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					                                           A SIERRA CLUB publication from the Columbia Group of Oregon                                                                                                                 SPRING 2005

                                           Sierra Club Seeking Stewardship Volunteers for Portland Harbor
     Map by Samuel John Klein(source:E.P.A.)

                                                                                                                                                                              All of these compounds are persistent in the environment;
                                                                                                                                                                              they stay around a long time. Several, such as mercury, PCBs,
                                                                                                                                                                              DDT, and dioxin, bioaccumulate, and their residues build up
                                                                                                                                                                              incrementally through the food chain. For those of us high
                                                                                                                                                                              on the food chain, including humans and herons, routinely
                                                                                                                                                                              eating contaminated fish from the Willamette River can
                                                                                                                                                                              build up toxins in our bodies.
                                                                                                                                                                                  So how much fish from the Portland Harbor area can you
                                                                                                                                                                              safely eat? Not very much. The state of Oregon has issued
                                                                                                                                                                              “fish advisories” on consuming resident fish, such as bass,
                                                                                                                                                                              carp, and catfish, from the Willamette. (The term “resident
                                                                                                                                                                              fish” excludes migratory fish like salmon and steelhead.)
                                                                                                                                                                              Young and unborn children are especially vulnerable to
                                           By Karen Flagstad                                                                                                                  the effects of mercury and other contaminants. That’s why
                                                What if a small effort on your part could help make the                                                                       Oregon state toxicologists have recommended that children
                                           difference whether the children of Portland’s future can eat                                                                       six and under eat no more than a single four-ounce serving
                                           fish from the Willamette River, without restrictions and                                                                            every seven weeks of any resident species of fish from the
                                           without damaging their health?                                     Great Blue Heron and challenging us to protect it, to pre-      main stem of the Willamette. Expectant mothers or women
                                                What if, by responding to biannual campaign alerts from       serve the spirit of the place we share with it.                 who may become pregnant should eat no more than a single
                                           the Sierra Club, you could help ensure an enduring local                Spirit of Place:Great Blue Heron                           eight-ounce serving per month. Other healthy adults are ad-
                                           presence for the Great Blue Heron, that living symbol of the            Out of their loneliness for each other                     vised to eat no more than one eight-ounce serving per week.
                                           Portland area’s environmental ethos?                                    two reeds, or maybe two shadows, lurch                     (See for additional Oregon
                                                The health of Portland Harbor, which includes the                  forward and become suddenly a life                         fish advisory information.)
                                           stretch of the Willamette River that runs through Portland’s            lifted from the dawn to the rain.                              Where does the toxic stew of contaminants embedded
                                                                                                                   It is the wilderness come back again,a lagoon              in the lower Willamette and Portland Harbor come from?
                                           downtown area, hangs in the balance. The harbor is too pol-
                                                                                                                   with our city reflected in its eye.
                                           luted to meet the basic standards of the federal Clean Water                                                                       There is no single route of pollution. Direct discharges into
                                                                                                                   We live by faith in such presences.
                                           Act, the 1972 law that set a “fishable and swimmable” goal                                                                          the river, polluted runoff from industry and agriculture in the
                                                                                                                   It is a test for us, that thin
                                           for all U.S. waterways. The harbor is so polluted that it has           but real, undulating figure that promises,                  Willamette watershed, and deposits of air pollutants carried
                                           been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s                “If you keep the faith I will exist                        by wind from the incineration of hazardous wastes—all these
                                           national list of “Superfund” cleanup sites. In addition to              at the edge, where your vision joins                       routes of pollution appear to have found Portland Harbor.
                                           the general harbor area, two industrial sites along the harbor          the sunlight and the rain:                                      The sources of the pollution are likewise diverse.
                                           area of the Willamette (Harbor Oil, and McCormick &                     heads in the light,                                        Contaminants have built up from past industrial activity. In
                                           Baxter Creosote Company) have each been named Superfund                 feet that go down in the mud                               addition, discharges including toxic concentrations of heavy
                                           sites. A massive cleanup effort is beginning, and the Sierra            where the truth is.”                                       metals, chemicals, and bacteria continue to be released into
                                           Club needs volunteers for our Portland Harbor Stewardship                                              William Stafford, 1987      the Willamette, where they supposedly become dispersed
                                           Campaign. [See page 4 to learn how to get involved today].                                                                         and diluted in “toxic mixing zones”—a practice the Sierra
                                                Whatever degree of involvement you prefer, please do join     Background on the Problem                                       Club believes should be stopped. Storm water runoff that
                                           us. Do it for yourself, and for the children in your life. Do          Down in the mud of Portland Harbor, samples taken by        overwhelms local sewage treatment facilities also adds to the
                                           it in the spirit of the Great Blue Heron, formally adopted in      the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have shown         pollution mix—a problem that Portland’s “Big Pipe” project
                                           1986 as Portland’s municipal bird. A year later, Oregon’s poet     elevated levels of toxic contaminants, including mercury,       is designed to correct. Upland sources of pollution in the
                                           laureate wrote the poem titled “Spirit of Place,” honoring the     polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), arsenic, DDT, and dioxin.                                      please see Harbor, page 4

                                           Kulongoski Blasts Federal Salmon Plan
                                           By Paul Shively                                                    the Federal Columbia River Power System. The biological            In a further showing of dissatisfaction with the
                                               In a new burst of salmon leadership, Oregon Governor           opinion is the management plan for the Columbia River that      Administration’s devastating salmon management plan,
                                           Kulongoski took a firm stand for salmon and salmon com-             determines the fate of the Northwest’s icon.                    Portland area Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and David
                                           munities in his State of the State Address on Monday,                  Govenor Kulongoski has proposed an aggressive non-          Wu joined 70 members of Congress in writing a letter to the
                                           January 10th. In an impassioned speech, the governor prom-         breach plan to restore salmon to abundant, harvestable          Bush Administration, which informs the Administration of
                                           ised to keep fishing communities of the Northwest safe and          populations. The governor’s plan is to bring long-term eco-     their plan to protect the Northwest’s big fish.
                                           denounced policies by the Bush administration that repeat-         nomic viability to rural and coastal fishing communities that       What can you do to ensure our elected officials con-
                                           edly ignore the needs of tribal, commercial and sport fishing       depend on salmon for their livelihoods. The governor has        tinue to advocate for our salmon? Call or write Governor
                                           industries. “As Governor, I will not sit by while the federal      proposed to help baby salmon move through the hydro sys-        Kulongoski and your member of Congress today and thank
                                           government attempts to dismantle our environmental legacy,         tem faster by minimizing trucking programs, by moving the       him for his leadership in protecting Northwest salmon.
                                           undermine our values, and erode our sovereignty. I will use        river’s water faster and by flushing extra water over the dams
                                           every legal tool the state has to change survival back to recov-   to help salmon migrate. Though removal of the four Lower           By Mail: Governor Kulongoski 160 State Capitol,
                                           ery,” stated Kulongoski.                                           Snake River dams is still considered a more efficient and cost   900 Court Street, NE, Salem, Oregon 97301-4047
                                               If this was not a strong enough message, Governor              effective method of bringing back the salmon, the governor’s       By Phone: Gov. Kulongoski-503.378.4582, Rep. Earl
                                           Kulongoski backed his words with a January 14 press release        leadership is truly a breath of fresh air to the Northwest      Blumenauer–503-231-2300, Rep. David Wu – 503-326-2901
                                           announcing his intent to sue over the Biological Opinion for       salmon community.

                                                INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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                                               ExCom update,                      Spring Activities Listing and          A Night at Historic                       Getting Away to Cape                Become a Steward of
                                               Action Alerts and News             Meetings Schedule                      Tilly Jane Cabin                          Lookout                             the Portland Harbor

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       Memo from the Chair                                                                                   Volunteer Orientation Meeting
       By Dorothy Shoemaker                                                                                      Thursday, May 12th, 6:45 PM, 2950 SE Stark Street
                                                                                                                 Are you curious to learn more about what your local Sierra Club is doing to make
          By the time you read this, Spring will be upon us, with hiking weather and wildflowers.
                                                                                                             Portland a more safe, green, and livable place? We are working on several environmental
       As I write this, we have just elected leadership for the Columbia Group, and I’m the new
                                                                                                             issues that affect all Portlanders. Some of our goals include: protecting and conserving
       Chair. I’m also the new Portland Harbor issue coordinator, as we chose new issues for our
                                                                                                             Salmon, protecting Mt. Hood wilderness, making the Willamette River clean and safe, and,
       focus. The Columbia Group leadership all received Sierra Club email addresses recently,
                                                                                                             of course, meeting new people and having fun while we’re doing it!
       so we’re easier to contact! Check our list of issues, and choose a committee or two that
                                                                                                                 The Columbia Group Sierra Club is hosting an informational orientation meeting open to
       meets your interest.
                                                                                                             anyone who wants to get involved or learn more. It’s a great way to check us out - see who we
                                                                                                             are, what we do and how you can help effect change with us. Come join us for an evening of
       Columbia Group Executive Committee Update                                                             food, environmentalism, and chat!
           The Executive Committee met twice in the winter quarter. The Building Environmental                   If you would like to come, please contact Ann Kloka at, or 503-
       Communities (BEC) program presented, and discussed a choice of focus for BEC on the                   231-0507.
       Columbia Group level. A “Speakers Forum” and “Travel Logs with Brad Elliot” were planned.
       The committee asked Sadna Shennoy to stay as treasurer, but is also recruiting a new trea-
       surer to learn Columbia Group finances. It was learned that the Singles Party broke even, and          Building Environmental Communities
       a subcommittee formed to talk with the Singles Group. We endorsed the Hood River anti-                Activist Nights
       flouridation measure. And, the committee elected officers for the Columbia Group leadership                 Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 2950 SE Stark Street
       (see new leadership directory below on this column).                                                      The Sierra Club’s Building Environmental Communities program has picked up again.
                                                                                                             For the past two months, the BEC committee and staff have been working hard to plan for
       Salmon 101                                                                                            the upcoming year. “Healthy Waterways” is the main focus of the campaign, and the four
          Saturday, April 9th, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, Natural Capitol (Eco-trust) Building                         areas of water protection the campaign will address are toxic mixing zones, salmon, the
          910 NW 9th – Portland                                                                              Portland Harbor Superfund site, and Watershed Protection. – The first component of the pro-
          Are you fascinated by the salmon of the Northwest? Do you want to learn more about                 gram will focus on phasing out Toxic-Mixing Zones. Over the course of the next few months,
       these big fish, and how to help them survive?                                                          we will talk to thousands of citizens who are directly affected by the Oregon Department
          Then come to Salmon 101 on April 9. This all day symposium will feature speakers from              of Environmental Quality’s practice of allowing industries to dump toxics like mercury and
       the Northwest who have dedicated their careers to the survival of these wonderful fish. Hear           aluminum into our rivers at levels far above the federal allowable standard in the Clean Water
       the Native American perspective on this important species, how fishing can help save salmon,           Act. Through our neighbor-to-neighbor outreach we will generate public support and outcry
       why we must continue to fight for the removal of the lower four Snake River dams, and how              against toxic mixing zones, but we need your help to do it!
       you can be a stronger advocate for this regional icon.                                                    We have restarted Activist Nights every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Sierra Club
          Speakers include: Paul Van Develder, Author of the critically acclaimed book Coyote                office in Portland. On those nights, we’ll be talking to other Sierra Club members and en-
       Warrior; Chuck Hudson, Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission; Nicole Cordan,                    courage them to call the DEQ to voice their disapproval of the agency putting the interests of
       Policy Director, Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition: Trey Carskadon, President, Northwest                 polluters above public health and a clean Willamette river. We’ll also be gearing up for Earth
       Sportfishing Association, and many more.                                                               Day. On April 16th, BEC will host an Earth Day celebration and neighborhood outreach
          A suggested donation of $5 is asked, and lunch will be provided.                                   walk to invite local residents affected by toxic mixing zones to a community meeting where
          To RSVP for this event, email Paul Shively at Put “Salmon             they can learn more and take action. The goal is to get 100 environmental activists to knock
       101 RSVP” in the subject line. See you there!                                                         on 2,000 doors.
                                                                                                                 We all deserve clean rivers in which to fish and play without fear of getting sick from the
                                                                                                             toxics in the water. It’s important that we have healthy economic benefits from our natural
                                                                                                             resources, but not at the cost of unhealthy communities or rivers. Unfortunately, the prior-
                                                                                                             ity of the Bush Administration over the last fours years has been to give priority to polluting
                                                                                                             industries over the health of our communities. It is time for local agencies like the DEQ to
                                                                                                             stand up where the Bush administration will not.
                                                                                                                 We probably won’t get a lot of support from the national government over the next few
                                                                                                             years, but we can win some environmental victories locally. Come shake off the inactivity af-
                                                                                                             ter the election. Let’s act and start to win again!
             COLUMBIA GROUP LEADERSHIP DIRECTORY                                                                 For more information about volunteering with the Building Environmental Community
                                                                                                             campaign, call Erica Maharg at 503-243-6656.
         Chair                     Dorothy Shoemaker 
         Vice-Chair                Larry Deal                      Population Committee
         Secretary                 Dave Bybee        
                                                                                                                 Mon. April 18th, 7:00 PM; Mon. May 16th, 7:00 PM: Mon. June 20th, 7:00 PM
                                                                                                                 We believe that a rapid end to human population growth around the world is an essential
         Treasurer                 Sadna Shenoy      
                                                                                                             part of any effort to protect the environment and sustain the earth’s ability to support life.
         At-Large                  Jackie Cherry     
                                                                                                             The Columbia Group Population Committee educates others on the benefits of promoting
                                   Pat Condon                      voluntary family planning and encourages the public to advocate for women and girls’ access
                                   Jeff Fryer                   jeff.fryer@oregon.sierraclub .org              to basic rights, including health care and education.
                                   Wes Kempfer                        The Population Committee will host a table at an Earth Day event in April, where we’ll
                                   Alliyah Mirza                have an interactive display. We encourage members to write letters to the editor. Mother’s
                                   Dana Visse                      Day, May 8, and World Population Day, July 11, are great days to write in support of women’s
                                                                                                             health and reproductive health issues.
         Chair                     Scott Chapman                Land Use & Transportation Committee
         Land Use/                                                                                               Mon. April 25th, 7:00 PM; Mon. May 23rd, 7:00 PM; Mon. June 27th, 7:00 PM
                                   Scott Chapman     
         Transportation                                                                                          The Columbia Group’s Land Use & Transportation Committee is building public support
         Portland Harbor           Dorothy Shoemaker        to reaffirm Oregon’s commitment to sound land use and protection of farm and forestlands
         Population                Ramona Rex                      and livable communities. There are many solutions that can meet the community’s needs that
         Salmon                    Jeff Fryer                        do not further our reliance on automobile dependent development. We advocate public policy
                                                                                                             decisions at all levels of government to promote the better choices. The Sierra Club works
                                   Wes Kempfer (interim)             with community members and economic development interests through education including
         Tillamook Forest          Larry Deal         .org             presentations, workshops and direct communications to identify and fight for alternatives to
                                                                                                             inappropriate developments and highway projects.
         Toxic Mixing Zones        Carol Porto       
                                                                                                                 Your assistance is needed to help Oregonians realize the communities they truly desire
                                                                                                             while protecting the landscapes and natural areas they cherish. We need volunteers to help
         ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROGRAM COORDINATORS                                                             update the public via newsletter and Web articles; participate in efforts to track Measure
         Communications            Dana Visse                      37 claims; lobby elected officials on policies changes, land use decisions, and transportation
         Outings                   Judy Muir            investments as appropriate; and, to organize outreach material, trainings, and workshops to
         Political/Legislative     Wes Kempfer (interim)             answer increased participation in the process. Drop by a committee meeting to help out or
         Volunteers                Ann Kloka                        just to learn about the issues.
         Singles Group             VACANT
         Overlook Editor           Mark Miller                    Communications Committee
         Overlook Designer         Samuel John Klein                              The purpose of the Columbia Group Communications Committee is to assist the com-
         Fundraising Chair         VACANT                                                                    munications work of the various committees of the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club through
         Webmaster                 Alicia Emel       
                                                                                                             media, marketing, public relations, event planning, design, outreach, and technical support.
                                                                                                             We recruit and engage volunteers that are skill-based (i.e. graphic designers, writers, etc.) to
                                                                                                             assist in the efforts of the Club without prescribing themselves to one specific issue, provide
            COLUMBIA GROUP CONTACT INFORMATION                                                               educational development and training opportunities for volunteers interested in improving
                                                                                                             and expanding their communications skills, and enhance the consistency, message, and com-
         2950 SE STARK, SUITE 110, PORTLAND, OR 97214 • 5032310507 EXT. 16 • FAX 5032386281
                                                                                                             munity exposure of the Club target issues through better communications. To get involved
         COLUMBIA_GROUPYAHOO.COM • WWW.OREGON.SIERRACLUB.ORG/GROUPS/COLUMBIA                                contact Dana Visse @ and find out when the next meeting is.
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                                                                                                           May 12-15 (Thu-Sun) • Kalmiopsis Loop Backpack
         GROUP OUTINGS                                                                                     Strenuous/40mi/10,000ft We’ll backpack through the crumpled ridges and steep canyons of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MEETINGS CALENDAR
                                                                                                           southwestern Oregon’s little known Kalmiopsis Wilderness. An adventure for the rugged
       Apr 9 (Sat) • Wilson River Trail                                                                    individual. Leave Thursday evening. Reservations required. Limit 12 Leader: David Burdick
                                                                                                           503-654-2070 or                                                    Meetings TBA: Volunteer Committee, Sustainability Committee,
       Moderate/6.6mi/1000ft A scenic, forested trail that follows the river downstream to a viewpoint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Communications Committee
       and small beach. Enjoy wildflowers and learn about Tillamook State Forest conservation issues.
       Leashed, well socialized dogs permitted. Meet 9am at El Monica Park & Ride. Leader: Judy Muir       May 21 (Sat) • Tillamook Forest Work Party or 503-449-7280                                         Wilson River Trail Construction
                                                                                                           New trail construction includes clearing, grubbing, rock removal and excavation. Appropriate
       Apr 10 (Sun) • Catherine Creek                                                                      clothing includes rain gear, long pants, work gloves. Bring lunch and ½ gallon water. Tools pro-       Sat 9 Salmon 101 event
       Moderate/5mi/700ft Prime time to be in one of the best wildflower areas in the Gorge.                vided by ODF but you’re welcome to bring your own. Contact Susan Nicholas 503-842-2545 or                    Contact: Jeff Fryer,
       Great vistas. Different route from last month’s hike. Meet 9am at Gateway Park & Ride.      for adequate number of tools reserved. Last minute workers welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wed 13 Political Committee, 6:30 p.m., office
       Leader: Harry Lofton or 503-282-4671
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact: Wes Kempfer,
                                                                                                           May 26 (Thu) • Beginner’s Backpacking Class
       Apr 16 (Sat) • Cape Lookout                                                                         Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Tailored for people who have experience doing day hikes and want to go fur-         Mon 18 Population Committee, 7 p.m., office
       Moderately strenuous/9mi/4000ft Celebrate the sharing of wealth by exploring one of the             ther by truly leaving city life behind and spending a night enjoying the magic of an unimproved            Contact: Ramona Rex,
       most beautiful hikes in Oregon. Skirt magnificent cliffs as we hike to a cape with a potential to     wilderness camp, including the camaraderie of a group sharing dinner and a campfire. The goal
       sight whales and migratory birds. Limit 30 participants. Call/email for meeting time and place.     of experienced male and female instructors will be nurturing confidence with emphasis on                Mon 25 Land Use/Transportation Committee, 7 p.m., office
       Leader: David Burdick 503-654-2070 or                           using student’s existing equipment and borrowing/renting basic items; e.g. backpack, sleeping              Contact: Scott Chapman,
                                                                                                           bag, tent and cooking equipment. A limited amount of equipment will be available on a first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tues 26 Salmon Committee, 6:30 p.m.
       Apr 17 (Sun) • Ruckel Ridge                                                                         come basis on Sun afternoon June 5th between 2 & 5pm. Overnight easy field trip will be the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Contact: Jeff Fryer,
       Strenuous/9mi/3700ft Moderate paced only--please, no fast hikers. We’ll take a minimum of 7         weekend of June 11-12th. Class size limited. To register no later than May 25th, send $15 ($20
       hours with frequent rest breaks. Enjoy ridge top views, seclusion, and old growth in one hike       non- member) conservation donation (“Sierra Club”), day and night phone numbers and e-mail             Wed 27 Conservation Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., office
       with some exposure. Meet 9am at Gateway Park & Ride. Leader: Karen Ashford 503-287-9612             address to: Leader: Dave Bybee 2600 NE Minnehaha St. BB-18, Vancouver WA, 98665-1300,                      Contact: Scott Chapman,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wed 27 Executive Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., office
       Apr 23 (Sat) • Tillamook Forest Work Day With SOLV                                                                                                                                                             Contact: Dorothy Shoemaker,
       Clean up tire and trash dumps, removal of abandoned vehicles, removal of garbage at dispersed       May 22 (Sun) • Bull of the Woods Lookout
       camping areas, illegal dumpsites and areas along forest roads and trails. Appropriate clothing      Moderate/7mi/1500ft Excellent views of Cascade peaks from the lookout with a side trip to
       includes boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, and gloves. Be prepared for wet weather. Bring          Pansy Lake. Meet 9am at Gateway Park & Ride. Leader: Karen Ashford 503-287-9612
       lunch and water. Snacks provided. Contact Stephanie Beall 503-359-7464 or at least one week prior.                                                     May 28 (Sat) • Columbia Gorge Trail Work - Latourelle Falls Trail                                      May
                                                                                                           Tools provided. Bring gloves, water, lunch. Meet 8:15am at SE corner of Gateway Park & Ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wed 11 Political Committee, 6:30 p.m., office
       Apr 23 (Sat) • Columbia Gorge Trail Work - Wygant/Chetwoot Trail                                    or 9am at trailhead parking area, Exit 28, turn right on Historic Columbia River Highway, go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact: Wes Kempfer,
       Tools provided. Bring gloves, water, lunch. Meet 8am at SE corner Gateway Park & Ride or 9am        approximately 3 miles . Leader: Dick Vetter 503-236-0240
       at Mitchell Point parking area, Exit 58 on Interstate 84. Leader: Dick Vetter 503-236-0240                                                                                                                 Thurs 12 Volunteer Orientation, 6:45 p.m., office
                                                                                                           May 29 (Sun) • Dog Mountain Wildflower and Photography Hike                                                 Contact: Ann Kloka,
       Apr 24 (Sun) • Stacker Butte Wildflower and Photography Hike                                         Strenuous/7mi/2900ft Learn about native wildflowers on one of the best of the Gorge wild-
                                                                                                           flower hikes. Well worth the uphill climb. There should be whole hillsides of wildflowers this           Mon 16 Outings Committee, 7:30 p.m., office
       Moderate/7mi/1700ft This is a great hike to learn about native wildflowers. A wonderful view
                                                                                                           time of year. Also expect wonderful views of the Gorge. Participants need to be in good physical           Contact: Judy Muir,
       hike to the eastern part of the Gorge, right across the river from The Dalles. Enjoy views to the
       south to the Oregon side of the Gorge and to the north to eastern Washington. The balsam root,      shape and mellow enough to hike slowly with frequent rest breaks. Meet 8am at Gateway Park             Mon 16 Population Committee, 7 p.m., office
       lupine and many other wildflowers should be out in full force. The trail is a wide, well-graded      & Ride. Leader: Alicia Emel or message phone 503-885-9338                  Contact: Ramona Rex,
       road that is closed to public vehicles. Meet 8am at Gateway Park & Ride. Leader: Alicia Emel or message phone 503-885-9338                                       June 3 (Fri) • Angels Rest Hooky Hike                                                                  Mon 23 Land Use/Transportation Committee, 7 p.m., office
                                                                                                           Moderate/4.4mi/1500ft Ditch work and join us for a short, late-afternoon climb to a stunning               Contact: Scott Chapman,
       Apr 29 (Fri)Ruckel Creek up and back                                                                Columbia Gorge vista. We’ll reach the top well before sunset, with plenty of time to enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wed 25 Conservation Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., office
       Strenuous/8.5mi/3800f Steep, uphill conditioning hike for those who like to sweat and see           spectacular Gorge views and early evening sky. Meet 4pm at Gateway Park & Ride.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact: Scott Chapman,
       wildflowers. If time allows, we’ll have lunch at Benson Plateau. Moderate pace, hiking poles         Leader: Jennifer Snarski or 503-231-0507 press 1, 6, and
       recommended. Group size limited to 8. NW Forest Pass required. Reservations required at least       3 to leave a message.                                                                                  Wed 25 Executive Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., office Contact:
       1 week prior to hike. Leader: Linda Ficere 503-384-0208 or                                                                                                                                Dorothy Shoemaker,
                                                                                                           Jun 11-12 (Sat-Sun) • Beginner’s Backpacking Class Field Trip
       Apr 30 (Sat) • Salmonberry Steelhead survey                                                         Student participation in prior class lecture May 26th mandatory.
       Moderate/6mi/includes a stream crossing Watch and learn about steelhead as we hike along
       a railroad grade as we join the Northwest Steelheaders. In past years, we’ve watched these
       fish spawn and jump a 15 foot waterfall. Meet 7am at El Monica Park and Ride. Reservations
                                                                                                           June 16-19 (Thu-Sun) • East Eagle-Imnaha Loop Backpack
                                                                                                           Strenuous/39mi/8000ft Another remarkably beautiful loop through spectacular Wallowa Moun-
       required. Leader: Jeff Fryer 503-452-1535                                                            tains. Trip features a wealth of break taking mountain scenery. Reservations required. Limit 12.       Wed 8 Political Committee, 6:30 p.m., office
                                                                                                           Leader: David Burdick 503-654-2070 or                                  Contact: Wes Kempfer,
       April 30 (Sat) • Eagle Creek                                                                                                                                                                               Mon 20 Population Committee, 7 p.m., officeContact: Ramona
       Strenuous/12mi/1200ft A classic, down-and-back hike to Tunnel Falls showcasing 11 waterfalls        Jun 18 (Sat) • Tillamook Forest Work Party-Gravelle Brothers                                               Rex,
       in the Columbia Gorge. Explore a tranquil pool, a bridge over a 150ft chasm, and a tunnel carved    Trail Reroute
       behind a thundering waterfall. Learn how early Gorge development influenced recreation, plus         This is a new trail construction project. Work includes clearing vegetation, excavation and            Wed 22 Conservation Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., office
       a bit of Indian lore. Group size limited to 12. Reservations required. Meet 8am at Gateway Park     grading. Appropriate clothing includes boots or sturdy shoes, long pants (no shorts), and                  Contact: Scott Chapman,
       & Ride. Leader: Jennifer Snarski or 503-231-0507 press 1,    gloves. Volunteers should bring lunch and water. Tools provided by ODF but you’re welcome
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wed 22 Executive Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., office
       6, and 3 to leave a message                                                                         to bring your own. Contact Stephanie Beall 503-359-7464 or at least one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact: Dorothy Shoemaker,
                                                                                                           week prior.
       May 7 (Sat) • Hamilton Mountain                                                                                                                                                                            Mon 27 Land Use/Transportation Committee, 7 p.m., office
       Moderate/7.6mi/2000ft A hike thru coniferous forests to open steep meadows and cliff-side            Jun 19 (Sun) • Larch Mountain                                                                              Contact: Scott Chapman,
       hanging gardens. Wildflowers, waterfalls and unobstructed views of the Columbia River Gorge          Strenuous/14mi/3900ft. Plan to spend a full day enjoying the hike up to the former lookout on
       are highlights. Learn about Lewis and Clark and their travels in this area. Meet 9am at Gateway     Larch Mountain. Excellent views of Cascade mountains and a lovely hike along Multnomah
       Park & Ride. Leader: Judy Muir or 503-449-7280          Creek. Join the Friends of the Gorge on this long moderately paced hike. Meet 9am at Gateway
                                                                                                           Park & Ride or 9:45am at Multnomah Falls Lodge. Leader: Karen Ashford 503-287-9612
       May 11 (Wed) • Dog Mountain loop
       Difficult to Moderate/6.8mi/2828ft Take a break mid-week and beat the crowds on this popular          Jun 24-26 (Fri-Sun) • Gorge Backpack                                                                  ‘Sierra Boomers’ Pub Night
       hike filled with flowers, good birdwatching, and great Gorge views. We’ll ascend the “scenic”         Strenuous/20-25mi/3800-4000ft This route is still to be decided. We may explore Tanner Butte          Join us from 7:00 - 9:00 PM on Saturday evening. Meet us at various McMenamins Pubs in the
       route and return via the Augsburger trail. Moderate pace, hiking poles helpful. Group size          via Dublin Lake or hike in the Herman Creek area. This outing requires prior approval and will be     metro area ( Look for me; I will be wearing a lavender shirt. We are
       limited to 10. NW Forest Pass required. Contact leader by May 1st for reservation. Leader: Linda    best suited for experienced backpackers ready for steep terrain. Moderate pace, hiking poles          on one tab with a mandatory 15% tip (please bring cash). April 2, 2005 Lucky Lab, 915 SE
       Ficere 503-384-0208 or                                                         recommended. Group size limited to 8. NW Forest Pass required. Contact leader by Jun 1st for          Hawthorne; May 7, 2005 The Ram, 320 Oswego, Lake Oswego; June 11, 2005 White Eagle
                                                                                                           reservation. Leader: Linda Ficere 503-384-0208 or                                Saloon & Hotel, 836 N. Russell Ave. Pub leaders: Jacque Morgan, Kathryn Kendall 503-827-4304,
       May 12-15 (Thu-Sun) • Oregon Coast Trail Backpack-Seaside to Manzanita                                                                                                                                    Patti Purcell 503-786-9658
       Moderate/31mi/4000ft Come and enjoy spring on the coast during this early season backpacking        Jun 24-26 (Fri-Sun) •Twin Lakes Beginner’s Backpack
       trip. From second growth forests and high scenic vistas to tidepools and wildflowers this trail      Easy/7mi/500ft Get out of town early on a Friday and spend a couple of nights out exploring           Breakfast and the Dragon Boat Races
       is bound to have something for everyone. This section of coast was also explored by Lewis and       in the woods. Focus of this trip will to be build on backpacking fundamentals and Leave No            Sunday June 12, 2005, meet at 8:30 am at the Village Inn Restaurant, 1621 NE 10th. Look for me;
       Clark during the winter of 1806 as they prepared for the return trip Leader: Paul Dockter paul.     Trace principals to help minimize our impact on the environment. Participants are encouraged          I (Kathryn) will be wearing a lavender shirt. We will order as a group at 8:45 am. We are on one or 503-525-2566                                                       to attend the beginning backpacking seminar held on May 26th. Leader: Paul Dockter paul.              tab with a mandatory 15% tip (please bring cash). We will ride the MAX from the Lloyd Center
                                                                                                  or 503-525-2566                                                         to downtown (it’s free) to watch the Races.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Leaders: Kathryn Kendall 503-827-4304 and Patti Purcell 503-786-9658
          Outings Information                                                                              Jun 25 (Sat) • Salmon River
                                                                                                           Moderate/7mi/900ft Enjoy a climb to a bluff offering a spectacular view of the Salmon River’s           Last Thursday Alberta Arts District Walks
                                                                                                           rugged upper canyon. Group size limited. Contact leader for reservation. Leader: Judy Muir            Please come for alternative art, companionship, interesting sights, and a darn good time. We
          You don’t have to be a member to participate!                                           or 503-449-7280                                           meet at my house around 5:30 on the Last Thursday of the Month for wine and appetizers; bring
          Arrive with adequate food, water, and clothing. Field guides,                                                                                                                                          something to share. We typically leave the house by 7 to wander down Alberta to take in the
          snacks to share, and humor are welcome. NO pets are allowed                                      Nov 4-8 (Fri-Tue) • Hot Springs in the Shadow of the Range of Light                                   sights. Contact Ulrike at for more details.
                                                                                                           This is the 23rd Annual Tour of the Mother Load of Hot Springs in the Bishop/Bridgeport area.
          unless the hike is designated as “Pets Allowed”. Children under 18                               In 4 days of car caravanning and tranquil saunters we’ll soak in 10 different hot springs to           Sierra Single Spring Wednesday Night Bike Ride
          are usually welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Most                                   qualify for the coveted Sierra Club Hot Spring Patch. Starting Fri night we’ll stay at the Historic   2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month from 6:00 – 8:00. Meet at the Salmon Spring Fountains
                                                                                                           Winnedumah hotel with morning breakfast. Succeeding nights include lodging and gourmet                located at Waterfront Park. We will ride along the Waterfront, cross the Steel Bridge, connect to
          day trips require no advance reservation and are almost never                                    dinners at some of the most unique, off the beaten path venues the Eastern Sierra has to offer.         the Esplanade bridge, ride past OMSI and then enter part of the Springwater Corridor trail that
          canceled, rain or shine. All participants are requested to pay a                                 Group size strictly limited and always fills. Send two SASE/email, check for $190 (Sierra Club),       overlooks the Willamette River and Ross Island.
                                                                                                           D&N phone, rideshare info to leader Dave Bybee. Assistant leader is Brad Elliott.                     Leader: Elizabeth Beckley
          suggested donation of $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers.
          This fee is to help cover costs incurred by the club for the outings                                                                                                                                   Group Game Night
          program. All passengers are asked to pay a reasonable carpool fee
          to the drivers for gas and the use of their car. All participants on
                                                                                                            SINGLES ACTIVITIES                                                                                   4th Tuesday of the month! April 25th, May 24th; June 28th. Join us for dinner and an evening of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 group games (Pictionary, Taboo, charades, various card games…). We’ll meet 7PM; location
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 TBA. Leader: Nancy at
          Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.                            1st and 3rd Tuesday – Movie Nights
          If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to                              Meet at 5:30 for dinner and conversation. We’ll choose a movie and head off to one of the local        First Thursday Pearl Art Walks
                                                                                                           theaters around 7:00. Dinner locations vary. For dinner location for 1st Tuesday (Downtown            Meet at Hot Lips Pizza in the EcoTrust Building (721 NW 9th, Between Irving and Johnson) at
          participate on an outing, and/or for updated outings events                                                                                                                                            6:00 for Pizza, 6:30 for just the walk. We will browse the opening night of art exhibits in the
                                                                                                           Movie Night) contact Carole Gurges For dinner location for 3rd Tuesday
          and information, visit:                                                                          (Eastside Movie Night) contact Duane Monroe                                  Pearl District. Enjoy an evening of creativity, camaraderie, and great conversation. Parking may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 be difficult; public transportation is a great option!
                                                                         Saturday Night at the Bagdad                                                                          For more info: Lesa Dixon-Gray,
                                                                                                           Join us at 6:00 p.m. on April 23, 2005 for dinner and a movie at the Bagdad Theater and Pub,
                                                                                                           3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Look for me. I will be wearing a lavender shirt and sitting at one of the
                                                                                                           long tables in the back. We will have dinner, and than see the current movie that starts about
                                                                                                           7:30 p.m. The cost of the movie ticket ($3.00) may be added to your dinner to eliminate stand-         More SINGLES EVENTS announced at:
                                                                                                           ing in the line. Leader: Kathryn Kendall 503 827-4304
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                                                          photo:David Burdick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Willamette watershed will also be addressed.
       Wonderland:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The EPA has named 69 “potentially

       A Night in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                           responsible parties,” in conjunction with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Portland Harbor Superfund site. The term

       Historic Tilly                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Superfund,” incidentally, is something of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a misnomer. There is no supersized fund
       Jane Cabin                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of federal money to pay for Superfund site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cleanups; instead, the EPA is authorized by
       By Richard Stellner                                                                                                                                                                                                                      law to compel parties that contributed to the
           In January, leader David Burdick led a                                                                                                                                                                                               pollution to help pay for the cleanup. Some
       group of adventure seekers on a backcountry                                                                                                                                                                                              of these local parties have not responded;
       ski and snowshoe weekend outing to the                                                                                                                                                                                                   others have owned up to their responsibility
       Tilly Jane cabin on the north face of Mt.                                                                                                                                                                                                and formed the Lower Willamette Group
       Hood. The trailhead is at 3800ft (as far as                                                                                                                                                                                              that will help pay for the cleanup. A few have
       the roads are plowed) and is just a 1hr and                                                                                                                                                                                              already begun actual cleanup work, includ-
       45min drive from downtown Portland.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing the Port of Portland and Northwest
           We hiked up about 2000ft with full                                                                                                                                                                                                   Natural Gas Company.
       backpacks. Because of the extremely dry                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Cleanup Campaign
       winter we are having, instead of the normal                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Columbia Group of the Oregon
       4-6ft of snow, there’s only a few inches on                                                                                                                                                                                              Chapter of the Sierra Club is committed
                                                                                                   6 bicycle messengers from Portland and an-                                 around it. Back in the cabin, the wood
       the ground. We carried snowshoes as an op-                                                                                                                                                                                               to the Portland Harbor cleanup campaign;
                                                                                                   other solo backpacker.                                                     stove was burning and keeping a comfortable
       tion. We stayed the night in the historic Tilly                                                                                                                                                                                          that’s why we’re asking for help. The cam-
                                                                                                       After nightfall some of us headed out                                  50 degrees inside.
       Jane cabin at 6000ft. The primitive building                                                                                                                                                                                             paign, which already involves a broad
                                                                                                   through the forest with headlamps to a rock                                    After a restful night of sleep in the
       was built in the 1930s with no electricity,                                                                                                                                                                                              coalition of stakeholders, will address en-
                                                                                                   outlook point about 1/2 mile away near the                                 attic of the cabin we headed up toward
       plumbing, or connection to the outside                                                                                                                                                                                                   vironmental and public health issues that
                                                                                                   Cloud Cap Campground to see the moon                                       Cooper Spur. There was plenty of snow
       world. It’s basically the size of a large double                                                                                                                                                                                         reflect the Sierra Club’s national priorities:
                                                                                                   rise. The sky was partly cloudy and in the                                 and the snowshoes were essential to avoid
       garage with a very old wood stove and a few                                                                                                                                                                                              clean water, healthy habitat for salmon and
                                                                                                   west there was a cloud with a sharp point                                  sinking in. The patchy blue sky and Mt.
       picnic tables on the main level. The space in                                                                                                                                                                                            wildlife, and cleanup of hazardous waste
                                                                                                   reflecting the city lights of Portland, but we                              Hood were beautiful. We snowshoed up to
       the upstairs attic will accommodate about 2                                                                                                                                                                                              and toxic contaminants in the environment.
                                                                                                   could not see the city itself. It was a serene                             7000ft to the historic Cooper Spur climber’s
       dozen people lying on the floor side by side                                                                                                                                                                                              Mercury contamination, which can interfere
                                                                                                   evening with very little wind. In the east, we                             shelter.
       in sleeping bags. This public use cabin set                                                                                                                                                                                              with brain and nervous system functions in
                                                                                                   watch the moon emerge over the horizon.                                        wThe views of Mt. Adams, Mt Rainier,
       us back a mere $4 per person/night. Joining                                                                                                                                                                                              humans, and can cause deformities in devel-
                                                                                                   The moon was a bright orange and almost                                    and Mt. St. Helens are excellent.
       us at the cabin for the night were a group of                                                                                                                                                                                            oping animals, has become a priority concern
                                                                                                   full as it illuminated the scattered clouds                                    This is indeed a special place.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of the Sierra Club nationwide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Sierra Club is coordinating its
                                                          photo:Cdr. Bruce Hillard, NOAA Corps.

       Cabin Fever?                                                                                                                                                                                                                             stewardship campaign with the efforts of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                participating stakeholders, which include

       Escape to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                            local, state, and federal government enti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ties and private parties. Local involvement
       Coast                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    includes the City of Portland, the Port of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Portland, several native American Tribes,
       By Jennifer Snarski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the Portland Harbor Community Advisory
           Cabin fever is as good an excuse as any to                                                                                                                                                                                           Group (on which the Sierra Club is rep-
       make a break for the Oregon Coast, which                                                                                                                                                                                                 resented), the Lower Willamette Group
       can be surprisingly balmy on winter days                                                                                                                                                                                                 (responsible parties including the Port of
       when the valley is socked with dry, icy cold.                                                                                                                                                                                            Portland, the City of Portland, and harbor
       On Feb. 6, seven Sierra Club hikers set off                                                                                                                                                                                              businesses who have joined together and
       from Portland for Cape Lookout State Park                                                                                                                                                                                                agreed to help pay for the cleanup), and oth-
       to find some sea and sunshine at the end                                                                                                                                                                                                  er stakeholders, including harbor businesses
       of a short forest trail, and take a chance on                                                                                                                                                                                            implicated in the pollution but not members
       glimpsing some whales. A family group from                                                                                                                                                                                               of the Lower Willamette Group.
       McMinnville caught up with us later.                                                        Tillamook trail building opportunities, see                                the end that’s fabulous just about any                                The City of Portland has launched a
            For Oregon newcomers who know                                                          “Outings” on page 3).                                                      day, whales or not.                                               program called “River Renaissance,” which
       Tillamook only as the defeated ballot mea-                                                      On the coastline, beyond the Tillamook,                                    Knowing we were outside the peak                              has studied the needs of the community to
       sure and a brand of cheese, the 2-hour drive                                                is Cape Lookout. Beyond that is the Pacific                                 viewing period, I checked the latest whale                        be served by the Portland Harbor area. The
       through the Coast Range mountains pro-                                                      Ocean, where grey whales migrate offshore                                  sighting statistics compiled by Whale Watch                       vision of the River Renaissance program is to
       vided a good introduction to the Tillamook                                                  from December to June. This forested                                       Spoken Here, a volunteer, shore-based whale                       achieve an environmentally healthy Portland
       Forest, which from 1933-1951 had been so                                                    headland reaches out into the sea for 2                                    watching program. December sightings                              Harbor that is also an economically thriving
       extensively ravaged by fire it earned the name                                               miles, making it a perfect place to spotpass-                              were low. Hmm. Things weren’t looking too                         working port, a vision that includes dredging
       “Tillamook Burn.” Publicly funded replant-                                                  ing whales as they surface for air. Migration                              good. Calm waters and a slightly cloudy sky                       the harbor to deepen it.
       ing efforts in the 1950s and 60s brought it                                                 peaks in late December, when whales                                        improved our odds considerably. On a day                              The Harbor Dredging Project will be
       back to life as a forest. Timber companies                                                  head down to Baja, and in Marchwhen                                        like this, if whales were out there, there was                    coordinated with the Portland Harbor
       are now eyeing the mature timber, drawing                                                   they return to Alaska. A gentle, 2.5-mile                                  no way to miss them. Unfortunately for us                         Superfund cleanup.
       the Sierra Club in a fight to save it. (Psst!                                                trail along the top of the cape winds though                               the whales were a no-show. But everyone got                           At the state level, the Oregon Department
       It’s still not too late to help! To sign up for                                             old-growth spruce to an ocean viewpoint at                                 a sunny day, so no one seemed to mind.                            of Environmental Quality and the Oregon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Department of Human Services are involved.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Federal participants include the U.S. EPA,
                                                                   photo: Dan Rockwell,

                     Service Trip to                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S.
                  Glen Canyon National                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fish and Wildlife Service.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The actions of all these players will affect
                  Recreation Area, Utah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the lower Willamette River and Portland
                     Oct 2-8, 2005 (Sun-Sat)                                                                                                                                                                                                    Harbor for generations to come. The cleanup
          This incredibly beautiful area of deep,                                                                                                                                                                                               itself will likely take eight to ten years, and
          colorful canyons is one of America’s                                                                                                                                                                                                  after that, keeping the ecosystem healthy will
          real gems, but is threatened by Rus-                                                                                                                                                                                                  require ongoing vigilance.
          sian olive, a non-native species that                                                                                                                                                                                                     Because the harbor cleanup work is so
          chokes out all native vegetation. A                                                                                Become a Steward of the Portland Harbor                                                                            complex, and involves so many players, the
          moderate backpack of 6 or 7 miles                                                                 Why: The Willamette River and the Portland Harbor suffer from years of pollution. A massive effort is underway to clean and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sierra Club likens the overall effort to keep-
          will take us to a basecamp, where we                                                              restore the river and the harbor. In aggregate, the cleanup and restoration represent the most significant Portland environmen-
                                                                                                            tal challenge of the decade.                                                                                                        ing a large floating barge steadily in the
          will work with the staff of the National                                                                                                                                                                                               middle of a channel. At times, the barge is
                                                                                                            What: The Sierra Club is currently monitoring all the various initiatives to clean up the area and keep it clean. The situation
          Park Service. We will cut down the                                                                is very complex, with at least seven different federal, state, and city efforts occurring simultaneously. Each effort from the         likely to veer off course and possibly get hung
          plant using either saws or loppers,                                                               Superfund to restore the Harbor has many players with many different motivations. It is for this reason that we have formed the      up on a reef of private interest. Responsible
          then apply a herbicide to the stumps.                                                             PORTLAND HARBOR STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN.                                                                                               public participation can help keep the barge
          Work at your own pace; lots of wading.                                                            How Does the Campaign Work?: It is easy. You sign up with us to be a “Steward of the Portland Harbor”. By becoming a
                                                                                                            Steward you agree to stay current with the situation by reading our quarterly email update report and checking in from time to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on course. Again, please join us in the
          $50 refundable deposit.
                                                                                                            time with the Sierra Club web page. You also agree to react to two campaign alerts a year. A typical alert would be a letter or a   Portland Harbor Stewardship Campaign.
                    Leader: Harry Lofton,                                                                   call to one of the players in the cleanup efforts that has gone astray causing a blockage. There will also be volunteer opportuni-
                  Information/application:                                                                  ties available but that is on an individual basis and is not considered an obligation of being a steward.                               “Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron,” by the late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      William Stafford, reprinted here from Even in Quiet Places
                                                                                                            Contact: Dorothy Shoemaker @ 503-452-1877 or Joe Keating @ 503-234-2613
                    or call 503-282-4671                                                                                                                                                                             (1996) by permission of Confluence Press

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