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The Planet

Activist-Donors Storm the Hill

The Planet, January 1997, Volume 4, number 1

March 26 and 27:

Guests and members of The Sierra Club Foundation National Advisory Committee convene from all parts of the country in Washington, D.C., to be briefed on critical conservation issues and become more skilled as Club spokespersons.

Activist-donors John Patrick Ford, Lisa Renstrom, Bob Perkowitz and Olive Mayer participate in private group meetings with Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and EPA Administrator Carol Browner. Katie McGinty (White House Council on Environmental Quality) and Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) address the group as does Under Secretary Timothy Wirth. The California "delegation" witnesses an exciting give-and-take between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Club Executive Director Carl Pope on the merits of Utah wilderness and preservation of the proposed Presidio National Park in San Francisco. Before returning home, these volunteers comb Capitol Hill to press for more cooperation on Club priority campaigns.

A member of the The Sierra Club Foundation's National Advisory Council, Ford contributes to the support of the Club's William Colby Library in the San Francisco headquarters and to Sierra Nevada Ecoregion projects ranging from protecting giant sequoia groves to limiting urban sprawl in California's Central Valley. Renstrom and Perkowitz also serve on the National Advisory Council. Renstrom, chair of North Carolina's Central Piedmont Group, focuses on the public and private cost of environmental preservation versus development. Perkowitz advocates for rails-to-trails projects and wilderness preservation.

Mayer has served on the National Advisory Council for over 20 years, is a major contributor to the coastal preservation and litigation efforts of California's Loma Prieta Chapter and was integral to the success of an initiative last November that will protect the state coastline from highway development.

In recognition of Mayer's lifetime of environmental leadership, the Club's Board of Directors awarded her an honorary life membership on Nov. 16, 1996.

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