Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan

Heidi Pruess, Mecklenburg Community Plan and Sustainability officer, lead a very informative review and discussion at our September monthly meeting. Below is a description about the plan as well as copies of the draft Strategy Matrix and the draft Actions and Successes. If you would like to provide feedback on the plan or schedule a listening session for your neighborhood organization, house of worship, or other group, please contact Heidi.

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Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan

The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan is a joint initiative between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, surrounding towns, the Foundation For The Carolinas and our community partners to develop a unified vision that incorporates community-wide goals centered on how we live, work and play today and in the future. This collaborative effort provides an opportunity to review existing plans and identify commonalities that encourage and support a vibrant and healthy quality of life in our community.

The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan is offering to come to your organization for a “listening session” this month to ask such questions as, “Are we on the right track? Will the priority strategies and actions we developed help us reach our vision?”

For more information on the Mecklenburg Liveable Communities Plan, click here.

If your neighborhood organization, house of worship, or other group is interested in scheduling a listening session, please contact Heidi Pruess, Community Plan and Sustainability officer, at heidi.pruess@mecklenburgcountync.org.

Click below to download and review the draft Strategy Matrix and the draft Actions and Successes.

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Save the Pups – Join the Sierra Club today!

Support the Sierra Club today:

Wolves’ survival depends on you.

Become a Sierra Club Member for $15 and help reach our goal of 3,000 new members – and get these gifts:

Commemorative Rucksack OR a Sierra Club convertible weekender bag AND
BONUS 2015 Wilderness Wall calendar

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Friends,

It’s hard enough raising baby wolf pups in the wild. Add gunfire, and it’s unimaginable.

And with a decision that could strip gray wolves of their endangered status expected any day now…well, things will very likely get very bad, very fast for gray wolves.

We’re running out of time. 

We need to stop politicians from rolling back over 40 years of wolf and wildlife recovery. Become a Sierra Club Member today for $15.

With 2.4 million members and supporters like you on our side, Sierra Club has been leading the charge, fighting to save wildlife and the most treasured places in Our Wild America from dirty energy.

And if wolves lose their protections, Sierra Club will be front and center, fighting a hard-hitting legal case to get the decision reversed.

Your membership will provide the people power and resources we need the moment wolves or other wildlife come under attack – and the stamina to go as many rounds it takes to win big battles for the environment like Keystone XL.

With the possibility of the Senate changing hands and the tar sands pipeline approval inching closer, we need to show Big Oil that we’re a force to be reckoned with.

Right now when you join the Sierra Club, you’ll receive your choice of an 1892 Commemorative Rucksack OR a Sierra Club convertible weekender bag. And for a limited time, we’ll ALSO send you our 2015 Wilderness Wall Calendar – for FREE. Join the Sierra Club today for only $15!

This exclusive calendar is our annual celebration of the wild places and precious habitats that we all work so hard to protect – for the animals that call them home, and for future generations to enjoy.

Plus when you join the Sierra Club, you will also get these great member-only benefits:

  • 1-year subscription to our award-winning Sierra Magazine
  • Discounts on outdoor gear and more from Columbia, Travelocity, Public bikes and more
  • Your invitation to Sierra Club national and local outings
  • Updates and discounts on ways you can help your reduce your footprint

Thank you in advance for joining the Sierra Club. We need you to stand with us today!

Sincerely,

Michael Brune
Executive Director, Sierra Club

Sierra Club To Launch Get-Out-The-Vote Effort in North Carolina

We all need to do our part to Get Out the Vote!

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Sierra Club To Launch Get-Out-The-Vote Effort in North Carolina

Nearly One Million Micro-targeted Voters to be Reached

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 26, 2014

Contact: Trey Pollard (202) 495-3058 or trey.pollard@sierraclub.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Next month, the Sierra Club, through its Voter Education Fund – the grassroots organization’s 527 operation – will target almost one million voters in a massive get-out-the-vote campaign in North Carolina.

“It’s critically important that North Carolina voters know how to participate during the state’s early voting period and on Election Day. This effort will make sure they are aware of the process and know how and when they can have their voices heard,” said Melissa Williams, the Sierra Club’s Political Director.

The campaign will use academically-proven behavioral science practices in get-out-the-vote messaging to mobilize voters. Sierra Club Voter Education Fund will conduct an experiment testing the current best practice against a message focused on vote history and changes to voting laws. One micro-targeted mailer will arrive at the homes of voters during the early voting period, between October 23 and November 1. A second micro-targeted mailer will hit mailboxes the weekend before the election. The targeted voters have high support scores but moderate to low turnout scores.

This is the second statewide get-out-the-vote campaign the Sierra Club Voter Education Fund will launch next month. For more details on the other campaign – targeting Colorado voters – click here.

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Mark Your Calendar – Global Fackdown on Oct 11

“If you care about the drinking water where you live, you owe it to yourself to join Global Frackdown. The EPA may have taken its eye off the ball, but many good people around the world are refusing to stand by while the oil and gas industries recklessly threaten our drinking water. Global Frackdown Day is a good opportunity to find out who’s fighting that good fight in your own community and learn more about what’s at stake.”

    ~ Michael Brune, Fracking: The Other EPA Shutdown
Stay tuned for more information about events in Charlotte! If you would like to be part of a planning team for this day, please contact Bill Gupton.
Global Frackdown Oct 11 2014

“Fracking” has become synonymous with the ways in which the oil and gas industry:

  • Fragments forests and mars landscapes with new roads, new well sites and new pipelines and other infrastructure
  • Produces huge amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste, the disposal of which causes earthquakes and risks drinking water resources
  • Causes thousands of accidents, leaks and spills each year that threaten public health and safety and risk rivers, streams and shallow aquifers
  • Pumps hazardous pollutants into the air, at the expense of local communities, families and farms
  • Turns homes into explosive hazards by contaminating water wells with methane and other harmful gases
  • Consumes millions of gallons of water for each fracked well, competing with farmers for local water supplies
  • Puts vital aquifers at risk for generations by creating new pathways through which contaminants – including the chemicals injected, radioactive brines and methane and other hydrocarbon gases – can flow over long periods of time
  • Threatens the climate on which we all depend by dumping carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, and by locking in future climate pollution with each new infrastructure project
  • Delays the remaking of local and regional energy systems around proven clean solutions, using high-paid lobbyists, political campaign war chests and public relations flacks to stifle progress and prolong our dependence on oil and gas
  • Enjoys enormous profits padded by billions of dollars a year in needless subsidies, at all of our expense.

The fight against fracking is the fight for an altogether different vision for the future of energy. It is the fight for democratic and localized energy systems, built on the efficient use of abundant and renewable energy resources.

Check out the links below to learn more about why you should join the Global Frackdown and help keep unconventional oil and gas safely underground.

Research/Reports:

Information from: http://www.globalfrackdown.org/research/

Forest Service to Host Uwharrie National Forest Trail Strategy Meeting – Sept 18

If you spend anytime over in the Uwharrie you know it is a special place. The Salisbury Post just ran this article about the endangered and threatened species being studied there – Researchers use Uwharrie National Forest as living lab.  On the same page as the article are 2 sidebars worth reading – “Archaeology, anthropology research significant” and “A little history with your hike”.

If you want to be a part of the long term planning and use of the forest, plan to attend the meeting. For more information or to get on the email distribution list, contact:

Theresa Stevens Savery (Terry)
District Recreation Staff Supervisor
National Forests in North Carolina
Uwharrie National Forest
789 NC Hwy 24/27 East
Troy, NC 27371-9332
Phone #: 910-576-6391 x 102
Cell #: 910-975-0274
Email: tsavery@fs.fed.us

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Forest Service to Host Trail Strategy Meeting

TROY, N.C., Sept. 10, 2014 – The USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina today announced that it will host a workshop on Sept. 18 to address management of non-motorized and motorized recreation trails across the Uwharrie National Forest. The meeting will be held 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Garner Center, 210 Burnette St., Troy, N.C.

Representatives from a wide range of trail-user groups, individuals who represent local communities and ecotourism, or individuals not represented by larger user groups are invited to collaborate in the process, which is expected to take up to a year to complete. The result will be recommendations for a comprehensive trail management plan for the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina, along with a stronger community of volunteers to assist with these efforts.

The Forest Service initiated this process because use of forest trails in North Carolina is increasing every year. Resources used to maintain trails have been static or decreasing. The emphasis will be on high-quality experiences on sustainable trail systems. The trail strategy is the next step in implementing the Land and Resource Management Plan for the Uwharrie National Forest, which called for designated non-motorized and motorized trails.

With more than120 miles of system trails, the Uwharrie National Forest encompasses 50,000-plus acres in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc for more information.

Fracking’s Heating Up – Won’t you make a difference?

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Friends,

We are one step closer to fracking in North Carolina. If you are like me, you aren’t ready to put our streams and groundwater at risk to search for an unknown amount of fracked gas.

Hundreds of people at a fracking public hearing in Raleigh raise their hands when Sierran Marvin Woll ask who in the crowd thinks the proposed rules are inadequate. 

Do you agree with Marvin, too?

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Of all the headlines from this year’s legislative session, one of the most disturbing was the broken promises on fracking. With strong support from House Speaker Thom Tillis, the legislature chose to break a promise it made in 2012 – not to issue fracking permits until the legislature took a vote to lift the moratorium.  Instead, the legislature passed a bill that allows fracking permits to be issued as soon as March 2015.

The legislature also promised that North Carolina would have the best regulatory program for fracking in the country, Instead, they passed measures this session that ensure that will not be the case. For example, the legislature limited the public’s right to know what chemicals are being used in fracking by allowing some chemicals to be kept secret. And the legislature limited the ability of local governments to enact ordinances to protect citizens against the bad effects of fracking.

Will you stand up to the fracking industry and others who threaten North Carolina’s environment? We’re raising $10,000 in the next few days to fight against the legislature’s terrible energy choices. Will you help?

The legislature’s broken promises are bad for North Carolina’s streams and groundwater. With 2.4 million North Carolinians relying on water from the Cape Fear River basin, there’s a lot at stake.  When it comes to the risk of contaminating our water supplies with cancer causing chemicals, we owe it to ourselves to make sure we have proper protections in place before the state considers giving out fracking permits.

All of our work — lobbying the legislature, organizing our broad grassroots membership across the state, and communicating with the public through the media — can’t happen without you. Will you contribute $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can afford to help us hold legislators accountable?

Thanks for all that you do,

Molly Diggins
State Director of the NC Sierra Club

P.S. – It’s not too late to help us hold legislators accountable. Click here to chip in $50 or whatever you can, to help us let legislators know that we expect them to keep their fracking promises!

Advanced Outings Leader Training – Lots of Smiles and Lots of Fun!

Wow, what a great weekend! Outdoor leadership skills, wilderness survival, first aid certification, backpacking gear 101, Leave No Trace principles, trip planning., paddle camping, and more were covered this past weekend, Aug 22-24, at Hanging Rock State Park. We shared yummy lasagna, salad, watermelon, and home made ice cream. Classroom discussions, hikes, and hands on learning made for some terrific sharing of skills and ideas. If you missed this opportunity, plan to join us on our next Sierra Club Outings Leaders certification program!

Congratulations to Central Piedmont members Linda Alley, Dori Bowman, Thanh Huynh, Allison Pelphrey, and David Robinson for completing the advanced Outings Leader Training (OLT-201)!

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… and special thanks to the trainers!

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