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Leaders wanted
Are you an experienced rated leader? The Chapter Fundraising Committee is looking for leaders to sponsor activities that raise funds for our Chapter and its publications. Please contact John Lajeuness at 818-248-5763.

ExComm meeting
The Executive Committee of the Angeles Chapter will meet on Sunday, July 24, at 1pm in the Chapter office conference room. Visitor parking is available on the street. Keycard parking by special arrangement. Contact Bonnie Sharpe.

Stop the spread of invasives: keep them out of your garden.

Southern California is a gardener's paradise. Not only do we live in an Eden-like setting, but also the mild climate allows us to grow a wide variety of ornamental plants from all around the world. Sadly, some of these exotic beauties are threatening what little is left of our naturally beautiful wildlands. In addition to the ecological cost there is an economic cost. One study estimates that the total cost of invasives to the U.S. is about $1 billion per year.

War of the Weeds

Arundo for miles? Nonnatives threaten to take over wildlands

Invasive weeds-imported plants that hitchhike to new territory and displace native plants-are rolling across our landscape, and no one really knows how to stop them.

What's the big deal about exotic, or nonnative, plants? After all, most of them are benign, even useful. You won't find any objection from Steve Schoenig, president of the California Invasive Plant Council. 'I'm not against exotic plants,' he said. 'I eat them every night for dinner.'

A route along the Sierra Crest for mountaineers

Sierra Crest Route, by Leonard R. Daughenbaugh, Sierra Nevada Publishing House, July 2005.

What have you done for Planet Earth lately?

photo by Matthew J. McNutt

Orange County students join 12th annual Kids' Adopt-A-Beach cleanup day

Activists should adjust strategies for end of oil

The world oil production peak is imminent and the natural gas peak will follow in our lifetimes. After these peaks, oil supplies will diminish and prices will keep rising. Our lives will change drastically because petrochemicals are irreplaceable for transportation, plastics, fertilizers, and in fact our American way of life. This imminent transition to a materially more 19th century way of life has tremendous implications for environmental activism today. We should expect and plan for these changes as we choose our strategies today.

Glacier National Park enchants first-time visitor

Glacier National Park casts a spell on all who witness its grandeur. Its sculpted peaks, turquoise lakes, and magnificent wildlife are its wand, 1.4 million acres its stage.

I had seen so much of this park on television and in pictures over the years. Now it was time to behold its stunning landscapes and remarkable wildlife with my own eyes and capture its splendor with my own camera.

Everything you ever wanted to know about invasives

Reprinted with permission from the Nature Conservancy website, tncweeds.ucdavis.edu.

What is a weed?
For a gardener, a weed might be a misplaced plug of grass. For a corn farmer, a weed may be a clump of nightshade. Since The Nature Conservancy is in the business of protecting native biodiversity, our weeds are those plants that harm the native plants, animals, and communities.

Acting for the environment

Ed Begley Jr. to speak to Angeles Chapter on living simply

Actor-activist Ed Begley Jr. in his suburban backyard, which hosts numerous edible plants.

photo by Dominique Dibbell

Chapter bids fond farewell to two departing staff members

Two members of the Angeles Chapter staff have moved on. Jack Bohlka, who served as senior chapter director for four and a half years, resigned at the end of May in order to run his own photography studio. Johanna Zetterberg, who worked closely with volunteers as conservation coordinator for L.A. county, has left to attend Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Jack Bohlka


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