Honoring the Chugach
Anchorage, Alaska, mayor Mark Begich proclaimed July 19, 2003, to be
Chugach National Forest Day. The proclamation listed numerous
superlatives about the Chugach, and Begich included a handwritten note
that read, "Let's keep the Chugach wild."
Meanwhile, the Sierra Club's
Alaska Chapter celebrated the week of July 13-19 as Wild Chugach Week,
with hikes, slide shows, tabling, and other events designed to reach out
to the business community of south-central Alaska. More than 30
restaurants and businesses participated with a Wild Alaska Salmon
campaign, and the week ended with a Chugach Day Festival in Cooper
Landing with kayaking, river rafting, music, and a salmon cookout.
National Park-ing Lot?
A bill introduced in July by Congressman George Radanovich (R-Calif.),
would overturn much of Yosemite National Park's current management plan,
which promotes rigorous protection of the valley's wild splendor.
Radanovich bill would emphasize "easy access" to the valley, phase out
low-pollution shuttle vehicles in favor of new parking spaces, and
demolish the 100-year-old Leconte Memorial Lodge, a historic park
building used by the Sierra Club under a special use permit from the
National Park Service. The Bush administration has not taken a position,
but expressed a willingness to "work with [Radanovich]."
Seeds of Deception Tour
This fall, Jeffrey Smith, a member of the Sierra Club's Genetic
Engineering Committee, will go on tour to promote his new book Seeds of
Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the
Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating.
He is available to work with
local chapters or groups to call attention to the dangers associated
with genetically modified foods. Contact him at (641) 472-8338.
Or go to the Club's GE Committee Web page at www.sierraclub.org/biotech
for more information.
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