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Welcome to the monthly email newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
March 2012 - Issue 35

20s and 30s snowshoe trip PLEASE SUPPORT OUR WORK IN 2012!

Every March, the Oregon Chapter launches our annual giving campaign. If you're a Sierra Club member or past supporter, sometime in the next week you'll be receiving a letter from me in the mail.

But, you don't have to wait for my letter!  Please read about all the great work of the Oregon Sierra Club below, and then take a minute to make a generous contribution online!

This is your chance, during this annual fundraising appeal, to make a gift directly to the Oregon Chapter and ensure that 100% of your donation will support our hard work right here in Oregon.Donate Button

Thank you so much for your generous support!
Oregon Capitol LEGISLATIVE SESSION - A SUCCESS!

As the 2012 Oregon legislative session wound to a close on March 5, the Sierra Club declared the session a major success for Oregon's forests and wildlife.

We actively opposed and successfully defeated a series of legislative proposals that would have mandated unsustainably high logging levels on state forest lands, authorized lethal control of endangered wolves, and overturned a voter approved ban on hunting mountains lions with dogs.

Click here to see a recap of our work in Salem!

 

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CELEBRATING OUR RECENT VICTORIES!

Coos County DA sides with Sierra Club! Last month, the Sierra Club was forced to appeal the Port of Coos Bay's decision to charge us nearly $20,000 to view 2,500 pages of documents describing their negotiations with a coal company, which the Port has code-named "Project Mainstay."  As it became clear that the Port was attempting to block access to the public records by charging unreasonable fees, we made an appeal to the Coos County District Attorney. After considering the facts, the District Attorney agreed that charging nearly $17,000 in attorneys fees was "unreasonable."

Click here to learn more

 

blmoldgrowthcover.jpg COMMENT ON THE OREGON BLM LOGGING BILL!

The long awaited western Oregon BLM proposal from Congressmen DeFazio, Walden and Schrader has finally been released for public comment. A "discussion draft" proposes to convert nearly 1.5 million acres of federal lands, including significant forests between 80 and 125 years old, into industrially managed "timber trusts" with significantly weakened environmental protections.

These lands, including forests that provide municipal drinking water, will see reduced stream protections, increased use of chemicals, and large clear-cuts across the landscape—with no environmental review or chance for the public to weigh in.

Congressman DeFazio is taking public comment now on the plan, and it could see a vote in the US House very soon. Please click here to take action, weigh in on this harmful proposal, and learn more.


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 OPB's April Baer with candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith attending. Click here to learn more and RSVP!

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

PROTECT WALDO LAKE!
The Oregon Marine Board is considering reversing the ban on motorized vehicles on Waldo Lake in central Oregon - one of the most pristine lakes in the world.  Click here to learn more and send your e-mail to the Marine Board!

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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