It's their home, too

Southern California's national forests are recognized by scientists as one of the richest areas of plant and animal life on the planet, home to roughly 3,000 plant and 500 animal species-many of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

Inspiration on the agenda for September's Sierra Summit

There'll be something for everybody when Sierra Club holds its first national convention at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco for four days in September. All Sierra Club members are encouraged to attend-either as an official delegate or as an interested participant.

Why a Sierra Summit? The 3,000 members expected to flood San Francisco will send a strong message that the environmental movement is healthy and robust. Full Sierra Club grassroots representation is expected.

Banquet promises cut-loose party for Chapter members

Pull out your environmentally friendly décolletage, your super-macho tight jeans, and a throw-caution-to-the-wind attitude and come party with the Sierra Club at the annual Chapter Awards Banquet.


Pedal, pedal, shred, shred

The Mt. Abel (Cerro Noroeste) Bike-n-Ski trip has appeared in the Schedule of Activities for several years in a row, but for various reasons (mostly due to lack of snow) it has not gone on for some time. With over 40 inches of rain in the valleys and many feet of snow in the local mountains this year, Mt. Abel was in its prime with wonderful spring skiing conditions. The Feb.

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Sun bread, anyone?

How to get carbon neutral

and Jan Kidwell

Cougar pair tracked by NPS killed by rodent poison

Two of the four cougars radio-collared by the National Park Service last year were found dead in December in the Simi Hills.

P-3, a young male whose range covered the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana Mountains, was found north of Oak Park. P-4, a young female who lived in the Santa Clarita Woodlands, but had crossed under the 118 Freeway in the last few weeks of her life, wandered south to Ahmanson Ranch and died west of Chatsworth.

Forest campaign intensifies as final management plans near

Sierra Club Regional Representative

Our local national forests, so often taken for granted, are in trouble. As people build more and more houses, businesses, and roads around and even on the forests, wildlife and their habitat continue to decline. Increasing numbers of motorcycles in the back country and commercial demands to slice the forests with highways, power lines, and even hydroelectric dams complete the picture of forests in crisis.

Renewables impractical? Tell that to the rest of the world

Many energy companies, as well as the Bush administration, are very fond of telling us that renewable energy may be an option...20 or 40 years from now. Much of the rest of the world, however, is not adhering to this timetable. Wind power already supplies 5 percent of Europe's residential electricity demand, and wind and solar energy generating capacity worldwide are skyrocketing.


It's getting hot in here: Climate change demands action

Greenhouse gases trap solar energy that is reflected by the atmosphere and the earth's surface in the form of heat; major greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including over 2,000 of the world's climate scientists, says that established emission reduction targets for greenhouse gases are inadequate, and far more radical solutions must be found.


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