6/22/08 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Thanks to all of you who helped to raise over $12,000 for charity by participating in our events

2. Sierra Cycle Challenge 2008 to support disabled sports

3. Stewards of the Sequoia June News

1. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HELPED TO RAISE OVER $12,000 FOR CHARITY BY PARTICIPATING IN OUR EVENTS

We did the final accounting and “The Traverse” raised $6,026.60 for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund and the Toad Festival raised $6,642.00 for Talk About Curing Autism Now (TACA).

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children:

http://tinyurl.com/2rotck

TACA has been VERY important in helping parents navigate the world of autism – education, therapy, biomedical information and emotional support.

TACA provides emergency financial assistance to families with a child with autism to cover costs associated with housing, utilities, automobile repair, insurance premiums, food, medical care, prescriptions, daycare, and other items.

http://www.tacanow.com/about_taca/taca.htm

Thanks again for your support of these very worthy charities!

2. SIERRA CYCLE CHALLENGE 2008 TO SUPPORT DISABLED SPORTS

Mammoth Lakes, CA
Sunday, July 27th – Tuesday, July 29th

Help Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra raise much needed funds for a worthy program, while having an amazing time cycling in the Sierra!
DSES knows that outdoor challenges change people’s lives. Every pedal stroke will bring dollars and awareness to our students and their needs. There will be superb support (including a ride up anything too challenging) to make this your most memorable ride ever.

Day One: Mammoth Lakes to Benton Hot Springs ~ 50 miles
Eat incredible food and soak in the steaming hot tubs under the stars on your first night of this epic journey through the Sierra.

Day Two: Benton Hot Springs to Grant Lake ~ 50 miles
Boat and fish in Grant Lake after cycling to the scenic June Lake Loop Road. Camp out by the lake and enjoy gourmet meals!

Day Three: Grant Lake to Mammoth Lakes ~ 35 miles
Celebrate your good deed and bask in the feeling of knowing that YOU made a difference that will touch many people with disabilities!

Your fundraising goal for this awesome three day adventure is $1,000 with a prize for the top contributor! Pack your camping gear and COME JOIN THE FUN! Call: 760.934.0791 or email csouza@disabledsportseasternsierra.org

3. STEWARDS OF THE SEQUOIA JUNE NEWS

Welcome to Stewards Trail News designed to keep Sequoia trail lovers informed, connected & effective

KENNEDY MEADOWS OPENS FOR THE SEASON!!!!!

The snow has finally melted & the Forest Service & volunteers have cleared & opened the trails

FOREST SERVICE MAY CLOSE TRAILS WITHOUT REVIEW

A year ago the Sequoia Forest released their poorly thought out Notice of Intent (NOI) & Proposed Action to close over 500 miles of existing roads & trails in the Sequoia National Forest:

http://www.stewardsofthesequoia.org/alert_sequoia_trail_inventory.html

At that time the Sequoia told us that all our trails would be considered & reviewed before they released the Draft EIS. At our 5/19/08 meeting with Forest service the Supervisor reiterated that the NOI was done poorly, but also stated that she thought her staff would not have time to review as much as 80% of the trails before they released the DEIS this August. She noted she might or might not close trails that had not been reviewed. Eleven Million dollars of your Green Sticker funds were given to the Forests in California to help them do a thorough & complete job. Now they are rushing to meet a self imposed deadline & do not have the time. We are glad to see that some staff are out reviewing the trails but fear that this may be too little too late.

The Sequoia Forest needs to hear from each & every one of you demanding that all trails be reviewed & where problems are found mitigation measures be identified to keep them open. They need to take the time to do a complete job, not a rush job. Politely call Supervisor Tina Terrel at 559 784-1500 or email tterrell@fs.fed.us

Once these trails are closed they will not be re-opened. Please take action now.

STEWARDS PROHIBITED FROM CLEARING DOWNED TREES

Regrettably a not unusual twist of regulations intended to protect Archeological Sites may have other effects. Steward’s volunteers clear many trees each spring to prevent people from straying off the trail into a possible Archeological site, as well as prevent erosion to protect the environment. Unfortunately the Forest must file Archeological papers on each trail prior to allowing our volunteers to clear downed trees to protect any possible Arch sites which may or may not exist. They lack the personnel to do this at this time. Stewards continue to work with the Forest to resolve this so we can clear the trails.

CLEAR CREEK RECREATION AREA CLOSED TO ALL RECREATION

Many of you are probably aware of this sad situation. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost a great place to recreate responsibly. Fortunately Friends of the Clear Creek Management Area:

http://www.foccma.org/html/home/LatestNews.php

& others are working to re-open the area. Please help them out if you enjoy that area & please consider donating to the groups who are preserving your access in other areas you do recreate in. The best way to keep areas open is to help them before they are closed.

THIS IS WAR!!!

WHEN THEY CLOSE THE TRAILS I WILL RIDE THEM ANYWAY!!!!!

You have probably heard that. You may have even said it yourself. Are you aware that you can be fined up to $5000 for riding on closed trails? Can you take that kind of risk? Will it be fun to always be looking over your shoulder?

Many people have said this is WAR, but in War you fight the battles. The battles are being fought right now & we need your help. Once the trails are closed it is too late & riding trails illegally will not only be costly, but provide ammunition for closure advocates to close even more trails.

If you are willing to risk a $5000 fine, which does nothing for the trails, then please give something now to actually help keep them open.

Don’t miss the battle. Join in now:

http://www.stewardsofthesequoia.org/donations.html

STEWARDS OF THE SEQUOIA HAVE HIRED A CONSULTING FIRM to help us keep our trails open to multiple use, which costs big money.
Your tax deductible donations are needed to fund this important project.

If you recreate in Sequoia then please consider donating at least the price of a cheap meal to help fund the Stewards efforts to help keep your trails open:

http://www.stewardsofthesequoia.org/donations.html

Besides helping keep the trails open Stewards paid members now receive special discounts from restaurants, camping, sporting goods, NOTOIL & more

ONE HOUR TO HELP SAVE YOUR TRAILS

We need to put preserving OHV recreation on the front burner with legislators & others. In just one hour you can make huge difference. So check out the 5 minute video at:

www.TrailsInTrouble.org

This is a easy & effective way to exercise your power as a voter.

OLYMPIC PARK SERVICE EVICTS LOCAL FAMILY

It is with great sadness that we report to you the Olympic National Park Service is evicting the Tinkham family from their home on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.
Tom Tinkham, a long time volunteer for the Park Service, and his family are being evicted on Thursday, May 29th after the Park Service promised a 25 year use and occupancy when they purchased the Tinkham property in 2006, yet fail to honor their promise. Instead the Park Service has decided to evict them after only two years.

The only reason the Tinkham’s sold was because they wanted to help the Park Service with a new trail & were promised a 25 year use and occupancy permit.
They were offered far more money for their home from a neighbor, Dick Kott.

Stewards have submitted a letter to legislators asking them to stop this outrage committed by the Park Service. Another reason why we do not want the Park Service to take over management of the Giant Sequoia Monument.

Please sign our petition to stop the National Park from taking over Sequoia management.

Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, Sho-Air Racing, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Clif Bar is the Official Energy Bar and Gel of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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