Sierra Club Outings
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>>>
Alabama Sierra Club
DESOTO STATE PARK
Fort Payne, Alabama
November 5 – 7
Public Is Invited
Hosted by the
Coosa Valley Sierra Club
Inspiring Speakers include:
- Jim Allen - Global vs. Local Energy
- Larry Beane – Learning from Native American History
- Tammy Beane – Historic Pottery Demonstration
- Stephen Guesman – The Energy Efficient Home: Why You Want It and How to Get It!
- Charlotte Hagood – Seeds – Past, Present, and Future
- Dave Holloway - Alabama’s Diversity
- Rev. Dave – Portrayed by David Underhill
The Cahaba River Wildlife Refuge Expansion
a letter from Clifton Robinson to those interested in the Expansion
For those of you unable to attend the public meeting concerning the Cahaba Wildlife Refuge expansion proposal I would like to sum it up for you.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: “We have NO plans to use enema domain.”
Citizens: “You are full of crap.”
This in a nutshell was the meeting for three solid hours.
The USFWS did acknowledge that they had the power of eminent domain. If they had not acknowledged this it would have left them open to accusations that they were hiding this fact.
They clearly stated that they had no intention of using eminent domain in the wildlife refuge expansion proposal. This power of eminent domain is granted by the constitution of the United States of America.
Exactly who has this power of eminent domain? The City of Brent has it, as does the City of Centreville, Bibb County, and the State of Alabama. I’m curious to know if the citizens opposing the refuge expansion are going to hold rallies opposing the four laning of Hwy 5, a project that will take land from adjacent landowners whether willing sellers or not just so we can drive faster.
Likewise are they going to hold rallies opposing the use of eminent domain for the Hwy 82 bypass around Centreville should one landowner be in opposition to that?
Now I do want to make it clear I feel that the USFWS should only purchase land from willing sellers.
I would like to address some of the points the opposition made.
1. This is going to lock up land. I disagree with this. This is going to open up land.
Currently the refuge is 3,500 acres. You can go to the refuge and participate in: fishing, hunting, hiking, picnicking, swimming, bird watching, nature photography, and many other ways to experience and enjoy nature. Wouldn’t it be great if this opened up 100,000 acres for you to explore?To understand the economic benefits of having more land open for public use all you have to do is look at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Without the draw of 6 million people to this park yearly, do you think Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville would be what they are now?
The U.S. Senate Fiddles While the Earth Begins to Burn
submitted by David Newton
While the dysfunctional U.S. Senate does nothing about climate change, with some members still apparently believing it is a hoax, other members and millions outside the senate are very concerned. For example, the quote from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) offers insight into the position of this agency of the United Nations.
"Several regions of the world are currently [August 11] coping with severe weather-related events: flash floods and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe while other regions are also affected: by heat wave and drought in Russian Federation, mudslides in China and severe droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. While a longer time range is required to establish whether an individual event is attributable to climate change, the sequence of current events matches IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] projections of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming. The Monsoon activity in Pakistan and other countries in South-East Asia is aggravated by the la Niña phenomenon, now well established in the Pacific Ocean."
Source: http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/news/extremeweathersequence_en.html (Read Sept. 3, 2010)
Vacation Ends for Mussels
Living River: Taking care of this Earth that God has given us.
A volunteer team of environmental experts gathered at Living River the morning of November 2009 to make sure some residents of the Cahaba River weren’t disturbed by upcoming construction. Mussels and snails were taken from the canoe launch site and relocated upstream. The relocation – required by the Corps of Engineers – was successful, with nearly 200 mussels (10 different species) and more than 6,000 snails finding a new home. more>>>
Watching the Sun at Work
by Peggie Griffin
Need evidence that the sun can efficiently run a home? After the Coosa Valley Solar Tour on Saturday, August 28, we were all convinced that the energy of the sun can be very successfully captured to provide the luxuries of heating and cooling, washing machines, refrigerators, computers. . . Daryl Berquist, the only NABCEP certified solar installer in the state of Alabama led this most informative tour.
Not only were we introduced to solar power technology, but we also toured four different types of homes designed to be more earth friendly. more>>>
AHTS 10th Annual Conference in Huntsville
The Alabama Hiking Trail Society will be holding a conference in Huntsville at the Monte Sano Lodge the weekend of February 25-27, 2011. Mark the date on your calendar now. The theme of the conference will be Building Trails to Our Past and the Future. There will be three tracks of speakers, presentations, hands-on demos, hikes, entertainment, food, prizes and a special key note speaker.
More details will be available later at conference.hikealabama.org
The Alabama Hiking Trail Society and its members are dedicated to planning, building, and maintaining safe hiking trails for all to enjoy and educating the public of the careful use and enjoyment of Alabama's great outdoors.
American Trails Symposium in Chattanooga
Every other year American Trails brings together trail enthusiasts for a weekend of workshops and outings. This year the conference will be in Chattanooga, November 14-17, and it will be a while before it is in our area again. There will be many opportunities for networking with trail enthusiasts from all over the country.
The American Trails National Symposium is your best opportunity to network with the nationwide trails community and learn state of the art trail planning, development, and management techniques. The Symposium addresses both non-motorized and motorized issues and our vision for trails and greenways nationwide. Dozens of speakers and keynote presenters will join us from the trails community across America.
The theme for this year’s symposium is Trails, The Green Way for America. This symposium's theme evokes the benefit of trails to America’s economy and environment. As we evolve toward a green economy, trails are the way for outdoor recreation and alternative transportation. Trails provide access and connections to many of this nation’s most incredible green spaces: parks, forests, and wildlands. Trails are a critical component of green infrastructure within communities, tying homes to businesses, schools, and workplaces, and empowering clean human-powered mobility. Trails support the new American dream which is built upon environmental and economic efficiency. Trails are, very simply, the green way for America.
For more information and to register, go to http://www.americantrails.org/2010 or call 530-547-2060.