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Club Marmots
by Stormy on March 06, 2010

When marmots go clubbing, the way they do it might be a break with tradition. We're marmots and we club!

A few weeks ago I got a letter from the Sierra Club. I don't think they realized that I was a marmot, but they knew that I was a nature lover. They asked if I wanted to be a member of the Sierra Club and offered to send me a bag and a magazine if I did. Just getting a bag and a magazine appealed to my sensibilities! I travel around a lot, so I need a good sturdy bag. And traveling is all about “waiting to get there”, so having a bimonthly magazine to flip through while I wait is a good deal, too. I agreed to join! The Sierra Club is a 1,300,000 member organization established to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth, to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources, to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. That sounds pretty responsible, doesn't it? The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 by naturalist John Muir and has been instrumental in creating and enlarging America's National Parks, including Yosemite, Glacier, Mount Rainier and many others. The Sierra Club works to protect nature while balancing conservation with people's need to access and use natural resources. Their goal is to create an environment where people can enjoy nature without adversely impacting its beauty and resources. As many of you know, I'm originally from the Rocky Mountain National Park, and it's good to see that the Sierra Club helps protect places such as this for the animals that live there and for people who wish to visit it, for generations to come. I'm proud to be a member and I encourage all of my marmot friends to join as well!

On a flat rock, Stormy and Summer check out the latest issue of Sierra. Explore, enjoy and protect the planet!
(taken by Stormy on March 06, 2010)
Beneath a venerable pine a pack of marmots hangs out in the Sierra Club backpack. We're ready to travel!
(taken by Stormy on March 06, 2010)

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