January 18 - Pinhoti Challenge Hike.

Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This month, we’ll be hiking a section of trail located in Section 5 of the Alabama Pinhoti between Clairmont Gap and Adams Gap. This is the 17th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series, and gains a rating of strenuous due to the distance and rocky terrain. We’ll vary in elevation from around 1380 feet to 1750 feet. Along the 6.6 mile trek, we’ll see quiet woods, fall colors, rocky outcroppings, and Burgess Point – the highest point in Section 5. Make sure to bring a camera. Hiking boots a necessity, as well as plenty of water and a picnic lunch. There will be an optional dinner afterwards. For more info email kennethhyche@yahoo.com or call 205-540-3930. Meet at 7 a.m. Bass Pro Shop in Leeds or 8:30 at Target in Oxford just off exit 188 on I-20 east. (Cahaba Group) (find all the outings coming up here!)



Many thanks to Margo Rebar, Roe Hyche, Bob Hastings, and Peggie Griffin for agreeing to be the new newsletter committee. The newsletter is put together monthly, and material for the newsletter should be sent to plgriffin@comcast.net, with a subject line of "For the Editorial Board" no later than the 15th of the month. Group newsletter editors may continue sending group meeting information and calendars of events to Joe Watts at joe@joewatts.com, no later than the 25th of each month.

Guidelines for Material: The newsletter committee is seeking articles about Alabama environmental issues, articles highlighting Alabama’s special beautiful places, and engaging write-ups about group and chapter activities. Articles should be originally written for the Alabama Sierran, factual, and timely. A link to another publication should only be used rarely, but if a link is to be used, a full summary of the information (at least a paragraph long) should be written, with the link provided for more detailed information. The newsletter committee has the right to make any changes, so that material will meet these guidelines.

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No Tuesday Night Hikes Until Spring. Please note that there will be no Tuesday night hikes until the days get longer and we can return to Monte Sano.

from the North Alabama Sierra Club

Will 2013 be the last sighting of ICO in Alabama?

The Birmingham Inner City Outings program is endangered.  This Sierra Club sponsored program has been taking youth from the YWCA-Interfaith Hospitality House and other Birmingham neighborhoods into the outdoors on hikes and visits to natural areas since 1997.  However, the current leadership is in dire straits as several of its most active members will move out of the state in 2014.  We need volunteers who can devote a Saturday a month (or every other month) to introducing our inner city youth to the great outdoors.  Without new leaders, the program will go extinct within the year.  Are you willing and able to help?  Contact Margo Rebar at msrebar@gmail.com or (205) 970-6500.

These kids need you!  They love to go outdoors to explore and have few opportunities to do so.  You can make a difference. 



January 2014

The Results are In….

I definitely agree with the members who wrote "I wish I could vote for all 5!" and "All 5 are great!"  Unfortunately, only the top four will become voting members of the Executive Committee of the Chapter.  Members serve for a two-year term.

These four are (in alphabetical order): 

  • Charlie Cohen from the North Alabama Group
  • Robert Hastings from the Montgomery Group
  • Lucina Horner from the Cahaba Group
  • Adam Johnston from the Cahaba Group

The other elected members of the ExCom are:

  • Carol Adams-Davis from the Mobile Bay Group
  • Tom Burley from the North Alabama Group
  • David Norwood from the Montgomery Group
  • Margo Rebar from the Cahaba Group

The ExCom meets four times a year.  The next meeting will be January 11, 2014.  If you are interested in attending, please contact msrebar@gmail.com

Thanks to all of you who sent in your ballots!

Margo Rebar
Chair, Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club

Thursday Jan 16, 2014 start the New Year Social for the Cahaba Sierra Club.

The Cahaba Group of the Sierra Club is sponsoring and inviting all Sierra Club members and their friends to an evening of good music and even better conversation from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Good People Brewing Company, 114 14th Street S, Birmingham 35233. We will share this event with other Birmingham groups who love the outdoors including the Birmingham Adventure Group, Alabama Hiking Trail Society, Alabama Rivers Alliance and other Alabama groups. Come out and meet new people with good food and fun. We will have snacks and door prizes with lots of good company and fun.

Annual Mountain Mist Marathon Hike Part 1

Saturday, January 18 - 8th Annual Mountain Mist Marathon Hike Part I - Land Trust & Monte Sano State Park. Strenuous. This North Alabama Sierra Club event should be great fun--for the energetic!

Hike the trails where thousands of runners have slid in the mud, stumbled over tree roots, crossed slick stream beds, and ascended rocks holding onto trees and crevices en route to an eventual triumph at the finish line. With some trail modifications, we'll travel the 50K course, approximately 14-15 miles on each side, as closely as possible over two Saturdays. This is not for the weak of feet as the terrain can be rough and we need to maintain a moderate pace (to avoid flashlight use). Dress for the weather, wear good hiking boots and bring snacks, lunch, water, and a few dollars for the park entrance fee. We'll leave the Hiker's parking lot in Monte Sano State Park at 7:30am sharp. For an extra cardio work-out, arrive late. RAIN CANCELS. For more information please contact Charlie Cohen at 256-837-3622 or charlie.cohen@att.net or Sandy Kiplinger atsandykip@juno.com (find all the outings coming up here!)

Share Your Story About Dirty Air

Birmingham, AL –Have you or a loved one ever been affected by dirty air? GASP and the American Lung Association in Alabama are launching a new public health campaign, and in order for it to prove successful, we need to hear from you. Asthma attacks, lung cancer, strokes, heart disease, and other health effects are associated with air pollution. Dirty air also hurts the economy, kills jobs, depresses property values and contaminates home and community gardens. Tell us how air pollution has affected you and your loved ones. http://www.gaspgroup.org/voices-for-clean-air/


Although 2013 had its share of tragedies (Typhoon Haiyan), portents (reaching the 400 ppm mark for atmospheric CO2), and absurdities (the shutdown of the federal government), it also was in many ways a landmark year for the Sierra Club and the issues we work on. So in this last post of the year, I want to highlight some of the very good things that happened:

In February, the largest climate march and rally in American history filled the National Mall. More than 50,000 people braved one of the coldest days of the year to let President Obama know that we expect him to lead on climate -- starting with a rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. Not so long ago, the conventional wisdom was that the pipeline was a foregone conclusion. Thousands of grassroots activists have both turned that around and raised national awareness of the dangers of extreme fuels like tar sands.

Earlier that week at the White House, I joined with Sierra Club Board members Allison Chin and Jim Dougherty and several dozen other grassroots environmental leaders in the Sierra Club’s first-ever civil disobedience.

In March, President Obama designated five new national monuments, including Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico and the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Less than a month later, the Senate confirmed his nominee for Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell -- a dedicated outdoor enthusiast who understands the economic, recreational, and conservation benefits of protecting public lands. Here's hoping that 2014 sees even more ambitious monument designations and protections for public lands.

Read the full 2013 Year to Remember>>>

(from Coming Clean, the Blog of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune)


The Sierra Club's Beyond Oil campaign accomplished a lot during 2013 -- and the highlight was undoubtedly our success in turning the Keystone XL pipeline from a "done deal" to a dubious proposition. (Read all about it here--from Sierra Insider)

Sierra Club Outings

Winter is here--and it is cold! It's time to get out! Take a great hike. Or just enjoy gathering with friends to discuss environmental issues!

Come join us on the trail or just out for a stroll in the city! Great outings and meetings from North Alabama all the way to the Gulf! more>>>