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Welcome to the monthly e-mail newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
April 2011 - Issue 25

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OREGON'S WOLVES AT RISK!

While federal legislation to take wolves off of the Endangered Species list has sent shockwaves through the West, right here in the Oregon legislature, there has been a battle over the fate of Oregon's small, but growing, wolf population. Legislation was introduced this year to strip wolves of their protection, reduce Oregon's goals for wolf recovery, and allow people to shoot wolves for getting too close to homes, people or livestock. One bill, HB 3562, will be on the Oregon House floor for a vote this Thursday.

Though a wolf attack on a human is extremely unlikely, this bill allows people to shoot wolves in 'self defense.' Oregon law already allows this, and the bill's real impact would be to make it easier to poach wolves or shoot them with impunity for coming too close to the wrong people. With a population of fewer than 25 wolves in Oregon, now is not the time to make it easier to shoot Oregon's wolves. Please send your State Representative an email today urging them to vote 'no' on HB 3562 and protect Oregon's wolves!
   

Oregon Capitol OREGON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!

The 2011 Oregon Legislative Session has reached the half way point and your input is needed more than ever. The Oregon House is considering bills to make it easier to shoot Oregon's wolves, weaken protections for Oregon's cougars, and increase logging on state lands. Meanwhile efforts to create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through school weatherization, and an effort to ban plastic bags face uphill battles. Click here to check out the latest updates and take action!

Tillamook Forest PROTECT OREGON'S STATE FORESTS!

Between April and June, the Oregon Board of Forestry will be making major decisions on whether to substantially increase logging in the Tillamook, Clatsop, Santiam and Elliott State Forests, or whether they will begin to protect special places and key watersheds from harmful logging activities. Please send an email the Department of Forestry and Governor today to register your opposition to unsustainable logging and support for permanently protecting older forests and key salmon watersheds on state lands. Click here for more information on our state forest protection campaign and how you can get involved!

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PROTECTING THE OWYHEE CANYONLANDS!

Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands has been in the news a lot lately, giving new energy to our campaign to permanently protect this amazing place. Click here to send an e-mail to President Obama urging him to designate the Owyhee Canyonlands as a national monument!

Click here to read "Visitors to vast, remote Owyhee country rewarded with quiet, solitude," by Oregonian travel reporter Terry Richards (complete with a photo gallery and video)!

Click here to read our guest column entitled "Time to protect Oregon's 'Grand Canyon'!"

Click here to learn more about the many high desert trips with the Sierra Club this summer!

Click here to learn more about the Sierra Club's Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign!

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CELEBRATING OUR RECENT VICTORIES!

Palomar Pipeline proposal withdrawn  -- In late March, thanks to the tireless work and actions of thousands of Sierra Club members and citizens across the state, NW Natural Gas finally withdrew plans for the controversial Palomar Gas Transmission line which would have crossed the Mt. Hood National Forest and was initially proposed to import LNG from the proposed Bradwood Landing LNG terminal! Click here to read more!

City of Corvallis passes plastic bag resolution -- Early this month, the Sierra Club's Marys Peak (Corvallis/Salem area) Group submitted to the Corvallis City Council a Resolution in support of Senate Bill 536, which bans single-use checkout bags. The Council passed the resolution on April 4th with a vote of 8 to 1.  Click here to learn more about the resolution.

Anti EPA measure blocked -- Thanks to the leadership of Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, amendments to strip the EPA of its ability to regulate polluting industries under the Clean Air Act were defeated on the Senate floor. Senator Merkley in particular has emerged as one of the Senate's leading defenders of the Clean Air Act, which has protected the health of millions of Americans since its adoption in the early 1970's. Click here to watch a video of Senator Merkley in action on the Senate floor.

Donate Button MAKE AN INVESTMENT! OUR WORK DEPENDS ON YOU!

The 2011 legislative session is underway, and the Sierra Club is fighting hard to protect wolves, public lands, and advance clean energy solutions. 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.

SIERRA CLUB SHINDIG!
Save the date! Renowned hiking book author, novelist, and historian Bill Sullivan will keynote our annual "Sierra Club Shindig!" Join us on July 23rd from 4-8 pm at our office in Portland for great food and fun! Stay tuned for more details.

GET OUTDOORS!

Summer is almost here and it's a great 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!

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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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!

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)! Beyond Coal task force meets on April 26 at 7pm. Anti Liquefied Natural Gas meetings on April 28 at 6:30pm.  Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign meets on May 4 at 7pm. Discover more opportunities by visiting our events calendar!

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