WED. JULY 16 - GENERAL MEETING. All children, all families and all communities need nature – and the nature movement has a fascinating history. On July 16, Children in Nature Network North Texas Executive Chair Amanda Stone Norton and Speakers Bureau Chair Heather Foote present the vital contributions of network founder and author Richard Louv in revitalizing a global nature movement. His books Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age inform the presentation, along with tips for discovering local natural world adventures on the Perot Museum sponsored NT CiNN website: NatureRocksNorthTexas.org. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!
WED. AUG.20 - GENERAL MEETING. We have a dynamic duo meeting of speakers this month. Judy Richardson of Wild Care Inc. will explain the work of Wild Care, Inc., a network of volunteers that rehabilitates most native Texas wildlife including reptiles for the DFW area. Todd Sliger, former environmental intern for Rep. Lon Burnam, will talk about his new position and work with True to Texas, a new coalition aimed at protecting wildlife in our state. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!
WED. SEPT. 17 - GENERAL MEETING. Dale Edelbaum of the Dallas Sierra Club will share stories and photos of his 17-day dory boat trip down the Grand Canyon, covering 221 miles from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. Along the way, the river ranged from smooth drifting to enormous rapids. Dale camped along the river and hiked many side canyons. His pictures are enchanting and set to music. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!
WED. OCT. 15 - GENERAL MEETING. Jim Shermbeck, community organizer and director of Downwinders At Risk, will update our group about the current state of affairs on air quality in DFW and the proposals from environmental and concerned citizens to TCEQ on how to fix our nonattainment with the Clean Air Act. Jim and Downwinders at Risk have led the fight against the dirty air created by cement kilns in Midlothian for over 2 decades. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!
The Fort Worth Sierra Club has several email lists you can subscribe to in order to stay informed about club news, outings and conservation issues. Click on the names of the lists below to be taken to the subscription page for each list. If you have any difficulty with the subscription process, please send an email to fw.sierra.listserve(AT)gmail.com.
LONESTAR-FTW-NEWS - this list will be sent out once or twice a month unless something urgent comes up.
LONESTAR-FTW-OUTINGS-NEWS - periodic lists of upcoming outings and notices about last-minute changes to outings schedule.
LONESTAR-FTW-CONS-FORUM - a discussion list for conservation issues, meant primarily for discussion of local and state issues. Please keep in mind that this is a discussion list and any subscriber can send a message. As a result this list may get a lot of emails, some of which may be off-topic.
The national Sierra Club has a website about the issues involved with Natural Gas drilling. The website has links to a lot of information and news:
Nationally, Sierra Club policy regarding gas drilling, especially hydrofracking, is evolving rapidly. Club drilling activists are working to strengthen Club policy and resources regarding gas drilling in many ways. If you would like to get involved in this process, the best place to start is by joining the Hydrofracking Team on the Sierra Club Activist Network.
North Central Texas Communities Alliance
The North Central Communities Alliance (NCTCA) is a relatively new organization that defines itself as a "coalition of individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the Barnett Shale" who will work for "positive solutions to the problems of natural gas drilling and pipelines" from city hall to Washington, D.C.. They have quickly become a very effective organization working to great effect both locally and at the state level.
EARTHWORKS has a campaign in Texas focused on the problems involved with extraction of Oil and Gas - the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project, otherwise known as Texas OGAP. Texas OGAP has issued a set of best management practices named "Drill Right Texas: Best Oil & Gas Development Practices for Texas".