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Welcome to the monthly email newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
June 2012 - Issue 37

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GOVERNOR RELEASES 10 YEAR ENERGY PLAN

On June 5, Governor Kitzhaber unveiled a draft 10-year energy plan for the state of Oregon. The plan focuses on strategies to ensure that Oregon will meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals over the next decade, while strengthening our economy.

The plan is an important opportunity to accelerate our region's transition from a fossil fuel dependent energy and transportation system to a clean energy future. Its focus is on investing in significant energy efficiency measures to meet all new energy needs over the next 10 years; the creation of consistent rules for the appropriate development of renewable energy, both small and large scale; and reducing emissions in our transportation sector.

The Governor is taking comments on the draft plan until July 31, 2012 and public meetings will soon be announced. We encourage all Oregonians concerned about the growing harms from climate change and the need for urgency to weigh in to help create a final plan that will result in decisive action in the coming years. Learn more about the Governor's energy plan here.

Robin Cody

Oregon author Robin Cody will present the key note address at our annual "Sierra Club Shindig!"

RSVP FOR THE SIERRA CLUB SHINDIG!

Join us for our fourth annual "Sierra Club Shindig" on July 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.! It's our annual neighborhood block party in Portland with great food, kids activities, and compelling speakers, where you can learn more about the work the Sierra Club is doing in Oregon!

This year you'll hear from Robin Cody, author of "Voyage of Summer Sun," which recounts Cody's 82-day solo canoe trip down the Columbia River, from its source in Canada to its mounth at Astoria.

And, we'll have live music from Hunter Paye and friends too! The event is free, but we are asking for a small $10-$20 sliding scale donation to help us cover the cost of food if you plan to share dinner with us. 

Follow the link for complete event details and to RSVP. Please RSVP so that we can be sure to prepare enough food!
  

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PROTECT OREGON'S ANCIENT FORESTS!

Two key decisions are coming soon that will have a huge impact on the management of millions of acres of public forests on BLM and Forest Service land in Oregon. First, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is taking comments on new management plans for 2.5 million acres of western Oregon forests that make up key drinking water sources, and important habitat for salmon and other forest species. 

These lands are also the focus of Congressional legislation that would remove some existing environmental protections for salmon streams and endangered species, and it is important that Oregonians weigh in to support of protecting western Oregon BLM lands from destructive logging.

Separately, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on a draft northern spotted owl recovery plan, which as currently proposed would weaken protections for the habitat of this iconic ancient forest dependent species. Unfortunately, the agency seems poised to allow new logging in sensitive old growth forests under the guise of 'forest health,' responding to timber industry pressure. Your comments are needed to ensure Oregon's ancient forests finally get the protection they deserve. Learn more about protecting Oregon's forests here

 

Solar Panels GO SOLAR, WIN A PRIZE!

Are you interested in saving $10,000 or more on your energy bills? You can by taking advantage of the Oregon Sierra Club's "go solar" program!

And, if you sign up today for a free solar evaluation (phone or on-site visit), you'll be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards to help you pay off your next electric bill! The drawing will be held June 22. There is no cost for the solar evaluation, and no obligation to go solar.

Beat the summer rush and start producing clean, renewable energy on your roof!

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CELEBRATING OUR RECENT VICTORIES!

In recent speeches before energy, environmental and business leaders, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber expressed 'grave concerns' over the public health, economic and environmental impacts of proposed coal exports through Oregon and Washington.

The Governor outlined his concerns over the issue in a detailed letter to federal agencies, requesting a comprehensive environmental impact statement (EIS) on the effects of proposals to mine and ship tens of millions of tons of coal through Oregon en route to Asia. The Governor urged that no regulatory decisions about coal export should be made until a such a comprehensive EIS has been developed.

Click here for more information.

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PLEASE SUPPORT OUR WORK IN 2012!

It's easier than ever to give a gift to the Oregon Sierra Club!

This is your chance 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.

Please consider giving a a monthly, sustaining contribution. 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.

Thank you so much for your generous support!


Check out our events, activities, and take actions.

OWYHEE RENDEZVOUS!
Join us for the Owyhee Rendevouz on June 20-24! The rendezvous is a free outing and our opportunity to show folks the wonders, solitude and beauty that lie in the southern portion of our state. Click here to learn more!

WALDO CAMPOUT!
Join us on August 24 - 26 for a weekend of camping at Waldo Lake! 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 preserving the area east of Waldo Lake as much as we are. Click here to learn more!

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!

 

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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