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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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2011-05 Newsletter

Our May-June 2011 edition of the Sierran is available!

Click here to view it:

 

http://www.centralfloridasierra.org/uploads/2011_05_sierran.pdf

 

In this issue, we focus on water:

  • A water ethic for Florida
  • Hydrological restoration & Florida's forests
  • Yard crimes and lake victims?
  • Water, women, and children
  • Hazardous waste and water
  • Call to action: stop offshore oil drilling
  • Transportation news
  • Upcoming outings, programs, and much more!

 

 
Earth Day 2011
Here's a photo from our gallery of Sierra Club volunteers staffing the Earth Day event at Lake Eola in April, 2011. Sierra Volunteers staffing an Earth Day Event at Lake Eola, April 2011.
 
June Outings

Saturday June 18th: Sierra Club Garage Sale in College Park from 8 am - 1 pm at 804 Rugby ST. Orlando, FL 32804. Clean out your garage and donate your items to your local Sierra Club! Got an old bike you want to donate? Backpacks you never use? Any items of value you want to get rid of, donate to the Central Florida Sierra Club garage sale! To arrange donation/pick-up call Mary-Slater at 407-481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sat & Sun June 25 - 26th: Overnight trip to St. Augustine. We plan to ride bikes through the old city and explore the sights on Saturday. On Sunday, we will check out the state parks in the area and go hiking. It is too hot to camp so we will book some rooms for Saturday night. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the USA! We’ll ride past many historic sites of the city. First on the route is the old fortress, Castillo de San Marcos. The existing structure was built of coquina rock, which consists of bits of shell and limestone. We will continue along the Matanzas River and cross the Bridge of Lions. Cycling allows you to fully absorb this picturesque landscape. Contact Mary-Slater for details: 407-481-4398 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. To read the waiver prior to the outing, contact the Outings Department at 415-977-5528 or visit us online at www. sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/

Sierra Club is a Florida Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST37115. CA Seller of Travel CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. 

 
May Outings

Sat & Sun May 7 - 8th: Backpacking at Hidden Pond, Ocala National Forest. Call for meeting time and location. We’ll do one last backpack before it gets too hot. We will hike about 6 miles to the campsite and back out the next day. One of the most popular stops or backpackers along the Florida Trail, Hidden Pond is a designated camping area in the middle of the Juniper Prairie Wilderness with ccess to a spring-fed pond. It sits between two bodies of water, providing cool evening breezes. There are numerous sites all around he Hidden Pond area and along the Florida Trail to setup a tent. Bear are commonly seen along the trail. This is a Fla. Trail Outings. Leader: Rodney Posey (Call after 5:00 pm) 321-436-2349 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sunday May 15th: Cady Way Bike Ride: Meet at 9:00 am in the trail head parking lot, next to Fashion Square Mall, and we’ll ride ut to Oviedo and back again. The trail passes through a wide range of environments from highly urban in nature to golf courses and ooded sections, creating an exciting trail experience. We’ll stop for ice cream in Ovideo, so bring a few dollars in your pocket. This is  6.5 miles each way, so you can meet us on the trail if it suits you better. Leader: Mary-Slater at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 407-481-4398.

Monday May 30th: Kayak Rainbow River in Dunnellon just 90 minutes from Orlando. We will meet at the outfitter at 10:00 am at the onfluence of the Rainbow River and the Withlacoochee River. We will kayak two of the finest rivers in Florida! We will be shuttled to
the Rainbow River KP Hole and paddle to Rainbow River State Park then back downstream to the outfitter. This will be a 7.5 mile total. Paddle the crystal clear spring waters and drift peacefully back to our car on the Withlacoochee River. Bring lunch, but make sure the're in non-disposable containers. Officials patrol the river and they can fine you for having disposable containers in your boat! Don’t have Gatorade bottles, Doritos bags, etc. Sigg waterbottles, tupperwear containers, etc. are OK. Kayaks are available for rent from
the outfitter: $28.89. There is a $3 fee per person at the put-in. Leader: Mary-Slater at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 407-481-4398. You
must RSVP to reserve a boat.

 

Participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. To read the waiver prior to the outing, contact the Outings Department at 415-977-5528 or visit us online at www. sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/.
Sierra Club is a Florida Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST37115. CA Seller of Travel CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.  

 
June Program: The Florida National Scenic Trail
Join Jon Phipps and the Sierra Club at Leu Gardens on Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 pm on a discussion on hiking from the Everglades to Alabama on the Florida National Scenic Trail. If you’ve considered walking the entire 1,100 miles of the Florida Trail from Big Cypress to Pensacola, either in one season or in sections, then you’re a long distance hiker. Volunteers from all over Florida see to the trails’ maintenance, expansion, protection, and promotion. This is a wilderness corridor, connected with orange blazes, in which hikers enjoy Florida’s natural habitats. Jon Phipps from Oviedo will be our guest speaker and show photos and share stories of his long distance hike across Florida.

All programs are held at Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando Florida. For directions to Leu Gardens, visit: www.centralfloridasierra.org.Door opens at 6:15 PM with light snacks and socializing. Programs are from 7:00 – 8:45p.m. A brief discussion of environmental issues preceeds the program. Admission is free, and the public is invited!
 
May Program: The Golden-Bristled Boar

Join Jeffrey Greene and the Sierra Club at Leu Gardens on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 pm to hear Greene discuss his new book, The Golden-Bristled Boar: Last Ferocious Beast of the Forest (April 2011; University of Virginia Press).

The wild boar appears to us as something straight out of a myth. But as Jeffrey Greene learned, these creatures are very real, living by night and, despite shrinking habitats and hordes of hunters, thriving on six continents. The author’s curiosity about this elusive animal that is wrecking havoc in France, his home, leads him to Sardinia, Corsica, and Tuscany; he even casts an eye to the American South, where he explores the boar’s feral-pig counterparts and descendants. He introduces us to a fascinating cast of experts, from museum curators and scientists to hunters and chefs (who share their recipes) to the inhabitants of chateaux who have lived in the same ancient countryside with generations of boars. They are all part of a journey filled with wonders and discoveries about these majestic animals the poet Robinson Jeffers called “beautiful monsters."

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

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Do Nothing?

As a member of the Sierra Club, or even just as a member of our society, you are often compelled to act - to take action, to stand up for something, and to make your voices heard.  What if someone asked you to simply do nothing, instead?

Well..  at least for 2 minutes, that is.

Back in January, one of the stories buzzing around the net was about a simple website challenging you to do nothing for 2 minutes.  Sounds easy and pointless, right?  Not when we're so used to clicking and browsing and texting and messaging and emailing whenever we're on the computer.  In this fast-paced digital world it can actually be a challenge to stop what you're doing and simply ...be. 

See if you're up to the challenge of just relaxing and listening to the waves:
http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/

 

do nothing

 

 
Fracking Gone Wrong

The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented gas drilling boom -- brought on by a controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

If the word fracking sounds strange and a bit scary -- it's because it is.

It starts when oil and gas companies take good water, mix it up with not-so-good stuff and shoot it into the ground to force out the gas. And that's when things get really strange.

Find out why and what you can do by watching a short animated video: http://earthjustice.org/fracking

 

 
What does coal have to do with...underwear?

What does coal have to do with...underwear? You'll have to ask the students at Miami University in Ohio, who staged a pants-less rally to “Expose Coal” in front of their campus coal plant on March 31.

The Sierra Student Coalition launches "Expose Coal" underwear flash mobs to protest coal on campus - in partnership with PACT underwear.
Visit this link to learn more.
http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/campus/

And be sure to watch this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZj6UBr2KWo

 

 
Seminole County Self-Guided Farm Tour
The Seminole County Agriculture Community Welcomes You! This is a self-guided tour. Please drive carefully and bring your friends and family. You may come to one stop or all six. Come see a sample of Seminole County's $465 million agriculture industry. For registration, please call 407-665-5560. Pay at the door - $5 for lunch.
 
2011-03 Newsletter

The March & April edition of the Sierran newsletter is available here. Inside, find articles on:

  • The history of Earth Day
  • Our 2011 Central FL group goals
  • Mulching
  • Easter and pets
  • Update on the NE Osceola Master Plan
  • Volunteer in the spotlight
  • ...outings, programs, and more!
 
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