|Sierra magazine has three new articles online that you'll want to read before you plan your next backpacking trip, whether it's for tips or inspiration.
"Lighten Up," examines the three "f's" of ultralight hiking (farther, faster, and funner).
"Backcountry Locavore" celebrates the joy of plucking your wilderness dinner from a mountain lake instead of a foil packet.
And "North Star 2.0" rounds up high-tech navigation devices.
The Sierra Club got an early start on celebrating the 4th last week by planting 10,000 flags on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., spelling out "FREEDOM FROM OIL," in giant letters in front of the Washington Monument.
The flags represent the tens of thousands of Americans who have asked President Obama to respond to the BP disaster in the Gulf with a bold plan to move America off of oil and into a clean energy.
"We need President Obama to lay the path to oil independence," said Club Executive Director Michael Brune during his remarks at the event. As he spoke, Marine 1, the helicopter that carries the President of the United States, flew overhead.
Photo Credit: Jenna Wandres
The most iconic figure in the Sierra Club's history is undoubtedly John Muir. But after reading Harold Gilliam's profile of the late Edgar Wayburn, MD, you might wonder whether the title of all-time-greatest Sierra Club leader should actually go to the man responsible for saving more American wilderness than any other private citizen.
Whether facing down grizzly bears in Alaska or persuading hostile bureaucrats in D.C., Dr. Wayburn, who passed away in March at the age of 103, was audacious, fearless -- and spectacularly effective in his quest to guard the wilderness legacy of all Americans.
As part of its Great Outdoors Initiative, the Obama administration is holding public listening sessions around the country, including one this week in Los Angeles, to foster a national dialogue about conservation. One of the issues the Sierra Club is calling upon the administration to address as part of the initiative is the growing threat of global warming to wildlife and wild places.
Read our interview with Athan Manual in Climate Crossroads to learn more about why resilient habitats are so important to the future of conservation in a world that's already being affected by climate change.
More than 80 years ago, a road called the Tamiami Trail choked off the Everglades from the water it needs to survive. Cut off from its main water source, Everglades National Park has literally been drying up and sinking. The only way to save it is to restore its natural flow. The National Park Service now has a plan to elevate 5.5 miles of the road and restore that flow. While the 5.5-mile plan is less than what scientists recommended, it's still a solid compromise.
Tell the Obama administration to move forward quickly as a symbol of our resolve to restore one of our nation's greatest wetlands.
Opting for a "staycation" to green your summer holiday doesn't mean you have to hang around the house and watch daytime TV. It's easy to plan a great vacation close to home -- without burning lots of gas on the road or in the air.
Check out Sierra Club Green Home's tips on how to keep it local
while enjoying your hard-earned time off.
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