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Welcome to the monthly e-mail newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
September 2010 - Issue 18


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment until October 1 on a plan to close the Boardman coal fired power plant! Portland General Electric's Boardman plant is Oregon's largest source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. It is critical that Sierra Club members all over the state weigh in this month in favor of clean air and for closing the Boardman coal plant as soon as possible. Click here to send DEQ a letter.

Also, DEQ is holding five public hearings around the state starting in Portland on September 21, Eugene on September 23, and in Medford and the Columbia Gorge. Click here for details. We'd appreciate if you'd e-mail Robin Everett and let us know if you're planning to attend a hearing.


Now is the last opportunity to stop the Bureau of Land Management's plan to permit powerlines and industrial wind development on Steens Mountain.  The BLM is taking public comment on the draft EIS until September 17th. Click here to get talking points and send your letter the BLM!

Have you heard about Nestlé’s plans to put in a water bottling plant in the Columbia River Gorge and sell water from a pristine spring on your state land? Tell the Oregon Water Resources Department not to allow this unsustainable plan. Click here to learn more and send your message to the OWRD today!

This October, we're kicking off a series of benefit concerts to support the Sierra Club's work in Oregon.  We hope you'll join us!

October 1 –  Larry Murante with an introductory performance by Alexa Wiley; 7pm- 9pm  at the Sierra Club Office (1821 SE Ankeny, Portland).

October 9 – Ed Edmo, Alexa Wiley, Larry Marante, others to be announced; 8pm – 10pm at Artichoke (3130 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd, Portland).

Click here for more details about the October concert series, including the great artists who will be performing!

Click here to download a free song from Sound Semantics, written and performed exclusively for members and supporters of the Oregon Sierra Club!

Approval of Biotech Beets Uprooted
In mid August, a federal judge revoked the government's approval of genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets until a more thorough review of how the GE crops affect other food is conducted. The beets were created by Monsanto to resist heavy doses of their herbicide Roundup. The suit was brought by the Sierra Club, Organic Seed Alliance and Center for Food Safety. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the country’s number one producer of sugar beet seed and the genetically altered crops present a threat of cross-contamination with organic crops such as table beets and chard.

Wolves Regain Protected Status
In August, a federal court ruled that gray wolves in the northern Rockies region (which includes wolves moving into northeast Oregon) deserve continued protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Sierra Club and 16 other conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging the premature removal of the wolves from the endangered species list in early 2009.  While wolves in the northern Rockies and eastern Oregon still face threats, protection under the ESA should allow wolf populations to continue to grow and has stopped wolf hunting seasons in Idaho and Montana.
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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!)


Help us Stock our Online Auction!
This Fall, the Oregon Chapter will host our first ever "online auction" that 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!

Check out our new Online Store!
Ever wanted your very own Oregon Chapter T-shirt or Sierra Club backpack?  Looking for that perfect birthday gift? Check out our brand new online store!  All proceeds will benefit the Sierra Club's work right here in Oregon!
Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Summer's coming to a close, but there's still 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!

On Saturday, September 25 from 9am to 5pm, join other Sierra Clubbers concerned about Liquefied Natural Gas in Oregon and take a day trip to visit the proposed site of Oregon LNG. This sand peninsula is home to wetlands, tidal waters, streams and various wildlife. Sierra Club member and long time anti-LNG activist, Jim Scheller, will provide a walking tour of the property through the established trails on the site. Clatsop County's local anti-LNG community will be there to meet participants and share a picnic that afternoon. This will be a great learning experience for all who attend!  For more information, e-mail Rose Vickery.


Join the High Desert Committee at this year's 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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Do you live in Portland and own your own home? The Sierra Club is partnering in an innovative home weatherization program called Clean Energy Works that will weatherize 500 Portland homes in 2010, allowing you to lower your home energy use and create green jobs ... at no upfront costs. Click here to see if you qualify and apply today!

Mt. Hood speaks silently in subtle ways about the nature of our true selves, and Oregonians and visitors alike flock to the mountain to enjoy the sights and experience the outdoors. There is a constant pressure to develop the mountain. Join us on Monday October 11th at 6:30pm for a program at the Sierra Club's offices in Portland to learn what’s happening on the mountain and what you can do to get involved.  Can't make it?  E-mail Ralph Bloemers to find out about other opportunities.

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. Click here to learn more and cast your vote to protect Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands!

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! 

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