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

Mar. 2010-Issue 12



Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today!


Thanks to the support of generous people like you, we are winning
the fight to protect Oregon’s wild forests and high deserts, stop the construction of reckless liquefied natural gas terminals and pipelines, and adopt sensible energy policies for Oregon and the region. But, we haven’t won yet, and that’s why I’m asking you to click here and make a generous gift to the Oregon Chapter today!

This month, as we prepare to send out our annual fundraising appeal and ask each of you to
please support our work in Oregon, we can’t help but reflect on what an amazing year it has been for the volunteers and staff of the Oregon Sierra Club! (Click here to learn more about our recent successes and how you can help sustain our work in Oregon!)

Now more than ever, the Sierra Club’s Oregon Chapter needs your financial support.  This is your chance, during this annual fundraising appeal, to make a donation directly to the Oregon Chapter and ensure that 100% of your donation will support our hard work right here in Oregon

If you share our vision for a better Oregon—a vision of clear skies, old growth forests, free-flowing salmon-filled streams, and wide open vistas—please click here and make a generous gift to the Oregon Chapter today!


 Oregon Capitol



On March 30th, Democratic candidates Bill Bradbury and former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and Republican candidate Allen Alley will be asked to lay out a vision for Oregon’s environment. The event is hosted by the Sierra Club and our conservation partners and will address everything from climate change and clean energy, to toxics and public health, to management of the state’s natural resources and special places.

Gubernatorial Environmental Debate

WHEN: Tuesday, March 30th
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union


Admission is free of charge but reservations must be made in advance.

Click here to register!

Click here for more information!

The candidates’ performances and stated positions in the debate will serve not only to educate voters, but also as one of the criteria in the endorsement decisions of both the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Oregon League of Conervation Voters.


In December, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden unveiled new legislation focused on the management of 8 million acres in six eastern Oregon National Forests. While the bill has some promising restoration goals, it locks in arbitrary annual acreage targets that will push the Forest Service to emphasize damaging logging activities, expediting controversial timber sales with no clear protection for old growth stands and unprotected roadless areas the Sierra Club and others have fought to protect for decades. Please send a letter to Senator Wyden urging him to significantly amend his legislation to remove exemptions, retain citizen appeal rights, remove arbitrary acreage targets and protect old growth stands and unprotected roadless areas from logging and so-called ‘temporary’ roads. A hearing is scheduled for March 10, click here to send a letter to Senator Wyden TODAY!

Wolf Pup Howling


Oregon offshore drilling moratorium extended!
The brief Oregon legislative session in February saw the passage of a Sierra Club supported bill to extend the ban on offshore exploration for oil and gas in Oregon’s territorial waters. Thanks to the leadership of House Environment and Water Committee Chair Ben Cannon, and Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chair Jackie Dingfelder, HB 3613 will extend the recently expired ban for another 10 years. Click here to learn more!

LNG pipeline bill killed (again)!
Sometimes bad ideas come back to life – in this case an LNG pipeline fast-track bill the Sierra Club helped defeat in 2009. Erroneously pitched as a ‘jobs bill’ by LNG proponents during the February session, SB 1020 would have allowed LNG companies the right to seek state-issued wetland-fill permits for stream crossings on family farms and forestlands without landowner consent, in an effort to steamroll over state rules designed to protect landowners and the environment. The Sierra Club teamed up with our allies once again and convinced Oregon Senate leadership that this ill-advised legislation had no place being rushed through with little debate during the February session. Click here to learn more!

Oregon DEQ rebukes Bradwood LNG!
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has told Bradwood LNG they will likely deny the company’s water quality permit due to the failure to provide information on how building and operating an LNG import terminal will harm water quality and salmon in the Columbia River. In its rush to build, the Houston-based company seeking to develop the terminal has attempted to bully state regulators into approving permits, while consistently refusing to provide information requested by state and federal environmental agencies to verify that their project won’t significantly impact the river and its seasonal salmon runs. Good job DEQ!  Click here to learn more!

Power Council says YES to energy efficiency!

Because of your overwhelming support for a clean energy future, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council finalized its ‘6th Plan’ which calls for meeting 85% of the Northwest's future energy needs with energy efficiency, and shows us a path to phase out coal. The analysis clearly demonstrates that the Northwest can meet its goals for reducing dangerous greenhouse gas pollution by phasing out at least half of the region's coal plants, including those supplying power from outside the region, by 2020. Click here to learn more!

Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Spring is on the way and it's time 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 environmentalists, health advocates and climate activists at the Sierra Club office in Portland on March 16th at 6:30 pm to discuss Oregon's energy future, our environment and health.  Learn why Portland General Electric’s plan to continue burning coal for another decade at its Boardman coal plant is not the right solution for Oregon and how you can be a part of bringing clean energy solutions to Oregon! Click here to learn more!

Join us at the Sierra Club Office in Portland on March 18 at 6:30pm as we celebrate the Sierra Club’s continued efforts to create desert wilderness designations in Oregon!  We will preview the 2010 High Desert Committee outings, volunteer opportunities and highlight our work in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Click here to learn more!

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Stay on top of events and connected to members and friends of our Chapter by joining the Oregon Sierra Club's group on Facebook!

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 learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Sierra Club! 

Who gets to review and permit big industrial wind projects in Oregon? It's a hot debate going on now at the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC). An important meeting is taking place in Hood River on Friday, March 12 that will help define whether the state or individual counties get to review big wind projects. Please consider attending and speaking up for a fair and open, state-level review of big wind projects.  Click here to learn more!

Join us at the Bend Public Library on Monday March 29th from 6-8pm for a short presentation and discussion about volunteer opportunities with the Sierra Club in central Oregon! There's plenty to do both indoors and outdoors. Click here to learn more!

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