Tarheels to Raleigh for Clean Water
"Thanks to all who made Clean Rivers, Clean Coastal Waters
lobby day a success," said Molly Diggins, North Carolina
Chapter conservation chair. In May, Diggins and more than 300
other activists, including a good representation of Sierra
Club members, gathered in North Carolina's capital of Raleigh
to show their support for clean water. Once assembled, they
donned fish name tags and visited their state legislators.
"The lunchtime rally went especially well," said Diggins,
"with Governor Hunt (D), Senator Basnight (D), both
Democrats, House Environmental Committee Chair and
environmental convert John Nichols, a Republican, all talking
about their proposals for cleaning up our rivers. It was a
bipartisan event in an otherwise partisan year."
Jane North and Raine Lee of the Foothills Group successfully
recruited dozens of volunteers and students to be on hand to
hear the governor speak on clean water. Rounding out the
visuals were brightly colored kayaks courtesy of Kathie
Dixon's clean water outreach contacts and the huge "Protect
America's Environment - For our Families, For our
Future" banner as a backdrop for speakers.
"If press coverage of our event looks a lot like last year's
picture in The Planet of the Boundary Waters rally on the
steps of the Minnesota capitol," said Diggens, "the imitation
was a deliberate and sincere form of flattery." For more
information: Contact Molly Diggins at (910) 727-0636.
Maxxam Protest a Success in Houston (Headwaters Forest)
Stockholders arriving for the annual Maxxam stockholders
meeting on May 22 were greeted at the gates of the Houstonian
Conference Center and Hotel by about 30 protesters. The
Houston Group coordinated the rally and press conference to
call attention to Maxxam's logging of old-growth redwoods in
California's Headwaters Forest, the world's largest privately
owned stand. Other participants included Earth First! of
Austin, local environmentalists and representatives of the
Headwaters Forest Coalition.
"It only takes one share to attend a stockholders meeting, so
we seized the opportunity to speak out from the inside," said
Marge Hanselman, Houston Group conservation chair. Following
the meeting, she and representatives of the Headwaters Forest
Coordinating Committee spoke at a press conference that was
well-attended by all major network television stations, as
well as the Houston and Dallas dailies. "We even inspired a
Maxxam representative to appear before the crowd and take
questions from the audience," she said.
Maxxam is also in the courts with a takings claim alleging
that the Endangered Species Act has prevented it from
maximizing profits in Headwaters. "Takings legislation
pending before the Senate would give an added boost to
Maxxam's $500 million lawsuit," said Hanselman, "so please
urge your Senators to vote against former Senator Dole's
takings bill, S. 605."
For more information: Contact Marge Hanselman at (713) 666-7494.
Club Earns Kudos for Muir Exhibit
In May, the John Muir Exhibit Web site was chosen by Computer
Currents Interactive, the online service for Computer
Currents magazine, as one of its featured "Links of the
Week." The exhibit has also been granted a top score of four
stars from "Cyberhound," an Internet rating service run by
Gale Research, a publisher of library reference books. Such a
rating is granted to only 1 percent of the sites reviewed.
The John Muir Exhibit features the life and legacy of John
Muir, naturalist, writer, conservationist and Sierra Club
founder. Included are articles by and about Muir, pictures,
educational resources, a study guide for teachers,
bibliographies, newsletters, links to other sites and more.
The exhibit is now hosted on the Sierra Club World Wide Web
For more information: Contact Harold Wood, content editor and
coordinator for Sierra Club California's John Muir Education
Project, at (209) 739-8527; e-mail:
The 1996 Leader List is Here!
The 1996 Leader List, the most comprehensive listing of
Sierra Club volunteer leaders at the national, regional,
chapter and group levels, is now available for purchase.
This critical tool, which includes names, addresses, phone
numbers and leadership positions at all levels of the Club,
is intended to help facilitate communication and networking
among Club activists and leaders. It is 8 1/2 x 11 inches in
format, three-hole punched and contains 120 pages.
To order, send a check for $12 (payable to the Sierra Club)
along with your name, address and phone number(s) to: Office
of Volunteer and Activist Services, Sierra Club, 85 Second
St., 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441, Attn: Eric
Wilson. For more information: Call Eric Wilson at (415) 977-
A quarterly newsletter published by the Water Resources
Committee of the Pennsylvania Chapter for Club members
interested in water issues. It features and welcomes reports
from other groups and answers water-related questions. For
more information, contact committee co-chairs Joe Turner at
(215) 945-1329; e-mail:
Visnosky at (914) 459-5201.
A CLEAR View
Periodic bulletin monitoring the "wise use" movement - from
"takings" initiatives to the congressional assault on public
lands. Includes tools for action. To be added to the
electronic distribution list, send a message to:
Include the word "subscribe" in the
subject line. For more information, contact Joe Turner at
(215) 945-1329; e-mail:
or visit the
new WWW home page at http://www.ewg.org/
Where You Live
This Web site allows you to access online data about the
environment, economy and politics in your state, county or
hometown. Listings include dirty water violations, farm
subsidies, wetlands loss and political action committee
contributions to members of Congress. To access this
extensive information resource, go to
then go to Where You Live. If you are not able to "surf the
Net" at home, try your public library, college or university.
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