Friends of Daley Ranch Board Minutes

May 16, 2018


Present: Colleen Mackinnon, Rick Paul, Fred Woods, Dick Althouse, and Rick Mercurio.


Resignation, Minutes and Treasurer’s Report: Colleen opened the meeting at her house at 7 p.m.  The Board acknowledged the resignation of vice-president Jim Schafer from the FODR executive board. We all recognized the good work Jim has done for us over the years, and we sincerely hope he can re-join us when he is able. The minutes from the April meeting were approved by acclamation.  Rick Paul delivered his treasurer’s report. We had a $500 donation to Save1000Acres from one of our members, as well as a renewal. Fred will ask Jim if he can continue to collect the money from the iron ranger for us. Rick P said he authorized a large payment to cover the expense of the buses for the school visits.


Children’s Museum Event: Colleen and Rick M will represent FODR at a special event on this Saturday, May 19. The Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido is presenting a program for kids up to the age of 10, focused on outdoor exploration. San Dieguito River Park Conservancy will also participate. Rick and Colleen will provide an activity station where kids may plant a seed and take it home for their own garden.


Newsletter: The next edition is set for July, and the Board agreed on a few items. Colleen will write a summary of her work on the collaborative grant with TECC on the Conservation Fellowship. Rick M will ask Denise Harter to submit an article on the problem with laurel sumac, along with a photo. Rick M will excerpt the article from EUSD, written by David Woods, about the district’s partnership with FODR for the school visits. We will include a “Save the Date” for the annual picnic in November. We will try to recruit members to help with Second Sunday. And finally, we will continue to include the Save1000Acres box.


School Visits: Fred reported that four days have already been booked by two schools for next year’s trips. Fred is also working on arrangements and costs for the raptor learning station. He and Colleen will attend the Rotary meeting on May 22 to receive the Rotary grant of $2000 for the school program.


Second Sunday: Colleen noted that FODR should try to attend these events. Rick M and Fred have been there off and on, but we will attempt to be more consistent. Colleen agreed to attend on July 8. We will also try to “recruit” volunteers via our newsletter.


Collaborative Grant: Colleen is preparing to work on the MALK grant this summer, along with Rose, a volunteer intern, and TECC. This grant of $9650 is being administered by TECC, and the possibilities for how we proceed are many. The grant calls for service to and by 25 disadvantaged youth for some sort of restoration work, encompassing an educational theme. This could include overnight primitive camping at the ranch by scouts or other groups. An interpretive trail could also be part of the project.


Gold Spotted Oak Borer: Jim has worked very hard to research and collaborate with experts and City officials in an effort to address the threat of this invasive pest. Stacy McCline has indicated that there may still be time to spray this season. Rick M will contact Dan Young in Public Works to ascertain a status report.


Utility Building Restoration: Dick has been in contact with Phil Ewing of the Bandy Blacksmith shop. They are exploring options of obtaining old farm equipment for display at Daley Ranch. It would be ideal if items could be found that were actually used at Daley Ranch, but it would still be valuable to locate pieces that are representative of early farming and ranching in Southern California. A dump wagon and a grain drill are two possibilities that Dick and Phil are investigating. One idea is to contact ranger Gregg Anderson who might have contact with the Daley Ranch in Jamul.


Next Meeting: The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for June 20 at the Train Depot at 7 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio