2014 Annual Report and Ballot

Thanks to our great NC Sierra Club staff for their work in preparing the 2014 Annual Report. Click below to download and read a copy.

All members with current dues paid should have received a copy of the NC Sierra Club Annual report and election ballot. This year we are encouraging everyone to vote electronically, although you can still submit a paper ballot.

2014 Annual Report and Ballot2014 Annual Report – Final

The ballot page hosts candidate information and the official ballot for the Executive Committee elections for the  NC Sierra Club.  Candidate statements are located below the ballot.

Only Sierra Club members are allowed to vote in this election and your member number is required to submit your ballot.

Member numbers are located on the address label of the NC Sierra Club Annual Report.  If you did not receive a copy of the Annual Report and need help finding your member number, please contact Janet Joye Smith at ncsierracg@gmail.com.

For any questions about this ballot or the voting process, please contact Dustin Chicurel-Bayard at dustin.chicurel-bayard@sierraclub.org.

Voting is open from November 15 – December 15, 2014.

Remember: You need your Sierra Club member number to vote!

Vote for our local Executive Committee members here: 2014 Central Piedmont Group Ballot
Vote for our NC Chapter leaders here: 2014 NC Sierra Club Steering Committee Ballot

Sierra Club Outing: Dec 14 – South Mountains State Park Hike, High Shoals Falls and Chestnut Knob

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South Mountains State Park Hike

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue
Connelly Springs, NC  28612
Sunday, December 14, 9:30 a.m.

The South Mountains, carved out of the Blue Ridge by erosion, are a broad belt of peaks and knobs rising abruptly from a deep valley. These steep, rugged mountains encompass 100,000 acres in Burke, Cleveland and Rutherford counties.  We will hike 8-10 miles, enjoy the spectacular view from Chestnut Knob with an elevation of 2300 feet, walk along beautiful mountain streams, explore the different forest types present in the park, and hike to High Shoals Falls which has an 80 foot drop.

Participants should be able to hike approximately 8 miles in sometimes rugged terrain.  This hike is moderately strenuous as there are some steep areas.  We may have a couple stream crossings to make over rocks depending on which route we choose.  Hiking poles or a walking stick will be helpful.   Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water, lunch or snacks.

We will meet at the Jacob’s Fork Parking Area at 9:30 a.m., the hike will last 5-6 hours.

South Mountains State Park is a 1 ½ to 2 hour drive from Charlotte, located in Burke County near Connelly Springs.  Car pooling is encouraged, but not arranged by the Sierra Club.  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

Limited to 20 hikers.

Registration required. Contact Linda Alley,  lindasuealley@hotmail.com

 

Carolina Outdoors Show and Sierra Club Wilderness Celebration

Last week’s Carolina Outdoors radio show (October 18) included an interview with Sierra Club member Bill Gupton featuring a discussion of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the 40th Anniversary of Mecklenburg Park & Rec, the 30th Anniversary of the NC Wilderness Act, Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday, and more. Click below to listen to the show.

And a big thanks to Bill Bartee and Don Yager for all that they do to increase awareness of our beautiful NC wild areas!

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Catawba Wildflower Glen Service Outing – Nov 1st

A great opportunity to learn, experience and give back! For more information or to RSVP, contact Central Piedmont Outings Chair Linda Alley.

Join us at this Catawba Lands Conservancy preserve to help Mary Stauble, Land Stewardship Volunteer, remove invasive plants and contribute to protecting this important natural landscape.  The Wildflower Glen is one of the conservancy’s crown jewels due to its rich ecological diversity and proximity to Charlotte.

We’ll meet at the property at 9 a.m. for an orientation where we’ll learn about the history and importance of the preserve.  Then we’ll spend some time pulling out invasive plants.  Afterwards, Mary will lead us on a walk through the glen.  Mary frequently visits the Glen and she is very knowledgeable about the local flora.

Please bring work gloves, clippers (optional), water, and a hat.  The Glen is located in Northwest Charlotte.

Saturday, November 1
9:00 AM

Catawba Lands Conservancy Wildflower Glen
12001 Riverhaven Drive
Charlotte, NC

You can learn more about why and how to control non-native invasive plants here:

http://nceppc.weebly.com/

http://ncbg.unc.edu/uploads/files/ControllingBooklet.pdf

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.

Outing: Huntington Beach State Park Car Camping and Kayaking Weekend, Nov 14-16

Spaces are limited for this great Sierra Club outing! RSVP on our Meetup site today.

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Huntington Beach State Park Car Camping and Kayaking Weekend

Nov 14 – 16 (Friday to Sunday)
Huntington Beach State Park
16148 Ocean Hwy
Murrells Inlet, SC

Huntington Beach State Park, located about twenty miles north of Georgetown, SC is a great beach state park to visit anytime of the year. The park is located right on the coast of SC, and has many amenities to offer the visitor. Camping in cooler weather, walking on the beach, and hiking the park trails without the heat and insects of warmer weather, can be a pleasant experience. This is a great park for bird watching, hiking, and biking.

Group campsite #P2 has been reserved for our tent camping weekend. This site has plenty of room for tent campers, with picnic tables, a fire ring with benches, and a modern park restroom nearby. There is a large parking lot next to the camping area. A short boardwalk leads from the parking lot to the beach. There also is a 13-mile paved bike trail which runs through the park, and into nearby neighborhoods. We will tent camp in our campsite, just pick a place and pitch your personal tent. You will also need to bring your personal camping gear to the campsite, a short walk from the parking lot.  Each participant will also be responsible for bringing their own food and snacks.  This will be a combined outing with the South Carolina Sierra Club that promises to be a lot of fun!

Weather permitting; there will be an optional kayak trip.  Tentative location is Conway Riverwalk.  Anyone wishing to go on the kayak trip needs to let me know in advance so we can get that lined up.  There will be a limited number of boats available for rent, so people who have their own canoe or kayak are encouraged to bring them.

Also, there will be an optional Low Country Boil at the campsite Saturday night.  There is a fee for this, $6,  and I need to know who is interested in advance so we can get a count.

Group size is limited to 25.  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

COST: $5 per person/per night.  Kayak rental is an additional fee.

Please – NO PETS.

For additional information, contact our Outings Chair Linda Alley.

Spaces are limited for this great Sierra Club outing! RSVP on our Meetup site today.

 

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.

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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!


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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.

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


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