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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]

Sabal Trail Pipeline Action How to Guide

by Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson This is an informal how to guide for action to be a witness to violations and non-compliance issues associated with permits on the Sabal Trail Gas Transmission. You do not have to know everything about a permit to be aware of concerns associated with this construction project […]

Conservation Report December 2016

By Whitey Markle Many years ago in Lake City, the Suwannee River Water Management District, the St. Johns River Water Management District, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducted a “public workshop” in which the regional water managers told us of a new plan for conserving the water in […]

News From the Chair December 2016

By Maryvonne Devensky Hello everyone, Since the elections results are known, I have decided to spend more time in nature, to enjoy the beautiful weather we have now, the cool morning walks, and the sunny weather in the afternoons: “Time to tend your garden” as Voltaire suggested years ago… Looking […]