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AUGUST 2012

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August 23, 2012, 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)
Clean Energy Business Leaders - Our guest panel will be member Rick Hunter of Microgrid Energy, member Dane Glueck of StraightUp Solar, and Cindy Bambini of Brightergy.  We will also hear from members who have solar panels installed on their homes. If you have installed a solar panel on your home, please contact Michael Berg and plan come to this meeting to let other members know about your experience.


September 27, 2012,
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)
Our guest speaker will be John Karel, Director of Tower Grove Park and long-time advocate for Missouri wilderness areas.


News from the Trail Maintenance Volunteers

On the weekend of September 28, 29 and 30 we will join the EMG Annual Fall Celebration Campout at Hawn State Park. Free camping Friday through Sunday at the Scout Camp. On Saturday we will meet at the park office at 8:00 AM with our lunches, drinking water, work gloves, sturdy footwear and rain gear. All tools will be furnished. Email Bob Gestel or call 636-296-8975 to register.  

water bar Blair Creek
setting a water bar on Ozark Trail
photo by Bob Gestel


There will be a week long trail maintenance event on the Blair Creek Section of the Ozark Trail from October 20 through October 27. You are welcome to join us for the whole week or any part of the week.  Free primitive camping at Himont Location in the Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry. Amenities at this site are two picnic tables and a pit toilet.  All meals are furnished. You will need sturdy footwear, work gloves and rain gear. Email Bob Gestel or call him at 636-296-8975 for more info and to sign up.


Service Outing at Hawn
We'll be going down to Hawn State Park for a Service Outing on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11. We may be helping with restoration work in La Motte Sandstone Barrens Natural Area or we may be helping with fence removal in the Wild Area.  Either way, we'll be contributing to the natural beauty and integrety of one of our favorite Missouri state parks. Free camping Wednesday night.  For more information email Paul Stupperich or call 314-429-4352.


SierraScape mailing on August 24
Yes. we will be sending out a paper newsletter next month.  To save mailing expenses we depend on volunteers to tape and label the 3,800 newsletters.  Join us at our office at 7164 Manchester Avenue about 6 pm on the 24th.  Email Del Johnson or give him a call at 314-968-1246 for more info or to let him know you are coming.


Occupy Monsanto: GMO Free Midwest

GMO

Occupy Monsanto is a global day of action to be held on September 17.  All across the world, there will be events and demonstrations regarding Monsanto’s increasing control of food and its continued aggressive development of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) technology. Many are voicing demands that food containing GMOs be labeled.

The World Headquarters of Monsanto is in St. Louis.  Safe Food Action, the Gateway Green Alliance and the Organic Consumers Association are hosting a two-day conference, September 16-17 to participate in the discussion of GMO technology and the larger issue of food safety.

Please join us for a conference and two days of education and direct action regarding GMOs and Monsanto.  Learn more about GMO's effect on human health, the environment, the economy and the use of GMOs to dominate the globe.  There may be opportunities to interact with the Monsanto family.


Green Time TV:  Should the Global Food Supply Be Genetically Engineered?
Green Time airs on KNLC stations in four Missouri areas. In the St. Louis area it appears at noon on Saturdays on Channel 24-1 and at 8 pm on Mondays on Channel 24-2 on these dates:

Saturday, September 1 & Monday, September 3: Barbara Chicherio and Daniel Romano review topics to be covered at Occupy Monsanto: GMO Free Midwest (visit gmofreemidwest.org)

Saturday, September 8 & Monday, September 10: Jeffrey Smith talk on “Genetically Modified Foods.” Daniel Romano asks “Who’s Giving Your Kids Food that Rats Won’t Eat?” 

Saturday, September 15 & Monday, September 17: James Meinert and Paul Krautmann discuss how cultivated plants interact with their living and non-living surroundings.

Saturday, September 22 & Monday, September 24: Claudia Henriquez and Daniel Romano cover the goods and the bads of genetically engineered trees.

Saturday, September 29 & Monday, October 1: Marti Crouch lecture on “Beyond Terminator Technology” addressed differences between traditional crops, hybridization and genetic engineering.

For more information email Don Fitz or call him at 314-727-8554.

Operation Clean Stream
It's not too late to call George about helping clean "our" section of the Meramec River from Pacific Palisades to Allenton.

Enjoy the fun on Saturday, August 25, as we search for treasures along the river. Join the contest for most tires found or most unusual object. We will have a limited number of outfitter canoes to use for the day, so if you don't have a canoe, you can still help. Relax at the picnic following the clean up. For more info and to register, call George Behrens, 314-821-0247.

 

water quality

Another Volunteer and Learning Opportunity
On Saturday September 15, join in us in recognition of World Water Quality Monitoring Day. We will investigate a high quality stream in a wooded niche near expanding Eureka. Our stream team will monitor Fox Creek and send the data to the Dept. of Natural Resources. At two locations we will test for dissolved oxygen and other chemical parameters. We also do visual surveys, measure stream flow and net aquatic invertebrates. Please contact: Leslie Lihou (314)726-2140 or Jim Rhodes (314)821-7758.


Greenway Network
Presents River Soundings II Symposium

River Soundings will be held on September 14 and 15, 2012. The conference will again bring speakers from nonprofit organizations and government agencies working on our rivers to the Forest Park Visitors Center. The management of the Missouri River and the USFW Big Muddy Refuge of will be among the subjects discussed at the conference


Trivia Night Fundraiser: Save the Date!

The Eastern Missouri Group is hosting a trivia night and silent auction on Saturday, October 27, at The Heights community center in Richmond Heights.  Registration will begin early next month.

We are currently looking for businesses to sponsor the event and/or provide donations in exchange for advertising opportunities. If you know of a business that would be interested, please email Sarah Merida, or call 660-988-1412.

 

 

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