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Make Calls for the Forward On Climate Rally: Feb 17 2013 in DC

Today President Obama delivered a powerful and visionary inaugural address that made fighting climate change a key focus of his next term: "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations." We applaud the President for his bold words.

Last week, the Sierra Club launched our Obama Climate Legacy and Clean Energy Project. Only the president of the United States can lead a response to climate disruption on the scale we need. The president must fire up our clean-energy economy, challenge Big Oil, and stand up to the political and PR bullies who promote the industry and oil profits above all other American interests. 2013 must be the year of climate solutions, and the first step President Obama must take is to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Mark Your Calendar: Environmental Lobby Day (Olympia)

Tuesday, February 19th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Feb 19th 2013

This year, join 24 of the state's leading conservation groups and hundreds of citizen advocates to push for the passage of the Environmental Priorities Coalition's 2013 legislative agenda. We need you in Olympia on February 19, 2013, to garner the support of all three of your state legislators by using your power of persuasion as you meet face-to-face with them. Register Now!

NOTE: Pre-registration closes Friday, February 15th at 8pm. Any registration after February 15th, will be considered "Day of Event". If you have not registered by February 15th, we still welcome you to attend the event. The fee will be $20, which does not include a lunch option, and will be collected when you arrive in Olympia. Make sure you go to the "Day of Event" registration line when you get to the church.

Please Join Us for a Special Event: On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve (Seattle)

Thursday, November 15th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Nov 15th 2012

On Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm, adventurer and author Debbie S. Miller will be at the Mountaineers Program Center in Seattle, WA to share stories of her experience traveling down the wild rivers of Northwest Alaska. Her dynamic multimedia presentation includes photos by her travel companions, two of Alaska's best known nature photographers, and sound recordings made during her journey. Debbie will introduce her new book On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve.

Washington State Chapter Activist Don Parks Wins Prestigious John Muir Award

For those of us who are lucky enough to know Don Parks, this year's annual meeting of Chapter Delegates and the Sierra Club's Board of Directors in San Francisco in August was special. The meetings concluded with the annual awards banquet where we saw Don get the Sierra Club's highest volunteer honor, the John Muir award, presented by Club President Allison Chin and Executive Director Michael Brune.

Don has been an instrumental volunteer leader within the National Sierra Club and the Washington Chapter across a span of almost 40 years. Don's accomplishments as a volunteer leader extend deep into many critical elements of the Sierra Club both locally and nationally. His commitment and service to the Club's organizing efforts as well as his wise volunteer leadership within the conservation arena were justly recognized with the John Muir Award.

Join Us On July 28 for Our Annual Checkerboard Outings Day

Saturday, July 28th, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Jul 28th 2012

Learn about this much debated roadless area and the Sierra Club's wilderness proposal.

Saturday, July 28th. We are planning three hikes in the scenic mountains NE of Cle Elum.

From moderate to more strenuous:

1. the basalt canyon of the West Fork Teanaway

2.secluded Esmerelda Basin on the edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

3. and 6,400' Miller Peak with spectacular views of Mt. Stuart.

Due to length of the drive to these trailheads, this will be an all day event. From Seattle, plan to leave by 8:00am and return after 7:00pm.

Coal Free Seattle Volunteer Meeting: 3rd Thursday of Every Month

Thursday, April 19th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Apr 19th 2012
Washington State is currently under threat from multiple proposals for dirty and dangerous coal export facilities. Shipping up to a hundred million tons of coal a year through West Coast communities would spread toxic coal dust along the rail lines, clog our railroads, ports, and highways, risk our families’ health, pollute our air and water, and worsen the climate crisis. Sierra Club is organizing in communities across the state to help defeat this ill-conceived project, please join us! Every month the Sierra Club, along with the Power Past Coal Coalition, hosts Beyond Coal volunteer meetings in numerous communities to plan events, update one another on outreach activities and have a good time kicking coal out of Washington.

Coal Free North Snohomish Volunteer Meeting: 4th Thursday of Every Month

Thursday, April 26th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Apr 26th 2012

Washington State is currently under threat from multiple proposals for dirty and dangerous coal export facilities. Shipping up to a hundred million tons of coal a year through West Coast communities would spread toxic coal dust along the rail lines, clog our railroads, ports, and highways, risk our families’ health, pollute our air and water, and worsen the climate crisis. The Sierra Club is organizing in communities across the state to help defeat this ill-conceived project, please join us! Every month the Sierra Club, along with the Power Past Coal Coalition, hosts Beyond Coal volunteer meetings in numerous communities to plan events, update one another on outreach activities and have a good time kicking coal out of Washington. You will meet other like-minded people and find out what you can do to protect our community from dirty and dangerous coal trains.

Diobsud Creek Rainforest Trail Maintenance, North Cascades

Saturday, April 26th, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Apr 26th 2014
Help with the annual upkeep of the delightful Diobsud Creek Trail in Skagit County, above a wild river gorge in one of the state's largest unprotected roadless areas. This trail is a well-kept secret for its mossy beauty, wildflowers, and ready access. Easy work and hike, no experience required, hand tools supplied. Please wear work clothes, gloves, and boots suitable for wet conditions. 3-4 mi rt. Meeting locations in Seattle and Sedro Woolley to carpool to trailhead. For directions and more information, contact Mark Lawler at 206-632-1550. (CH)

Join Us for Some Earth Day Urban Wild Lands Restoration at Duwamish Alive!

Saturday, April 21st, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Apr 21st 2012

Join us on the Duwamish River, an EPA Superfund cleanup site, for our Earth Day project. Earth Day is the day we give back to the environment and participate in a hands-on project to restore our damaged areas to a healthy status for future generations.

We will be participating in the Duwamish Alive Earth Day Restoration event on April 21! We will be doing restoration work at the West Duwamish Greenbelt site in West Seattle; this site will be hosted and managed by the Nature Consortium and Earth Corps .

Outings Committee Yearly Meeting/Training: Saturday May 5

Saturday, May 5th, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, May 5th 2012

All interested Sierra Club members, committee leaders, outings leaders - trainees and certified. All are welcome.

If you would like to know what the Outings Committee of the Washington State Chapter is all about, please come as our guest.

Once a year all of our leaders meet to practice our emergency aid skills, get an update on information about Sierra Club, more practice on compass and mapping skills, and trade information about trip planning.

We have a great venue at Millersylvania State Park, where we will be out of the weather with all of the amenities - water, electricity, fireplace, grill. Not camping this year, so we will have a full day from 9:30am to 6pm. If you are a guest, come for the whole day or stay as long as you like. Lunch will be provided.