Our May general membership meeting is coming up this Wednesday, and we have a great panel of speakers representing our county, state, and federal public lands to enlighten and inspire us about getting back to enjoying and appreciating our great outdoors. Save the Zoom link in your calendar to log in with us for another engaging meeting.

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Hiking in the Cleveland National Forest
Warm Greetings Environmental Democrats,

With spring in the air and the blossoming of a post-pandemic future on the horizon, we hope that this newsletter finds you in good health. As we collectively get to fully vaccinated status, it won't be long before we can begin getting together once again. While we look forward to that day, our upcoming May meeting will be on Zoom -- which has really changed the way we do meetings over the past 14 months, allowing those to join us from remote corners of the county and beyond. 

Here is the link:

This Wednesday, May 19
SDCDEA General Club Meeting

For our May monthly meeting, we will be celebrating reconnecting with nature, and all that San Diego County has to offer in our backyard.  
Join us for a lively and informative discussion about the reopening of our public lands, and the recreational opportunities that await our exploration for camping, hiking, and day visits. Our panel will feature Benjamin Gray (Recreation Manager, Palomar Ranger District, Cleveland National Forest), Ray Lennox (District Superintendent, Colorado Desert District, California State Parks), and Jessica Geiszler (Marketing and Public Outreach Manager, San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation). 

We'll get updates on recent news about environmental protection, including ReWild Mission Bay, the SDG&E franchise renewal and the fight for Public Power, legislative developments, and upcoming events of interest.

Our meetings are open to all; members will be granted priority for participation in Q&A with our panelists, and only members may participate in any votes taken during the meeting. To join or renew your membership with San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, please go directly to our membership page hosted at WildApricot.

Join us on Zoom beginning at 6:30 p.m. for check-in and announcements; our panel will convene at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 13
Club Hike at 
Louis A. Stelzer County Park

For our first post-pandemic hike, we will get together at Louis A. Stelzer County Park in Lakeside, located just off Wildcat Canyon Road, where we will witness the ability for our native habitats to recover from fire damage. Ninety-five percent of Stelzer County Park burned in the October 2003 Cedar Fire.  This will be a 2.6 mile loop of connecting trails beginning with the tree-shaded Riparian Trail along Wildcat Canyon Creek. The Wooten Loop and Stelzer Ridge trails open up to rocky hillsides and a few small meadows amidst coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and oak woodland vegetation. The (optional) connecting summit trail is a steeper, zig-zagging climb to the highest point in the park, Stelzer Summit at 1179 feet, where you'll be rewarded with 360-degree views of the surrounding areas. The trail is rated moderate, and has an overall elevation gain of just over 600 feet. Wildlife found in the park includes deer, raccoons, bobcats, and harmless rosy boa snakes. 

There is a parking fee of $3 -- carpool with your fellow EnviroDems and feel free to invite vaccinated friends who would be interested in what we do as a club. We will follow current CDC guidance which may permit us to go maskless. The plan is to gather in the parking lot near the ranger station and restrooms beginning at 9:30 a.m.  All hikers will be asked to sign a waiver before we commence our outing, and we'll get a group photo. Upon returning to our base between 12:30 and 1:00 pm., we'll get together for a picnic -- so plan ahead to bring a cooler of food and beverage to keep stowed in your vehicle.

Be sure to wear a hat and appropriate hiking clothes; bring along sunscreen and a reusable water bottle. 
Be aware that we will encounter poison oak along the trails. Dogs are permitted on a maximum 6-foot length leash.

RSVP at our Facebook event page for the hike -- and use the "Discussion" tab for any questions or to set up carpooling. 

For more information on Stelzer County Park features, rules, and regulations, check out this brochure

Join Or Renew With Us Today
Are you a new follower of our club, or a member whose annual dues have lapsed recently or over the past year?

Please join or renew with us today--San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action is the largest environmentally-focused Democratic club in Southern California. From the oceans to our deserts and urban environments, we take a stand against the polluters, the pillagers, and poachers -- so that the next generation can live healthfully in a region that still retains natural beauty and biological diversity. The advocacy we do with other organizations and with our elected officials is vital to implementing important conservation measures, addressing environmental justice issues affecting urban communities, and enacting meaningful changes that move us toward a 100% renewable energy future.

Our strength is in our numbers. We depend on your membership to amplify our voice and your participation within the club is needed to provide direction for the actions we take in our advocacy, activities, the resolutions that we adopt and promote, and volunteer work for endorsed political candidates who stand with us on the issues. General memberships are still just $25 for a full year, $40 for couples. If you are able to, consider joining or renewing at our Patron or Sustaining member levels.  We now use WildApricot for processing payments and managing our club membership -- go to to be a valued part of our movement!

Together we are making a difference.

We hope to see your smiling faces on Zoom this Wednesday!
Cody Petterson

Mia Taylor
Communications Director

Richard Ram
Vice President for Programs and Outreach

Board Members
Cody Petterson, president
Richard Ram, vice president for programs and outreach
Kevin Lourens, vice president for political action
Bridger Langfur, vice president for policy
Lauren Bier, secretary
Jerry Boggs, fundraising
Courtney Ransom, membership
Galena Robertson, treasurer
Mia Taylor, director of communications
Rick Guerrero, board member at-large
Kathryn Burton, board member at-large
David Engel, board member at-large
Brandon Coopersmith, board member at-large
Czeska Cabuhat, board member at-large
Vianna Ledesma, board member at-large
Photo Credits
Cleveland National Park photo from U.S. Department of Agriculture, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Palomar Mountain State Park trail sign photo by John Hoffman, courtesy of AllTrails
Louis A. Stelzer County Park Loop Trail photo by Natalie Wing, courtesy of AllTrails
Stelzer County Park Loop Trail map clipped from AllTrails
SDCDEA members at California Wolf Center by Elia Ram
Chartered in 2014, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action seeks to foster active interest in the Democratic Party, encourage greater support of the California Democratic Party environmental platform, contribute to party leadership and responsibility, provide a constructive role for volunteers in Democratic politics, promote an activist base, and assist and enable Democratic candidates to run, and win, on environmental and conservation principles.
SD EnviroDems at our California Wolf Center outing near Julian in June 2019.
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