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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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Sierra Club election endorsement info
As we're all aware, the political season is upon us, and early voting in Florida is drawing near.

The Central Florida Group has issued a number of endorsements for political office in local, state, and federal elections, as well as for several FL Constitutional amendments. Our organization's rules prohibit us from posting these endorsements directly on our website- however, we will be mailing a paper copy of all our endorsements to our members early next week.

Please note that quite a few more endorsements will be issued before November 2, 2010! We had to strike a balance between getting this information out to our members as quickly as possible, and wanting to have as many endorsements finalized as possible. Unfortunately, this means that the endorsement process is not quite done for some excellent candidates.

Please feel free to check in with us for information about more endorsed candidates before the election. Call: Cecilia Height – Political Committee Chair, 407-657-9582 or Marge Holt – Political Committee Vice Chair, 407-679-6759.

Remember: Mother Nature needs all the help she can get, so a vote for these candidates is a vote for clean water, wildlife habitat and for our families and for our future.
 
Sierra Club Fundraiser this weekend!
Join Sierra Club for a Tour & Drinks at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey! 

On Saturday, October 2nd from 5:00 - 7:30 pm, join Sierra Club for a glass of wine or a beer in the gardens of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

 

Children are also welcome (kid-friendly drinks will be provided). Silent auction items will be available. This fundraiser is for the Sierra Club Political Action Committee. The cost is $10.00 per person and includes a private tour of the center.

 

The Birds of Prey Center is a rehab center for birds of prey and handles the largest volume of hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and kites east of the Mississippi River! The location is on the shores of Lake Sybelia, and drinks will be served in the gazebo area. A guided tour of the center is included, so bring your camera, for sure!

 

Address: 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751

Pay the $10 at the door, cash/check only.

If you have questions, email Mary-Slater .
 
ACTION ALERT/PROTECT THE FLORIDA BLACK BEAR FROM HUNTING
ACTION ALERT:
PROTECT THE FLORIDA BLACK BEAR FROM HUNTING
SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS BY OCTOBER 1, 2010
The Sierra Club is concerned about aspects of the Draft Plan that could allow for dwindling populations of the Florida Black Bear and the hunting of this threatened species.  We have provided some talking/writing points and links that will allow you to read more on the Management Plan submit your comments.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has opened up its draft Florida Black Bear Management Plan for public review. Unfortunately, embedded in that plan is the intent to "explore hunting as part of Florida's bear management program".  Making matters worse, an out-of-state hunting group has spearheaded a campaign to urge its members to submit comments in favor of hunting bears in Florida. 
Read more...
 
October outings: biking, paddling, & camping
This month, we have three outings scheduled. Come join us! Both Sierra members and non-menbers are welcome; you will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver.

  • Saturday, Oct. 2nd Bike Seminole State Forest
  • Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 16th - 17th Paddle and overnight campout on a Mosquito Lagoon.
  • Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 23th - 24th Backpack Trip to Ocala National Forest.

 

(more details below)

 

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September Outings: biking & kayaking
This month, we have three fun outings scheduled. Come join us! Both Sierra members and non-menbers are welcome; you will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver.

  • Saturday, Sept. 11th Bike ride on Seminole Wekiva Trail.
  • Sunday, Sept. 12th Kayak Silver River.
  • Saturday, Sept. 18th Bike Ride West Orange Trail

 

(more details below)

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October Program: Hydroponic gardening

October’s Monthly Educational Speaker will be Bert Roper from Green Sky Growers in Winter Garden.

 

Bert will be sharing information on Green Sky’s very interesting environmentally friendly growing practices. I have a greenhouse in my backyard, but these guys have it all figured out! The Garden Building/Green Sky Growers will be the first Certified Green building in the world with commercial scale “Aqua-Dynamic Farming” on the rooftop. “Aqua-Dynamic Farming”, Future Growing Tower Systems, and Form Flex Vine Crop Systems along with Conveyor Systems will be discussed. Come learn about the greenest local growers around, how their systems work with the environment as opposed to against it, and where to find these green crops for your own personal consumption!

 

Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803-1537

 

Date/Time: September 15th.Door opens at 6:30 pm with light snacks & socializing. Program is from 7:00 - 8:45 pm.


Admission - Free and Open to the Public — So, Invite Your Friends!
For directions to Leu Gardens visit: www.LeuGardens.org. For more information contact Maria A. at: 321-356-6257 or email.

 
September Program: AmeriCorp Outreach

September’s Monthly Educational Speaker will be Aggie Armstrong.


Aggie is the District 3 AmeriCorp IP Volunteer Outreach Representative. She will be discussing the Ameri-Corp Volunteer Outreach Program and its many opportunities for your involvement!

 

Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803-1537

 

Date/Time: September 15th.Door opens at 6:30 pm with light snacks & socializing. Program is from 7:00 - 8:45 pm.


Admission - Free and Open to the Public — So, Invite Your Friends!
For directions to Leu Gardens visit: www.LeuGardens.org. For more information contact Maria A. at: 321-356-6257 or email.

 
Join Sierra Club for a Tour & Drinks at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

On October 2nd from 5:00 - 7:30 pm, join Sierra Club for a glass of wine or a beer in the gardens of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

 

Children are also welcome (kid-friendly drinks will be provided). Silent auction items will be available. This fundraiser is for the Sierra Club Political Action Committee. The cost is $10.00 per person and includes a private tour of the center.

 

The Birds of Prey Center is a rehab center for birds of prey and handles the largest volume of hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and kites east of the Mississippi River! The location is on the shores of Lake Sybelia, and drinks will be served in the gazebo area. A guided tour of the center is included, so bring your camera, for sure!

 

Address: 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751

Pay the $10 at the door, cash/check only.

If you have questions, email Mary-Slater .

 
2010-09 Newsletter

Your September-October edition of the Sierran is available!

Click here to view it.

In this issue, we focus on water and land issues:

  • St. Johns River trails
  • Blue Spring State Park update
  • All about Shingle Creek
  • Energy update
  • Oct. 2 Sierra Club benefit at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey 
  • Upcoming programs and outings
  • ...and much more!
 
DEP website about Florida watershed
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new educational website about Florida watersheds, Florida's Water: Ours to Protect,.  The new site has a lot of detailed content about Florida’s watersheds. 
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Success in Osceola County
Central Florida Sierra Club is pleased to say that Department of Community Affairs issued a recommended that Osceola County not develop the NE area of the county.
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