The Placer Group, as part of the Mother Lode Chapter in California, covers Placer County and its incorporated areas west of the Sierra divide. Join our all-volunteer organization to assist with conservation issues and “Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet!” Contact information is included in our newsletter link below.

 Notices, Notes, and New Events:

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Newsletter Now Online:  Check out our Summer 2015 Newsletter (see link below--near bottom of this web page) and read what the Placer Group has been up to, and, most importantly, how YOU can help.
August 5, September 2, October 7:  Placer Group's "Member/Exec Comm Meetings" at Denny's on Auburn Ravine Rd--west side of I-80 at the Foresthill exit.  Check this website for last minute changes to location. 
August 26:  Placer County's Fish and Game Commission, 6 pm, County Center Drive (off Bell) in the Planning Commission's meeting room.  Important agenda item:  Auburn Ravine Fish Passage--Current status of Hemphill Dam and Potential Long-term Solutions to Improving Fish Passage.  Speakers from NID, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, and SARSAS will each present the issues.  SARSAS (Save Auburn Ravine Steelhead and Salmon), a nonprofit, has been working for years to clear impediments along Auburn Ravine in order to bring these migratory species back to Auburn.
October 1:  A presentation by Kathryn Phillips, Director of Sierra Club California, will provide a report on California state legislature and pressing environmental issues.  This will be an exciting joint meeting with the Auburn Area Democratic Club.  Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St, Auburn, CA, 7 pm.  Don't miss this one!  
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Alert:  California now has an established gray wolf pack--the "Shasta Pack"!  For updates on this amazing development, visit:

If you’re fascinated with and love wildlife
                “Live” websites with multiple webcams are mesmerizing.  From bears in Alaska catching migrating fish as they jump over falls, to hummingbirds, puffins, and other sea mammals, these live web cameras can endear an appreciation of wildlife.  Go to and click on any image that says, “LIVE NOW”  or other images of interest.
Two notes:  On the Hummingbird web cam site, if you scroll down quite a bit to “Bella Hummingbird Live Chat with Terry Masear,” you can hear a remarkable Q&A audio (from June 26) with expert Terry Masear as she discusses awesome, little-known facts about hummingbirds. 
Also, up until about a week ago, the annually-returning osprey pair had two healthy chicks, which are now gone from the nest.  From the comments, it appears one or two eagles took the chicks.  Wildlife has its own story line.
Warning:  Some live cams may keep you glued to the monitor, put you way behind in your chores, and leave many “to do” jobs undone!

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Help our environment, your energy bill, your pocketbook, and both the Placer Group and Mother Lode Chapter:
Go Solar 2015
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 Explore the Planet—especially your own “backyard”! 
        We in Placer County have been gifted with many miles of beautiful, peaceful, educational, and delightful trail “get aways.” 
The scene below is along the Middle Fork of the American River.

 Brownie enjoys the view

As the Sierra Club’s founder said, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”   

Can you guess where this photo below was taken from?  Hint:  Less than five miles from Auburn, CA....

Less than five miles from Auburn   

Enjoy Placer Group's "backyard" and help us protect them!

What is the "Executive Committee" of the Placer Group Sierra Club? 
              It is the elected six-member committee that votes on Placer Group issues. You, as a Sierra Club member, are welcome to attend Placer Group Member Meetings (aka “ExCom”), usually held on the first Wednesday of each month, currently at Denny’s at 1800 Auburn Ravine Rd in Auburn at 7 pm. Even if you cannot vote, as a member your opinion is welcome and appreciated. Contact Marilyn for more info and/or to confirm meetings.

 Executive Committee
Co-Chairs                                   Marilyn Jasper & Michael Garabedian
Vice Chair                                   open
Secretary                                    Carol Love
Treasurer                                   Tony Rakocija
ExCom Member                         Tom Beattie

Other Committee Functions

Newsletter                                   Christiane Raymond
Public Lands/Transportation      Terry Davis
Solid Waste Issues                        Sue Stack
Webmaster                                   Marilyn Jasper
Agriculture                                  Sean Booth
Energy & Genetic Engineering      Carroll Nast
Wildland Urban Interface             Michael Garabedian
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Placer Group's Newsletter: THE CONSERVATIONIST

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