Forest Campaign expands efforts

and Bill Corcoran

Two-thousand five was an extremely eventful year for our southern California national forests as threats to their health and beauty increased, and the Forest Service issued flawed new management plans that put natural and recreational values at risk.

Photo (c)2005 Andrew M. Harvey/Lighthawk

Costa Rica fundraiser back by popular demand

Of all the attractive tropical destinations in the world, Costa Rica is one of the most diverse and exciting. Its features range from tropical rainforests and palm-lined beaches to cool, high-elevation towns, active volcanoes to windswept mountaintops, culturally rich cities to remote retreats-all in a tiny country located on the Central American isthmus. With the highest standards of health care, literacy, and hygiene in Latin America, it is no wonder many American retirees have chosen to live here.

Thermostat down, bundle up: energy saving tips for winter

Sierra Club National Sustainable Consumption Committee

Chapter hires new director

After a long vacancy, the position of senior Chapter director for the Angeles Chapter was filled by Ron Silverman.

Silverman, who was hired on Jan. 9, has worked for over 15 years in the nonprofit arena. Most recently he served as executive director for the American Cancer Society for Los Angeles. Before that he was executive director for the March of Dimes L.A. Division, vice president of development for the Easter Seal Society of Southern California, and director of development for the City of Hope.

News and Notes

Rep. Schiff to speak at Member Training
The Angeles Chapter's Annual Member Training Workshop, Feb. 11, at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena, will feature Congressman Adam Schiff as keynote speaker. If you've taken on new responsibilities in the Chapter and need help learning the job, this is the program for you. The session on 'Where Am I? Naviguessing the Sierra Club,' for example, can help you figure out how your job fits into the big picture of the Club.

Portrait of an activist: Gordon LaBedz spreads the gospel of grassroots activism

The time has come to bid aloha to Angeles Chapter leader Gordon LaBedz, who next month will be moving to Hawaii.

Backyard campout

Crenshaw High School students camp in Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area as part of Club program

More than 80 students and teachers from Crenshaw High School recently spent the night camping under the stars at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills thanks to the Sierra Club's Inside the Outdoors program. The students were members of the Crenshaw High School Eco Club and they enjoyed a fun-filled camping trip at the first annual Eco Club Survivor Challenge.

Democracy at work: State buys more of Bolsa Chica

On Dec. 21, 2005, a 118-acre portion of Bolsa Chica was purchased by the state of California for $65 million dollars. The state used funds from Proposition 50, a 2002 initiative that provided $3.4 billion for environmental projects and acquisitions, in what is a big win for the environment and the people of California.

Angeles Chapter Annual Review: Conservation takes a turn

and Jack Prichett

Is genuine restoration of our wetlands possible?

Vice-chair, Angeles Chapter Conservation Committee and Chair, Ballona Wetlands Restoration Committee

We hear lots of talk today about restoring the Los Angeles River, restoring the Ballona Wetlands, restoring Bolsa Chica Wetlands. What does restoration really mean?

Webster's New World Dictionary, Second College Edition, defines restoration as: restored, or being restored; specifically, a) reinstatement in a former position, b) restitution for loss, damage, etc., c) a putting or bringing back into a former, normal, or unimpaired state or condition.


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