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

Dec. 2009-Issue 9


 yes on 66 and 67


This January 26, Oregonians will vote on Ballot Measures 66 and 67, which will have a lasting impact on our ability to protect Oregon’s environment.

Voting YES on Measures 66 and 67 will preserve funding for important programs that monitor air quality, enforce environmental laws, keep our waters free of toxins, and fight global warming.

By making sure that corporations and Oregon’s wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes, Measures 66 and 67 will preserve nearly $1 billion in funding for important public services: from maintaining crucial environmental safeguards to funding education, healthcare, and public safety.

Measures 66 and 67 raise the $10 corporate minimum tax and ask households that make more than $250,000 a year to pay a little more. If your family makes less than $250,000, you won’t pay a single penny more in taxes.

While environmental and public interest groups are lining up in support of Measures 66 and 67, the opposition is being bankrolled the state’s largest timber companies and Oregon’s biggest polluters.

Voting YES is the right thing to do for our families and the environment. The Oregon Sierra Club urges you to vote YES on Measures 66 and 67 in the upcoming January special election. Click here to visit the "Vote Yes for Oregon" website and get involved in the campaign!



The NW Natural Gas company is planning to develop 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.

As a member of the public, you too are an affected landowner, as public lands and waterways will be forever damaged in the process of building and maintaining this unnecessary pipeline.

Click here to sign the petition to NW Natural to get them to stop the Palomar Pipeline!

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 LNG in Oregon.

Just like the Portland family in the video below, you too can say: “Hey Northwest Natural – Stop the Palomar Pipeline!”:


 Small Turtles


This Saturday, December 5, as part of the global days of action against the new World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, the Sierra Club, our conservation partners, and people from across the Northwest will be converging in downtown Portland to speak out in favor of human rights and a sustainable economy.

We'll gather at noon at Tom McCall Waterfront Park under the Hawthorne Bridge, then participate in a march through downtown ending at an indoor rally and concert at Portland State University.

This demonstration is endorsed by the Sierra Club and over 60 other Oregon-based organizations.  Click here to learn more!

Wolf Pup Howling


On November 19, the US House passed a bill (H.R. 2781) to protect 21.3 miles of the Molalla River on BLM land in the northern Oregon Cascade foothills as Wild and Scenic! The Sierra Club has worked with local advocates to build Congressional support for protecting the Molalla river over the past few years, and Congressman Kurt Schrader took a leadership role in introducing the legislation. We expect the popular bill to reach the Senate floor early next year. Click here to read more!

Due to a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club and our partners, the Umatilla National Forest Supervisor withdrew the Wildcat timber sale before the Forest Service had to defend the action in Federal District Court, sparing beautiful forests, wildlife, and spring fed salmon waterways from destructive logging activities. The Sierra Club challenged this project because the Forest Service had proposed logging on steep slopes, in roadless areas and because the Agency’s analysis contradicted the best available science. Click here to read more!  This marks the third time in recent months that the Forest Service has withdrawn a large, controversial large timber sale due to the work of the Oregon Sierra Club.

Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today!


It's not too late to contribute to our year-end appeal! 
Click here to learn why now is a critical time to support our work in Oregon.

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!

Are you 20/30 something? On December 9th we’re  hosting an event at the Sierra Club office in Portland for 20/30 something aged Sierra Club friends to cook together and enjoy a film. If you are interested in meeting other young, like-minded individuals please attend! When you RSVP, we'll assign you an ingredient to bring and we'll all convene to cook a meal together, drink some wine and enjoy a food-themed film. RSVP to Robin Everett at 503-238-0442 x307.

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Our Tillamook Forest committee meets regularly to help protect the rivers and streams of the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests in the face of efforts by the Board of Forestry to ramp up clearcutting in coming years. Contact Jeff Hickman to get plugged into the committee’s work.  Click here to send a note to the Board of Forestry on the value of protection our state forests!


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 December 10 at 6pm. E-mail Rose Vickery to learn more!

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