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Oregon Chapter - Sierra Club

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

August 2010-Issue 17


Last spring, President Obama started a national conversation about protecting America’s most treasured landscapes, and the administration is taking public input now. In Oregon, the Sierra Club is working to protect as a National Monument some 2 million acres of desert wilderness in southeast Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn more and cast your vote to protect Oregon’s Owyhee by clicking here!

 Oregon's Dirty Secret URGE DEQ TO ADOPT 2015 PLAN FOR BOARDMAN!

In the next six months, the fate of Oregon’s only coal fired power plant - and largest individual source of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution - will be decided. In June, the Oregon DEQ told PGE that its plan to close the Boardman coal plant in late 2020 wasn't good enough to meet regional air standards for haze and smog in national parks, wilderness areas, and the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

DEQ has now put forward three new early closure options, including a plan supported by the Sierra Club to close the plant as soon as 2015. This plan would be most protective of the environment while requiring the least amount of ratepayer investment in PGE's outdated and dirty coal plant. Closing the plant on a reasonable five-year timeline will also allow PGE to transition to more energy efficiency and clean energy. Click here to contact DEQ and urge them to adopt 'Option 3' and close the Boardman plant in 2015 to ensure that our air and climate are protected.


As Congress takes its August break, the fate of public lands legislation affecting Oregon's eastside forests and Rogue River could be decided in September. Please take a moment this month to send an e-mail to Senators Wyden and Merkely and ask them to amend Senator Wyden's potentially damaging eastside forest legislation, and encourage them to introduce and pass legislation to protect 60,000 acres along the lower Rogue River as Wilderness.


In late July, Governor Kulongoski once again questioned the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Oregon's energy mix, asking "Why are we spending all this money, all this time, all this debate if they can't tell me there's a need for this [LNG]." But with the Department of State Lands' recent renewal of Oregon LNG's lease of state land for a proposed LNG terminal at the Skipanon Peninsula on the Columbia River near Astoria, the issue is back again before the State Land Board, on which the Governor, State Treasurer and Secretary of State sit.

With the recent bankruptcy of Bradwood Landing LNG and the suspension of the controversial Palomar Pipeline, the case has only become clearer that Oregon should say 'no' to LNG. Please contact the State Land Board and urge them to reverse the DSL’s decision to grant a 30-year lease to the Port of Astoria for the Oregon LNG terminal.


Do you have a nice piece of camping gear you don't need anymore? A skill or profession that you'd like to donate to a good cause?  Maybe a timeshare or vacation cabin that sits vacant for a few weeks every year?

This Fall, the Oregon Chapter is planning to host our first ever "online auction," and we need your help!  The auction will raise funds to help us continue our important state-wide conservation work.  If you have an item or service valued at $50 or more that you would like to donate, we'd love to hear from you – click here to fill out our online auction donation form!

Donate to the Oregon Chapter Today!  MAKE AN INVESTMENT! OUR WORK DEPENDS ON YOU!

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.

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, sustaining gift to the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter! (Don't want to give a monthly gift?  Don't worry, you can still give the old fashioned way too!)

Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

It's summer 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!


Our Columbia (Portland area) Group will host its annual potluck picnic at 6pm on Thursday, August 12 in Laurelhurst Park. Please bring a dish to share, plate, cup and eating utensils. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Please bring your own if you want alcoholic beverages.  This is a "family friendly" event; all ages are welcome.  The picnic will be at site B which is runs along SE Oak. Click here for a map.  No need to RSVP, but for questions contact Nancy Hatch


Join the High Desert Committee at this years 25th anniversary of the "Desert Conference"  to be held in the John Day Basin from Sept. 23-26.  This is an incredible opportunity to learn more about issues affecting management and protection of Oregon’s desert wildlands, to network with other activists, and to see some great country along the John Day River. Click here for more information!

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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! 


Help us update our 50 Hikes of the Tillamook State Forest hiking guide! Join our Tillamook Forest Task Force on August 11th at 6pm at our Portland office! Help us update trail descriptions and take photos of special places in the Tillamook State Forest that deserve permanent protection! Contact Ivan Maluski for more information.

We're launching a grass roots house concert series during September and October. Click here to learn how you can help us spread the word about the work we're doing in Oregon and raise funds to achieve our goals by hosting a live musical concert with local performers at your house!

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