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SG-W:/ March 20 Sierra Club event: "This Land is Your Land: The Future of Publicly Owned Wildlands"


As an American citizen, you own 635 million acres of land, an area the size
of Texas and Alaska combined.  These public lands include stunningly
beautiful and biologically diverse mountains, deserts, and forests,
contained in national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and BLM
lands held in trust for you by the federal government.

Yet the future of these spectacular treasures is in doubt given the outcome
of last November's election.  Althoug surveys repeatedly show that the
majority of Americans want to stop destructive industrial activities on
their publicly owned lands, the new Administration has signaled its intent
to favor industrial use rather than environmental sustainability.

On Tuesday, March 20, the Sierra Club will host Robin Smith, Regional
Director of the Native Forest Council, for a presentation titled "This Land
is Your Land:  The Future of Publicly Owned Wildlands."   As part of his
presentation, Mr. Smith will describe the Forever Wild proposal designed by
the Native Forest Council to to manage the public lands in an ecologically
and fiscally sustainable manner.

After Mr. Smith's presentation, our social hour offers a chance to meet
people who share your interests in exploring, enjoying, and protecting
nature.  You can also learn about local Sierra Club activities ranging from
hikes and ski trips to conservation campaigns. EarthCash shopping vouchers
will be available, so don't forget to bring your checkbook.

Sierra Club/Huron Valley Group General Meetings are held on the third
Tuesday of each month at the beautiful Matthei Botanical Gardens, located at
1800 N. Dixboro Road (between Geddes and Plymouth Roads, east of US-23),
beginning at 7:30 pm.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Newcomers
are welcome; no membership is required.

I hope to see you at Tuesday's meeting.  Please feel free to forward this
message to others who might be interested.

- Mike Sklar

Sierra Club events information: 734-480-7751


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