Owens Peak Group
P.O. Box 1569
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
Meetings: are held monthly usually on 4th Mondays , 7:30 p.m.at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA. and are open to all. Call Dennis (760) 375-7967
February 24, Raymond Kelso, "In Search of the Worlds Best Dive Sites, Raja Ampat, Indonesia."
Mr. Kelso is the 3rd of 5 generations "Desert Rat" having grown up in Johannesburg and Ridgecrest Ca.
He had a 40-year career working on environmental issues at the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake Calif.
Mr. Kelso has a very deep connection with the desert and a passion about the past. He founded The
Pleistocene Foundation as a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental research, education
and learning through travel.
For the last 17 years, Kelso has designed very affordable domestic and international adventure tours to exotic cultural and historical locations. The adventures are designed for travelers who desire to explore the world comfortably, and desire a deeper knowledge of both past and present cultures. As an avid adventurer, photographer, and underwater videographer, he also organizes scuba diving tours to some of the top dive sites in the world.
"All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver."
Mar 15 (Sat) FLOWER HIKE (The best lower altitude flower sites we can find, max elev. 3000 - 4000 ft, 1500 - 2000 ft elev. gain, 4 - 8 mi RT) This will almost certainly be a disappointing flower year. Nevertheless, some "hot spots" may show themselves at the last minute. We are therefore dedicating both our Mar and Apr hikes to visiting wildflower outbursts and hiking the associated terrain. We will find the most interesting flowers, hike to those, and maybe bag a peak in the process. If we can't find any flowers, we will find a nice substitute objective. The hike will be announced a week before via email or you can call the numbers below. This will be an easy/moderate hike and a great photo opportunity. Meet Sat, Mar 15, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760-375-7967 or Jim Nichols at 760-375-8161.
Apr 19 (Sat) FLOWER HIKE (The best flower sites we can find at higher altitude; details to be announced, max elev. 4000 - 7000 ft, 1500 - 2000 ft elev. gain, 4 - 8 mi RT) See Mar hike write-up. If possible, we will find another good flower display and hike to that, and maybe bag a peak in the process. If we can't find any flowers, we will find a nice substitute objective. The hike will be announced a week before via email or you can call the numbers below. This will be an easy/moderate hike and a great photo opportunity. Meet Sat, Apr 19, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760-375-7967 or Jim Nichols at 760-375-8161.
BLM is always looking for volunteers to help
with various projects - contact Marty Dickes for more info.
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.
see at http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/giant_sequoia.index.htm
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
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