Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
October 2019

Latest Updates on Wildlife 

By Jim Hines

We re pleased to share some of our wins for wildlife in the past few weeks. We have been walking the halls of the state capitol of California and Nevada, speaking at public hearings, holding public rallies and giving tours of wildlife areas we would like protected to various decision makers.


Tell Newsom to Stand for California and Sign SB1 into Law

By Angelica Gonzalez (Photo by alexandrumagurean/iStock)

A couple of weeks ago, the California Legislature took bold action to uphold this promise by passing SB 1, which would ensure that California maintains the Federal standards under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act as they existed prior to the day Drumpf took office.

Governor Newsom is threatening to veto the bill siding with private water interests and the Drumpf administration. With a President that has taken strides to dismantle common sense protections for our environment and public health, it falls to states like California to defend our clean air, water, and communities.

We need your help to remind Governor Newsom of his promise to lead California in its fight against the unsound decisions coming out of the White House. Help us fight to keep our endangered and protected flora, fauna and other species relevant in Southern California for generations to come.

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Fire Recovery

Cactus WrenHelp Us Save Glendora's Foothills

By Jeff Michelsen (Photo by Jeff Michelsen)

The City of Glendora refers to itself as the “Pride of the Foothills.” Unfortunately, there is a threat to the foothills that frame of the northern edge of the community—a proposal to allow nineteen large homes of 5,000 square feet or more on a ridge that forms the back-drop to the city.

This development would destroy what little open space still remains in the foothills. There are a number of wildlife living on the preserve that depend on the open space for survival. Allowing this to happen would destroy a potential area of recreation for local residents and damage the living space for three protected species of plants and animals.

If you would like to get involved and help protect the preservation of the Gordon-Mull property in Glendora by keeping it an open space rather than a housing development, please contact Joan Licari at jlicari2013@gmail.com .

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Great Blue HeronsJust Compensation

By Anna Christensen (Photo by Ann Catrell)

Just Compensation in 2017, a resident saw that the tall palms along Marina Drive in Long Beach, nesting sites for the Alamitos Bay Great Blue Heron (GBH) Colony, were being cut down. His call to the Coastal Commission began a struggle by community members to protect the palms and GBHs which continues to this day. While we Stopped the Chop, it is heartbreaking that active GBH nests and nesting sites have been destroyed or abandoned -- a violation of the law.

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Task Force (LCWTF) supports the Coastal Commission’s demand for compensation. We propose that the city establish nesting sites for GBHs in the Los Cerritos Wetlands, that the over-trimming of palms in the Marina which has reduced surveyed GBH nests from 100 to 0 in a decade be halted, and that policies protecting local GBHs and shorebirds be strengthened.

The LCWTF opposes plans to massively expand industrial, retail and residential development adjacent to the LC Wetlands and Alamitos Bay which threaten the homes and health of all residents (plant, animal, mineral, and vegetable). To contact the LCW Task Force, email achris259@yahoo.com.

[Header photo: Rabbitbrush flowers at Inspiration Point along the Angeles Crest Highway, © Bob Cates, all rights reserved]

Will McWhinney

A Bright Spot in Congress for California’s Public Lands

By Jordan Giaconia

Public lands are immensely important, not only for humans to explore and enjoy, but for wild flora and fauna to thrive. California hosts some of the nation’s most precious resources and a lengthy list of wonderful species. 

Today, Californians are pushing to improve the land by protecting, restoring and safeguarding natural areas all across the state. A number of protection acts, such as the Coastal Heritage Protection Act, San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act and the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act are in development to preserve the future of these iconic destinations for recreation. 

By connecting people to our public lands, we can paint a brighter future for California's communities, lands, water, and wildlife. Remember: without this amazing wildlife, the great outdoors would not be so great! 

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[Header photo: Wildflowers, © Bob Wick, all rights reserved]

Karen Buelher

Volunteer Spotlight - Karen Buehler

By Krystal Ruiz

As a volunteer led and run organization, volunteers are at the core of every aspect of our Chapter. Among our volunteers are leaders like Karen Buehler, you may have seen her on the trail from time to time. Or maybe you’ve read about her backpacking experience on the Sierra Club’s website.

Either way, it’s possible that you may have crossed paths with Karen Buehler at some point in Southern California.

Today, Karen Buehler is known as an avid hiker, backpacker and leader, often working with the Sierra Club and Wilderness Training Committee (WTC).

Read More About Karen Here

Angeles Chapter Group Elections

The California Deal: Making it Stronger and Greener for Everyone

Sierra Club California will host its annual summit in a new one-day format in Pasadena on Saturday, October 26. This year’s theme is The California Deal.

California has been a national leader in cutting climate pollution and innovating environmental policy. How can we do even better going forward and ensure the state creates a fair and just transition to good paying jobs while we all gain access to clean air, clean water and sustainable transportation options.

Leading California activists and policy experts will guide discussions on improving the California Deal as the Green New Deal gains momentum nationally. Don’t miss this reboot of Sierra Club California’s annual summit.

Seating is limited! Register early

Where: Pasadena City College - Creveling Lounge

When: October 26 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Cost: $20 in advance; $30 at the door

The California Deal

Register to Vote


Bob Cates Autumn colors of buckwheat and bunchgrass on Pinyon Ridge

Travel Adventures

NOV. 15 - 23, 2019 
There's no better way to explore the Caribbean than with the Angeles Chapter Travel Adventurers aboard the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas. We set sail from Miami: going to Key West, Florida, Cozumel, and Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico and Grand Cayman! There will be three days at sea and disembark in Miami. More info and RSVP Here
MAY. 15 - 22, 2020 
Travel with your Sierra Club friends to see the "wilder" side of Alaska! Come cruise aboard the Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver, B.C. to Seward, AK. Sailing through the Inside Passage. More info and RSVP Here
MAY. 22 - 30, 2020 
You can extend your Voyage Alaska Cruise (May 15-22, 2020) or meet us in Anchorage. Experience the Call of the Wild on a seven night/eight day fully escorted charter coach trip from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Denali National Park and back to Anchorage for a fun slice of urban life, Alaska style. More info and RSVP Here
AUGUST. 22 - 30, 2020 
Join us for a grand tour of four National Parks in the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho on our expanded trip with eight nights in Canada. On the last night, you will see the Fireworks Finale of the Calgary Globalfest 2020 International Fireworks. More info and RSVP Here

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Program: Bringing back the Desert Ghost and Defending California Native Wildlife | October 9, 2019
A presentation featuring Defenders of Wildlife California Desert Representative Tom Egan. California has more native species, many of which occur nowhere else in the world, than any other state in our country. RSVP & Details
San Gabriel Mountains Trail Work | October 12, 2019
The mountain trails we enjoy need constant maintenance to remove downed trees, trim brush crowding the trail and remove dirt that has slid down the hillside to cover the tread. We supply tools, hardhats, work gloves and instructions. RSVP & Details
OMC Annual Outings Assembly | October 19, 2019
Annual Chapter gathering for Outings Chairs, Leaders, volunteers and members. RSVP & Details
The River and the Wall | October 23, 2019
This film follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. RSVP & Details
Griffith Park Night Conditioning Hikes & Potluck | October 24, 2019
Come to a slightly shorter hike followed by a potluck/cookout! Evening conditioning hikes range from moderate to very strenuous over hilly, sometimes steep terrain with uneven footing. Hikes are intended only for hikers capable of maintaining the pace as set by leaders. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome at the discretion of each leader. RSVP & Details
Tuesday Night Beginner's Hike | October 29, 2019
Walk for 1.5 hours on the green belt, streets and sidewalks. There are some moderate hills.The hike is about 3.5 miles but we do stop several times.Well behaved dogs on lease are OK. RSVP & Details
Geology Hike from Stunt Road to Red Rock Canyon Park | November 2, 2019
Easy 1-2 mile non-traditional tourist walk (minimal elevation gain) exploration of a truly unique slice of Los Angeles, where the past meets the present at the doorstep of America's largest trade gateway. RSVP & Details
Winter Combo Getaway Bus Trip to Mammoth Lakes | January 24 - 26, 2020
Join OCSS for an awesome weekend adventure! This trip has it all: Enjoy backcountry ski touring and snowshoe touring with leaders; XC ski or snowshoe on your own at Tamarack Nordic Ski Center; Downhill ski or snowboard on Mammoth Mtn. Details

For more trips view our Featured Outings

Looking for more adventures, outings and events? Check out our Schedule of Activities  or the full list.

Donate Your Vehicle: Angeles Chapter Sierra Club

Donate Your Vehicle Online or call us at 844-6-SIERRA or 844-674-3772. Specify that you support the Angeles Chapter. We will tow your vehicle at no cost to you. Get a tax-deductible receipt and help our cause. We accept all types of vehicles.

[Header photo: Autumn colors of buckwheat and bunchgrass on Pinyon Ridge, © Bob Cates, all rights reserved]