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Kickoff Fundraiser for Sissi Bruch (Port Angeles)

Tuesday, September 9th, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Sep 9th 2014
Sept. 9 - A Kickoff Fundraiser for Sissi Bruch will be held Tuesday, September 9 at 5:30 PM at the Clallam County Democratic Headquarters, 124 W. First St, Port Angeles. You will have an opportunity to listen to her positions on critical issues and to ask questions. Needed, too, are volunteers for a range of help to make this a successful campaign. Clallam County, divided into three districts, is a huge territory to cover. Please attend the Kickoff Fundraiser and sign up to help in all ways that you can. Any amount and ways of help will be appreciated. Please contact Darle

Goodbye Monte Cristo Hike (Mountain 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.

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.

Washington State Chapter and Group Elections

In November we will elect members to the Washington State Chapter Executive Committee (ExCom), our decision-making body. There is much work to be done and we need help!

Nominations are first

We are seeking candidates to run for two-year terms that start in 2015. If you are interested, or you know another member who would make a good ExCom member, please contact Chapter Nomination Committee Chair, Katelyn Kinn at katejkinn@yahoo.com or 920-782-0114.

The deadline for submitting nominations is August 4th, 2014.

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.

Totem Pole Journey Against Coal and Oil Exports (Seattle)

Friday, August 29th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Aug 29th 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 (San Juan Island)

Friday, August 29th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Aug 29th 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.

Hike to Mt. Fremont Lookout - Tatoosh Group (Pierce Co)

Friday, August 8th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Aug 8th 2014

Come hike with the Tatoosh Group of the Sierra Club Fri., Aug 8. We will be going to Mt. Fremont in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park. Round trip is 5.6 miles, elevation gain is 800 feet or 1100 feet depending on which hiking guide you believe, high point is 7200 feet. It is rated "moderate".

This is a pretty popular hike to one of the old fire lookout towers in the park. The views are spectacular. On clear days, Glacier Peak, Mount Stuart, and even Mount Baker can be seen. Goats are sometimes visible from the trail. The trail starts in the parking lot at sunrise and climbs to the top of Sourdough Ridge and on to Frozen Lake. From Frozen Lake the trail is to the right through a meadow and along a ridge up to the tower. We will find a spot here for lunch before heading back. Back at Sunrise we should have time to check out the visitors' center before leaving.

Outing: Anderson-Watson Lakes Near Mt. Baker!

Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Aug 2nd 2014
Leader: Harry Romberg

Distance: 4 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1100ft

Highest Point: 4900ft.

Notes: Since this outing enters wilderness, we are limited on the number of people we can take. Animals are included in this limit number of 12 “heart beats” in any one party. Thus, dogs must be leashed in wilderness areas and are unfortunately discouraged for this hike so that we can save those spots for additional people. Thank you for understanding.

Full description with hike reports can be found on the Washington Trails Association Website.