10/15/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. The Switchback 6-Hours of O.C. is this Saturday, Oct. 21st

2. Lacey wins at the Big Bear Fall Classic

3. Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmark

4. Your help needed to protect access to the Palm Canyon Trail

1. THE SWITCHBACK 6-HOURS OF O.C. IS THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 21ST

You still have until this Thursday (Oct. 19th) to register for the 6-Hours of Orange County. I’ve attached a gif file showing the event t-shirt to this email.

YOU MUST REGISTER BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, TO RECEIVE AN EVENT T-SHIRT.

There are solo (age group classes and novice, intermediate and expert skill level), two man and 3 man classes (no skill level or age group breakup). The course is 5.6 miles long with 1,253 feet of total elevation gain per lap. The “Warrior’s Trail” will not be part of the course.

The entry fee is $45.00 each, which includes event t-shirts (if you register by Monday, October 16th), raffle prizes, lunch of salad, rolls, pasta, beer, soda and ice cream sundaes or root beer floats.

Core Chiropractic will again be doing massage at the event. Several of their patients are participating in the race and will want as much massage as possible, so please find us and get your spot. The DMS massage affectively moves lactic acid and keeps muscles fresh during long races. If you have any questions, check out their website:

www.endurancechiro.com

To register for the event:

The Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County registration:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301312

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/6-hours-oc-app.pdf

2. LACEY WINS AT THE BIG BEAR FALL CLASSIC

Jr. Race Team Member Lacey Maxwell’s race report from the Big Bear Fall Classic:

http://fooriders.com/CS/forums/thread/1419.aspx

3. IRVINE RANCH NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK CEREMONY

The Irvine Company and the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust hosted a celebration on Tuesday, October 10, to announce that more than 37,000 acres of the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve have been recognized as a National Natural Landmark (NNL).

The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve went through a rigorous scientific evaluation process and met strict criteria to be selected as an NNL by the Secretary of the Interior. The event emphasized the unique environmental values that propelled the land to this prestigious designation.

Key landowners and managers represented on the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmark are the Irvine Company, the County of Orange, the Nature Conservancy, the City of Irvine, and California State Parks.

The event, held at beautiful Crystal Cove State Park, featured addresses by
National Park Service Director Fran Mainella; Michael Soukup, NPS Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science; Ray Watson, Irvine Company President from 1973 to 1977; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Donald Bren, Irvine Company Chairman; and was MC’d by Congressman John Campbell.

Mike Boeck
Warrior’s Society Open Space and Canyons Consultant

4. YOUR HELP NEEDED TO PROTECT ACCESS TO THE PALM CANYON TRAIL

There was an attempt to designate Palm Canyon (Palm Canyon Trail) near Palm Springs as a “wild and scenic river” during the recent Forest Plan Process. However, the Forest Service did not give it this designation.

Recently, Congresswoman Mary Bono announced she wanted to designate 125,000 acres of public land as wilderness area and identify three new “wild and scenic” rivers. Rep. Bono he is proposing identifying Palm Canyon as a “wild and scenic” river. The Palm Canyon Trail is a very popular trail, especially for people visiting the area from San Diego and Orange County.

The water course through Palm Canyon does not have year round flows, although as typical in the desert, flash flooding does occur.

Please contact Congresswoman Bono and ask her to protect mountain bike access to Palm Canyon by insuring that any designation does not limit our recreational access. Address all letters to “The Honorable Mary Bono.”

Sample letter (modify with a personal statement and introduce your self):

The Honorable Mary Bono
U.S. House of Representatives
707 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite #9
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Dear Representative Bono,

I’m concerned about your support to designate Palm Canyon as a “Wild and Scenic River.” There was an attempt to designate Palm Canyon (Palm Canyon Trail) near Palm Springs as a “wild and scenic river” during the recent Forest Plan Process. However, the Forest Service did not give it this designation, most likely because the water course through Palm Canyon does not have year round flows, although as typical in the desert, flash flooding does occur. This designation is more suitable for rivers that have year round flows, not drainages that remain dry during majority of the year.

The Palm Canyon Trail is a very popular trail, especially for people visiting the area from San Diego and Orange County. I ask on behalf of the mountain bike community that you do not support that any designation that does protect our recreational access.

Rep. Bono’s phone number is:

Phone: 760-320-1076
Fax: 760-320-0596

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