The Engaged Sierran
Mt. Sunapee Ski Area Expansion Public Hearing
Tuesday, August 26, 6 p.m.
Mount Sunapee State Park
Every five years, Okemo (operators of the ski area within Mount Sunapee State Park) are required to put forth their draft Five Year Master Development Plan. The last plan was presented in the summer of 2009. This is a planned five year cycle.
In 2005, Governor John Lynch blocked the expansion. Our current governor Maggie Hassan has indicated her opposition to the expansion as well.
Support Governor Hassan's position and show other state leaders that the concerns about the expansion (and resulting real estate development) are clear and persuasive. Attend the hearing on August 26!
For more information, visit the Friends of Mount Sunapee website, or call 603-863-0045, and leave a voicemail with a good time to call back.
Getting to the People’s Climate March Made Simple!
Climate March – the biggest event of its kind EVER! Join your fellow activists for this historic event, and have a chance to discuss local and national environmental issues and activities on a fun and comfortable ride to New York. No worries about driving or parking!
There will be two chartered buses going down to NYC on September 21, just for the day, making it easy to participate! You can catch a bus in Concord, Nashua or Portsmouth. Please note that final details are still being worked out, but once you sign up you will be contacted directly with any changes to itineraries.
- Depart from CONCORD on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 a.m. (approximate time, exact departure to be determined), or board the bus when it stops in NASHUA at about 6:00 a.m. After the March, the bus will return to New Hampshire making the same two stops. Anticipated time of return is between 11:00 p.m.-midnight. Buy a ticket from Concord or Nashua. This bus is being sponsored by 350.org.
The Bus Captain, Cathy Goldwater, 603-860-3756, will contact you after you sign up, to determine whether you want to join the bus at Concord or Nashua, and to give you all the up-to-the-minute details.
Regular ticket price is $50; some reduced rate seats are available, so please ask. We want EVERYONE at this once-in-a-lifetime march!!! Questions? Contact the Bus Captain for Concord and Nashua.
- The PORTSMOUTH departure is hosted by our friends at Maine Sierra Club. For Portsmouth bus questions, the Bus Captain is Stephanie Marshall, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may contact Jeanine Bischoff at email@example.com.
The bus is expected to leave at 5:30 a.m. from the C&J Bus Terminal at Pease Trade Port, and depart NYC at around 5 p.m. to get you home by midnight.
The Portsmouth bus costs $30/round trip, and you can buy your Portsmouth ticket online. There is a place on the form to designate your pickup point as New Hampshire.
Crotched Mountain Outing
Labor Day, September 1
Enjoy a climb with the Sierra Club this Labor Day! You'll be rewarded with excellent views of Mount Monadnock, Pack Monadnock, and southwestern New Hampshire.
Total distance 3.8 miles, with 876 feet of elevation gain. We'll depart from the Crotched Mt. Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield, NH.
Directions: From the intersection of Route 31 and 136 in Greenfield, follow the signs to Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. Make a right of Route 31 at the sign Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center and continue up the road past the pond and up the hill. At roughly a mile and a half it comes upon a gated gravel road on the left with signs warning not to park at the driveway. Parking is free.
This easy-to-moderate hike is led by leaders Jerry Yos and Peter Hope. Contact Peter for start time, (603) 863-6456.
Join the Fundraising Team
The NH Sierra Club is looking for
volunteers to join the fundraising committee.
What does the Fundraising Committee do?
- Coordinates fundraising events and solicitations
- Provides input to our fundraising letters
- Organizes fundraising events and socials
with local Sierra Club groups and conservation campaigns
Who can help?
- Good writers who want to help "sell" the Sierra Club
- Event planners to create letters/invitations and plan
mailing parties, fundraising events, and activities
Many volunteer opportunities available!
Join us for Plug In Day!
When: Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Capitol Plaza ~ The State House
New Hampshire Sierra Club, along with our friends at the NH Department of Environmental Services, ConVerdent Technologies and NH Automobile Dealers Association, are hosting our Third Annual Plug In Day on Saturday, September 20 at the Capitol Plaza in front of the State House in Concord. Come see the cutting edge of electric and hybrid electric cars on the market today. Electric cars that help lower dangerous air pollution and push new development of smart technology will be on display with their owners or from a dealership.
If you are curious about the technology or just wanted to know what they look like - come to the State House and see for yourself. Free and open to the public. Let us know you're coming -- RSVP today!
Name this summit
Newsletter co-editor Alice Pearman recently climbed a well-known mountain in New Hampshire. Can you name this summit?
We'll reveal the answer next month!
Join the Zero Waste-Producer Team!
The national Zero Waste-Producer Responsibility Team was launched in 2013 within the Sierra Club’s Grassroots Network. The team seeks dedicated Sierra Club members to join the team and work to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling through producer-focused policies rather than continue to have local governments and taxpayers pay for handling products not designed for recycling.
Interested? Visit the Team Website to read the Sierra Club Zero Waste Policy and learn more about how you can be part of the team.
Thank you to our Market Days Volunteers
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped staff the Sierra Club table during Concord's Market Days in June. Pictured are volunteers Anne Emerson and Russ Perkins of Canterbury, who helped out on Friday!