The Big Sugar Summit will pull the curtain back on the sugar industry. We'll dig as deep into the muck as we can, in one day, to uncover just how profoundly Big Sugar affects us all. Get the facts regarding the sugar industry's influence and impact on Florida and its citizens. Our speakers will represent a wide spectrum of the political, academic, scientific and advocacy realms.

Details and Event Registration URL:

https://big-sugar-summit.eventbrite.com


Sierra Club Florida

A chapter of the Sierra Club, Sierra Club Florida is 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. 

The Volunteer Connection

Volunteers play an incredibly important role in the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is essentially a volunteer-run organization and volunteers currently take on many assignments and positions within the organization - all in their spare time.

Click here to visit the The Volunteer Connection sign-up page.

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
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.

For Sierra Club Outings and Events outside of Florida, visit here.

Florida Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST37115

 

Date Event More Information
Sat, 05/30/2015 Tell Legislators to Finish the Job: Fund Water & Land Conservation
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33919, USA
Sun, 05/31/2015 Sierra Club Calusa Group Meet and Greet Potluck Picnic
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Pine Pavilion at the Calusa Nature Center
Mon, 06/01/2015 Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- GASLAND (A True Story about Fracking)
6:00 PM

101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Sat, 06/06/2015 Hike the Theodore Roosevelt Area
10:00 AM

13165 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Jacksonville, FL
Mon, 06/08/2015 Cuba: Effects of Climate Change After the Embargo -- Amanda Hodges
6:30 PM

2001 University Boulevard West, Jacksonville, FL
Mon, 06/08/2015 Miami General Meeting
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

2990 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133, USA
Wed, 06/10/2015 Habitat Loss, Rooftop Nesting and Recovering Endangered Species
7:00 PM

Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 North Central Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603, USA
Sat, 06/13/2015 Hike Gold Head Branch State Park
10:00 AM

6239 State Road 21, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656
Sun, 06/14/2015 WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL BICYCLE RIDE
9:00 AM

7132-7232 Croom Rital Road, Brooksville, FL 34602, USA
Sat, 06/20/2015 Kayak, canoe, snorkel at Indian Key
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sun, 06/21/2015 Chassahowitzka River paddle
10:00 AM

8699 West Miss Maggie Drive, Homosassa, FL 34448, USA
Sat, 06/27/2015 Kayak Thomas Creek
10:00 AM

17198 Ethel Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218
Sun, 06/28/2015 Weeki Wachee Paddle Outing
9:00 AM

6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606, USA
Sat, 07/04/2015 2nd Annual Hike Cumberland Island and 4th of July Celebration in St Marys
11:00 AM

113 W St. Marys Street, St. Marys, GA 31558
Wed, 07/15/2015 Beneficial Bats - Their Role in Ecosystem Health
7:00 PM

Natures Classroom 13100 Verges Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592, USA

Weekday Hike in Julington-Durbin Preserve

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

Paddle up Myrtle Creek with Master Naturalist Jim Story

Hike Gold Head Branch State Park

Paddle the Lower Peacenad bird-watching with Rick Fried

Fort Desoto Beach Walk

Paddle Lettuce Lake with a Master Naturalist!

Kayak Pottsburg Creek

Weeki Wachee Paddle Outing

Hike Cedar Point Preserve

Chassahowitzka River paddle

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

Executive Committee Meeting

Kayak Egan’s Creek at Fernandina Beach

Fundraising canoe trip on the Upper Missouri River in Montana

Weedon Island Canoe/Kayak trip

Kayak Thomas Creek

Picnic in the Park

Homosassa River paddle

Little Fish, Big Role: Protecting Florida's Forage Fish

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

Outing Leader Training OLT101

Hike Cedar Point (National Park Service)

Sunset Sea Kayak Trip, Caladesi Island State Park, FL

Hike Princess Place Preserve

Hike in Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

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

Rainbow River paddle

Sunset Sea Kayak Trip, Caladesi Island State Park, FL

Hike in the Sawmill Slough Preserve

Kayak Pellicer Creek and Faver-Dykes State Park

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

Hike Hanna Park

Overnight canoe trip on the Withlacoochee River

kayak Prairie Creek with Jamie Reynolds

CANCELLED Green Swamp West backpack

Outings Leader Training

Guided Nature Walk in Charlotte Flatwoods Preserve

Myakka River SP, Bee Island backpack

Hike Little Talbot Island

Sierra Club Election Night Watch Party

Backpack trip to Buster Island – Lake Kissimmee State Park

Full Moon Bike Ride Fundraiser at Shark Valley

Everglades Ecology 101

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by SOLO

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

Hike the Jacksonville Arboretum

Backpack in Wekiva State Park

Paddle Myrtle Creek with Master Naturalist Jim Story

Paddle Shell Creek below the Dam with Jamie Reynolds

Big Cypress Hike on Florida Trail

Nature Hike in Prairie Creek Preserve

13th Annual John Muir Family Walk, Yulee, FL

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

Hike the Trails of the Bayard Conservation Area (John P. Hall Nature Preserve)

Everglades Ecology 101

Sierra Club Jacksonville Program -- Combined Jax and Ponte Vedra Holiday Celebration

Kayak Prairie Creek with Jamie Reynolds

Kayak Trout Creek

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

Nine-Mile Pond Canoe

Hike Fort Clinch State Park

Paynes Prairie overnight backpack trip with a park ranger

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Seismic Testing Off Our Northeast Florida Coast

Old Datsun Trail Hike

Paddle Shell Creek with Rick Fried

Myakka River SP, Mossy Hammock / Bee Island backpack

Hike in Guana

Jacksonville Program -- Dredging & the Dolphins of St. Johns River

Overnight sea kayak trip to Anclote Key Preserve State Park

Rally for the Rocklands

McKay Bay Cleanup

Great Invader Raider Rally Service Project

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Protecting the First Coast with a National Marine Sanctuary

Excom Meeting

CANCELLED Backpack trip to Buster Island – Lake Kissimmee State Park

Colt Creek State Park backpack

Jacksonville Program -- Osceola National Forest

Miami General Meeting

Outings Committee Meeting

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

Growth Management Committee

Kayak Durbin Creek

Overnight Backpack trip in the Ocala National Forest

CANCELLED Ocala National Forest Backpack Trip

Hike Fort George Island Cultural State Park

CANCELLED Family Camping and Safari Adventure

Save our Wetland from Racetrac Zoning hearing

CLEAN WATER & ADMENDMENT 1 RALLY

Green Swamp West backpack, Concession Stand campsite

Outings First Aid/CPR CANCELLED !

Buy it Back / Shame on U (of M) Rally

Tampa Bay Group 1st Annual Solar Energy Fair

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Cycling and Camping in Iceland

Rock the Commission

Coffee Social

Excom Meeting

Hike Stokes Landing

Historic Walking Tour of St. Augustine

Backpack to Bee Island in Myakka River State Park

Fundraising trip to Puerto Rico from the sea to the mountains

Miami General Meeting

Gardening for Wildlife -- Jacksonville Garden Club

Conservation Committee Meeting

Sierra Club Outings Leader Information Session

Outings Committee Meeting

Micanopy Bike Ride

Hike Ravine Gardens State Park

WILDERNESS PARK OFF-ROAD MORNING BICYCLE RIDE

Barr Hammock Sunset Hike

Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Project Hike

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by SOLO

Explore Tree Hill Nature Center

Suncoast / Tampa Bay Bicycle Ride

Cedar Key Kayak

Outing Leader Training OLT101

Kayak Deep Creek

Miami General Meeting

Climate Change and Its Effects on Wildlife -- Carolyn Antman

Micanopy to McIntosh Bike Ride

HIKE OAK RIDGE EQUESTRIAN AREA

ECO Fest to Celebrate Earth Day

Bike the Palatka to St. Augustine State Trail

Baynanza Annual Bay cleanup

John Muir Belated Birthday Hike in Guana

Halls River Paddle, Homosassa

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- Visiting Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

Outings Leader Training (OLT-101)

Outings Leader Training (OLT101)

Sierra Club Jacksonville Program -- Crosby Sanctuary -- Pete Johnson

Miami General Meeting

Sierra Club Calusa Group May Meeting: 'Fracking And Florida'

Paddle and snorkel Bear Cut and Crandon

Paddle Robinson Preserve

Hiking, Biking and Kayaking Weekend Getaway on Jekyll Island, GA

Hiking and Exploring Princess Place Preserve

Tell Legislators to Finish the Job: Fund Water & Land Conservation

Sierra Club Calusa Group Meet and Greet Potluck Picnic

Ponte Vedra Beach Monthly Program -- GASLAND (A True Story about Fracking)

Hike the Theodore Roosevelt Area

Cuba: Effects of Climate Change After the Embargo -- Amanda Hodges

Miami General Meeting

Habitat Loss, Rooftop Nesting and Recovering Endangered Species

Hike Gold Head Branch State Park

WITHLACOOCHEE STATE TRAIL BICYCLE RIDE

Kayak, canoe, snorkel at Indian Key

Chassahowitzka River paddle

Kayak Thomas Creek

Weeki Wachee Paddle Outing

2nd Annual Hike Cumberland Island and 4th of July Celebration in St Marys

Beneficial Bats - Their Role in Ecosystem Health