Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Proposition 1: Vote YES (Local Proposition, Seattle)

Recruiting: Conservation Program Manager, Washington State Chapter

About Sierra Club: The purposes of the Sierra Club are to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

General Job Description: The Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club seeks an experienced Conservation Program Manager with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to educate and engage the public about conservation issues. This position will organize and implement a single issue conservation campaign that may be a state level component of a national Sierra Club campaign. The specific conservation issue will manifest itself into different projects throughout the state. The Chapter Conservation Program Manager is responsible for ensuring that the Chapter’s approved conservation program objectives are implemented, will participates in the development of program strategies and will work closely with volunteer leaders on conservation campaigns. This position will report to the chapter chair and associated chapter committee leaders and will coordinate with national or regional Sierra Club staff.

Seattle Eve Class - Safety, Tracks & Bird Alarms in Cougar, Wolf & Bear Country

Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Apr 17th 2014
Hiker Safety: Animal Tracks & Bird Alarms in Cougar, Wolf & Bear Country

Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:30-9:00

The Sierra Club is co-sponsoring a training class run by the Wolf College at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N in Seattle's UW-Wallingford District.

Skills covered include an overview of safety for hiking in wolf, cougar and bear country; awareness and knowledge necessary to recognize tracks and other signs of animals; and the categories of “bird language” key not only to identification, but to locating predators in nature.

Sierra Club members receive an additional $5 off the class tuition of $15 advanced registration via the Wolf College site or $20 at the door.

Environmental SLAM (Seattle)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Apr 22nd 2014

Student groups from six local schools will compete for prize money and honor in the annual Environmental Slam, hosted by the Washington Foundation for the Environment. Multi-media presentations are 5 minutes long, and the audience will vote on the most compelling.

Admission if free

Miller Community Center on Capitol Hill, Seattle.

330 19th Ave E, between Harrison and Thomas

Participating Schools: Billings Middle School, The Bush School, Explorer West, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle Waldorf School, and West Sound Academy.

Visit www.wffe.org/ for more details or contact Morgan Ahouse.

Talk: Wolves Across the Water (Bellingham)

Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Feb 23rd 2014

Tim McNulty will talk about the Olympic National Park and wolves.

Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist and nature writer. He is the author of ten books of poetry and eleven books of natural history, including Olympic National Park: A Natural History which won the Washington State Book Award.

Wolves have begun to return to northeastern Washington and the North Cascades. Is there any chance that they can return to the Olympic National Park where they once flourished?

Tim’s talk encompasses the Olympic wolves’ history, biology and politics surrounding them.

Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty (Spokane)

Friday, February 21st, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Feb 21st 2014

You are invited Winter Waters – 2014 spotlight on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

Patsy Clark Mansion, 2208 W. 2nd Ave Spokane, WA

Our annual celebration of water will focus on the international effort to modernize the Columbia River Treaty to return salmon home to the Spokane River and other ancestral spawning waters in the upper Columbia Basin. D.R. Michel, Upper Columbia United Tribes Executive Director, will keynote the evening.

We'll also provide an update on Oil Trains and Coal Trains by Jace Bylenga, Sierra Club.

Coal: Trains & Export Issues Meeting (Edmonds)

Wednesday, March 5th, 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm, Mar 5th 2014

The public is invited to quarterly planning meetings opposing coal trains passing through Edmonds and other towns in the region. Join other concerned residents to learn about what’s happening and plan ongoing activities. Hosted by the Sierra Club and Sustainable Edmonds.

Frances Anderson Center, Room 206, 700 Main Street (east of the Edmonds Library).

For more information please email Richard: r_bisbee@msn.com


Wildlife Working Group (Seattle)

Thursday, February 20th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Feb 20th 2014

Special meeting of this new Sierra Club committee that promotes recovery of endangered species, including the wolf, grizzly bear, wolverine, and marbled murrelet, as well as habitat protection and sound management for other at-risk species.

Our special guests are Lorna Smith, of Western Wildlife Project, who will speak about grizzly bears, and Joseph Bogaard, of Save Our Wild Salmon, who will speak about salmon and river protection.

Washington State Chapter Office, 180 Nickerson St. Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98109

For details, please contact Carolyn Woods, chair, at cwoods91@uw.edu

Chapter Executive Committee Election Results

Congratulation to the candidates elected for 2014:

Becky Castilleja, Ken Gersten, Tim Gould, Katelyn Kinn, and Margie Van Cleve

December 13: Speak Up at the Final Hearing Scheduled For the Governor's Climate Legislative Workgroup (Olympia)

Friday, December 13th, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Dec 13th 2013

The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup was created under Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5802 (E2SSB 5802) during the 2013 Regular Session. The Workgroup is charged with recommending a state program of actions and policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, that if implemented would ensure achievement of the state’s emissions reductions limits set in Chapter 70.235 by the 2008 legislature.

Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5802 requires preparation by a consultant(s) of a credible evaluation of approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The evaluation will inform the work of the Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup.