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

Mar. 2010-Issue 13


Governor Debate


Last week over 1000 people attended or watched a live webcast of the 2010 Environmental Gubernatorial Debate that was co-hosted by the Sierra Club and our conservation partners!
Click here to see images of the Debate!

Here's what the press is saying:

 “The debate at Portland State University attracted a packed house of about 1000 people.  The [Sierra Club and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters] say they will take the debate into account when deciding whom to endorse.”
                                                          – The Oregonian

“The Winner: It sounds corny, but that award belongs to the organizations who put this together. . .all of them deserve credit for putting on a classy event.”  
                                                          – Natural Oregon

“It was a . . . spirited and, at times, humorous debate [that] touched on a wide range of environmental issues and was notable because Republican candidate Allen Alley joined the two Democrats in the discussion in what could have been considered hostile territory for him.” 
                                                           – KATU

“A debate that pitted longtime friends and political allies against each other ended with a display of bad blood Tuesday night after Bill Bradbury challenged John Kitzhaber to return a campaign contribution from a corporate executive who’s in trouble with environmental regulators.  It was the most heated public exchange yet between the two men…” 
                                                           – Register Guard

“The house was packed Wednesday night at Portland State University for the gubernatorial debate hosted by five of Oregon’s largest environmental organizations.”
                                                           – Oregon Politico

Click here to read more media coverage!
 You can watch the video of the debate here:

Debate Video

Sweet Crude


The Sierra Club, Oxfam America, and the Presbyterian Church USA are proud to announce a complimentary screening of the film Sweet Crude at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland.
Filmmaker Sandy Cioffi will be in attendance to discuss her journey and answer questions directly after the screening.

Sweet Crude captures the tragedies of oil extraction in the Niger Delta where billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people and immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. This screening is part of our organizations’ ongoing efforts to help citizens from resource-rich countries hold their governments accountable for the management of their natural resources.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 7:00pm

WHERE: The Hollywood Theatre 4122 Northeast Sandy Blvd. Portland

TICKETS: Admission is free of charge but reservations must be made in advance. Click here to reserve your free tickets!

Are you really interested in issues relating to trade and the environment?  Join us for a brown bag lunch and learn more about the Sierra Club's "Labor, Workers’ Rights & Trade Program" and how you can get involved!  Click here to learn more!



The proposed Oregon Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import terminal is slated to be built on publicly owned state land on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton, Oregon. The current lease for that land has expired and the State of Oregon is considering extending that lease for 60 years to Oregon LNG.

That lease is grossly undervalued and is losing money for our Common School Fund, all for an environmentally destructive project that would bring in high-carbon foreign fossil fuels that have a
proven lack of need in Oregon. Click here to send an e-mail to the Governor and the State Land Board and tell them to terminate the state's lease of the Skipanon Peninsula to the Port of Astoria and Oregon LNG!


The new Blue Mountains Forest Plan will guide management of over 5 million acres of our public lands for the next 15 to 20 years on the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. You can play an important role in shaping this plan by attending one of a handful of public meetings being held state-wide this month!

It is important that the new Forest Plan is founded on sound science; protects old growth forests, roadless wildlands, and salmon waterways; maintains biodiversity; and provides for the recovery of imperiled wildlife and plants.  Sierra Club members, volunteers, and allies are a powerful influence helping ensure the protection and resilience of these three Blue Mountains national forests!  Join us for one of the public meetings happening throughout the state!  Click here to learn more!



Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced legislation to protect two new areas in the John Day Basin as wilderness.
They are known as Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven. Both areas are across the river from newly designated Spring Basin wilderness and have come about due to proposed land exchanges with adjoining landowners. In Cathedral Rock, the public will gain access to new river frontage for boaters and in Horse Heaven we will have great opportunities for hiking the uplands.  (Click here to see a map and learn more).

Please call or write our Senators to thank them for their efforts
. Tell them why wilderness designation is important to you and encourage them to pursue additional efforts in the John Day Basin to protect areas such as Sutton Mountain,  the Lower John Day River Canyon, and the Owyhee Canyonlands.  There are millions of acres of unprotected desert wildlands in Oregon and with their leadership we hope to see more wilderness designated. Click here to send an e-mail to Senators Merkley and Wyden!

Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today!


THANK YOU to all of you who have given generous gifts to the Oregon Chapter during our annual fundraising appeal! 
Because of the support of folks 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 it's not too late to click here and make a generous gift to the Oregon Chapter!  It's Guaranteed!  100% of your investment will be spent right here in Oregon!

We haven't stopped reflecting  what an amazing year it has been for the volunteers and staff of the Oregon Sierra Club and all the work we still need to do!  Click here to learn more about our recent successes and how you can help sustain our work in Oregon!

Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Spring is here 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!

Across the state there are plenty of opportunities to get outside, take action, learn more about our shared environment, and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!  Join us!  Click here to learn more!

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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! 

Just a friendly reminder that if you haven't already registered to vote, you only have  until April 27th if you want to be eligible vote in the May 18 primary.  Click here to visit the Secretary of State's voter registration page.

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