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 […]


EVENT CHANGES DUE TO HURRICANE

1) GENERAL MEETING tonight, October 6th, Memories of John Muir is CANCELED 2) OPEN HOUSE AT THE Ft WHITE location of new Sierra Office.      This is rescheduled for Saturday NOVEMBER 12, 2016.      PLEASE MAKE CHANGES ON MeetUp page and FB, twitter, whatever we use. 3)  SABAL […]


SSJ’S NEW SOLAR PRESENTATION TAKES OFF

By Kathryn Taubert 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 […]


Conservation Report

By Whitey Markle AMENDMENT 1 “SMART” (DUMB) SOLAR………….VOTE NO ON NOVEMBER 8. See VoteNoOn1.org. Floridians for Solar Choice, Inc. has a wonderful website that explains clearly the circumstances and implications of the “smart” solar amendment (A-1) that will be the first ballot initiative voters will see on November 8th. The […]


News From the Chair

By Maryvonne Devensky Several issues are at hand this month and we invite you to participate  in these as much as possible. 1. Sabal trail  – Pipelines issue. First, Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against FERC. Please see the press release issued a few days ago. Action on Southeast […]


Stand with #NoDAPL and Stop Sabal Trail Pipeline

RE:  YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL  EVENTS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE STANDING ROCK PEOPLE FOR #NoDAPL  SINCE WE HAVE THE SAME ISSUE IN FLORIDA WITH THE PROPOSED SABAL TRAIL PIPELINE GOING UNDER OUR SUWANNEE RIVER,SANTA FE RIVER AND PRECIOUS SPRINGS WATERSHED. WHAT:   1) KAYAK PADDLE ALONG THE SANTA FE […]


News from the Chair September 2016

By Maryvonne Devensky Hello to everyone, As we survive these hot and humid summer months, several serious issues are also boiling right in front of us.  So here is what we need to focus on and I am urging you to get informed and educate yourself even more on these […]