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Welcome to the monthly e-mail newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!

July 2009 - Issue 4




That's right, we're throwing a party at our office so that you can learn about the work we're doing in Oregon, hear from compelling speakers, eat good food, and help us thank the volunteers that make our work possible.


Sierra Club volunteers, members, and supporters! Everyone is welcome!


The first annual "Sierra Club Shindig!"  BBQ, beer supplied by Hopworks Urban brewery, music, awards, presentations, keynote address, and more!


Sierra Club Office
1821 SE Ankeny Street, Portland


July 18, 4pm-8pm
Click here for more details!

  • Social Hour at 4pm
  • Dinner at 5pm
  • Program begins at 6pm
  • Live Music at 7pm 

$10 suggested donation for dinner.  Please RSVP to Joy Keen if you can make it (especially if you plan to join us for dinner).


Guest speaker: Michael McCloskey, former national Sierra Club Executive Director

Where will the next new Wilderness areas be found in Oregon?  Find out from the Oregon Sierra Club’s Wilderness Task Force!

Learn about the Oregon Sierra Club’s conservation campaigns and other efforts and how you can get involved!

Help us recognize the volunteers that make the Oregon Sierra Club’s work possible!


 Mt Hood


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently opened a “Supplemental Scoping Period” to seek further public comment on two proposed route alternatives for the Palomar Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline with connections to foreign liquefied natural gas (LNG). These route changes are proposed for the Pipeline’s Deschutes River crossing.

Make your voice heard: comment on these changes today!  The Maupin Bridge Alternative route would put the Pipeline directly through the city of Maupin and require the building of a new bridge to hang the pipe across the Deschutes adjacent to the highway bridge. The Warm Springs Alternative would send the Pipeline through Warm Springs Reservation, including stretches in the Crooked River National Grassland.  These “alternatives” are simply two different ends to the same detrimental pipeline.  The proposed route for the Palomar Pipeline would still cut through the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, valuable Willamette Valley farmland, and Mt. Hood National Forest, making hundreds of water crossings along the way. 

Click here to view a sample comment and send your own comments to FERC by July 13th!


 Turbine and Sun


Every 5 years, a regional agency called the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) develops and revisits a 20 year plan for how electricity is managed regionally across Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho.  This year, we have a powerful opportunity to influence their 6th energy plan for the region, and we want to ensure that this includes a timeline for phasing out coal-fired power.

Next Wednesday, Sierra Club staff will be presenting to the council at one of their regular meetings at the Portland headquarters, and we’d like you to join us to show support for a coal-free Northwest! Get the inside scoop prior to the meeting by joining us for coffee and a briefing on the NWPCC with our special guest Dan Ritzman, Director of the Sierra Club’s Western Beyond Coal Campaign, and then we will head over to the main meeting together. 

DETAILS: Wednesday, July 15th  8:00am briefing.  NWPCC meeting begins at 9:00am at their headquarters, presentation should wrap up around 10:15am (but feel free to stay longer if you wish). NWPCC headquarters are located at 851 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1100  Portland

Please RSVP to Cesia for location details for the coffee and briefing.  For questions, or to get involved another way, contact or call Cesia at 503-238-0442 ext 303.



Oregon Chapter volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of the Sierra Club, both here in Oregon and across the nation.  This year, we are proud to announce that three of our own have been recognized by the national Sierra Club for their contributions and work to explore, enjoy, and protect our planet. 

Dave Bybee, Columbia Group Outings Leader, is the recipient of the Sierra Club's Oliver Kehrlein award.  This award honors those who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Sierra Club Outings program over an extended period of time.

Jill Workman, Oregon Chapter Chair, is the recipient of the Sierra Club’s Special Service Award, which honors an individual’s strong and consistent commitment to the Sierra Club’s conservation efforts over an extended period of time.

Barry Wulff
, Marys Peak Group Chair, was selected to receive the Sierra Club’s Susan E. Miller Award, which honors administrative contributions to groups, chapters and regional entities.

Click here to learn more about the contributions that Dave, Jill, and Barry have made to the Sierra Club!

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Thank you so much for all you do to support the Sierra Club's work in Oregon! Times are tough for many of us, and that means your gift has never been more important .  If you haven't made your contribution this year, or you want to give again, it's not too late! Give easily online and 100% of your donation will be spent here in Oregon to protect our air, water, and precious public lands.

Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Summer is here and now is a great time to get outside and enjoy Oregon's environment (and maybe even learn more about how you can get involved with the Oregon Sierra Club!) 
Check out our outings calendar to see a list of activities in your areas!

Please join us for a camping trip in the Deschutes National Forest on July 20-21 and an exciting, no cost, 2-day field course where you and your friends and family can learn how you can defend your national forest from off-highway vehicle abuse.  Click here to learn more!

Want to get involved and don't know how? Join us on Tuesday, July 14 at 6pm for our "
new activist orientation."  Not from Portland or can't make the orientation?  No sweat - e-mail Brian Pasko to arrange an orientation that works for you!

Do you want to help the Sierra Club stop gas companies from building multiple liquefied natural gas terminals and hundreds of miles of pipelines across Oregon's rivers, forests, and farmland? Join our LNG committee on July 9 at 6pm.
E-mail Greg Jacob to learn more! 


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