"Dedicated to education, exploration and advocacy for wild rivers and wild lands in the San Diego region"
Sunrise Powerline Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR): 7,000 pages of ... what?
The 7,000 -- that's seven thousand -- page document disclosing the potential impacts of San Diego Gas & Electric Company's (SDG&E) 100-mile long 500 kilovolt electric transmission line from near El Centro in Imperial County, through Imperial and San Diego county state and federal public lands, to the Penasquitos Substation on Carmel Mountain... has been made public. To properly document the impacts that this project could have on existing and proposed wilderness areas such as Fish Creek*, Coyote Mtns*, San Felipe Hills, Eagle Peak Complex, Hauser Mtn, Hauser Canyon*, Pine Creek* (* denotes existing federal wilderness) will require the coordinated efforts of many volunteers like you.
To that end, the Sierra Club San Diego Chapter Land Use Committee is conducting a workshop and training session to assist us in the review, and the preparation of written comments for this DEIR. There is strength in numbers! Why not come down and learn from the experts...
Join a few of us for informal outings this coming weekend as we explore proposed wilderness areas in Riverside County. These lands are part of Congressperson Mary Bono's and Senator Barbara Boxer's California Desert and Mountain Wilderness Act. Part of the nearly 200,000 acres proposed in the legislation we'll be exploring are ...
Beauty Mountain proposed wilderness serves as a critical bridge for migrating wildlife in the rapidly urbanizing region and contains fascinating rock formations and oak woodlands, all overlooked by the majestic 5,548 peak of Beauty Mountain itself. We'll be hiking to the summit of Beauty Mtn on this hike.
Joshua Tree proposed wilderness additions: Joshua Tree National Park’s sweeping valleys, craggy peaks and narrow canyons provide refuge for bighorn sheep and desert tortoise, as well as diverse cactus gardens and the distinctive Joshua tree. Call for details about our destination.
To join us on these informal outings, contact Geoffrey Smith, 858.442.1425.
(Thanks to the folks at the California Desert and Mountain Wilderness Campaign for text and information about these two areas!)
Eagle Peak Preserve
A big part of federal wilderness protection involves the acquisition of lands in and around our potential and proposed federal wilderness areas. In the upper headwaters of the San Diego River there lies a beautiful protected landscape called Eagle Peak Preserve. The San Diego River Park Foundation's Rob Hutsel is leading the effort to build the preserve, and is asking for our help now to expand this preserve by 200 acres. Please join me in opening your pocket book, and telling your friends to open theirs, to support this important effort:
Can you make a donation to help make this happen?
Here are some of the details:
We have until the end of this month to close escrow. We are trying to get all of our funds together by January 15th
We have raised more than $800,000 by donations and grants so it would be a shame if we don't complete this transaction. The land is the largest remaining piece to add to the Presere and has both biologicial and cultural resources. It will also be a trailhead for the San Diego River Trail and Trans County Trail. If you are feeling that you want to help out more, we have 6 acres available for donation ($3000 or more).
Donations can be made online or by mail with a check. Here is a link to the info:
PS, please forward this to others or call me if you have any suggestions on how we can get this done. Thanks
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