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March 2015

March 2015

President’s Reportimage001

On Dec 17, 2014 a ribbon cutting was held opening a new area of Mission Trails Regional Park to the public.
From Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch drive east on Stonebridge Parkway about 4 miles and you will come to this entry to a large parking lot. The views from west of our park are beautiful up there.

image002Many thanks to Gardner Grady for reformatting our logo.

Welcome to Mike and Cathy Overy, our new “Live-in” volunteers. You may find them walking with their boxer.

 

 

 

 

 

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

February 2, 2015

Meeting was called to order at 7:00pm

In Attendance: Carol Crafts, Karen Larsen Gordon, De Anne Erickson, Terry Callan, Nancy Ujazdowski and Phoenix Von Hendy. A quorum was present. Bob Crafts attended as a guest.

-Minutes submitted with one name correction from the November 3, 2014 meeting were moved, seconded and passed.

-Treasurer report: $16,632 total checking/savings. $1,220 income with $1,180 in expenses. $799 in checking $15,833 in savings, with the memorial donation of Chris Yandall pending. Memberships continue to be collected for 2015.

Ongoing Reporting:

-Tracking report: The most recent survey was conducted 5 days post rain and noted significant deer sign and additional wood rat nests.

-JPA annual meeting is scheduled for May 18th. Time is TBA.

– The Friends website is current and Andrea Yandall has been paid.

– New live-in volunteers are on site, and are equestrians and dog owners.

– No ranger’s report has been made for this quarter.

Old Business:

– County of San Diego voted on December 3, 2014 to purchase about 100 acres in order to connect the Santee Lakes Trail with Goodan Ranch.

– The ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the West Sycamore Staging Area of Mission Trails Regional Park was attended by Carol Crafts on December 17th, 2014.

– Gardner Grady created two designs for a new logo for letterhead. The logo with the boxed lettering was unanimously favored.

image004New Business:

— The Thornmint working group met January in the USGS conference room. Carol, Karen and Victoria Marshall attended, as well as Maureen from staff. Carol spoke with Patrick McConnell from the Center of Natural Land Management regarding purchasing and placing a weather station in Goodan Ranch to facilitate better data collection in correlation to future San Diego Thornmint surveys. Chris Preston is researching the most recent data of plant counts.

– Sunday, May 18th is the Sustainable Scripps Ranch event. Mark your calendars.

– Carol is soliciting articles for the March 1st Sycamore Sage.

– Carol has requested a Year in Review Report to be submitted to Maureen Abare and with Cailin Hunsacker copied. Terry will provide a list of expenditures benefiting Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves. Those items include:

Acorn Digital Camera and accessories: $325, CINCH brochure: $356, Newsletters: $100, Rakes: $22, Movie in the Park: $500, Poway Days Parade: $500, and social media: $230. Total: $2033, as well as representation at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair, San Diego Tracking Team monitoring and attendance at weed management and endangered plant monitoring meetings.

– An inquiry will be made regarding the status of the donated rakes and whether new shovels are needed. Additionally, a new trail may have been developed leading from the Sycamore Canyon Staging Area into the Hagge property. Friends would like a status report.

-Meeting Adjourned at 7:51pm

Next Meeting: May 11, 2015 at 7:00p.m.at Coco’s Restaurant on Poway Road.

Questions and Answers”

Hi Maureen,

Are you using the new rake we bought you?
Carol yes we are thank you, the problem with new rakes and shovels left in the staging areas is they are always stolen……we do not leave anymore in the Hwy67 staging.

Do you need a shovel (get one at Home Depot)
No we have shovels

Could you send me the schedule of programs for Mar, Apr and May please.
Justin can send you our program schedule, He should automatically do that by now.

When do you think the new trail (east of Poway staging area bathroom) will open?
Do not know when that trail will be built… trail crew lost their senior ranger and the senior ranger just retired, may be a while?

What are the names of the new live-ins?
Live –in volunteers are Mike And Cathy Overy, both equestrians, have a dog Annie and cat

Bennie.

Cathy is a long retired nurse and Mike is a retired construction superintendent Things are going well!

Thanks for this info –
You are welcome and please thank the Friends for your generous gift card for our mew completion!

Maureen Abare-Laudy
SUPERVISING PARK RANGER

I thought you might like this : http://video.kpbs.org/video/2365231205/

From KPBS.org:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved the purchase of 345 acres of open land for around $5 million to extend trail systems and protect habitat for the California gnatcatcher.gnat-catcher

A California gnatcatcher.
David Hofmann / Flickr
Above: A California gnatcatcher.
The smaller of two purchases, about 100 acres for the Goodan Ranch Preserve — west of state Route 67 near Poway — is part of an effort to connect trails in the area, according to Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

“The idea is to have that connection between Mission Trails (Regional) Park all the way up through Santee Lakes to Goodan Ranch — that north-south connection,” Jacob said of the $810,000 purchase.

The supervisor said she has been working with the military to allow a public trail to cross the eastern edge of Camp Elliott, which is in the hilly area north of Santee and east of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

According to county staff, the trail connection would also serve as a corridor for wildlife to pass through. The Goodan Ranch property is a “prime habitat” for the gnatcatcher, according to a staff report.

The bird, which was listed as a threatened species in 1993 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, also lives in the area of the second acquisition, around 240 acres in the Escondido Creek Preserve near Harmony Grove Road in the North County.

The land is part of a network of preserves that consist of about 1,400 acres.

In addition to the $4 million purchase price, about $300,000 will be spent on surveys, installing signs, erosion control, vegetation management and staff salaries, according to the county.

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MSP Rare Plant Monitoring:
Friends and staff attended a third Management Strategic Plan (MSP) Rare Plant Monitoring 2015 Pre-Season Coordination Meeting on February 11th. The efforts to collect data are being coordinated by the San Diego Management and Monitoring Program (SDMMP), an agency funded through TransNet revenue. Much more information regarding SDMMP can be found at sdmmp.com.

The focus of the meeting was to review protocol for surveying threatened or endangered plants throughout the County of San Diego on conserved lands. The ultimate goal of the new protocol rollout is to develop baseline surveys and to inspect and manage occurrences. In 2014, SDMMP field tested the protocol in several protected areas, and is now striving to get the monitoring system established prior to a large scale funding becoming available for management in 2016.

oodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserves are home to at least 6 of the 28 species being documented, and of particular interest are San Diego thornmint (Acanthomintha iicifolia) and Willowy monardella (Monardella viminea). Happily, both populations have had previous surveys conducted by SDSU in the 1990’s and by Friends beginning the early 2000’s. SDMMP has developed a Master Occurrence Matrix to include documentations since 2000. As it has been noted that both populations have been impacted by invasive plant populations – non-native grasses and star thistle – we are looking forward to learning specifics for future management actions.

Additional information about our special species can be found on the California Natural Diversity Data Base (www.dfg.ca.gov), California Native Plant Society (CNPS.org) and the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Plant Atlas (sdnhm.org).

A few interesting facts about how the survey will be conducted:
– Data will be inputted using ArcGIS – a geographical information system or GIS – and can be collected using electronics or traditional paper entries in the field. Friends are looking into acquiring tablets to use in our surveys vs. having to manually enter paper entries into an Excel spreadsheet.

– New protocol procedures are being put in place regarding boot weed seed dispersal prevention, Argentine ant assessment and regarding perimeter caution to reduce trampling impact on the plant species.

– Cryptogamic crust and thatch, plus mammal species activities (feral pig, ground squirrel and pocket gopher) are all part of the information collected.

Volunteers are being sought for field training! It will be held March 3rd from 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m beginning at the USGS facility at Liberty Station and finishing in the field at Mission Trails Regional Park. Please let Karen know if you are interested via email: karentracks@yahoo.com.

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.

Star Party April 17th
Call Ranger for info.

Photo from Roberta Carr

JOIN NOW FOR 2015
All Memberships are from 1 January of each year.
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Poway, CA 92064

HAPPY Spring Time

November 2014

November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from The Friends of Goodan Ranch


President’s Report

I am delighted to welcome Ann Hunt to our Board. Ann has had a lot of experience with the San Diego Tracking team and will bring wisdom and enthusiasm to our small group. Is there anyone else out there who would also like to help us support Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon? We only meet 4 times a year (1st Monday of Feb, May, Aug and Nov) and then add other events as they come up. Just let us know when you renew your membership for 2015.

We certainly have had our share of sunshine these past 3 months. We have had only two good rains and then more sunshine. Drought is becoming a way of life. If you look at the history of southern California this is actually typical. Do you remember Charles Hatfield in 1916? Drought was so bad that he was hired to make rain. The subsequent weeks brought devastating amounts of rain washing away 103 of 106 bridges then in the county. Be careful what you wish for!

I do wish everyone a peaceful, healthful and happy Holiday season. Celebrate St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6th) at The Barn on 9200 Magnolia Ave, Santeefrom 11 – 2. Join some of us at The Poway Historical Museum for Christmas in Old Poway Park on Dec 13th,          3:30 – 8:30.     Carol

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

November 3, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 7:00pm

In Attendance:  Carol Crafts, Karen Larsen Gordon, De Anne Erickson, Ann Laux, Phoenix Von Hendy and Nancy Ujazdowski. A quorum was present.

-Treasurer report:  $13,482 total checking/savings. Terry moved $1000 into checking. The donation in behalf of Chris Yandall has yet to be sent, but is in process.

-Minutes from the August 2014 were moved, seconded and passed.

Ongoing Reporting:

-Tracking report: Mountain lion scat, along with deer sign and additional wood rat nests have been recently documented.

-JPA annual mtg was cancelled. No reschedule yet

-Maureen did not give Friends report. No response has been made regarding supplies for raptors kept at the Ranch.

– Website domain name registration is up coming. Phoenix noted a 5 year renewal rate is $50.10. Karen moved and Nancy seconded to make the payment. The motion passed. Andrea Barnes will be retained to maintain the site and revision requests should be submitted to Phoenix.

Old Business:

-Poway Parade was successful, with good responses by children of puppets. Many thanks to Nancy for the use of her truck.

-County Movie in the Park (Frozen) in August had about 40 attendees.

New Business:

-Carol needs to secure the Friends’ logo, so she will give Ann the floppy disk to try to update it for future use.

-The mid-coast corridor transit Project Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was sent to Carol from SANDAG.

-How to recruit new members?

– The Thornmint working group met 9/26 in USGS conference room. Carol and Virginia Marshall attended, as well at Justin from staff. On October 21st, Carol and Karen attended the strategic planning meeting. Lora Bradley from the county will be hosting a training in January in anticipation of surveys come Spring, 2015. Cheryl Goddard and Jennifer Rice have been requested to provide survey results from the past few years. Our preserve hosts one of the largest stands of San Diego Thornmint in the county. Additional endangered plants on site are the Willowy Monardella and Dudley Verigatta.

-Meeting Adjourned at 7:37pm

Next Meeting: February 2, 2015 at 7:00p.m. at Coco’s on Poway Road

Thanksgiving came early this year as we received a $1,000.00 Anonymous donation. Thank you!

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

San Diego County DPR Program Guide

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.

January 10, 2015 Scavenger Hunt 9:30 – 11:30 AM
January 16 Star Party at Sunset
February 14 Wildlife Bingo 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Peachland
By Carol Crafts

From issues of the “Poway Progress, An Independent Local Weekly,” 1894 – 1896, under the column “Poway Points,” families and activities from Peachland are identified.  As several members of the Poway Historical Society could not identify this area, I decided to find it.

“T.J. Cambron is farming on a large scale this season…on his valley ranch and…in Peachland.” (Feb. 3, 1894).    “Mr. Wm. Clark of Peachland…says considerable hay will be harvested in his region.” (May 5, 1894).  “Judge McIlhaney passed through the valley on Tuesday on his way to his Peachland place, his appetite whetted for a feast on early peaches, which he thinks should be ripe about this time, in that locality.” (July 6, 1895).  Other names associated with Peachland are Eckhardt, Frankland, Rainsberger, Robinson, Rev. M.C. Smith and Parker.  These families show on the 1894 map in sections (3, 4, 9, 10, & 15) that are along the top of Poway Road near and just east of Hwy. 67 and south to near Scripps-Poway Pkwy.

“Judge Mortimer McIlhaney has been hauling his Alexander peaches to San Diego – some six loads-  marketing them, according to the latest figures, at 2 cts a pound.” (July 21, 1894).

Ms. Hassan notes in her book  Paguay, “The Kent family began a peach orchard which reached its peak in the 1920”s.”  The Kents had property just south of that known as Peachland.

How are the peaches in these areas today?  Does anyone know?

JOIN NOW FOR       2015

 All Memberships are from 1 January of each year.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Name___________________________________

Address_________________________________

City_____________State__________ Zip______

Phone__________________________________

Email___________________

Would like to serve on the board:________________

____$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

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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.