General Meeting -
April 10, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30 - Everyone
National Wildlife Refuge In June - July of 2005 a Sierra Club National Outing visited
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Now that the current
administration is determined to open the Refuge to oil
drilling, it's time to see what we are about to lose. The
area is not at all what most people would expect and what the
"drill, baby, drill" crowd would like you to believe. Bill
Greer will share what the scenery and wildlife of this unique
area are really like and what we are about to lose if the
administration has its way. We'll explore a little about why
this area is so vital to the caribou and all of the many
species who call it home for at least part of the year. Come
get an insider's view of what ANWR is really like!
Everyone is welcome. FREE!
You don't have to be a Sierra Club member. Just
show up. We'd love to meet you.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for
snacks, information and fellowship. The meeting takes place
at Brookhaven College. Click over to our
General Meeting page for more information and a map.
Victory for the Citizens of Joppa
On March 28th, the Dallas City Council rejected a zoning
change that allowed two concrete plants next to the Joppa
community in southern Dallas which is already under
industrial/environmental siege. Joppa is already home to an
asphalt plant and a switch yard, both creating ample
environmental concerns for the small underserved historic
Freedman town. Although there were a few advocates of the
zoning change, the vast majority, as seen by petition
circulation, were against allowing more heavy industry into
Thankfully the efforts of the Dallas Sierra Club, JFTA
(Joppa Freedmans Town Association), Downwinders at Risk, Texas
Campaign for the Environment, and the Dallas NAACP in
partnership with Council man Kevin Felder were able to gather
over 200 signatures petitioning the denial of the zoning
change. Data gathered by the Downwinders at Risk PM
(particulate matter) Committee was used to give scientific
basis to the arguments against allowing zoning changes that
would further degrade the community and nearby areas. After
mounting pressure from the community and partnering
organizations, articles and editorials published by Dallas
Morning News and other news outlets, the Council voted to
oppose the rezoning.
The quashed rezoning was a huge win for the community, but
there is still more work to be done. Further air quality
monitoring will continue until the city is compelled to
establish sufficient air quality monitoring for the area.
Council members voting against the proposed change were
Scott Griggs, Adam Medrano, Omar Narvaez, Kevin Felder, Mark
Clayton, Sandy Greyson, Jennifer Gates, and Philip Kingston.
Here is a Dallas Morning News article about the issue.
Sierra Club at Earth Day Oak Cliff
The Dallas Sierra Club will participate in Earth Day Oak
Cliff, in Lake Cliff Park, 300 E Colorado Blvd Sunday, April
15. Our booths will demonstrate solar ovens, hand out vegan
cooking samples, and help with a children's activity. We'd
love to see you there!
Wilderness Navigation Class April 18 and 19 - Don't Miss It!
you think topo maps look like a green sea of worms? Trail
junctions make you nervous? Come to our highly acclaimed
Wilderness Navigation Class. Longtime explorers Arthur and
Bill will teach you how to use your compass, read a
backcountry map, and more. The fee for the two-night class is
$35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members (best class
price around). An optional nearby hike for class
participants will be offered for the following Sat. or Sun.
morning so instructors can help you practice what you learned.
See the calendar below for more details and sign up
A Win for Sustainable Agriculture
Tyson Foods committed to support improved environmental
practices on two million acres of corn by the end of 2020. It
is the largest-ever land stewardship commitment by a U.S.
protein company. Thanks to all who signed petitions and post
cards and pressed for Tyson Foods to require sustainable
practices from its feed providers.
Click here for more information.
Future Programs You Won't Want to Miss
May 8 - Tent Camping in Texas and
The Dallas Sierra
Club's very own Wendel Withrow will present his book The
Best Tent Camping in Texas,
which talks about campgrounds that are accessible by car but
not overrun with RVs; offer great scenery; and are as close as
possible to a wilderness experience.
The citizens group Liveable Arlington advocates for and
organizes toward a healthy, environmentally conscious,
sustainable city. The group won the 2017 GreenSourceDFW
Sustainable Leadership Award for Small Nonprofit.
June 12 - Wildflowers of Texas and
Good Faith Impact
Michael Eason will talk about Texas wildflowers and will
explain the diversity of our flora and reasons behind this
diversity. His presentation will include numerous photographs
of Texas flora and their habitats.
Tracy Wallace will tell us about Good Faith Impact, a
non-profit organization focused on workforce development and
training in the community for renewable energy jobs and clean
technology business practices.
August 14 - Animals - Live!
The wide variety of live animals in this family friendly
presentation will be engaging, educational entertainment for
children and adults alike. See and learn about unusual
structural and behavioral adaptations that make it possible
for some of our more interesting critters to survive.
Limerick of the Month
When the twins went on hikes they were tense,
So to go with a group made much sense.
Tried to sleep, each alone,
But could not, so they'd moan
'Cause the backpacking was two in tents.
By Kirk Miller, Dallas Sierra Club program chair and national
If you would like to submit an environmental limerick for our
Limerick of the Month feature, send it to
7 (Sat) Electronics Recycling and Documents Shredding FREE Electronics Recycling and
Document Shredding, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7.
Richardson Square - Most electronics will be accepted. For a
map of the location, click
here You DO NOT have to be a Richardson
resident to participate. For details, click
here and search for trash
10 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting Bill Greer will talk about the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge. - Everyone is invited.
Full details are on our home
14 (Sat) Cool Connect Tree Planting
Help Texas Trees Foundation plant trees in Oak Cliff April 14,
9-12:30 to mitigate pollution and heat. Meet at Beckley-Saner
Recreation Center, 114 W Hobson. Bring garden gloves if you
have some. Other equipment will be supplied. Register at www.classy.org/dallas/events/cool-connect-oak-cliff-tree-planting
18 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 1
to explore but a little uneasy about finding your way? Even
simple hikes can turn dangerous if you're not sure how to find
your way, so come here first! Join us for this highly
respected two-night class to help you navigate in the
backcountry with map and compass. Part 1 is Wed., part 2 is
Thu., both starting at 6:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room
at Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest
Lane. The fee for the two-night class is $35 for Sierra Club
members, $40 for non-members (best class price around). An
optional nearby hike for class participants will be offered
for the following Sat. or Sun. morning so instructors can help
you practice what you learned. Pay in advance by clicking
here or pay at the door. Bring a compass if you have one.
If not, we'll have an extra you can use and we'll advise what
to look for when you buy your own. Both sessions will run
until approximately 8:45 pm. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send
18 (Wed) No Outings Committee Meeting tonight
The Outings Committee won't meet on this regular third
Wednesday meeting date. The next meeting will be Wednesday,
May 16. Organizer: Mark Stein Send
19 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class--Part 2
Second night of a two-part class that begins Wednesday, April
19. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at
Forest Lane. See above for details and link to pay online.
Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send
28 (Sat) National Drug Take Back Day
National Drug Take-Back Day where people can dispose old
prescription and over-the-counter drugs safely. Click
2 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing
body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole
Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest
Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas
Group Chair for more information.
8 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Wendel Withrow will talk about his book The
Best Tent Camping in Texas, and Liveable
Arlington's founder, Ranjana Bhandari, will talk
about past successes and future projects.-
Everyone is invited. Full details will be on our home
16 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
This third Wednesday of a month at 6:30 is time for our
monthly gathering to plan outings. Come upstairs at
Whole Foods Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest
Lane, Dallas. Anyone interested in outings is welcome to
attend and participate. Reply to Mark to be added to the
advance agenda email list or to suggest an agenda item.
Organizer: Mark Stein Send
24-29 (Thu-Tue) Bus Trip to Backpack in Tennessee
A Tennessee trip will be a first in forty years of Sierra Club
bus trips. Our Memorial Day weekend destination is South
Cumberland State Park, east of Interstate 24, between
Nashville and Chattanooga. We'll be on the Cumberland Plateau,
a hilly upland stretching from eastern Kentucky to northern
Alabama, west of the Smoky Mountains and Great Valley.
Our hike options are in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area.
("Gulf" is a local term for a wide, deep chasm.)
Two options include a day on the rim of Little Fiery Gizzard,
another gulf, and at Foster Falls. Waterfalls should be
flowing, wildflowers blooming. We'll depart Dallas on Thursday
evening before Memorial Day and return by 6 a.m. Tuesday,
after the Monday holiday. Trip details, cost information and
registration forms are in this
PDF. The bus trip is currently sold out, but we maintain a
wait list for the bus and can allow a limited number of
participants to provide their own transportation at a reduced
price. Call for details. Coordinator: Bill Beach Send
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