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"I will probably never shoot a bear -- but I do intend to enrich that legacy, and I feel an abiding bond with the land that is the United States of America."

-- President Obama in speech mentioning that President Theodore Roosevelt held the first White House conservation conference more than a century ago..

In this issue:
1) Take Action: Protect Tongass National Forest
2) Take Action: Support America's Commitment to Clean Water Act
3) Celebrate: What Are You Doing for Earth Day?
4) Conference: Nancy Pelosi to Speak at Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference


1) Take Action: Protect Tongass National Forest
TognassSenator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has introduced a highly controversial bill that would transfer approximately 70,000 high value acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Sealaska Native Corporation. This proposal would drastically re-write a longstanding agreement with Sealaska and privatize some of the best wildlife habitat, undeveloped coves, bays, and recreational areas in the Tongass National Forest.

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Call your Senators today and urge them to oppose any efforts to privatize the Tongass.


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2) Take Action: Support America's Commitment to Clean Water ActClean Water
Developers and polluters are trying to reverse long-established protections for our streams and wetlands, endangering all of our communities. Representative Jim Oberstar has introduced a new bill, America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act, to end the confusion over which waterways are protected and reaffirm the broad scope of the Clean Water Act that has existed for more than three decades.

The House of Representatives must strengthen and pass this bill quickly to prevent the pollution and loss of more of America’s waters.

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Tell your Representative today that now is the time to support clean water!

 

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3) Celebrate: What Are You Doing for Earth Day? Earth Day Map
Thursday, April 22nd, is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day – so how are you celebrating our wonderful planet?

Did you take our Eco Hero pledge yet? Are you taking part in any of the numerous events held by Sierra Club chapters around the U.S.?

Get involved and learn more about some of the major Sierra Club events in this news release.  

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4) Conference: Nancy Pelosi to Speak at Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Good Jobs Green Jobs
Have you made your plans to attend the 2010 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference yet? This will help convince you: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the main speakers! Other featured speakers include Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter – not to mention the many other elected and administration officials, national labor, environmental, industry and community leaders.

The conference is May 4-6 in Washington, DC. Check out the great promotional video, too! 

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