NC Sierra Club Footnotes Online – September 2014

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The Wilderness Act of 1964 not only defined the term ‘wilderness,’ but it protected over 9 million acres of land. The act became law 50 years ago this month. Over 100 million more acres of wilderness have been protected in the last 50 years. That’s certainly cause for celebration, and that’s exactly what we’re planning to do.

The NC Sierra Club’s Wilderness Celebration will be held on September 26 & 27 at Morrow Mountain State Park and will be our largest event of the year! If you haven’t signed up for the celebration yet and want to learn more, click here to read about the free programs and outings! We hope you can join us for a chance to celebrate wilderness and the outdoors in North Carolina.

However, this edition of Footnotes isn’t solely about wilderness.  There are a few time sensitive issues where we urge you to take action! See the links below for ways you can speak up to protect the red wolf and call for stronger fracking rules!

Thanks for all that you do,

Your staff at the NC Sierra Club

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Red wolves were extinct in the wild until a program started in the late 1980’s to re-introduce them to a small portion of North Carolina.  The program is being reviewed and may be ended!

Click here to send in your comments urging the Fish & Wildlife Service to protect the program and save the red wolf!Less than two weeks remain in the public comment period for the proposed fracking rules for North Carolina.
Click here to make sure your voice is heard on making sure our communities and waterways are protected!North Carolinians are traveling to New York City this weekend to take part in the largest climate march in history!

Click here to learn more about the march and to see if there’s a spot for you on a bus leaving from NC!


2014 Legislative Review


Rarely does an environmental issue rise to the top of the legislative agenda, but this year our elected officials were compelled to respond to the February Dan River coal ash spill, the third largest in the nation.

Click here to read our full Legislative Review that covers coal ash, fracking, public transit, and more!

Citizens Climate Hearing in Charlotte is a Success

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The Central Piedmont Group partnered with the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte to host a Citizens Climate Hearing earlier this month.

Stakeholders, public health advocates, faith leaders and concerned citizens provided their testimony on the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. All testimony was recorded by a certified stenographer and is being submitted to the EPA as official comments on the plan.

Read more about the public hearing and see the media coverage of the event on the Central Piedmont Group’s website.

Wilderness Spotlight: Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Wilderness

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This month’s featured wilderness area is written by Brent Martin. Brent is the Southern Appalachian Regional Director for the Wilderness Society and will be the keynote speaker for the Wilderness Celebration on September 27.

Click here to read the short article on the Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Wilderness written by Brent Martin that was originally featured in The Laurel magazine.

Meet Jacquie Ayala


Please help us in welcoming the newest member of our team, Jacquie Ayala!  Jacquie began work this month as an associate field organizer, based in Raleigh.

Jacquie may be new to the NC Sierra Club, but she is certainly not new to organizing.  She was first inspired to organize after participating in the Greenpeace Change It! Program in 2008, where she learned about how the environmental movement and other social justice movements created real, concrete change in the world through community organizing. After the program, Jacquie went on to work with Repower America on comprehensive climate change legislation.

Jacquie will be working with the NC Chapter’s local groups to bring clean energy to North Carolina, protect the state from dirty and dangerous fossil fuels, and defend our resources to make sure we have clean air and water in the state.

Feel free to send Jacquie a welcome note at

Wilderness Celebration Festivities

The wilderness celebration at Morrow Mountain State Park is sure to draw a big crowd for its Saturday evening program.  If you plan on coming, but haven’t placed your dinner order yet, this is your last chance!

However, the dinner isn’t the only event and the outings are filling up, too! Below is a list of outings and events that are part of the wilderness celebration. Click here for a full description all of the events, or click on a particular outing to make sure you have your spot reserved!

Friday, Sept. 26, 1:00 pm, Birkhead Wilderness Hike

Friday, Sept. 26, 6:30pm, Group Dinner at Jay’s Seafood

Saturday, Sept. 27,  8:30am, Canoeing on Lake Tillery, Yadkin-Pee Dee River and Hidden Lake

Saturday, Sept. 27,  9:00 am, Hiking the Fall Mountain Trail

Saturday, Sept. 27,  11:30am, Kron Restoration Tour

Saturday, Sept. 27,  1:00pm, Mountain Biking Uwharrie National Forest

Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30pm, Service Outing, Three Rivers Trail and Fall Mountain Trail Shoreline

Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30pm, Hiking the Rocks Trail

Saturday, Sept. 27,  5:30pm, Wilderness 50 Celebration (check-in 5pm) This is the NC Sierra Club’s biggest celebration of the year!

Sunday, Sept. 28,  8am, Birding Along the Fall Mountain Trail

Other Outings and Events

Clean Energy for Raleigh Public Workshops

Clean Energy for Raleigh is hosting three free educational events for the public to learn about the program and technologies, meet the installers, ask questions, and get the details about tax credits, utility rebates, and financing options.

If you have thought about putting solar power on your house, these forums are sure to answer the questions you have!

September 22, 7:00-8:30pm at AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design, 14 East Peace St. Raleigh, NC (map)

October 14, 7:00-8:30pm at the Church of the Nativity, 8849 Ray Rd., Raleigh, NC (map)

November 6, 7:00-8:30pm at the Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC (map)

Click here to RSVP to any of the three forums and find out how you can be a part of the clean energy future in North Carolina!


October 1 & 15, 4:00 – 5:00 – Walking on Wednesdays – Durham, NC

Join Sierrans for this monthly fast-paced, mid-week walk on the Al Beuhler Trail.

The trail circles the perimeter of Washington-Duke Golf Course, offering shade, moderate hills, and natural scenery. The leader will set the pace to complete the 3-mile course in 1-hour although you are welcome to go your own pace and do as many laps as you would like. Rain cancels. The trailhead is located off Cameron Blvd, just east of Science Dr. Look for parking area at GPS Coord: 35.993851, -78.945780

There are no restroom facilities at this trailhead.

Contact for October 1: Contact Jae (

Contact for October 15: Contact Ginny (


October 3-5 – Waccamaw River Paddle and Camp – Lake Waccamaw

The group will paddle Friday until 4:00 or 5:00 pm to find a good spot for an overnight camp site.  Paddle will be approximately 4 to 5 miles on Friday, 12 to 14 miles on Saturday, and 6 miles for Sunday morning.

Contact Information: Jerry Weston at

For a full description, visit:

ROBERT REDFORD: “Fracking Puts Our Drinking Water at Risk” (So Submit Comments on the NC Fracking Rules)

Just 2 days left (midnight, Sept 30th) to submit comments on the proposed NC fracking rules!

Submit Written Comments on Fracking Rules

Don’t forget, the Sept. 30th deadline for submitting written comments on the fracking rules is tomorrow! Check out the Frack Freee NC resource page here, for more information and bullet points to focus your comments on the rules.

To send a quick comment, go to Last Call for Fracking Comments – Sept 30th!

For more detailed taking points to really make an impression, click below and write and send a personal message!

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Sept 30 People’s Climate March Celebration: Images, Voices and Next Actions

People's Climate March

This is a get together for all the folks that traveled on the three Charlotte buses to the people’s Climate March, AND those that couldn’t make the trip but marched in spirit, AND those that want to work together to address the Climate Crisis.

Join us Tuesday, Sept 30th, for the Charlotte People’s Climate March Celebration: Images, Voices and Next Actions! We’ll meet from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at 5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite. 206, for a potluck dinner, a chance to share and relive the powerful day in New York City, and to talk about how we can work together to take this Moment and and turn it into a Movement! Please bring a dish to share, if you can.

For questions or more information, contact Luis Rodriguez, Hanna Mitchell, or Bill Gupton

Charlotte People’s Climate March Celebration:
Images, Voices and Next Actions!

Tuesday, September 30th
6:30- 8:00 PM
5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite. 206
Charlotte, NC

Map for 5700 Executive Center Drive

P.S. If you live outside of the Charlotte area, why not invite your friends and others to a local get together? Email Bill Gupton to get a copy of images and resources about the People’s Climate March.



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Thanks to Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group member Brian Kasher for his passion to share a very powerful day in New York City – The People’s Climate March – and to issue a call to action. Great work Brian!

The Voices project documents the People’s Climate March exclusively from the aural perspective of one of the 400,000 plus marchers for change. Please share with your friends, your networks, and add your voice by continuing the conversation.

This audio stream includes over forty (40) mini-interviews; street music from: the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, Rocket McFlyy, the Raging Grannies and more; chants from the street, Central Park crickets, police helicopters, and general crowd ambiance. Two-hundred fifty three (253) sounds clips were recorded during the March. The intro and epilogue were recorded by Greenpeace USA and Sierra Club organizers after the March though the music and crickets are from the March.

Click, Listen and Pass it on! This soundtrack is produced to be part of your networking and organizing toolkit. We need more people to get involved, plug in and be actively engaged in the change process right now! Join a group, write a letter, March and add your voice to the conversation advocating change for the better!

Brian Kasher

Last Call for Fracking Comments – Sept 30th!

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Thousands of North Carolinians showed up and spoke up during public hearings on fracking this summer. But we need you to speak up too!

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Click here to let the Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) know that the proposed rules do not do enough to protect our communities and water supplies!

The legislature promised that North Carolina would have the strongest fracking rules in the country; however, the proposed rules are far from acceptable. The MEC’s proposed rules would allow for fracking permits to be issued without a clear solution for safely disposing of wastewater from fracking operations. 

The only way the MEC will add protections and standards for toxic wastewater is if enough people send in comments urging them to address this missing part of the rules.

This is why we need YOU to stand up for strong protections from fracking for North Carolina – click here to submit your comment to the MEC today!

Together, we’ll make sure the MEC realizes that North Carolinians expect rules that are the strongest in the country.

Click here to send in your comments today!

Thanks for all that you do,

Jacquie Ayala

Associate Organizer for the NC Sierra Club


P.S. – The public comment period closes on Sept. 30, so send in your comments today to make sure the MEC knows that North Carolinians truly deserve the best rules in the country!

The New Climate Movement Has Begun – Be a Part of the Change!

The People’s Climate March has ended but the real March to Change has just begun.

This is our moment in history to create a Movement.

Take some form of action everyday and every week until we have the change we seek.

Start today!

Here’s how the new Climate Change Movement has begun….


We said it would take everyone to change everything — and everyone came.

With world leaders coming to New York City for a landmark summit on climate change, people around the world took to the streets to demand action to end the climate crisis.

Now, more than ever, we are a big, beautiful, unified movement. We are coming together around the world like never before to demand a brighter and more just future for everyone.

This wrap-up is just a snapshot of how profound and important the People’s Climate Mobilization was.

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