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Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
August 2022

Proposed Wildlife District Would Save Crucial Habitat

For years Sierra Club has worked behind the scenes to secure funding and move forward with an initiative that seeks to protect wildlife and the corridors for movement they require for survival. Wildlife connectivity is important to link areas of crucial habitat and facilitate movement, thus reducing the negative impact of fragmentation and allowing greater flexibility to adapt to stressors such as increased urban development and climate change. 


Political season is upon us and many pro-environment candidates will be up for election this November. Please join us in-person at the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica or tune-in virtually for a the 15th Annual Sierra Club Political Leadership Awards Fundraiser on the afternoon of Sunday, August 14th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. We will be joined by several elected officials and candidates for office. Refreshments will be served.
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Elections for Chapter and Group Executive Committee members are happening this fall. Voting is open from October 3rd to November 15th. Angeles Chapter members will receive information about how to vote on or around October 3rd.  If you would like to petition to get on the Chapter ballot (deadline Aug 29th) or if you are interested in running for your regional group executive committee, contact Election Committee Chair Diane Trautman at

SWELL X Angeles Chapter

Exclusive Offer - Clean & Secure Power for Sierra Club Angeles Members
Swell Energy is offering members $500 cash back on solar, battery storage, or solar + storage installations and will donate up to $750 to the Sierra Club Angeles on your behalf.

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The Angeles Chapter Water Committee recently celebrated the cancelation of two proposed ocean desalination projects in Southern California: The West Basin Ocean Desalination Project and the Brookfield-Poseidon Ocean Desalination Project.

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Carbon capture: Will it save the climate or the fossil fuel industry? Read Angeles Chapter leader Catherine Ronan's incredible letter to the editor in the LA Times.

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The Angeles Chapter banquet planning team would like your input! We are asking people who have attended banquets in the past (and those who have not!) to share your thoughts so that we can design an event that welcomes everyone in the chapter across our many areas of work.

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Military Outdoors Social NightMilitary Outdoors Social Night - August 5, 6PM
Enjoy, Explore and Protect: the Sierra Club and People of the Earth invite military veterans, service members, friends and family to a Social Night to learn how you can get outside, get healthy and protect the planet. Come enjoy snacks on us, delicious 10 Mile Beer, and great company! You can sign up for free hiking trips and learn about leadership development opportunities.

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Find Your Regional Group


Are you looking for an outdoor adventure, an opportunity to meet like-minded people, or something to do on a Saturday afternoon? Our schedule of activities is your guide to Sierra Club events throughout the region.

Here are a few activities to keep an eye out for this month.

Trash Talk Saturdays - Bosque del Rio Hundo
Sat, Aug 6, 2022; 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Pick up litter while learning about a local park's history. Come in person, or just participate on the conference call while collecting trash in your own neighborhood. Callers should consider using a headset for better sound quality. Trash collectors should consider closed-toes shoes, gloves, a grabber, some sturdy grocery bags, a mask, hand sanitizer, plus the usual hat, water, and snack. Due to current restrictions, everyone should keep a wide distance at all times and avoid gathering.

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20s and 30s Section Group Hangout Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
Sun, Aug 14, 2022; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
There are plenty of opportunities for fun and fellowship at Silverwood Lake which is situated along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and serves as a reservoir of drinking water as well as recreation site for Angelenos and residents of the high desert and beyond. Come, bring a swimsuit (plus inflatable floatie), or wear one under your clothes for the swim beach, sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes, and enough water and snacks/meals for the day. We will have the option of completing a small hike on a section of the PCT or just relaxing at the day use area. Bring a camp chair and anything else (shade canopy or sunbrella) to enjoy the day.

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Willow Staging Area, Laguna Canyon
Sat, Aug 27, 2022; 8:00 AM
Easy paced hike with 500 ft. of elevation gain, 4.5 mile loop hike. Newcomers Welcome. We will hike from the Willow Staging Area on the Laurel Canyon Trail up to Bommer Ridge. Meet at 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, on the west side of Laguna Canyon Rd just south of the CA 73 toll road. Bring $3 or OC Parks Pass for parking, look for leaders signing in participants. Bring water, sun protection, hat, hiking boots. Light drizzle goes. Please, no dogs, no drones.

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September 10-11
Sierra Club Huts and Lodges are back open after three years of pandemic-related closures and are in critical need of funds!  All the funds collected from this Fall Festival Fundraiser event will support the Harwood Lodge. Tickets Include Saturday and Sunday hikes, Happy Hour, lodge fees, and Saturday night dinner. Sunday breakfast, a hike, shared chores, and check out by 3 pm.

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Camera Committee


Dark Hedges

Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
David DesRochers

See this photo and many more in Focal Points Magazine, courtesy of the Angeles Chapter Camera Committee. Instructions to subscribe are in Focal Points or contact the editor.