Wed. Feb. 18—General Meeting. Botswana has been called Africa's "Living Eden," and the Sierra Club International Outing that Carol Roark and Lon Burnam, both Fort Worth Sierra Club members, took there certainly confirmed the wonders that can be seen there. From the majesty of a herd of elephants walking through the brush, to a cheetah hunting, to the vibrant turquoise, purple, and black of a lilac breasted roller, the photos and stories about this incredible land should not be missed. 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. Mar. 18—General Meeting. Robert Kent is the North Texas Area Director for the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. In November 2014, TPL opened its North Texas Area Office with Mr. Kent at the helm. He will present on the Lake Worth Greenprint, a recent TPL study of the Lake Worth watershed, as well as other TPL projects happening in the North Texas area. 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".