6/14/18-Nat’l Audubon Executes Great Salt Lake Death Warrant

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This section contains documents generated by our Great Salt Lake Working Group during the Spring of 2018 --

(1) A 3/31/2018 notice to all of our 150 members soliciting their participation in the revival of our Great Salt Lake Working Group.

(2) A 4/7/2018 e-mail to the Executive Director of the National Audubon Society’s Saline Lakes Program after she refused to meet with us but invited us to “please feel free to reach out to me with your questions.” As invited, our 4/7/2018 e-mail contained our questions. However, the Executive Director refused to answer any of them.

(3) A 4/24/2018 letter to National Audubon Society CEO David Yarnold (with a copy to the CEO General Counsel) describing all of the efforts of our Great Salt Lake Working Group 2016-2017 enclosing copies of the salient documents that were generated between 10/31/2016 and 4/5/2017. [The letter did NOT mention the behavior of the Executive Director of the Saline Lakes Program.] The stated purpose of the letter, since we had been the only organization to advocate litigation to save Great Salt Lake and the National Audubon Society had announced during the summer of 2017 that it would engage in such litigation though none had been instituted in the ensuing year, was “whether your organization would be willing to permit any donors we might solicit to make contributions directly into a special fund or restricted account that would only be used to finance the litigation.” The 4/24/2018 letter invited CEO David Yarnold and his General Counsel to breakfast or lunch at the Harvard Club of NYC on either Thursday May 10 or Friday May 11 to discuss this matter. Nothing has been heard from either CEO David Yarnold or his General Counsel.

(4) A 6/14/2018 letter to each of the Members of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society apprising them that CEO David Yarnold and his General Counsel refused to permit “ear marked” contributions and, as a result, John Karls was forced on Friday afternoon May 11 and Saturday morning May 12 to steer two friends, each of whom was ready to write an 8-figure check to charity, to other causes.
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6/14/18-Nat’l Audubon Executes Great Salt Lake Death Warrant

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Earlier this morning (June 14), an identical 4-page letter was sent to each of 11 members of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society for whom a physical address could be ascertained. Here is a sample of that letter --
RL-e614-DirectorLetter-NationalAudubonSociety.pdf
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Each of those 11 letters contained an enclosure comprising a copy of our 5-page 4/24/2018 letter to National Audubon Society CEO David Yarnold and its 7 enclosures comprising an additional 25 pages. Here is a copy of that letter and its enclosures --
Those letters were sent certified mail to --

Peter Alpert, Esq.
Ropes & Gray, LLP
Prudential Tower
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199-3600
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8741

Mr. Coleman P. Burke
c/o Susan and Coleman P. Burke Foundation Inc.
224 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10001-1005
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8772

Michael Connor, Esq. (NB: also sent to his Denver CO office)
WilmerHale, LLP
1875 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC 20006
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8789

Michael Connor, Esq. (NB: also sent to his Washington DC office)
WilmerHale, LLP
1225 17th Street – Suite 2600
Denver, CO 80202
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8796

Mr. George S. Golumbeski
Senior Vice President
Celgene Corporation
86 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8758

Mr. Jeffrey Goodby
Co-Chairman and Partner
Goodby Silverstein & Partners
720 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8802

The Honorable James C. Greenwood
President & CEO
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
1201 Maryland Avenue, SW – Suite 900
Washington DC 20024
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8819

Professor J. Drew Lanham
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Forest and Environmental Conservation Department
Clemson University - College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
115 Lehotsky Hall - Jersey Lane
Clemson, SC 29631
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8826

Ms. Stephanie Little
c/o Morro Coast Audubon Society
PO Box 1507
Morro Bay, CA 93443
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8833

Ms. Susan Packard Orr, Chairman
Arreva, LLC
610 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8840

Mr. Ajay Shah
Founding Managing Partner
Silver Lake Global Team
2775 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8765

Stephen Tan, Esq.
Cascadia Law Group
1201 Third Avenue – Suite 320
Seattle, WA 98101
USPS Tracking No. 7018 0680 0001 0300 8857


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In addition, as noted in the PS to the letter sent to the foregoing 11 Directors, the following e-mail was sent earlier this morning (June 14) via LinkedIn to 9 Members of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society for whom physical addresses could not be ascertained but who were listed with LinkedIn --

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Subject = National Audubon Board of Directors


Harvard Club – Box 126
27 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
john@johnkarls.com – please send any reply by e-mail since my itinerary until December is fluid
June 14, 2018


Mr. Karim Al-Khafaji
Member - Board of Directors
National Audubon Society

Re: Whether the National Audubon Society Is Executing Great Salt Lake’s Death Warrant

[Comments of the Working Group of a Salt Lake City 12-Year-Old 150-Member Public-Policy Study Group]

Dear Mr. Al-Khafaji:

Our group is attempting to contact you with regard to the referenced subject.

Unfortunately, you do not seem to have a physical address that can be ascertained and LinkedIn severely limits e-mails to non-contacts.

Accordingly, a sample letter to 11 of your colleagues is available for download in Adobe.pdf format by scrolling down to the sixth section of http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org labelled “6/14/2018: National Audubon Executing Great Salt Lake Death Warrant?”

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

John Karls
JD, Harvard Law School, 1967
Who’s Who in American Law, 1988-2003
Who’s Who in America, 1988-2003
Who’s Who in the World, 1994-2003
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The foregoing e-mail was sent via LinkedIn to the following 9 Members of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society --

Mr. Karim Al-Khafaji
https://www.linkedin.com/in/karimalkhafaji

Ms. Susan Bell
https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-bell-61549686

Ms. Michele Crist
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michele-crist-4a9bb357

Mr. David B. Ford
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-ford-9a6a45b

Ms. Sara Fuentes
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-fuentes-56b9367

Mr. David B. Hartwell
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-hartwell-5b6a0a6

Mr. Richard H. Lawrence, Jr. (please see note below)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-h-l ... r-74480013

Ambassador Hector E. Morales, Jr.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hector-e-mo ... r-3305b85b

Ms. Heather Singh
https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-singh-b71932106

[Reading Liberally Editorial Note: Richard Lawrence’s LinkedIn listing BLOCKED sending e-mails to him.]


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In addition, the PS to our 6/14/2018 letter to the 11 Members of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society said that there were 13 Members of the Board of Directors for whom physical addresses could not be ascertained and who were not listed with LinkedIn. The PS requested each of the 11 recipients of the 6/14/2018 letter to provide a “Heads Up” to each of their 13 colleagues listed below that s/he could obtain a copy of the 6/14/2018 letter with enclosures from this section of http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org --

Ms. Maggie Walker
Mr. Joseph Ellis
Ms. Terry L. Root
Mr. Phil Swan
Ms. Jane Alexander
Mr. Christian T. Brown
Mr. William Heck
Ms. Sarah Jeffords
Ms. R. Cynthia Pruett
Mr. Jack Stewart
Dr. Kathy Sullivan
Ms. Lili Taylor
Mr. Art Wang

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The National Audubon Staff Re-Affirms Its Position

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From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
To: ReadingLiberallyEmailList@johnkarls.com
Bcc: The members of our Great Salt Lake Working Group
Subject: The National Audubon Staff Re-Affirms Its Position
Date: Fri, June 15, 2015 10:41 pm MDT
Attachment: RL-e615-LetterFromNationalAudubonGeneralCounsel.pdf
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Dear Friends,

The attached letter was received earlier this evening by e-mail from the National Audubon General Counsel in reaction to our 6/13/2018 communications to the members of the National Audubon Board of Directors.
RL-e615-LetterFromNationalAudubonGeneralCounsel.pdf
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She and National Audubon CEO David Yarnold appear to be taking the position that their Board of Directors has no say on the issue of whether Great Salt Lake is destroyed by using its water to grow subsidized hay for export to China.

Based on her and CEO Yarnold’s behavior in ignoring our 4/24/2018 letter imploring them “to permit any donors we might solicit to contribute directly into a special fund or restricted account with your organization to be used only to finance the litigation” which National Audubon’s glossy fund-raising brochure had promised in order to save Great Salt Lake, this evening’s letter is not surprising. After all, she and CEO Yarnold could hardly claim that each did not receive her/his copy of the letter by FedEx on 4/25/2018.

Now that their behavior has prevented the National Audubon Society from receiving two 8-figure donations to finance the litigation as described in our 6/13/2018 letter to the National Audubon Directors, the denouement described in our letter has been reached -- the National Audubon Board of Directors will have to decide whether to reverse the staff decision and use National Audubon’s own resources to save Great Salt Lake with litigation.

And if the Board fails to take such action, each individual director will be faced with the moral decision of whether to resign.

So yes, we anticipated that the National Audubon staff would re-affirm the position implied by its inaction and silence.

And yes, as we anticipated, “the events of the final chapter of [this] book to be written have yet to occur.”

Your friend,

John K.

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Best Wishes For Your Sabbatical

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Subject: Best Wishes For Your Sabbatical
From: Calvin Burgart
Date: Sat, June 16, 2018 9:31 am MDT
To: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
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Glad to hear that you are focusing on something that you have had a great interest in.
Calvin

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Subject: Re: Best Wishes For Your Sabbatical
From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
Date: Sat, June 16, 2018 11:44 am MDT
To: Calvin Burgart
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Dear Cal,

Thank you for your Good Wishes.

And yes, just like 14 years of my life were devoted to the matters described in "Inner-City Holocaust and America's Apartheid 'Justice' System (In Honor of Jonathan Kozol and in Memory of John Howard Griffen"), a significant portion of the last 2 years of my life were devoted to matters to be described in "The National Audubon Society Executes Great Salt Lake's Death Warrant."

Indeed, the other members of our Great Salt Lake Working Group thought that the National Audubon General Counsel had a lot of Chutzpah in saying that we should just forget about all the work we put into trying to save Great Salt Lake the last two years, only to see the National Audubon Society seize on our work as nothing but a fund-raising opportunity with no intention of doing what their fund-raising brochure promised -- saving Great Salt Lake with litigation.

I hope all is well with you since the end of ski season.

BTW, as our resident expert on all matters nuclear (via, inter alia, your PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the U/Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Nuclear Research Laboratory), I hope you will be proposing at least one "ad hoc topic" during my sabbatical on a nuclear public-policy matter.

Your friend,

John K.

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