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What's Lost, What's Left?

In April, the Sierra Club released a new report looking at species recorded by Lewis and Clark 200 years ago, and the threats they face today. Nearly half of the animals identified by Lewis and Clark today have an official designation warranting concern and protection. You can find "What's Lost, What's Left: A Status Report on the Plants and Animals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" at www.sierraclub.org/lewisandclark.

Club Calls `Fowl'

On Earth Day, April 22, the Sierra Club plans to file a lawsuit against Tyson Foods for not reporting hazardous releases of ammonia from four of its Kentucky chicken production facilities. The animal factories emit more than 100 pounds of ammonia per day, levels that must be reported under both Superfund and Community-Right-to-Know laws. "Americans ought to know when factory farms are spewing plumes of toxic gases into their community," says Sierra Club attorney Barclay Rogers. "Tyson, unfortunately, acts like it is above the law." For more information on Sierra Club's Factory Farm Campaign, visit www.sierraclub.org/factoryfarms.

Wild Forests Need Your Help Again

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a plan to protect nearly 60 million acres of wild national forests, was finalized more than a year ago after the most extensive public participation in federal rulemaking history - 600 public meetings and more than 1.6 million citizen comments, more than 90 percent of which favored complete protection for these forests. But the Bush administration has placed the popular plan on hold and the Forest Service is rewriting it, opening wild forests to logging and other development. You can help: Go to the Sierra Club's Take Action Web site at www.sierraclub.org/action/?alid=124.


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