Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
April / May 1999

 

Outings    Events  

Chapter Meetings

Group Meetings

 

To list April & May outings, events or meetings, post the information in the Outings, Events or Meetings page of the Chapter BBS (see Page 2), or email to Reg Allen reginaldallen@email.msn.com, by May 7 or fax to the chapter office at 303-861-2436 by May 2. Please follow the format below. Late submissions should be sent to Roger Wendell zeekzilch@juno.com for inclusion in the Outings web page.

 

Outings

All Club members and interested public are free to sign up for any outing. There is no cost, except for sharing gas expenses with the driver. We meet for car-pooling at various times and places, so call the leader for that information. Participants may be screened by the leader for appropriate equipment and experience.

Sunday, April 4 - Moderate snow-shoe trip to Crater Lakes in the James Peak Roadless Area near Rollinsville. 7 miles round trip, 1800’ elevation gain. Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519 (IPG).

Sunday April 18 - Lily Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. Climb an easily accessible peak on the edge of RMNP. Should be free of snow but bring gaiters just in case. Easy hike with minimal rock scramble to reach the peak. Great views looking down into RMNP and in the shadow of Longs Peak. 3.5 miles round-trip and 1000 ft elevation gain. Call Steve Farley 303-680-7393 (HPG).

Sunday, April 18 - Spring snow-shoe hike to Meadow Mountain near Allenspark. Great views of Continental Divide and Longs Peak. Show off your winter conditioning. 8 miles round trip, 2800 feet elevation gain. Steve Bortz, 303-440-5459 (IPG).

Sunday, May 2, LEADERSHIP OUTING - Join Chapter Outings Chair Roger J. Wendell for hiking and discussions in the Eagles Nest Wilderness area (just North of Dillon). Our goal will be Lake Tipparary via the Eaglesmere Trail -you can expect some mud and snow this time of year. This hike can be used to help "certify" those wishing to become outings leaders for the Rocky Mountain Chapter. During our lunch and breaks we’ll discuss the "Ten Essentials," First Aid, Low Impact Techniques, and other issues of concern to leaders. Call Roger at 303-693-4244 for more details, or email to zzkzilch@juno.com (RMC).

Events

Thursday - Saturday, April 1 to 3 -The University of Colorado Environmental Center is sponsoring a conference on urban sprawl from. Keynote speakers include Representative Mark Udall and Author Bill McKibben on "Hope, Human and Wild." The conference is free and open to the public, but we are asking folks to preregister. Please contact Will Toor, Director, University of Colorado Environmental Center, email to

Attention Outdoor Enthusiasts. Volunteers needed to help inventory foot trails and unauthorized ghost roads on Forest Service roads in various parts of Colorado this summer. Information gathered will be used to help preserve and protect wildlife habitat. For more information, please call or email Roz McClellan at 303-447-9409, mcleln@spot.colorado.edu or Tori Peglar at 303-245-9213 or email to vpeglan@aol.com

Friday, April 9, 7:00 PM. "Creating the Citizens’ Management Alternative for the Pike and San Isabel Forest plan revision. "A slide show and discussion on the Upper Arkansas and South Plate ecosystem mapping and how members can be involved in creating a conservation-oriented management plan for the Pike and San Isabel National Forest. Hosted by Arkansas Valley Audubon Society and Sangre de Cristo Group, In Pueblo. Call Pearle Sandstrom-Smith at 719-543-6427, Donna Murphy at 719-275-4633 or Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net / 303-388-3378 for details and directions to venue.

Wednesday, April 14. For information on the free, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Town Hall Meeting for a Sustainable Agriculture in Practice, please contact the EPA at 303-312-6241.

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 PM. "Creating the Citizens’ Management Alternative for the Pike and San Isabel Forest plan revision. "At the Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave at S. Birch Street. Hosted by Enos Mills, South Platte, High Plains and Rachel Carson Groups. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net or 303-388-3378 for more information.

Friday - Sunday, April 23 - 25. The Whole Life Expo. This event will offer a great opportunity to be involved by staffing a booth at the Expo where we will provide education to the public on sustainable lifestyles. Call Jan Oen, 303-320-4895, or email to SJVK18B@PRODIGY.COM if you can work a two-hour or more shift.

Saturday, April 24th, 10 AM to 4 PM. Evergreen Earth Day Fair. At the beautiful Lakehouse by Evergreen Lake. Join the Mount Evans Group for a day of fun and learning. Enjoy a stroll around the lake while learning about the local wildlife on the Nature Trail, then come inside and visit the friendly folks and environmental experts at the many booths inside the Lakehouse. We’ll have representatives from the Forest Service, Audubon Society, Colorado Grizzly Project, Division of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Trout Unlimited, Jefferson County Health Department, Southern Rocky’s Ecosystem Project, and Hawkquest, to name just a few. And be sure to stop by the Mount Evans Group booth for a free tattoo, and to play our computer wildlife game! Plenty of food available, too. Sponsored in part by the Sierra Club. For more information, please call Todd at 303-838-8117.

Fitness and Fun In the Park! Join Professional Fitness Trainer, Winnie Adams, as she leads a fun hour of fitness in the park. "Tae Boish" moves, Tai Chi and various other exercises that help to bio-mechanically balance you, while having fun. All levels welcome at monthly work-out. Please visit the Sierra Club website or call Winnie at 303-650-5887 for location and dates to get fit while having fun.

April or May dates/venues TBA. "Creating the Citizens’ Management Alternative for the Pike and San Isabel Forest plan revision." In Colorado Springs, hosted by Pikes Peak Group. Contact John Stansfield at 303-660-5849 or Jim Lockhart at 719-385-0045 for date, place and time. In Evergreen, hosted by Mt. Evans Group and Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society. Call Lynn Yarroll 303-838-8117 or Dave Jones 303-674-4923 for date, place and time.

Saturday, May 1, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. The Environmental Commission of the Colorado Council of Churches will be presenting their second annual workshop with the purpose of raising environmental awareness through common faith issues. The primary speaker is Dr. Larry Rasmussen; the theme of the workshop is Growing from Deep Roots, Christians Respond to the Environment. The work-shop will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church, 500 E. Alameda, Denver, CO (10 blocks east of Colorado Blvd.) Registration is $15.00. For more information call John Wade at 303-399-2887 or the CO Council office at 303-825-4910.

Saturday, May 15, 12:30-4:00 PM. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. Training session for new mappers who want to volunteer for field work in the Pike and San Isabel National Forest this summer. Help identify wilderness qualities of selected areas, confirm potential closures of jeep roads or motorized trails and complete the boundaries of remaining roadless areas. This training is required of new mappers, along with a commitment for two-three weekends of field work and a fall debriefing session. 4WD drive vehicle, GPS skills, biology/naturalist background are helpful, but you can do it without those extras! There is no charge for this training, but pre-registration by email, mail or phone is required. Contact Jean Smith at jeanc-smith@earthlink.net or 303-388-3378 for information packet and/or registration forms.

Sunday, May 16, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. South Land Conservancy is hosting the SOUTH PLATTE STAMPEDE! The event is a fund raiser to help purchase additional buffer land around South Platte Park. Participants can walk, run, bike, canoe or roller blade down the South Platte trail. The SOUTH PLATTE STAMPEDE! will begin at the Tortilla Flats restaurant, South Santa Fe and Church. One block south of Bowles across from Arapahoe Community College. K2 will have their trailer set up with skates and professional trainers to help first time bladers. A beautiful t-shirt, food and prizes are all part of the registration price. For information call Jeffrey Anderson at 303-797-6949.

Thursday-Saturday, April 1-3, Conference on Urban Sprawl: the Causes and the Cures, University Memorial Center, University of Colorado Boulder Campus. For information call Will Toor, 303-492-8308 or toor@spot.colorado.edu.

Wednesday & Thursday, April 21-22, Conference on "Finding a New Way: Campus Transportation Planning for the 21st Century", University Memorial Center, University of Colorado Boulder Campus, Will Toor, 303-492-8308 or toor@spot.colorado.edu.

 

 

Chapter Meetings

All Sierra Club meetings are open to the public. New and old members who would like to become more active are urged to attend. It’s a good way to meet people and share concerns. Chairs: to reserve a conference room at the Club office building, call Mary Romano at 303-861-8819 (days) at least one week before your meeting.

Metro Regional Council of Groups
The Metro Regional Council of (Sierra Club) Groups, meets monthly for breakfast to provide an informal forum for inter-group communications on issues that cross group boundaries, especially those related to growth (for example, RTD, mountain backdrop, water, open space, air, GOCO). Contact Don Thompson, 303-320-4895 for agenda information and the meeting date.

Chapter Conservation and Legislative Committee
Monday, April 12 & May 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. (NE Corner of Colfax and Grant). We discuss issues and state legislature bills of importance to the Chapter and how to respond to them. Open to all members. Please contact Conservation Committee Chair Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519 or kmcunnin@juno.com  regarding information and agenda items for the Conservation Committee meeting and Mark Pearson, Legislative Chair for agenda and information concerning the Legislative Committee, 970-259-6181, mark.pearson@sierraclub.org.

Executive Committee
Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11, Location TBA. The Ex-Com is the governing body of the chapter. It meets quarterly at locations throughout the state to discuss and decide on conservation issues and administrative matters. The April meeting will be hosted in Denver by the Enos Mills Group.

Lifestyles/Education Committee
Monday, May 24, 6:30. The May Lifestyles/Education Committee will be held at the home of Jan Oen, 1201 Adams Street, Denver. All are invited to attend and talk about organic gardening tips. Refreshments will be provided. For details call Jan Oen at 303-320-4895.

Population Committee
The Chapter Population Committee meets for its bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Club office, 1410 Grant, B205. Overpopulation is the root cause of most environmental problems. Join us for a discussion of current legislation, international action, and the one letter you can write to make a difference. For more information and to confirm meeting date, call Fred Elbel, 303-220-7499.

Wednesday, April 21at 7 PM. On John Muir’s birthday, at the Sierra Club office on Grant Street. Please join the Chapter Population Committee as we answer the question, do you know the month this year when world population will reach 6 billion people? Join us to discuss planning upcoming events, lobbying efforts, and current hot political issues. Call Fred Elbel, RMC Population Chair 303.220.7499 or email felbel@sni.net for more information.

Water Quality Committee
The committee holds evening meetings monthly, at irregular times. It deals with all issues covered by the Clean Water Act: pollution, discharge regulation, planning, polluted run-off and wet-lands protection. We usually meet for a potluck supper before the meeting. To be on our contact list, call Chair. Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519.

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The committee holds evening meetings monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month in conjunction with the Sustainable Transportation Committee. We meet at the CoPIRG office, 1520 Blake above Las Delicious restaurant. This is just across 16th St., from the RTD Market St., station Call Don Thompson 303-320-4895 for additional information.

Inner City Outings
Wednesday, April 14 & May 12, ICO meetings are usually held in the evenings on the second Wednesday of the month, in Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. ICO introduces disadvantaged urban young people to the out-of-doors. Meetings dates and times may vary, so call the ICO hotline at 303-512-8331 to confirm.

Peak & Prairie Mailing Party

Thursday, May 27. Join us for fun at the mailing party! Dinner and refreshments provided. Call Angela Medbery,  303-433-2608, to confirm location and  time.

Gay and Lesbian Sierrans
Thursday, April 8 and May 13 - The GLS Committee welcome new members. The GLS Committee is a great way to join in appreciation and concern for our natural environment. The GLS balances our member’s environmental, social and  political objectives. Call Sue Scheppler  303-477-4285 for information, time and  location of our meetings.

 

Group Meetings

Enos Mills Group
(Denver)

Tuesday, April 13 and May 11, 6:00 PM. potluck, 6:30 meeting. The ExCom Meets at Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B, 1410 Grant St., Denver. An opportunity to meet other EMG activists and learn what the Sierra Club is doing in Denver. Call Jan Oen, 303-320-4895 to confirm time and location.

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 PM - Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave at S. Birch Street., Denver. Pike and San Isabel National Forest citizens’ management introduction. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net or 303-388-3378 for more information.

Saturday May 15, 12:30-4:00 PM, Littleton. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. See events section for details. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earth-link. net or 303-388-3378 for information.

EMG outings leaders who wish to submit an outing for the June and July P&P, please email the text to reginal-dallen@email.msn.com, by May 7.

High Plains Group
(eastern Denver suburbs)

For information on meeting dates, call Chair. Roger Wendell at 303-693-4244.

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 PM. At the Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave at S. Birch Street., Denver. Pike and San Isabel National Forest citizens’ management introduction. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net  or 303-388-3378 for more information.

Saturday May 15, 12:30-4:00 PM. In Littleton. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. See events section for details. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net or 303-388-3378 for information.

Indian Peaks Group
(Boulder County )

Thursday, April 1 and May 6, 7 PM. IPG Urban Land Use Committee (ULUC)-location to be determined. The ULUC covers issues within the incorporated areas of Boulder County. Contact Committee Chair Sandy Hume, 303-499-5139, or Matt Appelbaum, 303-499-8970, for agenda items and other information, including the meeting place.

Wednesday, April 7 and May 5, 7 PM. IPG Conservation Committee meeting, LAW Fund Building, 2260 Baseline Rd. (SW corner of Baseline and Broadway, in Boulder. Enter LAWF office on the second floor). The Conservation Committee discusses issues facing the Group in the non-urban areas of the County and tries to respond to them. Contact Kirk Cunningham for details and agenda items 303-939-8519.

Thursday, April 8 and May 13, 6:15 PM. IPG Executive Committee meeting, the Hoge’s home, 2300 Iris Ave. in north Boulder (look for the wooden fence and the mailbox with animal figures on the south side of Iris). Meeting starts with a potluck at 6:15, with the rest of the meeting at 7pm. Call Chair Susan LeFever for agenda items and other details, 303-443-5482.

Mount Evans Group
(SW Jefferson, Northern Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties)

Thursday, April 8th and May 13th, 7:30 p.m., at the Evergreen Recreation Center. MEG meets on the second Thursday of each month. A few of the issues that the Mount Evans Group will be working on this spring include the pro-posed paving of Guanella Pass Road, saving the 6,000+-acre Beaver Brook Watershed from development, use of Jefferson County Open Space funds for development, the proposed boardwalk construction on Bierstadt trail, reinstating King Soopers’ recycling program, fighting the Colorado Legislature’s attempts to dismantle our natural environment, voluntary simplicity, and helping to compile the Pike/San Isabel National Forest Citizens’ Management Alternative. We are always looking for individuals who are ready to actively make a difference on our planet. For more information, please call Betsy or Greg at 303-674-7236 or Lyn at 303-838-8117.

April/May date TBA. Pike Peak and San Isabel National Forest citizens management introduction. Call Lynn Yarroll 303-838-8117 or Dave Jones 303-674-4923 for date, place and time.

Saturday May 15, 12:30-4:00, Littleton. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. See events section for details. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earth-link. net or 303-388-3378 for information.

Pikes Peak Group
(El Paso & Teller Counties)

Tuesday, April 13 & May 11, 6:30 -9:00 PM. At the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. Allmembers are invited to attend and participate in our monthly Conservation Committee and Executive Committee meetings. If you are interested in local, state, or national environmental issues, this is the place to learn more and get involved with the activities which relate to them. Hope to see you there! For more information, call Chuck Hachmeister at 719-592-0963.

April/May date TBA. Pike Peak and San Isabel National Forest citizens’ management introduction. Contact John Stansfield at 303-660-5849 or Jim Lockhart at 719-385-0045 for date, place and time.

Saturday May 15, 12:30-4:00 PM. In Littleton. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. See events section for details. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net or 303-388-3378 for information.

Sunday, April 18, 5:00 PM. Newsletter Folding Party and Potluck Dinner. Come join us to help assemble and prepare for mailing the next issue of our Timberlines newsletter. This is a great place for new and newly-active members to get involved. It’s one of our most enjoyable social activities. For more information about the location please contact Judy Bolin at 719-592-0963.

Poudre Canyon Group
(Larimer and Weld Counties)

Monday, April 12 & May 10, 6:30 PM. Ex-Com usually meets at the Norlarco Credit Union, 700 Whaler’s Way, Fort Collins. Confirm dates with Will Walters, 970-568-9841, or email to Walters@ezlink.com.

Rachel Carson Group
(Eastern Jefferson County)

Thursday, April 15 & May 20. Meetings are usually held at the Arvada Municipal Hall, but call Joan Rech, 303-541-0710 to confirm location and time.

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 PM. At Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave at S. Birch Street., Denver. Pike and San Isabel National Forest citizens’ management introduction. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net  or 303-388-3378 for more information.

Saturday, May 15, 12:30-4:00 PM. In Littleton. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. See events section for details. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net or 303-388-3378 for information.

Sangre de Cristo Group
(Arkansas River & San Luis Valleys)

Tuesday, April 13 & May 11, 6:30 PM. Ex-Com meets at the Lamplighter Coffee House in Pueblo. Call Susan Finzel-Aldred, 719-947-0315, for confirmation of dates.

Friday, April 9, 7:00 PM. In Pueblo. Pike and San Isabel National Forest citizens’ management introduction. See events section for details. Call Pearle Sandstrom-Smith at 719-543-6427, Donna Murphy at 719-275-4633 or Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net / 303-388-3378 for information and venue.

Saturday May 15, 12:30-4:00 PM, Littleton. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. See events section for details. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earth-link.  net or 303-388-3378 for information.

South Platte Group
(Parts of Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson Counties)

Wednesday, April 28 and May 26, 7:00PM, the fourth Wednesday of each month, at Ho Ho’s Restaurant, next to CUB Foods, Mineral & Broadway, (one mile north of Broadway and C-470) in Littleton. Call Mike Mueller, 850-7883 or email at mmuellen@carbon.cudenver.edu to confirm location and dates.

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.- Ross-University Hills Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave at S. Birch Street., Denver. Pike and San Isabel National Forest citizens’ management introduction. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earthlink.net or 303-388-3378 for more information.

Saturday May 15, 12:30-4:00, Littleton. Ecosystem Mapping Training at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. See events section for details. Contact Jean Smith at jeancsmith@earth-link.  net or 303-388-3378 for information.

Uncompahgre Group
(Mesa, Delta & Gunnison Counties)

Wednesday, April 14, 6:15 PM. Ex-Com meeting and potluck supper. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months at Shelly Weiss’ home, 2215 Driftwood Lane, Grand Junction; call Shelly for directions, 970-243-5138.

Weminuche Group
(Durango area)

Wednesdays, April 7 & May 5, 5:00 PM. Group meeting at the Carvers Bakery in Durango. Call Jim Decker for information and to confirm meeting dates, 970-259-7658.

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