* Preserving, Protecting, and Enjoying Our Vanishing Natural Spaces – Wednesday, February 22, 7 pm

Preserving, Protecting, and Enjoying Our Vanishing Natural Spaces

Make plans to join us on Wednesday, February 22, as we welcome Catawba Lands Conservancy Executive Director Tom Okel as he describes their important work, plans for the Carolina Thread, and ways to enjoy the trails and local lands.

Twenty years ago, Mary McDaniel fought to convince people to notice the beauty and significance of Mountain Island Lake. That effort has preserved drinking water for 750,000 Charlotte-area residents, and protected natural wildlife habitat. It also marked the beginning of Catawba Lands Conservancy. Today, the Conservancy now has more than 11,000 acres of protected local lands that preserve clean water, farmlands, wildlife habitats and connections to nature. As lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail, the Conservancy connects lives to nature by inviting people outdoors to hike, bike, paddle and play on a 15-county network of trails and greenways that will ultimately connect more than 2 million people in the Carolinas.

The meeting starts off at 6:30 PM for refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcomed!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm (unless noted in an announcement) in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

P.S. To stay informed of local issues and events, you really should consider subscribing to the following free services:

 Central Piedmont Sierra Club Group Website: http://charlottesierraclub.org/

  • Listserv Updates. On the right hand side of the home page look for “Email Signup for News and Events”. We use this for meeting announcements, hikes, events and other updates.
  • Website Updates. A nice feature to stay abreast of all the news is to get an email for website postings. In the right hand area of the website, look for “Email Signup for Website Updates “.
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Let your friends and neighbors know about this free service of the Central Piedmont Sierra Club. You don’t have to be a member to participate but we would love to have you join the Sierra Club.

September Meeting – The Meeting in the Dark

As Gomer (of the Andy Griffin Show) use to say, “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!”

We got to the Mahlon Adams Pavilion last Wednesday and the Festival in the Park headquarters was set up in the meeting room. Not to let a little scheduling mix up deter us, we ‘hiked’ down the hill to Shelter #3 and had a very good meeting.

It was a good turn out with lots of new faces. We covered several important environment issues for taking action: our Coal Ash Campaign, Incinerator Free Mecklenburg, the Charlotte Tree Ordinance, and the BMWNC Medical Waste Incinerator. It was great to see people signing letters and coal ash postcards by flashlight. Now, that’s commitment!

Matt Long, 2005 AT Thru Hiker and 1,000 mile Continental Divide Trail Hiker, gave a great talk on hiking with lots of ideas and suggestions. Thanks again to Matt and Bill Bartee, owner of Jesse Brown’s, for your support and the special discount coupons. We even had hiking and trail maps for several trails in the area.

Read about this and more in our Meeting Presentation below…

CPSC Meeting 2010 September

See you at an up coming event or our next meeting on October 27th!


February and March Events

Hello all,

Hope you’re off to a great 2009 (all things considered). I wanted to let everyone know about the great events/meetings we have scheduled for February and March.


1. February 25, 2009, 7:00PM at Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park

Meet the first (of two!) Sierra Club Staff people recently hired in Charlotte. Beth Clark has been recently named the Cool Cities Campaign Representative, and I believe she is the first person with this Sierra Club position anywhere in the nation, as Charlotte will be the Sierra Club pilot site for really ramping up our efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gases in our cities and towns.

 On Wednesday evening the 25th, Beth will let us know more about the Cool Cities campaign nationally, give us an update on what’s going on locally and seek input from you as she gets underway. Don’t miss it!


 2. March 13-15th, 2009 at Myers Park Baptist Church

For March we plan to forego our normally meeting for a chance to really promote and drive attendance to three wonderful days at Myers Park Baptist Church with Dr David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College.

Friday, March 13, 7:00PM: “The Eleventh Hour” Film

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 – 11:00 AM: “The Environment and Politics in a Time of Hope” public lecture

Sunday, March 15, 9:45AM-10:45AM, “The Hour Before Dawn: Challenges, Courage, Faith and Hope” public lecture

 All three of these terrific events are free and open to the public. Please call Rick Goodin at 704.334.7232 (Extension 15) for more information


3. March 21, 2009 Volunteer Event at James Martin Middle School

Details for this volunteer event are still lacking, but we wanted to go ahead and get the date on your calendar. We’ll have more details very soon!