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Welcome to the monthly email newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
February 2012 - Issue 34

Oregon Capitol

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - WOLVES, COUGARS, AND TREES

The Oregon Legislature is meeting for just one month this year, and is expected to be wrapped up with its work by February 29. With significant budget challenges and very little time, it is disappointing to see that a number of legislators have chosen to focus their attention on controversial proposals that weaken protections for Oregon's environment.

Over the next two weeks, the legislature may be voting on bills to reduce protections for endangered wolves and elusive mountain lions, while gutting state and federal forest protections. Click here for a sampling of some of the worst bills the Oregon Legislature is spending its short February session debating.

Please contact your legislator and urge them to oppose these bills that would harm Oregon's environment and natural resources!



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TELL CONGRESS: NO WESTERN OREGON LAND GIVEAWAY

Western Oregon's Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s forests are once again the subject of great political debate. Just a few years ago, the Bush administration put forward a plan to massively increase old growth logging on these lands.

This plan was stopped in its tracks by President Obama in early 2009. Now, with the expiration of federal "county payments," a new plan for western Oregon BLM lands is being put forward in Congress by Oregon Representatives DeFazio, Walden, and Schrader. Click here to learn more.

While potentially creating new protections for older forests on these lands, this legislation would also significantly reduce environmental protections across one million acres, leading to more clearcuts, dirtier water, damaged salmon runs, and diminished recreational opportunities.

Click here to email your members of Congress and Governor to ensure that western Oregon BLM lands are protected.

 

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PROTECT WALDO LAKE!

In 2010, the Oregon State Marine Board prohibited the use of internal combustion motors on Waldo Lake in response to a broad public call to preserve the unique water purity of the lake.

Today, they are considering reversing that decision due to pressure from a small group of motorboat users and seaplane owners.  Click here to learn more.

Waldo Lake is bordered on three sides by Wilderness and the other side by old growth forest. It is now one of the few large lakes that offers a quiet semi-primitive nature experience to hikers and campers. It is one of the purest lakes in the world with visibility on par with Crater Lake. Gas motors create a real risk of pollution from usage and fuel spills that can destroy this unique treasure, a risk that is unacceptable.

Click here to send an e-mail asking the Marine Board and Governor Kitzhaber to protect Waldo Lake!

If you have more time, consider sending personalized letters or submitting a letter to the editor to your local newspaper. Click here for talking points and contact information!

 

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PLEASE HELP US FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!

The 2012 legislative session is underway, and the Sierra Club is fighting hard to protect Oregon from dangerous proposals that would harm our state's wildlife, water, and public lands. Your financial support is critical as we work to stop those who threaten Oregon's natural heritage and put our health at risk.

Please click here to make a special contribution to the Oregon Chapter and help us defend Oregon's environment at the state capitol! 


Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

GET OUTDOORS!
Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner 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 calendars to see a list of activities in your area!

PORTLAND MAYORAL DEBATE!
On April 18, the Sierra Club and our partners are sponsoring a Portland Mayoral Debate on the Environment!  The event will be moderated by OPD's April Baer with candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith attending. Click here to learn more and RSVP!

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Stay on top of events and connected to members and friends of our Chapter by joining the Oregon Sierra Club's group on Facebook.

SAGE GROUSE ARE SEXY!
This Thursday, February 16 learn a bit about Oregon's second largest game bird (including their mating rituals) and the efforts to develop a recover plan to keep them from becoming an endangered species. Click here to learn more!

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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