In this issue:
1. Warrior’s Society Event Update in next week’s news
2. Natural History Association Santa Ana Mountains wildflower tour
3. Support the Bicycle Commuter Act (H.R.807, S.2635)!
4. California Legislature to consider resolution calling for the repeal of FLREA forest fees.
1. WARRIOR’S SOCIETY EVENT UPDATE IN NEXT WEEKS NEWS
Next week we will have an update on our remaining two events for 2007, the Saturday, May 12th Toad Festival, which will be a fun ride to benefit the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation and “The Traverse” our new event on Saturday, June 9th that will be a race (with placing cash) across the top of the Santa Ana Mountains from Black Star to the Trabuco Canyon Trail.
We hope to have registration open by April 1st for these two events.
2. THE NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS WILDFLOWER TOUR
TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT & THE SANTA ANA NAT. HISTORY ASSOCIATION INVITE THE PUBLIC TO SEE THE WILDFLOWERS OF THE SOUTH MAIN DIVIDE
Corona, CA- March 21, 2007…The Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District, and the Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association would like to invite the public on a wildflower expedition on Saturday, March 31, 2007, from 8AM to 11AM. Participants can expect a relaxing search for winter & early spring blooming wildflowers. This area contains many fine plants that are not found (or not easily seen) elsewhere in the Santa Ana Mountains. Highlights in the area include bigberry manzanita (large plants), California lilacs, white currant, 5 species of monkey-flowers, scarlet bugler (an uncommon red penstemon), deer ears (a very unusual tall gentian), mountain blue-curls (wow!), golden ear-drops (an odd poppy, up to 7 feet tall), and an assortment of coast live oaks and scrub oaks.
Bring a hat, jacket, sunscreen, water, & snacks. Some plants are short, so plan on getting dirty while viewing them. Wear long pants & long sleeved shirt; boots are not necessary, your shoes will get dirty and perhaps a bit wet (there is a lot of fog drip, so plants are covered with dew).
Wildflower field guides, hand lens, loop, camera, and/or binoculars are highly recommended. You can even bring a fold-up chair to sit and watch bees & hummingbirds as they visit the manzanitas. Most of the trip will be
car-caravaning to selected sites with very short walks to see the plants (not long hikes) and plenty of time to observe. We will bring a table & field guides with which to study the wildflowers.
Meeting location: 8AM at the Wildland Firefighter Memorial at the corner of
Ortega Highway (Hwy 74) and South Main Divide Road. Take Ortega Highway 27.5 miles from I-5 or 5.5 miles from Grand Ave in Lake Elsinore and turnsouth on South Main Divide Road.
If you would like more information on the expedition or the Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association go to:
or contact Debra Clarke, Wilderness/Trails Manager at 951.736.1811×3227 or email@example.com or www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland.
3. SUPPORT THE BICYCLE COMMUTER ACT (H.R. 807 AND S. 2635)
The Bicycle Commuter Act (H.R.807, S.2635) is before congress right now. It would provide a tax benefit to employers who offer cash reimbursements to employees who ride to work in order to help defray their commuting costs. All this requires is an amendment to the Transportation Fringe Benefit of the tax code to extend the definition of “transportation” to include bicycles. Employers are given the flexibility to set their own levels of benefit payments and the bike commuter can use those payments to pay for a bike, accessories, safety equipment, insurance and locker or shower fees.
It is so SIMPLE!! Just go to this link:
and input your zip code and the page generates emails to go to all your congress people….Then just sign and send.
Mailed letters are even better so please look up your House and Senate Representative and send them a letter of support.
Thanks to Tito Fuentes of the Laguna RADS Mountain Bike Club for this alert.
4. CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE TO CONSIDER RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE REPEAL OF FLREA FOREST FEES
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
A resolution was introduced in the California Assembly in mid-March, AJR 21, which urges Congress to repeal the public lands access fee law, the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA).
AJR 21 (which stands for Assembly Joint Resolution), authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena), will come before the Assembly’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on April 10th. Then it will go to the Assembly floor for a vote.
The text of AJR 21 is at:
Similar resolutions have been passed by legislatures in Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, New Hampshire and by the Alaska House of Representatives. Together, these resolutions show our legislators in Washington DC how unpopular the FLREA is – and help move them to repeal it soon. (The House Resources Committee in DC has a list of topics in its website that they will be addressing, and it includes the FLREA.)
California’s Assembly and Senate have in fact already passed (unanimously) a resolution against the FLREA’s predecessor, the Recreation Fee Demo Program, back in 1998. The current resolution, AJR 21, will, when passed, reiterate the California legislature’s opposition to access fees on public lands managed by the US Forest Service, the BLM, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation.
WE NEED YOU AND MANY OTHERS TO DO THREE THINGS:
First- It is most important to have your organization send a “Support Letter” to the Committee via the Resolutions Author Assemblyman Portantino. The Support Letters should have some kind of letterhead, briefly explain the purpose of your organization, state that your organization supports AJR 21 and give a brief outline why.
These letters must be received no later than the afternoon of April 2nd to be considered by Committee. Your letter stays with the resolution and helps support AJR 21 all the way through the process.
Individuals are also strongly encouraged to send Support Letters.
You can send your Support Letters via e-mail to: Diane.Shelton@asm.ca.gov
Or fax them to: 916-319-2144
Next- Make phone calls to your Assemblyman or Assemblywoman right away to demonstrate support for AJR 21 and to urge the Committee, and the Assembly as a whole, to support it. Encourage them to cosponsor AJR 21. Briefly explain why. The link below will take you to a map, where you can click on your home area and be directed to your Assembly member’s website and contact information.
Lastly-Please call and email as many as you can, through mid April, of the Assembly members who sit on the Committee for Water, Parks and Wildlife. They will be the first to decide on AJR 21. The Committee members are:
Lois Wolk, Chair (D), (916) 319-2008
Bill Maze, Vice Chair (R), (916) 319-2034
Joel Anderson®, (916) 319-2077
Tom Berryhill®, (916) 319-2025
Anna M. Caballero (D), (916) 319-2028
Charles M. Calderon (D), (916) 319-2058
Jared Huffman (D), (916) 319-2006
Doug La Malfa (R), (916) 319-2002
Ted W. Lieu (D), (916) 319-2053
Gene Mullin (D), (916) 319-2019
Pedro Nava (D), (916) 319-2035
Nicole Parra (D), (916) 319-2030
Mary Salas (D), (916) 319-2079
SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
You can keep it brief. Remember, unlike Congress in DC, which is responsible for the unpopular FLREA, these Assembly members are just being asked to support a resolution against it.
“My name is (…). I’m calling from (City and/or County). Please support AJR 21 when it comes before the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.”
SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE TO YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER
“My name is (…). I’m calling from (City). Please coauthor AJR 21, the resolution opposing access fees on federal public lands in California. I visit the (Los Padres/Angeles/etc.) National Forest to (hike, hunt, ride my horse, mountain bike, etc.) and I oppose fees for access to undeveloped areas.
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