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 […]

November 2016 News From the Chair

By Maryvonne Devensky Hello everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather we are having. It is time to spend more time gardening, camping, hiking, or just “being outside.” Soon the Sandhill cranes will come back to Paynes Prairie and we will hear their beautiful calls over Gainesville. […]

November 2016 Conservation Report

By Whitey Markle Elusive Water Policy, Elusive Politicians In the last few months, I’ve had a chance to see the state water policy managers in action. We’ve been pressing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to assure the implementation of our water law via the Basin Management Action Plan […]

James Akers Pence (February 10, 1948 – September 25, 2016)

by David L. Auth Akers, as everyone called him, was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He had a three part life geographically; starting in Arkansas (1948 – after 1970), second in New York City (? – 1997), and lastly here in Gainesville, Florida (1997 – 2016). I first met Akers […]

Who Is Stand Up North Florida?

“The environmental advocate said that Stand Up’s efforts amounted to an attempt to draw the rest of the state into “a sugar industry fight in South Florida.” He compared it to efforts this season to pass a solar power-related ballot initiative that environmental organizations have roundly criticized as an energy-industry […]