Presented by the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter Newsletter, The REDWOOD NEEDLES
By Vicky Hoover, CNRCC Wilderness Chair
California has millions of acres of unprotected wilderness and thousands of miles of unprotected wild rivers. The Sierra Club along with Friends of the River, California Wilderness Coalition, The Wilderness Society and dozens of other conservation groups, has started a campaign to protect these vulnerable places. The California Wild Heritage Campaign (CWHC) will rely upon the support of both local communities and a diverse, statewide coalition.
The CWHC is the successor to the initial inventory effort which started in 1997 as Wildlands 2000. Sierra Club, through our California/Nevada Regional Wilderness Committee and many interested volunteers around the state, has been closely involved from the beginning. This campaign is an ideal opportunity to play on the Sierra Club's unique strength &emdash; combining outings with a conservation campaign! Outings are the best way to educate the public and get local support for protecting our areas. Outings to "candidate" wilderness areas are the number one way our wilderness committee aims to focus the Sierra Club's campaign effort. There are other ways to help, too.
GET INVOLVED! Get involved in this historic effort to help protect our last wild lands and rivers. Join volunteers from across the state who are studying and mapping potential wilderness areas and wild & scenic rivers. You can also team up with activists working in your community to build support for protecting these special places.
The Sierra Club's Regional Wilderness Committee is working closely with CWHC staff to mobilize Sierra Club volunteers to become active in the campaign. To find out more about the campaign and how you can help in your area, contact: Vicky Hoover, regional wilderness chair at (415)977-5527; or Teri Tucker, (707)826-9133; firstname.lastname@example.org), your Chapter's liaison to our regional wilderness committee; or Ryan Henson, the North Coast CWHC organizer at email@example.com or 530-474-4808.
Check out the wilderness campaign www.californiawild.org.