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Sierra Club - Central Arkansas Group Meeting

4/16/24 – Tu - Please join us for the next CAG meeting. Program: Bruce McMath will speak on the Dark Sky initiative and bring us up to date on the activities of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society. Come early at 5:30 to enjoy the wonderful food at Star of India. We meet in the banquet room. Thank Sammy for hosting us. Star of India is located at 301 N. Shackleford Rd. STE C4 Little Rock, AR 72211 (Separate banquet room entrance is located to the right of main restaurant entrance.)

Future meetings are announced via e-mail messages from Chair George Wise. If you do not receive the messages, please contact George at     Program normally starts at 6:30.

For additional information on past or future CAG meetings, click HERE.    
Future Tuesday CAG meetings: 5/21/24; 6/18/24; 7/16/24
No meeting in August or December. Late 2024 meetings: 9/17/24; 10/15/24; 11/19/24

Sierra Club Board of Director Elections

4/24/24 - W - noon EST deadline - Elections are now underway for 5 board members for the 2024-2027 term on the national Sierra Club Board of Directors. Club members who signed up for electronic delivery have probably received a ballot (from President Allison Chin) via e-mail within the last week. Others should receive a ballot via U.S. mail. The ballot has information on how to access information on the candidates. Please vote for the candidates of your choice who will determine the direction of the Club for the future.

AR-DoT Public Involvement Meeting

4/30/24 - AR-DoT Public Involvement Meeting to discuss Hwy. 60 drainage in Perry County. Refer to page 7A in 4/14/24 Democrat Gazette for more info.

Calipari in LA

4/14/24 - While recent UofA Coach Musselman is headed to USC, his replacement Coach Calipari was in LA last Friday to receive an award (named for former UCLA Coach Wooden) from the Los Angeles Athletic Club. For more info, check pg 7C of today's Democrat Gazette.

World Wilderness Congress

8/24-31/24 - Sa-Sa - South Dakota - This year, the World Wilderness Congress will be held in South Dakota, the third time the quadrennial series of gatherings will be held in the U.S. After March 31, registration fee for the full week may increase to $1000. For more info, go to    

Central Arkansas Safety Action Plan

11/2023 - Metroplan, the metropolitan planning organization for Central Arkansas (Faulkner County, Lonoke County, Pulaski County, and Saline County) is developing a Safety Action Plan. This Plan will identify and prioritize roadway safety improvements for all road users in Central Arkansas, including pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation users, motorists, and more. The goal of the Safety Action Plan is to improve roadway safety by significantly reducing or eliminating roadway fatalities and serious injuries through implementation focused on all road users. For more info [or to complete a survey to provide input to the plan], click HERE.   The survey is now completed but the link is retained for info only.

Early Tick Season?

2/12/24 - Ticks were spotted last week near Pinnacle Mountain. Use caution.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park News

11/28/23 - Tu - The new Visitors Center had their grand opening this morning with short speeches by park officials and Governor Sanders. The driveway to the new Visitors Center is around 1/4 mile north of the West Summit Trail parking lot. There is now a short extension of the Base Trail (south of the #3 marker) that connects to the Visitors Center with a new bike trail accessible nearby. The November issue of amp magazine ( pages 24 & 25 describes architectural considerations that went into design of the building.

When visiting the visitors center, ask for a copy of the new trail guide. It appears that hiking trails have doubled in mileage in the last half-dozen years. I've heard a hiker describe the new (1 mile) Owl Pass Trail (between the boat launch ramp and the Arboretum) as a favorite. And I've seen families with small children riding bikes on this trail. (It is almost flat and fairly smooth.) Most of the other new trails are in the eastern part of the park. (Webmaster comment: I've now hiked many of the new trails east of the old Visitor's Center road and found most enjoyable, but recommend extra caution on the Jackfork Trail right next to the Maumelle River if the trail is covered with slippery leaves -as it was in January - as it would be easy to slip off the trail down into the river.)


Another vessel strikes a bridge, this time in Pittsburgh: Refer to pg 3A of 4/14/24 Democrat Gazette for more info.

This year (2024), the west coast has again received a lot of rain and snow. For links to a selection of Web Cams in California, click HERE.

Note: Past news and outings reports have been moved to the Newsletters page.    

What's New on the Web site:

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POSTED IN Q1/Q2 ( JAN-JUN ) 2024

  • 4/14/24 - Links on Get Involved web page checked/updated
  • 4/14/24 - History Tours schedule updated
  • 4/14/24 - Distinguished lecture series (no new events located as of this date)
  • 4/14/24 - Links on EPA - ADEQ web page checked

For information on web site changes in prior months, go to the About Us > What's New page.

The following are images that have been considered as possible future web site header photos.

Below left: Waterfall in Devils Canyon, Ozark NF - - - - - Below right: 100+-year old Springfield Bridge, the oldest bridge of this type in Arkansas. The bridge was recently extensively repaired and moved to near the west end of Beaverfork Lake.

Devils-Canyon     old Springfield Bridge

Army Corps of Engineers Inspection Ship Near Toad Suck Lock and Dam

Army Corps of Engineers Inspection Ship Near Toad Suck Lock and Dam

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Special Topic: Texas Coal Plants An Issue, Sierra Club Says

By Doug Thompson - NW News - December 30, 2014

Two coal-fired power plants in Texas stand as the most immediate threat to air quality in Northwest Arkansas, said the director of the Sierra Club in Arkansas.

The plants are among seven at issue in a Jan. 15 public hearing in Oklahoma City. The federal Environmental Protection Agency called the hearing after rejecting parts of Texas' plan to gradually reduce the amount of haze-causing sulfur dioxide from the plants.

Glen Hooks, this state's Sierra Club director, said his group will argue at the hearing the sulfur dioxide contributes to haze as far north as Benton and Washington counties and over the federally protected headwaters of the Buffalo National River. ... MORE     [TOP]

Campfire Events Calendar

Outing - Sierra Club Policies

  • Activities identified as Sierra Club outings are led by a certified Outings Leader. All participants on such outings are required to sign a Sierra Club Liability Waiver form. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, please go to, then click on Sign-in Sheet & Liability Waiver or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.
  • Carpools transportation is at the sole risk of the participants, both driver and passengers, even if they are leaders or staff of the outings or activity.
  • CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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