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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.

The 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 for more information.

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