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

Nov. 2009 - Issue 8




The Northwest Natural gas company has proposed developing the controversial Palomar Pipeline, which would carry imported fossil fuel from a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal near the mouth of the Columbia River, across Mt. Hood, to a California-bound gas pipeline in central Oregon.

The Palomar pipeline would stretch over 200 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Central Oregon, forever damaging family-owned farms and forestlands, threatening hundreds of rivers and streams including the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River, and creating a 120 foot-wide, 47 mile-long clearcut across the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Click here to learn more about the Palomar Pipeline and the Sierra Club's efforts to stop LNG in Oregon.

This past week, the Sierra Club and our conservation partners released a video and launched a corporate accountability campaign to say "Hey Northwest Natural - Stop the Palomar Pipeline!":

Hey Northwest Natural Video



There is a new film that speaks to an issue that strikes at the heart of our moral conscience here in America -- mountaintop-removal coal mining. Join the Oregon Sierra Club for a FREE premiere of this powerful film.

Coal Country is a moving documentary that profiles the concerned residents and coal miners of Appalachia who are deeply affected by the destruction from mountaintop-removal coal mining and America’s addiction to burning coal -- people who must deal with polluted local water sources; the threat of asthma, cancer, and other health effects in their families; and the division of their communities on how to address the crisis.

This free event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how coal impacts Oregon, and what we are doing in our backyard to break our coal habit and end destructive mining practices such as Strip Mining and Mountaintop Removal.

This free show will be at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland on Monday, November 9th at 6:30pm. RSVP right away to make sure there is a seat saved for you! Tickets will go fast.

Wilson River Tillamook Foreste 


The Sierra Club is fighting efforts by the Oregon Board of Forestry to dramatically increase logging on the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests on Oregon’s North Coast.

In 2010, the Board of Forestry will be revising the definition the ‘Greatest Permanent Value’ of these public lands, while simultaneously adopting policies to increase clearcutting and roadbuilding in key salmon anchor habitats and other sensitive watersheds. It’s time to let the Board know what you think the ‘Greatest Permanent Value’ of our state forests really is: clean water, healthy salmon runs, increased recreational opportunities, and permanent protection for key salmon watersheds and stands of older, complex forests.

Click here to send a message to the Oregon Board of Forestry and help us stop unsustainable logging in our state forests!

Wolf Pup Howling


The City of Portland and Multnomah County passed a landmark Climate Action Plan late last month. This plan will put Portland and Multnomah County on a path to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The Sierra Club was actively engaged in this process, sending in hundreds of comments and volunteers attended many of the open houses and working group forums that were presented by the City and County. We look forward to working with the City and the County in implementing this plan, and will continue urging them to take the next step by transitioning away from the use of the largest global warming culprit - coal. Click here to read the plan!

In response to an appeal filed by the Sierra Club, the Umatilla National Forest has withdrawn their decision to pursue the Farley Timber Sale.  Similar to the Umatilla’s Cobbler timber sale, which was also withdrawn after our appeal earlier this fall, this means the Forest Service will have to conduct new environmental analysis with a new public comment and appeal period should the agency decide they still want to log this area.  Click here to read more!

The Mine


Oregon Sierra Club volunteer Dan Cobb is so passionate about stopping irresponsible mining and protecting our most special places, he wrote a book about it!

Dan's novel, The Mine, is a fictional thriller based loosely on the $200,000,000 Summittville Gold Mine disaster in Colorado.  In 1990, the Summitville mine failed, releasing a flood of cyanide, heavy metals, and sulfuric acid -- killing all aquatic life over 17 miles of the river and contaminating downstream farmland.

And, Dan has graciously agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from his new book to the Oregon Chapter!  Click here to read more, purchase the book, and support the Sierra Club's work in Oregon!

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.

Did you know that you can now give monthly sustaining gifts to the Oregon Sierra Club online?  Your ongoing donations ensure a continuing source of funds throughout the year and make a huge difference in our ability to continue the work that we do.  Click here to make a monthly contribution to the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!

Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Winter is around the corner, 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!

Join us on November 19th at 6:30pm for a discussion about free trade policies  and how they affect the environment. The discussion will be led by Arthur Stamoulis of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, a statewide coalition of more than 30 environmental, labor and human rights organizations initially formed by the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Oregon AFL-CIO. Click here to learn more!


Do you want to help stop the construction of liquefied natural gas terminals and hundreds of miles of pipelines across Oregon's rivers, forests, and farmland? Join our LNG committee on November 12 at 6pm. E-mail Rose Vickery to learn more!

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 November 24. E-mail Robin Everett to learn more!

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