Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 1/5/06

  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Paul Vincze, Sam Drake, Holly Davis, Ken Silveira
  • Eric Goodrich is the ranger handling Santa Teresa Park, Hellyer, Ed Levin, Grant, Field Sports, the Mounted Ranger Unit, and the Coyote Creek Trail from Metcalf north.
  • Ken Silveira is handling Anderson, Coyote, Mt. Madonna, Uvas, and the Coyote Creek Trail south of Metcalf.
  • Jeff Sewell is handling Almaden Quicksilver, Vasona, Sanborn, and Stevens Creek.
  • Heidi is back as the volunteer coordinator. 
  • The new trail to Buck Norred's is still being evaluated. Don Rocha will be going out to look at areas to widen to allow bikes and horses on it. The Brockenhurst gate is part of the same package as the trail, so it has also been delayed.
  • Mike Boulland said that he talked to Joe Schultz. Joe said he met with Forrest Williams to discuss the pig problems. Joe agreed to trap the pigs if they continue to be a problem. Forrest said the city will produce a brochure on how to handle pigs.
  • Ron said that the best place to trap the pigs is at the Mounted Ranger Unit. The pigs have been seen coming out of the MRU gate. Traps placed at the MRU will be less likely to be vandalized than in isolated areas of the park.
  • Sam Drake helped with the painting of the Bernal Ranch house. Ed Jackson was also there. About 30 people were there. The house was painted by about a dozen Boy Scouts. Ed and Sam helped to supervise the fence-painting. There were 10-15 kids painting the fence. Afterwards, John Dorrance told stories in the barn. They had pizza for lunch.
  • We talked about opening the parking lot at the Bernal Ranch. The problem is that it needs boulders to prevent cars from driving through the ranch. Kitty said she'd like to be able to drive up closer to be able to deliver supplies for events. Removable poles would be better. We wanted to know if it could be opened for big events. 
  • Ron showed pictures: Santa Claus in the Bernal Ranch house, the rocky drainage area near the Joice Trailhead, where a little girl was bitten by  a snake (a dry bite), wire on the fence by the Bernal Ranch House to keep pigs out of the garden, someone getting a parking ticket at the Pueblo Area, a coyote by the Fortini Trail, a car that drove through the field at the Pueblo Area, the Ohlone Trail and new bridge near the archery range, the locked gate behind the driving range, pig damage on the hillside below the Wright Center, the repaved Mine Trail after the rains (still looks good), an owl box on the tree by the Bernal Ranch House, flags on the hillside above the Canal marking the new trail route, the lowering of the level of the pond at the springs, and sparklers in the pond.
  • Our bank balance is $433.43.
  • We need to pay a $20 fee to renew our domain name. We'll take it out of our bank account.
  • Mike gave a presentation on Changara's treasure at the Wright Center in front of 5 girls and 15 boys, about 14-16 years in age.
  • The kids at the Wright Center are looking for projects to do. They are helping out at the Mounted Ranger Unit.
  • Sam talked about geocaching. He will be attending a meeting on the 20th which may lead to a formal geocache policy for the county parks. East Bay Regional Parks hosted a workshop on geocaching. Steve Wood, who is a geocacher and teaches geocaching classes at REI, gave a presentation to them. It was well-received. He sent a copy of his presentation to Lisa Killough EBRPD will be having a meeting to define a formal geocaching policy next week. Kathleen Hooper invited Sam, Mike, and Steve Wood to a workshop on 1/20 to discuss geocaching and the park's policy.
  • Ron said he would do another photo class at the Bernal Ranch in the spring when the wildflowers are out.
  • Kathleen Hooper wants Kitty to do another widflower scavenger hunt.
  • Mike, Kitty, and Holly helped at the Fantasy of Lights.
  • Ron recommended we participate in the Santa Teresa Community Fest this year.
  • Ron suggested we have a picnic BBQ with our families at the Pueblo Area in May. We could go geocaching while we're there.
  • We will have a potluck dinner meeting at Mike's house on February 2 at 7:00. Bring a drink and side dish. RSVP with the number coming. 
  • Volunteer Hours:
    • Ronald Horii: 17
    • Mike Boulland: 30
    • Kitty Monahan:  6
    • Paul Vincze: 20
    • Sam Drake: 6
    • Holly Davis: 10
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