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The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 700,000 members nationwide. These individuals are using grassroots activism and community action to protect America's environment, for our families, for our future.

We are part of the Florida Chapter of the National Sierra Club.  Our group, the Central Florida Sierra Club, comprises over 2,100 members in Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.   Our goal is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.  We now invite you to explore and enjoy our web presence.  Thanks for visiting!

~ Marjorie Holt, Executive Committee Chairman
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Reminder: 1 week to Walkin' Jim performance!

One of America's most unique folksingers, Walkin' Jim Stoltz, will bring his powerful multi-media show, Forever Wild, to the Sierra Club meeting at 7:00pm on November 18th. A stirring journey in song, slides, stories and poetry across the wide-open spaces and through the windows of time with a man who has walked over 23,000 miles through North American wildlands.

Tickets are $8.00 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Central FL Sierra Club.


Walkin' Jim gets his name from nearly 27,000 miles he has walked through the wild country of North America.  Carrying a guitar and writing his songs along the way, his lyrics express a great love for the wild places he knows so well.  The Forever Wild show combines live music with stunning multi-image slides to create a celebration of the natural world.  He will be sharing images and songs from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, his Yellowstone to Yukon walk, the Utah canyon country, the Northern Rockies, and wild places all across America.


To buy tickets, contact Mary-Slater at 407-481-4398 or 

We hope to see you there!

 
Meaningful Conservation - The gist: St. Johns water managers should resist Orange County's threats

orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-easements-111009-20091109,0,6033720.story

OrlandoSentinel.com
Meaningful conservation
The gist: St. Johns water managers should resist Orange County's threats on easements
November 10, 2009

In Orange County, as in other counties throughout Central Florida, all's not necessarily lost when the regional water management authority issues a permit to a developer or local government.

That's because the permit issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District often comes with sensible strings attached that require lands of environmental value to be placed under a protective environmental easement, which the district will enforce.

 

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2009-11 Newsletter

Our November/December edition of the Central Florida Sierran is now available.

 

CORRECTION! The Walkin' Jim concert date in the pdf file of the newsletter is incorrect! The correct date for the concert is Wednesday, November 18th. We apologize for the error.

 

In this issue:

  • Wildlife landscaping, part 2
  • Tips for green construction
  • Upcoming special programs: Walkin' Jim on Nov. 18 and Holiday Potluck on Dec. 16
  • Take a stand against sprawl in East Orange County!

Click here to view the newsletter:

 

http://www.centralfloridasierra.org/uploads/2009_11_sierra.pdf

 
December Outings: Biking & Kayaking

Have a break from too much holiday fun with us! Everyone is welcome- members and non-members- just be sure to RSVP beforehand.

 

  • Dec. 5th: Holiday bike ride through Conway
  • Dec. 13th: Kayak, Hike and Picnic on Makinson Island in Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee

 

(more below)

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November Outings: Biking & a Stroll

Come join us this month for fun activities!  All participants should RSVP by contacting the trip leader.  Non-members are welcome.

 

  • Nov 14th: Bike/Walk in Oakland Nature Preserve
  • Nov. 15th: Bike Seminole-Wekiva trail

 

More below...

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November program: Special performance by Walkin' Jim Stoltz

WALKIN’ JIM STOLTZ Forever Wild: A Multimedia Celebration of Wilderness With One of America’s Most Unique Folksingers And Backcountry Travelers

 

One of America's most unique folksingers, Walkin' Jim Stoltz, on tour from the mountains of Montana, will bring his powerful multi-media show, Forever Wild, to the Sierra Club meeting at 7:00pm on November 18th. A stirring journey in song, slides, stories and poetry across the wide-open spaces and through the windows of time with a man who has walked over 23,000 miles through North American wildlands. Tickets are $8.00 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Central FL Sierra Club.


Walkin' Jim gets his name from nearly 27,000 miles he has walked through the wild country of North America.  Carrying a guitar and writing his songs along the way, his lyrics express a great love for the wild places he knows so well.  The Forever Wild show combines live music with stunning, multi-image slides to create a celebration of the natural world.  He will be sharing images and songs from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, his Yellowstone to Yukon walk, the Utah canyon country, the Northern Rockies, and wild places all across America.


To buy tickets, please send your check to: Central Fla. Sierra Box 1692, Maitland, FL 32751. Questions: Contact Mary-Slater at 407-481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
October program: Sustainable tourism in Peru

Wednesday, October 21: Creating a Sustainable Tourism Income so Locals will Protect Their Ecology


Over the past number of years, Charles Motley of Los Tambos Chachapoyanos has been creating an ecological trail in Peru through a program of volunteers.  More volunteers are needed.  The trail, intended for tourists, leads to the highest waterfall in Peru, which is about three times as high as the Eiffel Tower.  He invites us to learn more about his project of creating a sustainable tourism income for local people.  Creating this infrastructure enables locals to become caretakers and also gives them the financial ability, as sole benefactors, to protect and share this treasure with visitors into the future.  “This talk will plant a seed on how you, as one person” can make a major difference in the world,” assures Charles, a retired engineer from Orange County Development Engineering Department.

 

All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens. 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. For directions to Leu Gardens visit: http://centralfloridasierra.org.
Door opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45 PM
A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free and the public is welcome!


For more information contact Jackie at  407-637-2461, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or go to: http://www.centralfloridasierra.org

 
September program: Nature photography with Steve Vaughn

Wednesday, Sept. 16: “Nailing Down the Daily News to Capturing Panoramic Views of Nature’s Beauty”


Steve Vaughn, former Executive Editor of the Orlando Sentinel, will spend an evening with us discussing his latest projects in art and photography and how he made the transition from Daily News Man to Sought After Panoramic Photographer.  Especially if you live or vacation in the Central Florida area, you may have already set your eyes on his art and photographic work in numerous corporate buildings, private homes, art shows, and even the restroom wall at a Hess service station.  Maybe you have also caught a glimpse of his gallery, Tropics Gallery in Winter Park.  You are invited to join the fun and take in sweeping images of some of the finest places you ever could want to be.


All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens. 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. For directions to Leu Gardens visit: http://centralfloridasierra.org.
Door opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45 PM
A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free and the public is welcome!


For more information contact Jackie at  407-637-2461, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or go to: http://www.centralfloridasierra.org

 
October Outings- Camping, hiking & kayaking

Here are our outings for October. Come join us!

 

  •  Oct. 10-11: Camp, Paddle and Hike at Little Manatee River State Park
  • Oct. 17th: Hike & Picnic along the Econ River
  • Oct. 18th: Exploratory Kayak Trip on the Dora Canal

 

(click below for details)

 

 

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September Outings- Scavenger hunt and biking

 Here are our outings for September. Won't you join us?

  • Sept. 12th: Family GPS scavenger hunt at Split Oak Preserve
  • Sept. 13th: Bike & Picnic at Withlacoochee Trail
  • Sept. 19: Bike Seminole State Forest

(click link for details)

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2009-09 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Central Florida Sierran is now available here: http://www.centralfloridasierra.org/uploads/2009_9_sierran.pdf.

 

In this issue:

  • ExCom elections are coming up
  • Tips for wildlife gardening
  • Overfishing in the Florida Keys and the problem of "shifting baselines"
  • Upcoming outings and programs
  • ...and more!
 
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