By Don Amador, Founder
The Trail PAC
Date: November 22, 2011
Opinion on Political Events at Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society
Not since the radical departure of Dr. Patrick Moore from Greenpeace in the mid 1980s has the green lobby been rocked by two large seismic events. Last week, Carl Pope, resigned from the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society cut their staff by 31 percent.
According to the LA Times, the departure of Carl Pope, 66, chairman of the club and a member for more than 40 years, comes as the nonprofit group faces declining membership, internal dissent, well-organized opponents, a weak economy and hostile forces in Congress trying to take the teeth out of environmental regulations.
An E&E News article stated The Wilderness Society has reduced its workforce over the last year from 224 to 155. In addition, the Washington, D.C.-based group, which currently runs on a $26.7 million annual budget, cited reduced donations amid a sluggish economy as one reason for the cuts.
The Trail PAC believes the “trail-access tides” are turning in Washington D.C. and in many other places in the country. Sure there will be many tough political battles ahead in 2012. However, TPAC plans to be in that fight ensuring that pro-trail federal candidates have the support they need to win elected office.
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