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
The Chapter Leaders meet in person four times a year. The next meeting is June 6 and meeting details will be posted soon. Other meetings in 2015 are October 3rd and December 5th.
The Group Advisory Council has monthly conference calls at the end of the month to discuss activities and share helpful tips on newsletters, websites, fundraising and other items. For more info on the GAC, email John.Swingle@florida.sierraclub.org.
The latest issue of the Chapter newsletter, the Pelican, is available for download now from our
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
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
|Sat, 04/11/2015||Outing Leader Training OLT101||
9:00 AM to 4:00 PMFlorida Chapter
Saint Petersburg, Russia
|Sat, 04/11/2015||Cedar Key Kayak||
10:00 AMSuwannee-St Johns Group
|Sat, 04/18/2015||Micanopy to McIntosh Bike Ride||
9:00 AMSuwannee-St Johns Group
|Sat, 04/18/2015||HIKE OAK RIDGE EQUESTRIAN AREA||
9:00 AMTampa Bay Group
15847 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592, USA
|Sat, 04/18/2015||ECO Fest to Celebrate Earth Day||
10:00 AM to 3:00 PMTampa Bay Group
7225 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33604, USA
|Sat, 05/16/2015||Paddle Robinson Preserve||
9:00 AMTampa Bay Group
9800 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209, USA