Dallas Sierra Club News - September 2016
In This Issue. . .
David Todd and Jonathan Ogren will introduce their
environmental atlas, The
Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People (Texas
A&M Press 2016). The atlas is a five year effort that
resulted in a compilation of some 40 chapters, 300 maps, and
100 images regarding the conservation history of water, land,
energy, air quality, and public health in the state.
They also will focus on comments about local topics of special
interest to Dallas Metroplex residents. For more
information about the atlas, click
Todd has practiced as an environmental attorney, served as
executive director of the Conservation History Association of
Texas, and was the co-editor of The
Texas Legacy Project: Stories of Courage and Conservation (Texas
A&M Press 2010). Ogren, a biologist and geographer, is
the founder and principal of Siglo Group, a firm that helps
clients integrate natural systems into land planning and
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.
The North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG) is hosting
a DFW solar tour with various residential locations to visit
around the metroplex. Sponsored by Dallas Sierra Club and
other organizations, you can learn about affordable solar for
your home, rainwater harvesting, electric vehicles, energy
efficiency, and a host of sustainable subjects of interest. Go
for more information and support clean energy in Texas.
The population of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area is expected to
double by 2060. With recent drought, weather extremes, and
increasing threats – both man-made and natural – to our
state’s water supplies, will DFW have enough water as our area
continues to grow?
On September 17, a one-day conference, “DFW: Thirsting for Our
Water Future” will be held at the Richardson Civic Center from
9:30 to 5 pm. The event will provide a foundation for
understanding the current state of our water supplies and
address the challenges we face in maintaining those water
resources such as drought, invasive species and more. The
event will also highlight cutting-edge technologies for
meeting our water needs, and offer practical solutions that
homeowners can adopt to save water and save money.
Water will be one of the most challenging environmental issues
of this century. “DFW: Thirsting for Our Water Future” is a
unique opportunity to learn from experts and water
professionals about water quality, water conservation, and how
we can secure future water supply.
Register now for this event at dfwwaterconference.org - there
is limited seating for this one-day event. Cost is $35
(includes lunch) through Sept. 1 and then increases to $55.
Clean Water Fund is hosting this event along with Dallas
Sierra Club and other organizations. For more information,
email Rita Beving at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
fall and join us for this relaxing event in the beautiful
mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma. The weekend is
perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages.
Families, couples, singles, all are welcome. We have the group
compound all to ourselves, complete with your choice of rustic
cabin or tent camping, dining hall with kitchen, optional
catered dinner and (drum roll please)... yes, even a bathhouse
with hot showers and flush toilets! On Saturday we'll offer
various levels of hikes or you can be on your own to enjoy
many fun activities offered by the park. Plan an active
weekend or hang out on the porch, whichever you would enjoy.
Cabin requests are on a first come basis so make your plans
Click here for more information and required registration
forms. Don't wait to sign up. This camp out sells out fast.
Sign UP NOW before Registration Increases for the Earth, Wind,
& Fire Summit II
Event to Focus on All Forms of Energy
Register now before the price increases or it sells out. The
Earth, Wind & Fire Energy Summit II will be held on October 22-23 at the Addison Conference Centre. Back by
popular demand, this 2-day event will focus on all forms of
energy, including both traditional and renewable forms of
energy as well as the environmental and human impacts these
energy sources have on communities and the environment.
Registration is now open for this exciting event at
Discussion and speaker highlights include:
- Energy/Climate Change by Katherine Hayhoe – International
climate scientist, one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential
- Earthquakes and Deep Injection Wells by SMU’s Dr. Bryan
Stump – Studied the earthquakes in the DFW area
- First Texas City to Become 100% Renewable by Chris Foster –
City of Georgetown
- Battery Storage for Renewable Energy by Jack Farley of APEX
There are more than 12 others speakers to talk wind,
geothermal, nuclear, coal, and other sources of energy. Check
out the fabulous credentials of the speakers who are coming.
The 2014 events sold out 10 days ahead of time. Early
registration is $55 through Oct. 1 and $75 thereafter. The
event is hosted by the Dallas Sierra Club, DCCCD, and a number
of other groups. For more information or to learn about
exhibitor opportunities, contact Rita Beving at
The Dallas Sierra Club is proud to announce that Chris and
Dick Guldi have been nominated for a Green Source DFW
Sustainable Leadership Award. Please support the Guldis by
voting for them.
Chris and Dick Guldi are dedicated volunteers who work
tirelessly to improve our environment. Their myriad efforts on
many fronts in conjunction with the Dallas Sierra Club,
Citizens Change Lobby, Public Citizen, North Texas Regional
Energy Group, Downwinders At Risk, and Environmental Defense
Fund, and individual efforts are exemplary. Dick and Chris
Guldi truly "walk the walk" trying to improve the environment.
Click here to log on to the Green Source DFW website.
You must be a registered user to vote.
At the website, scroll down past the picture and click LOG IN
OR REGISTER HERE.
After logging in or registering, scroll down to the bottom of
the nominees and click on VOTE HERE!!
You can vote every day, so vote early and vote often!
If you are not familiar with Green Source D/FW, its goal is to
advance the environmental movement in the Dallas-Fort Worth
area by promoting: green living, sustainable practices,
nonprofit environmental organizations, eco-friendly green
businesses, environmental education, scientific information,
public policy discussions, and socially responsible investing.
Here is a link to their website: www.greensourcedfw.org/ where
you can read about events, projects, and other environmental
projects. Sign up for their weekly e-newsletter by providing
your name and e-mail address (in the upper right corner of
their home page).
October 11 - Carbon Tax?
Ricky Bradley will explain a carbon tax; he is the Dallas
chapter leader of Citizens' Climate Lobby, an organization
laser focused on passing federal legislation to price carbon
in a revenue neutral way.
November 8 - Hilites from Iceland, Patagonia, and
Dan Leffel, photographer extraordinaire, will cover 3 of his latest photography trips: to Iceland in winter, Patagonia in their fall, and storm chasing on the high plains this past spring. From the Iceland trip Dan will share unique images of the northern lights, which he photographed on 6 different occasions during 11 days in the country. His Patagonia images will include treks made in both Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine. His storm chasing images will include stories of the 12 tornadoes he photographed over a span of just 4 days - a very active weather period this past May. He was able to capture an image with 3 tornadoes on the ground at the same time, a rare occurrence. There will be ample time to ask questions regarding any of the other places Dan has travelled, or about his presentation.
Here is our calendar for the next two months. For complete listings, visit us at
10 (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
13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Learn about an environmental atlas, The
Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People, a compilation
of 40 chapters, 300 maps, and 100 images regarding the
conservation history of water, land, energy, air quality, and
public health in the state. Everyone is invited.
Full details are on our home
17 (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,
link. If you need more information or want to
carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send
21 (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. We'll review recent outings and plan future ones.
An objective for tonight will be to set our annual calendar
of dates and destinations for major trips. Bring your
research and recommendations. 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
24 (Sat) Dayhike on the Chisholm Trail in Plano
Meet at 9:00 AM in front of the Starbucks/Barnes & Noble
(north side of 15th just west of US 75). We will walk
5-6 miles on a paved path. Bring water. No reservations,
just show up. Optional lunch afterwards. Leader: Judy Cato Send
28 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1
Some walks in the woods are easy, but journeys of all lengths
can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your
way. Learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the
wilderness in this fun and 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, different kinds of compasses and
how to use your compass. There
will be some discussion about GPS, 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. If not, we'll have extras you
can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase
your own. The class will be held in the upstairs meeting room
at Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and
Forest Lane in Dallas. This two-night class (second
night Thursday, September 29) will begin at 6:30 PM and finish
about 8:45 PM. The class fee is $35 for members and $40 for
non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. We
encourage online signups by the Monday before the class (click
here) or you can pay with cash or check at the door. A
half-day hike the following Saturday or Sunday with a class
instructor will be offered to class participants who want
to practice their new skills. Contact: Liz Wheelan Send
29 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2
Join us for this second night of our two-part class that
begins Wed., Sep. 28. Both sessions are at Whole Foods Market,
Preston Road at Forest Lane. See above for details (Sep. 28).
Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send
1 (Sat) D/FW Solar Home Tour
this FREE event, talk directly with homeowners who use solar
energy, solar hot water, wind energy, and other
energy-efficient measures for their homes, as well as people
who drive electric cars (Tesla, Leaf, Volt, and hybrids). Click
details about home locations, information about each home, and
other information about the tour. Click
here to read an
article about the 2015 Solar Home Tour published by the Dallas
5 (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
11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Learn about (1) a Carbon Tax (2) candidates and issues
in the upcoming election. Everyone
is invited. Full details are on our home
14-16 (Fri-Sun) Dallas Sierra Club Group Campout at Beavers
Bend State Park, Oklahoma
us for this relaxing weekend of fall beauty in scenic
southeastern Oklahoma. We have an entire group compound
reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent
camping, bathhouse and dining hall with kitchen. We offer
Saturday hike options ranging from a one-mile nature trail to
a 7-mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline
ridges. The park offers many family-friendly activities you
can enjoy. We even offer a Saturday night catered dinner
option. Full details and sign-up information is in this
PDF. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send
22-23 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpacking Trip to the Caney Creek
This is one of the Dallas Sierra Club's favorite local
backpacking trips. Come and join us to practice what
you've learned in the backpacking class. We'll hike
about 4 1/2 miles one way and camp near a waterfall.
We will be hiking along a shallow stream, and go across it a
couple of times. There will also be a few small hills to
climb. After setting up camp and resting, we'll do a
short day hike as time permits. This is a relatively easy
backpack outing, suitable for beginners. Priority
sign-ups will be given to those who have taken the August 13,
2016 backpacking class. Please contact the leader to
sign up. Leader: Marcos Jorge Send
22-23 (Sat-Sun) Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Summit II
Conference Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, with lectures
and workshops about the ways we get and use electrical energy,
and what its relationship is to conservation and health. For
complete information and registration go to EarthWindFireSummit.org Contact:
Rita Beving Send
27-31 (Thu-Mon) Backpack or Camp and Hike at Buffalo National
Last October's trip to the Buffalo River valley in northern
Arkansas was so much fun that we’re returning to
those towering bluffs and deep hollows. Leave Dallas on a
sleeper bus Thursday night, eat breakfast Friday
in Huntsville, Arkansas and arrive at trailheads
Friday morning. That gives three full days for hiking
before late Sunday afternoon pick-ups and dinner in Jasper,
Arkansas. We’ll bring you home before sunrise Monday, Oct. 31,
Halloween. We've planned four trip itinerary options,
with average daily distances of four to ten miles. Late
October is usually an ideal weekend for fall color in the
Buffalo valley. It’s also a great month for hiking because
it's dry season and the Buffalo River trails network crosses
the Buffalo at many fords where removing boots isn’t usually
necessary in the fall. For trip details and information on how
to register, click this
PDF link. Coordinator: Bill Beach Send