Living in the national and ecological borderlands of Southern Arizona, the Rincon Group of the Sierra Club’s Arizona Grand Canyon Chapter is positioned to influence a diverse set of environmental issues in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. The Rincon Group was created in the 1970s and has grown steadily in scope and influence over the years. Today, the Group addresses several fundamental environmental challenges, including the effects of border security on the region’s landscapes, advancement of abundant renewable energy sources, water conservation and smart growth. Many of our initiatives focus on grassroots movements and rely heavily on the passion and dedication of the greater Tucson community and fellow Sierra Club members. 

 

Rincon Group Programs, Second Quarter 2015

 

Rincon Group programs are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. They are at SEIU (Service Employees International Union), 439 N. Sixth Ave., Tucson. Please follow signs to Room 153. They are free and open to the public.

  

Thursday, May 14. Wolves Making a Comeback Despite Deep-Seated Hostility. Join Defenders of Wildlife’s Southwest Director Eva Sargent for an in-depth look at Mexican gray wolf recovery and other wolf-related issues.  Learn the real facts about: livestock depredation; the famous bus shelters of New Mexico’s Catron County; working with ranchers to prevent livestock conflicts; the new Mexican gray wolf rule; the mysterious missing wolf recovery plan; and why the Grand Canyon wolf was so important. Eva tells us about backroom deals, misused science, the invisible fence at Interstate 40, and about the lawsuits that aim to set things right.

 

Thursday, June 11. Preserving Stream Flows and Conserving a Precious Resource. Jennifer Martin, our Grand Canyon Chapter Water Sentinels Coordinator, updates us on the Water Sentinels Program, and tells us about its new Conserve to Enhance component. Water Sentinels uses volunteers in a hands-on effort to protect, improve, and restore Arizona rivers, streams, and riparian areas, with emphasis on the San Pedro, Salt and Verde rivers. Volunteer citizen scientists monitor water quality and stream-flow levels, remove invasive plant removal, and clean-up urban-area waterways. Conserve to Enhance participants track their water use, learn about where they have the most potential to save water, and put their savings to work to support enhancement projects.

 

 

Second Quarter Outings 2015

 

 

APR 8 (Wed) “C+”  Ventana Canyon Resort to Maiden Pools  (4.8 miles round trip,

EC 1300 ft.)  Great Wednesday hike for retirees and other available people.  Hike up a truly spectacular canyon with magnificent views of Tucson from the higher elevation, and visit to a small waterfall and some neat pools.  We’ll eat lunch near the pools and return early afternoon.  Listed hike duration is 3 hours, but I’m planning to smell the wildflowers along the way in addition to resting and eating, so I plan to start at 10:00 a.m. and be back in the parking lot between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.  Call or email Jim McPherson at 520-212-9736 or sailormobile@yahoo.com for details. Tucson


APR 11 (SAT) “C” Saguaro National Park East  We will hike a loop route that includes the Three Tanks Trail (5 miles, 1000 ft EC). We’ll talk about potential development on private land adjacent to the park boundary. Limit 18. Contact Meg Weesner for details at mweesner@att.net or 520-290-1723. Tucson

 

APR 11 (SAT) “A” Italian Spring Trail (14 mi RT, 3000’ EC). This segment of the Arizona Trail system accesses the North side of Saguaro National Park. The hike starts at the Redington Pass Road trailhead and follows the Italian Spring Trail to the entrance of Saguaro Park. We will see rolling grasslands, stands of ponderosa pine, alligator junipers, oaks and maybe a flowing stream. As the trail climbs into the park, hikers will have expansive views of the Catalinas and the San Pedro River valley. Contact Donald Smith at donsc@the3smiths.com or 520-591-9938. Tucson

 

APR 25–May 3 “A” Nankoweap Trail, Grand Canyon Join us for an adventurous and challenging backpacking trip to the Nankoweap Basin, a spectacular locale in the Grand Canyon featuring perennial water, the amazing Mystic Falls and ruins and pottery shards of the ancient ones. The scenery in this part of the canyon is spectacular. We will be hiking to the Colorado River to explore Anasazi granaries and enjoy a magnificent view of Marble Canyon. We will be learning about the incredible geology and archeology in this part of the Colorado Plateau. Contact Mitch Stevens at mitchstevens@qwestoffice.netor 520-991-1199 or Donald Smith at donsc@the3smiths.com or (520)591-9938.

 

APR 25 (SAT) “B” Mount Wrightson Dayhike (10.8 RT, 4,000 feet elevation change) Tallest peak in the vicinity of Tucson Arizona. Located in Madera Canyon, part of the Santa Rita Mountains and the Coronado National Forest, and approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours south of Tucson.  At 9,456 feet it offers the best panorama in the region and an unobstructed view of southern Arizona and into Mexico on a clear day.  The trails are easy and well maintained but offer a steady climb of 4,036 feet. We’ll go through scrub oak and ponderosa pine forests and be shaded most of the way until the last half-mile. The shade and high altitude make it a great hike even in the summer  Leave from Madera Canyon about 8:30.  The hike should take 5-6 hours. There is a fee to park at Madera Canyon unless you have a Sabino Canyon pass. Contact Colleen Colleen at cmavender@gmail.comor  520-577-4543. Tucson

MAY 3 (SUN) "C" Saguaro NP West We will hike the very northeast corner of the park, around Sanctuary Cove, Safford Peak, and along the northern boundary (4 miles, 600 ft EC). The route will take us to a little used area of the park, from which we can see unspoiled park lands and potential developments near the northern boundary. Limit 10. Contact Meg Weesner for details at mweesner@att.net or 520-290-1723. Tucson.

 

 

MAY 9 (SAT) “C+” Picacho Peak (3-4  mi RT, 1780 feet elevation gain) Join us on this early morning breakfast hike.  Picacho Peak is an exciting, short, strenuous hike to a summit with 360 degrees of fantastic views.  The hike is challenging, but there are cables to assist through the more difficult areas.  You will want to bring gloves.  We will be having a breakfast potluck at the top.  We will be leaving Picacho Peak trailhead (HunterTrail) around 7 am.  There is a fee to enter Picacho Peak of $7 per car.  Contact Colleen at cmavender@gmail.com   520-577-4543. Tucson

 


JUNE 20 (SAT) “C” San Pedro River Trail, Sierra Vista 2.5-3.5 miles with less
than 500 ft elevation gain, Moderate morning hike in the San Pedro Riparian
National Conservation Area. Expect to see some birds and small wildlife. Not a
high speed hike as we will pause for photography and observing birds, insects
and plants. Bring water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, and hat/sunscreen;
binoculars and camera recommended. Limit 8. Meet time 9:15 AM. Contact Beth
Ann Krueger at yardengine1919@hotmail.com
(preferred) or 520-405-5470 for reservations and more information. Also posted at http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Adventure-Meet-up/ which is the recommended method to sign up.  Tucson

 

 

 

Date Event More Information
Thu, 05/14/2015 Wolves Making a Comeback - Rincon Group program
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

SEIU, 439 North 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 05/28/2015 Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting
6:00 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 05/28/2015 Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting
7:15 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 06/11/2015 Preserving Stream Flows - Rincon Group program
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

SEIU, 439 North 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 06/25/2015 Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting
6:00 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 06/25/2015 Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting
7:15 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 08/27/2015 Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting
6:00 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 08/27/2015 Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting
7:15 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 09/10/2015 Rincon Group program
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

SEIU, 439 North 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 09/24/2015 Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting
6:00 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 09/24/2015 Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting
7:15 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 10/08/2015 Rincon Group program
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

SEIU, 439 North 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 10/22/2015 Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting
6:00 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 10/22/2015 Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting
7:15 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 11/12/2015 Rincon Group program
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

SEIU, 439 North 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 11/26/2015 Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting
6:00 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 11/26/2015 Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting
7:15 PM

Historic YWCA, 738 North 5th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
Thu, 12/10/2015 Rincon Group program
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

SEIU, 439 North 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA

Energy Issues from Fukushima to Tucson - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Wilderness in Arizona - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Pima County Wilderness Month Proclamation

Tucson Wilderness Month Proclamation

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Keeping the AZ Legislature at Bay - Rincon Group program

Peoples' Climate March Workshops - Tucson

Peoples' Climate March - Tucson

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

The Keystone XL Pipeline and Climate Change - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Sky Islands Springs: Ecological Assessment and Restoration - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Environmental Justice Struggles in Tucson, Then and Now - Rincon Group program

Viva la Verde! - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Uranium Drive-In - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

An Energy Revolution - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Wolves Making a Comeback - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Preserving Stream Flows - Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Rincon Group program

Rincon Group Conservation Committee meeting

Rincon Group Executive Committee meeting

Rincon Group program