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Can Trail Building Save the Planet? The Environmental Impact of Trails

Castle Rock General Plan Update

Book Review: Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature

Interested in Helping Out?


Celebrate California Trail Days and Earth Day 1999 at Arastradero Preserve

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The Trail Companion (ISSN 1528-0241 (print); 1094-222X (online)) is the quarterly newsletter of the Trail Center.

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Staff Writer: Geoffrey Skinner
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The Trail Companion

Early Spring 1999

Can Trail Building Save the Planet? The Environmental Impact of Trails

As we hack away at a hillside and build rock walls on yet another trail project, are we doing more harm to the environment than good? Is building trails an environmentally-sound activity or are we committing ecodestruction? Are we encouraging stewardship and support for the natural world with our work or are we encouraging overuse (and abuse)? Can we build trails and support the environment at the same time? By Geoffrey Skinner


Castle Rock General Plan Update

California Dept. of Parks and Recreation has released the Preliminary General Plan for Castle Rock State Park. The Department has prepared the general plan with input from a citizen's advisory committee and the public from the series of meetings held in 1998 to discuss options for the park. The plan discusses existing conditions, including natural history and historic features of the park.


Book Review: Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature

Each year, UC Irvine's Humanities Research Institute facilitates seminars where an academic is invited to organize a semester-long seminar on a particular subject. He or she then assembles a group that holds weekly day-long meetings open to students. Ultimately the group produces a book on what they have learned together. Professor William Cronon of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, was invited to convene a seminar on "Reinventing Nature". This book is the result. By Bob Kelly


Interested in Helping Out?

Interested in helping out but don't want to get poison oak? We're looking for people to help with our activities schedule and our web pages.


Celebrate California Trail Days and Earth Day 1999 at Arastradero Preserve

Find out how you can help as we rebuild the Perimeter Trail.


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From the Editor

Farewell to Dea Smith, our outgoing president and to Janet Clark, our office coordinator.


Trail Notes

Our reroute of the Castle Rock Trail at Castle Rock State Park gets underway with hundreds of feet of rock wall...upcoming projects at Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto and in Stanford University's Jasper Ridge.



     
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