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Footnotes Issue #67: November 16, 2012
Jekyll Island Protection Update
This newsletter reported in January 2011 about the Jekyll Island Master Plan being developed for management of one of Georgia's most treasured state lands. One of the key issues has been how to implement the state law requiring no more than 35% of the island to be developed. Development interests have been pushing to include tidal salt marsh in the total land area, the idea being that the more marsh acres that are counted as “land,” the larger the island and the greater the number of acres eligible for development. The other issue is and whether areas such dirt roads in active use, bike trails, and a larger portion of the island’s landfill should be considered “developed” or “undeveloped."
Quick Links - Savannah Dredging Moving Forward?
In other coastal news, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued its “Record of Decision” on October 26th allowing the 30 miles of deepening of the Savannah River from 42 feet to 47 feet.
Sierra Club Meetings
November 20 - 350.org Do the Math Tour
This won’t be your typical lecture. Each event will be a unique and interactive experience, unlike any talk you’ve been to before. It will pick up where Bill McKibben’s landmark Rolling Stone article left off — and everyone who comes will be asked to join a growing movement that is strong enough to stand up to the fossil fuel industry. Together we’ll mount an unprecedented campaign to cut off the industry’s financial and political support by divesting our schools, churches and government from fossil fuels.
December 2 – Hike at Sweetwater Creek
Join the Sierra Club on a hike in Sweetwater Creek State Park. We will begin on the 2-mile Blue Trail and explore the wildlife and plant communities of the park. We will then continue on the 1-mile Red Trail along Sweetwater Creek. This 3-mile, easy-moderate loop, is a beautiful hike just minutes outside of Atlanta. Parking is $5 or check out a ParkPass from your local library to park for free. If interested, contact Jackie Pilcowitz. Phone: 248-320-4903 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 4 - Stop Seismic Testing Rally!
Join coastal activists in Johnson Square in downtown Savannah on for a press-conference and protest against the Department of Interior’s plans to conduct seismic airgun testing all along the Southeast Coast, from Delaware to Florida. Part of the protest will be ear-splitting airgun blasts intended to simulate the underwater blasts – of course, we won’t kill or injure anyone – so we can’t really show what the testing will be like for whales and dolphins, along with all the other affected undersea critters
December 12 - Holiday Open House @ the ChapterJoin the Sierra Club for a Holiday Open House from 3-8pm. Stop by for holiday cheer, get your 2013 Sierra Club calendars and enjoy the company of staff, board members and environmental friends new and old! RSVP here.
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