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Oregon Chapter - Sierra Club

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

Sept. 2009 - Issue 6


 Tillamook Trees


Governor Kulongoski's administration is failing to protect Oregon's Tillamook State Forest.  This Wednesday, September 9, the Oregon Board of Forestry will move forward with a proposal to significantly reduce environmental protection across the 500,000 acre Tillamook and Clatsop state forests in NW Oregon, at the expense of wild salmon, clean water, a healthy climate and recreation.  Click here to learn more!

Please contact Governor Kulongoski today and urge him to:

  • Support strong salmon protection by opposing clearcutting in Salmon Anchor Habitats;
  • Support the creation of permanently protected areas on state lands;
  • Reduce timber industry conflicts of interest on the Board of Forestry; and
  • Support a state forest management plan that restores watersheds damaged by past logging and enhances values like recreation, wild salmon, carbon sequestration and clean water.

Please also consider attending the Board of Forestry meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at 8am at the Oregon Garden Resort at 895 West Main St. in Silverton. For more information please contact Jeff Hickman at 503-238-0442, x306 or



Join us on September 12th and see first-hand the beautiful stretch of the Columbia River that would be impacted by the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility at Bradwood Landing near Astoria. We’ll meet at the Sierra Club office at 9am and have a picnic on Puget Island Beach where we’ll learn more about the proposed facility, enjoy motor boat shuttles for an up-close view of the development site, and talk with locals about their 5 year-long struggle against LNG in Oregon.  Lunch will be provided.  Join us for a great day on the Columbia River, and learn more about the Sierra Club’s campaign to stop LNG in Oregon! Click here for more details!

 No More Coal!


The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) has released a draft plan for comment on how energy will be used in the Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho. This plan will impact how utilities in each state generate electricity for the next 20 years, including the fate of the dirty Boardman coal plant.  This is a huge opportunity to kick coal out of the Northwest, and become the first renewable energy region in the country! Get involved to show the council we want a strong, clean energy plan at hearings around the state!  Click here to learn more and sign up to take action!

Wolf Pup Howling


In late July, the Obama administration finally scrapped the Bush administration's plans for massive increases in old growth logging on two million acres of BLM lands in western Oregon. In canceling the plan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar cited the 'legal shortcuts' taken by the Bush administration, which had approved the logging just weeks before leaving office. The Oregon Sierra Club played a key role in securing this victory!

In August, the Forest Service withdrew the Cobbler timber sale in the Umatilla National Forest in response to our appeal. This 2,500 acre timber sale near the Wenaha Tucannon Wilderness and wild Grande Ronde River threatened roadless forests and a wolf pack establishing territory in the area. 


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.

Old Computer


The Oregon Chapter is updating our technology to better utilize our amazing volunteers and interns!  Do you have a desktop or laptop computer, aged three years or less, to donate to the cause?  We're also in need of new monitors, keyboards, and licensed upgrades of our operating systems and Microsoft Office.  Please contact Brian Pasko at (503) 238-0442 x301 or if you can help!

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!

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with the Sierra Club and help us clean-up one of our regions's most amazing rivers.  The event will last from 9am - 1pm.  Free lunch!  For more information, contact Jeff Hickman at

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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 September 10 at 6pm. E-mail Greg Jacob to learn more!

Learn more about the Beyond Coal Campaign's activities and find out how you can plug into our global warming solutions efforts.! Join us for our next  Beyond Coal Task Force meeting at 7pm on September 22. For more information, contact Robin Everett at

Does your employer support workplace giving?  Now is the time when many businesses conduct their annual signups for these donation programs. You may have the opportunity to give to the Oregon Chapter through a payroll deduction and have your employer match your gift to us! Please ask your employer if this is an option for you and make your gift to the Oregon Chapter go twice as far!

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