Enjoy Fall Foliage in the Mountains

Enjoy Fall Foliage in the Mountains

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today unveiled its Fall Foliage 2014 webpage, which features scenic drives and other activities for enjoying autumn’s colorful splendor in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.

The feature is posted at http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc, click on “Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina – 2014.”

The webpage describes scenic drives and popular locations for viewing mountain plants at high, middle and low elevations this fall. For example, driving along NC 28 and 143 in Graham County from Fontana Village to Stecoah Gap will allow visitors to see vibrant fall colors at the mid-elevation level. The webpage also includes links to webcams, maps and other useful online sources.

Looking for ideas of where to go?

Check out our Outings webpages!

NC Parks and Forests

Birkhead Wilderness – Uwharrie National Forest – Morrow Mountain State Park

30 Years of NC Wilderness

Make Polluters Pay for Their Toxic Waste!

Take Action: Polluters Must Pay for Superfund Sites Take Action: Polluters Must Pay for Superfund SitesCongress enacted the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program in 1980, following the discovery of toxic waste seeping into homes and harming health in Love Canal, New York. Even though the Superfund program has been responsible for the cleanup of hundreds of toxic waste sites, more than a thousand sites continue to threaten health and water.

When the polluter pays fees stopped in 1995, the Trust Fund quickly dried up — leaving taxpayers to pay the full cost of cleaning up abandoned Superfund sites.

Take Action
Contact your senators today and tell them to support the Superfund Polluter Pays Restoration Act of 2014 (S 2679) to make polluters pay for their toxic waste!

Take Action: No More Coal Ash Disasters Take Action: No More Coal Ash Disasters

Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal for electricity, is one of the largest waste streams in the country, with nearly 140 million tons produced each year. This toxic waste, which contains dangerous chemicals like arsenic, mercury, chromium, selenium, lead, and boron, is stored in more than 400 landfills and over 1,000 wet impoundments across the country. Yet currently no federal safeguards exist to protect communities and waterways from coal ash pollution.

Take Action
Tell your state legislators to support the EPA on finalizing strong coal ash safeguards by the end of this year.

The Dan River coal ash spill. Photo by Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins.

Sign Up: Our Wild America Sign Up: Our Wild America

Sign up for our monthly Our Wild America newsletter to get the inside scoop about the Sierra Club’s work to explore, enjoy, and protect America’s wild legacy.

Stay up-to-date on the challenges facing our public lands and wildlife (especially in the face of climate disruption), follow what the Sierra Club is doing to connect people with nature, and learn what actions you can take to help protect our great outdoors.

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Grassroots Activism: Keep the People's Climate March Momentum Going! Grassroots Activism: Keep the People’s Climate March Momentum Going!

It’s been a week since more than 400,000 people marched in NYC for climate action (and in many other cities across the U.S. and world), but you can still take action!

Take Action
Tell the Environmental Protection Agency you support the Clean Power Plan.

So Much Happening! 4QT Mecklenburg Environmental/Social Justice Events

Here are some of our Sierra Club and community events that are related to environmental and social justice issues. I hope to see you at many of these!

Be the Change

People’s Climate March

See, listen and learn about the March and what you can do to grow the movement!

Memories and Images of the Peoples Climate March


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

“The alarm bells keep ringing, our citizens keep marching. We must answer the call”

 Oct 6 – MSNBC “All In: Coal Country” with NC Coal Ash and Duke Energy

Monday, October 6th at 8:00 PM, Chris Hayes on MSNBC will be doing an hour-long investigative special on the coal industry

Oct 6 – MSNBC “All In: Coal Country” with NC Coal Ash and Duke Energy

 Oct 7 – 2nd of 3 NC Senate Debates with Kay Hagan vs. Thom Tillis, ‘Round 2’

Host a house party to watch and discuss. Or, Drinking Liberally Charlotte is hosting a viewing party at Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill – 366 N. Caswell (http://www.kennedyscharlotte.com). Folks will be upstairs starting at 6:30pm and stick around afterwards as long as you’d like to discuss how the candidates performed. The Debate starts at 7pm and lasts just 1 hour. This one is hosted by George Stephanopoulos!

 Oct 9 – Charlotte Bike Talk!

Charlotte Bike Talk! – Oct 9

 Oct 10 – Voter Registration Deadline

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Oct 10 – Carolina Thread “Fall Into the Thread”

One Week To Fall Into The Thread on October 10th!

 Oct 14 Webinar: Advocating with Compassion & NC General Assembly 101

Oct 14 Webinar: Advocating with Compassion & NC General Assembly 101

 Oct 16 – Charlotte Moral Movies – Disruption

Oct 16 More Moral Movies – Watch and Discuss “Disruption”

 Oct 18 – Rocky Face Mountain Outing

Oct 18 Outing: Exploring Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area

Oct 20 – Citizens’ United and Corporate Personhood

Oct 20 Program: Citizens’ United and Corporate Personhood

Oct 22 – Sierra Club monthly meeting

Oct 22 Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – Members Trip Highlights

Oct 22 – “Coal Ash In Our Water: An Unfinished Business” Town Hall Meeting


Oct 23 – Early Voting Begins

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Oct 26 – Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Sierra Club: Relive the Legacy of the Appalachian Trail

Oct 26 – Relive the Legacy of the Appalachian Trail

Oct 27 – Charlotte City Council vote on the future of area water quality (PCCO)

For more information on this issue see:

Public Hearing Comments on the Proposed Weakened Stormwater Ordinance

Come Tell Charlotte City Council to Protect Our Streams, Lakes, and Rivers

81% of Total Mecklenburg Watershed Considered Unfit – Support Strong Stormwater Regulations!

Charlotte Stormwater Pollution – Harming Our Lakes, Streams and Rivers

Sept 22: Charlotte Public Hearing – The Future of Area Water Quality

Will Developers Take Control of Our Water Quality?

Will Charlotte Continue to Weaken Storm Water Controls?

Nov 1 – Early Voting Ends

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Nov 1 – Catawba Wildflower Glen Service Outing

More information at: http://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-Sierra-Club/events/210703312/

Nov 4 – General Election Day

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Nov 21 – NC Climate Justice Summit

More information at NC Climate Justice Summit, Nov 21-23

Take Action: Continue the 50-Year Legacy of the Wilderness Act / Say “No” to Bills That Benefit Big Polluters

Celebrate this beautiful Friday and take some action on these issues!

Take Action: Continue the 50-Year Legacy of the Wilderness Act
Take Action: Continue the 50-Year Legacy of the Wilderness Act
In March, Congress passed a wilderness bill for the first time in five years. While we applaud this effort, several other pieces of legislation with strong bipartisan support are languishing in the House and the Senate. It is long past time to pass these public lands bills to protect the lands and waters that make America so special.

Take Action
Tell your members of Congress to pass these bills and protect wilderness today!


Take Action: Say “No” to Bills That Benefit Big Polluters
Take Action: Say
This week, House Republican leadership will again vote on a package of energy-related bills that benefit big polluters. Under the banner of “energy innovation” and “consumer protection,” these bills would actually gut commonsense environmental and public-health protections.

Take Action
Tell your member of Congress to oppose this package of attacks on the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Oct 26 – Relive the Legacy of the Appalachian Trail

Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group,  and your fellow hikers during the ATC 2014 membership drive as we watch the film “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy”. Watch this never-before seen film, hear exciting guest speakers, win prizes, and much more! Best of all, you will be supporting the Trail you love; the Appalachian Trail.

Order your ticket todayUse the promo code “Sierra14” to receive 5% off!

Blumenthal Performing Arts – McGlohon Theatre
Sunday October 26, 2014
from 6:00pm-8:00pm

345 North College Street
Charlotte, NC

AT Legacy Oct 2014

Order your ticket todayUse the promo code “Sierra14” to receive 5% off!

Oct 18 Outing: Exploring Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area


Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 AM
3451 Rocky Face Church Rd, Hiddenite, N.C.

Easy to moderate 4-5 mile hike at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, located at the southeastern  edge of the Brushy Mountains in Alexander County,  about 65 miles NW of Charlotte.  We’ll climb the centerpiece of the park, a dome shaped mass of granite with a maximum elevation of 1800 feet above sea level that offers spectacular views.  RFMRA is the site of a former quarry operation and is listed on the NC Registry of Natural Heritage Areas.  It is also an official Hawk Watch Site for the Hawk Migration Association of North America.  We will be joined by a park naturalist who can explain the interesting geology and history of the site as well as help us identify the flora and fauna of the area.   This hike will last 3-4 hours.  Please bring water and lunch or snacks.  We’ll be taking a break on the peak to relax and enjoy the view.

Group size is limited to 12.  Each participant on a Sierra Club Outing has 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

Contact Hike Leader Linda Alley to sign up: lindasuealley@hotmail.com or 704–962-526.