Sierra Club Florida is a chapter of the Sierra Club made up of volunteer leaders and activists from all over the state. Its mission is to enjoy and protect the natural places in Florida, to teach others to understand and respect the fragile environment in which we live, and to practice and promote the responsible use of Florida’s ecosystems and resources. The strength of the Chapter comes from the efforts of local, grass-roots volunteers in the 16 Sierra Club Groups from Tallahassee to Miami and from Tampa to Orlando and West Palm Beach. 

Sierra Club Florida Activity

March 7 is the date of the next Florida Chapter meeting. The Sierra Florida Executive Committee is hosting a chapter leader's meeting at the Circle B Bar Ranch in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sierra Group leaders from around the state are invited. Agenda items include: Review of Core Chapter & Group Functions, Leadership Team Effectiveness, Relationship Building, Where to Find Help/Training online and input into the Sierra Club Florida Calendar. Please RSVP BY February 28th, 2015 to Debbie Matthews at treehuggerdeb@gmail.com In the email, please state your full name, your Group name, your volunteer position and a telephone number where we can reach you. The Sierra Club Florida Executive Committee business meeting will be on Sunday at 9 AM at the same location. You are welcome to attend. For more information and suggestions for overnight accomodations, email Debbie. 

 

The new issue of the Chapter newsletter, the Pelican, is available for download now from our
Newsletter page.

 

The Legislative Lobbying Advisory Team has released the 2015 Legislative Platform.

 

Find Environmental News and Commentary for Florida at www.Sierraclubfloridanews.org.

 

Take Action for Florida

A record number of Florida Panthers were killed last year. The population cannot afford such a loss and the US Fish and Wildlife the US Fish and Wildlife Service needs to hear from you now. Tell them to put a stop to increased development of the panther habitat.
Go to http://www.sierrafloridanews.org/2015/01/take-action-to-save-panther-habitat.html.

 

The state of Florida is moving to overturn a 20-year-old Florida Black Bear hunting ban. The Florida Black bear is one of the most beloved species in the state. This subspecies of the American black bear once roamed every corner of the state from Pensacola to the Florida Keys. From a high population of 12,000 to currently 3,000, the state’s largest mammal has been driven from most of its habitat. To protect the bear, the state legislature banned its hunting in 1994. However, in 2012, the state lifted the bear’s “threatened” status to open the door to hunting. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission is now holding hearings to open the ban.  Without your help, Florida’s small black bear population could soon be hunted for sport.

Please take action today and demand the Fish and Wildlife Commissioners maintain the ban on bear hunting!
1) Call the Fish and Wildlife Commissioners at 850-487-3796.
2) Use the on-line form at: http://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-staff/senior-staff/contact-commissioners/

In Florida News

Biscayne National Park Hosts Climate Change on the South Florida Coastline:

On Sunday, February 22, 2015, Biscayne National Park hosted a talk by National Park Service researchers Dr. Erik Stabenau and Dr. David Rudnik titled Climate Change on the South Florida Coast: A Dialogue on Parks and Restoration. All over South Florida, local groups and governments are getting together to talk about sea level rise. 

Rally in Tally

On February 18, more than 400 Floridians marched on Tallahassee to demand that the State of Florida protect its waters, buy the land promised by Amendment 1 and send water South to the Everglades. Read more about it on our Florida blog www.sierrafloridanews.org

 

Sierra Club, People Protecting Peace River, Manasota 88 vs Mosaic Mines: Property on Horse Creek is protected in settlement agreement over the South Ft. Meade mine extension. Read about it at:  http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20141227/ARTICLE/312279998/2416/NEWS?p=1&tc=pg

West Lake CanoeOUTINGS

Sierra Club Florida offers a variety of outdoor experiences to both members and non-members of Sierra Club. Trips include canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bike-riding, back-packing,  bird watching and many other activities. All trips have experienced, trained, certified leaders.

 

 

Each of Sierra Club Florida's regional groups offer outings from the Everglades to Tallahassee. Many trips are listed below. For more information, check with the group's website or attend a local meeting. 

Florida Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST37115

 

 

 

 

Date Event More Information
Sat, 02/28/2015 to Sun, 03/01/2015 Lake Wales Ridge State Forest/Arbuckle Tract Beginner Backpacking Outing
12:00 PM to 12:00 PM

1583 Rucks Dairy Road, Frostproof, FL 33843, USA
Sat, 02/28/2015 Tampa Bay Group 1st Annual Solar Energy Fair
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620, USA
Wed, 03/04/2015 Excom Meeting
6:30 PM

Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 North Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, USA
Sat, 03/07/2015 to Sun, 03/08/2015 Backpack to Bee Island in Myakka River State Park
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

14 Myakka State Park Road, Sarasota, FL 34241, USA
Sun, 03/08/2015 to Sun, 03/15/2015 Fundraising trip to Puerto Rico from the sea to the mountains
12:00 PM to 12:00 PM

Puerto Rico
Wed, 03/11/2015 Outings Committee Meeting
6:00 PM

Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 North Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, USA
Wed, 03/11/2015 Conservation Committee Meeting
5:30 AM

Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 North Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, USA
Sat, 03/14/2015 WILDERNESS PARK OFF-ROAD MORNING BICYCLE RIDE
10:00 AM

Trout Creek, Thonotosassa, FL 33592, USA
Sat, 03/21/2015 to Sun, 03/22/2015 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by SOLO
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Gainesville, FL, USA
Sat, 03/28/2015 to Tue, 03/31/2015 Cumberland Island National Seashore Backpacking Outing
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Cumberland Island National Seashore, 101 Wheeler Street, Saint Marys, GA 31558, USA
Sat, 04/11/2015 Outing Leader Training OLT101
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Saint Petersburg, Russia
Sat, 04/18/2015 ECO Fest to Celebrate Earth Day
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

7225 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33604, USA
Sat, 04/18/2015 HIKE OAK RIDGE EQUESTRIAN AREA
9:00 AM

15847 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592, USA
Sat, 05/16/2015 Paddle Robinson Preserve
9:00 AM

9800 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209, USA

Paddle the Lower Peace River, bird-watching with a Master Naturalist

Paddle up Myrtle Creek with Master Naturalist Jim Story

Paddle the Lower Peacenad bird-watching with Rick Fried

Fort Desoto Beach Walk

Scouting Outing and Navigation Training, 7 AM, Sunday. May 25, 2014, Kissimmee River Section of the Florida National Scenic Trail

Paddle Lettuce Lake with a Master Naturalist!

Weeki Wachee Paddle Outing

Chassahowitzka River paddle

Paddle the Lower Peace River, bird-watching with a Master Naturalist!

Executive Committee Meeting

Fundraising canoe trip on the Upper Missouri River in Montana

Splish Splash I was Takin' a Bath: Kids Kayak Weeki Wachee Springs Run, Monday June 23, 2014

Weedon Island Canoe/Kayak trip

Picnic in the Park

Homosassa River paddle

WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL BICYCLE RIDE, South Section from Croom Road to South End

Kids Kayak and Swimming, Wekiva Springs State Park Florida, Monday July 21, 2014

Outing Leader Training OLT101

Sunset Sea Kayak Trip, Caladesi Island State Park, FL

WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL BICYCLE RIDE, South Section from Floral City to Croom Road

Sunset Sea Kayak Trip, Caladesi Island State Park, FL

WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL BICYCLE RIDE, North Section from Floral City to Hernando

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by SOLO

Outing Leader Training OLT101

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by SOLO

Myakka River SP, Mossy Hammock / Bee Island backpack

Guided Nature Walk in Deep Creek Preserve

Paddle Shell Creek with Rick Fried

Multi Eve Kayak Trip, Upper Suwannee River

Overnight canoe trip on the Withlacoochee River

kayak Prairie Creek with Jamie Reynolds

Guided Nature Walk in Charlotte Flatwoods Preserve

Myakka River SP, Bee Island backpack

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by SOLO

Planting Outing (Service)

Backpack trip to Buster Island – Lake Kissimmee State Park

Day Canoe/Kayak trip on the Hillsborough river

Guided Nature Walk in Morgan Park, Arcadia

Paddle the back areas of Lettuce Lake

Stump Pass Beachwalk with Dr. Bill Dunson

Backpack in Wekiva State Park

Kayak Livingston Creek

Paddle Myrtle Creek with Master Naturalist Jim Story

Paddle Shell Creek below the Dam with Jamie Reynolds

Nature Hike in Prairie Creek Preserve

Paddle Shell Creek with Rick Fried

Nature Walk in Shell Creek Preserve

Myakka River SP, Bee Island / Oak Grove backpack

Kayak to Stump Pass for a Nature Walk with Dr. Bill Dunson

Kayak Prairie Creek with Jamie Reynolds

Kayak Myrtle Creek with Jim Story

Backpack trip in the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Paddle the back areas of Lettuce Lake

Myakka Park Nature Walk with Dr. Bill Dunson

Nature Walk in Footprints Park with Jamie Reynolds

Serenova Preserve primitive car camp

Paynes Prairie overnight backpack trip with a park ranger

Old Datsun Trail Hike

Paddle Shell Creek with Rick Fried

Myakka River SP, Mossy Hammock / Bee Island backpack

Overnight sea kayak trip to Anclote Key Preserve State Park

McKay Bay Cleanup

Great Invader Raider Rally Service Project

Excom Meeting

Colt Creek State Park backpack

Growth Management Committee

Outings Committee Meeting

February 11, 2015 General Meeting: 'Rules of the Road: Bike Smart / Drive Safe'

Overnight Backpack trip in the Ocala National Forest

Save our Wetland from Racetrac Zoning hearing

CLEAN WATER & ADMENDMENT 1 RALLY

Green Swamp West backpack, Concession Stand campsite

Outings First Aid/CPR CANCELLED !

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest/Arbuckle Tract Beginner Backpacking Outing

Tampa Bay Group 1st Annual Solar Energy Fair

Excom Meeting

Backpack to Bee Island in Myakka River State Park

Fundraising trip to Puerto Rico from the sea to the mountains

Outings Committee Meeting

Conservation Committee Meeting

WILDERNESS PARK OFF-ROAD MORNING BICYCLE RIDE

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by SOLO

Cumberland Island National Seashore Backpacking Outing

Outing Leader Training OLT101

HIKE OAK RIDGE EQUESTRIAN AREA

ECO Fest to Celebrate Earth Day

Paddle Robinson Preserve