Ask President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to permanently protect the amazing Berryessa Snow Mountain region by designating it a National Monument.
Long-time Sierra Club hike leader Becky (Lina) Kent passed away on April 15 at the age of 84. At her memorial service— where one of her daughters read Becky’s self-penned eulogy— several North Group members recalled backpacking hikes she had led, as well as less-strenuous outings closer to her McKinleyville home. Among her favorites were the Patrick’s Point State Park Rim Trail, Trinidad State Park, and Lyon’s Ranch and Skunk Cabbage Trail mushroom hikes in Redwood National Park, as well as Mother’s Day rambles in Prairie Creek State Park and New Year’s Day walks along the Hammond Trail, capped by a potluck at her house.
Born in Calgary, Becky moved to San Diego, where she received degrees in music — a lifelong love — and nursing. After the death of her first husband, she joined the Sierra Club and led wilderness outings. In the mid-1990s, she moved to Humboldt with her second husband and continued leading hikes, as well as serving as North Group membership chair. In August 2006, she contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite while picking blackberries at the Blue Lake Fish Hatchery, which recurred and contributed to her demise.
Bill Knight, North Coast Outings Chair and long-time hike leader, passed away April 24 after a struggle with cancer. Bill was an avid backpacker who loved the outdoors, particularly the North Coast. He had hoped to recover enough from his illness to end his days among his beloved redwoods and dunes, but that did not happen. Bill was an outgoing, adventurous spirit who loved to travel and had lived in such exotic places as Africa, India, and New Zealand. Yet he always said that his favorite place to live and hike was the North Coast. A favorite hike was from Manila Dunes to the Mad River, but he also loved Big Lagoon (for hiking and paddling) and Tall Trees.
He was happy that he had scaled back his life to enjoy nature and hike, and the rewards he got from this far exceeded anything money (or prestige) was worth. His enthusiasm for the outdoors led him to give up a lucrative, demanding career to spend more time outside. Bill was in his late 40s when he passed and will be greatly missed by the many whose lives he touched.
Read how those who knew Bill remember him.
Late in March, the Sacramento Bee published a fervent editorial castigating Congress for its failure to protect our public lands, and praising President Obama’s recent use of his Antiquities Act powers to add the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands on the Mendocino coast to the California Coastal National Monument. Congressman Thompson evidently agrees.
The Wilderness Act of 1964 was a turning point in the conservation movement. How can you help? We hope to attract volunteers to help survey and remove invasive species along our trails within the Wilderness this summer.
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Sierra Club political activists have been busy this spring with the grass roots investigation that precedes a Club endorsement, and are very proud of the candidates that have been chosen.
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Starting with the October issue, all members who have provided their email addresses will begin to receive the Redwood Needles electronically rather than on paper. This shift offers several advantages: we can include live links to web-based information and email addresses, graphics can be offered in full color, and we’ll save a few trees and a little gas. It will also provide a significant financial benefit to the Chapter, allowing us to use more of our limited funds for the direct protection of the environment. If you really would rather continue to receive a paper copy of the newsletter through the mail, or have any comment, please contact: ERedwoodNeedles@gmail.com.
The Redwood Chapter's Take Action page highlights several issues that the Club is focusing its efforts on.
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