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Logging plan challenged

Six conservation organizations have filed suit in federal court challenging the U.S. Forest Service plan to increase logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument in the southern Sierra.

The national monument east of Porterville contains more than half of the world's sequoia trees. Their huge size, beauty and long life led to a drive to protect them, and President Clinton in 2000 gave them permanent protection by designating 328,000 acres, about one-third of Sequoia National Forest, a national monument under the Antiquities Act.

Chapter banquet will celebrate volunteers

The Angeles Chapter relies on the volunteer services of its members. They ring doorbells, prepare exhibits, sit at tables and talk to the public, lead hikes, come out for work parties, repair and supervise our lodges, and do everything else needed to keep the Chapter running smoothly.

Chapter sets training workshops for volunteers both new and experienced

Among the many helpful topics at this year's Volunteer Training is public relations. A PR specialist will train our activists to most effectively communicate with officials. Space is limited to 10 people only, so sign up quickly. Participants will go through mock lobbying sessions, then be coached and critiqued on their presentations.

Birds in the Sierra; trash takes over

Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, written and illustrated by John Muir Laws. Calif. Academy of Sciences and Heyday Books, 64 pages. $9.95

The Day the Trash Came Out to Play, by David M. Beadle, illustrations by Laurie A. Faust, Ezra's Earth Publishing. $16.95

For both the novice and experienced birdwatchers, Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide would be a useful resource. The book's organization is user-friendly and its slim, lightweight size makes it easy to tote around in a full day pack or on multi-day backpacking trips.

Palos Verdes-South Bay Group wins one for hikers and habitat

The Palos Verdes-South Bay Group scored a significant victory for wilderness and the safe enjoyment of it. In December, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, to the surprise of many, sided with the Sierra Club's recommendation for trail usage in the 160-acre Forrestal Nature Preserve. Group vice-chair Hersh Kelly recounts how the group achieved this remarkable success. -Ed.

The seed man

Why is the Southern Sierran called the Southern Sierran?

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Ed Peterson

Ask Ed Peterson, at 99 the Angeles Chapter's oldest member. In the late 40s, legendary volunteer Irene Charnok told him the Chapter was about to launch a newsletter and was having a contest to come up with a name. The winner of the contest would receive a lifetime subscription. Peterson won.

Mountain of the gods

It was late August, and I was in Athens for the Olympic games. The air was humid and thick with smog as Carl Lewis passed me on his way to the Acropolis, Olympic torch in hand. There is an acropolis, or high point, in every Greek city, and as Carl lit the Olympic flame to open the games, my mind drifted to another high point, the highest point in the land, the home of the Gods: Mount Olympus.

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Tom Amneus, 1907-2004

Tom Amneus, longtime Sierra Club member and a past chair of the Angeles Chapter, passed away on Aug. 22 at the age of 97.

News and Notes

Video camera wanted

Do you have a video camera or digital camera you could lend or donate to high school students to publicize their coastal conservation community education project? These youth have volunteered to complete a series of six Orange County Inner City Outings field trips in 2005 and teach elementary school students and other community members how inland activities affect our coast. Please call Lisa Hellman 714-964-4488 for more information on how you can support this program.

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