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Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat

Missoula: June 11th and Kalispell: June 12th

The public is invited to a beautiful and informative book presentation on the American Mountain Goat. During a 30-year career with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bruce Smith has worked with most large mammal species that roam the western United States. Bruce's three years studying mountain goats in Montana's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and many days afield with a camera, provided an enduring fascination and affection for the subject of Life on the Rocks.

The purpose of Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the American Mountain Goat is two-fold: to acquaint a broader public with this unique animal which few Americans have seen and fewer know much about; and to inform them of the conservation challenges that the mountain goat and a community of alpine species face. Not the least of these challenges is climate change. High latitudes and high altitudes are warming at 2-3 times the rate of the mean global temperature rise.

From his home in SW Montana, Bruce writes to promote conservation of wildlife and wildlands. For more information about Life on the Rocks, visit: Books will be available for purchase at the event.

When: Wednesday, June 11th, 7:00 PM
Where: Crystal Theater 515 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula

When: Thursday, June 12th, 7:00 PM
Where: Museum at Central School, 124 2nd Ave E, Kalispell

Free and Open to the Public

For more information contact Dave Dittloff with National Wildlife Federation at: 406-541-6732,

Sponsors: National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and Montana Wilderness Association Shining Mountains Chapter

  The Montana Sierran

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New Standards on Carbon Pollution from power plants
Take Action Today!

This is the Most Important Action You Can Take This Fall to Stop Climate Change - Please send in comments TODAY!

Go to Sierra Club’s on-line commenting site:

In January of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into the Federal Register, draft new standards for carbon-dioxide emissions for future coal and natural gas power plants in the United States. The anticipated New Source Performance Standards is a big part of president Obama’s plan to tackle climate change. The deadline for comments is May 10, 2014.

With this rule, all future coal plants would be limited to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt-hour of electricity produced. The current U.S. coal plant averages 1,768 lbs. of CO2 per megawatt-hour. The standard would make it nearly impossible to build new coal plants in the United States. Already, America’s electricity derived from coal is at 37%, down from 43% two years ago.

Natural gas power plants would be limited to 1,000 – 1,100 lbs. of CO2 per megawatt-hour depending on their size. Natural gas can already operate within the standard.

This new rule could open the door for energy companies to shift more investments to clean energy such as solar, wind and energy efficiency. Montana is rated #2 in the nation for wind energy potential.

Carbon pollution standards for new power plants would prevent future power plants from dumping unlimited carbon pollution into the air and help protect us from the health risks and other impacts of climate change.

We have an obligation to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by addressing its causes and impacts. President Obama has proposed sensible carbon pollution standards for new power plants, the first of several commonsense solutions outlined in his national climate change action plan, including eventual limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.

This year the EPA will begin to address emissions from existing power plants such as the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in SE Montana. These plants are already emitting thousands of tons of carbon dioxide into the air.

In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had the authority and was required, to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act (once found to pose a threat to human health and welfare).  We’ve seen new, stricter fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks, and now carbon pollution from power plants.

There is currently a 120-day comment period for the New Source Performance Standards for new power plants.

This is the Most Important Action You Can Take This Fall to Stop Climate Change - Please send in comments TODAY!

Go to Sierra Club’s on-line commenting site:

You may also send your comments directly to the EPA by Fax, 202-566-9744 OR

Mail, Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20460.


Comments on the proposed standard should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495.

For more information contact our Missoula field office.

Associate Organizing Representative, Our Wild America Campaign, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Bozeman, MT or Jackson, WY

Job Title: Associate Organizing Representative (Our Wild America campaign, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem)

Department: Conservation

Location: Bozeman, MT OR Jackson, WY

Reports to: Senior Regional Organizing Manager

Context: Builds grassroots power, by leading the implementation of  organizing campaigns that will increase the number of people involved, leaders trained, and engagement of people with influence to achieve Sierra Club conservation goals. Carries out organizing strategies and activities for assigned campaign or programs. Participates in the development of strategies and priorities.

The Our Wild America campaign focuses on permanently protecting specific public lands and wildlife habitat within the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem, keeping polluting fossil fuels underground to protect clean air and water, and promoting increased access to the outdoors for a broad diversity of communities.

Scope: The Associate Organizing Representative is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating large numbers of new people to take repeated action which will further Sierra Club’s targeted campaign or program goals.  Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks. Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers.

The Associate Organizing Representative coordinates a broad, volunteer-based citizen education effort on conservation issues throughout the region and collaborates in development of organizing campaign or program strategy and implementation, including developing strong grassroots networks.  Works closely with relevant Climate Recovery Campaign team leads or Program leadership to assure organizing plans carries out campaign priorities. 

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Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.


Support Your Montana Sierra Club - Order your 2014 Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar Today!

Purchase our Best Selling Sierra Club Wilderness Wall Calendar or Engagement Calendar Today! They Make Great Gifts! -

Wilderness Wall Calendar - $12.95
Wilderness Engagement Calendar - $13.95
Add $3.00 postage for first calendar and $0.50 for each additional calendar.

Send a check to the Missoula field office at P.O. Box 7201, Missoula, MT 59807 and your calendar(s) will be mailed immediately. Or contact,

OR... Purchase a calendar:

  • Bozeman: Sierra Club office, 424 E. Main, suite 202
  • Big Sky: Bugaboo Cafe in the Big Horn Center, and Conoco gas station, both on US  hwy 191.
  • Missoula: Sierra Club office, 101 E. Broadway, suite 204, and Office City 115 W. Broadway.

Proceeds from Calendar sales support the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club.

2013 Sierra Club outings

2013 Outings Schedule

Make Plans this Spring, Summer and Fall to join the Sierra Club for outdoor fun & service. — Outings start on May 11th.

Sign Up Today! Click here for more information.


The Silent Epidemic - Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health

You’re invited to a special presentation by Alan H. Lockwood, MD., on the health impacts of coal. Dr. Lockwood will be presenting The Silent Epidemic - Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health, in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula from March 18 - 21 (see schedule below). Dr. Lockwood examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning and disposal - each of which generates significant health concerns for Montanans.

The presentation will describe coal pollution’s effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems, and how these problems will only get worse. Dr Lockwood will explain coal's significant role in escalating climate change and discuss possible policy approaches to combat coal pollution.

  • Billings: March 18th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Rocky Mountain College, Losekamp Hall, 1511 Poly Drive,
  • Bozeman: March 19th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St.,
  • Helena: March 20th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Lewis & Clark Public Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch,
  • Missoula: March 21st, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Gallagher Business Building, Rm 123, University of Montana

Presentations are Free and Open to the Public ~ Refreshments provided Dr. Lockwood is the author The Silent Epidemic; Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health. He is the former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

For more information call Kim at: 406-546-7979, or visit:

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Washington Coal Export Terminal - Montana People's Hearings

Montana is being excluded from the Army Corp of Engineers Environmental Impact Statement for the Cherry Point coal export terminal -- Even though approval would mean strip-mining Powder River Basin coal in eastern MT and shipping it via rail through Montana communities. Coal headed to proposed NW ports such as Cherry Point, would be shipped to, and burned in Asia.

Please attend a People's Hearing to demonstrate that Montanans matter, voice your concerns and submit official comments to the EIS:

November 20, 7pm, Bozeman, Emerson Center
November 28, 7pm, Missoula, University of Montana, University Center Theater

Billings Hearing TBA

For more information:

  The Montana Sierran

Take Action - Safe Chemicals Act

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, would require that chemicals be evaluated for safety before they're placed in products. The Bill was recently reintroduced in the U.S. Senate. We're helping fellow supporters to convince Senators Baucus and Tester to co-sponsor this critical legislation, and we need your help. Montana plays an incredibly important role in determining the future of the Safe Chemicals Act because Senator Baucus sits on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, the committee in which the legislation has been introduced.

Womens Voices for the Earth is gathering petition signatures asking Senators Baucus and Tester to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act. The Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club proudly endorses this legislation! Please sign the petition Today!

Click Here to Comment Today.
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Climate Alert

Missoula County, Conservation Organizations File Suit To Seek A Full Environmental Review Of Mega-Load Project

Missoula County and the National Wildlife Federation - along with the Montana Environmental Information Center and the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club represented by the Western Environmental Law Center (Missoula office) and local attorneys Robert Gentry and Summer Nelson - filed a lawsuit in Montana District Court to protect Montana‘s citizens, economy and ecosystems from the potentially harmful impacts of Exxon/Mobil‘s mega-load transport project.


Sierra Club Watershed Restoration projects

In 2009, Sierra Club and Trout Unlimited volunteers worked on the Little McCormick Creek Restoration Project, northwest of Missoula, Montana.

In 2010, The Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club has partnered with Trout Unlimited to help restore several tributaries of Fish Creek, an important tributary of the middle Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana.

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Bull Trout

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposes new-and-improved critical habitat designation for bull trout.

On January 13, 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a new critical habitat designation for bull trout, a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, throughout the Northwest, including western Montana. The new draft — offering four-to-six times more protected waters than a previous proposal in 2005 —includes 21,694 miles of stream habitat and 533,426 acres of reservoirs and lakes in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.

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The Great Burn Proposed Wilderness Area

The Great Burn is a 250,000 acre expanse of wild country along the Montana/Idaho border west of Missoula, Montana in the northern Bitterroot Mountains. This primeval landscape burned heavily in the Great Fire of 1910 leaving charred snags, grassy slopes, and expanses of sub-alpine meadows. High cirques, impressive stands of mountain hemlock, and dozens of clear lakes also adorn the high country. While not as high and "craggy" as the main Bitterroot Range to the south, the area is biologically rich. Spared by the great fire are magical pockets of ancient western red cedar - some individuals over 500 years old - carpeted underfoot with mossy beds of sword and maidenhair ferns. Wind-swept peaks like Rhodes and Crater rise to nearly 8,000 ft., and an abundance of moisture nurtures the area. The Burn is a critical biological link between the massive Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness complex to the south and the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem to the north. Full protection of this interstate wildland is essential to ensure a quality wilderness experiences for future generations.

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wind turbine

Sierra Club Action Alert!

Help Pass Comprehensive Clean Energy Legislation this Spring!

Right now the Senate is debating a clean energy bill that would mean more jobs, less pollution, and greater security (Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, S. 1733). But this bill won’t work if corporate polluters refuse to pay their fair share, and instead lobby to weaken the clean air laws that reduce pollution. As Montana’s Senators Baucus and Tester help move this clean energy bill forward, they have the chance to stand up to the corporate polluters that are seeking bailouts and loopholes.

Click here for more Information & talking points.

Urge Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester to support important climate and energy legislation!

Holcim Trident Cement Kiln
Holcim Trident Cement Kiln
on the Missouri River

Holcim's Plan to Burn Tires

on the banks of the Missouri River

Tire Burning in Three Forks?

The Headwaters Group is working to stop Holcim, Inc.'s plans to burn tires at their Trident cement kiln north of Three Forks near Headwaters State Park.

May 25, 2007 Update

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has announced that it expects to release the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in June 2007. A record of decision on Holcim’s air quality permit will be published approximately 15 days later. We do not anticipate that there will be another opportunity for public comment. If the outcome is not satisfactory, the next step will be to appeal the decision to the Board of Environmental Review. We will only have 15 days after the record of decision to appeal so stay tuned...

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