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Gray Wolf River Hike (South of Sequim)

Sunday, April 27th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Apr 27th 2014

Join me on a hike through the wonderful Lower Gray Wolf River valley.

This outing features old growth forest, silver river rocks and fluorescent green fauna.

Come on out to the Peninsula and see the Wild Olympics for yourself up close.

A good early season leg stretcher that goes roughly 4 miles one-way for a total of 8.5 miles.

Please RSVP at bill.volmut@gmail.com

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.

December 15 Wolf Rally and Hearing: Come Howl for a Wild Future! (Seattle)

Sunday, December 15th, 2:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Dec 15th 2013

Wolves are fascinating creatures. They inspire us, symbolize survival and only inhabit our wildest landscapes. While Washington's last wolves were slaughtered in the 1930's, the wolves are finally returning to our state after being gone for almost a century. Come join the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and other conservationists as we do all we can to protect wolves and their habitat! We invite you to join us for an afternoon of food, storytelling, public testimony, wolf-mask crafting, and public adv...ocacy. Together, we hope to howl for a wild future!

Despite their fragile recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering removing wolves from the endangered species list, which would make them fair game for hunting, trapping, and would jeopardize their recovery in Washington and all over the country. This is NOT the time to take away important national protections for this endangered species. Event will be indoors.

December 11: Public Hearing About the Potential for an Oil Train Explosion in Spokane

Wednesday, December 11th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Dec 11th 2013

Tesoro Savage is proposing to build the largest crude oil transit terminal on the West Coast at the Port of Vancouver, Washington.

Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is coming to Spokane on Dec. 11th to hear our community's concerns. Please make your voice heard and stand up for Spokane by saying NO to dirty energy projects.

If the port expansion is approved, it would result in a drastic increase in crude oil shipments through Spokane. The train derailment and explosions in Lac-Magantic, Quebec this summer that killed 47 people, the pipeline breach along the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and the grounding of the Exxon-Valdez tanker in 1989 are reminders that transporting oil by rail is dangerous. Accidents happen and can have devastating consequences.