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Washington’s Wolves at Risk

By Rebecca Wolfe, Wolf Advisory Group, WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The last two weeks of August were very tense for defenders of the Gray Wolf in Washington State.  After a sheep rancher, David Dashiell, put his 1800 head of sheep on Hancock Timber’s private land in known “wolf country,” several sheep (22 reported) were attacked and killed. At least 17 of those have been attributed to wolves. One female wolf has been shot by the WDFW and three more may be killed soon. The pack includes about 12 wolves.

Now the questions are many: Why would someone graze sheep in wolf country that is steep and difficult for herders to protect the sheep? Why would the rancher refuse to participate in a WSU research project designed to prevent depredations? Will the WDFW follow the guidelines passed in 2011, directing the Department to employ all possible and reasonable non-lethal measures before resorting to killing wolves?

Pasayten Wilderness: 100 Mile Backpack

Saturday, September 20th, 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sep 28th 2014

 

The vastness of the Pasayten Wilderness is enough to make lovers of true wilderness jump for joy! This sanctuary is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the United States. Many long trails, mostly lightly used, explore this backcountry, and solitude and wildflowers are ample reward for the long miles. Trails connect to form 100 mile loop, and this loop is arguably the best in the entire wilderness.

Coal Free PSE Campaign Concert (Bellingham)

Monday, September 22nd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sep 22nd 2014

Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Bellingham.

Dana Lyons performing and an update on the Coal Free PSE Campaign

Naches Peak Loop (Pierce Co Group)

Thursday, September 25th, 8:15 am - 5:00 pm, Sep 25th 2014

One of my favorite fall hikes, the Naches Peak Loop is accessed from Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and circles Naches Peak. It's a fairly easy hike -- you start high and stay high. About 4.5 miles. elevation gain 600 feet.

Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap Hike (SKCG)

Saturday, September 27th, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sep 27th 2014

Hike a delightful bit of the Pacific Crest Trail through grassy fields. At about 1 ½ miles the way rounds a ridge and starts a gentle climb to Sheep Lake. The moderate ascent continues with a long switch back leading to Sourdough Gap at 3 miles, 6400 feet. Round trip 6 miles. 1100 foot gain. Parking and restrooms are at the trail head.

Wear layers & sturdy boots, bring lunch, snacks and water.

For sign up and meeting details, go to http://www.meetup.com/Hiking-and-Exploring-Nature-with-Sierra-Club-in-S-King-Co/.

Two Screenings of the Film "DamNation" (Tacoma) 2 PM & 7 PM

Tuesday, September 30th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Sep 30th 2014

"DamNation" is the first great film about America's growing movement to restore healthy rivers by removing costly, out-dated dams. The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel of experts to discuss issues and answer audience questions. 

Location: Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma 98402

Times: 2pm and 7 pm

Cost: $9.50 General Admission with matinee, military, student and senior discounts

$7.50 Members Admission with matinee, military, student and senior discounts

For details, please contact Joseph Bogaard, mailto:joseph@wildsalmon.org 206-300-1003 or Elaine Packard.

Washington State Chapter and Group Elections

In November we will elect members to the Washington State Chapter Executive Committee (ExCom), our decision-making body. Members are encouraged to vote.

Voting will begin after October 17th and end on Monday November 17th

Look for your ballot in your Fall Cascade Crest. Full voting instructions, candidate statements and downloadable ballots will also be on this web site.

Ballots must be printed, signed, mailed and received by November 17th.

Group ExCom Elections

Within the State Chapter are Sierra Club Groups that are run by local volunteers who represent specific geographic areas, such as one or several counties, or cities. Group information is found at: http://www.cascade.sierraclub.org/directory/groups. Most groups will hold their ExCom elections in December. Contact your group to inquire about their nominations opportunities. Groups may have ballots (downloadable and printable) posted on the Chapter website in December.

Goodbye Monte Cristo Hike (Mtn Loop Hwy, East of Granite Falls)

Saturday, September 13th, 6:45 am - 5:00 pm, Sep 13th 2014

Come join us for a fall hike to see and learn about the historic gold mining town of Monte Cristo and enjoy the autumn colors one last time before this area is "improved" by the USFS. After this Fall, Monte Cristo will be closed to the public for several years.

Over 120 years ago, the 1890’s gold rush miners left behind mine tailings that are still leaching heavy metals today. The USFS has decided to remediate the mining area as part of a massive excavation project. To do this, they are building a new road into Monte Cristo through an inventoried roadless area in an old growth forest that is prime low elevation Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet habitat. They will build roads into the old mine sites, even to mines located within the HMJ Wilderness Area on unstable steep slopes using large excavators and bull dozers; and then haul the tailings several miles with dump trucks from above the town site and burry them in an 18,000 CY disposal pit near the Hap's Hill Campground. The USFS is not even sure that the disposal pit construction is even feasible given the steep, rocky terrain; but they are building the road anyway.

Totem Pole Journey Against Coal and Oil Exports (Spokane)

Tuesday, August 26th, 12:00 am - 12:00 pm, Aug 26th 2014

Our Shared Responsibility—A Journey against Coal and Oil!

The mining, transport and burning of coal and oil threaten the lands, waters, resources and human health of all of us who live in the Northwest, but none more so than the indigenous people who sit right in the path of destruction.

The proposed Cherry Point coal terminal, would sit right on the ancestral lands of the Lummi Nation known as Xwe’chi’eXen. The mining of that coal would also destroy Northern Cheyenne lands in Montana, and all along the way fossil fuel transport would harm the fishing and treaty rights of Native Americans. This is only one of several ill-conceived coal and oil shipment proposals for our region.

Totem Pole Journey Against Coal and Oil Exports (Olympia)

Thursday, August 28th, 12:00 am - 12:00 pm, Aug 28th 2014

Our Shared Responsibility—A Journey against Coal and Oil!

The mining, transport and burning of coal and oil threaten the lands, waters, resources and human health of all of us who live in the Northwest, but none more so than the indigenous people who sit right in the path of destruction.

The proposed Cherry Point coal terminal, would sit right on the ancestral lands of the Lummi Nation known as Xwe’chi’eXen. The mining of that coal would also destroy Northern Cheyenne lands in Montana, and all along the way fossil fuel transport would harm the fishing and treaty rights of Native Americans. This is only one of several ill-conceived coal and oil shipment proposals for our region.