Sierra Club: The Planet--1996
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Tarheels to Raleigh for Clean Water

"Thanks to all who made Clean Rivers, Clean Coastal Waters lobby day a success," said Molly Diggins, North Carolina Chapter conservation chair. In May, Diggins and more than 300 other activists, including a good representation of Sierra Club members, gathered in North Carolina's capital of Raleigh to show their support for clean water. Once assembled, they donned fish name tags and visited their state legislators. "The lunchtime rally went especially well," said Diggins, "with Governor Hunt (D), Senator Basnight (D), both Democrats, House Environmental Committee Chair and environmental convert John Nichols, a Republican, all talking about their proposals for cleaning up our rivers. It was a bipartisan event in an otherwise partisan year."

Jane North and Raine Lee of the Foothills Group successfully recruited dozens of volunteers and students to be on hand to hear the governor speak on clean water. Rounding out the visuals were brightly colored kayaks courtesy of Kathie Dixon's clean water outreach contacts and the huge "Protect America's Environment - For our Families, For our Future" banner as a backdrop for speakers.

"If press coverage of our event looks a lot like last year's picture in The Planet of the Boundary Waters rally on the steps of the Minnesota capitol," said Diggens, "the imitation was a deliberate and sincere form of flattery." For more information: Contact Molly Diggins at (910) 727-0636.

Maxxam Protest a Success in Houston (Headwaters Forest)

Stockholders arriving for the annual Maxxam stockholders meeting on May 22 were greeted at the gates of the Houstonian Conference Center and Hotel by about 30 protesters. The Houston Group coordinated the rally and press conference to call attention to Maxxam's logging of old-growth redwoods in California's Headwaters Forest, the world's largest privately owned stand. Other participants included Earth First! of Austin, local environmentalists and representatives of the Headwaters Forest Coalition.

"It only takes one share to attend a stockholders meeting, so we seized the opportunity to speak out from the inside," said Marge Hanselman, Houston Group conservation chair. Following the meeting, she and representatives of the Headwaters Forest Coordinating Committee spoke at a press conference that was well-attended by all major network television stations, as well as the Houston and Dallas dailies. "We even inspired a Maxxam representative to appear before the crowd and take questions from the audience," she said.

Maxxam is also in the courts with a takings claim alleging that the Endangered Species Act has prevented it from maximizing profits in Headwaters. "Takings legislation pending before the Senate would give an added boost to Maxxam's $500 million lawsuit," said Hanselman, "so please urge your Senators to vote against former Senator Dole's takings bill, S. 605."

For more information: Contact Marge Hanselman at (713) 666-7494.

Club Earns Kudos for Muir Exhibit

In May, the John Muir Exhibit Web site was chosen by Computer Currents Interactive, the online service for Computer Currents magazine, as one of its featured "Links of the Week." The exhibit has also been granted a top score of four stars from "Cyberhound," an Internet rating service run by Gale Research, a publisher of library reference books. Such a rating is granted to only 1 percent of the sites reviewed. The John Muir Exhibit features the life and legacy of John Muir, naturalist, writer, conservationist and Sierra Club founder. Included are articles by and about Muir, pictures, educational resources, a study guide for teachers, bibliographies, newsletters, links to other sites and more. The exhibit is now hosted on the Sierra Club World Wide Web site at: http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/

For more information: Contact Harold Wood, content editor and coordinator for Sierra Club California's John Muir Education Project, at (209) 739-8527; e-mail: harold.wood@sierraclub.org.

The 1996 Leader List is Here!

The 1996 Leader List, the most comprehensive listing of Sierra Club volunteer leaders at the national, regional, chapter and group levels, is now available for purchase. This critical tool, which includes names, addresses, phone numbers and leadership positions at all levels of the Club, is intended to help facilitate communication and networking among Club activists and leaders. It is 8 1/2 x 11 inches in format, three-hole punched and contains 120 pages.

To order, send a check for $12 (payable to the Sierra Club) along with your name, address and phone number(s) to: Office of Volunteer and Activist Services, Sierra Club, 85 Second St., 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441, Attn: Eric Wilson. For more information: Call Eric Wilson at (415) 977- 5576.

Activist Resources

The Current

A quarterly newsletter published by the Water Resources Committee of the Pennsylvania Chapter for Club members interested in water issues. It features and welcomes reports from other groups and answers water-related questions. For more information, contact committee co-chairs Joe Turner at (215) 945-1329; e-mail: joeturner@delphi.com or Martin Visnosky at (914) 459-5201.

A CLEAR View

Periodic bulletin monitoring the "wise use" movement - from "takings" initiatives to the congressional assault on public lands. Includes tools for action. To be added to the electronic distribution list, send a message to: clearview@ewg3.ewg.org. Include the word "subscribe" in the subject line. For more information, contact Joe Turner at (215) 945-1329; e-mail: joeturner@delphi.com or visit the new WWW home page at http://www.ewg.org/

Where You Live

This Web site allows you to access online data about the environment, economy and politics in your state, county or hometown. Listings include dirty water violations, farm subsidies, wetlands loss and political action committee contributions to members of Congress. To access this extensive information resource, go to http://www.ewg.org/ then go to Where You Live. If you are not able to "surf the Net" at home, try your public library, college or university.


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