2010 Alabama Legislative Session
By David Newton with Adam Snyder
The next Regular Session of the Alabama State Legislature begins on Tuesday, January 12, which is earlier than most years, but 2010 is an election year. Below are some comments on what we foresee during this session.
Again in 2010, we expect Conservation Alabama to help in lobbying the Alabama Legislature. Jeff Martin of Montgomery will be at the Alabama State House every day the legislature is in session. Adam Snyder of Birmingham will join Jeff as necessary. We certainly hope you will help. You can (if you haven’t already) start now by getting to know your state representative and your state senator. You can do this rather easily by making an appointment and meeting with them in your legislative districts. For contact information of all Alabama State Legislators, visit http://www.legislature.state.al.us/. You don’t really need a specific bill to discuss. You can just talk briefly about some of your legislative concerns. Also, as you know, the entire Alabama legislature will be voted on in 2010. You can be absolutely certain that all incumbents who are running again will be interested in talking with constituents. This is an opportunity you should not miss. more>>>
Nature Notes: Brother Can You Spare a Dime
by John Ackerman
When I discuss the environmental activities of the Sierra Club with people who are not familiar with our organization or with what we like to do, a common question often arises: “Why do you want to protect nature, what good is it anyway?” This question can be answered several ways and I will offer to you a few attempts to explain why we work so hard to help out Mother Nature.
Don't miss a chance to really get outside, meet like-minded folks and reconnect with old friends. Come join us on the trail, in the water or just out for a stroll down the street! more>>>
January on the Farm
by Peggie Griffin
Its that time of year again when we are enjoying the summer’s fruits and vegetables from our freezers . . . or canning jars. All that time spent harvesting and preserving is paying off now. This cold weather makes me really enjoy that big pot of vegetable soup. . . and it is so nice to have fresh blueberries for breakfast. Also, my garden is still yielding delicious lettuces, green onions, and turnip greens. What a treat!
Mining Along the Locust Fork Update
On Thursday evening, November 12, at the Coosa Valley Sierra Club meeting, Lawrence Rives and Jerry Gordon Hallmon, Rosa Coal Mine activists, spoke about the dangers of the McCoal coal mine that is seeking to locate near the small community of Rosa and also near the Locust Fork River. To illustrate the beauty of the area, Lawrence and Jerry showed the Doug Phillips’ Discovering Alabama movie on the Locust Fork. The McCoal Corp. filed permit applications with both ADEM and the Alabama Surface Mining Commission. more>>>
Notes from Around Alabama's Sierra Club Groups
Coosa Valley Notes: A great day was had by the nine folks who showed up for the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve hike. Taylor Steele led the group to the highlands and the rock outcroppings as well as told us about the history of the preserve, the projects being worked on and the camp site that they wish to make for the scouts who are doing service work to help eliminate privet and build a trial system. The weather was perfect for this hike reaching a wonderful 64 degrees with sunny blue skies. Everyone had a great time and we anticipate there will be another hike later next year.