The mission of CRSPIA is to support California State Parks, including Cuyamaca Rancho State Park by providing educational and interpretive activities as well as funding exhibits, building improvements, trails and our volunteers who patrol the trails to enhance the experience of our visitors.

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press release Sonoma Fire

10/13/17

California State Parks Offering ADDITIONAL Campsites to Displaced Residents Affected by Northern California Fires

CONTACT: Gloria Sandoval   I   Deputy Director of Public Affairs   I   916.956.6814

California State Parks Offering ADDITIONAL Campsites to Displaced Residents from Northern California Fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California State Parks announced today that it is opening additional campsites for displaced residents affected by the Northern California fires. The additional campsites are located within the following state parks: Van Damme, MacKerricher and Russian Gulch. Services available at these sites include showers, bathrooms, drinking water and trash bins. Although these campsites are not official evacuation sites, they will be open to meet the temporary immediate needs of displaced residents.

While the department is providing campsites, these sites do not have the full services or aid provided at official evacuation centers. California State Parks may only accommodate those who are self-contained. Those needing services which include food, bedding and personal services should locate to a designated evacuation center. Please check with your county or Cal OES to view information on evacuation centers -October Wildfires 2017.

California State Parks is working closely with fire officials and will respond to any evacuation notices should they arise. For the latest fire updates, please visit www.calfire.ca.gov.

 

Show Us Your Artistic Side - Enter Parks Fall Photo Contest

Story from: Jorge Moreno, Communications Office
Ahjumawi Lave Springs State Park in the Fall. Photo by Bryan Baer
Fall is one of the best times to be out and about in the Golden State - a season when the color of the leaves matches the state's nickname. Many of California’s state parks in Northern and Southern California display the fall colors and are full of fun activities.

We would like to invite our employees and volunteers to highlight California State Parks’ unique and diverse fall season with a “Parks Fall Photo” . The Communications Office will select five photos for use in future digests and social media channels, with photo credits.

From today, September 22, (when Fall begins) to December 1, department employees and volunteers can submit their best “Park Fall Photo” to the Communications Office via the Weekly Digest e-mail.

The rules/criteria to submit photos are:

  • Contest open only to employees and volunteers.
  • Photos must be submitted to the Weekly Digest email with subject “Parks Fall Photo Contest”
  • Photos must include a fall theme such as activities at a park, fall colors, fall festivities (Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.)
  • Photos must be taken between September 22 and December 1, 2017
  • Photos with images of non-park staff must include a photo Release Form (DPR 993)
  • Photo must be taken at one of California’s 280 state parks
  • Park employees and volunteers can submit photos
  • Photo will be judged on photo quality/uniqueness/moment captured/content
  • Top five photos will be shared on California State Parks’ social media channels and the Weekly Digest
  • Photos will be selected by the Communications Team who is not eligible to participate in the contest
  • Photo images should be a minimum of 1920×2400 ppi. 

If you have any questions on the contest, please send the Weekly Digest an email. Go out and take some amazing Park Fall Photos!

 

Saturdays in September join us for

Horses 101 Labor Day Saturday at 12:00 at Arroyo Seco Day Use

California State Parks Provides Tips on New Reservation System: ReserveCalifornia™ Live August 1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks is offering the public tips on how to access the Golden State’s new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia™. Starting next Tuesday, August 1, visitors to California’s state parks will have a new platform for booking camping and lodging sites, and tours. Using the new system will be easy to plan adventures within state parks, since it is similar to booking hotels, airline tickets and other comparable services.

Supporting state park field operations and enhancing the experience of visitors with a modern platform was key for transitioning to a new reservation system. The outdoor public spaces and recreational programs supported by California State Parks are a gateway to connecting with families, friends and communities. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, on and off-road cycling, hiking, camping, rock climbing, tours, hikes, school group enrichment, and special events are just some of the activities enjoyed in 280 state park units organized into 22 field districts.

“We’re excited about the new opportunities ReserveCalifornia™ will provide to California state park visitors,” said California State Parks Director Lisa Ann L. Mangat. “The new reservation system improves service delivery to our visitors online and in our park units. The public will be able to explore California’s outdoor recreational opportunities in a more modern way via interactive maps and other online tools. Go invent your adventure!”

ReserveCalifornia™ will provide more user-friendly web services and greater accessibility to more visitors for highly sought-after camping and lodging locations in California. A variety of new features will be phased in between August 1 and March 1, 2018, including moving from first-of-the-month on-sale days to a new rolling window reservation service. This means that visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date.

 

Jr Ranger Program

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has gone SOCIAL!
By Carmen Aurrecoechea

Recently, Interpreters Michele Hernandez and Carmen Aurrecoechea were approved to establish and begin posting on behalf of the Park. Social Media can serve as a tool to communicate with the public about many goings on in the park such as trail conditions, weather, wildlife sightings, etc. With care and accuracy this new media interpretation can attract new visitors, inspire friends and volunteers, reinforce management goals, encourage safe and responsible visitation, and present an approachable platform with which to learn about the park. Don’t have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?

Bookmark our pages and check the updates without an account with the links provided below!

https://www.facebook.com/cuyamacaranchostatepark/

https://twitter.com/CuyamacaRancho

https://www.instagram.com/cuyamacaranchostatepark/

Though both Michele and Carmen are passionate photographers, your submissions are welcome and encouraged! Share photos and/or videos you have taken while in the park to cuyamaca.interpreter@parks.ca.gov if you have signed and filled out the photo release form. If you have photos and have not yet filled out this form, please let us know and we will get one for you as it is required. When sending photos please be sure to specify when and where the photo was taken as well as a short description as to the context of the photo. We ask that you submit unaltered photos. FOLLOW US, LIKE US; WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE PARK. We look forward to seeing and sharing your wonderful photos!

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The Dyar House Working Team

Dyar House
Today we resurrect the past, To serve and protect in the future

The Dyar House at Cuyamaca Rancho SP. Built, Gone, but Rising Anew!

We of the CRSPIA BOD understand any such rebuild or restoration will require constant and ongoing
communication with CSP, starting with discussion with the Sector Superintendent. Before the overall
process of rebuilding can even be initiated, there is much groundwork AKA pre-work that must be
initiated and continued as the rebuild progresses. As a board we are aware will need to work more
with local politicians and agencies, work more with other local interest groups, work more through the
committee process, and with various contractors and subcontractors involved in the effort.

Dyar House

The Dyar House was built in 1923 as a vacation home by Ralph and Helen Dyar, who owned the Rancho at
the time. The Dyars used Los Angeles Architect Arthur E. Harvey to design the house, and had it built for
$35,000. The house featured native stone from the ruins of an 1850s ranch cabin nearby, beams from the
1880s-built Stonewall Mine complex, and a rustic style that fit the Natural World around it.


In addition to the house, the Dyar Estate included a pool, a stable, a generator house to provide power
and pump water, and garage where their Cadillacs and chauffer resided. The general lifestyle at the
House might be described as relaxed graciousness, where a variety of outdoor pursuits were available to
do/not do, as the guests desired. Those pursuits included horse riding, fishing, swimming, and hiking
When the Dyars sold Cuyamaca Rancho to the State in 1933, they accepted a very slight sum, donating
about half the value of the Rancho to the State. The house then became the headquarters of the new
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. In various combinations it served for decades as HQ, and a residence, and a
museum. The garage and power plant buildings were used for storage and operations by the park’s large
and active volunteer groups from 1977 on. Despite valiant efforts by CDF and other employees to save it,
the whole complex burned in the Cedar Fire in 2003.
Those volunteer groups donate around 10,000 volunteer work hours a year to the park and its visitors. In
addition to their volunteer duties, they have always been the source of the Board of Directors of CRSPIA,
a 501c3 founded in 1977 to support the park. As today’s Board, we are starting with Superintendent
Kevin Best and the California State Parks system to begin the rebuild of the Dyar House.

 

dyer house Architect Arthur E. Harvey to design the house, and had it built for $35,000. The house featured native stone from the ruins of an 1850s ranch cabin nearby, beams from the 1880sbuilt Stonewall Mine complex, and a rustic style that fit the Natural World around it. In addition to the house, the Dyar Estate included a pool, a stable, a generator house to provide power and pump water, and garage where their Cadillacs and chauffer resided. The general lifestyle at the House might be described as relaxed graciousness, where a variety of outdoor pursuits were available to do/not do, as the guests desired. Those pursuits included horse riding, fishing, swimming, and hiking. When the Dyars sold Cuyamaca Rancho to the State in 1933, they accepted a very slight sum, donating about half the value of the Rancho to the State. The house then became the headquarters of the new Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. In various combinations it served for decades as HQ, and a residence, and a museum. The garage and power plant buildings were used for storage and operations by the park’s large and active volunteer groups from 1977 on. Despite valiant efforts by CDF and other employees to save it, the whole complex burned in the Cedar Fire in 2003.

The Dyar House was built in 1923 as a vacation home by Ralph and Helen Dyar, who owned the Rancho at the time. The Dyars used Los Angeles

reprinted from Winter 2017 Tracks

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Meet our Wonderful Interpreters funded by CRSPIA

Our newest interpreter is Carmen Aurrecochea. She is a recent graduate from SDSU in geography with an emphasis in methods of geographical analysis. She also interned at San Diego Canyonlands. Being a native San Diegan has given her the drive and desire to work in parks and to start in state parks, her vision is to utilize modern technology to reach new visitors and teach them how to interact appropriately with the environment. She is excited to be here in our park.
Michele Hernandez Our long time park volunteer and interpretation specialist, Michele Hernandez, started last year and we are so grateful to have her continue this year as well. She has been instrumental this year in adding interesting Programs in the Park, such as Raptors and Star Parties. If you haven’t seen any of the programs, you are missing out.
Michele brings an extensive knowledge of all things in our parking including but not limited to flower, butterfly and bird identification. She is also a fabulous photographer. You can check out her photos elsewhere on our website.
Photo by David Canedo The next time you are in the park; don’t forget to go to the visitor center to say hi to our two interpreters. They will answer all of your questions and recommend activities such where to hike, mountain bike or simply have a nice picnic.

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For general public comment, the [501(c)3], Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association (CRSPIA) Board of Directors by unanimous vote opposes the proposed off-trail use restrictions of Title 14 under the Public Resources Code Sections 5003 and 5008 which authorizes DPR to adopt the proposed regulations, implement, interpret, and make specific PRCS 5003, 5008, 5019.50, 5019.65, 5019.71 and 5019.74.
CRSPIA recommends the following:

Interpreter Michele - PHOTOS

08/29/16 Recent Green Valley falls pictures. All of the upper falls area. The water doesn't go to the lower falls area.

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See more pictures by Michele Hernandez

Remember CRSPIA current members get a 20% discount and also our partners  all Park Staff get the discount also. 

C.R.S.P.I.A. at Work

CRSPIA at Work

Come check out our docent tent. Interpreter Michele, Volunteers Heather & Dave greet hikers at Green Valley Campground near the trailhead for the falls.

   There are maps, trails suggestions and lots of items that kids (and adults) can touch. Skunk & bobcat skins. Bones from wild animals and replicas made to show size & Shapes of animals. Rangers and Volunteers are very knowledgeable and love to use any opportunity to share their knowledge.

  During the summer, every Saturday at 9am there is a Nature Walk that starts at the picnic area at Paso Picacho. Check with the kiosk to find out about available programs. There is also a Jr Ranger program. Saturday evenings, there are educational and interactive experiences called campfire programs. These could include Reptiles & Bugs, Star Party & Birds of Prey. Times and locations will be announced on the events page.

 

  Notice to hikers, campers and Horse riders, the well at Granite Springs Trail Camp has run dry.  There is no water available at this Trail Camp.  Anyone hiking to this area is advised to take enough water for your hike up and back.  There is no water for horses.

                       

  A Note About our Website. Thank you for visiting CRSPIA.org!  It is our goal to provide you with current and relevant information about CRSPIA and the Park through our Website. 

Message from Webmaster:

Please be aware that CRSPIA has not authorized any other fundraising site or organization to collect funds.

We have discovered two sites that purport to collect money for '.org' sites in a specific community. If you search for organizations in Julian, or any other community, these sites present a button that allows an internet user to "donate" money to the selected organization. These sites then keep some portion of the donated amount and try to negotiate with the organization before they release the donated funds.

CRSPIA.org is the only site you should use to donate money from your PayPal or credit card account. If you run into one of these other fund-raising sites, please do not use it.