Sierra Club Lands and Wildlife Victories in 2010
The Sierra Club’s investment in protecting wildlife and wild places contributed to the following victories in 2010. Thank you for helping us in these endeavors by volunteering, taking action, and following us in 2010. We look forward to a great year in 2011.
-In wake of the BP oil spill, over 1000 ‘Hands Across the Sands’ events were held worldwide, where we joined hands to oppose offshore oil drilling and promote a clean energy future.
-The Obama administration announced a ban on all new drilling for the next 7 years in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters.
-We released a report with Environment America about the economic value of keeping our oceans and coasts free from offshore oil drilling.
-19,000 miles of streams, 5 times the previous length, and 490,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs, 3 times more than previously ordered were designated Bull Trout critical habitat
-Gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone region were placed back on the Endangered Species list. We also helped block efforts to delist the wolf.
-We presented the Obama administration with a vision for how America's outdoors should be managed as they face the threats of climate change. We engaged in ‘America’s Great Outdoors’ listening sessions across the country, where hundreds of Sierra Club members and young people weighed in on the future of our wild lands and wild places.
-We brought over a hundred Sierra Club lands advocates to Washington DC in 2010 to meet with elected officials and lobby to protect our lands and wildlife and promote wilderness legislation
-We expanded our social media networks by creating a lands team Twitter account, keeping you up to date on lands and wildlife news and issues around the country. Follow us! @WildLegacy
-The Obama administration announced a full Environmental Impact Statement of the Beaufort Sea before drilling is allowed in Alaska
-The administration also set aside almost 200,000 square miles as critical habitat for the polar bear in Alaska, an action that will make it harder for oil companies to drill offshore
-We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and called on Obama to designate the Refuge as a National Monument http://www.arcticlove.org
-Over 140,000 of you signed a letter to Obama, asking him to designate the Arctic Refuge as a National Monument. We also held house parties in all 50 states to celebrate the 50th Anniversary
-Following years of grassroots pressure from Sierra Club and our colleagues in the conservation community, the Obama administration decided not to offer oil and gas leases immediately south of the biologically productive and vulnerable Teshekpuk Lake. Although lasting protections for the region are not yet in place, this decision marked a significant victory for Alaska's wildlife and one of the most ecologically important wetlands in the circumpolar arctic.
-The Obama administration outlined a plan for ending old growth logging in the Tongass National Forest, our country's largest and wildest national forest.
- Sierra Club helped defeat legislative proposals that would have opened the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling, mandated construction of more than 300 miles of border walls along our international border with Mexico, opened our national forests to incentivized biomass production, privatized more than 75,000 of the Tongass National Forest, and handed over Native American sacred lands in Southeast Arizona to a mining company.