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Fall 2012 • Volume 19 • Number 1
is now available
- Director’s Letter: Transitions and New Beginnings
- Green “T” Anyone?
- Coal Free Massachusetts
- 2012 Legislative Wrap-Up
- Representative Alice Wolf
- Special Member Section: Political Endorsements and Election Guide
- Chapter and Group Elections
- Climate Change and Environmental Justice
- Clean Energy Under Siege
- Go Solar with the Sierra Club
- Director’s Column: Slippery Slope
- Remembering Alexandra Dawson
- Endangered Species Under Attack
- The Foxes of Salisbury Beach
- Wilderness Protection
- MBTA Changes
- Biomass Energy Regulations
- Retire Pilgrim Nuclear
- Adopt Solar with the Sierra Club
- Electric Vehicles Gain Momentum
- Save the Alewife Forests
2011 • Volume 17 • Number 1
- Director’s Letter
- MA Activists Recognized
- Anita King Retires
- Advocating on Beacon Hill
- Threats to our Forests
- Sierra Club Takes Action
- Meet Launa Zimmaro
- 2011 Political Endorsements
- Green Communities Act
- Chapter & Group Elections
- Endangered Species in MA
- Middlesex Fells
2010 • Volume 16 • Number 2
- Director’s Letter: 20 Years Ago Today
- Chapter Chair’s Remarks: Agenda for the next 40 Years
- 2010 Political Endorsements
- Grassroots Efforts: Superfund Cleanup at the Massachusetts
- Africa, Climate Change, and Sierra Club
- Chapter History, Part II
- Sierra Club Elections Candidate Statements
- Election Ballots
- Beyond Coal Campaign
- Biomass Victory
- Sign up for the E-Sierran
2010 • Volume 16 • Number 1
- 40 Years of Protecting Our Commonwealth - Director’s Letter
- The Thoreau Group’s History
- Club’s Activist Structure
- The Chapter’s First Two Decades
- Sego Endorses Political Action
- Murphy Brings Faith and Ecology Together
- Appeal To Our Members
- Dow on Efforts to Keep Fish in the Sea
- Greater Boston Group Elections, Candidate Statements, and Ballots
- Oldham Describes New Organizing Initiatives
- The Chapter’s Biomass Position
- Sign up for the E-Sierran
2009 • Volume 15 • Number 1
- Director’s Letter: Biomass questions
- Campbell Visits to State Forests
- Nantucket Recycles!
- Dow on Efforts to Manage Ocean Resources
- Recycle Your Paper
- License Plates for the Environment
- Chapter and Group Elections
- Endorsements for City Elections
- Human Population Stresses Resources
- Green Certification Delayed
- Goodbye to Alex Oster
- Meetings, Events, Outings
08-09 • Volume 14 • Number 4
- Director's Letter -Transportation reforms.
- Our Legislative Agenda
- Energy Enlightenment -
Murphy calls for equity.
- The Sierran's Future -
our move from paper.
- We Mourn Barbara Fegan
- Political Corruptions? -
Follow the money.
- End of the Wild- Meyer's
- Our Chapter's Accomplishments - 2008 and ahead.
- A Power Plant in Billerica?
- Not so fast, say opponents.
- Belmont Uplands - Mass
updates us on the continuing fight.
- Chapter Election Calendar for
- Perchlorate Cleanup -
the trial method.
- Fishing on Cape Cod -
Dizard reviews Budryk's guide.
08 • Volume 14 • Number 3
- Director's Letter -Summarizes of our successes.
- Emergency - Recognize
and stop the ALB.
- Where does your electricity come
- Vote! -Check out our
- No More Waste
- Burning debris threatens air
- Help save our environment
- Plastic bags are everywhere - Yikes!
- Beth Daley wins Sierra Club award
- Going green -
Massachusetts public forests set high goals.
- Sierra Club elections -
Candidates statements and ballots.
- Wildlands and Woodlands
- Forests give us clean water, clean air, and more!
08 • Volume 14 • Number 2
- Director's Letter - Advocating for our public lands.
- Hemlocks - Orwig on the
habitat we're losing.
- Beaches - Getting there
by public transportation.
- Arnold Arborteum Battles HWA
- Fight Global Poverty
- Peace Work - Murphy describes the Cape and Island Group's efforts.
- Reducing our Wastes - Pledger and Sego call
for Zero Waste.
- Local Safaris - Take the bus to the beach.
- Want to Walk a Beach - Be careful where you go!
- Two Activists Pass On - Louise Lewis and John Deacon will be
- Listening in the Summer - Campbell reviews "The Songs of Insects".
08 • Volume 14 • Number 1
- Director's Letter -The Environmental Bond.
- Cape Wind - Review of
the impact report.
- Power Shift - Join up
for clean energy!
- Preserving Public Lands
- Contact your legislators to protect parks.
- Belmont Uplands Hosts Interesting
- Green Colleges - Harvard
and Tufts are honored by the Club.
- Attacking Problems in the Gulf of
- Elections for Greater Boston Group
- David Heimann urges us to get
- Energy, Peace, Justice -
The Cape Cod and Islands Group leads the way.
- Taking up the Fight -
Walsh reviews McKibben's Handbook.
- Green Investing - MacKay
- Don't Move Firewood
07/08 • Volume 13 • Number 4
- Director's Letter - Victory in Fall River.
- AltWheels - Advocating
for public transit.
- Decorating Sustainably
-Avoid those nasty invasives!
- We've Been Busy -keeping
- Water Policy Again - Letters to the Editor.
- Water Crisis -Billions lack sanitation and drinking water.
- UMass Buys Local -Students dine well on local
- Suburban Wood - Donahue describes "wildlands and woodlands" in
- Hope for Ocean Life? - reviews of "The Unnatural History of the
- Save Energy Now - Tips for space heating.
- Wind Considered - Report from the Energy Conference.
07 • Volume 13 • Number 3
- Director's Letter -State says no to citizens.
- ATVs, ORVs, OHMs - Bad
news for children and land.
- Students in our midst -
The Sierra Student Coalition shows the way.
- Connecting the next generation
- Getting inspired by teens and inspiring others.
- Quabbin watershed - New
plan, changing forestry.
- Protecting public lands
- Saunders encourages further action.
- Cape Wind - Dowds
explores the book and its message to all of us.
- Green energy - Cohen-Rosenthal describes some opportunities.
- Chair's Column -David
Heimann on the chapter's activities.
- Belmont Uplands - You
can still help!
- Water, water -- everywhere?
- Schwalbaum explains water issues in Massachusetts.
- Gardening for justice -
A community garden means more than food.
- Taking action - MacLeod helps us reduce our carbon footprints.
07 • Volume 13 • Number 2
- Director's Letter - State Setting Energy Policy.
- Forest Management -
comments on state plans.
- Permitting too much?
-changes to state protections.
- Cape Wind receives permit
- Taxing carbon - endorsing the concept and a bill.
- Protecting our parks -Support the chapter's legislative agenda.
- A victory in Essex County -Peters tells how
the Essex group protected turtle habitat.
- Lobbying 101 - Moore guides us through the process.
- Protecting urban rivers - working locally.
- Overpumping ground water - Frye reviews "Water Follies".
- Forests not sprawl - Ferrare describes the Keystone Program for
07 • Volume 13 • Number 1
- Director's Letter - A new governor brings a big change.
- Past and Future - The chapter's accomplishments and plans.
- Birds Need our Help - Some birds don't thrive in forests.
- Energy as a Human Rights Issue - The Cape Group tackles both.
- Old Growth Hemlocks - The threat to this important species.
- Fighting Climate Change - The Un Climate Conference.
- Congratulations ICO!
- Cool Cities
- Surviving Winter and other Challenges - Natural History books by
- MA Environmental Policy Act - Dawson on using this law.
- Rethinking Zoning - Why we are car dependent.
- Green Maps - Visualize our Communities.
06/07 • Volume 12 • Number 4
- Director's Letter -Supporting sustainable harvesting of trees.
- Cape Wind - A dissenting
letter and the chapter's response.
- Can We Be Friends? -
Dizard shows why environmentalists and hunters need each other.
- Changing Our Weather -
Ekel reviews "The Weather Makers".
- LIving Long and Well - A
wilderness advocate turns 100.
- Family Planning in the World
- How you can help.
- Belmont Uplands - What
you can do.
- Plus- An article calling
all South Shore members to get involved in community environmental
issues and Chapter and Group elections.
06 • Volume 12 • Number 3
- Director's Letter -Two gifts to developers: faster permitting,
spotted turtles delisted.
- Eating Well at Work and School
- Institutions are buying locally-grown food.
- Climate Change and Weather
- Are recent severe storms a result of climate change?
- Old Growth Forests -
Carlisle begins a series of articles on our special forests.
- Saving Energy Easily -
Change your light bulbs! Utility companies want to help you save money
- Watch What you Eat -
Marien reviews "Hooked" about fishing for "Chilean Sea Bass".
- Can Wetlands be Banked
Successfully? - Chapman on the Taunton experimental "wetlands
- Departing Staff - Jeremy Marin and Yi Ching Fedkenheuer.
06 • Volume 12 • Number 2
- Director's Letter - Rewarded for Bad Behavior? State revisits
ORV/ATV Policies on Public Lands.
- Quabbin Water - Alexandra Dawson poses the question - Should the
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority sell water from the Quabbin
- Cool Cities Initiative - A look at how Massachusetts is saving
energy city by city, by Michael Blouin.
- Hull Reduces CO2 - Judeth Van Hamm shares how Hull selectmen
endorsed the US Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement and how Hull is
leading the fight to reduce CO2 emissions.
- How Much Perchlorate is Too Much? - An in-depth discussion of
water standards and the effects of perchlorate on the human body, by
- Greylock Glen - The
state selects the town of Adams as Provisional Developer for Greylock
Glen, reported by Elisa Campbell.
- Book Review - Gil
Woolley reviews Michael McCloskey's In the Thick of It: My Life in
the Sierra Club.
- Protecting our Parks -
Philip Saunders gives an update of the Parks Protection Package and
explains how to get involved.
- Kerry Leaves Clean Cars in the
Dust - Jeremy Marin reports on Senator Kerry's refusal to
sign onto a bi-partisan joint letter urging the EPA to grant a waiver
that would allow stricter emission standards.
- Hybrids vs. Ethanol - A
report on Massachusetts' current fleet of vehicles and its lack of
hybrid cars, by Jeremy Marin.
- Plus - Taking action on global warming, Earth Day reports, an
update on the advance of the Forest Reserves process, fall membership
meeting featuring Dr. Kirk R. Smith who will speak about petroleum in
developing countries, call for nominations, call for volunteers for
the Political Committee and Energy Committee.
06 • Volume 12 • Number 1
- Director's Letter - Barely holding ground - ups and downs
for our parks
- Wetlands Loss at Blue Hills - Sue Bass reports on the
state's authorization for wetlands destruction at Blue Hills
Reservation to accommodate emergency drinking water reserve tanks for
- Inner City Outings - Connecting Boston-area youth with the
outdoors. William K. Hart reports.
- Book Review - Elisa Campbell reviews Chris Mooney's The
Republican War on Science.
- Conference of the Parties, Montreal - Blossom Hoag reports
on the Sierra Club presence at the COP 11/MOP 1 conference in December
addressing global warming and the Climate Change treaty.
- Wastewater Treatment on Cape Cod - A closer look by David
Dow at current treatment and how to take responsibility at a local
- Sierra Club Outer Harbor Island LNG Voyage - Description
and registration for our Sunday May 21 educational cruise, sponsored
by the Chapter's Greater Boston Group.
- Sierra-Endorsed Candidates Make Big Gains! - Phillip Sego
shares the outcome of municipal and town elections in Boston,
Newburyport, Cambridge, Somerville and Watertown.
- Update on the Parks Protection Package - With our public
lands under siege, Philip Saunders, Jr. outlines the PPP's three
bills, locates what committees they are in as of March 2006, explains
how you can take action.
- Population Program Co-Sponsors Speaker on Young Women's
Experiences - Elisa Campbell tells us about Ann M. Moore'sSmith
College lecture last November entitled, "Sexual Rights of Young Women:
Coercion in Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa."
- Plus - A call for hikers and photographers, Spectacle
Island as newest addition to Boston Harbor Islands National
Recreational Area, tips on spring cleaning, and a call to save the
2005/6 • Volume 11 • Number 4
- Director's Letter - Liquefied Natural Gold: The Rush for
LNG in New England
- Safe? Or Not? - David Dow asks questions about the PAVE
PAWS Radar facility and if it might be adversely affecting human
- Ware River Needs Us - Elisa Campbell is recruiting
volunteers to serve on the Ware River Watershed Advisory Committee.
- Cambridge Takes On Global Warming - Rosalie Anders sheds
light on the city's efforts to fight for cleaner air and water,
healthier forests and wetlands, more walkable communities, more
comfortable living spaces and a stronger economy.
- Two Views from the Summit - Phil Dowds and Blossom Hoag
describe their experiences and highlights from the Sierra Summit last
September in San Francisco.
- A Long Strange Story - The Silver Line saga as told by John
Kyper, chair of the Transportation Committee, and the recent removal
of Phase III from the Federal Transit Administration's list of
projects vying for federal funding.
- Generating Your Own Energy - Linda Raven recommends energy
independence by installing a renewable energy system in your own home.
- Follow the Leaders - In November, government officials from
all around the world will be convening in Montreal, Canada for the COP
11, the eleventh meeting of the Committee of the Parties which
developed the Kyoto Protocols.
- Plus - A report on heartening Forest Reserves meetings,
Chapter and Group Elections, and an article on conscientious holiday
2005 • Volume 11 • Number 3
- Director's Letter - Wind turbines on Wachusett? A dangerous
precedent would be set.
- Wachusett's Old Growth - Joe Choiniere identifies new sites
of old growth on Wachusett Mountain.
- News Brief - Transportation bill authorizes funds for North
South Rail Link.
- Buying Green Power - David Beavers reports on who's buying,
and how you can too.
- Saving Farms - How supporting local healthy agriculture
will cut sprawl and pollution.
- Update the Bottle Bill - Phillip Sego clarifies the battle
lines between those wanting to update the Bottle Bill to include
single-serve containers that were not available when the Bottle Bill
legislation was passed 22 years ago, and bottlers, beverage
distributors and grocers behind the "Litter Tax" who want the Bottle
Bill abolished entirely.
- Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro - Illegal use of ATVs threaten
wildlife, trails, and the serenity of the state forest.
- Book Review - John Kyper reviews Highway Robbery:
Transportation Racism & New Routes to Equity.
- The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - An outline of the
"cap and trade' program by Blossom Hoag and Marc Breslow.
- Plus - Forest Reserves meetings for public input, a report on
a Cape Cod tide pools outing, the Population Committee's April lecture
with Robert Engelman, and more on how to help the Chapter.
2005 • Volume 11 • Number 2
- Director's Letter - New Bedford Airport Expansion
- Cape Cod Wind Farm - The Massachusetts Chapter's position
- Help Protect Natural Spaces - Leslie Doyle, Legislative
Action Committee Chair, outlines the Parks Protection Package and how
you can help.
- Belmont Uplands - Development is far from a done deal -
it's not too late to protect them. Deborah Holt reports.
- Fighting Development - Environmental attorney Alexandra
Dawson gives us tips and tools for fighting unwanted development in
- Environmental Justice - Reverend Robert Murphy explains the
history of environmental justice as a human rights movement inspired
and supported by organized religion.
- Climate Change - Elizabeth May calls for action and
promoting the Montreal COP meeting this fall as a means for pushing
the Bush administration.
- Liquid Natural Gas - Two proposed terminals in Fall River
and offshore near Gloucester spur Gil Woolley and Blossom Hoag to
explain why LNG is not a good neighbor.
- Breathing Easier - Cement company withdraws plans to build
a plant on the banks of the Hudson River.
- Middlesex Fells Threatened by Development - Elisa Campbell
reports on the newest proposal for a huge housing and office
development that will cause excessive traffic and incalculable
- Forest Reserves - The EOEA is proposing to create a system
of Forest Reserves in the state in which no commercial timbering would
be done. Elisa Campbell, chair of the chapter's Public Lands
and Open Spaces Committee, tells us more.
- Plus - Hiking near home, and a spotlight on John Holdren,
Director of the Woods Hole Research Center.
2005 • Volume 11 • Number 1
- Director's Letter - Senate sells out the Arctic National
- Whither our Parks - Parks Commissioner Kathy Abbott is
fired in controversial move by Governor Mitt Romney.
- Is Spectacle Island a Park? - John Lewis exposes another
broken Big Dig mitigation promise.
- Poison in Your Deck? - Gil Woolley helps you protect your
children and pets from arsenic poisoning this summer.
- Forest Guardians - Elisa Campbell is looking for forest
guardians to help protect our irreplaceable state forests and parks
- Northern Right Whales - Cindy Delpapa asks...is extinction
imminent? These whales suffer losses from fishing gear entanglement,
habitat losses and ship strikes.
- Green Power Options - Ethan Hoag explains how choosing
green power sends a strong message to the market and to political
leaders: that we care about the sources of our electricity.
- Book Review - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or
Succeed, by Jared Diamond. Reviewed by Diana Muir.
- Silver Line - Jeremy Marin exposes the truth about the
MBTA's Silver Line: Taxpayers pay the price.
- Plus - Vernal pools, how to volunteer for the chapter and
groups, and efforts to keep options open for the Rail Link.
2004/5 • Volume 10 • Number 4
- A Breath of Fresh Air- Review of 2004 chapter outings
- Saving the Parkways (Again)- Handing over the parkways to
the highway department seems to be an idea that just won't die.
- Any Way You Spin It, the Silver Line is a Bust - The MBTA's
proposed Silver Line bus tunnel is expensive, inconvenient - and won't
give riders what they need.
- Grounded Plan Attempts Take-Off - Why is the city of New
Bedford reviving a questionable expansion plan that will destroy acres
- Energy and Environmental Justice - Cape Cod group leads
effort to keep needy families warm this winter.
- Hot Enough for Us? - Ross Gelbspan says we are all to blame
for heating up the planet. Book review by Gil Woolley.
- Weaver's Cove is No Place for an LNG Terminal!!
- Plus - Massachusetts Chapter and Group Elections
2004 • Volume 10 • Number 3
- The Return of the Ring - Craig Kelley on why the MBTA's
proposed bus transit system is a bad idea.
- It's Time to Change Our Transportation Priorities - Former
Governor Mike Dukakis on why we should expand the state's rail system
instead of building two Boston mega-projects that will cost billions
and benefit few.
- You Can't Have Smart Growth Without Land Protection -
Slashing funding for open space is no way to control urban sprawl,
protect our resources, and promote sustainable development.
- Proposed Regulations Threaten Wetlands - Rumors are going
around about the DEP proposed changes to the regulations for
administering the state Wetlands Protection Act.
- Bring Renewable Energy to the Commonwealth! - A
public/private agency helps towns develop wind energy.
- Sierra Club 2004 Election Endorsements
- Protecting Public Health on Cape Cod - Local Sierra Club
volunteers have gained a reputation as faithful watchdogs for
community health and environmental justice.
- Wars and Stratagems - How the Bush administration and
anti-environmentalists have waged war on the environment. Book review
by Diana Muir.
2004 • Volume 10 • Number 1
- News Briefs - Cape Cod toasts the coast in 2004;
the Pioneer Valley group rides again; North/South Rail Link garners
- Environmental Injustice and Our City Parks -
Cities and towns that are most in need of open space are losing their
parks. Gil Woolley tells us why.
- In My Opinion - State Senator Pam Resor calls for
a renewed commitment to preserving our open space.
- Local Residents Strive for Compromise - Dedicated
citizens lessen the environmental impacts of Pittsfield’s airport
- Outside Interests Push to Hijack Sierra Club - As
fewer and fewer members vote in national Sierra Club elections, the
club has become vulnerable to a takeover by a radical minority.
- Hiking Close to Home - One of a series of
occasional articles on less-known, short hikes in eastern
- A Tragedy of the Commons - The decimation of our
fisheries: book review by Diana Muir.
- Department of Defense Wages War - How the DoD
excused itself from the Endangered Species Act.
2003/4 • Volume 9 • Number 4
- News Briefs - Joint Harvard-Sierra Club study on
grassroots organization; our favorite Dirty Dozen 2003 award.
- Bird Meets Wind Turbine - Wind power is one of
the most promising sources of clean, renewable energy today. But is it
- Everything Old is New Again - Peter Roudebush
explores recent developments in wind and water technology.
- Rare Forest in Alewife Reservation Threatened -
At the heart of the Alewife Reservation, a rare silver maple forest
may be sacrificed for a new housing development.
- Waiting on the Orange Line - John Kyper recounts
a decade-long tale of MBTA neglect.
- The Politics of Caspian Oil - Book Review by
2003 • Volume 9 • Number 3
- The World in a Grain of Sand - Alexandra Dohan explores our
fragile coastline and tells us how one Cape Cod community plans to
restore its beaches and dunes.
- Profit Before Parks - A private developer succeeds in a
decade-long bid to clear-cut a large swath of Wachusett's majestic
forests for new ski trails.
- Greylock Glen, Revisited - Two years after Swift called off
a development project at Greylock Glen, the fate of one of
Massachusetts' most beautiful areas remains up in the air.
- Still Going Strong - The Sierra Club keeps the pressure on
Ford to give consumers what they want: cars that go farther on less
- The Gutting of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal
Protection Act - The Bush administration takes a swipe at
environmental safeguards in the name of military readiness.
- The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage - Simpler societies
live in harmony with nature, right? Wrong! Book review by Diana Muir.
Summer 2003 • Volume 9 • Number 2
- Putting the Lid on CO2 – Second in a continuing series on
energy and the environment.
- The JP Cohousing Story – The nuts and bolts of developing
an energy-efficient residence.
- Reinventing Government in Massachusetts – Despite some
promising reforms, Governor Romney’s proposal to streamline government
- A Short History of the MDC – Can you guess what well-known
parks agency used to be in charge of Boston’s sewage system? Gil
Woolley tells the story.
- Saving Women’s Lives – Thoraya Obaid on women and world
- Carl Pope Takes On the Skeptical Environmentalist – Sierra
Club’s executive director scores a few points for the environmental
- How to Get Rid of Noisy Airplanes – Book Review by Diana
- Plus - Bottle Bill Expansion, Preserving Our Roadways, Call
for Chapter Nominations
2003 • Volume 9 • Number 1
- Transportation News – How much we hate Boston traffic, how
little we use public transportation, and how Representative Patrick is
making the case for hybrid cars.
- The Mortaring of Massachusetts – A 25-acre parcel of land in
the city of Waltham raises questions about sustainable development,
open space, and affordable housing.
- Energy: a Primer – First in a series of articles about the
source, use, and conservation of energy.
- A Reprieve for Glendale Park – Can Glendale Park be saved? Gil
Woolley tells the story of residents’ fight to preserve Everett’s only
significant open space.
- Strange Bedfellows – Global warming meets anti-terrorism.
Diana Muir reviews Bill Maher’s proposal to fight terrorism by
reducing gas consumption.
- Plus – Cape Cod Group News, Cape Cod Group Election