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.

 Upcoming Events:

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First:  Two GREAT non-Sierra Club events:

Saturday, May 30, afternoon and evening: The North Fork American River Alliance — NFARA — presents “Spring Thing 2015” at the Dutch Flat Community Center, 933 Stockton Street, Dutch Flat, CA

1:00 PM: Raptor Show by Hawks, Honkers & Hoots. This rescue/education group has a live Red-tailed Hawk, a Swainson's Hawk, an American Kestrel, a Peregrine Falcon, and an Osprey. This should be fun for the entire family.

3:00 PM: An hour walking tour of historic Dutch Flat led by Golden Drift Historical Society volunteer Jim Ricker. Sign-up at 2:30.

7:00 PM: Showing of “Under our Skin,” Academy Award nominated documentary about Lyme disease. This is a must-see film if you live in the area or any area with Lyme disease.  Local author and retired Auburn State Recreation Area Ranger Jordon Fisher Smith will narrate a portion of the film.  He contracted Lyme disease in the Auburn area from a tick bite.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Desserts and punch will be served. This is a free public event. For information call Jim at 530 389 8344.


Thursday, June 4:  The awesome, award-winning documentary, “Chasing Ice,” will be shown at the State Theater in Auburn, CA (985 Lincoln Way), on Thursday, June 4, at 7 pm.  National Geographic photographer James Balog used revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the Arctic’s changing glaciers.  Admission:  $6.  For more information, visit , or call the theater, 530-885-0156.  Don’t miss this one. 

Second:  Two GREAT Sierra Club events at the Sierra Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge--Donner Summit.

Saturday, June 6:  A free event that captures the spirit of the outdoors and the magic of nature will have attendees enjoying exciting outdoor adventures including Guided History Hikes, Wetland Science & Birdwatching Hike, SUP & Kayak Clinics, and Yoga Classes — all in support of Sierra Magazine's mission to get America outdoors to explore, enjoy, and protect our planet.  Guests will also enjoy fun giveaways, games, free product demos, entertainment and food.  Be sure to SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY!  Email Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge at or call 530.426.3632.  Weekend packages are also available. 

August 14-16:  Mark your calendar for Clair Tappaan Lodge's annual big fundraiser with music, hikes, speakers, etc.  Stay in touch and informed of this fun and informative three-day weekend by visiting  . 

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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.

 Bonnie and Friends at Middle Fork American River

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 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

Placer Group's Newsletter: THE CONSERVATIONIST