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North Olympic Group

The North Olympic Group was organized in 2010 and has quickly become a powerful voice for protecting the Peninsula's ecosystem. We have 850 members in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Our operations are governed by seven volunteers with lots of help by our conservation committees. We have no paid staff. Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month. All Sierra Club members are welcome (in fact encouraged) to attend. Since the locations change, it is best to contact one of the ExCom members to find the location of the next meeting.

 

 

Upcoming Meetings:

Next Executive Committee Meeting:  The North Olympic Group Executive Committee meeting will be held Thursday, October 9, 1:00 PM in Port Townsend. All Sierra Club members are welcome. Contact Monica Fletcher for details.

 

Click here to read our September - October Newsletter.

 

Announcement! Check out the North Olympic Group's new Meetup site for the latest on planned outings and events. Click here to join.

 

Events:

October 2nd -  You are invited to a potluck with the North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club to be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 North Blake Avenue in Sequim (next to Carrie Blake Park).

Social hour begins at 5:30 PM. Please bring a potluck dish to share and it would be helpful to bring a plate, cup, and table ware. Members and friends of the Sierra Club are invited. As always we can use volunteers to help with set - up, serving and clean up. If you are willing to help please contact Janet Marx at janetmarx_76@msn.com or 360-457-6605

After the potluck, we will feature the following program:

Ron Eber, Historian for the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, will present a program on the Wilderness Act. On the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, Ron's talk will explore the work of John Muir and the pioneer conservationists of Washington who laid the foundation for all the wilderness we have protected since his time. Muir's earlier wilderness and park campaigns will also be looked at to see what lessons we have learned and can continue to use in the future.Ron holds a degree in Geography from California State University at Northridge and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. From 1976 - 2008, he was the Farm and Forest Lands Specialist for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. He currently lives near Port Gamble, Washington.

 

 

 

Outings:

Sunday, October 5th - Lower Lena Lake Trail

The Lower Lena Lake Trail #810 starts on the north side of the Hamma Hamma Road. Depending on where we find a pleasant spot for lunch (next to beautiful Lena Lake), the hike is 3 to 3.4 miles in length (6-7 miles round trip). The trail climbs from about 700 feet to about 1800 feet for a total elevation gain of 1100 feet, with most of the elevation gain in the first mile of the hike.Virtually the entire trail passes through the Brothers Wilderness additions to the proposed Wild Olympic Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Left out of the original wilderness designation, Lena Lake belongs in The Brothers Wilderness and would become its crown jewel. Join us for this hike and find out why this popular backpacking destination deserves the added protection.We will meet at the USFS office in Quilcene at 10:15 AM, rain or shine, and should return by about 4 P.M. People are encouraged to arrange their own carpools, but we will attempt to facilitate this. In the event that there are fewer than 6 participants, the trip leaders reserve the right to cancel the trip by notifying participants who have RSVP'd in advance. To sign up, please contact Bill Volmut at bill.volmut@gmail.com.

 

Clallam County Political Endorsements:

Sierra Club Endorses Sissi Bruch for Clallam County Commissioner.

Sissi BruchThe Sierra Club endorsed Sissi three years ago for Port Angeles City Council. She has been one of our few environmental heroes on the Council and we feel she will be so as County Commissioner. Prior to her becoming a City Council Member, she served on the Port Angeles Planning Commission. Sissi has been a solid voice for keeping the City expenditures within budget and has helped develop a long term vision for the City. Sissi favors the newly introduced Wild Olympics bill and believes it will be a net positive for the local economy and jobs. As County Commissioner she will urge the County to focus on what it can do about climate change. Currently, Sissi is the Senior Planner for the Lower Elwha Tribe, focusing on community and economic development and state and federal grant writing and management. Sissi Bruch's website.

 

Jefferson County Political Endorsements:

Sierra Club Endorses Kathleen Kler for Jefferson County Commissioner. A number of important future environmental issues are facing Jefferson County: How to address the many environmental, health and safety issues associated with the proposed mega-resort development at Black Point and the Pit to Pier gravel mining operation on Hood Canal; deciding what changes, if any, are needed to the County’s Critical Areas Ordinance that protects our salmon streams; how to sensibly manage our water resources in light of future scarcity resulting from a reduced winter snowpack due to climate change; and how to ensure that land use decisions promote livable, walkable communities with good public transit access. Our discussion with Kathleen Kler convinced us that she not only understands these issues but also is highly motivated to work on finding solutions that address both the concerns of stakeholders while promoting environmental sustainability and the magnificent natural beauty of our region. Please vote for Kathleen Kler for Jefferson County Commissioner in the November general election. Ballots will be mailed October 17 and are due before the close of business on Election Day, November 4. For further information on Kathleen Kler and how to support her campaign please go to Kathleen's website.

 

Sierra Club Endorses Kenneth Collins and Tony DeLeo for Jefferson County PUD.There have been major problems with the newly expanded Jefferson County PUD: it failed to continue financial assistance programs that PSE had in place for helping people pay their winter heating bills; it is now faced with the prospect of turning back hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked for conservation because of a failure to publicize and aggressively market these programs; and finally, despite the fact that Jefferson County has one of the highest solar adoption rates in the state, the PUD failed to make solar one of its priorities. Challengers—Tony DeLeo and Kenneth Collins—won the primary election and are now running in the general election. After interviewing the candidates multiple times, North Olympic Group is comfortable endorsing both of them. Both candidates understand the important role the PUD can play in advancing conservation and solar and in decreasing its reliance on nuclear and coal. Additionally, both understand the many administrative and management challenges facing the PUD as it transitions from being just a small water utility to becoming the electric utility for Jefferson County. Please go to the respective candidate websites to find out more information to help you in making an informed choice in this important race. Then please volunteer to help your candidate of choice win!

Kenneth Collins for PUD Commissioner, District 2

 

 

Candidate pictureTony DeLeo 4 PUD or email him at deleo4PUD@gmail.com.

 

 

Officers:                                                                          

Chair: Monica Fletcher

Vice Chair: Robert Sextro

Secretary: Bill Volmut

Treasurer: Monica Fletcher

 

Executive Committee:

Norm Baker: Marine Issues

Monica Fletcher: Chair, Treasurer, Jefferson County Conservation Chair

Peter Guerrero: Outings Chair, Jefferson County Political Chair

Darlene Schanfald: Clallam County Conservation Chair, Clallam County Political Chair

Robert Sextro: Vice Chair, Program Co-Chair, Air Quality, Energy Issues, Wild Olympics Campaign.

Bill Volmut: Secretary

 

Other NOG Leaders:

Bob Lynette: Climate Change, Wild Olympics Campaign

Janet Marx: Membership Chair, Newsletter Editor

Mary Porter-Solberg: Membership Co-Chair, Webmaster

 

Wild Olympics Campaign:

After extensive engagement and discussion with residents and local business leaders on the Olympic Peninsula, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 in the Senate and House of Representatives. As part of an ongoing effort to preserve and grow jobs on the Olympic Peninsula, this legislation would protect some of the most environmentally sensitive parts of our region for future generations while protecting access to outdoor recreation opportunities and private landowners’ rights. It would designate 126,554 acres of existing federal land as wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 464 river miles across 19 rivers and some major tributaries on the Olympic Peninsula as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The wilderness designation permanently protects old growth and ancient forest habitat throughout the region. Go to the Wild Olympics Campaign Website.