Palos Verdes-South Bay Sierra Club

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Creatures of the Night

Jim Buentgen scans the brush with a special flashlight on evening hikes.  He often finds what others miss, hiding inplain sight:  scorpions.  The nocturnal arachnids are only two or three inches long at maturity and their brown or tan bodies blend…

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AQMD Committee Says, “Ban MHF” — Maybe

By Steve Dillow, Conservation Co-Chair In the Southern California Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Refinery Committee meeting on Sept. 22, several experts supported the view that “modified” hydrofluoric acid (MHF) is no safer than unaltered HF, and that the mitigation…

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Sep/Oct 2018

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Links of Interest

Easy does it. Recycling the wrong things hurts! “Wishful Recycling” spoils the barrel (NY Times) Edco recycling guidelines Where to recycle in Torrance Republic Services recycling guidelines

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July/August 2018

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PV Nature Preserve—Protected in Perpetuity?

by Eva Cicoria If you’ve hiked the trails of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (the Preserve), you’ve enjoyed the scent of sage, the sound of birds calling, and the expansive backdrop of blue sky and sea. You may know something…

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Angeles Chapter Awards Banquet

At the Annual Angeles Chapter Awards Banquet in May, Paul Rosenberger (standing, plaid shirt) received the Special Service Award, for continuing excellence in publicizing the activities of the Palos Verdes-South Bay (PV-SB) Regional Group.

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Assemblyman Muratsuchi Presents Environment Award to PV-SB

On May 12, 2018, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (third from left) thanked the Sierra Club’s PV-SB Group for our service with this Environmental Stewardship certificate. Also pictured (from left) Bill Lavoie, Al Sattler, Dave Wiggins. Photo:Andrew Deblock

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Tree Planting in Memory of Bob Beach

On June 2, members of the PV-SB Group planted a Coast Live Oak in San Pedro’s Friendship Park in memory of longtime Sierra Club leader Bob Beach. It is fitting that this tree was planted along the Fowler Trail, named…

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Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature

The Bladderpod and Its House Guest By Susan Deo The first time I saw a bladderpod (Peritoma arborea) and its house guest, the harlequin bug (Murgantia histrionica) I was intrigued. Honestly? You almost always find harlequin bugs on these plants?…

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Links of Interest

22 Uncrowded U.S. National Parks (The Guardian) Sea Level Rise Threatens 300,000 U.S. Homes (The Guardian) Long-Extinct Gibbon Found in Chinese Tomb (NPR)

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May/June 2018

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Remembering Bob Beach

Bob Beach, 94, a stalwart of the Sierra Club PV-SB group since the 1960s, died April 2, 2018. Bob touched many lives during his remarkable career ranging from World War II to the US entry in the space age and…

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Links of Interest

Greener California Schools California Battles Trump to Save Air, Land and Water What Does “Salmon-Safe” Mean on a Label?

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Mar/Apr 2018

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Interior Department Assault On National Monuments

By David Wiggins, Conservation Co-Chair On March 2, 2017, newly sworn Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke rode a National Park Service police horse through Washington DC to his first day of work. He was greeted at the door by…

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Jan/Feb 2018

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Link of Interest

App identifies plants and animals in your photos. New York Times Magazine

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Why Are Our Trees Dying?

By Emile Fiesler, environmental consultant Southern California has a new challenge: a new species of fungus. The fungus was unknown to science until 2013, when it was described and given the scientific name Fusarium euwallacea and common name fusarium dieback….

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Speedster Senior: Jacques at 80 (Click picture for slideshow.)

High octane octogenarian Jacques Monier is not about to slow down. Though he recently turned 80 he’s still leading the fast group on PV-SB hikes, as he has for decades. On Dec. 2 the  Group celebrated his birthday with a…

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Nov/Dec 2017

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Greening Redondo: Living Plants May Replace Obsolete Power Plant

By Rebecca James, Secretary South Bay Parkland Conservancy Many Redondo Beach residents have spent much of the 21st century successfully fighting off dense residential development proposals for the AES power plant site in favor of plans for a future park….

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What You Can Do for Refinery Safety

By Steve Dillow PV-SB Group Conservation Co-Chair “We were really, really lucky… [This explosion was] a near miss…It could have been much more catastrophic… If I were in the community I absolutely would be concerned.” – US Chemical Safety Board…

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Links of Interest

  In a warming world, keeping planes flying (New York Times) How climate change likely strengthened recent hurricanes (National Geographic)

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Sep/Oct 2017

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Climate Change Is Here Now —

In Local Preserves and Your Backyard. What You Can Do to Lessen the Damage By Dr. Constance M. Vadheim, Emeritus Professor of Biology, CSUDH At our April quarterly meeting, Dr. Vadheim spoke on how climate change is starting to affect us…

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Links of Interest

  Heaven with Blisters Nicholas Kristof

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There is a Reason They Call It “The Granite State”

by Bill Lavoie, Group Vice Chair, Membership and Outreach If you like boulders on your hiking trail, you just might love New Hampshire. I discovered this last July when I joined a weeklong backpack trip

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Recent San Pedro Hikes

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July/August 2017

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Save America’s Natural Treasures

Update: Comment on Marine Monuments by July 26. By David Wiggins, Conservation Co-Chair In 1906, under the recently enacted Antiquities Act, President Theodore Roosevelt created the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, protecting a stunning 1267-foot volcanic butte and the…

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Refineries Put South Bay at Risk

Learn What You Can Do on July 26 By Steve Dillow, Conservation Co-Chair Accidents and explosions continue to plague the Torrance Refinery. Because that refinery and the Valero facility in Wilmington use the highly toxic and volatile chemical MHF, a…

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Links of Interest

  China runs a region for a week on renewable energy. (ScienceAlert) Can off-shore wind power revive ports? (Scientific American) Kentucky coal museum turns to solar power. (CNN.com)

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Sierra Club Success in City Elections

By Dean Francois, Political Chair Good news: Sierra Club-endorsed candidates won in city elections. In Redondo Beach, Nils Nehrenheim and Todd Lowenstein got council seats and Bill Brand won as mayor. These candidates have fought to reduce the size and…

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Along the Path

A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature Mighty Things Can Come in Small Packages  By Susan Rothrock Deo I like to hike the Ocean Trails Reserve near the golf course in Rancho Palos Verdes, especially in the spring. I admire…

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Climate March, 4/29/17, Wilmington, CA

The Sierra Club joined dozens of national and local groups marching to oppose the use of fossil fuels in order to slow climate change. The Los Angeles march (one of hundreds across the country) was held in Wilmington to highlight…

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May/June 2017

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Torrance Refinery Update

By Steve Dillow, Group Special Projects Chair Much has happened concerning the Torrance Refinery and its continued use of hydrofluoric acid (HF or MHF) in the last few months. On the second anniversary of the major explosion, the Torrance Refinery…

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A Thursday Night Hike in PV

Photos by Brenda Chan (Hike leader Zoltan Stroll took the one of Brenda.)

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Put down the spade and pick up the phone:

What I learned from the Native Plant Society By Judy Herman, Foggy View Editor The national election results hit David Berman hard. “I felt shocked, depressed, paralyzed, and afraid,” the president of the South Coast Chapter of the California Native…

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