/national

Next issue of

Condor Call

comes out 1st of April

DEADLINES:

Editorial: March 15

Advertising: March 20

Questions? Call 745-5432

The full shot from the Cover . . .

A casual group of Sierra Club leaders known as the Dirty Rotten Rocksuckers go climbing nearly every month in Joshua Tree. The real big event is during December, in

which the rocks are decorated with luminaries. Our own Condor John Hankins started the tradition years ago, honing the technique to using flameless candles. (Photo

by Martin Parsons)

Outings . . .

(continued from page 6)

OUTINGS DUE SOON: Group outings chairs

should ready their outings for the next Condor

Call schedule, covering the Jun-Sep plus the

1st week of October. Questions? Contact Gerry

Ching (gching@cox.net).

May 3

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 9:04am at

bus stop, Oak and Thompson. Bus to Santa Barbara,

Alice Keck Park, Court House. Lunch at

Janines. 1:20pm bus return. Pat 643-0270

(VEN)

May 6

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza to carpool to Los Padres National

Forest for hike to Potrero Joan, 4 mrt. Pat 643-

0270 (VEN)

May 8

LITTLE PINE MOUNTAIN: A challenging hike to a

4,000 foot peak in the back country. Strenuous

12.5 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet

behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at

9am. CHRISTINE 963-2347 (SB)

May 9

SUMMERLAND WALK: Join us for a 3.5 mrt

walk through the back hills of Summerland.

We’ll use little used paths, starting at Oceanview

Park, to walk the trails above Summerland,

returning on the back streets of the town. Easy,

but lots of hills. Meet at 9am at the Bank of

America parking lot, Hope Ave & State St. Bring

water and a light snack. GERRY 964-5411 (SB)

May 10

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 9am at Corner

Park and Bard in Port Hueneme to walk to Bubbling

Spring trail and to the lighthouse. Pat

643-0270 (VEN)

May 15

LOST VALLEY TRAIL: Hike from Nira camp to

Lost Valley Trail. Hike along Lost Valley Trail for 7

miles to Hurricane Deck for lunch. Great views

of San Rafael Wilderness. Strenuous 15 mrt.

Bring lunch and plenty of water. Plan for an all

day trip. Call hike leader for details. We’ll leave

at 7:30am. NOTE EARLY START TIME! TONY

867-1929 (SB)

May 16

THREE POOLS BEYOND SEVEN FALLS: Primitive

trail, some rock climbing. Bring swimsuit. Difficult

but short 5 mrt. Bring lunch and water.

Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope

Ave. at 9am. DAVID P. 705-3025 (SB)

OUTINGS DUE: Outings for inclusion in the Condor

Call are due NOW. All Group outings chairs

should send their Jun-Sep outings to Gerry

Ching (gching@cox.net)

May 17

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza to carpool to Ojai Los Padres

National Forest to Cozy Dell trail (uphill). Pat

643-0270 (VEN)

May 22

SADDLEROCK–HOT SPRINGS–COLD SPRING

LOOP: Hike on parts of seven trails in a moderate

loop of about 5 miles. Bring lunch and

water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283 (SB)

May 23

MORE MESA: Morning loop walk around this

extensive coastal bluff. Children welcome. Slow

paced 2-3 miles or so. Bring water and a snack.

Meet behind B of A on upper State Street at

Hope Ave. at 9am. VICKI 563-4850 (SB)

May 24

MONDAY MORNING WALK: Meet 8:30am at

Mission Plaza to carpool to Lake Casitas. 4 mrt

on South Shore Trail. Pat 643-0270 (VEN)

May 29

RED ROCK TO GIBRALTAR DAM AND THE MINE:

Hike up the road to Gibraltar Dam and on to an

old mercury mine. Then walk back past a popular

swimming area. Moderate-strenuous 10

mrt. Bring swimsuit, wading shoes, lunch and

water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. TONY 455-4212 (SB)

May 30

ENNISBROOK: Morning walk through this Montecito

area with large trees and plants near San

Ysidro Creek. Flat, slow paced 2-3 miles. Children

welcome, bring water and meet behind B

of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am.

DAVE 563-4850 (SB)

June 5

SWEETWATER TRAIL: A hike from the Bradbury

Dam lookout to the Lake Cachuma County Park.

We’ll explore a portion of the park before

retracing our steps. Easy 5mrt. Bring a light

lunch and water. Meet behind the Bank of

America on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at

9am. If you are coming from north of Santa Barbara,

you can meet us at the trailhead. Call for

instructions. GERRY 964-5411 (SB)

June 6

DEVEREUX POINT: Stroll slowly exploring around

this creek area to the shoreline. Slow paced 3

miles or so round trip. Children welcome, bring

water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. KEITH 965-9953 (SB)

June 12

GAVIOTA CAVES EXPLORATORY: Hike from

Gaviota beach to the caves and wind tunnels in

the ridges above. This will involve off-trail

cross-country exploration. Difficult and moderately

strenuous. Some rock scrambling and

agility required. About 5 mrt. Bring lunch and

water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at

Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283 (SB)

June 13

DABNEY CABIN: Long car pool to Nira Campground,

then a long nearly level hike down

Manzana Creek to Dabney Cabin. Strenuous 14

mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Meet

behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at

8am. NOTE EARLY START TIME! TONY 455-

4212 (SB)

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