August 21 (1976, 1986, 1987, 2000, 2003)
North Fork of the North Fork

8/21/76 ~ [...] A wild night of thunder and lightning & hail & huge raindrops, all night long and still thunder booms in the distance…”

[Russell Towle's journal]

8/21/86 Midnight. Yesterday [...] I went to the Gold Run CafĂ© for breakfast and then up to Eagle Lakes and Fordyce Creek for a day of hiking over granite. I looked for petroglyphs in vain. Saw some beaver houses.”

[Russell Towle's journal]

8/21/87   Morning. Just spent about ten minutes trying to discover the identity of the mysterious little shrub I've noticed up in the meadow and over at Ed Stadum's place. No luck. It doesn't seem to be in my Native Shrubs of the Sierra Nevada.” And without a very clear idea of the structure of its irregular pink-and-yellow flowers, there's no point in using Munz.”

[Russell Towle's journal]

Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 07:38:50 -0800
To: North_Fork_Trails
From: Russell Towle
Subject: response to newsletter

Hi all,

The North Fork Trails agenda was published recently in the Sierra Club's Mother Lode Chapter newsletter, along with my email address, and two people responded immediately.

Cynthia Burt inquired about making a donation towards the maintenance of a trail for people with disabilities, and Dean Decker and Deane Swickard of Folsom BLM were able to point her towards the Independence Trail near Nevada City, and the Dave Moore Nature Area on the South Fork of the American. So this worked out fine.

Karen K. wrote:

>I saw your group mentioned in the Sierra Club newsletter. I live on
>Cerro Vista Dr. in Applegate, where a developer is proposing a 97-home
>subdivision on 1200 acres overlooking the N. Fork & Lake Clementine.
>There are numerous trails on the property that have been "de facto"
>public access for years, including an old road down to the river (which
>they propose keeping as public access).
>As our homeowners association and individual homeowners prepare to
>submit comments on the Kalorama Notice of Proposal, I'm interested in
>what your group does, and if there is any synergy in our efforts to
>preserve public access on as much of this land as possible.
>Would love to talk to you one of these days, or come to a meeting.
Further inquiry revealed that comments regarding this "Kalorama" subdivision may be the contact at the Placer County Planning Department, Charlene Daniels, Senior Planner.

I don't have any knowledge of this road and these trails near Lake Clementine. 1200 acres is a pretty big chunk, nearly two square miles. I am concerned not only about public access issues, but also scenic impacts on the North Fork canyon. If anyone on this list can add any information about this Kalorama project I will forward it to the rest of the list.


Russell Towle

Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2000 08:14:55 -0800
To: "Terry Davis"
From: Russell Towle
Subject: Re: Wilderness Meeting
>What: Placer County wilderness campaign meeting
>When: Wednesday, August 23 at 7pm
>Where: Heath Wakelee's home in Granite Bay
Hi Terry,

I'm sorry, but I don't think I'll be able to make the meeting in Granite Bay.

The North Fork Trails piece in the Mother Lode Chapter newsletter generated a couple of inquiries, one having to do with making a donation to a trail for people with disabilities, the other, about the proposed Kalorama subdivision on 1200 acres above Lake Clementine. You probably know all about this.

I contacted Tina A. about the digital camera, 501-type donation, and she is looking into whether the CWC can act as an intermediary.

I am hoping to continue explorations along the edge of the North Fork Canyon between Sawtooth Ridge and Big Valley Bluff soon.

Russell Towle

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