Greater Baltimore Group

Welcome to the Greater Baltimore Group of the national Sierra Club. The Greater Baltimore Group includes Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Harford County. This page contains local events, outings, and any information dealing with local Sierra Club causes. We focus on local issues, however we do get involved in national campaigns using the information supplied to us by our national organization in San Francisco.

Group News

The Greater Baltimore Group needs a Secretary. There are two positions to fill on the Group’s Ex Com. Contact Chris Yoder if you are interested at chris.yoder[@]mdsierra.org.

We need contributions for the Greater Baltimore Sierran newsletter. Please contact XxDiTz4LyFxX[@]aol.com if you have articles, pictures, trip suggestions, or poetry to share.

We need your email addresses! The Sierra Club is most effective when our members show up at community meetings or hearings or contact their elected officials to voice their opinions and advocate for the environment. We can use email to contact you more than the four times a year the newsletter affords us, in order to let you know about upcoming meetings, important legislation, etc. If you want to join this environmental hot-mail, give your email address to Cliff Terry at Cliff.Terry[@]mdsierraclub.org
 
Conservation Issue: State Highway Administration threatens Rocks State Park. The State Highway Administration (SHA) proposes to respond to erosion problems in northern Harford County's Deer Creek by blasting the iconic rocks of Rocks State Park in order to move and widen state highway 24. SHA has responded to community outrage by delaying construction. Join the fight: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-The-Rocks/241109564416?v=wall#/pages/Save-The-Rocks/241109564416?ref=ts

http://www.scribd.com/doc/24883085/Save-the-Rocks-Flier


Activities

Monthly invasive plant removal work parties meet at Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore County on the 2nd Saturday of each month 9-12. Rain date is the following day, at the same time. Tools and refreshments are provided. For information contact Bill Breakey at breakeys@comcast.net. The park office is at 410-887-2503. or check out the park's website at cvpark@bcpl.net. Volunteers are placed on an email notify list.
 
Visit the website for the Baltimore Inner City Outings: http://www.ico.sierraclub.org/baltimore
 
Young Sierrans group was created for people in their 20s and 30s who like to get outdoors and are concerned about our environment. The group holds Young Sierrans Socials every 2nd Thursday of the month at the City Cafe in Mt. Vernon; their monthly outings generally occur on the Saturday that follows the Social. Please visit the group's new website:
http://maryland2.sierraclub.org/baltimore/youngsierrans
 

Discussions

"Linked In": click here!

Facebook: The Greater Baltimore Group and Young Sierrans now have Facebook pages. You can find the GB group here, and the Young Sierrans here


Take Action -- Take Note

Please read this important article (also published in Chesapeake, the newsletter of the Sierra Club's Maryland Chapter) about trail use and the closure (by Baltimore City) of trails in the watershed areas: Trails Summit

NASA satellite documents mountain top removal damage: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/hobet.php?src=features-recentNote that the same site has dramatic and sobering documentation of what's happening to Arctic sea ice and the Amazon rain forest as well.

Check out this report on climate change.

And this editorial.

An important paper by Tom Horton, The Baltimore Sun’s long-time environmental reporter and author of several books about the Chesapeake Bay, questions whether Smart Growth, whatever its potential, can restore the Bay to health while the Bay area population continues to grow. Mr. Horton says the investment of 25 years and billions of dollars in Bay cleanup has been “a failure,” neither reducing the most important pollutant nor increasing the numbers of the most valued marine life. He provides evidence linking that failure to continued massive growth of the Bay area population. 

Mr. Horton's paper, entitled "Growing! Growing! Gone! The Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth" and dated August 2008, is on the website of Baltimore’s Abell Foundation in two versions. The full version is at http://www.abell.org/publications/detail.asp?ID=139. A condensed version of only 7 pages is at  http://www.abell.org/publications/detail.asp?ID=140.

 
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