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News from the San Dieguito River Park January/February 2006
In this issue
  • New Land Acquired!
  • Land Acquisition Progress
  • This Weekend's Activities
  • Photo Class Produces Winners
  • Come to the Wetland Learning Center on Saturdays
  • Talking on the Trail
  • Saturday Mornings at Sikes
  • What was new in November/December
  • A Request to You
  • Greetings!

    New Land Acquired!

    With the assistance of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land, the River Park has acquired a 353-acre property at the northeast shore of Lake Sutherland. This acquisition will result in cleaner water at Lake Sutherland because we will eliminate the cattle grazing from the lakeshore that is currently contributing pollutants to the lake. Yes, this picture shows the cows at the water's edge.

    This acquisition also provides important trail and wildlife corridor linkages. Click here to see a map of the new property.

    Read the story below that shows the steady progress the River Park has made in the last five years to purchase properties that filled significant gaps in the Park.

    Land Acquisition Progress

    The San Dieguito River Park has made significant progress in the last five years in completing its land acquisition program between Lake Sutherland and Volcan Mountain with its partners the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, and the County of San Diego.

    This Weekend's Activities

    Things for you to do at the San Dieguito River Park are happening THIS WEEKEND! Among the exciting events coming up in the San Dieguito River Park for January, February and March are two quite different events this Saturday, January 21st. You could take a guided contemplative hike to learn the art of relaxing and develop the skills for refreshing both mind and body, or you could put your mind and body to work by volunteering at the River Park, starting with Habitat Restoration workparty, also on Saturday January 21st. This photo shows a student Habitat Restoration project. As you look at these activities you will realize that the San Dieguito River Park has something for everybody! For example, on January 28th, learn how to improve your photographs by going on a Photo Hike with an experienced outdoor photography teacher. Read below about the new "Saturday Morning at Sikes" program that celebrates the spirit of craftsmanship. Just read the Activity Calendar to learn more about these and other upcoming activities.

    Photo Class Produces Winners

    The River Park held an Outdoor Photography Class on December 10th that was taught by Peter Gorwin. The photo above was taken at Lake Hodges by Julie Buchta-Davis. Another class has been scheduled for January 28th. Click below for more pictures. Do you think you could learn to take pictures as beautiful and effective as these?

    Come to the Wetland Learning Center on Saturdays

    Trained volunteer docents are on hand at the Strawberry Stand Wetland Learning Center from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays. This is your opportunity to come and bring the kids to learn about what wetlands are and the important role they serve in the environment for wildlife and for water quality. You'll also get updates on the progress of the San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration Project, which is due to begin construction this Spring.

    Talking on the Trail

    Sometimes the folks you pass on the trail turn out to be quite interesting if you stop to talk to them, as Barbara Baker did when she stopped to talk with Doug Harkreader. Turns out he had a lot of history of this area, in fact, he was a part of that history. Read more about it in Barbara's latest "Trails n' Tales" column, "Let's Talk!"

    Saturday Mornings at Sikes

    Beginning in February, the San Dieguito River Park will have special classes on the first Saturday morning of each month at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead that celebrate the spirit of craftsmanship in the community. Upcoming events include the "Art of Soap Making", "Quilting Made Simple", and "Woodworking: Beautiful Boxes". Click here for more information and to make your reservations.

    What was new in November/December

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has launched a program of guided hikes on newly acquired properties that until now have not been available to the public. They offered three hikes this Fall to three different properties, each led by experienced hike leaders with specialized knowledge of the areas. Each of these free hikes were "sold- out"!

    Barbara Baker's latest "Trails n' Tales" column describes the Teddy Bear Americana and 4H Club event that was held on November 5th at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Click here for pictures.

    eScrip is simply the easiest way ever to make contributions to your favorite charitable organizations (in this case, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy). The way it works is that your favorite retail companies which have signed up for the program, like Vons, Major Market, Macys, Big 5, Carls Jr., Avon and even Terminix, make contributions to your designated charitable organization every time you shop, contributing a percentage based on how much you purchased. You don't need to sign up with each participating retailer individually - just sign up once with eScrip. The thing to remember is that you are not making the contribution, the retail store is. The other nice feature about eScrip is that they keep you informed by email on how much has been contributed because of your purchases, and which new retailers have joined the program. Clic k here for more information.

    The River Park held an environmental education program specifically for children ages 7 to 10 is on Saturday, November 12 to teach them to be "Junior Naturalists." This was a 4-hour program that included sensory awareness exercises, interactive games, primitive skills demonstrations and a discovery hike. This FREE program was made possible by a grant from the Reuben H. Fleet Foundation. To see pictures of this event, click here.

    A Request to You

    Many River Park supporters may not know that the River Park has converted from a print-based news distribution to an e-mail based distribution only. Therefore, please forward this e-mail to anyone you think would be interested. Then they can sign up for themselves if they wish to continue receiving the San Dieguito River Park's RiverScape newsletter. Thank you!

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