Help Protect A Local Treasure, Henry Coe State Park
Photo by Lisa Barboza, Loma Prieta Chapter Outings Chair and Executive Committee Member
Please attend and comment to State Parks against opening Henry Coe State Park to off road vehicles, called OHV, ie Off Highway Vehicles.
Opening Henry Coe to OHV will put species like Mountain Lions at risk at a time when road collisions make up the largest loss for the species; species need large undisturbed habitat to survive. Preserving Coe as a non-motorized park is consistent with the state’s commitment to 30x30 preservation designed to protect biodiversity. Introducing off road motorized vehicles into an area with sensitive indigenous site artifacts that hold special value to indigenous communities will lead to damage to those sites.
Date: February 16, 2023 Location: Pleasanton Marriott, 11950 Dublin Canyon Rd, Pleasanton CA 94588 Time: 4:30Pm to 7:30 PM
Meeting Information: California State Parks (CSP) will hold an open house to inform the public about the Off-Highway Vehicle Access Project at Henry Coe State Park and receive input.
Have you received our special package?
Only twice a year our Chapter mails a special postal package inviting you to become a local environmental changemaker, and I hope that by now you have received it. If you have already responded, we thank you. If not, please take a minute to do it now. Please remember that only a sliver of your Sierra Club membership dues is returned to Loma Prieta to support our work for a healthy environment, but 100% of your gift made directly to the Chapter will be spent locally. See donation options, including employer matching opportunities.
Do you have a Trust? Learn the 7 Biggest Mistakes Trustees Make.
Family trusts often unravel due to time, circumstance, improper planning and implementation. Proper planning &
education can help ensure that your desires become reality for future generations. Sadly, most trustees fail to adequately understand the significance of their responsibilities. Learn how not to fail as a trustee. This entertaining workshop series will provide essential training for trustees & trustors of living trusts.
Learn Wilderness First Aid with Expert Steve Donelan
For Basic Wilderness First Aid: February 25, Saturday ONLY. 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
For Full Wilderness First Aid: February 25 and 26th BOTH DAYS. Sunday 8:00AM to 5:00 PM
Steve is the program author and instructor trainer for the WEC courses he developed for the National Association for Search and Rescue, which publishes his textbooks. He has also published many articles on emergency care and how to teach it; developed and run several other emergency care education programs; and been an Outdoor Emergency Care instructor for the National Ski Patrol since the beginning of the OEC program in 1988.
Environmental Stewardship Program 8.0 Applications Open for 2023
After a pandemic-induced hiatus of 3 years, we are resuming our highly successful Environmental Stewardship Program, which provided participants with thought-provoking educational presentations and opportunities to take action. ESP graduates have gone on to run for office and have assumed leadership positions in their local communities, including leadership roles in the Sierra Club. This year’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) 8.0 will focus on critical environmental issues, and we will mentor participants who choose to work on advocacy projects. Click here for more information about ESP 8.0 and to apply,
Join the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club for our 2023 Basic Backpacking Course. The course is offered as a four-part online symposium followed by a day of outdoor instruction, demonstration, and hiking. You’ll learn the essentials of backcountry travel that make it safe and enjoyable for you, and sustainable for the places you visit. We will place special emphasis on the gear, skills, and planning required to be responsible stewards of our precious wilderness ecosystems.
Free Webinar: Planning for Life Sciences in Bay Area Communities
Thursday, March 2, 2023, 2pm
Decision makers and agency staff will hear from seasoned professionals on what issues need to be considered for successful development of projects in their communities. Many Bay Area cities are currently considering life sciences lab development and can learn about early planning considerations, the bio safety measures that are taken to regulate labs and special measures needed to protect communities and the environment.
A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place.
Docents will guide you and teach you to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone to record all the living things you encounter. Flowers, trees, butterflies, dragonflies, and beetles, birds, and squirrels. We love them all - now let's go find them!
CNPS Santa Clara Valley Chapter's annual Growing Natives Garden Tour
Saturday - Sunday, April 1 - 2, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The inaugural year of Sierra Club Military Outdoors program was a local success and it’s been renewed for 2023. The Loma Prieta Chapter is inviting veterans and their family members for three types of trainings in beautiful locations around the Bay Area. Sessions are designed to help people learn how to use POLES for Hiking, for Balance and Maintaining Mobility, as well as Nordic Walking for Exercise. Skills learned help people of many ages and abilities to more fully enjoy their outdoor adventures. Participants experience improved endurance, posture, strength, spine function and confidence. Poles are provided at all trainings and practice walks/hikes, which are listed on our calendar.
January: Water Always Wins- thriving in an age of drought and deluge, by Erica Gies February: Nomad Century- How climate migration will reshape our world, by Gaia Vince March: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver April: The Intersectional Environmentalist- How to dismantle systems of oppression to protect people plus planet by Leah Thomas May: Regenesis- Feeding the world without devouring the planet by George Monbiot June: Euphoria by Lily King July: The Flag The Cross, And The Station Wagon by Bill McKibben. August: Rescuing the Planet- protecting half the land to heal the earth by Tony Hiss. September: The New Wilderness by Diane Cook October: There Are No Accidents- the deadly rise injury and disaster, who profits, and who pays the price by Jessie Singer November: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman December: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
Where does your recyled material go? The answer may not be pretty.
"Palo Alto found that some 60% of its recyclables got shipped abroad, with little transparency as to their fate."
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission makes decisions on how hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent. We encourage those who take the survey to select the option for "provide online/telephone options for participating rather than in-person events", as some in-person meetings are difficult to attend.
Looking to Electrify but Don't Know Where to Start? Begin Here!
YOU Can Make a Difference for Local Environmental Protection!
Our Environmental Legislative Action Team and Climate Action Leadership Team will show you how.
Your Loma Prieta Chapter is organizing a network of advocacy teams at the city level.
These are city-focused teams with the twin goals of spearheading actions to combat climate change and to conserve and restore natural habitats.
You will be working with city council members, key city staff, county officials, and other environmental activists. We welcome and educate those who are new to climate policy.
Financial regulators are hoping to force big companies and investment managers to disclose climate information. If you'd like to join local grassroots effective work to make these changes happen, please contact Sue Chow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Loma Prieta Chapter, Chair of Environmental Legislative Action Committee
Note: regardless of the name/origin of the outing section, all are welcome!
Wed 2/15/23, 10:00 AM, Hike Coyote Hills Regional Park
Thu 2/16/23, 10:00 AM, Hike Half Moon Bay Bluff South
Sat 2/18/23, 8:00 AM, Lassen Ski and Snow Camp
Sat 2/18/23, 9:00 AM, Day Hike in The Forest of Nisene Marks
Wed 2/22/23, 9:30 AM, Hike Purisima Open Space Preserve from the bottom
Peninsula Clean Energy rebates
Peninsula Clean Energy is providing homeowners in San Mateo County and the City of Los Banos interest-free financing and new rebates to install electric appliances and make other energy-efficiency upgrades.
The agency’s new Zero Percent Loan program will provide interest-free financing for up to $10,000 per home for projects that include installation of electric heat pump equipment, including water heaters and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units. Gas-powered equipment will not be eligible for the financing.
Photographers, help protect local nature with your images! Share with us your high-resolution photos of local nature, with or without people, to inspire local residents to support Loma Prieta Chapter work. Please contact Chapter Development Coordinator Justyna Guterman, email@example.com
Your Loma Prieta Chapter was founded in 1933, at Hidden Villa
What other important events happened in that year?
Keep reading the Loma Prieta Chapter eNewsletter this year to discover much more!
If you know of important local events that happened that year, then please let us know.
1933, February 13, was the birthday of actress Kim Novak, who starred in the 1958 movie Vertigo, which featured locations in our chapter: Big Basin State Park, Mission San Juan Bautista and Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.
Feb 20, 1902, was the birthdate of the great photographer, environmentalist and Sierra Club Member and Board Director Ansel Adams (1). Local Note: Santa Cruz County was originally part of the Loma Prieta Chapter, but when Adams founded the Ventana Chapter in Monterey County, members in Santa Cruz County chose to join Adams' new chapter.
“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness
be destroyed ... We simply need that wild country available to us,
even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”
― Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water
Thank you to our 2022 Guardians on Nature Benefit Sponsors
The COVID-19 crisis has not passed and continues to disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people and other communities of color. The pandemic has revealed how the communities hardest hit are often the same communities that suffer from high levels of pollution and poor access to healthcare. The fight for environmental justice cannot be separated from the fight for racial justice.