Sycamore Sage Mar 2014 vol. 16 Issue 1
Friends of Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves
13030 Birch Lane, Poway, CA 92064
President: Carol Crafts * Vice President: Gardner Grady
Secretary: Karen Larsen Gordon * Treasurer: Terry Callan
As I write this note, rain is expected. As we are currently in one of the driest periods in our local history, this rain will be welcomed. However, as I look at my personal schedule, rain could wreck havoc with lacrosse tournament games and the “Finish Chelsea’s Run” which are scheduled for the weekend. Also, please note that the trails at Goodan/Sycamore are usually closed following any precipitation. Wildflowers should be in abundance after a few sunny days following this storm. I look forward to seeing them and you at the ranch.
Minutes of the Friends of Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves
February 3, 2014
In Attendance: Carol Crafts, Nancy Ujazdowski, Karen Larsen Gordon, Terry Callan, DeAnne Erickson, Phoenix Von Hendy, and Ann Tipps. A quorum was present.
Meeting was called to order at 7:10pm
The minutes of the November 4, 2013:
A motion was made and passed to accept the minutes.
Treasurer’s report: Income for 2013 is $4,519. Expenses for the year are $1,719. Total $14,382 in assets. Additional membership checks have yet to be tallied. The CINCH brochure payment remains outstanding.
Tracking Report: No report by Phoenix Von Hendy.
Trans-County Trail: No report by Gardner Grady.
CINCH Brochure: Carol presented the cover for the booklet including a photo of a plow at Goodan Ranch. Each organization will have a small blurb.
Trails: The staging area at Stonebridge remains closed. The access to Calle de Rob off of the Highway 67 staging area is blocked. 5 property owners have been contacted regarding access.
Wildlife camera: Phoenix inquired whether the new equipment has been installed.
Elections: A motion was made and seconded to accept the election results as following. The motion passed. A motion was made and seconded to destroy the ballots. The motion passed.
Officers and board members are as follows:
Carol Crafts, President, Gardner Grady, Vice President, Karen Larsen Gordon, Secretary, Terry Callan, Treasurer, DeAnne Erickson, Board Member, Ann Tipps, Board Member, Nancy Ujazdowski, Board Member, Phoenix Von Hendy, Board Member.
Congress of History Conference: March 7 & 8. Multiple speakers will present stories about history-related groups throughout San Diego and ImperialCounties during the 2 day conference. Carol and Nancy plan to attend.
Sustainable Scripps Ranch Fair: May 18th from 11am to 5pm. Friends have registered for a table in collaboration with the San Diego Tracking Team. Volunteers are requested.
Summer Movies In the Park: Carol presented the application, and a discussion was held regarding the level of sponsorship to be made by Friends. County Staff will provide movie titles and dates available for sponsorship at a later date. A motion was made and seconded to support the event with a $500 donation. The motion carried.
Poway Parade will be held September 6, 2014. Participation ideas included having a truck or a towed flatbed with artifacts from Goodan Ranch on display. A motion was made and seconded to participate at the minimum rate ($250 in 2013).
Ranger Requests: Chain link fencing supplies to surround the 3 raptors in individual mews. Red tail hawk, American kestrel, and a Harris hawk will be on year round display. In addition, Ranger Maureen also requested funds for raptor food and the annual California permit for having raptors. After discussion, Friends would like an estimate for the chain link fence from county staff. Possible at cost installations may be available by local fencing companies, should county wish Friends to pursue it.
DeAnne suggested purchasing rake or two to accompany the shovel used for horse manure. She has been authorized to buy the rakes and receive a reimbursement from Friends.
Another thought was to find a taxidermy specimen of a mountain lion for display at the Visitor’s Center. Due to the difficulty of finding a candidate, it seems unlikely.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:55pm.
Next meeting: May 5, 7:00pm at Coco’s Poway.
Have you found an injured or orphaned bird or mammal in San Diego County?
Events at Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon:
Over ten miles of trails and service roads open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use. Preserve visitors are welcome to visit our new visitor center. Live animals and exhibits on Goodan History, Cedar Fire, Kumeyaay and the MSCP are on display.
Events, hikes and programs start at various Preserve locations. Some require a one mile walk from Goodan Ranch staging to the Visitor Center. ALLOW ½ HOUR TO PARK AND WALK TO THE VISITOR’S CENTER. Please check descriptions closely. No vehicular traffic is permitted in the Preserve. Transportation for those with disabilities can be arranged, by calling the ranger at (858)513-4737. Goodan staging area accessed from Poway Rd. east on Garden Rd, then south on Sycamore Canyon Rd. Sycamore Canyon Rd. ends at parking lot.
Highway 67 staging area accessed through SOUTHBOUND Highway 67 only, half a mile south of Scripps Poway Parkway.
March 8th: Edible Plants 9AM March 21st: Star Party at Sunset
April 18th: Star Party at sunset
May 4th: Wildflower walk 9AM May 16th: Star Party at sunset
June 7th: Introduction to Geocaching 10AM June 20th: Star party at Sunset
The Parks website is www.sdparks.org. See
During rainy weather and post rainy weather the Parks Preserves are closed for safety and damage control due to muddy, wet trails and roads. Please check the Parks website or call the ranger’s office at 858-513-4737 for Preserve status.
JOIN NOW FOR 2014
All Memberships are from 1 January of each year.
____$20 Senior 62 plus ____$20 Student
___ $250 Corporate ____$1000 Lifetime
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AND SEND IT TO: MEMBERSHIPS
13030 Birch Lane,
Poway, CA 92064