Eastern Missouri Group E-Newsletter
November 17, 2011, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road at Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, MO 63124 (map)
This will be our Annual Members' Photo Show.
Annual EMG Holiday Party on Saturday, December 17
Celebrate the season with your Sierra Club friends at the Holiday Party, which will again be held at Barb Wall's home, at 1562 Centenary Court in Valley Park. Bring your own beverage and a dish to share. Please RSVP to Ann Eggebrecht 314-725-1560 or Marilyn Harlan 314-966-8797. Our hostess, Barb Wall, can be reached at 636-529-0477.
Save St. Louis County Parks!
St. Louis County's proposed 2012 budget disproportionately cuts the Parks department budget. Of the $10 million the County Executive wants to cut, 43% comes from the Parks budget. This will result in the closure of nearly 40% of the parks in the system! The County Executive has also suggested the sale of Park Land as a possible way to make money.
The County Parks serve more than 15 million people each year, and contain some of the most precious "wild land" within the St. Louis urban region. After cutting $4.3 million in 2012, the COO and County Executive have already said they want to cut another $4 million in 2013. This will leave approximately 3 - 4 regional parks county-wide with almost no budget to staff, maintain or secure them. See the proposed budget here.
We encourage you to contact St. Louis County elected officials by phone, email and letter or to schedule a meeting and make your voice heard. There are 7 Council Members and 1 County Executive, Charlie Dooley. THEN, please sign the petition.
Wanted: "Social" Coordinator(s) to arrange an Annual Dinner
The EMG would like to revive the tradition of hosting an Annual Dinner. Many of the group's leaders suffer from time constraints which limit our ability to put together such an event. Thus, we are in search of an energetic person or people who would lead the effort to plan a dinner for the EMG. Such an event could be a sit-down meal, a progressive dinner, a wine-and-cheese tasting event, etc. The possibilities are only as limited as the creativity of the organizer(s). If this interests you, please contact Richard Egan.
Support the Sierra Club with a Schnucks eScrip Card
What is eScrip?
eScrip is a company that allows shoppers of various businesses to earn money for their favorite not-for-profits by simply shopping.
What is a Schnucks eScrip Card?
It is a free card that you get at your local Schnucks service desk. You must call the phone number on the card or register online. If you register online, you must search for our name by typing exactly "Sierra Club-Eastern Missouri Group". Or type in our account number 154534144.
Then every time you shop at Schnucks the checker will swipe your card and a portion of your bill will be donated to the Sierra Club EMG. It costs you nothing!!
View of Blair Creek
from the Ozark Trail.
photo by B. Denney
HIKING MISSOURI'S WILDLANDS
Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2012 for Hiking Missouri's Wildlands: A Workshop on Wilderness and the Ozark Trail at
Powder Valley Nature Center (map) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The enthusiasm and experience of our speakers will inspire you to explore these special outdoor places in Missouri. Many stretches of the Ozark Trail can be enjoyed for day hikes or backpacking as well as other activities such as photography and bird watching.
America's Great Outdoors, President Obama's outdoor initiative, recently chose two recreational opportunities for each state which deserved completion and support. For Missouri, the Ozark Trail and the Gateway Arch were chosen as the projects most important to Missouri's communities and the future outdoor use, health and job opportunities of its citizens.
The workshop is free, but please register. If you want a lunch, order by January 19. There will be a charge for lunch.
EMG Executive Committee Election Results
Thanks to all the voters who mailed in ballots for the 2012-2013 Executive Committee (Ex-Com) election. Returning Ex-Com members are Toni Armstrong and Ken Schechtman. They will be joined by Rob Polzin, a college student who will bring youthful vitality and fresh ideas to the ExCom. Congratulations all!
We would like to express our gratitude to departing Ex-Com member Henry Robertson for nearly a decade of service on the committee. Henry has made valuable contributions to the Sierra Club, and we look forward to his continued involvement, both at the Group and Missouri Chapter levels.
Ken Naes doing treadwork at
Cuivre River State Park
photo by R. Gestel
Fall Trail Work Update
We want to take this time to thank everyone who helped on the fall trail outings. It is our members that step forward to help us in our effort in building and maintaining trails who make our accomplishments possible. We did two work projects during October. At Curvier River State Park, we rerouted a .3 mile section of trail along with helping in the layout. The fall work week took place this year on the Current River Trail; we spent the week building over .5 of a mile of new hiking trail. When this trail is completed, we will have 12 miles of new hiking trail from Round Spring to the Himont Trailhead in the Pioneer Forest. So thanks again for a great fall of trail work.
River Soundings 2011
Greenway Network is hosting a watershed management conference, River Soundings 2011, to bring together citizens, government agencies, conservation groups, and stakeholders with a common interest in our nation's rivers (especially the Missouri River).
Location: Forest Park Visitors Center (map)(Education Lab)
Dates: Friday November 18/Saturday November 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days
To Register: Email Greenway Network
Greenway Network helped organize a similar conference after the historic floods of 1993, and we believe it is time to look at the successes and failures of the past decades, to review current river management policies, and to hear about new opportunities for the conservation of our rivers. The Missouri River will be a focal point for River Soundings 2011. Missouri Sierra Club Chapter Director John Hickey will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday about the problems caused by coal-burning power plants on the Missouri River.
photo by B. Denney
Live, Work, or Play in St. Louis City?
St. Louis City is starting the public engagement phase of its sustainability planning. Please take the Sustainability Survey to let your voice be heard.
According to the City's Sustainability Director Catherine Werner, we can expect a Mayor's Sustainability Summit sometime in December so that all of us will have even more opportunities to share our ideas. Werner says this information will result in a comprehensive Sustainability Plan that will balance economic, social equity and environmental impacts on citizens as well as city government.
Core to the writing of a sustainability plan is the Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory for both city operations and the community. It has been five years since Mayor Slay signed the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement and St. Louis became one of the Sierra Club Cool Cities. Now with Werner's help, the city has taken serious steps to gather this data. She says this will soon be pulled together to result in a Climate Action plan with energy saving initiatives.
Go to the Sustainability page on the city website and take the St. Louis city survey.
Sierra Club members and non-members are welcome to join Club members on our outings.
Visit the Eastern Missouri Group website for more information about outings, activities, and issues.
Please consider making a donation to the Eastern Missouri Group today!