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Island Hopping in Channel Islands National Park
Photo Credit: Derek Lohuis
3-day, 3-island, live-aboard boat tour of the Channel Islands!
Hiking, kayaking; view unusual sea and land birds--and an occasional whale...or just relax.
All cruises depart from Santa Barbara, California. The cost, $615, includes an assigned bunk, all meals, snacks, and beverages plus the services of a ranger/naturalist who will travel with us to help lead hikes, point out items of interest and give evening programs.
To reserve space, send a $100 check, written to Sierra Club, to leader Joan Jones Holtz, 11826 The Wye St., El Monte, CA 91732. For more information contact leader; 626-443-0706; email@example.com
Voting for local Sierra Club Leadership Positions Begins in Early December
Watch your email and mailbox for Sierra Club chapter & group ballots
The Sierra Club is a democratically run environmental organization. Each year every member receives a ballot so they can vote for candidates for their local group's Executive Committee, and that of the chapter which oversees the groups.
At the chapter level we offer paperless online voting to all members for whom we have valid email address. Those with active spam filters may need to check those folders early in December.
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If you do not receive a ballot by mail or email by December 7th, please contact our office at (916) 557-1100 ext. 119 or info@MLC.sierraclub.org
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Will Be Missed
Two longtime and highly esteemed leaders pass away in November
During his years in Sacramento, Bruce Waggoner served on the chapter's Executive Committee as Vice-Chair, and was the chapter's longtime Political Compliance Officer. After retiring and moving to Palo Cedro, near Redding, Bruce assumed leadership of the Shasta Group. There he led the Sierra Club's involvement in challenging plans for sprawl in the proposed update to the Tehama County General Plan. Bruce also led opposition to the Westridge Subdivision, west of Redding, and the Shasta Ranch Aggregate Project, on the Sacramento River. In 2008 the Mother Lode Chapter presented Bruce Waggoner with the Special Award for Dynamic Leadership.
Beginning in the year 2000, when he served as one of the founding members of the Tahoe Area Sierra Club, for the next decade Michael Donahoe would be the most recognizable public face of the Sierra Club at Tahoe. A passionate, committed and articulate defender of the lake, Michael challenged TRPA on many fronts, including irresponsible development projects and plans to allow more piers and buoys in the shorezone. He represented the Sierra Club in Pathway 2007, the collaborative approach to updating the Regional Plan, but it ultimately failed as the process became dominated by economic interests. In 2005 the Mother Lode Chapter presented Michael Donahoe with the Luis & LaVerne Ireland Conservationist of the Year Award.
The American River
Insider’s Guide to Recreation,
Ecology and Cultural History of the North, Middle and South Forks
Reviewed by Bob Madgic, author of The Sacramento – A Transcendent River
This book presents such a wealth of information on the many facets of a river system— historical, cultural, ecological, opportunities for hiking, rafting, birding, and fishing—that an in depth review would be too extensive. Suffice it to say that as a long standing student and user of rivers I have yet to see any publication that can approach this Guide for its rich treatment of what a river system holds and offers. Read more
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Why the Climate Movement Cannot Ignore Trade
by Ilana Solomon, Director
Responsible Trade Program, Sierra Club
Recently I joined more than 400,000 community members on the frontlines of climate disruption environmentalists, workers, students, parents, and others to demand action on climate and to claim our collective rights to clean water, air, and land. As someone who has spent many years in the halls of Congress and United Nations climate conventions calling for strong climate action, this diverse, public, outspoken, and in-the-streets action was a beautiful, incredible feat that signals a tipping point in the climate movement that policymakers will not be able to ignore. But there is another tipping point that will affect the success of the climate movement: the free trade tipping point. Read the complete article >>>