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Kern-Kaweah Chapter

Owens Peak Group

P.O. Box 1569
Ridgecrest, CA 93556

Executive Committee

Chair & Treasurer: Dennis Burge
Vice Chair: Steve Smith
Secretary: need one
Conservation Chair - need one
Outings: Dennis Burge
At Large: Paul Colter, Donna Leech, Stan Haye

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Meetings: are held monthly usually on 4th Mondays , 7:30 the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA. and are open to all. Call Dennis (760) 375-7967


"All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver."

Oct 11 (Sat) ASPEN GROVE TOUR (Kern Plateau, ~8500 ft elevation, ~1500 ft gain, ~6 mi RT) Leisurely hike to visit and photograph the best of the aspen groves turning golden with fall splendor (hopefully!). The locations will depend on climate, seasonal variations, and maybe the current fire limitations, if any. Hooker, Jackass McConnell, Albanita and other meadows will be considered. We will learn to identify the trees and how they respond to the changing seasons. Easy/Moderate due to length and elevation gain. Meet Sat, Oct 11, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at (760) 375-7967 or Jim Nichols at (760) 375-8161 for more info.

Sat., Nov. 8 (note date change) ---Ridge to the South of Walker Pass via the PCT. Follow the Pacific Crest Trail from the Pass (5200 ft.) to the top of the ridge at ~6800 ft.; 8-10 mi. RT. From the upper part of the route there are views of Mt. Whitney and other peaks to the north. Moderate hike. Meet at 7:30 am at the Ridgecrest Cinemas parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info.

Sat., Dec. 13---Tit Peak and Boulder Springs Archeological Site. We will hike to the mouth of Boulder Cyn. N of Sage Canyon, 5352 ft. max; 1500 ft elev gain; 3.4 mi. RT and explore Indian metates and pictographs at the Springs of Boulder Canyon. From there we will ascend magnificent Tit Peak. The name is well deserved. Easy to Moderate hike. Meet at 7:30 am at the Ridgecrest Cinemas parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at 760.375.7967 or Jim Nichols at 760.375.8161 for more info.

BLM is always looking for volunteers to help with various projects - contact Marty Dickes for more info. Marty won a very prestegious award from BLM for her work with volunteers and special projects! Yeah! (760)384-5444:

To Kern-Kaweah Chapter page and Roadrunner Newsletter on-line

Back issues here too. Get ALL the news!!

Local and regional environmental Links

Giant Sequoia National Monument Planning Process - VERY important that you pay attention to what's going on!! Monument Management Plan has been released and challenged.
see at

Owens Valley Committee keeping an eye on the Lower Owens River rewatering project and what's going on at the Lake. ***!!! December 6, 2006, WATER PUT INTO THE OWENS RIVER. !! The river is recovering nicely! Go visit it at any one of the bridge crossings.

Mono Lake Committee Links page - an incredible resource of links to birds, government stuff, everything about the lake, etc. etc.

Ridgecrest area BLM has some issues going right now. Check news.

Active Fire Maps - wanna see what burned this calendar year? Or where active fires are now in CA and NV. A most interesting map!! Takes a while to download.

Inyo National Forest page with lots of great info about the attractions nearby, planning documents, etc. Also place to comment about the proposed Roadless Areas in National Forests, Inyo wants to get into logging now too. Forest Planning is ongoing now.

Sequoia National Forest contact points, etc; Just started revision of the 1988 Forest Management Plan. See their web page to get in on this

Region 5 USFS You can get a whole bunch of info here, find out about Giant Sequoia National Monument, see what other issues are being worked on right now.

California State Parks Who knows what the budget will do to our Parks...

National Parks ; revised front pages not much good - click on "in depth" button to get to the original pages with lots of info.

Death Valley National Park official web page and link to The Morning Report (road conditions)

Death Valley Tourist Info lots of info, numbers, etc. which is not on the official DV page; done by Janet W.

Mojave National Preserve , lots of useful stuff on our lovely park. Kelso Depot is OPEN as a Visitor Center- drop by to see this most elegant building in action. Lunch counter is now serving too. Great displays.

1. Meet the new Sierra Club President

2. Sierra Club 101, the long-awaited primer for new volunteers

3. A new Board of Directors list

4. An updated volunteer leaders directory

6. New schedules for the Sierra Club Training Academy

and the Sierra Student Coalition summer trainings

7. New talking points on forest fires and the horrendous energy bill.

8. New stories, art for chapter and group newsletters.


To Kern-Kaweah Chapter page, and Roadrunner Newsletter on-line and links to local issue items

Sierra Club, California Chapters

The Sierra Club Home Page

Owens Peak Webmistress
Janet Westbrook

Updated 11/13