The Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to Enjoying, Exploring and Protecting the Planet. Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, it is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
IMPORTANT! FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is having their next meeting on September 2 & 3 in Ft. Lauderdale at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina located at 1881 SE 17 Street. The meeting will start at 8:30 on both days and is open to the public. The Agenda shows that the first day will cover several important topics that effect us in South Florida. The staff will give a report that will cover efforts to address and manage adverse human-wildlife conflicts. This will cover the Python situation and waste management as it pertains to keeping humans safe from black bears. Of major concern will be the discussion on panther habitat. Staff will seek guidance on a draft position statement addressing the Florida panther recovery, management and strategic priorities. This will be followed by the status of the Black Bear harvesting efforts.
These and many other wildlife topics with be discussed. Please try to attend so you will be an informed consumer. You can check their website at http://myfwc.com and click on Commission Meetings.
Stop Cruel Black Bear Hunt
A 20-year ban on hunting black bears may end in response to an increased number of bear attacks. Human encroachment and habitat loss have led the bears to seek food in developed areas.
The attacks occurred mostly in a development that was built on a former bear habitat in the central part of the state near the Ocala National Forest. According to the wildlife agency, most of the neighborhood encounters happened when residents left food out where bears could get to it, enticing the animals out of the woods.
To steal their habitats and then entice them into dangerous areas with food that is increasingly hard for them to come by in the wild is bad enough, but to kill them for coming after that food is barbaric.
SIGN THE PETITION here: http://forcechange.com/138247/dont-hunt-black-bears/
The Legacy of Damon Bee
Last fall, the Broward Sierra Executive Committee learned of a mysterious benefactor who had bequeathed a very generous donation to our Broward Sierra Club. In June, we learned the identity of this charitable man who wanted to make a difference in this world, even after his death. Damon Bee, originally of Cowen, West Virginia, turned out to be that man. According to his grandnephew, Gary Bee, Jr., Mr. Bee enjoyed the outdoors from an early age, along with his three brothers and two sisters. Although Mr. Bee never married, he was devoted to his family, overseeing the care of his parents in their later years and assisting nephews and nieces with college expenses. Other worthy organizations, such as the Audubon and Appalachian Trail, have benefited from Mr. Bee’s generosity, as well. We are grateful for the donation of just over $3500 that will be used for our club’s educational efforts to enlighten the South Florida public on environmental issues and protect the natural beauty of our area that Mr. Bee wanted to preserve for the future.
The Everglades & Amendment 1
A simple 4 minute video on exactly what's going on, and what can be done to save our Everglades, as well as our east & west coast estuaries. Everything was set to go, until "politics & money" kicked in.
At the South Florida Water Commission meeting on April 9, the Commission concluded that buying the U.S. Sugar land was too expensive and would take too long. It is important that you keep contacting your State Representatives, Senators and the Governor! Let them know the importance of buying the land so the water can move south into the Everglades.
To find your district for State Representative, go to http://gis.broward.org/maps/webPDFs/StateDistricts/housedistrict.pdf
To find your district for State Senator, go to http://gis.broward.org/maps/webPDFs/StateDistricts/senatedistrict.pdf
To find the contact information for your State Representative and Senator (by district), go to http://www.browardsoe.org/electedofficials.aspx
For Governor Scott’s contact information go to http://www.flgov.com/contact-governor
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