General Meeting - Movie Night: Promised Land

November General Meeting night has been reinstated! Join us on Nov. 19, 2014 at 7:00PM for another movie night. Click on "Read more..." below.

General Meeting - Movie Night: Bidder 70

Join us on Wed. Oct. 15th, 2014,  for Bidder 70, an award-winning documentary that centers on the ingenuous and effective act of civil disobedience by a Univeristy of Utah economics student, Tim DeChristopher.  Follow Tim, bidder #70, as he commits a bold act to demand government and industry accountability in the name of climate justice. Click on "Read more,"below.

General Meeting: High Sierra Wilderness, A Tale of Two Winters

Get ready for the upcoming winter ski season with this slide presentation by Dan Saunders at our General Meeting on Dec. 17, 2014 at 7:00PM. Same place as always - UC Center, 550 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno.  Across from Fashion Fair between Fresno and First.  Read more by clicking on "Read more" below. 

In Celebration of Wilderness: Roderick Nash

Join us on April 10th, 2014, for this celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (1964) with Roderick Nash, America's foremost wilderness historian and author of Wilderness and the American Mind.  For more details, click on Read more.

Backcountry Ski To View "dry" Shaver Lake on Jan 28, 2012

Six hardy and aging souls ventured out finally after the first real snow of the season.

Oh No! Not PG&E Again!

The middle sized blue oak at left is at least 30 feet from PG&E’s Helms-Gregg 230 kilovolt transmission line on the left. Yet PG&E officials say this tree and thousands of others must now be removed to guarantee system reliability. The line has been here for 26 years and the trees have not caused a problem during that time. So why do the trees need to be removed now?


Welcome to the Tehipite Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club Board of Directors has identified our boundaries as:

The territorial boundaries of this chapter shall be as specified from time to time by the Board of Directors, with due consideration of the wishes of members of the Sierra Club residing within the proposed boundaries, and shall consist of all of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, and Merced Counties, and all of Yosemite National Park including that portion of Tuolumne County therein, and all of Tulare County north of the fourth standard parallel (Avenues 384 and Elkhorn) including Kings Canyon National Park but excluding Sequoia National Park.

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CNRCC RESOLUTION for Oct 17/18 2009 meeting:

Submitted on behalf of the Tehipite Chapter; Questions/comments: Richard E. Kangas; 559-896-5337;

The California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club favors ecologically appropriate restoration, rehabilitation, or reclamation projects that can help to heal severely degraded Sierra Nevada meadows.  Meadow restoration projects should consistently provide:

Editors note: In this article Rich mentions Alan Carlton, chair of the California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee (CNRCC) organizing a listing of Sierra Club forest policy. The policy was actually retrieved from the National Sierra Club website and re-posed to the CNRCC mailing list.  You can review the "Forest Management in the United States" policy at Additional Sierra Club policies are available at

Tehipite Chapter boundaries surround the Sierra National Forest, the Hume Lake Ranger District portion of the Sequoia National Forest and the northern part of the Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM). It is an enormous job for environmental activists to watch over that much land. But a handful of Tehipite Chapter activists are currently engaged, as is the national Sierra Club’s Resilient Habitats Campaign. With U. S. Forest Service planning changes afoot, we will need more activists, Sierra Club staff members, and more funds to commit. Tehipite Chapter is already contracting with an attorney to provide expertise on GSNM matters.

Crowds on the Halfdome cablesEvery indication is that this National Park Service (NPS) plan will generate plenty of public interest and controversy.  Congressmen are already calling upon the NPS to open the Half Dome cables to everyone by installing additional cables.  Major interest groups are calling for the area to be removed from the designated Yosemite Wilderness, apparently with the misguided notion that crowding would then not be a problem.

Richard E. Kangas
Tehipite Chapter, Sierra Club

January 27, 2012

Responsible Official
Scott Armentrout
Sierra National Forest Supervisor
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611

RE:  Greys Mountain Ecological Restoration Project-- Draft Environmental Impact Statement Comments

Dear Mr. Armentrout:

Thank you for inviting the Tehipite Chapter, Sierra Club to write comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Greys Mountain Ecological Restoration Project (GMERP or Project).  There is only one Sierra Club, so these comments give standing to any entity of the Sierra Club.  As such Tehipite Chapter submits these comments separate from and in addition to any other Sierra Club comments.


Waiting for the start of the Planning Commission meeting on Jesse Morrwo Mine.Thank you to all who attended the Planning Commission hearing on Jesse Morrow Mountain. Sierra Club members were there in abundance with many of us speaking.

The start of the meeting was discouraging. The lack of planning, from the Planning Commission, in providing an adequate venue for this hearing resulted in over a hundred people ending up in the hallway. I am sure many were discouraged and left. Those in the hallway were not able to view the presentations or easily hear--they did eventually turn on speakers in the hallway. How were these individuals supposed to make fully informed comments to the Planning Commission?

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Tehipite Topics (Chapter Newsletter)

July, 2014 - September, 2014

Volume 60, Number 3

  • Sierra Club Lawsuits Challenge County EIRs
  • Tehipite Chapter Meetings and Information
  • Merced Group Meetings and Information
  • Photos from the 2014 National Wilderness Conference
  • Impressions of a National Forest Planning Meeting
  • Down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon Wilderness
  • Fracking Bans Election Update