Dallas Sierra Club News - June 2016
In This Issue. . .
Join us this Saturday (June 11) at the Sandbranch Community
Cleanup. Sign in at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 128 Burns Dr.,
Seagoville, TX, between 8:15 and 8:45 am for assignment to a
work team and orientation; work begins promptly at 9 a.m.
Tools will be provided, but wear protective clothing---long
pants, long sleeved tops, closed shoes, and hats. Gloves,
goggles, sunscreen, and mosquito spray will also be provided,
but you can bring your own if you prefer. Work ends at noon
with lunch and a celebration at the Sandbranch Community
Use this link to volunteer -
Sandbranch is the poorest community in Dallas County. It has
been without running water, sewage service, and trash pick up
for over 30 years. Sandbranch... everybody’s community! is about
giving a basic human right---clean drinkable water---to the
citizens of Sandbranch. Read the Strategic Vision and Plan for
Improvements to the Sandbranch Community
The Compost Contribution: How gardeners' black gold
can help protect the planet
do two good things when you make a pile of brown leaves and
assorted green waste, then encourage it to rot: You prolong
the life of your landfill, and you produce something that
contributes to a healthier environment. And you can do this
at any scale and in any number of ways, using a remarkable
range of ingredients. You can compost as a community garden,
a city, a county, a business, or just as one person.
Few activities encompass such a wide range of raw
materials, methods, and personal styles. And surely there
aren't many products, homemade or industrial, that can help
with everything from methane reduction to habitat restoration.
The presentation will include a little history, a brief
look at methods, and examples of uses, particularly those
beneficial to the environment. All this as seen through the
eyes of John Darling, a backyard composter / tree hugger who
fell into a job as campus composter for UT Arlington.
In this subversively funny talk, Amy Martin, author of Itchy
Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash,
Prevent Exposure and Eradicate the Plant (www.Itchy.Biz), will
share her deep knowledge gleaned from 12 years working in
wildlife habitat management. Martin breaks the rash into 4
stages for her unique approach, each with a different tactic
using the 3 Cs of rash relief: calm, cool and constrict. Home
remedies are ranked and rated, as are a world of unique herbal
and mineral rash products. The many ways to practice safe
scratch are revealed. She details how to prevent the poison
ivy allergen urushiol from reaching the skin and the right way
to remove it if it does. Martin shares the weird (urushiol
mummies, poison lacquer, and trees that fume urushiol) and the
wonderful (poison ivy's excellence for wildlife and erosion
control) in a talk that will leave you itching for more.
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.
three late summer days of backpacking or day hiking--your
choice--near Santa Fe this Labor Day weekend. Board our
chartered sleeper bus in Dallas Friday night. Wake to
breakfast at a local cafe in Santa Fe. Two backpacking
itineraries will hike three days and tent two nights in
the mountains. Two other itineraries will hike three days
and sleep two nights in cabins. Arrive back in Dallas
Tuesday at daybreak. The four trip options will cater to a
range of experience and difficulty levels. Each trek will
experience hiking at a range of altitudes. For the
full trip details and registration forms
please click here.
begin on June 20th for the Earth, Wind, & Fire
Summit-II. The summit will be October 22-24, 2016. Details are
http://earthwindfiresummit.org/. The summit is hosted by
the Dallas Sierra Club.
energy conference was a sellout event. This year's conference
promises to be even more exciting, with topics and speakers addressing
some of the most talked about energy issues of the day.
speakers have already been confirmed, including:
Internationally renowned climate scientist Kathryn Hayhoe,
recently featured as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most
Influential People will present.
- Seismologist Brian Stump from SMU, known for his research
with a team of colleagues into earthquakes that jostled North
Texas and the DFW area since 2008 will discuss their findings.
Renewable Texas Community
- Chris Foster, Manager of Resource Planning and Integration
for the City of Georgetown will speak to their city adopting
100% renewable energy.
Affordable Solar for Your Home -
Larry Howe, vice chair of TSES, will speak to what's available
for the public regarding the considerations and plans for
affordable solar for your home.
Fracking/Water Contamination -
Zac Hildenbrand of UTA-CLEAR, whose group continues its
studies of environmental quality in proximity to
unconventional oil and gas extraction sites will speak about
his peer-reviewed findings on water and fracking.
Economics - Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Jacobson of Stanford, a
leader in the field of air pollution, global warming,
large-scale clean-renewable energy solutions will speak on the
economics of today's energy sources.
of Texas Energy -
Warren Lasher, ERCOT System Planning, managing the flow of
electric power to 24 million Texans will speak to where Texas
is in its energy portfolio.
- Anne Epstein, MD, Chair of the Lubbock City Board of Health,
who has gathered studies and published findings regarding the
relationship between fracking and health effects within
various communities will also present.
Conference website will be ready to accept registrations on
June 20, so get ready to reserve your slot. Register
soon at the $55 level before the price jumps to $75.
For more information, call Rita Beving at 214.557.2271 or
email her at
July 12 - Movie Night! We supply the popcorn,
snacks, and drinks (and, of course, the movie) See Jumbo Wild to learn
about the controversy surrounding the proposed Jumbo Glacier
Resort that would span four glaciers and 15,000 acres in the
Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. For 25 years, local
residents, concerned citizens, and the Ktunaxa Nation have
strongly opposed this development for environmental, economic,
and spiritual reasons. Development has continued to move
forward despite overwhelming opposition. The film highlights
the tension between the protection of wilderness and the
backcountry experience and ever-increasing development
interests in wild places.
We will also have a program about Trinity
Environmental Academy. Learn about Trinity
Environmental Academy (TriEA), Dallas' first environmentally
focused public-charter/private college partnership on the Paul
Quinn College campus. The mission of TriEA is to provide an
innovative, community-based environmental education to engage
and empower scholars to become tomorrow's global change
September 13 - A bicycling and paddling adventure
along the Elbe river
When Eli Baron flew to Germany, his bicycle arrived but his
clothes and camping gear did not. Undeterred, he pressed on.
The journey started with a bicycle ride reaching the Elbe's
headwaters high in the mountains in the Czcheck Republic near
the border with Poland, and pedaling across the Czcheck
Republic through Prague and unto Dresden in Germany.
Here is our calendar for the next two months. For complete listings, visit us at
11 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up
Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the
Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at
8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the
Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner
Boulevard. Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.
Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes
one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are
always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Brunch afterwards.
Leader: Carol Nash
Send Email 214-455-2115
11 (Sat) Clean Sandbranch Day
June 11 is Clean Sandbranch Day, organized by Project
DreamHaus and Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Volunteers are needed
to tag thousands of tires for removal by heavy equipment, to
mow, to pick up debris and to restore a playground. Sign up on
the Event Calendar at
http://www.sandbrancheverybodyscommunity.org/ or at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CleanSandbranchDay . Wear
long sleeves, long pants, a hat, boots and gloves. Meet at Mt.
Zion Baptist Church, 128 Burns St., Seagoville, TX, 9:00 am to
noon. For more information: Pastor Eugene Keahey
Send Email 214-957-0741
11-12 (Sat-Sun) Outdoor Leader Training 201
OLT 201 is an overnight outing at Dinosaur Valley State Park
for prospective outings leaders who will eventually lead
backpacking trips and who have completed OLT 101.
Participants will receive instructions for when and where to
arrive Saturday. The outing will adjourn to lunch on Sunday.
Training sessions include a hike to demonstrate issues
of group management in outdoor situations.
Coordinator: Liz Wheelan
Send Email 214-368-2306
14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
is Black Gold. Learn about the variety of
composting methods and ingredients, how they protect our
planet, and what you can do. Poison Ivy -
Learn how to prevent poison ivy from reaching your skin, and
how to properly remove it if it does. Everyone is invited.
Full details are on our
home page now.
15 (Wed) No Outings Committee Meeting
We're skipping the regular third Wednesday Outings Committee
meeting tonight. Next meeting is Wednesday, July 20.
Organizer: Mark Stein
Send Email 214-526-3733
18 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help
maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The
Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work
here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at
8 AM, working until approximately 11:00. The Preserve's
address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For
directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve,
this link. If you need more information or want to
carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley
Send Email 469-223-7902
25-26 (Sat-Sun) Brazos River Canoe and Kayak Trip
Join us on the Brazos River for a weekend of paddling 19.5
miles on a Texas Scenic River. We'll start Saturday at 9 A.M.
at Rochelle’s Canoe Rental, Graford, Texas. Our flotilla will
put in below Possum Kingdom Dam and finish in the early
afternoon of the next day, a perfect weekend trip. We'll camp
one night on an island about halfway to the finish. The trip
is rated moderate as one or two category 1 rapids are on our
reach of the river. Hear coyotes at night and see hawks and
longhorn cattle during the day. Rochelle’s rents canoes and
operates a shuttle to the trip start. See Rochelle's website
www.rochellescanoerental.com. This trip was originally
scheduled for June 4-5, but it's been rescheduled due to high
rainfall and high water on the river. To participate, contact
outings leader Terry Sullivan . Trip capacity is limited, so
call Terry early. Leader: Terry Sullivan
Send Email 214-533-9899
6 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing
body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole
Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest
Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the
Dallas Group Chair for more information.
12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
night! We supply popcorn, snacks, and drinks.
See Jumbo Wild to learn about the
controversy surrounding the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort.
And learn about Trinity Environmental Academy (TriEA), Dallas'
first environmentally focused public-charter/private college
partnership. Everyone is invited. Full details are
on our home page
20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
The Outings Committee meets tonight at 6:30 at Whole Foods
Market, SE quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas,
upstairs. At these monthly meetings, outings leaders review
lessons learned from recent outings and plan future
outings. Anyone interested in outings is invited. Reply
to Mark to be added to the advance agenda email list or to
suggest an agenda item. Organizer: Mark Stein
Send Email 214-526-3733