Dismissal of CEA lawsuit and projected opening of Green Valley Equestrian Camp.

August 18th, 2010

Starting in September, individuals and families will once again be able to camp with their horses, mules and ponies in the Cuyamaca mountains east of San Diego. For over 50 years, horse enthusiasts enjoyed shady campsites and quiet trails at the Los Caballos Family Horse Camp in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. But after the Cedar Fire in 2003 cultural resource protection issues shut down the camp. Now, with the anticipated opening of converted facilities at the Green Valley
campground, equestrians will have a place to camp in the park.

In 2003 the Cedar Fire devastated much of San Diego County in southern California. Many public facilities were closed due to damage or for resource protection. In the 7 years since the fire, the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association (CEA) has attempted to work with California State Parks to reopen the Los Caballos Family Horse Camp in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Failing that, the hope was to establish a new family camping experience comparable to Los Caballos.

In 2008, State Parks announced it was going to “clean up” Los Caballos Horse Camp, which had been left relatively undamaged by the fire. CEA discovered that the result of this “clean up” project would have been the complete dismantling of the equestrian camp.

CEA, after requesting and receiving input from the membership, along with donations, filed a lawsuit on October 30, 2008 in order to stop the State Park’s proposed “cleanup” project. Prevailing in the
lawsuit would have left Los Caballos in its current condition, but would not have allowed for the reopening of the camp for equestrian use CEA has kept the lawsuit open while negotiating in good faith with State Parks and then monitoring the process for the conversion of Green Valley
Falls Sweetwater Loop into a family equestrian camping area.

In July, 2010, CEA’s attorney, Cory Briggs, received the following from State Parks attorney, Carol A. Squire, “The conversion project for the new horse camp in Green Valley will be completed by the end of
next month, August 2010.” Accordingly CEA has filed for dismissal of the litigation.

CEA member groups and fellow equestrians are looking forward to the anticipated September 3rd opening of the Green Valley equestrian loop. Individuals, families and friends will once again enjoy camping and riding in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Development of a replacement camp for Los Caballos in the north end of the park remains to be accomplished.

Groups and individuals have donated generously to support the legal efforts by CEA. After paying all attorney fees and court costs, $1,500 remains in the CEA treasury. In accordance with CEA’s commitment to refund the balance of funds donated specifically for legal costs, we have been asking these donors to allow CEA to transfer the donor’s refund into a designated Green Valley Falls Equestrian Camp fund. A letter to those donors will be mailed shortly.

Map of Equestrian Facilities

August 18th, 2010


View Rancho Cuyamaca Equestrian Facilities in a larger map

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Green Valley Falls family equestrian campground

August 18th, 2010

The final push to complete the new family equestrian campground at Green Valley Falls is underway! Almost all of the corrals are in place, sites have been realigned, new water lines are being dug, picnic tables and fire rings are being replaced or repaired. We’ll have a couple of pull throughs, but there will be a lot of back in sites. So don’t be afraid to ask for help backing in!

Update for March 2010

March 2nd, 2010

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA board has decided, since most member groups do not send representatives to CEA General Meetings and the distance of most members to attend meetings and the ease of communicating through email, that CEA General Meetings will be held biannually, the first Thursday of April and October. The next meeting will be April 1 and then October 7 at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to preserving (not reopening) Los Caballos. CEA remains committed to the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Draft Environmental Impact Report on Cuyamaca Equestrian Facilities is out. For supplemental information (layouts and maps) see figures scroll down to San Diego then to Cuyamaca.

The draft EIR is being circulated for public review and comment for a period of 45 days, beginning February 17, 2010. Questions regarding the project should be directed to:

Christine Beck, Environmental Coordinator
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Southern Service Center
8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 270
San Diego, CA 92108
enviro@parks.ca.gov
(619) 220-5300
(619) 220-5400 (fax)

Your views and comments on this project are welcomed and must be in writing. Comments may be submitted by mail, fax, in person, or e-mail. All comments should be submitted no later than April 2, 2010 to the address listed above with a contact name and mailing address for the public record.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Disneyland is offering a free day pass for a day of volunteering in the park. www.disneyparks.com Click on “Give a Day”, then “Start Now”. Search for area code 91916 after January 20 – Cuyamaca trail work should show up. Follow directions. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help! This time of year is perfect for working on the trails.
• Trail conditions – Great trail riding conditions except for fallen trees after winds. Be prepared to backtrack if you can’t pass the obstacle. Remember to use fire roads after rains to give the trails a chance to firm up so as to prevent trail damage. Enjoy your park!

Announcements
• Note: CEA meeting dates changed to April 1 and October 7. Updates will come out monthly. Please contact Ernie Smith ernestoz@yahoo.com with any questions/input regarding CEA or your club’s activities. Copy to Peggy Martin peggy150@gmail.com so that information may be included in monthly updates.
• Join your local riding groups and state-wide ones such as Backcountry Horseman and California State Horsemen’s Association. Your dues are important for the good work of these organizations promoting equestrian access and activities.
• Vallecito Days – March 5-7, Contact Terry Jorgensen tlh9749@yahoo.com 760-789-5185
• Warner Springs FFA Benefit Trail Ride – April 10 & 11, Contact Sherri Freeman freemans@sdcoe.k12.ca.us 760-782-3517 x 50.
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, is open for horse camping and riding. 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: * Vern Whittaker Camp. http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Anza_Borrego_Desert_Sp/r/campsiteDetails.do?contractCode=CA&siteId=533&parkId=120006 800-444-7275 * Primitive camping in Blair Valley.
* Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley http://www.stagecoachtrails.com 760-765-3765 * Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com 760-765-1463
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides off Hwy 79. 760-787-2201

Opportunity to donate to CEA when you shop online

GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com support non-profit organizations such as CEA by counting the number of searches (powered by Yahoo) you make or purchases completed through the GoodShop.com portal. There are two ways you can participate.

• Install a toolbar using the following link. http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/cuyamaca-equestrian-association Both sites are contained in the GoodSearch toolbar. Make sure the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is in the “I support:” text field after the toolbar is installed. One cool thing about the toolbar is that when you visit a sponsoring site to purchase something online, the donation icon in the toolbar will light up and/or the coupon icon as well. Great coupons! Just a reminder, if you are shopping online you need to go through GoodShop.com or one of the other buttons on the GoodSearch tool bar to obtain the donation.
• Bookmark GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com.as favorites and use them when making online purchases. Enter Cuyamaca Equestrian Association in “Who do you GoodSearch for?”, then enter your search. Next time you search CEA will already be listed. For shopping you are asked to enter the store name, so I just tried Amazon which gives 1.5% donation!

Questions? Email Ernie Smith at ernestoz@yahoo.com. Happy Holiday shopping!

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
Any donation of $500 or more toward the costs of the lawsuit qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Update for January 2010

January 14th, 2010

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
The next meeting will be February 4, 2010.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to Los Caballos and prepared to go to court. CEA remains committed to the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The Draft EIR on the equestrian projects is expected soon which is the next step in the CEQA process. CEA will send out information as it becomes available. Thanks to all equestrians who wrote in support of equestrian facilities in the park.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org Disneyland is offering a free day pass for a day of volunteering in the park. www.disneyparks.com Click on “Give a Day”, then “Start Now”. Search for area code 91916 after January 20 – Cuyamaca trail work should show up. Follow directions. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help! This time of year is perfect for working on the trails.
• Trail conditions – Great trail riding conditions except for fallen trees after winds. Be prepared to backtrack if you can’t pass the obstacle. Remember to use fire roads after rains to give the trails a chance to firm up so as to prevent trail damage. Enjoy your park!

Announcements
• Join your local riding groups and state-wide ones such as Backcountry Horseman and California State Horsemen’s Association. Your dues are important for the good work of these organizations promoting equestrian access and activities.
• Vallecito Days – March 5-7, Contact Terry Jorgensen tlh9749@yahoo.com 760-789-5185
• Warner Springs FFA Benefit Trail Ride – April 10 & 11, Contact Sherri Freeman freemans@sdcoe.k12.ca.us 760-782-3517 x 50.
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, is open for horse camping and riding. 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: * Vern Whittaker Camp. 800-444-7275 * Primitive camping in Blair Valley.
* Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley 760-765-3765 * Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com 760-765-1463
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides off Hwy 79. 760-787-2201

Opportunity to donate to CEA when you shop online

GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com support non-profit organizations such as CEA by counting the number of searches (powered by Yahoo) you make or purchases completed through the GoodShop.com portal. There are two ways you can participate.

• Install a toolbar using the following link. Both sites are contained in the GoodSearch toolbar. Make sure the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is in the “I support:” text field after the toolbar is installed. One cool thing about the toolbar is that when you visit a sponsoring site to purchase something online, the donation icon in the toolbar will light up and/or the coupon icon as well. Great coupons! Just a reminder, if you are shopping online you need to go through GoodShop.com or one of the other buttons on the GoodSearch tool bar to obtain the donation.
• Bookmark GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com.as favorites and use them when making online purchases. Enter Cuyamaca Equestrian Association in “Who do you GoodSearch for?”, then enter your search. Next time you search CEA will already be listed. For shopping you are asked to enter the store name, so I just tried Amazon which gives 1.5% donation!

With one person using this tool, CEA raised $10 over a three month trial period; imagine if the entire horse community used this tool to further equestrian causes.

Questions? Email Ernie Smith at ernestoz@yahoo.com. Happy Holiday shopping!

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
Any donation of $500 or more toward the costs of the lawsuit qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Update for November 2009

November 28th, 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
The next meeting will be January 7th, 2009. Remember: CEA does NOT meet in December.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to Los Caballos. The trial date (unless the matter is resolved before that time) will be January 22, 2010, CEA remains committed to preserving the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Granite Springs has water again, but be prepared in case it goes dry! Water is available at Dyer Springs. Ceonothus is making some trails unridable, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harpers Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back! This time of year is perfect for working on the trails.

Announcements
• A reminder to all trail users: Please stay on the trails, gently encourage others to stay on trails, and always be respectful of Park Rangers, volunteers, and staff.

Opportunity to donate to CEA when you shop online

GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com support non-profit organizations such as CEA by counting the number of searches (powered by Yahoo) you make or purchases completed through the GoodShop.com portal. There are two ways you can participate.

• Install a toolbar using the following link. http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/cuyamaca-equestrian-association Both sites are contained in the GoodSearch toolbar. Make sure the Cuyamaca Equestrian Association is in the “I support:” text field after the toolbar is installed. One cool thing about the toolbar is that when you visit a sponsoring site to purchase something online, the donation icon in the toolbar will light up and/or the coupon icon as well. Great coupons! Just a reminder, if you are shopping online you need to go through GoodShop.com or one of the other buttons on the GoodSearch tool bar to obtain the donation.
• Bookmark GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com.as favorites and use them when making online purchases. Enter Cuyamaca Equestrian Association in “Who do you GoodSearch for?”, then enter your search. Next time you search CEA will already be listed. For shopping you are asked to enter the store name, so I just tried Amazon which gives 1.5% donation!

With one person using this tool, CEA raised $10 over a three month trial period; imagine if the entire horse community used this tool to further equestrian causes.

Questions? Email Ernie Smith at ernestoz@yahoo.com. Happy Holiday shopping!

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
Any donation of $500 or more toward the costs of the lawsuit will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association Update for October 2009

October 27th, 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit.
The next meeting will be Thursday November 5th, 2009. Remember: CEA does NOT meet in December.
Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

CEA is continuing to negotiate a settlement with respect to Los Caballos. The trial date (unless the matter is resolved before that time) will be January 22, 2010, CEA remains committed to preserving the family camping experience in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Please send a tax deductible donation to support CEA legal efforts. Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

CEA Board positions
Three CEA Board positions were filled, each by unanimous vote. You may remember that alternating halves of the board are elected each year, to avoid having an entirely new board all at once. The newly elected members are: Bernie Martin, Ernie Smith, and Cindy McKievick. Many thanks to them for their willingness to put in the time and effort required for this work.

Park News:
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Granite Springs has water again, but be prepared in case it goes dry! Water is available at Dyer Springs. Ceonothus is making some trails unridable, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harpers Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back! The weather is cooling off, so we have some great working days ahead.

Announcements
• A reminder to all trail users: Please stay on the trails, gently encourage others to stay on trails, and always be respectful of Park Rangers, volunteers, and staff.
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact: Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. Contact: Los Coyotes office: 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley reopened to horses, again! Camping with horses is available at Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com Primitive camping in Blair Valley. Vern Whittaker Camp will, as the others, be nice starting in the fall.
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides in their beautiful reservation off Hwy 79. Contact Casino for details.

How to Support CEA
• Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Come to our meetings
• Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Update for September 2009

September 22nd, 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be October 1, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos:
CEA remains willing, as always, to negotiate a settlement, however we are preparing for a trial date of January 22, 2010. We are waiting for word from State Parks….
Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court with fees paid by State Parks. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

CEA Board positions – call for candidate’s statements
Three CEA Board positions will be open. Voting will take place in October. Board positions start in January 2009 and run for two years. Officers are elected by the Board.

Candidate’s statements may be sent to Linda Eskin linda@lindaeskin.com. Statements are due by September 30, 2009. Please consider getting involved with CEA.

Park News:
Proposed State Park closures – Not sure of the status of parks at this time…
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. ;Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Granite Springs is dry! Water is available at Dyer Springs. Ceonothus is taking over some trails, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harper Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back! The weather will be cooling off soon…

Announcements
• Poker Ride and Stride - October 11 - Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association (TOVEA) hosts this annual event held to benefit the City of San Marcos Walnut Grove Park the only public north county San Diego equestrian facility. Contact: www.helpthehorsepark.com and http://www.keepitequestrian.com/
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact: Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. Contact: Los Coyotes office: 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley is closed to horses. Camping with horses is available at Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com Primitive camping in Blair Valley. Vern Whittaker Camp will, as the others, be nice starting in the fall.
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides in their beautiful reservation off Hwy 79. Contact Casino for details.

How to Support CEA
o Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
o Come to our meetings
o Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

GoodSearch donations

August 4th, 2009


GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

CEA has joined GoodSearch for help in raising donations, the above link already has our charity ID embedded into the logo. However, if you go directly to their site please remember to enter Cuyamaca Equestrian Association into the “WHO DO YOU GOODSEARCH FOR?” field. Each search raises one penny for our cause, purchases made via the GoodShop portal raise a percentage of the sale. And yes, Horse.com is a participant but you must go through the GoodShop portal.

Update for July 2009

July 7th, 2009

Cuyamaca Equestrian Association
Update for July 2009

Every interested equestrian is welcome to attend CEA General Meetings.
**Change of meeting. No meeting will be held in August. Meeting day and location: CEA meetings are the first Thursday each month at Coco’s restaurant,1324 E. Main Street, El Cajon (near Main and 2nd/Jamacha). The meetings start at 7 p.m. Come at 6:30 and have dinner beforehand and visit. The next meeting will be September 3, 2009. Questions or directions: Linda Eskin 619 368-4333 (cell) or linda@lindaeskin.com.

Save Los Caballos:
CEA remains willing, as always, to negotiate a settlement, however we are preparing for a trial date of January 22, 2010.
Would you please send a tax deductible donation to support this legal Tax deductible donations may be written to CEA and sent to CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916. Any donation of $500 or more will be matched and also qualifies for a refund (proportional to expenses incurred) if the lawsuit settles or we prevail in court. Thanks to all who have supported this legal action.

Park News

Proposed State Park closures – Your help is needed to prevent the closure of our state parks, especially Cuyamaca. Closing state parks as a state budgetary solution is faulty given that more money is generated in our economy by state parks that they cost the state. One way to learn more and to comment http://ga3.org/campaign/budget_may09 Another way http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/action/preservation/save-our-state-parks?%20id4=ES

• NATRC Event staged in Merigan field - A pilot event was staged out of the Merigan field, allowing small groups the possible opportunity to hold events from the area that was thoroughly studied by State Parks. More news to come.
• Adopt a work party – Do you enjoy the trails of Cuyamaca? They desperately need your help. Take one day out of 365 to give to the park. Encourage your club membership to volunteer for a workparty date. ;Information on the CEA website www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
• Trail conditions – Ceonothus is taking over some trails, such as Harvey Moore from Granite Springs to Harper Creek and parts of the West Mesa Trail. Trail Maintenance Unit really could use some help to take the trails back!

Announcements
• CHSA (California State Horsemen’s Association) TRAP (Trail Riders Award Program) – Opportunity to keep track of your riding for your fun and awards, and also to document trail use. http://www.geocities.com/cshatrap Contact Ann Laux Tipps annlaux@mac.com
• New website http://socalhorses.forummotion.com/forum.htm to network information about horses who need homes in the southern California area.
• Camping and riding opportunities:
o Los Coyotes Horse Camp, site of the CEA Gathering in 2007, has reopened for horse camping only. The campground is a large open mature oak grove. Dirt roads and a network of trails offer lots of riding options. The trails have not been maintained for the last 2 years, so be prepared for uncertain trail conditions. Cost to day ride is $13. Cost to camp is $26/night. No group discounts. No reservations necessary. Guard gate is “manned” 24/7; check in and pay there on arrival. Bring all water for yourself and horse/s. No water available yet in camp. Any questions: Call Los Coyotes office: 760-782-0711
o Vulcan Mountain preserve on Farmer Road in Julian is open to riding.
o Anza Borrego area: Stagecoach camp in Shelter Valley is closed to horses. Camping with horses is available at Butterfield Resort. www.ButterfieldResort.com Primitive camping in Blair Valley. Vern Whittaker Camp will, as the others, be nice starting in the fall.
o Santa Ysabel Casino is holding periodic guided rides in their beautiful reservation off Hwy 79. Costs are $25/person which includes lunch on the trail and $25 gaming chips. Contact Casino for details.

How to Support CEA
o Join CEA, as an individual or club by going to “Join CEA” at www.cuyamacaequestrian.org
o Come to our meetings
o Donate tax deductible funds to further CEA’s work. Mail checks to: CEA, PO Box 79, Descanso, CA 91916.
Your donations are much appreciated in the support of equestrian interests in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.