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SG-W:/ Sierra Club Presents:"Stop the Chainsaws! Saving Alaska's Tongass Rainforest"



Friends,

Did you know . . . that Earth's largest temperate rainforest is in the United States?  The Tongass and Chugach National Forests are home to bald eagles, moose, grizzlies, wolves, trees 200 feet tall and 8 feet wide, Sitka deer, and a lot of rain.  The surrounding waters support humpback whales, sea otters, seals, and dozens of species of migratory
birds.

These forests are one of the world's greatest ecological treasures.  Unfortunately, these magnificent citizen-owned lands are at risk.  70% of the largest trees in the Tongass are already gone, and the remaining wildlife habitat is being destroyed and fragmented for the sake of short term accounting profits.

At the Sierra Club/Huron Valley Group's August public meeting, Alaska expert Mike Johnson will present "Stop the Chainsaws!  Saving Alaska's Tongass Rainforest" on Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30 pm.  He'll show us what these ancient forests look like, describe the threats to the future of these unique ecosystems, and discuss what YOU can do to protect their remaining wild areas.

Mike's presentation will be followed by our social hour, which features light refreshments and gives you a chance to meet others who share your interests in exploring, enjoying, and protecting nature.  You can also learn about Sierra Club activities including hikes, service projects, and a variety of conservation campaigns.  If you want to help stop sprawl (at no cost to you!) while buying groceries, books, CDs, and other merchandise at the stores where you already shop, we'll have EarthCash shopping vouchers available for sale by cash or check.

The Sierra Club/Huron Valley Group offers a monthly public event 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.  These events are free and open to the public. Newcomers are welcome; no membership is required.

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

Michael Sklar
Co-Chair, Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group

HVG Events information: (734) 480-7751 *or* www.mirror.org/groups/mi-enviro