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Dallas Sierra Club Sponsors Exciting Fall Energy Summit - October 4-5

The Dallas Sierra Club and other organizations are sponsoring an exciting, two-day energy conference the weekend of October 4-5 at the Addison Conference Center in North Dallas.

Earth, Wind, & Fire SummitThe Earth, Wind and Fire Energy Summit is the first energy conference of its kind in Texas. While most conferences focus on a single form or a narrow selection of energy sources, this weekend event promises to provide attendees a global view of America's energy portfolio and then turn to energy issues in Texas, discussing not only traditional and renewable forms of energy but also new, emerging energy technologies. Discussion will also focus on the environmental and human impacts associated with these forms of energy and probe into some of the challenges and compelling questions facing these sources.

Topics include geothermal, wind, solar, waste-to-energy, coal, nuclear, natural gas, and oil. Confirmed speakers from across the country will include academics, policymakers, and professional representatives from associations that focus on energy issues.

Our mission is to educate the public and those who work to influence policy on the public’s behalf regarding environmental issues associated with energy. Our aim is to answer some of today’s pressing questions raised by the public and in the media surrounding energy issues.

Space is limited-- so make your reservations now to attend this exciting event. Early Registration: $55. Late Registration: $75. Visit earthwindfiresummit.org for more information and to register. For questions concerning this event, email rita@dallassierraclub.org.

Celebrate Fall at Beavers Bend State Park

Beavers Bend State Park, OklahomaThis fall outing has been so much fun it's turned into an annual event. Join us October 17-19 to enjoy the scenic beauty and fall colors of Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma. Our group complex offers your choice of rustic cabins or tent camping on the grassy lawn or by the river. Amenities include a dining hall with kitchen, stone fireplace so we can fix s'mores rain or shine and yes, even a bath house with flush toilets and hot showers. Activity options will include group hikes in a variety of lengths, special interest hikes (outdoor photography, birding, local nature with a master naturalist to name a few), plus outdoor related mini-clinics for those interested. You're also welcome to be on your own to enjoy the many options offered by the park including hikes, new nature center, museum, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking (rentals available), even a train ride through the forest for those wanting to see it the easy way! Saturday night offers a catered BBQ dinner (optional) and a special performance by actor Lee Stetson portraying John Muir. For complete trip information, including costs and sign-up forms, click here. Gather your family and friends - this outings is great for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages!

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Polar Bear on Melting Ice FloeEffects of Global Change on Arctic Plants and North Texas Prairies

Research on the effects of climate change in Alaska revealed how warming is changing the tundra vegetation and soils with feedbacks to associated fauna.  Warmer soils support greater rates of decomposition, causing more carbon dioxide and methane to enter Earth's atmosphere.  Dr. Laura Gough will review how soils, plants, and consumers are responding to such changes in northern Alaska.  And she will connect these results to implications for North Texas ecosystems.

Laura Gough has been a faculty member in Biology at UT Arlington since 2002.  Her research expertise is in plant ecology, exploring how plants of tundra, wetlands, and prairies interact with other organisms (particularly herbivores) in the context of a rapidly changing environment.  Her students conduct research in northern Alaska and remnant prairies in north Texas.

Everyone is welcome. Free! You don't have to be a Sierra Club member.  Just show up.  We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

John Muir Live On Stage - Sunday, October 19

John MuirIn The Spirit of John Muir, renowned actor Lee Stetson will showcase Muir's dedication to wilderness protection and search for adventure in Yosemite National Park and other wild places.  Stetson portrays Muir every summer for thousands of people in Yosemite National Park's Theater, and he will be in Dallas for one night only.

Some of Muir's grand, thrilling adventures are in this show: "The Perilous Night on Mount Shasta" with Muir freezing in the midst of a howling blizzard while simultaneously being boiled and blistered in hot springs; his astonishing ride down a Yosemite Valley canyon wall on a snow avalanche; climbing the 500 foot wall of the winter ice cone beneath Yosemite Falls; Muir's encounter with a mighty Yosemite earthquake; dangerous Alaskan ice crevasses; snow blindness; and much more -- all liberally salted with Muir's wilderness philosophy.  This show's theme revolves around the health and invigoration one acquires when one fully and joyfully engages wildness.

$10.  7:00 p.m., Addison Conference Centre Studio Theater, 16560 Addison Road, Addison, TX.  Buy tickets at the door or at the September 9 or October 14 Sierra Club General Meeting.  Seating is limited, so advanced purchase is advised.  Click here for a map of the venue's location.

Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a Sierra Club member to attend this special event.

 

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What's Going On

Aug 20 No Outings Committee Meeting

Sep 3 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Sep 9 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Sep 17 Outings Committee Meeting

Sep 30 Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1 (aka Learn to Explore!)

Oct 1 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

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