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Welcome to the monthly email newsletter of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter!
August 2012 - Issue 39


Join us August 24-26 for a weekend of camping and hiking at Waldo Lake in Central Oregon! Explore the Waldo-Maiden Peak area, meet new friends, and learn more about our efforts to protect the forests surrounding Waldo Lake!

The weekend will be a feast of towering trees, wildflowers, campfires and marshmallows, and lakes with names like Bobby, Betty, Frog, Hidden and Found. There will be treks to mountain tops and shorter trails, too. Swim, float or watch waves lap in 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 as excited about protecting the area east of Waldo Lake as we are! Click here to register and learn more!


Please join the Sierra Club and our conservation partners for this year's "Desert Conference," September 20-22!

Since 1978, Desert Conference has served to bring together, inspire and educate those who care about the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. The conference provides a forum for land-managers, conservation organizations, academics and advocates to educate each other and collaborate on critical desert issues.

There will be a number of panel sessions focused on a wide variety of topics ranging from sage grouse and juniper management, to landscape protection campaigns, energy development, and much more. On Saturday afternoon there will be a variety of field trips to nearby wild areas such as the Badlands and the Deschutes Canyon.

The event is a great way to learn more about desert conservation in Oregon and have some fun along the way. Click here to learn more and register!


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is giving you just 30 days to provide input on what impacts to consider when exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to Asia.

The Jordan Cove LNG export/Pacific Connector pipeline proposal in southern Oregon would build a 235-mile pipeline across the state to export LNG from Coos Bay, cutting through nearly 400 rivers and streams, and clearcutting through 80 miles of public forests.

Please email FERC and urge them to extend the comment period and take into consideration impacts to public lands, endangered fish and wildlife, climate change, family farm and forest owners impacted by pipeline development, domestic energy prices, and the harm from increased fracking for gas in the Rockies.


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 August 31. There is no cost for the solar evaluation, and no obligation to go solar.

There's still time to take advantage of the summer sun and start producing clean, renewable energy on your roof!


The Oregon Board of Forestry voted in late July to create a new category of state lands that will be protected for clean water, fish, recreation and older forest habitat. The step marks a significant milestone since Governor Kitzhaber called on the Board late last year to establish new protections for high quality fish and wildlife habitat across the 500,000 acre Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests in northwest Oregon, and other state managed lands.

The Sierra Club and our allies in the North Coast State Forest Coalition turned out over 100 members of the public from Tillamook, Clatsop, and Washington counties to the Board's meeting in Tillamook in July, showing overwhelming local support for better protecting our state forests from industrial logging and clearcutting. Click here to read more.

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Summer is almost at an end, so 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!

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