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Month: September 2014

Welcome to Goodan Ranch!

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.

Sage September 2014

Sage September 2014

President’s Report


The photo above was taken before the 2003 fire.

I received the following letter from Garner.

On Jun 9, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Gardner Grady wrote:

“Hi Carol,

I regret to request that you remove me from the Board of the Friends of Goodan Ranch. I am focusing my attention more on my family life and am cutting back on meetings and boards. I am still interested in Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon and will try to make the JPA meetings. I still find it very frustrating that I can no longer legally get from Santee to Goodan Ranch. Thank you for all you do and my best wishes for all of you in the future.

Thank you, Gardner”

We are all grateful for the many years Gardner has served with the Friends.We look forward to seeing him at the Ranch or at the Poway Parade Sept. 6th. Carol

Minutes of the Friends of Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves

Aug 4, 2014

Call to order at 7:10

In Attendance:  Carol, Phoenix, De Anne, Ann, Terry. A quorum was present.

-Treasurer report:  $14113 total checking/savings

-Poway Historical Society 50th anniversary Sept 13 Historic Tour; Sept 14 Rummage sale & speakers.

-Gift for Chris Yandall discussed and agreed to make $100 donation to County Park Society in Chris’s name

-JPA annual mtg was cancelled. No reschedule yet

-Maureen did not give Friends report

-Friends web site: keep domain name, access to be given to Andrea Barnes who will post and maintain

– Scripps Ranch event 5/18 attended by Carol, Karen and Phoenix

-Movie in the Park: 8/30 Frozen at dusk

-Tracking report due 8/8 from Phoenix

-Poway Parade: 9/6am, Nancy is Chair person, $250 sponsorship, $100 for 2 magnetic signs for Nancy’s truck

-Vince Rossi author of Stowe article will be speaker at Historical Society

-Gardner Grady resigned as VP 6/9, Ann agreed to take VP position. Thanks Ann.

-How to recruit new members?

– Thornmint work group will meet 9/26 in USGS conference room

-Adjourn 8:04pm

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Did you see the County Magazine? – one of our Friends is featured


Ranger Paul with friends

Did you see 92064magazine.com Aug/Sept issue? Poway Historical Society is featured. Join them as they celebrate 50 years on Sept 14th,. A huge rummage sale will be on the south side of the building housing the museum and the Hamburger Factory from 9 – 1. Speakers at 11 include Vince Rossi, San Diego Story Seeker.

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Santee Historical Society is having a “Barn-B-Q” on Sat Sept 20th. New  members joining that day get lunch at member price of $2.50. Guests pay $5.00.

The Barn is on Magnolia Ave., Santee.

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Blue Sky Ecological Reserve has an afternoon of natured-themed activities beginning at 1pm on Sat. Oct. 11th to celebrate their 25thAnniversary.


Rendezvous in Poway takes place in Old Poway Park
Oct 4th 10 – 4pm and Oct 5th 10 – 2PM
The Barn Dance will be Oct 3rd at 7 PM

Exerpts from the “Chararralian”, Rick Halsey’s latest letter, follow; see his web page for wonderful photos.

“The rate of high-severity fire has been lower since 1984 than the estimated historical rate. Responses of fire behaviour to climate change and fire suppression may be more complex than assumed …Management could shift from a focus on reducing extent or severity of fire in wildlands to protecting human communities from fire.”“Fellow Chaparralian,

A severely burned forest  is not a “destroyed” forest, but rather a habitat restored.

That is not something you are likely to hear during or after the next large forest fire in the Sierra Nevada. It certainly wasn’t during the 2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite and theStanislaus National Forest. It should have been, however, because the science is clear – severely burned forests provide some of rarest and most biodiverse habitats on earth.

Severely burned forests should be left alone, protected, and allowed to thrive without our meddling. This is why we are fighting to stop “salvage” logging  and “reforestation” plans in the forest burned by the Rim Fire. The Forest Service will make a decision about what they will to do in a few weeks. Stay tuned.

Rick

For more on the Rim Fire, please visit our webpage here:
http://www.californiachaparral.org/fire/postfireenvironment.html

The latest research questioning the notion that high severity fires in the Sierra Nevada are “unnatural:”

“Our results suggest that wildfire burning under extreme weather conditions, as is often the case with fires that escape initial attack, can produce large areas of high-severity fire even in fuels-reduced forests with restored fire regimes.
– Lydersen, J.M., M.P. North, B.M. Collins. 2014. Severity of an uncharacteristically large wildfire, the Rim Fire, in forests with relatively restored frequent fire regimes. Forest Ecology and Management 328: 326-334.

“Proposals to reduce fuels and fire severity would actually reduce, not restore, historical forest heterogeneity important to wildlife and resiliency. Sierran mixed-conifer forests are inherently dangerous places to live, which cannot be changed without creating artificial forests over large land areas. However, people can adapt to fires by channeling development to safer areas and modifying ignition zones near houses and communities to survive fire.”
 Baker, W.L. 2014. Historical forest structure and fire in Sierran mixed-conifer forests reconstructed from General Land Office survey data. Ecosphere 5: 1-70

“The rate of high-severity fire has been lower since 1984 than the estimated historical rate. Responses of fire behaviour to climate change and fire suppression may be more complex than assumed …Management could shift from a focus on reducing extent or severity of fire in wildlands to protecting human communities from fire.”
Hanson C.T. and D.C. Odion. 2014. Is fire severity increasing in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA? International Journal of Wildland Fire 23: 1-8.

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 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.          

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.


Aug 30th Movie – Frozen Enter from Highway 67 by sunset

Sept. 19 Star Party at sunset

Sept 27 Snake Encounter at 9AM

Oct. 17 Star party at sunset

Oct 25 Scavenger Hunt 9AM

Nov. 21 Star Party at sunset

What am I?

JOIN NOW FOR     2014 

 All Memberships are from 1 January of each year.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Name___________________________________

Address_________________________________

City_____________State__________ Zip______

Phone__________________________________

Email___________________________________

____$20 Senior 62 plus      ____$20 Student

____$25 Individual

____$40 Family

____$100 Patron

___ $250 Corporate    ____$1000 Lifetime

PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK OUT TO “FRIENDS OF GOODAN RANCH”

AND SEND IT TO: MEMBERSHIPS

13030 Birch Lane,

Poway, CA 92064

June 2014

June 2014

 Sycamore Sage   Jun  2014    vol. 16 Issue 2      

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

President’s Message:

There have been two small fires in Sycamore Canyon already this year.(One to the south on 17 May and one to the east on 24 May. Due to fires in other parts of the county, the JPA meeting was cancelled.

Please pray for fire fighters and rangers as they protect our homes and Open spaces.

Our web master, Chris Yandall died. He was so young.

Carol

Chris Yandall 1954 — 2014
1975 Downhill World Slalom Skateboard Champion
Skateboard Legend – Hall of Famer

go to skog site in the mean time

 

Minutes of the Friends of Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves

May 5, 2014

In Attendance:  Carol Crafts, Nancy Ujazkowski, Karen Larsen Gordon, Terry Callan, DeAnne Erickson, and Phoenix Von Hendy. A quorum was present.

Meeting was called to order at 6:45p.m.

Minutes of the February 3, 2013:

A motion was made and passed to accept the minutes.

Treasurer’s Report: Income for 2014 is $320 for family memberships. Expenses for the year are $505.91. Total $13, 658 savings, $504 in checking in assets. The County Parks Society submitted an incorrect statement, although a $500 donation was made for the movie program. Correct documentation is pending.

Old Business:

Tracking Report: Winter survey had significant deer sign and more wood rat nests.

Gardner Grady sent via email the following

Trans-County Trail:

“The working group met recently to walk the Foster Truck Trail. Permission from CAFW was needed to get onto their land (where a large part of the trail lives) and they stipulated that only full time employees of agencies were allowed on the hike (in other words, I was banned). I’m not sure of the viability of this route for the CTC because of CAFW ownership and also because at some point the future elevation of San Vicente Reservoir will be above the road’s current location. A southern option for the CTC may be needed.

Calle de Rob:

The County is working on planning and building a short reroute that would enable park visitor’s to access Calle de Rob without passing over private property. The route would be entirely on Preserve property and leave the Sycamore Canyon Road staging area near the bathroom. It would proceed uphill and connect to an access road that in turn connects to Calle de Rob. I helped walk the reroute with County staff including Maureen, Mary Anne Vancio and the County Trail Crew. I think it’s a great work around to getting easements from multiple property owners and insures greater and more reliable access to the public.”

  • Ranger Requests:

An estimate of cost is still pending from staff regarding bird supplies/fencing/food.

Ranger’s Report:

?         Movie Date & Time Unknown for “Movie In the Park”, Ranger Justin will notify Wednesday.

?         New DM Cailin Hunsaker for a new district designation “Central Hub”

?         JPA meeting scheduled for May 14th @ Goodan Ranch 1pm-2pm (Preserve Trails update)

?         Supervising Ranger Maureen just made 25 years County Parks service

?         New PMW Kody Kahaialii starts at Goodan Sycamore on May 4th

?         Red Shouldered hawks not nesting at Goodan this year (female arrived, male did not)

?         Kestrels have nested nearby in Goodan Ranch

?         Former Chief Frank Special died in March less than one year after his retirement from Parks

Submitted by:  Supervising Ranger Maureen Abare

  • CINCH Brochure: Is still in publication.
  • Friends’ Donations:

DeAnne purchased two rakes to accompany the shovel used for horse manure.  She will receive a reimbursement from Friends. Phoenix inquired about the installation of the motion sensor cameras.

  • Events:

Nancy will research the Poway Days Parade in order for Friends to participate.

Sustainable Scripps Ranch Fair: May 18th from 11am to 5pm. Friends have registered for a table in collaboration with the San Diego Tracking Team. Phoenixand Carol will set up and Karen will also volunteer.

New Business:

  • Website:

Chris Yandall, the Friends’ web master, passed away recently. His daughter has contacted us regarding providing the passwords and access information regarding our website. Phoenix will follow up and assume the responsibility of posting current minutes, and maintenance is to be determined. Chris owned the company that hosts the web site based on Word Press. The domain name is registered until December 12, 2014.

A motion was made and passed to find a way to honor him with a donation towards skateboarding in Poway or an organization close to his heart.

The next JPA meeting will be held May 14th at 1:00p.m. at Goodan Ranch. Teri and Karen will attend.

Summer Movies In the Park: Justin booked August 30th to show the movie “Frozen” at Goodan Ranch.

Andy Keane sent to Carol the EIR for Sycamore West open to public comment. Teri will take the document for review.  Of primary concern is off-trail use by equestrians and mountain bike riders.

Carol presented copies of news articles that chronicle the formation of Goodan Ranch. Poway Historical Society was purging files, so she will add them to the organization’s notebooks.

Mary Shepardson will be asked by Carol to join Friends due to her extensive involvement in Poway Trails.

Maureen Abare is celebrating her 25th year with the County of San Diego. A request has been made for a summary of her career for the upcoming issue of“Sycamore Sage.”

DeAnne presented photos depicting usage of the corral Friends donated to the ranch. Karen will take them to the JPA meeting on May 14th

Teri Callan has a new email: teri.callan@somfy.com

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45pm.

Next meeting: August 4, 7:00pm at Coco’s Poway.       

The Stowe Literary Society

By Vincent Nicholas Rossi

SandiegoHistorySeeker.com

In an earlier post I mentioned the community of Stowe, which was located in the Beeler and Sycamore Canyon areas of what is today southeastern Poway.

It was a small farming community with a one-room school and one post office and, for a time, a literary society.

Andy Kirkham, farmer and chronicler of the early 20th century Poway Valley, wrote of “our literary society club which was every other Saturday night at the Stowe school house.”

The Stowe Literary Society may have had a short life which came as Stowe itself was disappearing. The post office closed in 1905, the school in 1906, and references to the town in San Diego newspapers end after 1911. But for at least a year during 1904 the people of Stowe met regularly for cultural education as well as a good time.

“The Stowe Literary society met on the night of January 30,” began an item in the San Diego Union of February 2, 1904. “The programme consisted of music, selections from Dickens, and the reading of the Stowe Journal.”

Each meeting included discussion of the works of a well-known author–Dickens at one meeting, Washington Irving at another. Then members would get a chance to read or recite their own work. The evening would end with a “basket social” (auctioning off baskets of homemade goodies), or a formal home-cooked supper, or a dance.

The member recitations might include work by local school students. The meeting held on February 27, 1904, declared a “leap year social,” included the reading by school teacher Margaret Woods of “seven original stories written by her pupils,” with the audience then selecting the winner, according to the Union.

The local teachers and their students of all ages, as well as many of the town’s adults appear to have been regular participants. Andy Kirkham, who was then 20, served as the society president for a time.

“We would have debates on different subjects,” wrote Kirkham in a journal reminiscence years later, “like which has more value, fire or water, and would hold mock courts and appoint officers for the mock court for the evening.”

Each meeting also included a reading from the Stowe Journal, which sounds like it may have been a sort of literary community newsletter.

There were also, of course, spelling bees. Again we can thank Andy Kirkham for the details.

“We were lucky to have a man in our neighborhood by the name of William Hoyt,” wrote Kirkham. “If it wasn’t for him, we couldn’t have got to first base. Mr. Hoyt and the school teacher were the two main persons in our activity. In debates, Mr. Hoyt was the winner. Mock courts? Mr. Hoyt the winner. In spelling bees, Mr. Hoyt and the teacher would be the last two standing and—Pop Went The Weasel—Mr. Hoyt the winner!”

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Sources for this post included historic San Diego newspapers and the archives of the Poway Historical and Memorial Society.

Carol’s comment: Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in 1852. Did this group of homesteaders name their area Stowe in honor of the author, Harriett Beacher Stowe?

http://scoopsandiego.com/mission_valley_news/local_news/paved-san-diego-river-trail-extended-under-route/article_70171682-bfa4-11e3-96e8-0017a43b2370.html

This is not a major hiking trail, but significant in that it extends the Mission Valley walking paths west under 163.

Tom Leech, author of Outdoors San Diego: Hiking, Biking & Camping outdoorssd@aol.com // 858-650-0810 (office and cell) www.outdoorssandiego.comand www.presentationspress.com (info about all books)

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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

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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 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.          

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.

JOIN NOW FOR   2014 

 All Memberships are from 1 January of each year.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Name___________________________________

Address_________________________________

City_____________State__________ Zip______
Phone__________________________________
Email___________________________________

____$20 Senior 62 plus      ____$20 Student

____$25 Individual

____$40 Family

____$100 Patron

___ $250 Corporate    ____$1000 Lifetime

PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK OUT TO “FRIENDS OF GOODAN RANCH”

AND SEND IT TO: MEMBERSHIPS

13030 Birch Lane,

Poway, CA 92064