Sierra Club Home Page   Environmental Update  
chapter button
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet
Click here to visit the Member Center.         
Take Action
Get Outdoors
Join or Give
Inside Sierra Club
Press Room
Politics & Issues
Sierra Magazine
Sierra Club Books
Apparel and Other Merchandise
Contact Us

Join the Sierra ClubWhy become a member?
Sierra Main
In This Section
  May/June 2003 Issue
Perilous Gardens, Persistent Dreams
All They Need is Wolves
Consider the Lilies
Restoration Art
Ways & Means
One Small Step
Lay of the Land
The Sierra Club Bulletin
Grassroots Update
Sierra Archives
About Sierra
Internships at Sierra
Advertising Information
Current Advertisers

Sierra Magazine

Printer-friendly format
click here to tell a friend

Lay of the Land

Assault on Environmental Regulations | The Power of Protest | Power Plant Emissions | Golden Eagles and the Arctic Wildlife Refuge | Hear-No-Evil Department | Bold Strokes |WWatch | Updates

Bold Strokes

By Marilyn Berlin Snell

New Life for Old Lumber
When a tree falls in the city, we hear it but we rarely know quite what to do with it–or the thousands of tons of scrap lumber, pallets, and stumps that wind up clogging our landfills. In California alone, more than 3 million tons of urban wood enter the waste stream each year. Now two Oakland-based friends have figured out a way to divert it to lofty ends. Working with government agencies and arborists, Marcus von Skepsgardh and Shane Eagleton refashion discarded trees and wood into designer countertops, flooring, decking, and lumber. Their nonprofit organization, Protect All Life, sells recycled products and even creates artwork from salvaged trees as a way to promote public awareness of sustainable forestry.

For more information visit

Not-So-Gentlemanly Farmers
Last year’s farm bill allowed numerous corporate agribusinesses to collect farm-assistance checks at their swanky urban addresses. If you need proof, just go to the Environmental Working Group’s "City Slickers" Web site ( to find the fake farmers being subsidized near you. Among the beneficiaries listed are "farmers" like Boise Cascade, Chevron, and DuPont.

Up to Top

HOME | Email Signup | About Us | Contact Us | Terms of Use | © 2008 Sierra Club