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Welcome to the monthly email newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
November 2011 - Issue 32


It has been a tremendous year for the volunteers and staff of the Oregon Sierra Club, and we're excited to release our first annual report!  If you're a Sierra Club member, you'll receive one in the mail soon.  If you're not, click here to read it online!

For us, this 12-page report is much more than just an opportunity to showcase the past year's accomplishments. We also highlight the stories of a few volunteers who typify the quality of leadership found throughout our organization. And we identify the challenges ahead and the work we expect to carry out in the new year.

Members will also find a ballot inside for our annual election. Each year our members play an important role in selecting our Chapter's Executive Committee, which functions as our Board of Directors. Please take a minute to cast your vote well before the December 31st deadline!

Thank you so much for all you do to support the Sierra Club's success in Oregon!


Between now and the end of November, the Oregon BLM is deciding whether to protect 17 miles along the Wild and Scenic Chetco River in southwest Oregon from mining. (Thanks to Tim Palmer for this great photo of the Chetco's pristine waters!)

This action would withdraw 5,610 acres along the river from proposed mining activity for five years while Congress considers legislation to protect the wild Chetco River for the long term. The Chetco features some of Oregon's best runs of wild salmon, emerald waters, and remarkable recreation opportunities and needs your help. The comment period ends November 30 - click here to send an e-mail to the BLM Today!

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No More Coal!


Pacificorp, Oregon's second largest utility, has a coal problem.

In filings before the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the company has made it clear it will keep burning dirty coal long into the future, diverting ratepayer money away from renewable energy and energy efficiency and into costly investments that will extend the life of a number of their coal plants.

Oregon regulators are poised to make a decision as soon as December 6 that could force the company to seek alternatives to continuing to operate its coal fleet in perpetuity - alternatives like shutting some of the dirtiest plants down and replacing them with renewable energy and investments in energy efficiency.

Click here to learn more and write a letter to the editor opposing Pacificorp's plans.


Kitzhaber calls for conservation areas!

On November 3, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber issued a call to the Oregon Board of Forestry to create first-ever protected conservation areas on state forests. Such conservation areas would be managed primarily for values like clean water, fish, wildlife, and recreation. The Board of Forestry is now considering creating such protected areas as part of its work plan for 2012. Currently, Oregon's state owned forests contain no significant areas off-limits from logging and roadbuilding for the long term, a fact the Sierra Club has been working to change. Over the past year, we have collected over 1200 signatures on a petition calling for the creation of state forest conservation areas, led hikes to state forest areas deserving of greater protection, and testified at numerous Board of Forestry meetings to help change management on state lands. Click here to read more!

President Obama delays Keystone XL Pipeline!

After months of input from hundreds of thousands of people, and recent protests from the White House to Portland, the Obama administration has decided to put the dirty Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline on hold for further environmental review. The Sierra Club was instrumental in this effort, participating in events from Portland to Washington, DC. Click here to read more!

Have you ever considered setting up a monthly contribution to the Oregon Chapter?

These ongoing gifts create a great deal of financial stability and make a huge difference in the Sierra Club's ability to continue our work in Oregon. We guarantee that your contribution will stay right here in Oregon! No matter how you choose to give please click here to make a special year-end contribution to the Oregon Chapter!   
Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

Join us at the Hollywood Theater in Portland on November 14th at 7 p.m. for a community forum to learn what Big Coal doesn't want you to hear: how coal trains will threaten our quality of life in the Portland area. Learn how you can join forces with your friends and neighbors to put the brakes on Big Coal's dirty and dangerous plans for the Northwest. Click here for more info!

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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Thinking about taking advantage of the "Go Solar with the Sierra Club" program to put solar panels on your roof?  Time is running out if you want to take advantage of the 2011 tax credit! Click here to learn how you could save $10,000 on your energy bills!

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!

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 11/22 at 7 p.m. Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign meets on 12/7 at 7 p.m. Discover more opportunities by visiting our events calendar!

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