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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.

December 4: Prepare for the Dec. 11 Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) Hearing (Spokane)

Wednesday, December 4th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Dec 4th 2013

Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is coming to Spokane on Dec. 11th to hear our community's concerns about Tesoro Savage's proposal to build the largest crude oil transit terminal on the West Coast at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. If approved, crude oil would be transported by rail from the Bakken fields in North Dakota and tar sands in Canada, directly through Spokane, to Vancouver, Washington.

To help you prepare for the December 11th hearing, we will host an advocacy training / workshop at the GU School of Law moot court room.

Tell the FDA: Genetically Modified Salmon Is Too Risky

The Food and Drug Administration is considering approving a genetically-engineered salmon.

Never before has a genetically-modified animal been approved for human consumption. And yet, the FDA's review has been insufficient, failing to consider broad environmental and public health risks from GMO salmon.

Sign the petition and tell the FDA: GMO salmon is too risky.

AquaBounty, the company that is producing the GM salmon says they won't be able to cross-breed, and yet their own data suggest that 5% of the eggs they produce and transport around the world may not be sterile. If released accidentally, these transgenic fish could severely endanger natural fish populations.

Conservationists Object to Proposed Idaho Panhandle Forest Plan Revisions

Agency plan lacks measurable standards, fails to acknowledge impacts on massive Superfund cleanup

Spokane: November 26, 2013 - Today, a coalition of conservation organizations and individuals filed a formal objection to the draft record of decision (ROD) to the revised Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan. The group includes Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Upper Columbia River Group, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Paul Sieracki and Barry Rosenberg. The groups and individuals maintain the newly revised forest plan is not accountable to the public and short changes vitally important resources like water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, maintenance of ancient forest and old growth reserves, recommended wilderness, wilderness administration, and wildland values including recreation. The groups and individuals came together to address serious problems on the biologically important Idaho Panhandle National Forests.