March 26 and 27:
Guests and members of The Sierra Club Foundation National Advisory
Committee convene from all parts of the country in Washington, D.C., to
be briefed on critical conservation issues and become more skilled as
John Patrick Ford, Lisa Renstrom, Bob Perkowitz
participate in private group meetings with Interior
Secretary Bruce Babbitt and EPA Administrator Carol Browner. Katie
McGinty (White House Council on Environmental Quality) and Rep.
Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) address the group as does Under Secretary
Timothy Wirth. The California "delegation" witnesses an exciting
give-and-take between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Club
Executive Director Carl Pope on the merits of Utah wilderness and
preservation of the proposed Presidio National Park in San Francisco.
Before returning home, these volunteers comb Capitol Hill to press for
more cooperation on Club priority campaigns.
A member of the The Sierra Club Foundation's National Advisory Council,
Ford contributes to the support of the Club's William Colby Library in
the San Francisco headquarters and to Sierra Nevada Ecoregion projects
ranging from protecting giant sequoia groves to limiting urban sprawl
in California's Central Valley. Renstrom and Perkowitz also serve on
the National Advisory Council. Renstrom, chair of North Carolina's
Central Piedmont Group, focuses on the public and private cost of
environmental preservation versus development. Perkowitz advocates for
rails-to-trails projects and wilderness preservation.
Mayer has served on the National Advisory Council for over 20 years, is
a major contributor to the coastal preservation and litigation efforts
of California's Loma Prieta Chapter and was integral to the success of
an initiative last November that will protect the state coastline from
In recognition of Mayer's lifetime of environmental leadership,
the Club's Board of Directors
awarded her an honorary life membership on Nov. 16, 1996.
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