News Stories

Welcome to the Southern Sierran, published by the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Browse through these pages for news stories as far back as June 2004.  For PDFs of print issues, please visit Southern Sierran Past Issues.


May, 2012

  • Griffith Park: Proposed ballfields run afoul of founder's vision. Listen to KPCC debate with Sierra Club leader Joe Young.

  • A federal appeals court decision in an Arizona case sharply restricts and may end the Adventure Pass program that imposes recreation fees for visitors to Angeles National Forest and other federal lands. The U.S. Forest Service, though, made no immediate move to change its fee system.

  • “Connecting people to our lands is personally important to me,” said President Obama at the White House Conference on Conservation held in early March. The conference, convened by the President and his cabinet, was titled Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy.

  • The sun was setting over the horizon, casting a pink hue over the vast blue ocean before us. A cool breeze whipped over the rolling hills and blew past me, rustling our tents. The students began walking out from the brush to join me at the campsite and sat next to me silently, meditatively.

  • Last November, President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act to protect Virginia’s Fort Monroe, an important and symbolic Civil War site. In April, he designated the 7,200 acres of Fort Ord on the Monterey Peninsula his second national monument.

  • The road to clean energy
    The true cost of energy?

  • It’s been about 12 years since a couple of us started working to bring clean, non-polluting trucks to the Port of Los Angeles. On a Wednesday night in April in a small trailer in a truck yard in Wilmington, a coalition that includes the Angeles Chapter’s Harbor Vision Task Force scored a victory when nearly 50 employee truck drivers voted to join the Teamsters.


    are we

    organic waste
    into landfills?

  • Sierra Club sues to stop Newhall Ranch project

  • San Onofre nuclear power plant isn't safe. It's time to shut it for good and look to renewables for energy.

April, 2012

  • Glen Dawson: Join us for his 100th birthday! Glen climbed with the greats, had many first ascents and was director of the club from 1937 to 1951. 

  • As a backpacker, I pride myself on being Tough. I sleep on the ground, wear the same filthy clothes for a week, eat jerky and string cheese meal after meal, and have survived for seven days with just the thirtyfive pounds on my back.

  • The Chapter’s South Bay Open Space Task Force wants to see three steps taken to protect homes adjacent to the Palos Verdes Landfill. So far, regulatory agencies have been unresponsive to the task force’s concerns, and the task force would like your help to reach out to decision-makers.

  • One key tool every good activist Landfill’s toxic past concerns residents needs to use: the law. If you don’t know how to use it, here’s an opportunity to learn from the pros.

  • There’s another national parkland plan for a mountain corridor surrounding the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo valleys. The study of the Rim of the Valley Corridor, as its known, started in 2010 and will have the final report to Congress in 2014.

  • The Angeles Chapter’s Water Committee urges L.A. officials to adopt a drought-tolerant agenda in its new landscaping effort.

  • The Sierra Club regularly participates in trail repair and removing non-native plants in Southern California forests and mountain areas. But an issue arose last fall over the Angeles National Forest’s restoration plans after the devastating Station Fire of 2009: Do we need to plant trees? And, if so, what kind?

  • We’re adding something new to the hikes this year that gives all hikers a chance to help keep the Angeles Chapter’s outdoors program vibrant and to protect the places where we like to hike. Every year, Chapter volunteers lead thousands of free, day hikes and walks, open to Sierra Club members and non-members alike.

  • Incentive programs are one way to change the way people think about how they use energy. Energy Upgrade California aims to do just that: reward homeowners with rebates for taking a holistic approach to their home energy use.

  • Sierra Club President Robin Mann will be the keynote speaker at the Angeles Chapter’s Annual Awards Banquet on May 6. The event recognizes the outstanding efforts of volunteers and staff members who have shown extreme dedication and commitment to the Chapter and its important mission.

  • Have you ever had to turn away millions of dollars?

  • March-April Southern Sierran as a 5.2 MB pdf

March, 2012

February, 2012

November, 2011

October, 2011