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APRIL 2014

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April 24, 2014, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road at Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, MO 63124 (map)
The Mounds - America's First Cities Project
. Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt presents the conclusion of a feasibility study seeking an appropriate national designation and process by which to preserve the ancient Mississippian civilization that once thrived in our region.

May 22, 2014, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road at Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, MO 63124 (map)

Forest Recreation Manager Nancy Feakes will talk about hiking and recreational opportunities in the Mark Twain National Forest.  She will also touch on volunteer opportunities in trail maintenance and wilderness management.

Awards Presented to Hard-Working Volunteers
This year three members received awards recognizing their volunteer efforts.  Congratulations to these members!  

Richard Egan with Sarah Merida
Richard Egan was presented
with the Sierran of the Year
award at our March General
Jim Nyberg with Sarah Merida
 Jim Nyberg was presented
with a Lifetime Achievement
Award at the same meeting.
 Bob Gestel
Bob Gestel was presented
with a Lifetime Achievement Award
at the February Outings Workshop

Earth Day Festival

Be sure to look for us at the 2014 Earth Day Festival in Forest Park on Sunday April 27.  EMG will have an information booth set up and will also have our lemonade stand featuring the World's Best Lemonade!   Support your local Sierra Club group by squeezing lemons for a few hours -- or if you have a strong back, help with set-up on Saturday morning (Apr 26) and/or take-down after 6 pm on Sunday.  Contact Jim Young, 314-664-9392 to volunteer.


A Big Thank You for Your Work on the Ozark Trail!

Volunteers at Laxton Hollow

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Earth Day in the Pioneer Forest a success. We maintained over 6.5 miles of trail on the Ozark Trail, 2  miles on the Laxton Hollow Trail and a portion of the Brushy Creek Trail over the last week. Our intrepid volunteers had time to enjoy Bee Bluff on the Current River, Harper Spring and Triangle Cave on Blair Creek and the Laxton Hollow Spring.  Special thanks to Brigid O'Malley, Paul Ohlendorf and Becky Denny for their leadership in this outing.

Please join us for the Trails Committee Meeting on April 22 at 6:30 at the Sierra Club Office (map), National Trails Day on June 7 and the EMG General Meeting on September 25.  For further information on how you can help, email Paul Stupperich. Happy Trails.


Beyond Coal Climate Rally

April 24th 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Join us for a Beyond Coal Climate Rally outside of the Ameren Shareholder meeting at the St. Louis Art Museum.  We will hold Ameren accountable for its pollution and the impact to our community and our climate and call for a transition from dirty fossil fuels.  RSVP here.

Clean Water

Another chance to support the residents of Labadie and to fight for clean drinking water in our region.  Attend the Franklin County Board of Zoning Adjustment Hearing on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Franklin County Government Center 400 E. Locust, Union, MO 63084.  Visit the Facebook event page for more info. 

Happy 31st Paddy Creek Wilderness!
            By Renee Mettle and Greg Rigleman

Paddy Creek Wilderness

Paddy Creek Wilderness is a 7,020 acre wilderness area located about 35 miles southwest of Rolla, Missouri.  The land was logged in the early 1800's to provide timber for St. Louis.  Between the mid 1800's and the 1930's the land was used for homesteading and grazing.  Thirty one years ago, on January 3, 1983, the Paddy Creek area was finally designated as Wilderness.

The Wilderness encompasses Big Paddy and Little Paddy Creeks.  Big Piney River is nearby to the east.  A 15 mile loop trail, divided by a connector, leads hikers, backpackers and equestrians through oak, hickory and short-leaf pine forests punctuated with sandstone and dolomite outcrops. Be sure to stop at the overlook above Paddy Creek Campground that puts the visitor at eye-level with turkey vultures riding the thermals.  Look for a seasonal waterfall created by a series of stone steps at the western end of the trail.  A special treat on the southern portion of the trail is a pine-covered sandstone ridge.  Explore the north bluff of Paddy Creek to find the elusive double arch.

The trail has some good ups and downs, but also has long flat stretches on top of the ridges with good camping.  It is a well used trail, but like many trails in Wilderness areas, it has few markers.  Heavy equestrian use has added spur trails, so be careful about following the most used trail.  Paddy Creek Wilderness makes a great weekend backpack trip in the spring or fall.



Paddy Creek Wilderness

May 3 (Saturday) -- Explore Paddy Creek Wilderness on a one day canoe trip on the Big Piney River.  Enjoy this quiet stream that flows near the wilderness area.  Camping Friday and/or Saturday night is an option.  Contact Toni Armstrong or Richard Spener at 314-434-2072.

May 4 (Sunday) -- Explore Paddy Creek Wilderness by foot on a day hike.   We will enjoy pine trees, small waterfalls and views of the valley below from a rock outcropping.  Join us as we investigate this beautiful wilderness area.  We will be camping Saturday if interested in joining us.  Contact Nancy Carrol 636-394-6265 or Toni Armstrong at 314-434-2072.


Wish List for Our New Office Space
When we move to a larger office space we will be needing some additional furniture.  Please contact Michael at 314-644-1011 if you have something to donate.  We are especially needing desks, office chairs, a conference table/chairs and a set of eight cubicle dividers. 

St. Louis Earth Day Festival Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Rain Barrel Sale
Spring is almost here and that means it's time to quench your thirst for gardening. St. Louis Earth Day, in partnership with RainReserve is offering discounted rain barrels and compost bins available for pick-up at the Recycling Extravaganza on Sunday, April 27 from 10 - 4 p.m. at St. Louis Community College.  Proceeds from the event help support the organizers of the St. Louis Earth Day Festival.

Pre-ordered RainReserve rain barrels as well as compost bins are available online in three different colors, brown, tan and gray.  Each rain barrel includes a downspout diverter and the standard rain barrel holds 50 gallons of rainwater. Larger systems available can hold 200 gallons per downspout which can fill-up surprisingly quickly. Just ½ inch of rain on a 1000 square roof space produces 300 gallons of harvestable rainwater. 

Rain barrels and diverter kits pre-ordered by April 21st start at just $108.99, that's a $40 savings. For more information and to save more by pre-ordering in advance visit the RainReserve website.


The Missouri Chapter is Hiring an Organizer
        .... please help us find the right person!

The Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club is looking for somebody with green fire in their belly to coordinate and implement some of our major initiatives around renewable energy and moving us off of dirty coal.  You'll be organizing grass roots activities across the state, working with multiple stakeholders to drive real change via advocacy and outreach activities, and handling a variety of media activities.  Are you ready to change the world (starting with the Show-Me State)? Click here for more information and to apply.

Save the date --
   EMG Trivia Night will be held on November 15, 2014.  


Green Time TV - Assaults on the Environment in Missouri and the World
Green Time
appears in four Missouri areas. In the St. Louis area it airs at noon on Saturdays on Channel 24-1 and at 8 p.m. on Mondays on Channel 24-2 on these dates:

May 3 & 5: "The Coal Ash Crisis in Missouri."  John Hickey, Patricia Schuba and Gary Kappler discuss groundwater monitoring, coal ash dumps in Crystal City MO and North Carolina, problems with the Rush Island plant, and ask if Ameren is doing what it should be doing.

pallid sturgeon

May 10 & 12: "Repairing Our Big Rivers." Don Fitz, Caroline Pufalt and Tom Ball explore advantages of habitats along the Missouri River, how the federal government could protect it, alternatives to constructing levees, and what the river has to do with the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone."

May 17 & 19: "GMO-A-GO-GO"   Christine Jackson and Anubis Imhotep Supreme Dey discuss how genetically modified organisms affect agriculture, animals and people.  They look at the type of food that children are served when away from home and how food deserts affect the black community.

May 24 & 26: "Cámbialo: Combating Lead Poisoning in Peru." Rev. Jed Koball, with the Presbyterian Church (USA), describes a range of environmental issues confronting Peru, how lead mining has affected La Oroya and his work with youth in that city.

May 31 & June 2: "A Darker Shade of Green." Jim Scheff, of Kentucky Heartwood, explores the deep interconnections between forests, carbon and climate.

To volunteer to help produce Green Time call 314-727-8554 or email Don Fitz.

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