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October/November 2014
Celebrating Wilderness 50 Around the Redwood Chapter


Vicky Hoover recruiting the youngest environmentalist of the day

Vicky Hoover recruiting the youngest
environmentalist of the day

In early September Redwood Chapter was delighted to be able to take an active part in Visions of the Wild, a vibrant four-day festival hosted by the U.S. Forest Service as part of nationwide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act. Held near the San Francisco Bay waterfront in downtown Vallejo, the festival included art exhibits, woodscraft demonstrations, speakers, film screenings, music, and field trips.

With assistance from Nancy Tamarisk and Linda Brown from Napa Group and Amynoel Coughran and Joe Feller from Solano Group as well as national Sierra Club Wilderness 50 Anniversary chair Vicky Hoover and San Francisco Bay Chapter Wilderness 50 coordinator Anne Henny, Redwood Chapter staffed a booth at Vallejo’s Pocket Park on Friday September 5 and Saturday September 6 – see photos! We also sponsored a panel discussion on invasive plants in wilderness, with participation from the Solano Land Trust, California Invasive Plant Council, East Lake Resource Conservation District, and Tuleyome. Besides all that, Napa Group Chair Marc Pandone was one of the artists whose work was exhibited at the Vallejo Maritime and Historical Museum as part of this event.

Nationwide Wilderness 50 celebrations will continue until the end of 2014. For more information, visit


On August 18 Napa County became the fourth in Redwood Chapter to issue a formal proclamation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the landmark federal Wilderness Act. Napa Group Chair Marc Pandone holds a framed certificate from the Board of Supervisors, accompanied by executive committee members Isabelle St-Guily, Phill Blake, Nancy Tamarisk, Linda Brown, and Christine Benz.

Napa issues proclamation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Napa issues proclamation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

North Group Sierra Club was founded in 1964, the same year as the Wilderness Act was passed. We will be celebrating these two milestones at a members-only reception on Thursday, November 6. The event will be held at the Humboldt Area Foundation on Indianola Cutoff between Eureka and Arcata from 6:30 to 8:30pm Join us to reminisce about the five decades of conservation work that North Group members have performed on the North Coast. Space is limited to the first 60 people that RSVP to or 707-442-5444 before November 3. Be sure to give the name(s) of the attendees and their drink preference (beer, white wine, red wine, apple cider).

As mentioned previously, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark federal Wilderness Act, Redwood Chapter has published a Guidebook to the 21 officially designated wildernesses in our territory. Copies are available at the Environmental Center (55A Ridgway) in Santa Rosa and at Watershed Books (304 N. Main) in Lakeport for a suggested donation of $5, and may also be ordered by mail by sending a $6 check (to cover postage and handling) made out to Sierra Club Redwood Chapter to Victoria Brandon, 15995 Lucy Circle, Lower Lake CA 95457.

Redwood Forest
Courtesy of National Park Service

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