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    Back Issues Volume 42, Number 4, 2003                
Representative Sam Farr wins National Sierra Club award Representative Sam Farr wins National Sierra Club award
U. S. Representative Sam Farr has been selected to receive the prestigious Ed Wayburn Award given for outstanding service to the environment by a person in government. Representative Farr has had an outstanding environmental record in the U. S. Congress culminating in the passage of his Big Sur Wilderness Bill and Conservation Act of 2002. This bill added wilderness protection to 17,000 acres in the Silver Peak Wilderness and 37,000 acres in the Ventana Wilderness both in the Los Padres National Forest as well as some acreage near Pinnacles National Monument.

Locally, in addition to the Wilderness Bill, Farr responded to protests from environmentalists and stopped the Navy bombing exercises planned for Fort Hunter Liggett. He has also been an unswerving proponent of affordable housing on Fort Ord, a previous army base now under conversion. Affordable housing lessens sprawl especially in areas like Monterey ... [more]

Big Sur photographer Doug Steakley to get Ansel Adams award
Douglas Steakley has been selected as the 2003 winner of the Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award for photography which furthers the cause of conservation. Many in Monterey County are familiar with Steakley’s stunning images of our local landscape which have been featured in a variety of magazines, calendars and other publications.

Five years ago, Doug teamed up with The Big Sur Land Trust to capture the incredible beauty of the lands being preserved by the Trust. Since their relationship began, Steakley has donated thousands of images of the protected properties to the Land Trust for use. In addition to the generous donation of his images, Doug was also the driving force behind the publication of Big Sur and Beyond, The Legacy of The Big Sur Land Trust, a hardcover coffee table book ... [more]
Big Sur photographer Doug Steakley to get Ansel Adams award

Environmentalists’ work pays off for Marks Ranch
Two years of determined effort by the Citizens to Save Marks Ranch and by LandWatch Monterey County to prevent development of historic Marks Ranch on the Monterey-Salinas Highway have succeeded. The owner of the property, St. John’s College, has terminated the 28-year option they had with Las Palmas developers, Michael Fletcher, Sr. and James Fletcher, to subdivide the oak-studded Marks Ranch property. The Fletchers are noted for building on tree-stripped terraces ... [more]

Poor logging practices impair Santa Cruz creeks
If you’ve taken a hike lately along the San Lorenzo River or any Santa Cruz creek, you’ve probably noticed the sediment lining the creek or river bottom. Or last winter, perhaps you saw how our rivers and streams ran brown during heavier storms. This sediment is not all natural. Much of it comes from bleeding roads. Many of those are logging roads. In addition to sediment washing off the road and skid trail surfaces, failed culverts, landslides and bank failures resulting from timber harvest activities have played a contributing part to this excessive sediment in our watercourses. In Santa Cruz County most streams have been listed as impaired for sediment under the Clean Water Act ... [more]

State Parks recommends approval for inadequate Nisene Marks Plan
The California Department of State Parks is recommending approval of a seriously-flawed Preliminary General Plan/Draft EIR for the Forest of Nisene Marks. This plan goes before the State Parks and Recreation Commission on August 22 in San Jose. The Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club has submitted comments to the Commission regarding the inadequacy of the Draft Plan. The level of analysis in the plan is insufficient to determine the impact of designated uses and development on habitat and species within the park ... [more]

Club provides Army Corps with new alternatives for Pajaro River
Dissatisfied with the dredging and floodwalls proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers for the Pajaro River, the Sierra Club Pajaro River Watershed Committee commissioned its own reports which propose flood protection measures that are environmentally and economically superior. Two reports commissioned by the Club were delivered to the Corps and State and Federal Agencies in July. The first, produced by Philip Williams & Associates (PWA), a hydrological and civil engineering firm, presents five new design alternatives which must be considered by the Corps. The one preferred by the Club has a strong likelihood of being backed by state and federal resource protection agencies who have made clear the present Corps alternatives fail to meet current laws ... [more]

Cheney loses appeal on secret Energy Task Force
In a victory for the rule of law and the public’s right to know, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Bush Administration’s request to overturn a lower court ruling requiring the Administration to produce information about the secret meetings of the Cheney Energy Task Force ... [more]

Other Articles

> Local members urged to join Club Coastal Campaign
> Coastal Cleanup set for September 20th
> Come to Sacramento to lobby for the environment
> Sierra Club joins other environmental groups to mobilize voters
> Bicyclists to identify missing links in Sanctuary Trail
> Save Our Peninsula donates $10,000 to Chapter
> How much does it really cost to drive?
> Chapter members lead national outing to Kauai October 5-12
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