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Old 03-05-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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An update today from SOS, March 5th, 2013
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Stewards Of The Sequoia Ruffles Some Feathers

The local Newspaper Kern Valley Sun has run an article about the Audubon attempt to block Stewards trail maintenance
Horgan was angered by the Audubon Society’s letter, and viewed the letter as an attempt to block the release of funding and trail maintenance on public lands.
“Audubon has a lot of preserves and their mission is supposed to be about conservation. So why would they block stewardship work that would reduce the environmental impacts of trails while keeping the trails open and enjoyable for everyone?” Horgan said. “I thought the Audubon Society was a member of the community, but their letter has shown themselves to be bad neighbors.”
http://www.kernvalleysun.com/news/local/article_b1f5f372-7b74-11e2-8f4f-0019bb2963f4.html

Audubon Society California Director phoned Stewards and said that people calling their office has wasted a considerable amount of Audubon staff time, which begs the question of their wasting a considerable amount of Kern County staff, legal counsel and commissioners time with their totally baseless letter.

Audubon Society needs to continue to hear from the public by calling 800-542-2748 and politely let them know what you think about Kern Audubon Society wasting Kern County staff time while attempting to block non profit conservation organizations like Stewards of the Sequoia from getting funding to augment our volunteer programs on public lands.
The public has a right to recreate on their public lands. This would be the first Kern County grant for trail maintenance in the multi decade history of this grant program, It cannot be a coincidence that Audubon chose this time to air their objections.
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