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Manes & Trails: The future of Cuyamaca State Park: Part II

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The most pivotal event for the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (CRSP) occurred between Oct. 25 and Nov. 3, 2007. The Witch Creek fire ripped through the park destroying 24,308 acres of the 24,780-acre park.

Ninety-five percent of the conifer trees burned. Seventy-five percent of the park’s oak trees were instantly charcoal. The landscape changed, perhaps forever.

Manes & Trails: The Future of Cuyamaca

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State officials are looking at the future of the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park nearly a decade after the 2003 wildfires that devastated much of San Diego County. As part of the State Park General Plan Update, a team of scientists, historians, archeologists, rangers, landscape architects, interpreters, maintenance staff, and others have gathered information and plan [...]

The Thrill of the Drille

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Riding patterns, challenging your horse and your skills as a rider can be fun. If you have never tried drill riding, now could be your chance.

I had the wonderful opportunity to ride with the Drille Divas earlier this year and my first drill experience it was a blast! In a relaxed setting with very kind ladies, Cricket and I trotted and loped the patterns we were taught with huge smiles on our faces

Is state funding really as bad as reported?

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On Friday, July 20, there were reports of millions of dollars being found and heads would roll at the state level. This matters a great deal to me as an outdoor enthusiast and state park user and fan.

Amidst the closure of over 70 state park areas across California, including San Pasqual Battlefield, and threats of more closures and reductions in park hours over the past couple of years, public outcry has been vast and loud against the closures.

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I first met the people and horses of Coyote Canyon Caballos d’Anza (CCCDA) about four years ago. I have always had an interest in wild horses, and since owning one that interest has grown. I watch for all information about what is happening with them mostly via email and saw a note about the last of the wild horses and burros being removed from the Anza Borrego desert as recently as 2003. Some reports that there were a few stragglers caught up in 2007 and removed were difficult to verify.

Manes & Trails: Original horses of Ramona

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The horse has been part of North America since, well, forever. San Diego Zoological Society believes the horse originated in North America millions of years ago, then went extinct on this continent. Horses were reintroduced by Spanish visitors and have been a part of Southern California for centuries.

My interest in wild horses began when dreaming of the wild horses in my childhood, and wild horses in my life became a reality when I adopted Cricket. The Mustang is a descendent of

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Bucking is a very undesirable behavior in our horses even though it is a natural one. Bucking horses are scary, as it seems so out of control to most of us. It’s a powerful movement that everyone recognizes as dangerous, whether you’re a horse person or not.

I used to think, long, long ago, that riding a bucking horse was fun, that it was a challenge. I was young and silly back then. Now I don’t ever want a horse to buck when I am riding. It hurts my back among other parts of my body. Riding a buck is a lot like being on a catapult.

Manes & Trails – A trail to nowhere: Easements and making connections

Last in a three-part series

Having the Ramona Trails and Pathways Master Plan in place and knowing that the basics of funding trails and pathways must be done, no plan can move forward without easements.

Easements are the cornerstone for connecting trails and pathways and can be purchased (which goes right back to funding), may be donated or built into the road plans by Department of Public Works (DPW) or development plans as Ramona grows and changes, which is the most frequent

Manes & Trails: Funding connections for a Trail to Nowhere

With our community having a comprehensive trails and pathways plan on paper, one of the biggest challenges is finding money to take it from paper to dirt. With money tight everywhere at the state level, county level, and local level, money for trails — and everything else — is even more difficult to find than it used to be, but it can and does happen. There are many ways to fund trails and pathways in our community from state to local opportunities.

Manes & Trails: A Trail to Nowhere

Ramona Community Trails and Pathways Master Plan: I have ventured a guess that most of you do not know what that is, or if you think you may know, you’ve probably never seen it. I am thankful for those of you who are aware and knowledgeable regarding the Plan.

Ever thought about or said something about the “trail to nowhere” in Ramona? I know some of you have because in all the years I’ve been involved with trail advocacy I’ve heard people mention, “The trail to nowhere” or ask why “we need to build this trail to nowhere.”

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