Coming Full Circle

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Bill Arthur, left, and Joseph Bogaard, executive director of the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, at a “Free the Snake Flotilla” event. All images courtesy of Bill Arthur.

This article was published on the Sierra Club’s national website on March 13, 2019 and can be found here.

When Bill Arthur left for college in 1972, a family friend from rural Montana, where Arthur was born, urged him to steer clear of three things: Godless commie professors, marijuana, and the Sierra Club. “I had never heard of the last one, so was immediately intrigued,” says Arthur of his first flicker of interest in the organization. It soon became a fruitful relationship, continuing to this day.

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In It for the Long Haul

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Evans, fourth from the right in middle row, on a 1970 hiking trip to the Mono Recesses, California. All photos courtesy of Becky Evans.

This article was published on the Sierra Club’s national website on February 21, 2019 and can be found here.

What were you doing in 1969? That’s when Becky Evans joined the Sierra Club and began volunteering. If arithmetic isn’t your thing, let us help you out; that’s 50 years and counting.

Evans’s volunteerism also extends to multiple positions associated with City of San Francisco official entities. “Find a need and fill it,” she advises—and has she ever!

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Steeped in Nature

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Lowe on the Cod submarine, Lake Erie, Ohio. All images courtesy of Julie Lowe.

This article was published on the Sierra Club’s national website on February 12, 2019 and can be found here.

Julie Lowe’s life lessons in environmental stewardship began early.

Some of her fondest early memories are of accompanying her maternal grandfather, Ray, on his rounds at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana, where he was the property manager. “It was when I was about four through seven years old, and I remember riding around with him in his green Department of Natural Resources truck,” she says. “I felt I was like him; it was my park and I was taking care of it. He was my idol.” Together they also explored trails and caves, and foraged for morels and persimmons.

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