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January-February 2007 Mountain State Sierran

Big news on our energy issues, plus a report from our Political Committee, and we have a new Outings Chair. AND be sure to vote on the Chapter Executive Committee election when you receive your copy of this newsletter in the mail!

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by Duane Nichols, Mon Valley Clean Air Coalition
On November 8, 2006, Longview Power petitioned the state PSC to increase the power output of its power plant to 695 MW with an increase in water usage, bigger buildings, and possibly a higher smoke-stack. Is this really necessary?

Another Powerplant Story to Inspire Us

by Nov 17, 2006 Sierra Club News Release
Now this is how you close down old coal-fired powerplants and get some renewable energy to boot!


by Duane Nichols, CLEAR President, and Paul Wilson, Chapter Chair
All parties agree to search for terms that will lead to settlement of the litigation, and conservation of the endangered land snail.

Sierra Club Fall 2006 Political Committee Report

by Regina Hendrix
Some successes, a few losses, and some new political goals for our Chapter in 2007

Outings Chair Position is filled and Volunteer Outing Leaders are Needed

by Nate Parr
We have a NEW Outings Chair and now he needs some new Outings Leaders, and suggestions for great outing locations and activities.

Rachel Louise Carson -A Centennial Celebration

by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Canaan Valley NWR staff
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring is dimmed and even lost before we reach
adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy, who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life,
as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from sources of our strength.”
Rachel Carson – The Sense of Wonder, 1956

Proposed Roaring Plains Wilderness Area

by Matt Keller, WV Wilderness Coalition
Roaring Plains Wilderness Area (Proposed)
Size: approx. 15,138 acres
Location: Randolph, Pendleton, Grant Counties
Watershed: Cheat, South Branch Potomac
USGS Topographic Maps: Laneville, Hopeville
Elevation Range: 2360 – 4770 ft
Dominant Vegetation: Red Spruce, Mixed Hardwoods, Mesic, Open Brush

Allegheny Power Transmission Expansion Planned

West Virginia Public News Service

by Paul Wilson (editor)
This is a GREAT new service we have access to from the national Sierra Club Media Team. Let's learn how to use it!


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