Trail Mix: Fresno father, daughter honored for contributions
Ted Martin and daughter Kathy Miranda, both of Fresno, were honored as “Heroes of Conservation” by Field & Stream magazine in its July issue.
After years of dedication to conservation, Martin recently donated $2 million to the Fresno Regional Foundation to help preserve and restore the Kings and San Joaquin rivers. Money from the donation helped fund extra warden patrols on the Lower Kings as well as other projects, such as purchasing trout eggs and invasive-species removal.
When the 89-year-old Martin became dependent on a wheelchair, Miranda stepped in to follow up on the ground with restoration projects her father set in motion, including a new trout hatchery below Pine Flat Dam.
“I became the hands and feet,” Miranda said.
Martin and Miranda will each receive a $500 conservation grant and are eligible for the grand prize, a new Toyota Tundra.
iCAN TRI Youth Triathlon
Where: Clovis North High
Do the kids need something to do besides playing video games? Get them involved with a first-year youth event sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
Kids ages 6-8, 9-12, 13-15 and 16-17 will be divided into age groups with different run, bike and swim distances for each. And everyone gets a medal for crossing the finish line.
The 7:30 a.m. start helps beat the heat. Go to icantri.org for details, or register by noon Friday at active.com or from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Rubber Soul Bicycles (132 W. Nees Ave., Fresno).
SAR Wild Run
When: Aug. 5
Where: Shaver Lake
Why pound pavement when you could be running on dirt trails and over fallen trees and scrambling up steep hillsides?
This first-year event, benefitting Fresno County Search and Rescue, includes 5-kilometer and 10K runs, plus a 15K mountain bike ride and a 2K family hike.
News & notes
- The Department of Fish and Game is advising the public not to feed brown pelicans that have been showing up in large numbers at beaches throughout California, including along the Central Coast. Although the pelicans may exhibit begging behavior and some may appear weak, the birds need to remain wild and forage naturally, the DFG said in a news release.
- Youth from eighth grade to seniors in high school can learn canoeing, river rescue, map and compass, fire building and other outdoors skills at Survivor San Joaquin: River Camp at Owl Hollow. Sessions run Monday-July 27 and July 30 to Aug. 3. Details: (559) 248-8480, ext. 107, or riverparkway.org.
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are seeking public input on the preliminary draft alternatives for a new Wilderness Stewardship Plan. Details: parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild.
By Marek Warszawski