GRU Take Over

Alachua County/Gainesville Residents: For the fourth year in a row, Senator Keith Perry is working to remove all accountability from our municipally-owned utility and to move it one big step closer to privatization.  At the Legislative Delegation meeting on Jan. 30th, there were more than half a dozen people who spoke […]


North Florida Working Group Up and Going

By Maryvonne Devensky As you know we started a new working group in December 2016, to serve the needs of the northern counties: Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, Baker, Union, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, and Gilchrist, 9 counties that have a lot in common: beautiful rural settings of forests, meadows, wetlands, springs and […]


Conservation Report February 2017

By Whitey Markle  “VICTORY” IN UNION COUNTY MINING ISSUE On January 17, the Union County Board of County Commissioners (B.O.C.C.) voted unanimously to extend the moratorium on mining for another year. The standing-room-only Union County Courtroom was packed with supporters of the moratorium extension. We hope the Union BOCC moves […]


SSJ CHAIR REPORT February 2017

Our ex-chair, Brack Barker, was appointed Outings Chair and approved by the EXCOM at the January 12 meeting, and Kathryn Taubert was appointed as Assistant Chair. Also, Maryvonne Devensky will chair the new Central Working Group, which includes Alachua, Putnam, and a portion of Clay County.  Chris Mericle will chair […]


NOTES OF THE FLORIDA SIERRA CLUB MEETING on December 3, 2016

By Maryvonne Devensky    1)Report By Paul Thibault re: JOHN MUIR  – 150th Anniversary Project  1867-2017 Paul Thibault, Sierra Club member, presented his research on the hike John Muir did from Fernandina Beach to Baldwin 147 miles (in 8 days) in October 1867. Start of trail at Park in FB. […]


Conservation Report January 2017

By Whitey Markle State Legislative Configuration On a good note: State Senator Lauren Book, a Democrat, has been appointed Chair of the Florida Senate Conservation and Environmental Preservation Committee.  Although she appears to have little environmental experience she is probably far more approachable than the former chair of that committee, […]


Note From Outgoing Chair

By Maryvonne Devenksy Hello everyone, As I am stepping down from being the Chair of the SSJ Sierra Group, I would like to share that I have learned a lot, met a lot of spirit minded people who like me want to preserve our natural resources. At times being Chair, […]


NEW CHAIR’S COMMENTS

by Whitey Markle After serving 7 years as the Conservation Chair and Vice Chair, I’ve been elected Chair of the SSJ Group.  I certainly appreciate the EXCOM’s confidence in me and I hope we move forward through this rough time in American and Floridian environmental history. We have a big […]


SSJ’S NEW SOLAR PRESENTATION TO BE PRESENTED AT GENERAL MEETING JANUARY 5, 2017

Solar: Unlimited Energy for the Sunshine State, SSJ’s latest entry into free educational programs, is off to a rousing welcome by citizens interested in understanding the importance of renewal energy sources to the health of our economy, environment, and indeed, the entire planet. Presentations of this 30 minute, leader-led, PowerPoint […]


Point-Counterpoint: At EPA under Pruitt, who will protect the protectors?

By Michael Brune We knew this wasn’t going to be pretty — but it’s still shocking. Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as his nominee for administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Presumably this wasn’t one of the personnel decisions where Trump supposedly took advice from […]