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Houston Regional Group - News - 2002
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State Threatens to Backslide On Houston Clean Air Plan
Houston's clean air plan is at risk of being weakened further. Last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to bring Houston's air quality into compliance with the current federal health standard for ozone. This was the first time that such a plan had been approved by the EPA, and although Houston Sierra Club felt that it was incomplete, it did represent a major step forward.  (Jul 02)

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Forestry

Your Input Needed on Guadalupe Mountains Park Proposals
Guadalupe Mountains National Park lies 100 miles east of El Paso and is a wild, quiet, peaceful, isolated, jewel of a national park.  The National Park Service is seeking comments on three alternatives that may be included in the Draft General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. (Dec 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (Dec 02)

Forest Service Proposes Ending Trail Between the Lakes Hiking Only Status
The U.S. Forest Service (FS) in Sabine National Forest (SNF) has proposed re-designating the 28 mile long, primitive, backcountry, hiking only, Trail Between the Lakes (TBTL), to a multi-use trail that will allow horses and mountain bikes due to low use, lack of maintenance, and low budget. (Dec 02)

Important NATIONAL FOREST ALERT
URGENT: Calls Needed to Stop Harmful Fire Bills - Vote in House Possible Next Week
Two fire/logging bills, H.R. 5319 and H.R. 5376, have been introduced that may be voted on in the House of Representatives next week. Each of these lawless logging bills would increase logging of wild remote public lands. Neither would reduce fire risk or help protect homes or communities. Both cut out the public and communities from having a say in projects on public lands; both reduce oversight by the courts. These bills would permanently make our environmental laws hollow when it comes to logging. (Nov 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (Nov 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (Oct 02)

Phone Calls, Faxes, and Letters Needed Now to Stop Bush Logging Assault
President Bush has unleashed an all out assault on your public forestlands (the National Forests/Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands). Unless your U.S. Representative and Senators hear from you, massive amounts of Pacific Northwest old-growth, Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine, and diverse Southern public forestlands will be stripped by private timber companies.  (Oct 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (Oct 02)

Big Thicket Acquisition Needs Your Support!
Protection of Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP) has entered a crucial land acquisition phase which may determine if this National Park System Unit survives the 21st Century. With your show of support to key public officials a unique opportunity to add protective buffers and corridors to BTNP will not disappear forever! (Sep 02)

Big Thicket Acquisition Needs Your Help!
Sierrans have a rare opportunity to help save a valuable part of the Big Thicket. Forty-five acres of prime bottomland forest is on the market. This forest is located at the confluence of Beech and Village Creeks. Acquisition of this forest will protect the watershed of Big Thicket National Preserve and will help connect parcels of federal and along Village Creek.  (Jul 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (Jul 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (Jun 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (May 02)

Forestry Notes
Updates on several Forestry items (Mar 02)

Bush Stealth Attacks Roadless Areas: Write Now!!!
In a back door stealth attack, President Bush has proposed gutting interim protection for roadless areas (RA) under the guise of simplifying rules and increasing administrative flexibility. To help protect RA, your comments in opposition to this ploy are needed by February 19, 2002.  (Feb 02)
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Clean Air

State Threatens to Backslide On Houston Clean Air Plan
Houston's clean air plan is at risk of being weakened further. Last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to bring Houston's air quality into compliance with the current federal health standard for ozone. This was the first time that such a plan had been approved by the EPA, and although Houston Sierra Club felt that it was incomplete, it did represent a major step forward.  (Jul 02)
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Sprawl

Your Comments Needed On Grand Parkway, Segment B
The loop to nowhere, known formally as the Grand Parkway (GP), but known by nature lovers and fiscal conservatives as the Grand Porkway is rearing its ugly head in Brazoria and Galveston Counties. (Oct 02)

The Grand Parkway - An Update on Segments C, E, F, and G
The Grand Porkway (GP or Parkway) is a proposed 170 mile highway loop around Houston.  Presently, there are two complete loops (Loop 610 and Beltway) and nearly a third loop (Highway 6/1960) that extend around Houston.  The GP will waste between $1.7-4 billion.  (Feb 02)
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Club Notes

November Announcements - Annual Auction and ExCom Elections
Updates on local activities. (Nov 02)

Dave Fehling of Channel 11 is Recipient of Houston Sierra Club's 2002 Environmental Reporting Award
Dave Fehling represents the best of broadcast news, having set himself apart from many of his colleagues by covering important issues stories in an in depth and insightful manner.  (Jul 02)

Wide Open Spaces Conservation Conference
On Saturday, July 20th the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club will host its sixth annual Conservation Conference at the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Houston. The Nature Center is located along the banks of Armand Bayou. (Jul 02)

Chapter Awards Dinner Set for July 20th in the Clear Lake City Area
One of the most enjoyable Lone Star Chapter social events of the year, our annual Chapter Awards Dinner, will be held this year at Perry's Grille and Steakhouse in the Clear Lake City area of southeast Houston. (Jul 02)

2001 Annual Group Awards
2001 ANNUAL GROUP AWARDS were presented to members that gave special effort in support of the Club during the past year.  (Feb 02)

Executive Committee Election Results and Officers for 2002
On January 4, our Election Committee members, counted our Executive Committee election ballots. (Feb 02)
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