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         Linda Lyerly





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Coasters - North County Coastal Group
The Coasters are the geographic division of the San Diego Chapter for the north coastal area, Del Mar to Oceanside. We organize a variety of Sierra Club activities in coastal North County, including outings, social events, and conservation efforts.

We organize local hikes, usually on the first Saturday of each month. Format is a 9 am morning hike, optional lunch, done by noon. We walk in the north coast area, from Penasquitos to Oceanside. When tides are favorable, we are on the beach. Hikes are listed here, below, and in the Happenings singles group newsletter.

The Coasters meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024. The center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas Blvd on Balour. (Map)

To get on the email list for local events and news, click here, click on Join, and follow the instructions on the screen. The news email is sent out about once a month, depending on what news and events there are to report.
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Torrey Pine      Gene Walker

Coaster News

Updated on February 7, 2015

Coasters Meeting

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Encinitas Community Center
We will have a video and roundtable discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the food supply.

2015 Meeting Schedule We are returning to a full meeting schedule for 2015. The meetings will be on the third Tuesday of every month. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center.

Future Meetings:
On Tuesday, March 17, we will have a talk from Marjorie Fox, Director of the Encinitas Environmental Education (E3) Cluster about their activities.

The Encinitas Environmental Education (E3) Cluster, which include San Diego Botanical Garden, Encinitas Union School District-Farm Lab, Seacrest Retirement Village, Magdalena Ecke YMCA, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and the Leichtag Foundation (which owns the 67.5 acre Encinitas property). This unique neighborhood coalition provides for a wide range of opportunities for exploring innovative programs focused hands-on farming, nutrition and environmental education. The goals of the E3 Cluster include:
Preserving and encouraging access to nature.
Supporting environmental education, health and well-being for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Developing experiential learning, multigenerational programs including those around the nexus of agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, science, sustainability and community building.

On Tuesday, April 21 we will have a talk by Lane Sharman on Community Choice Aggregation - a new approach to community-controlled energy choices.

Community choice aggregation (CCA) is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services. There are many reasons that a community may choose to develop a CCA, including the option to purchase more green power, reduce electricity cost, and provide power from more local sources.

Location: The center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas Blvd on Balour. Each of these meetings will feature a speaker. In May and October we will hold our popular Saturday picnics in conjunction with the Coaster hikes, and in December we will have a holiday party.


Local Hikes

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Wed In The Mtns - Del Mar Beach
Dayhike (E5A) Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader Mac Downing - Assistant Needed
Hike in the Del Mar area. We will be along the ocean. Meet at 9:30 am. From north or south on Highway 5, at south end of Del Mar, take the Carmel Valley Road west to the signal at McGonigle/Del Mar Scenic Parkway, 2100 block Carmel Valley Rd. Meet at the signal's south west corner. Thomas map 1207-G1. Optional lunch at China Cafe 2236 Carmel Valley Road. Rain or drizzle cancels! Msg on Mac's Phone.
Contact Mac Downing M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM or 619-542-9320
calls before 8:30 pm please
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - Coasters Saturday - Encinitas South Beach
Dayhike (E5A) Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader Mac Downing - Assistant Needed
Beautiful 9 am beach walk, great scenes. Bring water and comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Rain or drizzle cancels. Limited to 20. Optional post hike lunch at Roxy's one or two blocks south of Encinitas Blvd at 517 South coast highway, east side of street. For reservations email (prefer) or call Mac. Open to Main Chapter.
Contact Mac Downing M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM or 619-542-9320
calls before 8:30 pm please ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Wed In The Mtns - Encinitas South Beach
Dayhike (E5A) Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader Mac Downing - Assistant Needed
Beautiful beach walk, great scenes. Meet 9:30 am in parking lot above beach at C and Third Sts in Encinitas, Thomas 1147-B7, 300 C Street. Use Encinitas Blvd exit off hwy 5, go west under rail road and across Coast Highway Old 101 to Third St. Turn left onto Third, drive up hill one block, turn right on C street and go into parking lot. Bring water and comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Optional Roxy's restaurant lunch at end. Rain or drizzle cancels, msg on Mac's phone. Signup email (prefer) or call Mac before 8:30 pm. Open to Main Chapter.
Contact Mac Downing M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM or 619-542-9320
calls before 8:30 pm please


Local Hikes - Other Organizations

Guided Nature Walks at San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center,
2710 Manchester Avenue
See www.sanelijo.org for more information.

More Outings

We have set up an online listing of Chapter Outings. You can find it here.
(http://www.sierraleaderssd.net/SDOPubWeb.asp)
You can sign up to receive an outings listing monthly by email. To sign up, click here.

And more

See other events at:

Sierra Club San Diego Events http://sandiego.sierraclub.org/Calendar/OARSPage1.asp

San Diego Audubon events
http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/events/events-calendar

Buena Vista Audubon Events
http://bvaudubon.org/

San Diego Coastkeeper
http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org

Surfrider Foundation - San Diego
Events - http://www.surfridersd.org
Beach Cleanups - http://sandiego.surfrider.org/programs/beach-cleanups

The California Native Plant Society
http://www.cnpssd.org/

San Dieguito River Park
http://www.sdrp.org/

The Escondido Creek Conservancy
http://escondidocreek.org/events/

The Natural History Museum calendar page
http://www.sdnhm.org/canyoneers/calendar.html

The combined environmental calendar page
http://www.calsmerge.com/asd/environment/

REI Encinitas Events
http://www.rei.com/stores/encinitas.html

Adventure 16 Events
http://www.adventure16.com/events.asp

Environmental Links


The California Coastal Commission
http://www.coastal.ca.gov/

Carlsbad Watershed Network
http://www.carlsbadwatershednetwork.net

The Desert Protective Council
http://www.dpcinc.org/index.html

The Escondido Creek Conservancy
http://www.escondidocreek.org/

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
http://www.solanacenter.org/

Friends of the Foothills
www.taskforce.sierraclub.org/friendsofthefoothills/

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
http://www.sanelijo.org/

Marine Protected Areas
https://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa/

Wilderness For All
http://wilderness4all.org

San Diego Tracking Team
www.sdtt.org

The Wild Side News
http://www.wildsidenews.com/

Endangered Species Coalition
http://www.endangered.org/blog/

Sierra Club Blogs

Compass: http://www.sierraclub.org/compass

The Green Life: http://www.sierraclub.org/greenlife

Taking the Initiative: http://www.sierraclub.org/carlpope

Food Links

Food Not Lawns
http://www.sdfoodnotlawns.com/
Local Food
La Vida Locavore
Edible San Diego
Farmers Markets
http://www.sandiegoroots.org/farmers_markets.html
http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php

For More Information

About the Coasters, contact:
  • David Grubb, at 760 753-0273.

The Coasters ExCom members for 2014 are:
David Grubb - Chair
Peg Kessler
Linda Lyerly - Treasurer
Cathryn Rathsam
Marc Sands
Barbara Walker
Coaster Documents
Bylaws
   

Environmental Events


Trail Work at Coastal Rail Trail in Carlsbad

Saturday, February 21 - 8:30 to 11:30 AM This is one of the regular monthly trail maintenance volunteer events with the city of Carlsbad. Check in at the trail head on Oak Ave. Work will include planting native plants, posting trail signs, and litter cleanup. Wear sturdy shoes, hat, and long sleeved shirt. More information at the city trails website.


Native Plant Propagation Workshop

Saturday, February 28 - 10:00 AM to Noon Hands-on California Native Plant Propagation workshop at Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve, 2437 Hutchison Street Vista, CA 92084. For directions, see their website.


Whale Watching Trip

Sunday, February 15 - 1:30 pm from 2803 Emerson Street, San Diego
Sierra Club San Diego has a whale watching trip scheduled for Sunday, February 15 at 1:30 PM.
Make an afternoon of it with fellow Sierra Club members, family and friends as we venture out to locate grey whales.
It is the height of the grey whale migration along our coast and your opportunity to see whales from afar and up close. Past trips have seen as many as 15 whales. You will also get to see other sea life such as sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins and some seabirds. We will have onboard a marine biologist, Dr. Renee Owens, to provide interesting facts about what we observe.
We have used the same boat for previous whale watching trips with an experienced and knowledgeable captain and crew. The boat is modern, spacious, and has a comfortable galley.
Bring your cameras and binoculars to make this a memorable whale watching trip. We recommend warm clothing, sunscreen and hats to be comfortable.
The cost is only $45 per person. Click here for more information.

In preparation, we will show a movie about the grey whale migration on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Sierra Club Office in San Diego.


Encinitas Housing Element Update

The housing element is a critical component of the city's general plan. It determines how the city will grow.

Share your thoughts on future housing choices for our community. The City of Encinitas is using an interactive system to collect comments on housing plans. Find out more: http://www.AtHomeInEncinitas.info

A good article on the legal issues:
Encinitas' housing policies draw legal scrutiny
By LYLE MORAN, The Daily Transcript, Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Join the MPA Watch Team

In 2012, California's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) was expanded to include eleven protected offshore and wetland sites in San Diego County. Take is restricted in these areas to recover the fisheries and ecosystem health of our near-shore coastal environment. Yet their sustainable use is encouraged which includes surfing, hiking, diving, kayaking, fishing in some locations and a number of other activities. Additionally, there are public stewardship opportunities to help protect San Diego's MPAs.

One of these activities is a statewide MPA Watch program to collect human use data on how people are using the region's MPAs. These citizen science surveys are contributing to the statewide management and review of California's 127 MPAs. With a quick training, data sheet and clip board, you can help us protect San Diego County's underwater parks. There are three wetland MPAs in coastal North County, at the San Dieguito, San Elijo, and Bataquitos lagoons, so you can help locally while walking the lagoon trails.

For more information on San Diego County's MPAs, see http://californiampas.org. See http://mpawatch.org/ for more about the MPA Watch program.

To get involved with the North County Wetlands MPA Watch program please email Dave Grubb at DavidGrubb@sbcglobal.net.
El Salto Falls
El Salto Falls, Buena Vista Creek