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
(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 . Contact Beth
Ann Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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