Woods && Wetlands

Woods & Wetlands

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Joining Illinois Sierra Club Members in Lake and Northeastern Cook Counties

February, 1997, Issue #20

In This Issue 

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CALENDAR: Meetings & Outings

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Newsletter Editor Needed

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Woods & Wetlands on the World Wide Web

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Success in Glenview

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Ecosystem Partnership

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W&W Goes 100% PC

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Zion Closing Not Soon Enough

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The Untold Costs of Electricity

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Renewables Are Ready

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Send Us Your E-mail Address

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Join the Club, Get Involved !

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Contributions Welcome!


 






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If you love nature, youíll love our summer calendar. Outstanding speakers prime us for Visit Your Forest Preserves, a series of outings. These culminate in June and July with Forest Preserve Adventures, where we will experience nature on her own terms.

Restoration is alive and burning in Lake County, and the return of native species depend on techniques that are being challenged in Cook County. Steve Packard will explain why and how to defend these practices. Then Dr. Ware will show us the role of oak trees in the restored environment. In July, Ken Klick, who has been out doing a lot of spring burning, will double as a speaker and outings guide for a special Forest Preserve Adventure.

Visit Your Forest Preserve Beginning on April 26th, there will be a hike every 4th Saturday at a different Forest Preserve. Each one will start at 9:00 a.m. at the trailhead, last for an hour or so, and cover about 3 miles. All are welcome.  Please contact the leader to confirm, and to help limit the group to 20. See |VYFP on Calendar, and the cover page for how to contact us. Check the Hot-Line or Web for locations TBD.

O Forest Preserve Adventures will explore our Forest Preserve as they naturally occur. They will last longer, start at varying times, and be somewhat more challenging than our VYFP outings. Contact us for more information, directions, and to sign up.

More outings are being planned, and more will be planned if there is a demand. Find out and speak out through the Hot-Line, or our web page.

These Sierra Club sponsored outings are each led by a certified outings leader.


Newsletter Editor Needed Return to Top

The newsletter continues to be our only method for reaching all of our members. We need help to continue producing a high quality document. If you are familiar with a word processing program, such as WORD, or WordPerfect, please volunteer to be our newsletter editor. The editor receives articles and graphics from group leaders, members, and guests, and arranges it into this format. If you have access to e-mail, you can easily collaborate with the present editor, and others who want to help, for proofreading, grammatical editing, clip art, and other skills you are unsure of yourself. Our printer also uses e-mail, which makes it easy to send them the final documents. Count on plenty of help if you need it getting started. Contact Evan (auk@interaccess.com), or any Group leader, if youíd like to help out.

Woods & Wetlands on the World Wide Web Return to Top

There are a few things we canít tell you in our newsletter. We canít say that we didnít cause pollution on printing and distribution. We canít say that we got the news to you in less than three weeks. And we canít say that we didnít spend hundreds of dollars on postage. Using WWWWW, these are things we can tell you. If you havenít tried "surfing the web" on the Internet, get your kids to show you how. Most libraries have web "browsing" (which is the same as "surfing") systems that you can use for free. Besides reducing pollution and costs, you can get up-to-the-minute information on, among thousands of other things, activities of the Woods & Wetlands Group!

WWWWW has been up since mid March, and already contains a wealth of information. By simply clicking, you can find out about Meetings, Outings, Alerts, I-TAN, and the Photo-Club. Thereís also a section that tells how to contact the W&W leaders. We will be relying on WWWWW, and the Hot-Line, to publicize stuff that isnít ready, canít fit, or canít be printed in this newsletter. This will include:

Perhaps the best thing about WWWWW is how easy it is to contact us. Just clicking on a leaderís name automatically enters the address; all you do is type your message and hit send.

New material is being added to WWWWW every week or so. If youíre doing something environmental that might interest other members, please get in touch, even if you donít yet surf. We might add it to the "web page."

You can get to WWWWW in many ways. The most direct is to type the following location (URL) into your browser: http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/il/w&w/

If this doesnít work, you probably made a typo. Lucky you can also get there by using Alta Vista, a "search engine," to search for Sierra Club Woods & Wetlands . When you get a list of sites, click on the one that mentions Lake County. If even this eludes you, get in touch with Evan (see the back page) by e-mail or phone.

In addition to WWWWW, you can get current information by using a touch-tone phone to call the Hot-Line. Just dial 847-680-6437, and follow the menus.


Success in Glenview Return to Top

Local resident Jane Rans reports that advice and support from W&W has prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to suspend planned development of the retired Glencoe airbase. The base has several natural wetland areas that provide open space and run-off retention. Development plans were in motion which ignored earlier approved plans to preserve the open space. This is a typical case where a watchful resident noticed development outpacing approved plans. If you think this might be happening in your area, call the John Massman, or the Hot-Line.
 


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by Carol Sonnenschein
Cooperative ecosystem management is a new approach to the problems associated with sustaining complex natural systems. In Lake County, a new organization based on this strategy, called the Wisconsin-Illinois Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership, has been formed. The partnership includes the Liberty Prairie Foundation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and a number of other groups with an interest in improving the quality of life within the watershed. Administered by the Illinois Department of  Natural Resources, the Ecosystems Program provides financial and technical support to groups that seek to maintain and enhance ecological and economic conditions in key watersheds. The program is funded under Conservation 2000, a multi-year initiative developed in 1994 by Governor Edgar to preserve and restore Illinoisí natural resources.

The goals of  the Wisconsin-Illinois Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership are:

In March, the partnership received a grant of $95,000 to update wetland inventory maps, prioritize areas for protection and educate community leaders and the public about the functions and value of wetlands. The partnership welcomes ideas for future collaborative projects.

Carol is Project Coordinator of the Wisconsin-Illinois Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership, and was our Program Meeting Speaker in April. For more information, please contact Carol Sonnenschein, Project Coordinator, at 847-548-4062.


W&W Goes 100% PC Return to Top

Post Consumer, that is. Most "recycled" paper is made mostly from fibers that have never left the paper mill. And typical white paper has been bleached with chlorine, usually accompanied by release of dioxin into the environment. Thanks to a 3-way collaboration, the paper youíre looking at is made 100% from unbleached, post consumer recycled paper. After a tip from Mark Loughmiller (SWALCO), W&W teamed up with Amerikal Paper of Mundelein, and Irving Cloud, our printer, to go 100% PC. This paper looks better, costs less, saves trees, and reduces pollution. During the effort, experts at Amerikal offered tips to our printer that will help him run lighter weight paper through his presses - a conserving option for his other customers. Thanks to Charles Wilson at Irving Cloud for his extra effort.

Could you use this paper at your company?


Zion Closing Not Soon Enough Return to Top

It was no surprise to hear that ComEd will be closing Zion several years ahead of schedule. The high cost of electricity generated by these miserably operated reactors makes them indefensible in the approaching deregulated electric power market. The considerable risk they continue to pose to the surrounding highly populated area, in terms of the likelihood of a reactor containment failure, and the storage and transport of high level radioactive waste, makes anyone with common sense shudder.

The ill-conceived Yucca Mountain Nevada transfer and storage scheme passed the Senate over the objection of Senator Richard Durbin, with an aye from Carol Moseley-Braun. An earlier closing would end the hideous suspense, and stop the accumulation of waste that no one knows what to do with.

The Untold Costs of Electricity

Cost estimates used to compare new energy sources to replace nuclear and dirty coal overlook the environmental costs of extraction of fossil fuels, the pollution that results from burning them, and the unknown costs of disposing of radioactive waste. These costs are paid through federal taxes, health problems, destruction of our public lands and depletion of their resources for ridiculously low fees. A truly competitive economy in electric power will include these costs in the price paid at the meter.

Renewables Are Ready

Wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources approach the artificially low costs of fossil fuel (coal) without burdening us with the "external" costs of pollution, environmental destruction, and resource depletion. For this reason, renewables are the low cost energy source for the 21st century.
 


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INVITE A FRIEND TO JOIN SIERRA CLUB TODAY
When you or your friend join Sierra Club, it helps make the Club stronger. When you do it using a W&W form, more of your membership contribution goes to W&W for local action. Copy this invitation into an e-mail to your friends and edit it so they know it's from you. E-mail your friend.

Friend - 
I belong to the Sierra Club Woods & Wetlands because it helps me understand, enjoy, and protect our environment. The Woods & Wetlands Group organizes members from Lake and NE Cook counties for local events, outings and actions. Membership includes the benefits of the national Club: Outings, Sierra magazine, and involvement with national issues. Visit their websites: http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/il/w&w/ and you'll see what I mean. I hope you'll consider helping to protect our environment and become a member.


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In an effort to cut costs and improve effectiveness, we are giving you the option of receiving issues of this W&W News on our Web site, with e-mail notices, instead of by mail. So far only 34 of our 2,000 members have joined the ALERTS list and requested this option by using their membership number in place of their lastname (see below).

Members are invited to join the W&W group's e-mail lists. On the ALERTS list you will receive infrequent timely posts from the Group Chair (only), primarily on local issues. Some of these appear on this website, and if you subscribe you will learn about them in time to help. The ISSUES list allows you to share in a discussion with other W&Wers. To sign up, click LISTS, and then, for each one you want to try out, insert your name into these commands in the body of the message :
SUB IL-WWG-ALERTS firstname lastname
SUB IL-WWG-ISSUES firstname lastname
and send the message.

We do not share e-mail address lists, and you can remove yourself from either list at any time.


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