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Monday, July 7, 2008

North Coast Sierra Club Honored for Land Preservation Accomplishments by Sonoma County Supervisors

Hi everyone,
I'm very pleased to announce that tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will be issuing a commendation recognizing the accomplishments of the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club. I invite each of you (and your friends) to join us for this event. We'd like to have a good showing of Sierra Club members at the event. Details are:

Tuesday, July 8, 8:30 am (meeting starts at this time, expect that commendation will be early on agenda)Sonoma County Administration Bldg.575 Administration Dr., Room 102A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-2887Phone 707-565-2241I've included the wording of the commendation below. Hope to see you there!

best, Nabeel Al-Shamma
Chair, Sonoma Group Sierra Club

Whereas the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter, which includes more than 25,000 square miles within nine counties in northwestern California, was formed in 1958 as one of the earliest regional entities of the Sierra Club; and

Whereas the Chapter now has more than 10,000 members divided into six local Groups including the Sonoma Group in the County of Sonoma working for the betterment of the environment including forest preservation, protection of free-flowing rivers and their watersheds, sustainable growth management, and creative approaches to the human and ecological conundrums caused by global climate change; and

Whereas the Chapter has played an instrumental role in the

* passage of the Coastal Act in 1972 and its ongoing implementation;

* creation of Redwood National Park and the formulation of its Resource Management Plan;

* design and construction of the Coastal Trail;

* designation of Federal Wilderness Areas including, King Range (2006) ;. Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel (1964); Snow Mountain (1984); and Yuki, Sanhedrin, Cache Creek, and Cedar Roughs (2006);

* designation of numerous Federal and State Wild and Scenic Rivers including portions of the Smith, Klamath, Gualala, Black Butte, and Eel;

* preservation of the 7,400 acre old-growth redwood Headwaters Forest;

* implementation of conservation management strategies on public lands throughout the region;

* development of recovery strategies for endangered and threatened species including the marbled murrelet, spotted owl, and coastal salmon; and

Whereas the Chapter's recent legislative achievements include the passage of the state Cache Creek Wild and Scenic River Act (Wolk, 2005) and federal Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (Thompson, 2006); andWhereas on an ongoing basis the Chapter and Sonoma Group participates in smart growth management planning, works to establish sustainable transportation alternatives, and strives for the preservation of open space and agricultural land; andWhereas over the past 50 years more than 50,000 people have taken part in the Chapter's comprehensive Outings program, which has organized more than 6,000 hikes, nature walks, canoe trips, and backpacking journeys within the Chapter and elsewhere in California, as well as hundreds of trail building projects and other service activities;

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma thereby commends the Redwood Chapter, and congratulates the organization for its fifty years of service to the environment, and extends best wishes for its future success.

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