President’s Report

Fred AlbeeFred Allbee? Who knew Fred? Fred, his wife Lydia and daughter Bonnie moved to Rancho Ruidoso in 1940. Fred was hired by Roger and May Goodan to be the care taker of their Poway Ranch. Known as The Honorary Mayor of Poway, he lived on the Ranch until 1991.

This is one of the stories you might learn when visiting Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon Open Space – a S.D. County Park.   Carol


Yet another reason to conserve Fanita Ranch and provide a connecting trail system to Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon OSP.

Marines warn bikers to stay off Miramar

The confusion over who’s allowed in the area where the northwest part of Mission Trails meets the east end of U.S Marine Corps Air Station Miramar will now be cleared up by armed Marines taking bicyclists,…


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

Aug 3, 2015

In attendance: Carol Crafts, Terry Callan, Ann Hunt, DeAnne Erickson, Phoenix Von Hendy, Nancy Ujazdowski, Ann Tipps

The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm.

-Secretary’s Report: The motion passed to approve the minutes of the meeting held May 11, 2015

-Treasurer’s Report: Balances to date are: Checking – $1046, Savings – $15887, Total – $16933.

1) Tracking-rescheduled to Aug 21-Old Business:

2) Scripps Ranch Community Fair 5/17 event successful

-New Business:

1)     Sustainable plant training-Carol, Karen, Victoria to attend

2)     JPA 6/18 attended by Carol and DeAnne, 18 parcels added, Miramar work-around trail discussed

3)     Carol honored as volunteer of month for July!

4)     Poway Days parade 9/12-sponsor only this year

5)     North County History brochure-renew? Carol will confirm cost

6)     Sept newsletter-any inputs for Carol?

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55pm. Next Meeting: Nov 2, 2015  7:00pm Hamburger Factory


Check out this local non-profit ( It is all about teaching people the value of growing your own food.


As seen in the County News

Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon couldn’t ask for a better friend than Carol Crafts.

Left to right: Parks Director Brian Albright, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Carol Crafts, Parks Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Wegner

The Board of Supervisors honored Crafts on Tuesday for her dedication and named her County parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Month of July 2015.

On-site news:

By Cathy

Heat has settled in at Goodan Ranch like an open brick oven. During mid-day it can take your breath away. Mornings and evenings are the best times to enjoy the summer here.  Most plants are turning brown, even the invasive mustard. My gourmet horse Tiny loves to eat the yellow mustard flowers, and once he ran away from me to get to a particularly tasty patch.

The movie The Goonies came to the Highway 67 staging area.  A large inflated screen glowed across the canyon like an old-time drive-in theater.  As the night air cooled, about 50 guests sat wrapped in sleeping bags and blankets watching the popular, and lengthy, movie on its 30th anniversary.

During the San Diego Astronomy Association star party the space shuttle passed through the black night sky. I was catching up on family news with my sister-in-law and almost missed it completely. Luckily the astronomers pointed out the bright white object arcing from west to east.

Many animal babies have left their parents and moved on. Cocoa’s two young red-tailed hawks are out of the nest. We see occasional deer and coyotes, but the animals seem to be waiting out the heat.  When the deer see us, they vanish into the underbrush like silent ghosts. We know many deer are here, because Mike’s night cameras capture them drinking from the watering troughs. One morning, as Mike was reviewing the previous night’s pictures, he saw a photo of a large fourteen-point buck looking at the camera with a surprised expression. On warm evenings, furry-bodied male tarantulas cross the road with jointed legs that look the fingers playing the piano.  Early one morning Mike spotted a fox at the bottom of Cardiac Hill.

The county crew is grading the Ridge Trail and removing the round rocks that the earth continuously burps up. After the trail is re-covered with sand and DG (decomposed granite), hikers, bikers, and equestrians will be able to more easily enjoy one of the most beautiful trails in the county. Summer in the park is quiet and beautiful in its own subtle way.

I attended the Monitoring and Management Coordination Meeting and heard Jason Giessow speak. He talked about 22 Invasive non-natives. See link below:

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          

Sept. 19th. Sunset Night Hike – call for info

The Parks website is See also

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.


Sept 12: Poway Days Parade 9AM

Oct. 17: Halloween at

Santee Barn, Magnolia Ave.;

Oct. 18 Poway History Day Home Tour

Nov. 20 Santee Tree lighting;

Dec 5 Christmas at the Santee Barn;

Dec 12 Christmas in Old Poway Park.

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