The Redwood Chapter contends with climate change, works for sustainable communities, and defends land, water and wildlife from the Bay Area to the Oregon border, while creating opportunities for the exploration and enjoyment of nature.
Berryessa-Snow Mountain Town Hall: A Step on the Road to Monument
On Friday, December 19, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Undersecretary of Agriculture Robert Bonnie joined Congressman Mike Thompson, Congressman John Garamendi, and other community leaders in a Town Hall meeting at the Napa Community College to gather public input on the proposal for the permanent protection of the 350,000-acre Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a national monument.
An economic report recently commissioned by the Winters Chamber of Commerce indicates that special designation is also likely to result in increased tourism, providing economic benefits to surrounding communities estimated at $50 million over five years.
“The Russian River: All Rivers” Screening Feb. 12
Redwood Chapter is delighted to be able to announce that at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, we will sponsor a free showing of the exciting new documentary “The Russian River: All Rivers - the Value of an American Watershed” at Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road in Santa Rosa. A brief Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.
Remembering a Trio of Environmental Heroes
Three long-time Sierra Club members have passed away since early October 2014. We salute their visions for a greener Sonoma County and the work they accomplished while with us. The Sonoma County Conservation Council (of which Sonoma Group is a member) honored each of them with its top award. Initiated in 1975, this award recognizes people who have recently made outstanding efforts to protect regional resources, directly or indirectly, or advanced their better stewardship.
Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year Award Winners:
Len Swenson - 1985
Dr. Leonard Swenson passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Within the Sierra Club, Swenson held several positions at both the Sonoma Group and Redwood Chapter levels, including chairing each, as well as holding the offices of Conservation Chair, Political Chair, and Transportation Chair at various times in the 1980’s - 2000’s.
Bill Kortum - 1986
Bill Kortum, a Sierra Club member for more than forty-ﬁ ve years, passed away December 20, 2014. Kortum was instrumental in preserving open space in Sonoma County, protecting the California coast and ensuring coastal access for everyone.
Helen Libeu - 1988
Helen Libeu passed away on October 31, 2014, aged 95 years old. Libeu was a local Sierra Club member for almost thirty years. She served as Redwood Chapter Legal Chair for a number of years in the late 1980’s - 1990’s. Libeu was a champion of forest protection, and mentored others in the Sierra Club.