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THE ROADRUNNER

May, 1999 Volume 47 Number 5

A Monthly Publication

of The Kern-Kaweah Chapter Of The Sierra Club

Box 3357, Bakersfield, CA 93385-3357
(805) 323-5569

E-mail: kern-kaweah.chapter@sierraclub.org


March Fund Appeal - A reminder

You should have recently received our annual March Appeal in the mail. The Chapter March Conservation Appeal is our only appeal for money to be spent here locally this year. Please respond to your mailing to help us keep up the fight. Thank you! In case you have misplaced the mailing, make check payable to: Kern-Kaweah Chapter, Sierra Club. Send check to “March Appeal”, PO Box 3357, Bakersfield, CA 93385.


Roads May Cause Truck Accidents

According to the December 1989 study by the California Department Of Transportation (Caltrans), “Truck King Pin - to - Rear Axle Length (KP-RA), State Highway System Evaluation”, about 19 percent (3,364 miles), mostly mountain roads of the California State highway system is geometrically inadequate to safely handle tractor-semitrailers of 30 feet KP-RA, due to extremely dangerous conditions of tight radius of curves and narrow roadways. It was determined that State Highway 155 has 70 inadequate sharp and narrow curves in 20.3 miles of road where some trucks would have to be “off tracking” or illegally leaving the lane of traffic to cross over the road centerline and or use the road shoulder.


The US Forest Service should consider the public safety impacts caused by the use of logging trucks, for timber extraction projects, on mountainous, narrow, curving Forest Service roads, as well as on the geometrically inadequate State Highways and County roads, as part of the cumulative effects evaluation of all proposed timber sale in the National Forest. All Forest Service roads and other roads used by logging trucks should be studied to determine the adequacy of these roads to safely accommodate tractor-semitrailers with wide off-tracking requirements and to ban truck traffic where public safety would be violated. Ignoring this public safety issue and the possibility of “off-tracking” logging trucks, which can cause accidents and deaths, could implicate the Forest Service with contributory negligence if litigation results from an accident. Please notify the Forest Service about your concern with this public safety issue.
In 1997 there were over 25,000 overall crashes involving big trucks in California, which killed 439 motorists including 81 truck drivers, and 28 children. In addition, 12,624 more persons were injured in these crashes. California Assembly Bill AB 576 - "Kim's Law", would prohibit certain length trucks from traveling these narrow stretches of State Highways which are geometrically inadequate for safe, legal driving. Please fax your letter of support for AB 576 to The Honorable Mike Honda, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814, Attn: Loudres Ayon, FAX: 916.323.0862 and fax a copy of your letter to CRASH (Citizens For Reliable And Safe Highways). Your letter of support, received before April 10, 1999, will help to bring this bill to the floor of the house during this session. Ara Marderosian P.O. Box 988 Weldon, CA 760.378.4574

On 3 24 99 Mary Ann Lockhart, Chester Arthur and Arthur Unger took an informative tour of the Kern Water Bank and a few local farms. The tour was arranged for the Bay Delta Advisory Committee which met in Bakersfield 3 25. During the public comments, Mary Ann told the committee that increased urban and agricultural water conservation should be tried before studying new surface water storage facilities. This was the second time she addressed the Bay Delta Advisory Committee. Arthur Unger has written several comment letters to “CalFed” emphasizing the same theme, flood plain management and the impact of the Kern River Freeway on areas capable of water recharge .

The Latest On Sequoia National Park

I just received my General Management Plan(GMP) Newsletter 4 for Spring 1999 from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This is a workbook on planning in the Parks and I decided to follow my usual practice of putting it aside until I had a block of time to study the document. Well, here is what I found on the cover: 1.Retaining the parks’ traditional character may not be possible. 2.The parks cannot be everything to everyone - some trade-offs are inevitable. These two items induced me to start commenting. I was shocked because I want the parks to remain as natural as possible and that there be limited buildings so we can enjoy the magnificence of the trees. I don’t want to make any trade-offs in this strategic plan. They tell me they will deal with my input. Well I’m not a frequenter of either park and I usually only go the Giant Forest when I have out of town guests that I want to impress. Otherwise I visit other areas of the Sierra that are not so public. I must admit though that I’ve fallen in love with Mineral King Valley. Please join me in commenting on their plans and help keep this place the way we like it. Our plans then will evolve into a Draft Environmental Impact Statement sometime in 2000. You can read the information on-line at www.nps.gov/planning/seki/allplans.htm and www.nps.gov/seki If you’re like me, you might want the document in your lap. Call Kris Fister, Public Information Office (559)565-3131 or Dave Graber, Park GMP Coordinator (559)565-3173. Although the Newsletter 4 comment time will have passed, April 30th 1999, ask for this document and request to be put on the mailing list for future newsletters. Don’t expect to get any mail soon; call them again in a month as a followup. There will also be opportunities to attend informational meetings and hearings on the GMP and other matters relating to the Parks, such as whether cabins in Mineral King Valley can remain there forever. If you want to add your name to my list of folks to notify regarding any additional information I might get call me, Lorraine Unger at (661) 323-5569.


Hurricane Hike

If we had open umbrellas, there’s no telling how far the desert winds would have carried us across the Mojave Desert...but allow me to start at the beginning. On Saturday, March 27, twenty-one Sierra Club members gathered for the CNRCC Desert Committee “Southern Sierra Exploratory” hike into Pine Tree Canyon. This scenic transition zone between the desert and mountains is also the southernmost boundary of the Sierra Nevada. Our eager group included members from as far away as San Francisco and Nevada. Following introductions and orientation, we began our steep cross-country ascent of the Barren Ridge. However, we soon discovered that the relentless winds made it difficult to stand upright or take a step. A decision was made to retreat to the safety of the desert floor, where we hiked up scenic Tortoise Canyon, a sheltered alternative to the howling ridgelines above.
Later in the afternoon, we set up our car camp in breezy Red Rock Canyon. We then hiked up Iron Canyon Wash, admiring the spectacular red geological formations, and few hardy blooming species, such as desert alyssum and bladder pod bush. An informal potluck dinner and warm campfire were welcome comforts after fighting the desert winds all day. Sunday morning found us enjoying a plant walk with botanist Dave Charlton, following by a leisurely stroll along a nature trail above the campground.
The best made plans often go awry, as they did this windy weekend. We want to express thanks to all participants for being such good sports in spite of the breezes and trip changes...Pine Tree Canyon will be conquered another day!
Georgette Theotig, Co-Leader


Become a Hero!

Not everyone can make a large gift to protect the environment during their lifetime, but you can become a financial hero by remembering the Sierra Club in your will. You can even direct your gift to a specific Club program or to your home chapter. For more information and confidential assistance, please contact Lorraine Unger at (661) 323-5569.

Bakersfield Group

We are hoping to start a Bakersfield Sierra Club Group, which would meet on a monthly or other regular basis. It would be an opportunity for members to get together, and there would be programs, discussions, presentations of trips to interesting places, and speakers on environmental issues. The meetings would be open to the public, and would be held at a public place. If you have an interest in this idea, know of a meeting place, have suggestions for programs, or any other inputs, please call Glenn Shellcross, 832-3382, email gshellcross@juno.com or Mel Rubin, 831-3333, email melr@netxn.com.


Kern-Kaweah Memorial Fund

In 1980 the Executive Committee (Ex-com) established this fund to honor the memory of those who share the conservation ethic of the Sierra Club. The funds are not to be expended in day-to-day operations of the Chapter, but in ways to recognize those being memorialized. When a donor specifies the use of a gift the Ex-com honors that request, but general donations are useable for conservation related efforts. At the February Executive Board meeting the vote was to plant an oak tree in memory of Ruth Allen our former, long term Historian. If you wish to make any donations in memory of those who care about the earth, please make your check to Sierra Club Kern-Kaweah Chapter and mail it to: Sierra Club, Kern -Kaweah Chapter, P.O. Box 3357, Bakersfield, CA 93385


Not everyone can make a large gift to protect the environment during their lifetime, but you can become a financial hero by remembering the Sierra Club in your will. You can even direct your gift to a specific Club program or to your home chapter. For more information and confidential assistance, please contact Lorraine Unger at (661) 323-5569.


These are Chapter members who stay current on local concerns. If you have expertise on a Sierra Club issue that you would like to disseminate to the membership or seek question and comments, please get included in this list. Call Glenn Shellcross, 661-832-3382 or Mel Rubin, 661-831-3333


LOCAL SIERRA CLUB OUTINGS & EVENTS


These are local Kern-Kaweah Chapter, Sierra Club outings, except as noted. Everyone is welcome; you need not be a Sierra Club member. Space on some outings may be limited by the leader. So as not to hold back the other participants, you should be in appropriate condition and have appropriate expertise for the outing you choose. Note that Sierra Club outings rules are in effect! Call (661) 872-2432 for information about future outings.

If you know of an interesting walk or hike that you know of or have experienced that you would like to see initiated or repeated, please call Gordon Nipp, Outings Chair, 661-872-2432

Regular Events:

Thursday Evening Conditioning Hike

4-5 mile conditioning hike in the northeast Bakersfield area every Thursday evening to keep us in reasonable shape. Meet at 7pm at the Cadillac Ranch parking lot, just east of Mesa Marin. Call leaders, Eva or Gordon Nipp, at (661) 872-2432 for details.

Tuesday Morning Birding in the Bakersfield Area. Every Tuesday from 7:30 to noon, at various local birding hot spots. Novice to expert birders are welcome! For locations, call La Dona Matthews at Kern Audubon Society, (661) 831-5637. Please note this is not a Sierra Club event.

Special Events:

May 1, Sat. &endash; Annual Fundraising Dinner for the Kaweah Oaks Preserve &endash; Sponsored by the Four Creeks Land Trust, this worthy affair is not a Sierra Club event. Social hour with live music at 5 PM, catered dinner at 6 PM, and a hayride deeper into the Preserve following dinner. Donation $30 per person. Call Brian Newton at (559) 627-3571 for information.

May 1, Saturday. Thorn Point Hike. Strenuous hike to viewpoint featuring abandoned fire tower from which on a clear day you can see the Pacific. Trail passes through pinons and sugar pines with great views. Mt. Pinos District of Los Padres. Meeting Place: Parking lot of Pine Mountain Club, 9 AM. If coming from outside of community call to make arrangements for meeting place on Lockwood Valley Road. Lunch, water, good hiking shoes a must. Leaders: Bernice and Jack Burns. Call Ches, 661-242-0423 or Mary Ann, 661-242-0432 for more information and reservations. (Please bring Adventure Pass if you have one.)

May 5 Wed. 6pm easy evening walk in the Kern River Wildlife Migration Corridor, Bakersfield - Beginners welcome. Meet at Albertson’s clock tower, Stockdale and Gosford. Call LEADER, Lorraine 323 5569, 589-3921, 834 2675 for details.

May 8-9, Sat-Sun Angeles Chp/Toiyabe Chp/CRNCC Desert Owens Valley Desert Study & Car Camp: Sat, with Naturalist, MIKE PRATHER we'll tour Owens Lk wetlands, Lwr Owens R; learn how LA's DWP & Inyo Cty plan to manage Owens Lk restoration. Area is prime location for viewing seasonal neotropical migrants, waterfowl & shorebirds. Expl site of 1872 Lone Pine earthquake fault & visit hist Alabama gates. Sat eve potluck & campfire. Sun, leaders will provide Mother's Day breakfast. Afterwards easy-mod hike in nrby Alabama Hills (western movie site); opt trips to E Sierra Museum, Cerro Gordo Mine above Keeler. Expect $7 per night per vehicle camp fee. Send $5.00 (Sierra Club) for ldrs exp, SASE, H & W phones, carpool info to Ldr: BLAIR KUROPATKIN (Antelope Vly Grp), 3760 W Ave J-14, Lancaster, CA 93536, (661) 943-2603, blair@qnet.com. Co-ldrs: BARRY MC CORMICK, MIKE PRATHER (Range of Light Grp).

May 12 Wed. 6pm - Easy walk in the Kern River Wildlife Migration Corridor, Bakersfield - Meet in the parking lot at Denise Av. & Manor Drive, near the river. Beginers welcome. Call LEADER, Lorraine 323 5569 589-3921, 834 2675, if questions.

May 14, Fri 7:00 pm - Mineral King & Kaweah Group, get together at the Wildflower Cafe, 121 S “E” Street, Exeter. Join the group for coffee and converation. For more information phone Theresa 781-0594 or Beverly 592-9865.


May 14-17 Fri-Mon SF Bay Chapter/CNRCC Desert. Diamond Range Inventory & Car Camp, Central Nevada. Study & mapping trip to remote area N of Eureka. We’ll document wild values, boundaries, impacts in this long & narrow mtn range. Maybe attempt backpack ascent of the highest spot, Diamond Pk (10,614 ft) with dramatic cross NV views. Mixture of x-country hiking & driving. High clearance vehicles needed, 4WD helpful. Central commissary. Send SASE, h&w phones, rideshare info to Ldr: Vicky Hoover, 735 Geary St #501, SF, CA 94109, (415) 977-5527, vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org.

May 15, Sat. &endash; “Trail of the Sequoias” Hike &endash; Experience hundreds of spectacular giant sequoias on one of the finest loop hikes in Sequoia National Park. Start at the Sherman Tree in Giant Forest for a 6-mile hike to Crescent Meadow and back. Meet at 7:30 am; bring lunch and water. Call leader Brian Newton at (559) 627-3571 for meeting place and carpool arrangement.

May 16 for training and May 17 (Monday) 3rd annual Sierra Club Lobby Day
in Sacramento. If you are interested in participating call Art Unger (661)322-5569 or Glenn Shellcross (661)832-3382. More detailed information will be developed, but now is the time to start planning to attend. Food and some lodging assistance will be provided, but transportation will be up to us as individuals to work out. Early responses will help us to know how many will want lodging assistance and what kind of transportation arrangements to make. More next issue.

May 17 Mon., 7:30 pm. Owens Peak Group Monthly Meeting, Ridgecrest. Glenn Harris of BLM will discuss the ground water program and the weather stations. Meet at the Maturango Museum, 100 Las Flores. Call Dennis at (760)3757967 or Jeanie at (760)3758973 for details.

May 19 Wed. 6pm - Easy walk in the Kern River Wildlife Migration Corridor, Bakersfield - Beginers welcome. Meet at Albertson’s clock tower, Stockdale and Gosford. Call LEADER, Lorraine 323 5569, 589-3921, 834 2675 for details.

May 22, Sat. 7:30 am. Exploratory hike up Cottonwood Creek, the original, now abandoned, trail to Horseshoe Meadows. A moderate to strenuous hike. Hikers should be in good condition. Meet in Ridgecrest at Ridgecrest Cinemas at 7:30 am. For info call Don, (760) 375-8599 or Dennis, (760) 375-7967.

May 22, Sat. 9:00 am. Twelfth annual 6 mile windmill & wildflower hike, near Tehachapi. Meet at trailhead at Cameron Rd & Tehachapi-Willow Springs Rd, or call leaders for carpool info from Bakersfield. For info call Paul, 661.822.9150 or Tony, 661.822.9150.

May 22, Sat
. - North Fork of Kern River Children's Hike - Easy hike from the Johnsondale bridge to the falls (1.5 miles one way). Have lunch and return. Children welcome. Bring lunch and water. Meet at 8am at the Cadillac Ranch parking lot east of Bakersfield. Call leader Ann Williams at (805)324-1055 for details

May 26 Wed 6pm Easy walk in the Kern River Wildlife Migration Corridor, Bakersfield. Meet in the parking lot at River and Panorama Boulevards. Sneakers OK, boots are better. Beginers welcome. Call LEADER, Lorraine 323 5569, 589-3921, 834 2675 for details.

May 28-31 Fri-Mon SF Bay Chapter/CNRCC DesertWhite Rock Range Inventory & Car Camp, E Nevada. Memorial Day journey to far eastern edge of NV, SE of Ely & NE Pioche. Inventory work to check boundaries of proposed wilderness. Climb White Rock Pk (9,146 ft); not in official WSA but we’ve a hunch it deserves wilderness status. Great Basin at its best: broad expanses, wide views, snow, mud, flowers, critters and more. X-country hiking. High clearance vehicles needed, 4WD helpful. Central Commissary. Send SASE, h&w phones, rideshare info to Ldr: Vicky Hoover, 735 Geary St #501, SF, CA 94109, (415) 977-5527, vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org.

June 2 Wed. 6pm easy walk in the Kern River Wildlife Migration Corridor. Meet in the Board of Trade parking lot, on Oak, at 22nd St. Call leader, Lorraine 323-5569, 834 2675, for details or if you will be late.

June 5, Saturday. Rock Art Sites on way to Mesa Springs, Mt. Pinos District of Los Padres. 8 hour, down-hill first, hike. Strenuous. 8 AM meeting time at Pine Mountain Clubhouse parking lot. Lunch, lots of water, really good walking shoes, layered clothing. For further information and reservations call Ray, 661-242-2009 or Ches,661-242-0423. (Please bring Adventure Pass if you have one.)

June 9 Wed. 6pm Easy Evening Walk in the Kern River Wildlife Migration Corridor, Bakersfield - Drive west on Stockdale Highway, turn right onto the remnant of the former Stockdale Highway about 30 yards before the Highway crosses the Kern and park. You may also turn north off Stockdale at Buena Vista. Sneakers OK, boots better. Call LEADER Lorraine 323 5569, 589-3921, 323 5569, 834 2675 with questions.

Jun 11-17 Fri-Thurs Toiyabe Chp/S Nevada Grp Paria River Backpack, UT-AZ. Easy-mod. BP, mostly down cyn, much wading in ankle deep water, 40 mi total. Main cyn is a narrow sensously shapped 23 mi long red-orange sculptured shape with a side slot tributary. Optional side trips with day pack will be available or relax in camp. In June the normal temps, outside cyn at Lee’s Ferry are 105F day & 75F eve. Can be cool to cold in cyn. Group size limit 10. Send $30 (David Hardy) non-refundable BLM fee by 3/1, $20 (Sierra Club) refundable deposit (if you go or cancel 8 days before trip). All deposits are required for wait list and are fully refundable if you do not go. Send SASE, h&w phones, rideshare info to Ldr: David Hardy, Box 99, Blue Diamond, NV 89004, (702) 875-4549.

Jun 16, Wed 6:30 pm. Kaweah Group Annual end of year pot luck in Diane’s back yard in Porterville. For information call Diane 781-8897 or Theresa 781-0594

Jun 19, Sat. 7:30 am. Climb Pleasant Point, from Cerro Gordo. Spectacular views all around. A moderate hike with 1600 ft elevation gain to the 9690 ft summit. Meet in Ridgecrest at Ridgecrest Cinemas at 7:30 am. For info call Don, (760) 375-8599 or Dennis, (760) 375-7967.

July 3, Saturday. Peak to Peak (Mt. Pinos to Mt. Cerro Noroeste) Hike. Mt. Pinos Disrict, Los Padres. More details in future editions of Roadrunner.

July 3-5 Sat-Mon CNRCC Desert/Toiyabe Chp Blue Lakes/Pine Forest Mtns WSA Backpack, NW Nevada. Easy backpack (1 mi) to basecamp at beautiful, spring & snowmelt-fed, high elev. (7,968 ft) Blue Lakes located just E of Sheldon Nat’l Wildlife Refuge. Backdrop of Duffer Peak (9,397 ft). Glacial moraine areas/willow, aspen, whitebark & limber pine, mtn mahogany forests. Wildflowers should abound. Sun either cross-country climb Duffer Peak or wildlife watching at all five Blue Lakes, Outlaw Meadows, or nearby Onion Vly Reservoir. Birdwatch opps for Pine Grosbeaks & Red Crossbills; also Pronghorn Antelope & Bighorn Sheep. Send lg SASE, h&w phones, rideshare info to Co-ldr : Sharon Kiel, 50 Suda Wy, Reno, NV 89509, (702) 322-2465. Co-ldr: Lelia Heading, (775) 331-5631 Lheading@aol.com.

Aug 6-8 Fri-Sun CNRCC Desert, Toiyabe Chapter Santa Rosa/Paradise Pk Wilderness Area Expl Car Camp, No Nevada. Explore little known wilderness N of Winnemucca, NV. Car camp Fri eve at Singas Crk trlhd nr Paradise, NV. Sat am, long all-day expl hike (11.5 mi rt, 2,100 ft elev gain, mostly on trail). Trail passes thru lush vegetation, alternating between aspen/willow & grass/sagebrush country, with panoramic views of Paradise Vly below. Grand finale places us on Abel Summit (8,750 ft) for a grand vista. Wildflowers & birds should abound in this Bighorn sheep habitat.

Aug. 8-14, Sun-Sat
. &endash; Big Bird Lake Backpack &endash; This is a seven-day backpack in the Sequoia National Park backcountry. We will visit the Tablelands, Big Bird Lake, Deadman Canyon, and elsewhere. There will be some cross-country hiking; this is a trip for a limited number of experienced backpackers in good condition &endash; no beginners. Call leaders Gordon and Eva Nipp at (661)872-2432 for details and reservations.

Aug 27-29 Fri-Sun CNRCC Desert, Toiyabe Chapter Inyo Mtns Study & Car Camp. Friday: estab dry basecamp at Badger Flat (8,000+ft elev) off Mazourka Cyn Rd, explore old mines & surrounding pinyon/limber/bristlecone pine forest, with eve potluck. Sat: strenuous, steep up & down (8 mi rt, 1,500-2,000 ft elev gain) hike to cowcamp inside Inyo Wilderness, where grazer wants continued vehicle access (assess situation) in outstanding country w/typical Great Basin flora. Potluck Sat nite. Sun: sleep in, then slowly make way down mtns to Independence & finish w/Owens Vly water history, around noon. Trip ltd to 6 vehicles. Send lg SASE, h&w phones, rideshare info to Ldr: Michael Prather, Drawer D, Lone Pine, CA 93545, (760) 876-5907 (before 8:30 pm), prather@qnet.com.

Nov. 14-21, Sun-Sun
. &endash; Fundraiser Cruise to Mexican Riviera &endash; Carnival Cruises is offering this cruise from San Pedro to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas at 50% off brochure prices to Sierra Club members with a 5% rebate to the Chapter. Prices start at $689. Reserve early since there are a limited number of discounted cabins. Call Gordon Nipp at (661)872-2432 for more information, or call directly to Montrose Travel at (800)301-9673.


MIDGEBUZZINGS

My nephew, an oboist, heard from a fellow musician an intriguing story. It seems that a respected bassoonist, riding his bicycle along a path in a nature preserve, was annoyed to find his progress hindered by the encroachment of some tall grasses which had the appearance, and seemed to have the tenacity, of slender bamboo. Curiosity got the better of the musician’s irritation, and he took home a few segments to try whether they might be made into reeds for his bassoon. He was successful, and since then has cut many hundreds of sections of the grass for reeds. The plant is called Arundo Donax, and it grows, among other places, in California and Texas. In fact, it is an invasive exotic, and is the bane of such agencies as the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, which has spent untold sums trying unsuccessfully to eradicate it from areas near waterways all around the city. Tom, my nephew, has found it growing abundantly in the Whittier Narrows near Long Beach. where he lives, and by river mouths near the Ventura Harbor. He is having a wonderful time making his own reeds, and is becoming quite an expert upon the subject of Arundo Donax. As he wrote to the friend who tipped him off about it, "I speculate that of the thousands of acres of Arundo, many stalks must possess the qualities that any player might want. I seem to be finding that in any given stand, there are pieces of varying qualities. Thus I expect that a ‘grower’ must also experience less than perfect consistency." Evidently, apropos of that, one musician grows Arundo and sells quantities to reed manufacturers from a deliberately cultivated ten-acre patch.

On a recent visit with my family I witnessed the reed-making process. A segment which has been cured by drying is processed by the use of several precision tools. First, a section of the cane is split into three strips by the insertion of a narrow steel rod with three blades at its end. Each strip is placed in a small guillotine-like device and sliced neatly at both ends, to a specific length, by another sharp blade. Next it is placed in a planer which at once smoothes the center and renders the edges to slight but exact angles so that they will meet perfectly when the segment is folded over and cut into two equal parts. The reed is then bound at one end by a strong thread, after which it is ready for hand carving.

At this point, I was enthralled by the naming of parts. Above the binding is the "window", and at the opposite end is the "tip". Between the window and the tip is the "heart" of the reed. Along both sides, very thin ridges are raised by carving, and they are the "rails". Down the center, another such ridge forms the "spine". Et voila! The reed is ready for soaking, and finally for insertion into the instrument.

Tom’s enjoyment of all this takes its own musical form as he whistles happily, splitting, slicing, planing, binding and carving away with almost as much pleasure as he has in the resulting music.

A couple of weeks ago all of us were riding in the family van at Avila Bay on the Central Coast. Nancy sat in back with the children, Sarah and Annie, and Tom and I rode in front keeping an eye out for noxious grass. Suddenly a cry went up from the driver: "Arundo!" To an oboist who makes his own reeds, that shout is akin to what "Thar she blows!" must have been to a whaler. Nancy, with remarkable patience, put the baby in the stroller and went off with Sarah to find ice cream; Tom and I harvested. Next month I’m going to hear a performance by my nephew’s wind quintet, and maybe some of the Arundo I helped to harvest will be making exciting music.

Perhaps those friends who cherish native plants and loathe nothing more than invasive exotics, will at least find a redeeming irony in my story and forgive my newly acquired affection for Arundo Donax. Perhaps, also, the moral of the tale should go something like this: "If you can’t beat it, make it sing!"

- Ann Williams © 1999



OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRPEOPLE
All but noted area codes are (661)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chair
: Glen Shellcross 832-3382
Vice Chair: Neil Fernbaugh 559-798-0343
Secretary: Bonnie East 832-9775
Treasurer: Mel Rubin 831-3333
AT LARGE:
Arthur Unger, Ara Marderosian, Mary Ann Lockhart, Richard Garcia, Gordon Nipp
RCC Delegates: Bonnie East, Glenn Shellcross
Alternates: Neil Fernbaugh, Lorraine Unger
Committee Chairpeople
Membership
: Lorraine Unger 323-5569
Political Committee Chair: Harry Love
S.C. Council Rep: Arthur Unger
Outings: Gordon Nipp 872-2432

KAWEAH GROUP (Porterville, area code 559)
Chair: Theresa Stump 781-0594
Vice Chair: Dianne Jetter
Conservation: Carla Cloer
Outings: Jim Clark

MINERAL KING GROUP (Visalia & Hanford, 559)
Chair: Neil Fernbaugh
Vice Chair: Brian Newton
Secretary: Nina Stone
Conservation: Mary Moy
Outings: Brian Newton
Treasurer: Janet Wood
Membership: Patty
Environmental Education & Computers: Harold Wood
Fundraising: Richard Garcia
Social: Bev Garcia

OWENS PEAK GROUP (Desert area code, 760)
Chair: Dennis Burge 375-7967
Vice Chair: Steve Smith
Conservation: Jeanie Haye
Treasurer: Dolph Amster
At Large: Dorothy Vokolek
Outings: Don Peterson 375-8599

CONDOR GROUP: (Frazier Park & Pine Mountain area)
Chair: Chester Arthur
Outings: Harry Nelson
Historian: Marion Knapp
Conservation: Kevin Royle
Membership: Barbara Matthews
Hospitality: Elsbeth Feldman
Publicity: Karen Cotter
Treasurers: Jean & Ed Rustvold
Newsletter: Mary Ann Lockhart


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