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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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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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!
 
Sierra Special Presentation- November 18th (CORRECTED DATE!!)

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

 
Sierra's "Climate Crossroads" is up and running!

The Sierra Club is joining up with a number of other environmental organizations in an effort to pass critically important energy legislation and support the Obama Administration's recent rulings on cleaning up coal-powered industries.  As of this posting (August 12), the House has passed a good bill, the Clean Energy and Security Act, and after the summer recess the Senate will address the issue of energy.  In order to urge the Senate to pass a comparable bill that encourages green jobs, forces polluting industries to clean up their act, and provides assistance for families with making their homes more energy-efficient, the Sierra Club has started an effort called Climate Crossroads .

 

Unfortunately, right now the amount of public input against the energy bill is four times greater than the input for the bill.  The reason for this is that polluting industries and other groups who have a stake in preserving the status quo are paying huge amounts of money to influence this process.  Climate Crossroads is intended to reverse that trend.  It is a program that makes use of tools like phone banking and the internet's social networking features to help concerned activists make a difference on energy.  

 

If you're interested in helping to phone bank, write letters to the editor, or organize community events, go to http://climatecrossroads.sierraclub.org/index.html.  There you'll be able to sign up and participate in this effort in an organized way.  Climate Crossroads will provide weekly updates on where Sierra members can be most effective in shaping the legislative process, tools to make contacting other members of the community easy, and a place to discuss details of policy or just get in touch with other concerned citizens.  The best part is that you'll only be asked to contribute a few hours a month- by coordinating our efforts, Climate Crossroads helps members concentrate where we can do the most good.  We just held our first teleconference last night to discuss how the project will work, and enthusiasm is high.  Won't you join us and help make a difference on this issue?
 
Central FL Sierra now on Facebook!
The Central Florida Group is now on Facebook! Click the link on the left menu bar to see our Facebook page.
 
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