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
Take Action Center
|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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (SeeingTrees@gmail.com)
Contact for October 15: Contact Ginny (email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full description, visit: http://nc2.sierraclub.org/outings/outing/waccamaw-river