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Tina Terrell: From urban roots grows a love of forestry

Cleveland National Forest supervisor Tina Terrell recently toured Morrell Canyon at the invitation of Chapter forest activists. Terrell, who was named to the post last summer, is California's second African-American female forest supervisor, just behind Gloria Brown, who oversees the Los Padres National Forest.

OC Inner City Outings leads cell phone recycling drive

Imagine all that extra space if you cleaned out those cell phones and computer monitors that are cluttering up your closet or garage. You know you can't just toss them in the trash, so what should you do?

Lisa Hellman, secretary of Orange County Inner City Outings, discovered a solution that complies with the law, protects the environment, and helps fund her activities with inner city youth. Hellman is coordinating a cell phone collection drive in conjunction with Ease E-Waste, a Santa Ana-based company that specializes in the responsible and lawful disposal of electronic waste.

Endangered Species Act heading for endangered list?

Least Bell's vireo. Quino checkerspot butterfly. Southwestern arroyo toad. San Bernardino flying squirrel. Ashy grey Indian paintbrush. These are just a few of the thousands of unique and beautiful animals and plants found only in Southern California and nowhere else on earth. These species thrive in the diverse habitats in our region, ranging from streamside woodlands and sandy river terraces to coastal sage scrub to pine forests and pebble plains.

The Green Gardener: Win the weed war, organically

If you haven't kept up with weeding over this wet winter you may find yourself knee high in dandelions, stinging nettle, and grasses. You may be tempted to reach for an herbicide, but please consider the following before you do.

It's a deal! Agencies combine forces to buy Soka land

As of press time, the 588-acre property across from Malibu Creek State Park in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains known as the Soka property or Gillette Ranch will have been purchased by a consortium of state and federal park agencies.

Instead of a housing development or a university, the property will forever remain a home for thousands of oaks and abundant fauna.

The old way

Members get a taste of car travel circa 1915 on a tour of the Ridge Route, the curvy road that united California

It wasn't the typical Wilderness Adventures Section outing. No hiking was involved, just a reliable car that could handle traveling along an isolated mountain road with 627 curves.

The voracious cycle of growth must change

For a long time, we in the Sierra Club have been active in promoting conservation of natural resources and the preservation of natural open space, with what some may regard as considerable success. Of course that, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I tend to be optimistic and believe that public officials will respond favorably to our grassroots efforts, assuming we are able to convince them it is in their best interest as well as that of their constituents. On the other hand, I am constantly frustrated in seeing the incessant pressure to develop the last vestiges of open space.

What have you done for Planet Earth lately?

Dee packs it out for the Chapter.

Aliso campaign victorious- wilderness golf plans halted

Views of Aliso Canyon, the Pacific Ocean, and Catalina Island can be enjoyed from Aliso Wood Canyons Wilderness Park near Laguna Beach. A luxury resort's bid to extend an adjacent golf course into this publicly owned park was thwarted in part due to Sierra Club efforts.
photo by Betsy Bredau

San Gabriel River tour shows leaders river area's potential

On April 2, Angeles Chapter staff and volunteers from the San Gabriel River Campaign gave a tour of the campaign's newest project proposal: the Emerald Necklace.Emerald

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