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PDF March/April 2006
e-mail February 27, 2006
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Why the Endangered Species Act Works...
Sierra Club Kicks Off 'Reality TV'
Largest-Ever Mercury Study
First You Trek, Then You Organize
The (New and Improved) Sierra Club
The Structure of Leadership in the Sierra Club
Who You Gonna Call? A Guide to Staff Resources
Introducing the Mentoring Program
Who We Are
Richard Sloan
Linda Ernst
Rod Hunter


PDF January/February 2006
The Power of Many
How We Saved the Arctic Refuge (For Now)
Getting Somewhere on the Bridges to Nowhere
Cities Get Cool
Measuring Mercury
Fighting for the Valle Vidal
Building Trust
There's No Limit to Colorado's Power
Finding Common Ground
Trickle-Down Activism
‘Hey, I Can Do This’
I Can Smell for Miles and Miles
Building Environmental Community One Canyon at a Time
Paper to Pixels
Sierra Summit Soars
‘Why Live If You Don't Have Something to Struggle For?’
Expanding Excom
Club Charts Direction for Next Five Years
Big Easy to Beltway: ‘Where's the Beef?’
2005 Timeline
Faces of the Sierra Club
Search for a Story
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The Planet
First You Trek, Then You Organize

by Vicky Hoover
Activist Outing Chair

Wilderness has been at the heart of the Sierra Club mission since 1901, when we started our outings program to inspire people to fight to protect America’s wild legacy. Sierra Club national activist outings go further than inspiration: they train participants to become wilderness advocates once they return home.
Join one of this year’s activist outings and learn how to become a key part of the campaign to protect wildlands in Florida, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Vermont.
(Our January trip to Florida’s Everglades has already taken place, but space is still available for the four trips this summer and fall.)

Endangered Wilderness of Nevada’s Toiyabe Crest
July 6–12: Follow leader Melinda Goodwater on a 43-mile moderate backpack through an unprotected roadless area in the Toiyabe Range, one of the West’s best-kept secrets. The trail weaves among peaceful meadows at 10,000 feet, cascading trout streams, sheer cliffs and pinnacles, home to bighorn sheep and rare Lahontan trout. Price: $395. [06101A]

Tushar Highlands to the Aquarius Plateau, Utah
August 27–September 4: Leaders Vicky Hoover and Jim Catlin will guide you through central Utah’s rarely-visited national forest plateaus for two short moderate backpacks separated by a rest day. These remote heights form the headwaters of Utah’s spectacular canyonlands. Price: $545. [06102A]

Big Sky and Winding Rivers in Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada’s Owyhee
September 8–16: Where these three states meet lies a hidden land of high desert and a broad, undulating volcanic plateau deeply cut by abrupt gorges, known to few people. You’ll hike the Owyhee’s dramatic ridges and rivers with leader Craig Deutsche while van-camping along its remote backcountry roads. Price $725. [06103A]

Autumn Wanderings in Wild Vermont
September 10–17: Enjoy a mix of moderate backpacking and trail maintenance in the proposed Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness. Join leader Debbie Smith and Vermont activist John Harbison for two short “working” backpacks in the legendary Green Mountains, and enjoy Glastenbury’s breathtaking Appalachian Trail summit view and early autumn colors. Price: $595. [06104A]

For more information, contact Vicky Hoover at (415) 977-5527 or Partial scholarships may be available and some chapters may be able to help if you become an official chapter representative. To apply, call (415) 977-5522, or visit

Green Mountain Rockers: Three volunteers put their backs into trail maintenance on Vermont’s Long Trail in the Green Mountain National Forest, where the Sierra Club is promoting a new Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness area. One of this year’s national activist outings features a mix of backpacking and trail work on Glastenbury Mountain, the last wild peak in Vermont over 3,700 feet that has no mechanized access.


Photo courtesy of the Green Mountain Club

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