The Southeast Gateway Group (SEGG) of Sierra Club includes Kenosha County, Racine County, and Walworth County.

Thank you to SEGG member Roy Bohn of brindlebrothersphotography for our header photo.

Cranberry Time!


The Southeast Gateway Group of the Sierra Club is again offering fresh cranberries direct from a family-owned Wisconsin farm. They are packed the day they are picked up from the farm. These are the plump variety that are rarely found in grocery stores and come in a full one-pound bag. Use them fresh for the upcoming holidays or keep them in the freezer for up to 12 months.


Each one pound bag costs $3.75. Get a bunch to help support the Southeast Gateway Group as we work on local conservation projects. Deadline for ordering is October 28th. Delivery and pick up will begin on November 1st. Orders will be taken at the October 15th meeting or contact Jeff Sytsma at (262) 637-6845 or

Where Do We Go From Here?

Wisconsin’s proud history of natural resource protection is under threat. We have seen a loss of DNR staff positions in science and education. Gag orders on state staff have made the news. The budget reduces funds for state parks and stewardship, as well as requiring the DNR to sell land. Clean air and water are jeopardized by weaker regulations on both metallic and frac sand mining operations. We have a tar sands pipeline through the state that may be insufficiently protected. So we may well ask, where do we go from here? Where will our efforts have the most impact?


Bill Davis, new Director of the John Muir Chapter, will explore answers at our October Group Meeting. “So where do we go from here? First, we need to recognize it took a while to get here and it will take a while to get better. What we can’t, and won’t do, is give up, nor assume things will get better on their own. I firmly believe the things the John Muir Chapter advocates for – clean water, clean air, rational transportation, recreational opportunities, renewable and reliable energy – are winning positions with Wisconsinites. My ultimate goal for the chapter can be summed up as follows: No significant environmental decision is made in Wisconsin without the knowledge and consent of the John Muir chapter.”


Join us at 6:30 pm on October 15th in Room 120 of the Biosciences Building of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha to meet our new Chapter Director. Bill received both Wildlife Ecology and Law degrees from UW-Madison. He has worked in the environmental movement for thirty years here in Wisconsin as well as regionally including three stints as an executive director. He has worked on a wide array of issues from energy to solid waste to groundwater to water quality and air quality with a little transportation and land-use thrown in for good measure.

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