The Sierra Club Presents: Earth Week in Oregon!

Across the state there are plenty of opportunities to get outside, take action, learn more about our shared environment, and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!  Join us!


PORTLAND AREA

Free Screening of the Documentary “Sweet Crude”
April 14th – 7pm

The Sierra Club, Oxfam America, and the Presbyterian Church USA are proud to announce a complimentary screening of the film Sweet Crude at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland.  This event is a unique opportunity to see Sweet Crude, followed by an in-person discussion with filmmaker Sandy Cioff.  The film captures the tragedies of oil extraction in the Niger Delta and illuminates the political, environmental, and economic dimensions of oil extraction in Nigeria and exposes the consequences for local communities.  The showing is part of the our organizations’ efforts to raise awareness about the Energy Security Through Transparency Act, which will require oil, mining, and gas companies registered with the SEC to publish payments made to governments for the commercial extraction of these resources.  Tickets are free for those who pre-register.  Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.


Tree Planting at Rooster Rock State Park
April 17 – 9am to 1pm

You are cordially invited to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at Rooster Rock State Park in the Columbia Gorge with the Sierra Club and SOLV. Mother Nature needs your help planting 500 sixteen-inch Douglas Firs. The work party will meet west of the park headquarters in the parking lot at 9:00 am and conclude at 1:00 pm or at your convenience.  For more information visit http://oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/columbia/ or contact Dave Bybee: DaveBybee@oregon.sierraclub.org, (360) 993-4247.


Earth Day Celebration at Portland State University
April 22 – 10am to 6pm

Join the Oregon Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Team at Portland State University’s Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 22nd.  Want to volunteer to staff our table?  We are looking for folks to serve a two-hour shift between 10 and 6 pm.  If you are interested contact Robin Everett at robin.everett@sierraclub.org or call 503-238-0442 x307.

Beyond Coal Earth Day Bash
April 22 – 6pm-9pm

Get a sneak peek at out new ad campaign against coal!  Sierra Club supporters and friends will gather at Vincente’s Pizza on SE Hawthorn and 20th. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day’s 40th anniversary and learn what you can do to solve global warming and end our reliance on coal!  This is a free event, there will be great food, music and company.  RSVP by April 20th to Robin Everett at robin.everett@sierraclub.org or call 503-238-0442 x307.


Rally Against LNG  Terminals on Public Land
April 22–Noon to 1 pm

Join us for a rally to oppose the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on our public land! The Oregon LNG Company proposes to build an LNG import terminal on the Skipanon Peninsula at the mouth of the Columbia River (a piece of public land owned by the State of Oregon). Come out for a lunchtime demonstration in downtown Portland to let our elected leaders know that the Oregon public doesn’t want to subsidize this unnecessary foreign fossil fuel development with leases of our state land. This rally coincides with the Oregon Department of State Lands consideration of the Oregon LNG lease. Now is the time to have your voice heard! For more information, contact Olivia Schmidt oliviariver@gmail.com or 971-533-2390.

Latourell Trail Tending in the Columbia Gorge
April 24

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with the Sierra Club and Oregon Parks & Recreation on this 2 mile loop around a double water fall with commanding views of the Gorge.  All are welcome, including children when they bring their parent or legal guardian.  Tools are supplied or bring your own loppers, shovels &c.  Work lasts 4 to 6 hours with volunteers frequently gathering for a late lunch at McMenamins Edgefield.  Bring work gloves, water and snack to suit. Carpool at 8:15 am from Gateway Park & Ride [map] or 9 am at the trailhead: I-84 east to exit #28 then right at the triangle, and west 3 miles to the trailhead.  RSVPs are requested so we can plan for how many tools we’ll need, or you can just show up.  Leader: Dave Bybee; DaveBybee@oregon.sierraclub.org, (360) 993-4247.

City Repair Earth Day Celebration
April 24 – 10am to 7pm

Visit our Coal Campaign, High Desert Committee, and Columbia (Portland) Group at the City Repair Earth Day Celebration at Washington High School in Portland (12th and Stark St).  We’ll be handing out Coal Free Oregon bumper sticker, highlighting our efforts to protect desert wildlands such as the Owyhee Canyonlands,  launching our No Water Bottles campaign, introducing visitors to sustainable practices, and doing fun activities with kids.  Want to volunteer? If you’re interested in coal, get in touch with Robin Everett at robin.everett@sierraclub.org.  Interested in protecting desert areas? – talk to Heidi Dahlin at heidi@ccwebster.net.  Want to get more involved with our Portland based Columbia Group? – contact Dave Hoffman at dave.hoffman@oregon.sierraclub.org.


SALEM AREA

Bear Witness at the Oregon Board of Forestry
April 22 – 10am to 2pm

The Oregon Board of Forestry is having a very important public meeting on Earth Day at the State Forester’s Headquarters (2600 State Street, Salem).  On the agenda is a decision on whether or not to implement a proposed state forest plan revision for the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests on Oregon’s North Coast. The proposed revision will mark a serious blow to our state forests, native fish and wildlife species, and recreational opportunities. The plan will significantly reduce the amount of older forest on the Tillamook and Clatsop by increasing clearcutting and the amount of forest managed primarily for timber production. The plan will also  reduce protection for key salmon anchor habitats and older forests on state lands. The Sierra Club and our partners have generated thousands of comments against this plan. Join us on Earth Day at the Board of Forestry to bear witness to the final decision (see agenda item number 5). For more information, contact Jeff Hickman at jeff.hickman@sierraclub.org.


CORVALLIS AREA

Third Annual Earth Day Tour
April 22

This bike and car tour will visit four locations in Corvallis that exemplify the following principles for naturalizing a yard:  (a) mid-Willamette Valley native plant abundance; (b) avoidance of invasive, exotic plants; (c) rehabilitated soils to mimic the native soils; (d) mid-Willamette Valley native fauna habitat restoration; (e) large-scale rainwater collection to be used later for irrigation or groundwater recharge; (f) irregular landforms (rather than flat and compacted) that will increase groundwater recharge, species diversity and a natural look.  Watch the weekly email for meeting location and departure time.  Registration requested. To reserve a spot, contact leader:  Jane Luther, janeluth@gmail.com or 541-758-8279; David Eckert, Janet Throop.


Earth Day Celebratory Hike up Marys Peak
April 25

Hike the challenging North Ridge trail up Marys Peak.  In recognition of Earth Day, we will pepper the hike with readings/poems celebrating nature and the Earth.  If Marys Peak is too snowy, we will hike up McCulloch Peak instead.  Bring a reading to share if you’d like!  Difficult, 8.5 miles, with 2,300 feet of elevation gain.  Meet at Wilkinson Hall parking lot (Arnold and 27th in Corvallis) for a 9:00 a.m. departure.  Contact leaders: Irene & Armand Schoppy.  541-758-8591 or iameyers@yahoo.com.


EUGENE AREA

Free Viewing of “Blue Gold”
April 16 – 7pm

Join us for a free viewing of “Blue Gold” – an award winning 90 minute documentary based on the ground-breaking book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark.  Focusing a powerful searchlight on the rapidly growing water crisis, this film shows how water has entered the global market place and political arena. It also suggests that, unless communities act now to safeguard their most precious resource, wars of the future will be fought over water.  Through the stories of people fighting back against corporate control of water—from grade school  protests to court cases to revolutions—this film shows what we can do to “take back the tap” and protect our most critical resource.  The event takes place in the EWEB Community Room of the EWEB Plaza (4th Avenue a the Riverfront).  Parking is free, and the event is sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene’s Bottled Water Task Force.  For more information contact Bill Rogers at wrodgers@umich.edu.

ASHLAND AREA

Annual Rogue Group Outings Program (Movie and Slideshow)
April 18 – 3:30pm to 5:30p
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The Sierra Club presents an informative program featuring our 2009 backpacking adventures in this beautiful multi-media slide show. We’ll also show Darin Banner’s movie of snowshoeing around Crater Lake. If you are interested in our overnight trips or our dayhikes, everyone is encouraged to attend to learn more about what outings we offer during the entire year. Family friendly with supervised activities for children ages 3 and up.  Contact Kristin Biechler541-840- 7236 or email biechlerk@gmail.com for more info. Talent Public Library, 101 Home St (2 blocks north of Tark’s Market, corner of Home and Market Streets). Social 3:30 pm, Program 4:00 -5:30. Light refreshments. Carpooling info – contact Grants Pass Section Leader Joel Peterson at 541-955-9224 or joelpeterson@charter.net.


BEND AREA

Forest Wildlands Presentation
April 13 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for an informative and inspiring presentation about Oregon’s eastside forest ecosystems, focusing on Sierra Club conservation efforts in the Deschutes, Ochoco, Umatilla and Malheur National Forests.  The presentation will discuss the impacts of current management projects in the region’s forests; efforts to protect, restore and recover imperiled species and watersystems; the role of forests in helping offset climate change; and how we can all explore, enjoy, and protect our our natural forest wildlands! 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Central Oregon Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend, Oregon.  Contact Asante Riverwind for more information at asante.riverwind@sierraclub.org or (541) 322-4065.

Bend Earth Day Street Fair Celebration
April 24 – 11am to 4pm

Visit the Juniper Group Sierra Club at the Bend Earth Day Street Fair Celebration (in front of the Central Oregon Environmental Center) at Bond and Kansas St. just south of downtown. We’ll be handing out information on Sierra Club efforts to help protect and restore our public wildlands, and on sustainable communities, including free bumper stickers, buttons and literature. The Earth Day event has a full schedule of music, an “All Species Parade” from the park through town, and other fun activities for families and kids, as well as an array of non-profit and “green” business booths, including refreshments and food. Want to volunteer? Contact Asante Riverwind at asante.riverwind@sierraclub.org. Want to get more involved with our Eastside-based Juniper Group? Contact Gretchen Valido at junipergrp@yahoo.com.

One Response to The Sierra Club Presents: Earth Week in Oregon!

  1. Patty says:

    I am interested in becoming involved with a hiking group in Ashland – do you have an Ashland group and if so do they have any upcoming meetings that I could attend.

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