09/21/08 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Cleveland National Forest Closure Area re-opening update

2. Chino Hills State Park Volunteer Single Track Clean-Up Day

3. The Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Department Harvest Festival and Auction

4. The Warrior’s Society 2009 Event Season Update

1. CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST CLOSURE AREA RE-OPENING UPDATE

After negotiating with the Forest Service we are confident that all of the forest, with the exception of the Harding Truck Trail, will be opened on November 9th. Originally they had planned to open only Maple Springs, the Silverado Trail and the Main Divide from Black Star to Maple Springs. The only issue which will prevent this forest opening is if the fire danger rating is critical due to the expected fall dry Santa Ana winds. As I previously mentioned in past weekly news we cannot afford another fire in the areas that have burned or this will severely jeopardize the chaparral environment from recovering allowing the further invasion of non-native plants and grasses.

The Joplin Trail is some what overgrown but the good news is the Warrior’s Society, under the direction of front country trail director Jim Jennings, has rehabilitated the Luge Trail, which suffered some severe damage after the flash floods we had in May of this year. This rehabilitation included the rerouting of the bottom of the trail to move it away from private property and included a new creek crossing. Jim and his volunteers have spent about 500 hours on this project.

One warning: the closure may be reinitiated if off-trail use cannot be controlled. The Forest Service is mandated to protect and assist the recovery of the burn areas by both the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and AQMD regulations related to air quality (dust from the burn areas). If off trail use results in the increasing erosion of the burned areas the Forest Service can be sued by environmental groups forcing a long lasting closure. What these environmental groups could not accomplish through Wilderness Bills and Forest plans could be accomplished by lawsuits due to a small group of irresponsible hikers, mountain bikers and OHV users.

Please be responsible and stay on the trails/road when the forest reopens. Stay off the Harding Truck Trail, which will be patrolled by off-duty CHP motorcycle officers on dual sport motorcycles in conjunction with the Warrior’s Society. Their will be a no-tolerance policy by the Forest Service and anyone caught off-trail will have their bike confiscated and subject to $5,000 dollar fine and jail time.

The only trail projects we have planned in fall is earth work on the Silverado Trail and the brushing of the Joplin Trail. This work may be done in-house by the Warrior’s Society and not public events.

2. CHINO HILLS STATE PARK VOLUNTEER SINGLE TRACK CLEAN-UP DAY

When: Saturday October 18th, 2008
Where: 4721 Sapphire Rd, Chino Hills 91709
Meet: at Equestrian Staging Area Bane Canyon Entrance

Itinerary: 6:45 AM Registration
7:00 AM Orientation
7:15 AM Start of Trail
TBA (Most Likely 4 corner area)
1:00 PM Return and Adjourn

Details: Mustard is taking over our 65 + miles of trails and this is an opportunity to help keep our public trails pristine. We will be attempting to clear as much single track area around the 4 corner portion of the park. Please RSVP your attendance. Please wear pants, sunscreen, gloves and water. We will be transporting volunteers to the trail location. We anticipate like last event, having lunch and refreshments. Hopefully it will be cooler than last event.

For more Information please contact Shannon Pulce at Spulce@parks.ca.gov or the park office at 951-780-6222

3. THE HOLY JIM FIRE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HARVEST FESTIVAL AND AUCTION

Come help support the Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Department by supporting their Harvest Festival and Auction on Saturday, October 11th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come down for a great time and even bigger cause. Bring and item to donate or grab a number and bid for that special treasure.

Their will be a killer bar-b-cue, face painting, screaming ice cream and live music

They do still need donations so if you can help out contact Rhonda at (949) 858-0266.

All proceeds go to support the Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Department.

4. THE WARRIOR’S SOCIETY 2009 EVENT SEASON UPDATE

Registration will be opening up for the following Warrior’s Society events on the following dates:

Vision Quest and Counting Coup to be held on Saturday, March 7th 2009 – Registration opens on October 1st 2008

“The Traverse” (to benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund) to be held on Saturday, May 9th – Registration opens on November 1st 2008

The Toad Festival (to benefit the Wounded Warrior Program at Camp Pendleton) to be held on Saturday, June 6th –Registration opens on December 1st 2008

All the events sold out last year (the Vision Quest in two days and the Counting Coup in four days) so register as soon as registration opens up. Our web site will have access to both a downloadable app and online registration.

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

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