February 25th Meeting – Wed Nite

Sierra Club Monthly Meeting 2/25/15 – The Catawba – How is it Flowing

We are pleased to have Dr. Reed Perkins, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Queens University, present his study of the history and current state of the Catawba River. Dr. Reed Perkins has taught at Queens since 1998.

His courses include Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geography, Tropical Island Systems, and Introduction to Environmental Science. He also teaches in the CORE Program for the Liberal Arts and the John Belk International Program. As part of the latter, he developed the Micronesian Islands Environmental Study Program, in which Queen’s students and faculty work with scientists and government personnel of Yap and Kosrae (member states of the Federated States of Micronesia) to field monitor the islands’ ecosystems. He also worked to develop a local GIS capacity on both islands.

His other major teaching interest is the rapidly changing urban system of Charlotte. He and his students work with local elementary school students to study urban streams and impacts of watershed land use patterns.

Our Feb 25th meeting will also provide an opportunity for you to explore the future impact of population growth and drought on the Catawba River basin through an interactive computer simulation.

As usual, our meetings are held at the Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park. The address is 2435 Cumberland Ave, Charlotte, NC. Pizza is served at 6:30pm. The formal meeting begins at 7pm. We expect to finish up by 8:30pm. The meeting is free and open to all. And ample parking is available and also free.

Hope to see you there.

David Robinson, Chair Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club

Clean Air – Clean Water Film Fest Thurs Feb 19

Date: Feb 16, 2015 3:37 PM

Join the Clean Air Carolina and Catawba Riverkeeper Alliance
for a 2015 Clean Air-Clean Water Film Festival
and panel discussion. For a list of festival films and speakers,
click here
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:30pm – Doors open; 7:00pm – Program begins
Central Piedmont Community College / Central Campus
Tate Hall (2nd Floor Overcash Building)
1206 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204

The film festival is FREE and open to the public.


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Sunday 2/15 Browns Mt. Hike

Get some exercise, breathe in the fresh air, and get rejuvenated at Browns Mountain Outing on Sunday 2/15 at 10:00 A.M

This outing will be a moderate to strenuous 5 miles round-trip hike on a somewhat hilly trail.  Browns Mountain is located in Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina, about an hour from Charlotte.  It’s best visited during the winter when views from the mountain top are not obstructed by the tree canopy.  We’ll meet at the park at 10:00 AM and should be done by 1:00 PM.  Afterwards, you might want to take a walk on your own along the self-guided Battlefield Trail and also spend time in the Visitor Center to learn about this important Revolutionary War battle.  Limited to 20 hikers.

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.  You can view the waiver here: https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.

You don’t have to print out the waiver.  I will have one available for you to sign at trail head.

To sign up, please contact Thanh Huynh at thhrellc@gmail.com or 704-609-5940.

Sat, Feb 28 – Latta Plantation Nature Preserve Outing

For a great mix of history and nature, come join us for a hike at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, in Huntersville, NC, on Saturday, February 28th, 2015.   We’ll be hiking 5.5 miles of the best trails on the preserve, that will include rolling hills, great views of the lake and a variety of wildlife and fauna that will fill your senses.   We will be moving at a moderate pace but will be stopping for snacks and breaks along the way.   

We’ll meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 AM and should be done by 1:30 PM.  Limited to 20 hikers.  To sign up, contact Allison Pelphrey at pelphreygirl@gmail.com.  
After the hike, for anyone who loves horses (like I do !), you can visit the Latta Equestrian Center located only a quarter mile past the visitor center.  You can also check out the Bird of Prey Center and the Plantation house, also located on the preserve.

 Historic Latta Plantation is a circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, located within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve.   It is Mechlenburg Countie’s largest nature preserve and protects over 1345 acres of natural communities.   It forms a green peninsula extending into Mountain Island Lake, the drinking water source for over 800,000 residents in Mecklenburg & Gaston counties.    This preserve has been acknowledged by the National Audubon Society due to its diversity in wintering water fowl, breeding and migratory songbird species and protection of the bottomland hardwood forests (threatened natural community in NC).

 All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver which will be available at the trail head (no need for you to print it).  You can view the waiver here:

https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

Seven Oaks Preserve Trail Hike – Sat, Jan 31

Seven Oaks Preserve Trail, Belmont, NC – 5 miles loop (Easy to Moderate) – 9:30 am on Saturday 1/31/2015

This 2.8 mile (each way) natural surface trail meanders along the shoreline of Lake Wylie.  This trail connects to other trails at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (DSBG) that creates a five mile loop from the trail head at the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail.

The preserve protects important sensitive areas around the lake and safeguards wildlife habitat for wild turkeys, turtles and native wildflowers. Seven Oaks Preserve trail also has some magnificent swamp chestnut oak trees near the lake. Additionally, there are huge tulip poplar trees, great paw paw patches and persimmon trees. Birds you may see or hear: Osprey, kingfishers, pileated woodpeckers and bald eagles.

Let’s take a morning to enjoy fresh air and appreciate the work of many volunteers on this segment of the Carolina Thread Trail system.  We will follow the trail to the end where you will find seating awaiting.   You might want to take a few moments to enjoy and reflect on the natural beauty of the area. We then will finish the loop through Persimmon Trail via DSBG parking lot which continues to Boulevard trail and Worrell trail.  Worrell Trail will take you back to the trail head parking lot.  The hike will take 3 to 4 hours.

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Notes:

  • Limited to 15 hikers.  You don’t have to be a Sierra Club member to participate.  To sign up please contact Thanh Huynh at thhrellc@gmail.com or 704-609-5940.
  • Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here:

https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

Super Bowl Sunday Hike – Sunday Feb 1

Super Bowl Sunday Hike – Feb. 1, 2015 – Browns Mt.Get some exercise before the big game!  Our annual Super Bowl Sunday outing will be a moderate 5 mile round-trip hike to Browns Mountain on a somewhat hilly trail.  Browns Mountain is located in Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina, about an hour from Charlotte.  It’s best visited during the winter when views from the mountain top are not obstructed by the tree canopy.  We’ll meet at the park at 10:30 AM and should be done by 1:30 PM.  Afterwards, you might want to take a walk on your own along the self-guided Battlefield Trail and also spend time in the Visitor Center to learn about this important Revolutionary War battle.  Limited to 20 hikers.  To sign up, contact Steve Copulsky at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-458-6651.

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here:

https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf

New Year’s Day Hike – Jan 1, 2015

Start the New Year off with a hike at nearby Crowders Mt. State Park. We’ll hike the Kings Pinnacle Trail, about 4 miles roundtrip, with a few steep sections. Hike starts at 10 AM and we should be done by about 1 PM. If you’ve never been there, you’re missing a great local hike with a great view from the peak! The park is near Gastonia about 50 minutes from Charlotte. Limited to 20 hikers. Contact Steve Copulsky to sign up at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.
All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. You can view the waiver here:

https://nc2.sierraclub.org/sites/nc.sierraclub.org/files/SignInWaiver%20with%20photo%20release.pdf