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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting 4 public meetings this October to seek input from local residents and user groups for this potential refuge. Open houses are from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at the dates and locations below. Comments may also be made online».
The dream of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge on the Illinois-Wisconsin border is moving closer to reality. The proposed refuge would be the first located in the Chicago Metro region; it would also be convenient for visitors from the Milwaukee, Madison and Rockford Metro areas.
The opportunity to further protect and restore rare remnant oak savannas, tall grass prairie and and wetland natural communities has led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service» to study a 55 sq. mile area» containing parts of Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties in Wisconsin and McHenry and Lake counties in Illinois.
This is the only chance for Sierra Club members to personally tell USFWS staff that we want a refuge in our area that will protect and restore our beautiful oak savanna and tallgrass prairie landscape, among the most rare ecosystems on the planet.
The meetings will utilize an open format allowing members of the public to spend one-on-one time with service staff members to answer questions, offer comments and provide ideas about the refuge.
If you cannot attend one of the public input sessions in person, please send in an electronic comment». You're invited to modify the comments to reflect your own personal experiences with our wildlife refuge system, or to address specific questions that USFWS has for Hackmatack. Here are some ideas to consider:
For more information on the proposed Hackmatack NWR, see the Friends of Hackmatack website». Questions? Contact Cindy Skrukrud, Illinois Chapter staff at email@example.com Thank you for helping to make this dream a reality!
Please come out to these meetings and show your support!
Funds to acquire land for the refuge, if approved, would come from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. These funds receive money from: taxes on motorboat fuels, right-of-way fees and sale of surplus Federal real property, Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing fees, the sale of Duck Stamps (the Federal stamps required for waterfowl hunting), import duties on firearms and ammunition, and appropriations from the General Fund. To date, none of the $2.5 billion provided to the states from excise taxes on firearms and ammunition have been spent to buy Refuge land. See more money FAQ's» .
Don't get cynical! Protecting our environment relies on your vote. Thanks to a disturbing decision by the US Supreme Court, moneyed special interests are bombarding us with negative ads and spin that makes all politicians look like crooks and liars.
We've looked through all the horserace hype to find candidates who will protect the basic resources that support all life - and a new, job-rich green economy. We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for these candidates, and support them with your time or a donation, but most of all, with your vote.
Here's our slate of endorsed candidates. For more information about them, see our endorsement website: http://illinois.sierraclub.org/vote . See which candidates will be on your ballot at http://illinois.evoter.com
Your W&W Executive Committee consists of seven members who volunteer to lead our local 2100 member Group. We track important conservation issues, approve endorsements, arrange meetings, throw parties, coordinate outings, raise money, and bring it all to you through this e-newsletter (The Stream), our website and our e-mail lists.
Then there’s the stuff we do that doesn’t show, but which makes it all possible. Our Treasurer tracks our finances, we get together for planning meetings and track our progress with agendas and minutes. And without a Membership Chair, we all pitch in to involve you and the public.
Three seats on the Woods & Wetlands Group’s ExCom are up for election this year. Please use a scrap of paper or print out this ballot to vote for up to three candidates, and mail it to the address listed in the box. Make sure that your name(s) appear on the outside of the envelope, not on the ballot.
The following candidates have been nominated to serve two-year terms beginning in January 2011:
Meet Mike Wager, our lonely Conservation Committee Chair. Mike's been doing a pretty good job all by himself attending important public meetings and planning Sierra Club training events. Recently these have included
Mike needs your help to track more crucial issues and get the word out to our members and the public to protect our local environment. For instance, Lake County is developing a wind turbine ordinance and Mike needs help improving it. Jot an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org saying you'll spend some time every month giving the environment a voice.
If you came to our Winter Blues party in January, you enjoyed the company of dozens of other members and policy makers in a fun party atmosphere. Wouldn't it be great to have more parties? We need a few talented people people to help us pull us all together more often. If you have any of these skills, we need you:
Give me a shout to say you'll flip for a party at email@example.com .
The Activist Network
Every Sierra Club member is invited to find local friends in the Club's on-line network. Then use it to find out about conservation teams and projects already in swing, and to collaborate with other members to address local environmental issues with the Club. Get started by finding or creating your profile at http://connect.sierraclub.org .
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