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

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

Jan 28 Monthly Meeting Announcement – Backpacking 101

Backpacking 101

We are pleased to have Matt Clapp introduce this 10 week introductory training course that we will be hosting this Spring. Matt is newly arrived in Charlotte from San Diego where he led their local Sierra Club’s backpacking 101 training. The course is specifically for beginners. You do not have to be a Sierra Club member to participate.

If you bought a backpack for wandering around Europe or got one as a gift and it’s still in the garage, this is your chance to get it out and learn how to use it in the wilds. Using a combination of classroom talks and practical weekend experiences, Matt will take the participants through a rigorous process to learn how to safely and comfortably enjoy going backpacking. The course is also a great refresher.

Our Jan 28th meeting will provide an introduction to and overview of this course.

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

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

NC Clean Power Plan – Jan 12 Sierra Club Webinar

Fossil Fuel CPP

We know that Governor Pat, the Republican lead NC legislature and DENR will do everything possible to delay and weaken a Clean Power Plan for North Carolina.  We also know that the Koch Brothers, ALEC, the John Locke Foundation, Duke Energy, and the oil and gas industry will be actively lobbying our Governor and elected officials to oppose a strong Clean Power Plan. We need all hands on deck to be a part of a North Carolina Clean Clean Power plan fight. And you can’t be an effective advocate and activist if you don’t know the facts. That’s why you need to join us Monday, January 12th, from  5:00 til 6:00 for a Sierra Club Clean Power Plan webinar!

Clean Power Plan 101 Webinar

Monday, January 12th

5:00pm-6:00pm

Click here to register – Clean Power Plan NC 101 Registration

NeighborWoods Tree Program – Now Accepting Applications

Here’s a chance for your neighborhood to help protect our tree canopy! Talk to your neighbors and apply!

The City of Charlotte has announced that TreesCharlotte’s NeighborWoods Tree Canopy Program is currently accepting applications.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your neighborhood to receive free trees and tree care resources.  Learn more below.

Applications for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 planting season being accepted now, application deadline is May 1stAttendance at a Pre-Application Workshop is required.

NeignborWoods 2015

Applications for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 planting season being accepted now, application deadline is May 1stAttendance at a Pre-Application Workshop is required.

Sierra Club Members Can’t Be Silent on Justice Issues

Thanks to Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and the Board of Directors for moving the Club in support of social justice issues. Check out Michael Brune’s blog on this issue below.

And while you’re at it, Save the Date! Historic Thousands on Jones St. Moral March and plan to be there! More info to follow!

December 06, 2014

Why We Can’t Be Silent

During the past week, the Sierra Club has spoken out about Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, and President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Some have told us that they consider these to be “non-environmental” issues. Here are some quick thoughts on why these issues are so important to address. I’ll share more later this week.

The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean air and water and a stable climate. All people also deserve equal protection under the law and the right to live their lives free of discrimination and hatred. These issues are not separate. Indeed, we believe that working toward a just, equitable, and transparent society is not only morally necessary but also exactly what we need to confront the unprecedented environmental challenges we face.

Injustices in our political system and in our culture empower polluters and lead to the destruction of our most cherished places. Those same injustices often breed hatred, sow division among us, and threaten our health and safety. The Sierra Club’s mission is to “enlist humanity” to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. That mission, which applies to everyone, cannot be achieved when people’s rights are being violated and their safety and dignity are being threatened on a routine basis. This must stop.

That is why we must speak out on these issues. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”