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

August 2009 - Issue 5


Turning Up the Heat on the Board of Forestry!


Last week the Oregon Sierra Club and seven other angling and conservation organizations filed a formal petition with the Oregon Board of Forestry and asked the Board to reconsider its illegal June 3 decision to dramatically increase clear cutting on the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests.

The Tillamook and Clatsop state forests are the largest publicly owned coastal rainforests south of the Olympics and home to some of the healthiest remaining runs of wild fish in the lower 48 states. These forests and the health of their watersheds face an uncertain future if the Board's recommendations are allowed to proceed unchallenged.  The Sierra Club is absolutely committed to protecting these special places.

Click here to contact Governor Kulungoski and let him know you are disappointed in the Board of Forestry's 'timber first' policies on the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests.  Please request that any changes made to state Forest Management Plans be based on peer reviewed science and add greater protection for fish, wildlife and our climate. 

Get involved! Join us and show your support for forest protection at the next Board of Forestry meeting - Wednesday, Sept 9th at 8am in Salem.  For details, e-mail or call 503-238-0442 x 306.

Support a Strong Clean Water Act!


The Sierra Club is working to restore the Clean Water Act to its original strength in response to Supreme Court decisions that have weakened it over the past eight years. At stake is whether smaller rivers, streams and wetlands receive the full protection of the Clean Water Act and its restrictions on water pollution. In Oregon alone, over 1.5 million people receive drinking water from streams where Clean Water Act protection is now in question.

Congress needs to act TODAY to restore the Clean Water Act to its pre-2001 strength so that once again communities can be assured that their drinking water sources are safe from pollution. The US Senate has taken up S. 787, the Clean Water Restoration Act, but the US House has so far failed to act. Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio sits on the key House Transportation Committee that will take up the Clean Water Restoration Act in the coming weeks.

Please call Congressman DeFazio TODAY and urge him to support the strongest possible bill to restore the Clean Water Act to its original protections for smaller streams and wetlands.  Call Congressman DeFazio toll-free at 1-800-944-9603.  Phone calls are the best form of contact, but you can also click here to send him an e-mail via his website.  For more background and to let us know you "made the call for clean water," contact Ivan Maluski at

Help Stop the Palomar Pipeline!


Passionate about Mount Hood? How about Liquefied Natural Gas?
The Palomar Pipeline, with its connections to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), would cut a 120 foot wide, 47 mile-long clearing right through the Mt. Hood National Forest. Join Brian Pasko, Rose Vickery, and Sierra Club anti-LNG organizers on August 16 for a day hike to the Palomar Pipeline's proposed crossing of the wild & scenic Clackamas River.

We’ll walk to the crossing point, complete with magnificent old-growth Douglas firs, and then eat lunch by the river while we discuss the impacts that the Palomar Pipeline would have on this area, and what you can do to help the Sierra Club stop the pipeline!  Click here to learn more!

Protect the Wallowa-Whitman from ATV Abuse!


The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (WWNF) is about to adopt its first-ever Travel Management Plan
.  This plan will regulate motorized use of 2.3 million acres in the Wallowa, Blue, and Elkhorn mountains of northeast Oregon. If the Forest Service makes the wrong decision, off-road vehicles will continue to have carte-blanche access to more than 9,000 miles of roads--the third most-roaded forest in the nation with more roads than ODOT maintains in the entire state.

Click here and submit your comments today! Tell the Forest Service that you support the “Conservation Alternative,” alternative six, which would protect the WWNF by closing over 4,400 miles of roads to off-road vehicle travel.

Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today!


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 going by fast, but it's not too late 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 area!

Are you a Sierra Club member who fishes? Please join us for a fun evening of fishing entertainment with a Tillamook Rivers slide show and screening of the new hit comedy fishing movie, "Hustle and Fish" on Thursday, Aug 27th at 7:30pm at the Sierra Club office.  E-mail Jeff Hickman at or call 503-238-0442 x 306 for details.

Join us for a potluck-picnic at Laurelhurst Park in Portland on August 20th from 6pm-dark. We will be near picnic area F, accessible from SE Ankeny and just west of the pond.  This will be a great opportunity to get to know other Sierra Club members in the Portland area and enjoy a nice summer evening in one of Portland's fabulous parks! E-mail Christine Lewis with questions.

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Want to get involved and don't know how? Join us on Tuesday, August 11 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 August 13 at 6pm. E-mail Greg Jacob to learn more!

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