Sierra Club
The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
April 17, 2012: In This Issue
º Win a Mountain Escape
º Protect Our Wild Places
º Love Your Mother
º Free iPhone/iPad Hiking App
º Experience the Arctic

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Trails iPhone App
Hit the Trail with Our New Hiking App for iPhones/iPads

The Sierra Club has released a new iOS app, the Sierra Club Trail Explorer -- the only app you need to discover new places to enjoy the outdoors. Powered by, Trail Explorer provides an easy way to explore and enjoy the wilderness in your own backyard and across the country. Browse and share more than 40,000 trails.

Download the free app today to find, record, and share new adventures.

Experience and Protect the Arctic
Experience -- and Protect -- the Arctic

This spring, vicariously visit the Arctic in the new IMAX film To the Arctic, which follows a mother polar bear and her two cubs as they navigate their changing Arctic wilderness home and struggle to survive.

This release is especially timely, as President Obama will decide this summer whether to allow drilling in America's Arctic. Learn how you can protect the polar bear's Arctic home.

Tar Sands
We Don't Need No Stinking Pipeline

Possibly as soon as tomorrow, the House will vote on a transportation bill that won't weaken our addiction to oil but would ram through the dirty Keystone XL pipeline.

Contact your representative today!

Make an Earth Day Pledge and You Could Win a Mountain Escape

Win a Mountain EscapeJohn Muir believed that if he took people outdoors, they'd fall in love with our country's wild places and be moved to protect them.

Take the pledge to spend more time outside and you will be entered to win a Sierra Club Outings trip to Washington's rugged North Cascades, where you'll visit breathtaking gorges, stunning lakes and waterfalls, and view spectacular mountain vistas.

The winner will receive two round-trip plane tickets to Seattle, seven nights' accommodation, most meals, and two premium Borealis backpacks from The North Face. Enter by May 4.

Celebrate Our Nation's Wild Places and Open Spaces This Earth Day

earthdayvideo2-0417.jpgFrom amber waves of grain to purple mountain majesties, our country's public lands contain a wondrous array of irreplaceable scenic vistas and cultural treasures. Find out where our favorite actors, comics, and comic book artists go to recreate, relax, and recharge.

Then tell us: What's your favorite place in America? Upload a video of your special place -- like Jeremy, who loves Mammoth Lakes, CA -- and share it with your family and friends.

Beyond Coal

You'll Wear It Well

Vote in our Tshirt Design ContestYou wear your love of the outdoors on your sleeve -- now you can wear it on your shirt! The Sierra Club and Shirt.Woot, the online hub for T-shirt designers, have launched an Earth Day design contest with the theme of "Open Spaces."

The Shirt.Woot and Sierra Club communities will vote on designs. Submit a design and vote with the chance to win a prize pack. Entries must be submitted by April 18 and voting ends the next day. Best of all, the shirts will be available for purchase after the contest.

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It's Time to Protect Our Wild Places

Protect Wild PlacesWhat do the Grand Canyon, California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Mount St. Helens have in common? All were permanently protected as national monuments by a sitting president.

President Obama has made Fort Monroe in Virginia a national monument, but there's much more he can do to establish his own conservation legacy -- starting with Fort Ord, a former Army post on the California coast that is home to mountain lions, golden eagles, and red-tailed hawks and is prized for hiking and cycling.

Watch our video and then tell President Obama that it's time for him to name some of our most special wild places as national monuments.

Discover Gloryland

Shelton JohnsonAuthor and poet Shelton Johnson wants to inspire urban youths and families to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with the wild places that shaped our history. A sought-after public speaker, he is the persuasive park ranger whose letter to Oprah Winfrey convinced her to go camping in a national park.

Johnson's first novel, Gloryland (Sierra Club Books), tells the story of an African American "buffalo soldier" who finds himself posted to the newly created Yosemite National Park.

Gloryland is now available in paperback, as an ebook, and as a downloadable audiobook read by Johnson himself.

Join the Sierra Club and Protect Wild PlacesLove Your Mother

Show your support for Mother Earth by becoming a Sierra Club member this Earth Day.

Your membership will support our year-round efforts to protect wild lands and wildlife, keep our air and water free from pollution, and promote a clean energy future.

Join between now and Earth Day, April 22, for just $15 and receive a free gift!

Turning a Wasteland into a Forest

Turning a Wasteland into a ForestThanks to the combined efforts of the Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program, Kentucky Chapter, and Water Sentinels Program, the largest reforestation project on abandoned mine lands in Kentucky's history is taking place in the state's coalfields.

Some 350,000 native hardwood trees will be planted over the next three years on the site of a former strip mine. It all started when Kentucky native John Cleveland, a newly hired Sierra Club organizer, discovered something fishy while poking around in the Fishtrap Lake watershed of far-eastern Kentucky....

Sound Off

Paddleboarding in the Great Bear RainforestWill the symphony of the Great Bear Rainforest -- one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest left in the world -- be silenced by tar sands oil tankers?

"If the tankers come, we won't be listening to these whales sing," whale researcher Hermann Meuter told writer Aaron Teasdale, whose paddleboard journey through a proposed tanker route reveals a vibrant ecosystem in peril.

Photo by Aaron Teasdale