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The Audubon Papers


To arrest stagnating membership, Audubon launches plans for massive corporate fund raising scheme to build 1000 new facilities...support to chapters to be slashed ... activists ponder disaffiliation. Discussed are: conflicts between: board and chapters; activist and non-activist chapters; education and advocacy; is NAS to become an advocacy-adverse clone of The Nature Conservancy? Alternative ways Audubon can grow yet retain its historical role as premier advocate for the environment. These essays have circulated among Audubon Activists. (Read #8 if you are too busy to read them all.)

  1. 1/31/99 - Should NAS adopt a public lands policy of No Commercial Logging - "Zero Cut"?
    NAS should adopt a policy of Zero Cut, (no commercial logging) on public lands. It is a good policy and would attract many new activists to Audubon.

  2. 2/28/00 - 7 Questions about NAS's membership problems.
    Increasing Audubon membership requires examining the reasons why it is stagnating. Solutions proposed to date will not be effective.

  3. 4/10/00 - Is Massachusetts Audubon a good model for NAS?
    NAS wants to use Massachusetts Audubon's refuge network as a model to help it expand membership, but has drawn erroneous conclusions from the Mass. experience.

  4. 7/2/00 - Activism/Education; a false dichotomy for Chapters?
    Which is the best strategy for doing environmentalism - Education or confrontation?

  5. 7/14/00 - A New Charter for Audubon Chapters.
    Many Audubon chapters now complain about Audubon's slide into "corporate-friendly" environmentalism - this is a proposed statement of principles and values for Audubon's chapters.

  6. 7/17/00 - Is Enviro Education less divisive than activism?
    Audubon Chapters who prefer doing "education" to activism because it is less controversial, are usually doing neither.

  7. 7/24/00 - Worrisome trends in The National Audubon Society.
    Audubon Chapters worry that national Audubon has embarked on a corporate friendly path.

  8. 8/15/00 - NAS Plans & conflicts of interest.
    NAS's reorganization plan will undermine local chapter activism and create a perplexing array of conflicts of interest.

  9. 8/28/00 - Disaffiliating from NAS - some considerations.
    Some chapters have reached the point where they think it is time for chapters to abandon NAS affiliation.

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