Mount Baker: Whatcom • Skagit • SanJuan

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email:

MtBaker@washington.sierraclub.org

Group Events Calendar
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS

Chair: Judith Akins

Vice-Chair: Stan Parker

Secretary: Nora Weaver

Treasurer: Natalie McClendon

Mentor for Committees: Bob Aegerter

NEXT BUSINESS MEETING

Monday Spetember 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, 4682 Wynn Road, Bellingham 98226. All members are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting. Call Chair Judith Akins at 360-982-8599 with questions.

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FROM THE CHAIR.
Judith Akins, 360-982-8599
Election season is upon us and the Mt Baker Group has endorsed Todd Donovan and Satpal Sidhu for Whatcom County Council. Other endorsements may still be made. Along with important races for Bellingham Port Commission, Whatcom County Council and Mayor's races across the counties we will have several Charter Commission proposals in Whatcom County. One item which is drawing much attention is the plan to expand our 3 council districts in Whatcom County to 5. This would bring us up to date with State mandates regarding communities of interest voting as unit and give the county fair and equal districts. More details to come this fall.

SUMMER SOCIAL and CELEBRATION
Join other Mt Baker Sierrans Thursday, August 20, 5-7 pm at Aslan Brewery, 1330 Forest St, in Bellingham for appetizers, drinks, discussion, and celebration. Please RSVP on Facebook or Judith Akins sunsetjam@gmail.com, 369-982-8599

We have much to celebrate, with President Obama's Clean Power Plan and Governor Inslee's plans to cap carbon emissions. As the summer winds down, we will take time to celebrate the Sierra Club's work here in Washington and the people who make it possible.


CLEAN POWER PLAN
There's great news from the Whitehouse in our fight against climate change! If you haven't heard, Pres. Obama and the EPA took a major step in the fight against climate disruption by releasing the Clean Power Plan. The first ever limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can dump into our air, wreaking havoc on our health and our climate.

Please send a letter to the editor today voicing you support for this historic action on climate. Newspaper addresses here.

This rule calls for cutting carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a big milestone in our marathon of a fight against climate change.

Governor Inslee has also announced that he is taking steps to put a cap on carbon emissions. He is using his authority under the State Clean Air Act to require Washington meet our carbon pollution limits already in law - a bold step towards climate action. Again, letters to the editor thanking the governor for getting this done despite our legislators this past year. Newspaper addresses here.

Save the date: Oct 3 and 4
FALL CAMPING and CLEAN UP TRIP

We are camping, hiking, and cleaning up Baker Lake area. Please join the Mt Baker Group. Re-Sources and the North Cascades Institute for a fun weekend of boating, hiking and camping while helping the environment.

On Saturday we will spend a few hours canoeing or kayaking the shores to pick up trash left from the long hot summer. Canoes will be provided; you just have to have suitable clothing for boating, hat, sunscreen, and everything else will be provided. Next we'll stretch our legs with a hike up Baker River Trail to view some beautiful old growth trees. A naturalist will be available from the North Cascades Institute for information on the area.

Camping is free at Shannon Campground. We'll provide coffee, snacks, breakfast munchies. Saturday evening meal will be a potluck and we'll provide Chilli. Please bring a dish to share. Sunday will give us sometime to finish scouring the shores and maybe a little mushroom collecting.

Directions from  I-5 Cook Rd exit: Follow rte 20 east to Baker Lake Rd. (Mile marker 82-83). Follow Baker Lake Rd. for 23 miles and signs to Shannon Campground.