Greg Auriemma, Ocean County Sierra Chair, Missing in NH:
July 18, 2017
Greg Auriemma is missing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He is the chair of our Ocean County group and a long-time active member of the Sierra Club. Greg was last seen on June 24th and there is currently an active search underway in New Hampshire aided by his brother and the NH Fish and Game and NH Outdoors Council. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, released the following statement:
“We’re very troubled and concerned about Greg being missing for so long. The New Jersey Sierra Club is asking for anyone to join the search, especially experienced hikers in the area. If anyone has any information, please contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game or New Hampshire State Police. We have also reached out to the local Sierra Club in New Hampshire to help in the search. Greg was hiking in the Crawford Notch area of the White Mountain National Forest. He was also at the base camp in Conway, NH. He was hiking in a place he loved and had been looking forward to this trip for months.
“Greg Auriemma is a long-time Sierra Club member and volunteer. He has worked tirelessly for the club on so many issues, especially those around coastal areas. Greg helped restart the Ocean County Group close to 20 years ago. As chair of the Ocean County group, Greg has worked tirelessly on ocean issues while building the group into one of the strongest in the state. He has tackled many important issues from overdevelopment in Ocean County, to the Climate March in D.C. to protecting Barnegat Bay. Whether it’s trying to preserve land for open space, organizing beach clean-ups, or stopping a massive sprawl development, you could always find Greg at the meetings. He is a big advocate for the oceans and marine issues as well as an avid hiker. He’s also been very active in politics and enjoyed getting involved in campaigns.
“Greg is one of the strongest voices in our club on climate change, sea level rise, and rebuilding after Sandy. He was integral in upgrading the Metedeconk River to a Category 1 waterway as well as protecting Trader’s Cove in Brick. He also helped closed Oyster Creek and the gas pipeline that would attach to it. He was recognized by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” for his efforts. There is not an issue on the coast that he hasn’t been involved in. When you look at Ocean County and you see open space you can see Greg’s work with the Sierra Club. Greg has been a very trusted friend and advisor. He’s helped me on many issues and to navigate through the complexities of the Sierra Club. I considerate him a friend, ally, and confidant.]
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Greg and his family. We hope he will be found safe and soon. If anyone has any information or would like to help in the search please contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game at (603) 271-3361.”