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Take Action! - Redwood Chapter Committee Campaigns

Take Action focuses on environmental issues and events of local interest in an on-going effort to educate the public and encourage participation in safeguarding the environment.

The Redwood Chapter Committees are focusing their efforts on such areas of interest this year as:

Protecting Wild Places

  • Permanently Protecting the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region: The Berryessa Snow Mountain region of northern California is one of the most biologically diverse, yet least known, regions of the state. Located less than one hundred miles from the Sacramento and Bay Area metropolitan regions, the area is a dazzling outdoor wonderland rich in unique natural features and loaded with recreational opportunities. Visitors can find California’s second-largest population of wintering bald eagles, float the thrilling rapids of wild and scenic Cache Creek, witness herds of wild Tule elk, and catch a glimpse of black bears. Opportunities for hiking, camping, botany, birding, hunting, and horseback riding abound. The area stretches over 100 miles from blue oak woodlands near Putah Creek in the south to the sub-alpine habitat of Snow Mountain Wilderness to the north. For more information visit: berryessasnowmountain.org

Conservation Committee Campaign

  • Wilderness The Redwood Chapter joins the California Wild Heritage Campaign coalition's goal of permanently protecting California's last wild lands and rivers. Volunteers are needed!

Climate Protection Committee Campaign

  • Commercial and Residential Solar PV Permit Campaign
    http://lomaprietaglobalwarming.sierraclub.org/CommercialPVSurveyNapa.php
    Dec. 7, 2010 Press Release Announcing Report
    Commercial and Residential Solar Permit Fee Report: Napa County
    Executive Summary

    A fall 2010 survey by the Sierra Club revealed wide variation in permit fees charged for commercial and residential rooftop photovoltaic (PV) energy systems by municipalities in Napa County. The survey found that fees for commercial PV projects of 131 kW in size varied from nothing to over $12,000. High fees can discourage businesses and residences from making good, long-term, high-yield investments in solar power. Two (33% of the surveyed municipalities) are charging fees that exceed the maximum cost-recovery levels identified in this report for commercial PV projects. For 3kW residential PV permits only one city is charging fees that are excessive.
  • Water Committee Campaign

    • We are participating as a voting member on the Plenary Group of the Trout Unlimited and Peregrine Chapter Audubon's petition before the State Water Resource Control Board, SWRCB. This petition advocates that the SWRCB will enforce illegal water appropriation, monitor flows, determine cumulative impacts from legal and illegal water diversions and then determine water availability, report to the Governor all water diversion applications by 2008. As a voting member on the Plenary Group we will help shape legislative reforms at the State Water Resource Control Board regarding water appropriations and riparian rights.

    Forest Protection Committee Campaign

    • Forestland Conversions to Vineyards Private and corporate interests are targeting coastal redwood forestlands in Northern California for clear cutting to make way for extensive new vineyard projects. Once these redwood forests are destroyed, they will be lost forever. Conservation groups including the Sierra Club and Friends of the Gualala River are working to protect existing forestland for the benefit of future generations. The Sierra Club's Sonoma Group also continues to focus on adoption of forestland protection amendments to Sonoma County's General Plan. These much needed amendments would serve as models for general plan updates in the surrounding counties.
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