New photo book is a love letter to John Muir and Southern California's mountains

L.A.'s new sustainability plan, by the numbers

Mayor Eric Garcetti announces his plan for L.A.'s sustainable future. Credit: Alec Lautanen

Never heard of skhiking?

Where's the snow? Leader Mark Mitchell, center, and participants explore Onion Valley on skis -- and on foot. Credit: Mark Mitchell

Just say no to Huntington Beach desalination proposal

Poseidon Water, a private corporation based in Connecticut, is making the next move in their effort to build an environmentally destructive ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach.  After a humiliating setback at the California Coastal Commission in November 2013, they are once again moving forward with their proposal, with no attempt to protect the environment. You can help stop this threat by sending a letter to the Orange County Water District Board.

Southern Sierran/Schedule of Activities for April-June is here!

Get outta here! The latest Southern Sierran/Schedule of Activities provides hundreds of hikes, trips, activities for you to go on this spring and summer.

Join us for Earth Day events!

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Join us for these events and celebrations throughout the month of April.

Removal of native habitat at Banning Ranch halted

Activists prevailed this month at a California Coastal Commission hearing in which a land owner agreed to stop ruining the coastal open space at Banning Ranch in Newport Beach.

The 400-acre Banning Ranch, located at the mouth of the Santa Ana River, is the largest parcel of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Orange County.  Approximately half of Banning Ranch is a coastal salt marsh, while the other half is an adjacent coastal mesa. A 1,375-home development project is proposed for the coastal mesa.

Do you want to keep Griffith Park wild? New pilot plan temporarily reopens roads in the park

The Hollywood Sign atop Mt. Lee in Griffith Park. Credit: Mary Forgione


Come to March 26 hearing on air-quality rules about oil and gas wells

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has chosen Montebello as the site of the 3rd Working Group Meeting for Proposed Amended Rule (PAR) 1148.1 – Oil & Gas Production Wells. This is an important rule that will effect all oil and gas sites throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  Please come and make your voice heard!

A long-awaited (and deserved) land victory in Orange County. Who cares why it happened?


This is a long story with a happy ending that was hoped for but not assured. The Sierra Club played a role in the story, but I’ll leave it to you to decide whether we should claim victory, just say thank you to a developer, or do some combination of the two.


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