March 2014

   Sycamore Sage   Mar 2014    vol. 16 Issue 1      

Friends of Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves  

13030 Birch Lane, Poway, CA 92064 

 

  www.goodanranch.org

 President: Carol Crafts  *  Vice President: Gardner Grady 

 Secretary: Karen Larsen Gordon *  Treasurer: Terry Callan

President’s Message:

            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.                                                                                

Carol

             

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.

 

Old Business:

 

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.

 

New Business:

 

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.

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Dead Birds: Dead less than 24 hours – no obvious damage – do Not freeze. Call 1-888-551-4636.Weekends: 858-565-5255

Have you found an injured or orphaned bird or mammal in San Diego County?

Call Project Wildlife at 619-225-9202. See their web site at: www.projectwildlife.org

 

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. 

All events are free.  For information or to make event reservations call (858)513-4737 or email Justin.Gibbons@sdcounty.ca.gov.          

March 8th: Edible Plants 9AM                            March 21st: Star Party at Sunset

April 18th: Star Party at sunset                            April 26th: Snakes Encounter 10AM

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

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/reusable_components/images/parks/doc/ProgramGuides/DPRProgramGuide.pdf

 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. 

 

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Welcome to Goodan Ranch

For those seeking solitude and recreation in a scenic natural setting, Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves have much to offer. Visitors can hike along miles of trails, where they will enjoy grand vistas, abundant wildlife, and interesting reminders of the long and varied history of man’s use of the area.  

   Sycamore Canyon consists of 1700 acres of coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills nestled between the cities of Poway and Santee. Bordering on the west side and stretching through the valley floor is the 325-acre Goodan Ranch, a mix of diverse habitats including grassland, riparian, coastal sage, oak woodland, and mixed chaparral.

    Goodan Ranch is rich in early American history. Present day structures at the preserve date back to the 1930s, when it was a working ranch. Today, Goodan Ranch is jointly managed by the cities of Poway and Santee, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation.

 Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon are enjoyable for their peaceful solitude, recreation opportunities, and beauty. You’ll find a multitude of different plant and animal habitats, including coastal sage scrub, southern mixed chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian, and native grasslands.

Common plants include California sagebrush, buckwheat, chamise, lilac, manzanita, lemonadeberry, coast live oak, sycamores, arroyo willow, and various native grasses. Mule deer, coyote, bobcat, rattlesnakes, and birds such as California gnatcatchers, Hutton’s vireos, and scrub jays are among some of the wildlife you may discover.

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