Sierra

Sierra is a magazine specializing in Environmental topics.

Articles from Vol. 87, No. 3, May-June

A Downpour of Color: Lush Landscaping Doesn't Require Loads of Water. (Hearth & Home)
Almost half a century ago, Dwight Eisenhower noted that water was "fast becoming our most valuable, most prized, most critical resource." Today, urbanization and increased population, as well as continuing drought conditions in much of the Plains...
Build It, and They Will Ride: With Eco-Friendly Fitness, Convenience, and Value, No Wonder Bikes Have Become Part of the American Way of Life. (Special Advertising Section)
Bike camping. Bike trails. Bike lights. Tandem bikes. Folding bikes. Mountain bikes. Commuter bikes. Take a word, add "bike" to it, and something magical happens. Bicyclists show up. Thousands of them -- all ages, all income groups, from novice...
Discover the Magic of Worldwide Travel. (International)
Africa Discover Madagascar. September 21-October 5. Madagascar is remote, exotic, and richer in unique flora and fauna than almost any other country in the world. Located off the southeast coast of Africa, the island's scenery is spectacular,...
For Love of the Land: A Farmer and Conservationist Is Tired of Being on Two Losing Sides
I am a conservationist and a farmer, a wilderness advocate and an agrarian. I am in favor of the world's wildness, not only because I like it, but also because I think it is necessary to the world's life and to our own. For the same reason, I want...
Getting Back at Mother Nature. (Advertising)
In a famous General Motors ad, a man clutches a briefcase while galloping bareback on a horse across open desert. The copy promises that driving GM's vehicles "frees us from the constraints of place. We go where we want, when we want. And if we...
Growers and Greens Unite: Farmers and Environmentalists Shuck Age-Old Stereotypes to Fight Common Foes
GERALD HASLAM is author of The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland (1993) and Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California (1999), both from the University of California Press. He lives in Penngrove, California. Brian Blain is a straight...
Guardian of Grand Bois: Clarice Friloux-Homemaker, Arm Wrestler, Sludge Fighter. (Profile)
South of New Orleans, in the black-marsh country of the Louisiana delta, lies a town called Grand Bois, too small for most maps. About 250 people, mainly of Native American and Cajun descent, live in modest aluminum-sided houses along State Route...
It's Time to Get Outdoors! (Open Trips)
Space is available on the following trips, * so sign up today and join us. Visit our web site, give us a call, or use the coupon on p. 73 to get the details on these great adventures. There's an entire world out there for you to explore! TRIP...
John Muir Society: The Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation Wish to Thank the Following Individuals for Their Support in 2001
133 Anonymous Margo Adams Ronald L. & Janet C. Adams Dennis J. Aigner Helen Akers Mr. Robert H. Aland Mr. Paul Franz Albert J. Albright & M Kunstel Jean Albro Dan & Mim Allison Gail Alpert David & Holly Ambler Mrs. Betty...
Lewis & Clark's America: The Corps of Discovery Left Us a Blueprint for a Wild West
When Thomas Jefferson sent young Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery to survey the lands beyond the Mississippi, the West was terra incognita. Some believed the explorers would encounter mountains of salt, woolly mammoths,...
New Life Members: The Sierra Club Welcomed the Following New Life Members in 2001
23 Anonymous H. T. Aasheim Nancy Achilles D. Adams & S. Teachout Joe Adamsky Charles P. Ade Jennifer Adkins Mark Adler M. D. Abeam & G. Berko Alice Alexander Sally & Peter Allen Joyce L. Alyn Chase & Holly Ambler Mort &...
No Net Loss? No Comment. Interior Department Ignores the Call of Its Biologists. (Lay of the Land)
The Bush administration says it doesn't want the country to lose wetlands, but it seems adept at losing critiques of its wetlands policies. Late last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepared harsh comments on the Army Corps of Engineers'...
Righteous Road Trip: A Gal in a Hybrid and a Guy in an SUV Test-Drive Their Clean, Green Vision. (the Sierra Club Bulletin News for Members)
It seemed like a typical all-American road trip: Over 700 miles and five days in February, Sierra Club organizers Darden Rice and Joe Murphy sampled local cuisine (oyster stew, heart of palm salad), sang along with Van Halen on the radio, and played...
Ten Reasons to Oppose `Fast Track'. (Lay of the Land)
To expedite new trade agreements, President Bush wants Congress to grant him "fast track" authority--the power to negotiate trade pacts and submit them to Congress for an up or down vote. Here's why speed isn't everything: (1) Fast track would...
The Hidden Life of What's under Your Sink
Since cleanliness comes in just below godliness on the moral pyramid, it's not surprising that many of us attribute miraculous powers to the cleaning products stashed in our cabinets. Scouring pads and spray bottles have become talismans to vanquish...
The Lightweight Trend Sweeps across All Categories. (2002 Outdoor Gear Buyer's Guide)
If someone calls you a "lightweight" in the outdoor industry, take it as a compliment. Cutting pounds and ounces has become an obsession in nearly every product category in the last few years. And why not? Every gram cut is energy saved for your...
The New Patriotism: The Antidote to Cynicism Is Participation. (Ways & Means)
How do you describe politics? Some view the political process like the town square, where we talk things out with our neighbors to make our community a better place. Others view it like the stock market, where you can invest your capital to get...
Three Strikes, You're Hired: Bush Administration Lets Corporate Polluters Back on the Gravy Train. (Lay of the Land)
This January, the White House indignantly declared that it was reviewing the $70 million in contracts that Enron and its auditor, Andersen, had with the federal government. Budget director Mitchell Daniel said the companies' role in the largest...
Undaunted Botany: Even While Struggling to Survive, Lewis & Clark Took Time to Stop and Name the Flowers
Popular depictions of the Lewis and Clark expedition focus on encounters with vast herds of buffalo or battles with grizzly bears. Yet the naturalist-adventurers were more often quietly preoccupied by the continent's flora, so meticulously documenting...
Walk of Ages: From Mossy Woods to Stark Moraine in the Cascades. (Good Going)
Every journey to Washington's North Cascades crest follows a sequence. Each trail moves vertically from evergreen forests to terrain more common to the Arctic Circle; each trek ascends from a realm of abundant life to a landscape of boreal austerity....
Why Shrinking Cities Sprawl; and What Residents Can Do about It. (Lay of the Land)
For most people, the word "sprawl" conjures up images of boomtowns in the rapidly growing West and South, like Las Vegas, or Nashville, or Atlanta. But metropolitan areas with stagnant--or even declining--populations can also suffer from sprawl....