Dallas Sierra Club News - September 2014
In This Issue. . .
As many of you have already heard, there are Big Events and Big Changes ahead. Along
with our usual incredible outings, the Dallas Sierra Club needs your support for the following
- Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit is a two day conference which will bring in
nationally known experts on the full array of energy resources and current hot
issues such as fracking and earthquakes.
Addison Conference Center
- Beaver's Bend State Park (Oklahoma) will host our Fourth Annual Family Camp
Out with a most special guest. Lee Stetson will be arriving from Yosemite
National Park for a special performance of' John Muir among the Animals."
Saturday night, October 18,2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
- The very next night will see Lee Stetson appear at the Addison Conference Centre
Studio Theatre in "The Spirit of John Muir." Those who saw Lee the last time he
was here will know his performance is inspiring and can be a life changing
experience for the new and veteran conservationist.
Sunday, October 19,2014 at 7:00 p.m. (Get your tickets at the general meetings
or arrive early to get a seat)
- Political - While this political season may not have a Presidential election, it will
have plenty of fireworks in the State of Texas. Watch for a fund-raiser in
October with a major state-wide candidate as our guest.
- ICO Expansion - As usual, our outreach program continues to grow and shine as
we all share the gift of nature with those whose opportunities are not as great as
the rest of us.
- And the final big announcement, The Dallas Sierra Club is moving our General
Meeting place starting January 2015 to Brookhaven College.
We'll have full details on our website next month.
If you are interested in participating in any of the above, check our website for full details
and contact persons.
If you wish to financially support these new endeavors, please send your check to:
Dallas Sierra Club
P. O. Box 800365
Dallas, TX 75380-0365
Thanks to all of you who make the Dallas Sierra Club the active and awesome group it is.
Your Dallas Chair
Effects of Global Change on Arctic Plants and North
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
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.
welcome. You don't have to be a Sierra Club member. Just
show up. We'd love to meet you.
Meeting starts at 7:00 pm but come at 6:30 for snacks,
information and fellowship. Our meeting takes place at REI, 4515 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway,
Dallas, TX 75244. Click over to our
page of our website for more information and a map.
Early registration has been extended through Sept. 12 with a new
One-Day Rate for the "Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit,"
an exciting educational event providing insights on
traditional, renewable, and emerging forms of energy.
Presentations by academics, policymakers and association
professionals from around the country will focus on energy
sources from both a national and regional perspective plus the
environmental and human impacts from development to transport.
The conference will be held at the Addison Conference Centre the
weekend of October 4-5, 2014 in North Dallas. Register
via PayPal, Eventbite or check (preferred) before Sept. 12 at
conference also features a two-part Communications workshop
with print/TV/radio journalists including Jeff Crilley on how
to get "Free Media with No Money." Journalists Randy Lee
Loftis, Shelley Kofler, and Paul Adrian will also give their
perspectives of media today in a digital world in a second
media workshop discussion.
Looking for a relaxing and inexpensive fall getaway with
family or friends? This outing is great for outdoor
enthusiasts of all ages and stages. Sign up now for our annual
weekend among the scenic beauty and tall pines of Southeast
Oklahoma. Our group compound offers your choice of rustic
cabin or tent camping on the grassy lawn or by the river and a
dining hall with kitchen, showers and flush toilets. Enjoy a
hike with our group (various lengths and levels), mini-clinics
or on your own for the many options offered by the park -
hikes, new nature center, local history museum, horseback
riding, canoeing and kayaking (rentals available), even a
train ride through the forest for those wanting to see it the
easy way! Special Saturday night performance by actor Lee
Stetson portraying John Muir. Optional catered dinner.
Reservation deadline Oct. 14. For complete trip information
and sign-up forms,
click here. Questions
Lizwico@aol.com or call 214.368.2306.
In 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
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.
fundamentals of finding your way in the wilderness in this
comprehensive two night class. Among the subjects covered are:
looking for and purchasing different type maps, how to read
maps, different kinds of compasses and how to use your
compass, how not to get lost and what to do if you do get
lost, There will be some discussion about GPSs, but our main
focus is learning how to use a map and compass so you're
not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that
takes batteries. For more details please see the calendar
Here is our calendar for the next two months. For complete listings, visit us at
9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Laura Gough will review how soils, plants, and consumers are
responding to climate change in northern Alaska, and will
connect these results to implications for North Texas
ecosystems. Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra
Club's General Meeting. Full details are on our
home page now.
17 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
Tonight is an important meeting for the Outings Committee. We
will discuss destinations and dates for major trips in 2015.
Bring your ideas, maps and calendars. Meet upstairs at the
Dallas REI store on the north side of LBJ Freeway between
Midway and Welch at 6:30 PM. Outings leaders, prospective
leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome. Ask
Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda.
Organizer: Mark Stein
Send Email 214-526-3733
30 (Tue) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1 (aka Learn to
Most walks in the woods are pretty easy but journeys of all
lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't
find your way. Please join us to learn the fundamentals of
navigating your way in the wilderness in this comprehensive
two night class. Among the subjects covered are: looking for
and purchasing different type maps, how to read maps, how not
to get lost, map use if you do get lost, and different kinds
of compasses and how to use your compass.
will be some discussion about GPSs, but our main focus is
learning how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting
your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries.
If you have a compass, bring it to the class. If you don't
have one, we will have an extra you can use and will show you
what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be
held at the Dallas REI store (Guadalupe Peak room, 2nd floor), 4515
LBJ Freeway, north
side, between Midway and Welch. This two-night class (second
night Thur., October 2)
will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 8:45 PM. The class fee
is $25 for Sierra Club members and $35 for non-members. Cost
covers both nights and handout materials. Bring a water bottle
and pen or pencil for taking notes and writing navigation
practice exercises. No reservations - just show up. A half
day hike the following weekend with the class instructor will
be offered to class participants who want to practice their
new skills. Contact: Bill Greer
Send Email 972-247-0446
1 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing
body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ
Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between
Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the
Dallas Group Chair for more information.
2 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2
This is the second night of our two part class. See the
class listing above (Tuesday, Sept 30) for details. Contact:
Send Email 972-247-0446
4 (Sat) D/FW Solar Home Tour
with homeowners who use solar energy, solar hot water, wind
energy, and other energy-efficient measures for their homes.
here for details about home locations, information about
each home, and other information about the tour.
4-5 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpacking Trip to the Caney Creek
Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club's favorite local
backpacking trips. We'll hike about 4 1/2 miles and camp near a
waterfall. The round-trip distance is about 9 miles. We will
be hiking along a stream and
there will be a few small hills to climb. After setting up
camp, we'll do a short day hike as time permits. This trip is
relatively easy and is suitable for beginners. Priority
sign-ups will be given to those who have taken the beginner
backpacking class. Please contact the leader to sign up.
Leader: Marcos Jorge
Send Email 214-682-6555
4-5 (Sat-Sun) Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Summit
The Dallas Sierra Club and other organizations are sponsoring
an exciting, two-day energy conference the weekend of Oct 4-5
at the Addison Conference Center in North Dallas.
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 (before August 15). Late Registration:
earthwindfiresummit.org for more information and to
register. Contact: Rita Beving
11 (Sat) Day Hike the Trinity River Greenbelt
Hike 10K (6 miles) on the Lake Ray Roberts Greenbelt
Corridor. This is an easy trail running alongside the Elm Fork
of the Trinity River. No reservations required, just show up.
Well behaved pets on a leash are allowed. Bring water and
a snack as we will be hiking all morning. Meet at 9:00 AM at
the Highway 380 Trailhead Park. Admission to the park is $5.00
per person or free with a Texas State Parks Pass. There will
be an optional lunch afterwards. The Park is on US Hwy 380 2.1
miles west of Hwy 377 or 2.8 miles east of Loop 288 in Denton.
Highway 380 can be reached from Central Expwy,Preston Rd., or
the Tollway. Bring extra shoes in case the trail is muddy.
This hike will be canceled if it is raining at the trailhead.
Leader: Mark Adams
Send Email 972-658-1281
14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Eli Baron will share pictures and experiences of his bike
rides around the world, and David Griggs will talk about the
upcoming fall elections and candidates friendly to the
environment. Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra
Club's General Meeting. Full details will be on our
home page about
a month before the meeting.
15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
Meet upstairs at the REI Dallas store on the north side of LBJ
between Midway and Welch at 6:30 PM. The agenda will include
final planning for the Beavers Bend trip and the Big Bend
trip. We will confirm destinations dates and coordinators for
major trips of 2015. Outings leaders, prospective leaders,
and people interested in outings are welcome. Ask Mark to be
placed on the email list for an agenda. Organizer: Mark
Send Email 214-526-3733
17-19 (Fri-Sun) FALL FUN at Beavers Bend State Park
us one and all for this annual event among the scenic beauty
and fall colors of Beavers Bend State Park in southeast
Oklahoma. Our group complex offers your choice
of rustic cabin or tent camping on the grassy lawn or
by the river. Amenities include a dining hall so we have
space rain or shine, kitchen and stone fireplace, hot showers
and flush toilets. Activity options will include group hikes
in a variety of lengths, special interest hikes 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, great biking, new nature
center, local history 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 dinner (optional) and a special
performance by actor Lee Stetson portraying John Muir. Reservation
deadline October 14. For
complete trip information, including costs and sign-up forms,
click here. Do a lot or just sit back in your camp chair
and watch the horseshoe game. Gather your family and friends -
this outings is great for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and
stages! Coordinator: Liz Wheelan
Send Email 214-368-2306
18 (Sat) An Evening with John Muir!
not John Muir, but the next best thing - renowned actor Lee
Stetson himself, just off the Yosemite Theater stage for a
special, Saturday night live performance portraying John Muir
during his adventures in the high Sierras. The performance
will be a highlight of our annual fall outing at Beavers Bend
State Park near Broken Bow, OK. Seats for Mr. Stetson's
performance are included for those signed up for the weekend
camp out (cabin or tent). Availability of tickets for Mr.
Stetson's Saturday night Oklahoma program only may be
available in early October if not sold out to those signed up
for the camp out. See above for more information about this
fun weekend. Complete details on both events and reservation
is in this PDF. Feel free to contact the trip coordinator
with any questions. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan
Send Email 214-368-2306
19 (Sun) John Muir Live On Stage
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 thrilling adventures in
this show: his ride down a canyon wall on an avalanche;
freezing in the midst of a howling blizzard while
simultaneously being boiled and blistered in hot springs;
Muir's encounter with a Yosemite earthquake; and much more --
all liberally salted with Muir's wilderness philosophy. $10.
7:00 p.m., Addison Conference Centre Studio Theater. Full
details are on our
home page now.
24-26 (Fri-Sun) Eagle Rock Loop Backpack
Join me on a three day backpack on the longest loop trail (27
miles) in Arkansas. A combination of parts of the Little
Missouri Trail, the Athens-Big Fork Trail and the Viles Branch
Trail, the Eagle Rock Loop Trail crosses the Little Missouri
River several times and travels over six major ridges. The
hike will combine steep hill climbs through mixed hardwood and
pine forests with strolls along crystal clear streams. It is
arguably one of the best hikes in the Ouachita Mountains.
Points of interest include Little Missouri Falls, Spirit Rock
Vista, Eagle Rock Vista and Winding Stairs. Participants
should have some backpacking experience. TRIP RATING:
STRENUOUS (due to elevation changes along the Athens-Big Fork
Trail and the amount of miles covered). Please contact the
trip leader to sign up. Leader: Justin Taliaferro
Send Email 214-534-6606
25 (Sat) Day Hike Around White Rock Lake
Let`s meet at the Stone Tables at White Rock Lake near Lake
Highlands Drive and Buckner Blvd. From the intersection of
Lake Highlands and Buckner, turn southwest on E. Lake
Highlands. Take an immediate left (south) on Tiffany Way, then
an immediate right on E. Lawther. There is a sign here but it
now says "one Tables." The hike will start at 9:00am. We'll
walk 9 miles in about 3 hrs on a paved path. This is a good
conditioning hike for the upcoming Fall backpack trips. Bring
water and snacks. No reservations necessary. There will be an
optional lunch at a local restaurant after the hike. Leader:
Send Email 972-658-1281
25-26 (Sat-Sun) Car Camping in the Winding Stair Area in
We'll try to catch the fall colors in this beautiful part of
the Ouachita Mountains this weekend. On Saturday, we
will hike about 9 to 10 miles on a loop trail in the Horse
Thief Springs area. The hike will be downhill into the
Holson Valley in the morning, and uphill back to the cars in
the afternoon. The day hike includes about 1900 feet of
elevation change. There will also be a short day hike on
Sunday morning before heading home. Because of the
length and terrain of the day hike, this trip is rated as
moderately strenuous. Note that the campsite is
semi-primitive, and has no water. Contact the leader to
sign up. Leader: Marcos Jorge
Send Email 214-682-6555