Conservation Committees

The Angeles Chapter CONSERVATION COMMITTEE coordinates action on conservation issues for the Angeles Chapter.  It recommends positions on pending conservation issues to the Chapter Executive Committee (ExComm) and provides a forum for members to discuss conservation issues.
Meetings: 3rd Wed monthly, 7:15 pm, Chapter HQ. Contact Chair by the end of previous month for place on agenda.
Email Forum: The Angeles Chapter has established this discussion list for Sierra Club activists working on conservation issues in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. To subscribe, email In the body of the message (not header) write: subscribe angeles-conservation

Chairs - Darrell Clarke:


Staff Support:

Angélica González, Conservation Program Manager (

George Watland, Chapter Sr. Director (



Provides a forum to discuss Orange County conservation topics. Supervises 11 ongoing Conservation Projects.
Meetings: Meets quarterly. Contact chair for details.
Ray Hiemstra, Chair


Provides computer-based mapping and spatial-analysis services for Chapter conservation and outings entities.  Services include producing green maps and vision maps showing conservation goals for an area, land-use maps showing the current state of a locale, or maps illustrating conservation issues such as wildlife habitat, hydrology, pollution, transportation, etc. The committee makes use of ESRI ArcGIS software it acquired in a grant from the manufacturer.
Meetings: 7:30 pm 2nd Tue of Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct at the Chapter office.
Lore Pekrul, Chair

Chapter-Wide Conservation Issue Subcommittees



To reduce global warming and improve health, we educate the community and public leaders and advocate for lower greeenhouse gas emissions, clean energy technology, stringent regulation of polluters, improved air quality, and environmental justice.
Meetings:  Monthly on Second Sunday, 3-5pm, REI Tustin at I-5/Jamboree
Suvan Geer, Co-Ch
Steve Wicke, Co-Ch


The purpose of the Forest Committee is to preserve and restore our forests and to expand the wilderness areas that protect them. Key issues range from improving the management of our local National Forests, the Angeles and the Cleveland, as well as in the Sierra Nevada, particularly the Giant Sequoia National Monument, and supporting Roadless Area designations nationally. We conduct outreach to the public through programs and speakers, and to participants in Sierra Club outings in sensitive forest areas.
Meetings: 4th Wed, odd months except Nov, 7:30pm at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena.
Southern CA Forest Campaign Website: Facebook Page
Don Bremner, Co-Chair
John Monsen, Co-Chair
Bob Cates, San Gabriels Trail Crew Coordinator
San Gabriels Trail Crew: Kate Allen, Steve Anderson, Tina Bowman, Don Bremner,
Winnette   Butler,   Allison   Allport  &   Erik  Counseller,  Jim   Crook,   Jim   Fleming,
Dana & John Hunter, Bill Jackson, Cathy  Kissinger, Nathan  Krumm, Mei  Kwan, Sharon  Moore,
Victoria Overbey, Ron  Schrantz, Kent  Schwitkis, Bob Thompson, John  Yard


This task force is organized to ensure safe operations of the San Onofre nuclear power plant and to make sure its federal license to continue operating isn’t renewed. .
Meetings: Monthly. Contact Chair for time and location
Marni Magda, Chair (


This task force is organizing to educate and activate the public to help save the remaining critical open space in the Puente-Chino Hills, a world-class natural resource of oak and walnut woodlands.
Meetings: Quarterly. Contact Chair for time and location
Eric  Johnson, Chair (
Fred Reed, Outings Coordinator (
Margee Hills, Treasurer (


Promotes solutions to oil dependence in Los Angeles and Orange Counties— supporting the Sierra Club's national campaign—especially expanding public transit; planning for livable, walkable, bikeable communities; and electrifying transportation.
Meetings: 7 pm 1st Thu of each month in the Chapter Office
Darrell Clarke, Chair (
Michael Clark, Vice-Chair (


Addresses water issues that impact the Los Angeles and Orange Counties with focus on water supply, conservation, and beneficial uses for conserved water. Includes an education component to provide presentations and materials to residents about conservation, water supply and water quality issues.
Meetings:  4th Thursday, 7:00 pm, every month
Charming Evelyn, Chair (


Los Angeles County Conservation Campaigns, Task Forces


Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month in Venice. Contact Ch.
Marcia Hanscom, Chair (
Cassandra Murillo, Vice Chair Outreach (
David Warren, Vice Chair Research (


The San Gabriel Valley Task Force is composed of representatives from the Pasadena, Rio Hondo, and Long Beach Groups and any other interested Sierra Club members.

The San Gabriel Valley Task Force works to address regional conservation issues in the San Gabriel Valley, including open space and habitat preservation, water supply and quality, toxic waste disposal, local landfills, air quality, transportation, and the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River watersheds.

To be involved:
Contact: Joan Licari at 626-330-4220 or   

Meetings: As needed. Contact Joan Licari (above) for time and location.



An activist committee encouraging protection of the Santa Monica Mountains while promoting the understanding and awareness of their natural values. The goals encompass maintaining open space and acquiring additional parkland.  To achieve these goals, members participate in monthly meetings which recommend the Sierra Club policy on the Santa Monica Mountains, lead outings to acquaint leaders and the public with the Santa Monica Mountains and build, maintain trails under the direction of the Trails Ch (see Sat Oct-Jun).
Meetings: 2nd Mon monthly (except August), 7:30 pm, alternating between the S and N side of the Santa Monica Mountains. See Schedule for meetings location (address & phones in back of Schedule). Agenda and conservation information are outlined in the monthly newsletter.
Newsletter: The SMMTF Newsletter details current conservation issues, problems, and projects which affect the integrity of the mountains.
Eric Edmunds, Chair (
Bill Vanderberg, Vice Chair (
Mary Ann Webster, Conservation Chair (
Rachel Glegg, Trails Coordinator (
Ron Webster, Trails Master (
Bill Crane, Backpacking Chair (
Joan Weaver, Newsletter Editor (


Dedicated to preserving and restoring the last remaining open space in Montebello, currently being used for oil production.
Motto: Save Our Montebello Hills

Meetings: First Thursday of each month 7:30 pm in the back room of Carrow's Restaurant, 1021 San Gabriel Blvd, Rosemead.

Linda Strong, Co-Chair (
Michael Popoff, Co-Chair (

Orange County Conservation Campaigns, Task Forces


The purpose of this task force is the preservation as open space of the property formerly known as "Banning Ranch"
Meetings: Task force meets on the 3rd Wed each month, 7:15 pm. Contact Terry Welsh for location.
Michelle Gastil, Chair (, (858) 344-4509)


Protect and preserve all unprotected acreage and waterways in and around Hobo and Aliso Canyons as well as Hobo Aliso Ridge in South Laguna. These lands are connected to two wilderness parks: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park (6600 acres) and the Aliso Wood Canyons Wilderness Park (4200 acres). Much of this acreage has been and is currently being eyed for development of estates, timeshares, a golf resort and golf resort amenities. Task Force efforts include restoration of a significant portion of acreage under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission as well as upholding and supporting the jurisdiction of the Coastal Commission on lands deemed areas of deferred certification. In addition, the Task Force is involved in restoration efforts for Aliso Creek, a 303(d) pollutant impaired body of water that flows through Aliso Canyon and into the receiving waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Meetings: Notices via email to all interested parties. Contact Chair
Penny Elia , Chair
Dan Elia, Vice Chair
Sharon Larimer, Sec.
Jeanie Bernstein, Betsy Bredau, Terry Sehi

Inter-Chapter Conservation Committees


Works for the protection, preservation, and conservation of the CA, NV desert; supports the same objectives in all desert areas of the Southwest; monitors and works with governments and agencies to promote preservation of our arid lands; sponsors educational and work trips; encourages and supports others to work for the same objectives; maintains, shares and publishes information about the desert.
Terry Frewin, Chair (
Joan Taylor, Vice Chair
Kate Allen, Outings Chair (
David Underwood, Web
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