Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
June / July 1999



edited by Reginald Allen


Outings    Events  

Chapter Meetings

Group Meetings


To list August & September outings, events or meetings; email to Reg Allen, by July 9 or fax to the chapter office at 303-861-2436, by July 6. Please follow the format below. Late submissions should be sent to Roger Wendell for inclusion in the Outings web page.




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, June 6,  Homestead Meadows - Visit the remains of historic homesites surrounded by wildflowers. Easy to moderate, 10 miles RT, partly off-trail with a 1,400’ elevation gain, . Linda Batlin, 303-494-6407 (IPG).

Sunday, June 13, Bridal Veil Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park - Easy to moderate, 1,000’ elevation gain, 6.5 miles RT. Susan Jones, 303-444-6821 (IPG).

Saturday, June 19, Trail Maintenance Project on the Ben Tyler Trail. We will spend a morning working on the trail. This is a great way of meeting other members, getting exercise and giving back to one of our wilderness areas. Contact Dianna VanderDoes for more information (303-699-2036) (HPG).

Saturday, June 19, Crossier Mountain - North of Rocky Mountain National Park. 4.5 miles RT Easy to moderate, 1450’ elevation gain. Kelly Prendergast, 303-665-7290 (IPG).

Sunday, June 20, Meadow Mountain - Moderate hike near Allenspark. Great wildflowers and views of Longs Peak. 7 miles RT, 2800’ elevation gain. Steve Bortz 303-440-5459 (IPG).

Saturday, July 10, Signal Mountain - Strenuous 12 mile RT hike with 2500’ elevation gain. North of Rocky Mountain National Park. Kelly Prendergast, 303-665-7290 (IPG).

Sunday July 18, Heart Lake - Moderate 8 miles RT hike 2200’ elevation gain, near East Portal. Beautiful lake in high cirque below Continental Divide. Possible side trip to Rogers Pass. Steve Bortz, 303-440-5459 (IPG).




Creating the Citizens’ Management Alternative for the Pike and San Isabel Forest Plan Revision.Slide show and workshop. Citizens’ Management Alternatives (CMAs) have been effective in getting better conservation management for Colorado’s national forests.  The Pike and San Isabel National Forest (PSI), which encompasses the Upper Arkansas and South Platte headwaters, will begin its forest plan revision in 1999, and the Enos Mills Group in Denver just received a $3,300 Sierra Club grant to compile and submit a CMA to the PSI. Members are invited to participate in shaping the future of this forest. Please join the Mount Evans Group of the Sierra Club and the Evergreen Naturalists Audubon Society in viewing an introductory slide show, immediately followed by a workshop that will look at current forest management and gather input for the conservation-oriented alternative.  Throughout the summer, a smaller task force will craft the CMA so it can be reviewed in the fall.  Our objective is to have a draft ready for submission to the Forest Service by early 2000.  Contact Lyn at 303-838-8117 or Dave at 303-674-4923 for more information; contact Jean Smith at or 303-388-3378 to volunteer as an expert.


Saturday, June 12, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM- Pike and San Isabel CMA activities Regional Workshops at the Evergreen Recreation Center, 5300 S. Olive Rd.- How do you want the forest managed? Look at current forest management, the reserve design, and roadless areas. Do hands-on work with maps and marking pens to identify land use allocations you believe will best preserve the various ecosystems. All information will be passed on to the task force for consideration in preparing the Pike and San Isabel activities CMA. Contact Jean Smith for details. Other workshops are being scheduled potentially for Buena Vista, Pueblo/Canon City and Westcliffe. A workshop or “Imagine a Wild Future” slide show can be arranged for your Group, as well. Contact Jean Smith for details or to schedule the slide show or a regional workshop at 303-388-3378 or

Thursday, June 17, 6:30 PM- Pike and San Isabel CMA activities Regional Workshops. Do hands-on work with maps and marking pens to identify land use allocations you believe will best preserve the various ecosystems. All information will be passed on to the task force for consideration in preparing the Pike and San Isabel activities CMA. Contact John Stansfield for location in Colorado Springs, 303-660-5849 or

Saturday, June 19 -When was the last time someone told you to take a hike? Well, here’s your chance to take a hike and help the environment at the same time. The Indian Peaks Group is holding a hike-a-thon at the Hall Ranch north of Lyons on Boulder County open space. The funds raised by this event will support the Indian Peaks Group in their conservation efforts on wilderness issues. We are looking for HIKERS to participate in this event. There will be two routes: a short, easy one of about four miles and a longer one of about nine miles. Call Linda Batlin at 303-494-6407 to a get a pledge form package, including a map of the routes. Then, go out and get pledges from as many people you can. On June 19, just show up at the trailhead at 8:00 a.m. with pledge form in hand and feet ready to go. We’ll have prizes and refreshments. This is a fun and easy way to help the group raise money and get some exercise. So, call Linda and sign up!

Saturday, June 19 -11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, The 1999 Celebration of Activism at the Gateway Park in Durango. The celebration is sponsored by the San Juan Citizens Alliance, and the purpose of the event is to bring together all the grassroots organizations in Durango. This celebration is complete with music, activities, food and fun. It is free to the public and is held in conjunction with the annual Whitewater Kayaking Days. If you have any questions call Carolyn Lamb at 970-382-9609.

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, or Tori Peglar at 303-245-9213 or email to

Saturday, June 26, 9 AM to noon - “Let’s Pull Together” Community Weed Day in Evergreen. The Mount Evans Group is a co-sponsor of this day of fun and fury. Bring all your pent-up aggression to take out on the noxious weeds that are taking over our natural areas. The day will begin at Evergreen Lake with a light breakfast, followed by breaking into teams.  First plan of attack is on the thistle, knapweed and orange hawkweed at Evergreen Lake.  If there are enough people, teams will expand to Lair O’ the Bear Open Space Park to work on dalmatian toadflax and to Dedisse Park to work on knapweed.  All volunteers MUST wear long sleeves and long pants; bring good gloves and weed diggers or pruners if you have them. Volunteers who are sensitive to knapweed will be assigned to other weed types. Weed experts will be on hand to advise volunteers on weed problems at home, so bring a sample along. Organizer Cathy Shelton is looking for team leaders who don’t need to be weed experts, just able to guide volunteers safely. To volunteer for the MEG team, call Lyn 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 Bo-ish” 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 303-650-5887 for location and dates to get fit while having fun.

Tuesday, August 17, 6:30 PM.  State Air Quality Meetings  Will be held at the Denver Sierra Club Office Issues that impact air quality such as power plants, transportation and sprawl will be discussed. Please contact Eric Levine 970-493-6341or Bill Meyers 303-935-6810 for further information.

Tuesday, September 21 , 6:30 PM.  State Air Quality Meetings  Will be held in Ft. Collins (location and time TBD) Issues that impact air quality such as power plants, transportation and sprawl will be discussed. Please contact Eric Levine 970-493-6341or Bill Meyers 303-935-6810 for further information.


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, June 14 & July 12, 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 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, .

The Pollution Cluster Committee
This Committee work on air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, household waste and recycling need help. We need volunteers to research, educate, write letters to legislators, compose articles for our Peak & Praire newspaper, attend meetings, and make phone calls. Please join us and make a difference. Even if you have never participated in any of these types of activities, its easy and fun. Please call Joan Seeman 303-738-8407 or e-mail me at

Executive Committee
Saturday & Sunday, July 10-11.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 Weminuche Group is the host for this meeting. For information and agenda, contact Chair, Greg Casini, 303-861-2844. 

Lifestyles/Education Committee
The Lifestyles/Education Committee seeks to inform our communities on living an eco-friendly life. For date, time and location of our next meeting call Jan Oen at 303-320-4895.

Population Committee
The Chapter Population Committee meets for its bi-monthly meeting at 7 PM on Wednesday, June 9 at the Sierra Club office, 1410 Grant, B205. Y6B - Year of  6 Billion People - the other 2,000 problem! Please 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 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 wetlands 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, June 1, and July 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, June 9 & July 14, 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 303-512-8331to confirm.

Peak & Prairie Editors Meeting
Tuesday, July 6. 7:00-8:30 PM. Editors and new volunteers receive assignments and plan the next issue of the P&P. At the Rocky Mountain Chapter office, 1410 Grant Street, Suite B205. Call Kevin Mackessy 303-471-1594 or for further information. 

Peak & Prairie mailing party
Thursday, July 29. 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, June 10, and  July 8 - 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
Tuesday, June 8 and July 13, 6:00 PM. potluck, 6:30 meeting. The Ex-Com. Meets at Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B at 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.

High Plains Group
(eastern Denver suburbs)
For information on meeting dates, call Chair. Roger Wendell at 303-693-4244.

Thursday, June 24th and July 29th 7:00PM. HPG Conservation Committee. HPG is growing and we now have a conservation committee working on issues impacting the eastern suburbs. Come join us and learn more about our current projects. Contact Dianna VanderDoes for more information 303-699-2036.

Indian Peaks Group
Boulder County
All Club meetings are open to members and the concerned public. Volunteerism is welcome on any of the committees listed below.

Wednesday, June 2 and July 7, 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, June 3, and July 8, 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 (h), or Matt Appelbaum, 303-499-8970(h), for the meeting place, agenda items and other information,

 Monday, June 7, Outings Planning Meeting, All outings leaders and any individuals who are interested in leading outings for the Sierra Club should attend. We’ll inform you on the nuts and bolts, and do our planning for the summer schedule. Call Susan Jones at 303-444-6821 to RSVP and get directions.

Wednesday, June 23, 6:15 PM. IPG Executive Committee meeting, at 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.

Wednesday, June 28, 6:15 PM. IPG Executive Committee meeting, at the Atrium Retirement Home, SE corner of 30th and Iris Avenue 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.

Note: Other IPG committees are active but do not have regularly scheduled meetings. Please contact the following issue chairs for information on how be active on that committee: Transportation (City of Boulder only) - Bob Law, 303-543-7081; Open Spaces - Ann McFarland, 303-413-0664; Recycling - Mary Skumanich, 303-444-1747; Outings - Susan Jones, 303-444-6821; Water Quality - Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519; Wilderness - Linda Batlin, 303-494-6407; Pesticides - Cosima Krueger, 303-448-0832; Political - Barry Satlow, 303-442-1006; Newsletter - Catherine Lutz, 303-402-1638; Fundraising - Perry Rosensweig, 303-554-8122; Longmont issues - Larry Box, 303-684-0321.

Mount Evans Group
(SW Jefferson, Northern Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties)
Thursday, June 10th, 7:30 p.m., at the Evergreen Recreation Center.  MEG meets on the second Thursday of each month, with the possible exception of July (please call someone first before coming to the July meeting!). This summer, the Mount Evans Group is sponsoring a Voluntary Simplicity discussion course, promoting our alternative to the proposed paving of Guanella Pass Road, working to save the 6,000-acre Beaver Brook Watershed from development, helping with Community Weed Day and environmentally safe eradication of hawkweed, trying to start a community recycling program, and helping to put together 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.

Pikes Peak Group
(El Paso & Teller Counties)
Tuesday, June 8 & July 13, 6:30 - 9:00 PM. At the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. All members 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.

Poudre Canyon Group
(Larimer and Weld Counties)
Monday, June 14 & July 12, 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

Rachel Carson Group
(Eastern Jefferson County)
Thursday, June 17 & July 15. Meetings are usually held at the Arvada Municipal Hall, but call Joan Rech, 303-541-0710 to confirm location and time.

Sangre de Cristo Group
(Arkansas River & San Luis Valleys)
Tuesday, June 8 & July 13, 6:30 PM. Ex-Com meets at the Lamplighter Coffee House in Pueblo. Call Susan Finzel-Aldred, 719-947-0315, for confirmation of dates.

South Platte Group
(Parts of Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson Counties)
Wednesday, June 23 and July 28, 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 to confirm location and dates.

Uncompahgre Group
(Mesa, Delta and Gunnison Counties)
Wednesday, June 9, 6:00 PM. General Membership and 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.

Wednesday, July 14, 6:00 PM. Public Lands and Forest Committee Meetings. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months the CEC Offices, 1,000 N. 9th Street #29, Grand Junction. Call Vicki for further information. 970-464-0502.

Weminuche Group
(Durango area)
Wednesdays, June 2 & July 7, 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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