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

Feb. 2010-Issue 11


Oregon Capitol


The February 2010 Legislative Session is now underway. With only four weeks to work, only a handful of bills are under serious consideration. The Sierra Club's top priorities include extending the ban on drilling for oil and gas off of Oregon's coast, and protecting Oregon from Liquefied Natural Gas development. Click here to learn more and find out how you can help! 


Rogue River



During the Bush administration, we helped fight old growth timber sales that would have cut away at the 46,000 acre Zane Grey roadless area surrounding a significant part of southwest Oregon's Rogue River. But last year, Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Peter DeFazio introduced legislation (S. 1271 and H.R. 2890) to protect 143 miles of remote Lower Rogue River tributaries under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, effectively preserving much of this area forever. As Congress debates other issues, these bills have begun to languish. Now, it's time for Congress to hold hearings on legislation to protect the Rogue River. Please contact your Senators and Member of Congress and urge them to pass a bill to protect the Rogue this year.



For months now, we have been anticipating the release of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Palomar Pipeline - a pipeline that would create a 47 mile-long, up to 300 foot-wide, clearcut through the heart of the Mt. Hood National Forest.  After almost a year of delay we have reason to believe that the DEIS will be released to the public in the coming weeks.

We want to be sure that the thousands of people who have spoken out against this project submit their comments and we need your help! Please join the Sierra Club and our partner organization, BARK, on Friday, February 19th, from 6-8pm at the Sierra Club office in Portland for an LNG action night where you can learn how you can help us stop the Palomar Pipeline!  E-mail LNG Organizer Olivia Schmidt for more info!

Wolf Pup Howling


Ballot Measures 66  & 67 passed by strong margins!

Thanks to your help, Ballot Measures 66 & 67 passed by strong margins last month, preventing massive cuts in the state budget affecting everything from education to environmental programs. The Sierra Club was part of a grassroots effort that included over 250 diverse organizations that mobilized voters for the January election. Sierra Club volunteers phonebanked, canvassed neighborhoods, distributed lawn signs, and educated their friends, family and neighbors about the importance of these measures. And significantly, Sierra Club members turned out to vote in large numbers. Thanks for your support!

New Board of Forestry Takes Shape

Sybil Ackerman was confirmed by the Oregon Senate on February 5 to serve on the Oregon Board of Forestry. A former staff member for organizations such as the Sierra Club, Portland Audubon Society, and OLCV, Sybil will bring a thoughtful conservation voice to this Board, which oversees 780,000 acres of state owned land like the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests. We congratulate Sybil and we’re confident she will work hard to help create positive solutions for complex forest, fish and wildlife issues and advocate for good science to drive state lands management.  Click here to learn more.

Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today!


Did you know that it costs the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter about $2,000 a month to keep the doors open?  
This includes expenses critical to our success - like office rent, utilities, and telephones.

In the next six months, we're hoping to convince 200 committed Sierra Club supporters like you to contribute just $10 or more each month to help us cover these important expenses. It's easier than ever to give a monthly, sustaining gift to the Oregon Sierra Club! 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!

Don't like monthly gifts? Don't worry, you can still contribute the old-fashioned way too! 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.

Winter is here, 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 in your 20's and 30's and looking to hang out with other young people who share your environmental and progressive values? Then, join us for a sledding adventure on Mt. Hood on February 20!  Check out our outings calendar to learn more! 

Join us on February 18th at the Sierra Club office in Portland for the critically acclaimed film, The Cove -- the amazing true story of how an elite group embarked on a covert mission in Japan to shed light on the multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat.  We will provide popcorn and beverages. Pot luck items welcomed and encouraged! 6:30 PM Doors open, film starts at 7PM.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed safeguarding the cold, clean water habitats that are Critical Habitat for the bull trout. Bull trout share their waters with rainbow trout, brown trout, salmon, steelhead and many other species. Click here to learn more and take action!

The Sierra Club has joined a global coalition called Publish What You Pay. The coalition works to help citizens from resource-rich countries hold their governments accountable for the management of revenues from the oil, gas, and mining industries. Here in the U.S. the Sierra Club is working to pass the Energy Security Through Transparency Act, which will require companies to disclose any payments they make to a foreign government for the purpose of the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals.  Click here to learn more and take action!

The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization for a reason -- our volunteers are an integral part of everything we do!  Whether you're interested in attending a meeting, tabling at an event, analyzing policy, helping us fundraise, or lending your handy skills around the office, there's a place for you! Click here to read about a few things we're looking for some specific help with right now!


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