The Trail Companion
Early Spring 1999
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
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.
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
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.
California Trail Days and Earth Day 1999 at
Find out how you can help as we rebuild the
Farewell to Dea Smith, our outgoing president and
to Janet Clark, our office coordinator.
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
Trail Center. All rights reserved.
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