Michigan Chapter Update
April 19, 2015
In this Issue:
- Celebrate 45 years of Earth Day by Taking Action!
- Sign Up NOW for Citizen Lobby Day on May 6th
- Sierra Club Protecting the Au Sable River from Fish Farm
- Urge Your Lawmaker to Oppose "No Stricter Than Federal" Bill
- Explore and Enjoy! Holly State Recreation Area
Celebrate 45 years of Earth Day by Taking Action!
Sierra Club all year long!
Meet at Rivard Plaza, 1340 East Atwater St. Southeast Michigan Group andGreat Lakes Program outing
On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans gathered across the country for teach-ins and protests to demand a clean environment at the first Earth Day. That amazing effort kicked off 45 years of environmental protections, but today serious problems remain and huge issues like climate change loom large. There is no better time than the present to take your passion for the environment and turn it into action!
In the box at right are Sierra Club activities in April and May in Michiganthat will inspire and engage you,whether you are looking to talk with elected officials at our Citizen Lobby Day or spend a few days in the wilderness.
Another great way to honor both Earth Day and someone you admire is to give aCommemorative Gift to Sierra Club Michigan Chapter in their honor. What better way to show you care than by supporting the environmental advocacy work of the Michigan Chapter in the name of someone you care for! Find out more here.
Stay up to date with the programs, events and outings of Michigan Sierra Club by visiting our updated Michigan Chapter website. Find the calendar here and make a point of getting active with Sierra Club all year round!
Sign Up Now: Citizen Lobby Day on May 6th
Sierra Club will host our first Citizen Lobby Day of the year on May 6th. This unique and exciting event involves dozens of Club members and supporters who converge on Lansing to educate lawmakers about important environmental issues. You'll have fun meeting your legislators and kindred spirits, like the folks in the photo meeting State Rep. Bill LaVoy. On May 6th, we will discuss the benefits of clean energy and the dangers of fracking with lawmakers.
Pre-registration for Lobby Day is required. Find more info on the event and sign up here!
Sierra Club: Protecting the Au Sable River as Trout Season Opens
This year, the Sierra Club will be celebrating by continuing our efforts to protect the most storied of those rivers, the Au Sable.
Almost defying belief, there is a proposal to place an industrial fish farm right in the middle of the Au Sable River, just above the section known as the "Holy Waters". The permit for this facility will allow discharge of effluent, nutrients, disease, and whole fish into the Au Sable. Sierra Club has filed suit to stop this facility.
We are asking for outright denial of the permit which was granted to this facility. Simply put, we do not believe that a facility of this type belongs in a river of this quality, and we do not think that any modifications to a permit can change that.
The Au Sable is world famous, and justifiably so. Thousands of people come to this magnificent river annually to reconnect with nature, and it deserves better than to be turned into a factory farm. Sierra Club is working to assure that the river gets the protection it deserves.
Does Your Lawmaker Think Michigan Should Be No Better than the Rest?
Michigan is surrounded by 20 percent of the earth's fresh surface water supply. But some state representatives want to pass House Bill 4246 which weakens protection for the Great Lakes and all aspects of Michigan’s environment.
This bill would prohibit the governor and his/her agencies from issuing any rule that is more protective than federal law. In effect it says there is nothing special about Michigancompared with any other state in the union and takes away the governor's power to protect clean air and water.
Explore and Enjoy! Holly State Recreation Area
Sierra Club is committed to "exploring, enjoying and protecting the planet." The Michigan Chapter Update includes features on exploring and enjoying places in Michigan. Rebecca Hammond brings another great introduction to a wonderful place in Michigan: this time Holly State Recreation Area in northwest Oakland County.
Holly State Recreation Area might be Michigan's best-kept secret. A big state park within easy driving distance of both Flint and Detroit, it has a number of small lakes, a nice (and sometimes challenging) trail system, two rental cabins, a beach with amenities on another lake, good fishing, and the best turtle population I've ever enjoyed.
Holly is our favorite local hike, and a good place to paddle, especially when the sun is going
down. Silence settles, and wildlife emerges. You can hike all afternoon there, given the size of the trail system, and if you campthere, you can hit the trails right from the campground. There's canoe and kayak rental as well. A tiring (for us) but satisfying day is a picnic, a paddle, and a hike. I once saw, in the evening, something I later read about (or would think I hallucinated it): mice running in circles, playing, maybe two dozen, in and out of the grass, crossing the trail, jumping. The anecdote I read took place in Maine and described an estimated 500.
Giving back at a place like Holly (as you're completing the circle of exploring, enjoying, and protecting) might mean pulling garlic mustard. I've been both horrified at the amount, and amazed that two people over a few years could make a difference. Garlic mustard is a tame plant brought here from Europe, and stayed contained for a very long time. Its roots secrete a chemical that makes it hard for other plants to compete. Pulling even a little makes a big difference, even if you pull it after the seeds fell.
Know what else makes you feel you contributed and didn't just benefit? Taking a roll of TP and leaving it in one of the outhouses (usually stocked, not always.)
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