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Welcome to the monthly e-mail newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
May 2011 - Issue 26


The Oregon Department of Forestry is taking comments until 5pm, Wednesday, May 25 on the Annual Operations Plan and 10-year Implementation Plan for much of the Tillamook and Clatstop State Forests. These plans call for major increases in clearcutting and roadbuilding and significantly reduced protections for older forests. They were also harshly criticized by an independent science review. Click here and send your comments TODAY!

Check out the latest blog post
for more information on our state forest protection campaign, including upcoming outings to the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests!


Though there is only about a month left in the 2011 Oregon Legislative session, now is a critical time to make your voice heard. Click here for an update on the bills the Oregon Sierra Club is working on in Salem.

Within the next week, the Oregon Senate will likely vote on a bill to streamline the permitting process for controversial LNG pipelines, including the 230-mile long Pacific Connector pipeline, which would cross Oregon's Rogue River, old growth forests, and numerous salmon bearing streams in order to import, or potentially export, LNG. Click here to send an email to your State Senator TODAY!

Bill Sullivan

Renowned hiking book author, novelist, and historian Bill Sullivan will present the key note address at our annual "Sierra Club Shindig!"


It’s not too early to start making plans for our annual "Sierra Club Shindig" on July 23rd! That's right, we're throwing a party at our office so that you can learn about the work we're doing in Oregon, hear from compelling speakers, eat good food, and help us thank the volunteers that make our work possible.

We'll have a special guest -- renowned hiking book author, novelist, and historian Bill SullivanAnd, we'll have live music too! Learn about the Oregon Sierra Club's conservation campaigns and other efforts and how you can get involved! Help us recognize the people  that make the Oregon Sierra Club's work possible!

Sierra Club volunteers, members, and supporters! Everyone is welcome!

What?  The "Sierra Club Shindig" & BBQ

Where?  Sierra Club Office,1821 SE Ankeny Street, Portland (map)

When?  July 23, 4pm-8pm

Stay tuned for reservation info and more details! Want to do more? We're looking for folks who want to help us plan this fun-packed party!  E-mail Joy Keen and let her know you want to get involved!



Make plans now! Join us on August 12-14th for a weekend of camping and hiking at Waldo Lake in Central Oregon! The Sierra Club's Eastside Forest Committee has started a campaign to provide greater protection for the forested area east of Waldo Lake in the Deschutes National Forest near La Pine, Oregon.

This area contains much uncut old growth forest and roadless areas, hosts the Pacific Crest Trail, and provides incredible vistas from the tops of The Twins, Maiden Peak, and Mount Fuji. However, the area is still unprotected. This weekend car campout is designed to introduce you to the area and treat you to its many attractions. We want you to get excited about protecting the area east of Waldo Lake as much as we are! Click here to learn more and register!

Wolf Pup Howling


Clatsop County calls for 'best available science' in state forest management! 
On May 11, the Clatsop County Commission voted to send a letter to the Oregon Board of Forestry calling for them to use the 'best available science' in decision making and pressing for a more balanced approach to management in the Clatsop State Forest than what is currently in draft 10-year implementation plans the Board is considering.

Because Clatsop County receives the most money from logging state forests, their stand for sound science and balance is significant, and marks a break from neighboring Tillamook County which has called for weakening forest protection rules. In the days before the Commission vote, the Sierra Club organized a community meeting attended by local members and supporters, many of whom later testified before the Commission in a hearing attended by roughly 200 people - one of the largest in Clatsop County history! Click here for more details about our State Forest Campaign!

The Clatsop County letter also came about two weeks after a scathing report from OSU's Institute for Natural Resources on the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) draft plans which noted that the ODF consistently failed to used the 'best available science.'


The 2011 legislative session is heating up, 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!)
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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!

Too much stuff? Register your special event "green!" Whether it's a wedding, birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, you can invite your friends and family to make a gift to the Sierra Club on your behalf. Click here to learn more!

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Join us on May 24th at the Sierra Club office in Portland for an evening of food and fun as we kick off our campaign to protect the Pacific Northwest from dirty coal exports!  E-mail Laura Stevens for more information!

Join hundreds of advocates across the region on Thursday, May 26th as we gather outside the NW Natural annual Shareholders meeting to send a message that opposition to liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the proposed Palomar Pipeline remains strong. E-mail Paul Staub for more information and to get involved with the Sierra Club’s efforts to fight LNG! 

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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