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Eastern Missouri Group E-Newsletter

April 2012

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April 26, 2012, Sierra Club General Meeting
 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road, third traffic light south of I-64 (map)
Matt Atnip, Vice-President of Ozark Trail Association, will discuss future trail expansion and ongoing maintenance, especially on the Blair Creek Section in the Pioneer Forest. 

May 24, 2012, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road, third traffic light south of I-64 (map)
The program will be presented by one of the most accomplished canoeists and guides in America. Mike Clark, Proprietor of
Big Muddy Adventures, is a youth leader and a champion of America’s Rivers.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival April 22 - Volunteer Opportunities  
The traditional St. Louis Earth Day Festival will be held on the Muny Grounds of Forest Park on Sunday, April 22, from 10-6.  The Sierra Club will have an information table under the cover of the Muny entry.  Our famous lemonade stand will be offering its ever-popular fare throughout the event.  We need volunteers for both locations.  If you could greet the public at the table for a couple of hours, please contact Frank Lorberbaum.  Jim Young would also be thrilled to put you to work in the lemonade stand.  To volunteer for that duty, please contact Jim.  Thanks!  We hope to see lots of our members at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival!

Free Wine!....EMG Political Committee Meets April 24
One of the most important tasks done by the Sierra Club is to endorse political candidates who promise to promote and preserve the environment while serving in elective office.  Endorsement season is here!  The EMG Political Committee will meet at the club office at 7 p.m. on April 24 to discuss candidates, races, and the path forward to November 6.  A little envelope stuffing will be included.  For more information, contact Richard Egan <egan.egan@att.net>.  [Yes, we will enjoy a little output from Missouri vineyards during the meeting.]

Trailbuilding on the Ozark Trail - April 28 and 29

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How would you like to spend a weekend in the beautiful Current River watershed? Do you want to help maintain the Ozark Trail? Would you like to meet other adventurous Sierra Club members from around the state?

If so, then RSVP here.

Join intrepid trailbuilding leaders Paul Stupperich and Bob Gestel on the Blair Creek section of the Ozark Trail in the Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry during the weekend of Saturday, April 28 and Sunday 29 for general maintenance. We will meet on Saturday April 28 at 10 am at the intersection of Highway 72 and Highway P, about 5 miles east of Bunker. For more information write to Bob Gestel or call him at 636-296-8975.

Do you own stock in Ameren?
If so, the Sierra Club needs you!  Ameren shareholders have the opportunity to vote on a resolution calling for the company to do a better job of dealing with coal ash waste.  If you are a shareholder, you should have received your ballot in the mail in the last 10 days or so.  You might also have received your ballot via email, if you have chosen that method.  The shareholders meeting is Tues, April 24, so time is short!  Contact Sara Edgar at the Sierra Club office (314-644-1011) to let her know you are a shareholder and learn how to get involved. 

Inner City Outings - St. Louis
The mission of the Sierra Club Inner City Outings program is to promote personal development by linking cultures, fostering respect of self and others and providing leadership skills to promote appreciation and protection of our local and global environments through a process of personal growth and sharing. The Inner City Outings program meets these goals by providing safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences for persons who might not otherwise have them.

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Our goal is to introduce children to nature. Many of the youth who are involved with Inner City Outings have never been to our local parks and conservation areas. We observe and talk about flora, fauna, habitats, the interconnections between species, and man’s impact on the environment. Our leaders give groups time to just have fun, explore, and soak in nature. Sierra Club Inner City Outings is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for St. Louis urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world.

  • We currently work with 4 different agencies and schools.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization and responsible for all of our own fundraising.
  • We are one of 50 Inner City Outings groups nationwide that make up the Sierra Club’s national outreach program.
  • Volunteer trip leaders receive safety, first aid, CPR, Sierra Club certified Outings Leader training and must pass a background check.

An Inner City Outings leader is assigned to each agency and works with someone within the agency to plan trips. Inner City Outings and agency liaisons schedule and plan trips together. St. Louis Inner City Outings depends on strong relationships with our partnering agencies. Agency liaisons are responsible for providing our release forms to agency participants, youth and adults. St. Louis Inner City Outings has built and fostered relationships with local agencies serving youth. Our current agencies are: Saints Teresa and Bridget Church, Karen House, Kingdom House and Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School.

" America Largest  Trailgating Party!"
Join the Sierra Club on June 2nd at Hawn State Park for National Trails Day. We will be  greeting hikers and backpackers to help educate them on hiking, Leave No Trace and conservation of our parks. Also with your help we can inspect the Whispering Pines Trail for down trees and any other strom damage. Please mark your calander for June 2 and join us at Hawn State Park for National Trails Day.

For more information contact Bob Gestel, 636-296-8975 or Paul Stupperich, 314-429-4352

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Community Workshops Focus on
Sustainability
In conjunction with the St. Louis City Mayor’s Sustainability Summit II, these workshops will be held from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm on May 8, 9 and 10. Check the website for locations and to register for the Community Workshops (limited to 100 attendees, each).

The Community Workshops are related to a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.  East-West Gateway,  FOCUS-St. Louis, and 9 other regional partners are working together and coordinating planning for housing, transportation, the environment, and economic development across the St. Louis region.

“The goal of this effort is to envision a better future for St. Louis that is sustainable, equitable, and livable.”

A Guide to 50 Great Places in Missouri
Discover Missouri Natural Areas is a new guide written by Mike Leahy. natural areas coordinator for Missouri Department of Conservation. The Missouri Natural Areas System protects the best remaining examples of our state’s natural heritage.

 

This beautiful, user-friendly guide provides natural history information that brings to life the outstanding geological, biological and ecological features of each area.  Easy-to-use maps and stunning photographs compliment the text.   Available at Powder Valley Nature Center gift shop.  Or you may order online, or call toll-free 877-521-8632.
 

Eastern Missouri Group Outings Schedule

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.

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