Welcome to the Crescenta Valley Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. If you live in or near the communities of Sunland, Tujunga, Montrose, La Crescenta, or La Canada-Flintridge, and want to become more active with the Sierra Club, contact us or join us on an outing. New Members are always welcome!
We are looking for outing leaders too! If you are a Sierra Club leader and would like to lead outings with us, please contact email@example.com. If you would like to become a leader, e-mail Steve Botan for information. Click here for the Leadership Training Program application.
New to Sierra Club? Click here for the newcomer information events!
Crescenta Valley Group News
Watch: “Will Redwoods Survive Climate Change?” on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 7 p.m. The Santa Cruz mountains are coast redwoods' stronghold at the southern end of their limited and diminishing range. Learn what scientists predict for their future in a time of climate change, and how innovative partners are ushering in a new era of conservation stewardship so redwoods might thrive and survive. Matthew Shaffer, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Sempervirens Fund will be giving this presentation. Sempervirens has been preserving redwood forests since 1900: sempervirens.org
On April 13th, the Crescenta Valley Group of the Sierra Club joined the Verdugo Hills Group to present a very insightful program called “Preventing Tragedy: Hiking Safety Tips That Every Hiker Should Know Before Setting Out in Our Local Mountains.” This presentation was moderated by Pat Kramer of the CV Group and David Eisenberg of the Verdugo Hills Group. Participating in the 1.5 hour informational presentation were four members of Montrose Search and Rescue: Doug Cramoline, Steve Goldsworthy, Janet Henderson and Cindy Weiner England who stated that if you are lost or injured or someone you know is missing, call 911. If you are in a wilderness area, the dispatcher will be able to activate search and rescue. There is no charge for Search and Rescue services.
Along with Montrose SAR were three instructors from the Sierra Club's Wilderness Training Course: Will McWhinney, Chapter Outings Management Chair; Jane Simpson, Leadership Training Chair; and Lisa Miyake, a WTC instructor who gave a highly-informative talk on what tools and information can save your life, whether you are hiking alone and injured or lost, or with a partner and run into a problem.
If you missed this presentation, you can still watch it with this link, and please share it with your friends. It might save someone's life
I am sorry to inform you of the passing of Marc Stirdivant. He was a great community leader and helped local conservation efforts. I met him over 20 years ago when the community organized to oppose the proposed housing development Oakmont V that would have scarred a big hillside area in Glendale. He was one of the founding members of the Glendale Crescenta Volunteers Organized in Conserving the Environment (VOICE). He became the face of the opposition movement against this development as President and later Chair of the organization.
Through his leadership, we helped organize the community into rallies where the community leaders let their elected leaders know that this development should be stopped. In the final Glendale City Council meeting on the proposed development, over 1,000 members of the community appeared at the City Council meeting held at the Glendale Civic Auditorium and members voiced their opposition until 4 am the next day.
Later, he would become the Executive Director of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust leading their organization in preserving this important riparian coastal habitat. He served on their board of directors and was on the Board of Directors of the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation, and represented the City of Glendale at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy..
Marc later was hired by the City of Glendale Parks and Recreation as a Senior Administrative Analyst. Marc made some very important contributions to our community Please take some time from your business schedules to attend Marc's celebration of life.
Longtime local trails, open-space supporter Marc Stirdivant passes away in the Glendale News Press
Pat Kramer, the Crescenta Valley Group secretary, received an award from Congressman Adam Schiff which was presented on April 2019 for her outreach to the Sunland-Tujunga community on environmental issues, as well as other areas of concern.
Spot showing proposed animal overpass on the Ventura Freeway in Agoura, CA
Bob "Bobcat" Thompson Hikes the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Participants in the People's Climate Sister March in Ventura, April 29th, included Crescenta Valley group’s Bettie Pearson (in red) and Pat Kramer (in green).
Approximately 600 people participated in the march which looped through the Ventura Botanical Gardens
Hikers enjoy a moment atop the water tank at the conclusion of the Earl Canyon hike, May 20th. Hike leaders were Joe Phillips and Bettie Pearson
The Crescenta Valley Group’s Karen Buehler was a member of a four-person team that led an enthusiastic and energetic group of over 20 people, in constructing a new, sustainable trail in the heart of Malibu Creek State Park. The trail replaces the ecologically damaging user-created trails that connected Mulholland Drive to High Road and Crags Road.
Monthly participation in tree watering at Deukmejian Wilderness Park.
Pat Kramer shares water saving tips with Girl Scouts.
Chuck Gooley (holding the award) received a “Special Service Award” at the Angeles Chapter’s Awards Banquet held May 7th at the Brookside Country Club.
Photo from 2016 Deukmejian Wilderness Park hike, tree watering and brunch.