Summary & Blog
Hike # 6 - Huddart Park, Wed May 8, 2019
by Doug Silverstein
Pre-hike reading (sustainability theme - water) - Drying of the West - The American West was won by water management. What happens when there's no water left to manage?
Post-hike summary - On hike #7, our ranks enjoyed 5.3 miles and 840 ft elevation of docent (Kym Teppo) led trekking across the Dean and Crystal Springs Trails. With a slightly smaller group, we maintained deeper conversations about a community approached to sustainable policy and programs for 2 hours and 9 minutes. Kym spoke of Coastal Redwoods fairy ring cloning and Huddart and Wunderlich Park’s youth programs. With hearty post-hike thirst and hunger, most plunged into Redwood City’s Gourmet Haus Staudt German beer and fare. More pictures below.
Attendees (10) - Alan, Bob, Dave, Deborah, Doug, Isaac, Kym, Marina, Marty & Nicola (full list)
Blog: Are SMC Parks at Risk of Fires, Floods & SLR?
You bet they are! Unfortunately. Inconveniently. And sadly.
Coyote Point Recreation Area sits at sea level. Crystal Springs Regional Trail parallels an active reservoir. And dozens of other SMC Parks -- like Huddart, Wunderlich and San Pedro -- dot the expanse of our mature local forests.
Now 12 weeks and 6 hikes into the 2019 SMC Hike-a-Palooza, 40+ community leaders have collectively hiked 250+ miles of amazing San Mateo County Park trails.
We’re lucky to have these 22 wonderful open spaces that cross 16,000 acres, and the dozens of Department of Parks staff members committed to excellent stewardship.
But will these parks be here for us in our lifetime – 10, 20 or 50 years? How about for our kids and their kids?
For Generations and Generations
My children are 18 & 21. They’ll likely have kids in 2030. Those grandchildren of mine will live to New Year’s Eve 2099. That’s well beyond even our local and global best long-range plans such as:
- Burlingame’s 2030 Climate Action Plan objectives,
- CA SB 100’s fossil free energy 2045 goals, and
- IPCC’s carbon neutrality 2050 targets.
In fact, our near-term-focused U.S. culture operates in seasons and school years, not decades or generations. That’s worked fine in the last half century without major threats to our health and happiness.
But the times, they are a changing… and fast. We’ve seen major global warming related disasters in this country in 2017 and 2018. Not just in the Arctic Circle or Sub-Saharan Africa. But, right here in California.
Fires, Floods, Drought, and Sea Level Rise
Do you have friends or family in Santa Rosa or Santa Barbara? Were you in the Bay Area last fall during the Camp Fire?
Did you check out the King Tides’ at the Ferry Building in January? Or maybe you know Pescadero residents without running water.
And then there’s the unusual weather patterns in Houston, North Carolina, Miami, and the Mid-West.
Here are links to a few global reality checks:
- NOAA Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
- UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on species extinction
- IPCC Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius
And some for California:
Even so, I’m Full of Hope
Despite the despair, I’m confident our community will rise to the challenge. And I remain hopeful our planet will survive and thrive because of our local leadership... including those that just hiked Huddart park and five previous Hike-a-Palooza treks. And because of our budding Green County San Mateo coalition. (More on that in the next blog.)
Individually, our county’s amazing environmental sustainability leaders and organizations promote green policy, develop clean technology, and empower community action. More importantly, together, we tackle huge challenges that meaningfully lower our local and global footprint.
Look out for our great work across business, education, government, and nonprofits. And all areas of sustainability – climate, energy, food, land, transit, waste and water. We’ll be identifying efficiencies, forming new partnerships, and exercising our collective voices and talents to implement impactful solutions.
Instead of fires and floods, I see sunshine and pints of hoppy ale. So, let’s celebrate in the workplace. And in the open space. See you there.