Canyon Echoes - Happy New Year!

By Newsroom America Feeds at 4 Jan 2018

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this issue:

- Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year - Get Involved: MLK Day of Service - Join the Fight for Wild Cats - Check Out a Local Gathering - Please Support Our Work! -----------------------------------------------------

Challenges and Opportunities in the New Year

This year promises to be filled with challenges and opportunities. A key priority for Sierra Club will and must be to prevent environmental backsliding at both the federal and state level and to keep the state from further limiting the actions of local government relative to environmental protection.

Arizona is very lucky to have a multitude of public lands that provide important wildlife habitat, protect our watersheds, and give us ample opportunities for recreation, including hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and more. They are key to our $20 billion tourism economy as well. We will be working overtime in 2018 to stop efforts to privatize or weaken protections for these lands, including preventing actions to remove national monument protections, efforts to rescind a ban on uranium mining on lands surrounding Grand Canyon, and other actions to remove or weaken special designations and protective management.

Water is also a top priority this year and every year. We want to ensure that environmental flows are protected in our rivers and streams and prevent further weakening of the limited laws that keep water flowing and limit groundwater pumping. We also want to ensure that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality does not weaken water quality standards for surface water and that there continues to be strong protections for Outstanding Arizona Waters such as Fossil Creek, Davidson Canyon, and more.

Arizona must be a part of the timely transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy and energy efficiency in order to address climate change and put our state and our country on track. In fact, Arizona should be a leader. In 2018, there will be opportunities to promote clean energy as part of the utility resource plans at the Arizona Corporation Commission, in legislation, and possibly via a ballot measure. We will be working hard throughout the year to put the clean energy train back on track in our state.

There is a lot more, but for now, please start the New Year off with taking action and also consider the service opportunity to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you!

Tell Arizona utilities and the Arizona Corporation that we want a clean energy future! Join our campaign:

For more information please contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

We will be helping the City of Phoenix with a service project along the Rio Salado Restoration Area to celebrate service, a key aspect of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will be meeting at the Rio Salado Restoration Area parking lot at the Central Avenue Northeast Gateway of the Rio Salado, on the north side of the river at 2439 S. Central Avenue. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to St. Mary's food bank.

Bring a reusable water bottle with you and remember to drink plenty of water before and while you are working (Sierra Club will provide drinking water to refill your water bottle). You should wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals), long pants, and a hat. Please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them.

Monday, January 15 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Rio Salado Habitat Area 2439 South Central Avenue

RSVP here:

For more information, contact Alicia Hamilton at 602-254-9330 or or Sandy Bahr at 602-999-5790 or


Take Action: Protect Arizona's Wild Cats

As you may have heard, Arizonans for Wildlife launched a statewide campaign to ban the trophy hunting of Arizona's wild cats back in September. Sierra Club along withe more than 50 other organizations is supporting that effort. We need to collect and submit 230,000 signatures by July in order to qualify for the November 2018 election.

This is where YOU can help us make history in our state to ensure that populations of mountain lions, bobcats, and other wild cat species are sustained or in the case of jaguars and ocelots, recovered.

Stand with Sierra Club and more than 50 other organizations to date to protect Arizona's wild cats.

Here's how you can help: Collect signatures Make phone calls Knock on doors to spread the word Host a fundraiser Write a leader to the editor Sign up here: Find more resources here:

For more information and to get your petitions, you can also contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or


Check Out a Local Gathering Phoenix Monthly Program Thursday, January 18, 6:30 p.m. The Palo Verde Group offers monthly programs on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. Location ASU Downtown - University Center (UCENT), 411 North Central Avenue, Phoenix. Monthly programs are no-cost and open to the public. Visit or call 480-990-9165 for more information.

Environmental Day at the Capitol Wednesday, February 7, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Save our Environment: Act Now! We will be meeting with legislators in teams to discuss important environmental issues, bills, and more. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. It is a fun, interesting, and meaningful day! For more information and to RSVP, contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or Tucson Conservation Committee Meeting Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m. Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss conservation opportunities in southern Arizona. For more information, contact Keith Bagwell at (520) 623-0269 or Located at Historic YWCA, 738 N. 5th Ave., Tucson. Map: Flagstaff Conservation Committee Meeting Thursday, January 11, 5:30 p.m. Discussion topics include; signing up for actions and events for this winter/spring, outings leaders training, speaker/film list,etc. Please join us for pizza and plan a successful year of activities. 5:30 p.m: gather,gab and snack before meeting 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Joe Shannon at (928) 380-9537 or North Phoenix Saturday, January 6, 8 a.m. Join us for breakfast at Grotto Cafe, 6501 Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek Map: Dianne Dietrich Leis, professional landscape and nature photographer, will be speaking at the meeting on simple ways to improve your landscape photography. She will be accompanying us on the hike after to answer questions and offer suggestions, so please bring your camera! Hike Marcus Landslide Trail, Tom Thumb Trailhead (D) three miles easy, McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For information contact Sally Howland at (602) 663-2889 or Sedona-Verde Valley For information about activities in the Sedona/Verde Valley area, please contact Brian Myers at (928) 204-1703 or Prescott Executive Committee meeting Wednesday, February 7, 6 p.m. Members are welcome and urged to attend and participate in these monthly meetings. For information, please contact Gary Beverly at (928) 308-1003 or


Please Support Our Work!

Our work depends on the support of people like you. Please consider making a donation to further our efforts to protect Arizona's wild lands, wildlife, people, and places. Thank you so much!

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