Central Arkansas Group (CAG)

Check the CAG Facebook Group for the latest news.

The Central Arkansas Group of Sierra Club is one of two groups of the Sierra Club Arkansas Chapter. Central Arkansas Group (CAG) boundaries are roughly the southeastern half of the state with our sister group the Ozark Headwaters Group covering the northwestern half. (See map for boundaries.) People who live within CAG boundaries are automatically enrolled in our group when they join the national Sierra Club.

Clark Wetlands Boardwalk, Little Rock 

Photo shows part of the boardwalk through the Clark Wetlands, located just northwest of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

The Central Arkansas Nature Center is at left of photo (next to the Arkansas River) just beyond the Interstate-30 bridge.

Photo was taken from a 100-year old former railroad bridge (across the river) that was recently converted for walking/biking use.

May 14 during high water May 14 boardwalk submerged during high water

For info and photos of the December 2015 flooding, click HERE.

The current CAG membership is made up of approximately 1550 members.  For more information about the CAG, visit their Facebook Group

CAG Meetings

The Central Arkansas Group (CAG) meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month except August and December in the party room of the Oyster Bar at 3003 West Markham in Little Rock. Social time  begins at 6:30 pm and the program starts at 7 pm. You do not have to be a member of the Sierra Club to attend. The meeting schedule is shown below. For other events, select the Events tab, then Club Events from the drop-down menu.

2016 - Upcoming

1/19/16 Tu -  CAG meeting - Panel discussion on I-30 expansion issue. Panel includes Kathy Wells.

2/16/16 Tu -  CAG meeting - Zac McCannon on seed swap 

Title: How do Seed Swaps put Power Back in the Hands of the People?

Blurb: Zack McCannon, documentary filmmaker, Seed Swap in the Ozarks  - How do Seed Swaps put power back in the hands of the people?  How can Seed Swaps increase food security for your family and region?  How do you start a Seed Swap and begin sharing open-pollinated varieties with your community?  Zack will answer these questions and facilitate further group discussion on the Seed Swap documentary, local food production, local food purchasing, and the social and economic power that food yields. Watch Seed Swap before the meeting @ https://youtu.be/az7L6d7bhn0  Attend a Seed Swap before the meeting @ the Faulkner County Library on February 14, 2016 from 1-4pm. 

Short Bio: Zack McCannon has worked at AETN since 2012 and is currently producing the feature length documentary History of Music In Arkansas: Origins 200 BCE - 1941 CE.  Zack is also an active member in Conway's local food movement and is helping to build Bell Urban Farm across from the Faulkner County Library.

3/15/16 Tu -  CAG meeting - Ross Nolan - Buffalo River Foundation

4/19/16 Tu -  CAG meeting - Chris Hiryak - Little Rock Urban farms

5/17/16 Tu -  CAG meeting - Dana F Steward, author of "A Rough Sort of Beauty" - Reflections on the Natural Heritage of Arkansas

6/21/16 Tu -  CAG meeting
7/19/16 Tu -  CAG meeting
8/16/16 Tu - No CAG meeting in August
9/20/16 Tu -
CAG meeting
10/18/16 Tu -  CAG meeting
11/15/16 Tu -  CAG meeting
12/20/16 Tu - No CAG meeting in December

2015 - Recent Past

December - No meeting in December

11/17/15 MeetingSpeaker: Walter Collins, Director of Operations and Facilities for the Little Rock Wastewater Utility. Walter is very knowledgeable and a good communicator.  He has  cutting edge of knowledge on wastewater treatment

10/20/15 Meeting - Speaker: Bruce McMath (CAAS President) - Presentation on need to work towards a dark skies objective for the Little Rock area.

10/20/15 Meeting - Speaker: Ross Nolan to talk about the Buffalo River Foundation. [presentation postponed until 2016]

9/15/15 Meeting - Note PROGRAM CHANGE - At this month's meeting, our own battle-scarred Sierra Club Arkansas Director Glen Hooks is fresh out of the trenches to give us an update on the White Bluff Power Plant, Regional Haze, and the Turk Plant settlement. Come grab a cold one, listen to war stories, and learn how you can aid in the fight against dirty coal. There have been some major battles fought lately in our war on people who would rather make money by burning dirty coal than, you know, be able to breathe clean air.

August - No meeting in August

7/21/15 Meeting - Speaker: Becky Williams on Sierra Club activism and the Wolf Project.

6/16/15 Meeting - Speaker: Chuck Bidding - on National Forest Service Nutrient Testing in Big Creek and Buffalo River (related to the C&G Hog Farm)

5/19/15 Meeting - Fracking in the Fayetteville Shale - A Focus on Air Quality & Regulatory Responsiveness - This presentation will cover some of the basics of Fracking in Arkansas, and will focus on the results of recent air sampling by community members in the Fayetteville Shale; it will also cover the response by Federal and State regulators who have been presented this air quality data. Speaker: Emily Lane, Director of ArkansasFracking.org, PhD Candidate - Leadership Studies.

4/21/15 Meeting - Speaker: Anna Weeks, the Environmental Policy Coordinator at the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, will provide a rundown on the state’s legislative initiatives and legislative trends as she sees them for the next session.

3/17/15 Meeting - Speaker: Eric Sundell, who recently completed work on the new color edition of the Forestry Commission's book Trees of Arkansas, will be discussing the book, showing previous editions, and emphasizing novelties in the new edition. A limited number of copies of the book should be available for sale for $5.

2/17/15 Meeting - Cancelled due to icy roads

1/20/15 Meeting - Speaker: Dan Scheiman, bird conservation director with Audubon
- - - - - He works on the Fouche Creek Project and will speak on cleaning up urban environments. '

CAG Newsletters

CAG news is now included with the chapter newsletter. For a selection of past CAG newsletters, click on the links below. For reports on recent events or outings, check Activity Reports under the Events tab on the navigation bar.

2014 Apr-Aug
2012 Jan-Apr
2011 Jan-Apr
2010 Jan-Mar
2009 Jan-Mar

2012 May-Sep
2011 May-Aug
2010 Apr-Jun
2009 Apr-Jun


2009 Jul-Sep


2011 Sep-Dec
2010 Sep-Dec
2009 Oct-Dec
2008 Oct-Dec
2007 Fall-Winter


CAG Management

The management of the affairs and activities of the Group is in the hands of an Executive Committee (ExCom), consisting of 7 members elected by the group membership for terms of two years. A Chair, a Vice Chair, and a Chapter Delegate and Alternate are selected from ExCom Members. Other officers and positions are selected from Group members but need not be ExCom members. A pdf copy of the group bylaws (formatted to fit on 5 pages) is available HERE.

2016 Executive Committee (ExCom) Elected Members:- updated 1/12/16

'16-'17 - Carolyn Shearman, John Whiteside, Becky Williams, James M. Wooley
'15-16 - Rel Corbin, George Wise, Robin Rumph

Chair - George Wise
Vice Chair - Robin Rumph
Chapter Delegate -
Chapter Delegate-Alternate - 
2016 Other Officers (need not be ExCom members):

Secretary - Carolyn Shearman
Treasurer - Becky Williams

2016 Standing Committees:

Nominating Committee - 
Election Committee - 
Conservation Committee - Bill Saunders

2016 Other Committees:

Membership Committee - 
Outings Chair - Carolyn Shearman
Communications (eMail) - Carolyn Shearman
Communications (Web Site) - Joe Wankum

Candidates on ballot for CAG ExComm '16-'17 Term: Carolyn Shearman, James M. Wooley, John Whiteside, Becky Williams

Chapter Management - Past History

2015 Executive Committee (ExCom) Elected Members:- updated 1/15/15, 2/12/15

'15-16 - Rel Corbin, George Wise, Robin Rumph
'14-15 - Gary Cawood, Guy Choate, Carolyn Shearman, Becky Williams

Chair - George Wise
Vice Chair - Guy Choate
Chapter Delegate - George Wise [Alternate - Robin Rumph]
2015 Other Officers (need not be ExCom members):

Secretary - Carolyn Shearman
Treasurer - Becky Williams

2015 Standing Committees:

Nominating Committee - George Wise, Rel Corbin, Robin Rumph, Gary Cawood
Election Committee - George Wise, Rel Corbin, Robin Rumph, Gary Cawood
Conservation Committee - Bill Saunders

2015 Other Committees:

Membership Committee - Robin Rumph
Outings Chair - Carolyn Shearman; Asst: Gary Cawood
Communications (eMail) - Carolyn Shearman
Communications (Web Site) - Joe Wankum

2014 - Prior Year's - Officers / Executive Committee:

2014 Chair - George Wise
2014 Secretary - Leah Wilkinson
2014 Treasurer - Kate Althoff/Becky Williams
2014 Chapter Delegate - George Wise
'13-14 ExCom - George Wise (Chair), Rel Corbin, Leah Wilkinson
'14-15 ExCom - Gary Cawood, Carolyn Shearman,  Joe Wankum***, Becky Williams
***(2014 only)

Fall 2015 Election Schedule (proposed):

8/31 - Nominating Committee (NomCom) appointed
9/15 - Receipt of potential candidate names for consideration by NomCom *
10/13 - NomCom reports names of nominees to ExCom
10/20 -  Names of nominees reported to members *
11/10 - Election Committee appointed
11/17 - Receipt of candidate petitions *
11/17 - Receipt of ballot issue petitions *
12/01 - Production of eligible voter lists
12/02 - Printing of ballots
12/03 - Ballots mailed
12/31 - Deadline for receipt of ballots
1/19/16 - Counting of ballots *
* Date of General Meeting

Online Activities & Registration (OARS) Calendar - CAG Events Only

The OARS Calendar on this page (below) includes only CAG events. For other Arkansas Chapter events,
go to the Club Events page.

Outing - Sierra Club Policies

  • Activities identified as Sierra Club outings are led by a certified Outings Leader. All participants on such outings are required to sign a Sierra Club Liability Waiver form. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, please go to http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/local-outdoors/resources, then click on Sign-in Sheet & Liability Waiver or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.
  • Carpools transportation is at the sole risk of the participants, both driver and passengers, even if they are leaders or staff of the outings or activity.
  • CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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