September 2, 2014

Three-day celebration of Clair Tappaan Lodge 80th anniversary

ClairTappaan drawing_Ottmar Goebel 1970John Muir famously said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” In that spirit, you are invited to a three-day celebration of the 80th anniversary of Clair Tappaan Lodge, from August 15 to 17. Built by Sierra Club volunteers in 1934, Clair Tappaan is the Sierra Club’s flagship lodge, hosting a wide variety of programs that support sustainable practices and the Club’s mission to “explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth.”

Anniversary festivities begin on Friday with an afternoon hike, gourmet dinner, and dramatic, panoramic slide program of Yosemite and the High Sierra by John Muir-reenactor Don Baldwin. On Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to swim in a High Sierra lake and join guided hikes with themes including archaeology, geology, and photography. On Saturday afternoon, indulge in wine and cheese in the Hutchinson Lodge while enjoying the music of classical guitarist Stephen Holland. After dinner, Sierra Club President David Scott will give a keynote address on the topic of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Afterwards, tap your feet to the traditional bluegrass, original tunes, and honky tonk harmonies of Mountain Fire. The celebrations will conclude on Sunday with a raffle and day hikes.

The cost for the weekend is $195 per person, which includes six meals (vegetarian options available), two nights’ lodging, and all activities. The fee for Saturday only is $95; or $25 to attend only the Music in the Hutchinson Lodge wine and cheese reception on Saturday afternoon. Participant fees partially support Lodge operations and those funds are not tax deductible. If you can’t attend the celebrations but want to support grants for youth to study environmental education at the Lodge, donations are gratefully accepted. To make your reservations, call (530)426-3632 or email reservations at You can find more information online here.

Get ready to celebrate wilderness, culture, and community in Vallejo

Visions of the WildIn honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and partners—including several local Sierra Club chapters and groups—are hosting Visions of the Wild, a festival in Vallejo from Sept. 3 to 6.  Expected to be the single largest Bay Area event celebrating the Wilderness Act, the festival will feature art exhibits, speakers, film screenings, music, and field trips. For full program information, visit

Events will take place at seven different venues in historic downtown Vallejo, a city known for its cultural diversity, beautiful waterfront setting, and vibrant arts community. Festival venues include the landmark Beaux Arts-style Empress Theatre, arts and performance space The Hub, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, and a small “Ranger Station” that will serve as the festival headquarters.

“We’re putting together a unique and varied menu of activities that will appeal to people of all ages and walks of life,” said Heather Davis, Visions of the Wild coordinator. “There will be something for everyone. The festival will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for wilderness information for residents across the Bay Area.”

Visions of the Wild will be a venue to discuss and learn about topics such as what “wilderness” means in diverse cultural contexts; how wilderness values are expressed through the arts; how we can “re-wild” our humanized landscapes; how we can expand the circle of people who care about wild places; and how our understandings of wilderness and wilderness conservation paradigms will change in an era of global environmental change.

The festival will take place 50 years to the day after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act establishing our National Wilderness Preservation System. The Act is a landmark in conservation history because it allows for the preservation of wilderness for the American public. Today more than 100 million acres of land are designated as Wilderness.  For more information about celebrations underway locally and across the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this landmark legislation, visit

To volunteer at Visions of the Wild, contact festival coordinator Heather Davis at hdavis at or visit

To volunteer for other Wilderness Act 50th anniversary activities, contact Anne Henny at anneth16 at or Vicky Hoover at (415) 977-5527.

Celebrate 90 years of Chapter history at the TriValley Group potluck picnic and wine tasting event

home-31Wine, a picnic, old friends, and beautiful scenery—what could be a better way to celebrate an anniversary?

The TriValley Group is honoring the 90th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Chapter and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a potluck picnic and wine tasting.

Join us on Sunday, July 27 at Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, located at 3053 Marina Ave. in Livermore.

  • 11:30 am: Winery tour and tasting (fee for wine tasting is $10)
  • 12:30 pm: Potluck picnic—bring a prepared dish to share and your own reusable dishes
  • 1:30 pm: Four-mile walk through the vineyards

Please RSVP to Janis Turner at janiskate at or 925-344-6150. RSVPs are required for the tour and tasting and are requested for the potluck picnic. If you are able to volunteer to help with setup and cleanup, please get in touch with Janis.

Please note that the winery requests that you park on the street in front of the winery instead of parking in their lot. It is just a short walk past the vineyard to the tasting room.

Celebrate Chapter 90th anniversary at Summer Picnic–Friday, August 1

Last year's Chapter picnic.

Last year’s Chapter picnic.

Friday, August 1, 5 – 8 pm, Ohlone Park, Berkeley; site near McGee and Hearst.

All Chapter members are invited to the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter’s 90th-anniversary Summer Picnic! Whether you’re a brand new member or long-time Sierran, join us for a fun and festive potluck!

Bring a favorite dish or beverage to share. In the spirit of minimizing waste, we strongly encourage folks to bring their own reusable plates, utensils, and cups. Bring picnic blankets and jackets, friends and family. There will be a free raffle—your chance to win cool Sierra Club gear! You must be present to win.

Attendees will have the chance to learn about the Bay Chapter’s current conservation efforts.

To walk to the picnic from North Berkeley BART, cross Sacramento Street, and walk two blocks east on Hearst or through the park. By car, from University Avenue, turn north on Sacramento Street. Turn right on Hearst and drive two blocks east.

If you’re available to assist, we need you! Before the picnic, help solicit donations; at the picnic, help set up, greet attendees, clean up. Help is very much appreciated!

To volunteer, or for questions, contact Joanne Drabek at (510)530-5216 or

Delta Group activities update

Map by Bob Newey.

Map by Bob Newey.

The next Delta Group general meeting will be in September.

Delta Group program meetings are usually held in February, May, September, and November. A newsletter listing Delta Group programs, outings, and activities is available by sending a check for $5, payable to “Sierra Club, Delta Group”, to:

Janess Hanson
431 Levee Road
Bay Point, CA 94565.

For information about Delta Group activities, call Janess Hanson at (925)458-0860. For information about Delta area environmental concerns, call Tim Donahue at (925)754-8801.

Upcoming hikes and activities 

Sun., June 8, Mount Diablo State Park, 1A loop hike, Clayton.

Sat., July 12, Martinez Regional Shoreline, 1A sunset walk.

“How to Work Effectively With Government Agencies” — Tuesday June 17 — Don’t Frack CA

stop-frackingsponsored by the Sierra Club Bay Chapter’s Don’t Frack CA team

Tuesday June 17, 6:30 pm (our June monthly meeting time), Chapter Office, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.

At the June meeting of the Bay Chapter’s Don’t Frack CA team, we’ll hear from Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton, senior aide and savvy political staffer to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, about how to most effectively communicate with elected officials and government agencies to gain their support. She’ll make a short presentation and then answer our questions.

Sbeydeh has an MA in public administration from Cal State San Francisco as well as a lot of practical working political experience. She has been a valuable and extremely articulate member of Leadership East Bay, a community-based leadership development program.

Come with your strategy questions! This will be a valuable training for anti-fracking activists, as well as for all others who want to learn more about how to influence government agencies.

The event is organized by the Bay Chapter’s Don’t Frack California team, and will start with a brief meeting in lieu of the team’s regular monthly meeting.

TriValley Group–Celebrate Chapter’s 90th anniversary with picnic and wine tasting–Sunday, July 27

400x400_sc-logoSunday, July 27, 11:30 am, Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery, 3053 Marina Avenue, Livermore.

Tri-Valley Sierra Club will celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Bay Chapter (and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act) with a wine tasting/tour at Rodrigue Moly­neaux Winery in Livermore, followed by a potluck picnic. There is a $10 fee for tasting. Following the picnic, a four-mile walk is available, through rolling vineyards behind the winery.

Please RSVP to Janis Turner at (925)344-6150 or

The winery requests that you park on the street in front of the winery instead of parking at the winery. It is a short walk past the vineyard to the tasting room.

Mount Diablo Group — “A Balkan Treasure: Stunning Macedonia” — Wednesday, July 9

1851 Sv. Joakim Osogovski monastery and hostel, Kriva Palanka. Photo by Carol High.

1851 Sv. Joakim Osogovski monastery and hostel, Kriva Palanka. Photo by Carol High.

Wednesday, July 9, 7 pm, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

Join the Mount Diablo Group at our next meeting as we venture south into the Balkans to discover the natural treasures of Mace­donia. Carol High will introduce us to this up-and-coming country, a former part of Yugoslavia and independent only since 1991.

Macedonia, with mountain lakes and deep, green valleys, is a perfect place for hiking and outdoor exploration, especially from a mountain monastery that will be part of our journey. We will see Lake Ohrid (a UNESCO world heritage site) that Carol describes as “the Lake Tahoe of Eastern Europe”. Our journey will include Skopje, the birthplace of Mother Theresa and a capital city in transition. We will listen to traditional music and visit the Old Bazaar in Skopje, the largest bazaar in the Balkans outside Istanbul.

Carol High lives in San Francisco with her husband Todd. Last September Carol returned from her third trip to Macedonia, where she led a museum fundraising project and received a leadership award from the mayor of Kriva Palanka. Carol has been featured on Mace­donian television and print media.

This program is open to all, with no reservations necessary. If you have questions, contact Ken Lavin at or (925)852-8778.

Wilderness Act 50th-anniversary celebrations in full swing

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Get your very own copy of this Tom Killion poster. For details see end of this article.

Update (May 14, 2014): get your own copy of Tom Killion’s wilderness poster; Click here:

or see details at end of article.

Wilderness50, a coalition of 30 non-governmental organizations and federal agencies, is putting on dozens of wilderness-themed events across the U.S.A. this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the creation of the National Wilderness Preservation System. For a full listing see


The Bay Chapter is front and center promoting wilderness. We’ll be sponsoring hikes, backpacks, and stewardship days in nearby wilderness areas, including the beautiful Phillip Burton Wilderness in Point Reyes National Seashore. For announcements of these events, watch the Yodeler and the Chapter Calendar on page A of every Yodeler or at

In this issue’s Calendar, note:

Sun., June 1–Point Reyes (strenuous 3C)

Sat., June 21–Point Reyes summer solstice (strenuous 4C)

Sat., July 12–Central Point Reyes loop (strenuous 3C)

Wed., July 23–Lioness of the Lake (strenuous 3C).

Most of our backpacks are to wilderness areas all over California. See the Calendar in this and following issues for lots of options.

“Visions of the Wild Festival”

September 3 – 6, downtown Vallejo.

Vallejo, known for its cultural and natural diversity and vibrant arts community, is holding the largest single Bay Area event celebrating the Wilderness Act. “Visions of the Wild” will include field trips, art showings, a film series, panel discussions, and more; see

Earth Day events

The Bay Chapter has participated in Earth Day events this year in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Emeryville, Alameda, El Cerrito, Martinez, Antioch, and Mount Diablo. Chapter volunteers staffed Sierra Club tables and spoke with folks of all ages about wilderness, water conservation, clean energy, ending fracking in California, and other critical issues.

“Wilderness at the Library”

Tuesday, June 3 – Monday, July 7–Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street (at Shattuck, near Berkeley BART), Berkeley.

We’ve created an exhibit at the Berkeley Public Library, highlighting the Wilderness Act, wilderness in American literature, and how anyone can get out into nearby natural areas without using a car.


We’ve been working with government officials to issue proclamations commemorating the 50th anniversary. The Berkeley City Council adopted a resolution on March 11, and San Francisco adopted one on April 29. California Assemblymember Anthony Rendon has authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 90 to formally recognize the anniversary. The resolution has passed the Rules Committee and will soon have a hearing and go to the floor.


Sierra Club executive director Mike Brune and associate executive director Bruce Hamilton are strongly promoting the 50th anniversary in their public appearances. Mike’s keynote address at the Bay Nature annual awards dinner on March 23 focused on the evolving concept of wilderness and the relevance of wilderness to metropolitan areas like the Bay Area. Bruce’s keynote address at the Earth Day/John Muir’s Birthday event at the John Muir National Historic Site on April 26 focused on Muir as a founder of the Sierra Club and as a vigorous proponent of the principles for preserving wild lands that ultimately led to passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964.


Come to any of our coming events. Even better, volunteer to help put them on. To volunteer, contact Anne Henny at or Vicky Hoover at (415)977-5527.

Get your own copy of Tom Killion’s spectacular poster commemorating the wilderness 50th anniversary; see the reproduction above. Posters are available for $10 (tax included) at the Chapter Office, 2530 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. You can pay cash or check there, or pay on-line through the link at:

Shipping is available for an additional $7. Proceeds will go towards the conservation efforts of the Bay Chapter.

Green Fridays on hold till September

300x400_green-friday2Green Fridays will be on vacation this June, July and August, commencing again on Fri., Sep. 12.

Green Fridays is the monthly slide-show/lecture series with informative speakers that meets on the second Friday of the month, focusing on the important environmental issues of our time. All are invited. Doors open at the Sierra Club Office, 2530 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley (one block south of Dwight Way) at 7 pm for snacks and drinks. Lecture presentation is 7:30 – 9 pm. $3 suggested donation.