Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Calendar of Events

Please mark these events onto your handy wall calendar.

March 5, Sunday
Outing: Eagle Roosting Site and adjoining 330 acres near Hopkinton. Meet at Hempstead High Parking Lot at noon, or at the lane leading south to Hardscrabble Park at 1:00 PM just across the Maquoketa River bridge, west of Hopkinton on County Road D47.

This property, owned by White Pine Group member John Stone, is south of Hardscrabble Park and includes Maquoketa River shoreline, wooded bluffs, and fields. A small in-holding owned by another person threatens the quality of the roosting area if opened to the public for snowmobiling. We will learn of the issues associated with access to and use of this property.

For more information, contact Dick Worm.

March 10, Friday
Hike Dick and Jane Worm's Faraway Farm Conservation Easement property, 150 acres along the Mississippi River, with Jill Daniel, as she conducts the annual monitoring of the easement agreement. Learn about "easements" and join in on discussions of prairie restoration, invading plant removal, and other plans as we walk the property.

Phone Dick Worm for the time to begin (either late AM or early PM), yet to be confirmed, and for directions to 3680 Echo Hills, 2 miles east of US 52 South on St. Catherine Rd.

March 12, Sunday
Mines of Spain program at E.B. Lyons Nature Center, 1:30 PM, "Caves and Mines", Ruby Pruszco

March 13, Monday
Program/Meeting: Hempstead High School Auditorium, South Pod; enter at Moody Gym entrance and continue straight past gym to auditorium entrances (3715 Pennsylvania Ave., Dubuque). 7 PM: Sierra Society Youth meeting.

7:30 PM, Public Program: "Caprock Canyons and Palo Duro Canyon State Parks, North Texas". These parks were featured in the May 1999 Backpacker, Magazine of Wilderness Travel special edition featuring a "Central Hiking Guide". These two were included in the South Central section. Dick Worm will show slides, photo album pictures, and maps from his October sunrise, sunset, and perfect weather hikes there on the way home from "Top of Texas" Sierra Club Service Trip. (The same magazine also featured Yellow River State Forest, Iowa, in its Upper Midwest Section.)

8:15 PM, White Pine Group meeting. Discuss local, state, and national election endorsements, etc.

March 15 - April 1
Dick Worm travels to Arizona for the Sierra Club's Kanab Creek Trail Maintenance Service Trip backpacking around Jumpup Pt. into N. rim wilderness canyons, Also plans hikes at Crazy Jug Pt., Mt. Humphrey's, Mund's Mt. Wilderness, Wilson Mountain, etc.

March 26, Sunday
Mines of Spain program at E. B. Lyons Nature Center, 1:30 PM, "Building a Prairie", Clarke College Science Education.

April 8, Saturday
Group outing: Mossy Glen State Preserve. Meet at Rupp Hollow Road, Heritage Trail Parking Lot at 9 AM, or at Bixby State Preserve just north out of Edgewood at 10 AM. Mossy Glen is just northwest of Bixby, where we may also hike some later. Bring a lunch and beverage for the day. Return to Dubuque by 4 PM. Phone Charlie Winterwood for more information.

April 10, Monday
Program/Meeting: Hempstead Science Learning Center, C-270. (Not auditorium). Use Flagpole Circle Drive Entrance using doors to the left of the gated open entry to the courtyard. Go up one flight of stairs, follow long hall westward to the meeting room on the left.

7 PM: Sierra Society Youth meeting.

7:30 PM, Public Program: "John Muir: The Man, The Poet, The Legacy", 50-minute video, as seen on PBS. Slides and print photos that Dick Worm took this past summer at the John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, California, and at Muir Woods National Monument and Muir Beach will also be shown.

8:40 PM: White Pine Group Meeting. Decide election endorsements, consider Earth Day event options, and other matters.

April 22, Saturday: Earth Day 2000
(Middle of Easter vacation, but do what you can to remember the day. Attend our March and April meetings to help consider some appropriate action.)

May 6, Saturday
Group outing: French Creek Wildlife Management Area/Hog Confinement issue tour. Walk along the trout stream and get a sense of the setting as related to the nearby confinement. See the update in the recently received Spring 2000 Sierran. Meet at Hempstead at 8 AM, or at French Creek about 10 AM.

French Creek is located about 7 miles west of Lansing on IA 9, then north on a road near Churchtown. There is a sign on IA 9 showing where to turn north. Or, maybe the sign I once saw was at French Creek Road, about 4 miles further west; or, at Road X20, a blacktop, about another mile west (or about 4-5 miles northwest of Waukon at Lycurgus where there is a church), then proceed north on X20 about three miles to a poorly marked Ebner Drive where you turn right (east). If the X20 blacktop has turned to gravel, you have gone too far. Go about 1.6 miles east on Ebner Dr., and turn left at the bottom of a steep hill onto French Creek Drive. It is about 1 mile to the primitive campground on the left. That is where we will try to meet. There is a trail from the campground to the stream. The confinement area is on eastward on French Creek Drive, up a steep hill, then another 0.5 mile. (Hope my Gazetteer is sort of close!)

Later May 6 - 7 (Saturday - Sunday)
Outing continues: After visiting French Creek, we plan to continue on up into Minnesota to camp and bicycle. We may drive up to Beaver Creek Valley State Park near Caledonia off Rt. 76 in Minnesota; then, continue on to Rushford, where we may drop off one vehicle at the east end of the Root River Trail. Then, drive scenic route 16 west to Preston and on to Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park where we will camp. Try to visit the cave or bicycle a short branch of Root River Trail that begins at Fountain as time in the day permits. Bring your own food for camping or plan to eat in Preston or Lanesboro or some such to help local economies..

We would plan to bicycle from Preston to Rushford on Sunday. Return to Dubuque by 4-5 PM.

May 8, Monday
Program/Meeting: Hempstead High Science Learning Center, C-270 (not auditorium). Enter via Flagpole Drive entry, etc. as described for the April 10 meeting. Signs will be posted.

7 PM: Sierra Society Youth meeting.

7:30 PM, Public Program: "Oklahoma's Black Mesa and New Mexico's Valley of Fires and Capitan Mountains Wilderness". Slides and album photos from Dick Worm's hikes on his way to the October "Top of Texas" Sierra Club Service Trip.

Black Mesa is "The Top of Oklahoma" at 4973 feet. Valley of Fires is a National Recreation Area of volcanic lava flows. El Capitan Mountain at 10,083 ft. is the highest peak in the Capitan Mountains Wilderness near Capitan, N. M. and Smokey the Bear National Historic Site. The hike up El Capitan was on a clear, deep-blue-sky sort of day with golden aspen scattered among the green pine. Come and EXPLORE.

8:15: Group meeting.

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