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Welcome to the monthly e-mail newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
February 2011 - Issue 23
 

Oregon Capitol

 

TRACKING THE 2011 LEGISLATIVE SESSION!

The Oregon Legislature went back to work on February 1st. With a deadline of ending its 2011 session by late June, and nearly 2000 bills already introduced, committees, legislators, lobbyists and activists have their hands full. The Sierra Club is working on legislation to protect state forests, advance energy efficiency, and protect fish and wildlife. Click here to read more and find out how you can help!

Tillamook Forest SIGN THE PETITION TO PROTECT STATE FORESTS!

Oregon's Tillamook, Clatsop, Elliott and other state forests have no permanently protected areas for fish, wildlife, recreation or clean water. Without protected areas on state lands, important fish and wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities will continue to be threatened by proposals to increase clearcutting and make timber production the primary purpose of our state forests.

But momentum is growing to start protecting special places and key salmon habitat on these public lands. Click here to sign our petition to Governor Kitzhaber and the Board of Forestry today!

INTRODUCING OUR NEW CHAPTER CHAIR!

It is with much thanks and appreciation that we say goodbye to our outgoing Chair, Wes Kempfer, and welcome our incoming Chair, Stacey Decker.

Wes has been a tireless behind the scenes leader, and is now stepping out of his role as Chapter Chair to focus his energy more directly on the Sierra Club's clean energy solutions work and to lead Sierra Club Outings.

Stacey is a native to the Pacific Northwest and an avid runner, hiker, backpacker, and kayaker.  Prior to becoming our Chapter Chair, Stacey served in the important and under-appreciated role as our fundraising chair, as well as the treasurer of the Sierra Club's Political Action Committee.  She has a degree in history from Portland State University and when she is not volunteering for the Sierra Club works as a paralegal at a prominent Portland area law firm.  You can congratulate Stacey and wish her well in her new role by sending her an e-mail.

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CELEBRATING OUR RECENT VICTORIES!

In a major decision on January 12, the Clatsop County Commission voted 4-1 to withdraw its previous approval for 41 miles of gas pipeline intended to serve the proposed Oregon LNG import terminal near Astoria.
The vote is a major setback for LNG development on the Columbia River, and was the first vote for three new commissioners swept in last November in a tide of anti-LNG sentiment. It was only last November that the outgoing County Commission voted 4-1 to approve the controversial pipeline development. Click here to read more!

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

The 2011 legislative session is underway, and its clear that the Sierra Club's vigilant presence at the State Capitol in 2011 will be more important than ever before. Your financial support is critical as we work to stop those who threaten Oregon's natural heritage and put our health at risk.

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.

ECODISTRICT INITIATIVE!
Join us on Thursday, February 17th at 6:30pm at our office in Portland for a presentation from the Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI).  Executive Director Rob Bennett will discuss PoSI’s EcoDistricts Initiative and pilot projects in five Portland districts to test the theory that the neighborhood is the most nimble unit to implement urban sustainability principles. E-mail Jeff Fryer for more information.

SIERRA CLUB STORE!
There's no better place to buy gifts for friends and family than the Oregon Chapter's new online store!


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JOIN A CAMPAIGN!

Do you want to be a part of one of the Oregon Chapter's priority campaigns?  Join one of our monthly meetings (call-in options are usually available)! Anti Liquefied Natural Gas meetings 2/22 @6:30pm.  Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign meets 3/2 @7pm. Tillamook Forest Campaign meets 3/9 @6pm. Find more info and discover more opportunities  by visiting our events calendar!

GET INVOLVED!
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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