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Houston Regional Group - Get Involved / Take Action - Protect the Planet
  in this section:
Conservation Committee
 Air Quality
 Forestry
 Recycling
 Sprawl & Transportation
 Wetlands Preservation
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Political Committee
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Service Projects
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Outreach
 Inner City Outings
 Membership
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Immediate Opportunities
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E-Mail List
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Territory
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Links

Our Mission:

    The mission of the Houston Sierra Club is to foster the quality of the environment within its territorial limits and to work for the purposes of the Sierra Club, including:   "To protect and conserve the natural resources of the State of Texas, the United States, and the world; to undertake an publish scientific and educational studies concerning all aspects of man's environment and the natural ecosystems of the world; and to educate the people of the United States and the world to the need to preserve and restore the quality of that environment and the integrity of those ecosystems."

Who We Are:

     The Sierra Club's members are 700,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

      Over 25,000 Texans count themselves as Sierra Club members, including nearly 6,000 in the Houston Region.  If you are not currently a member, we invite you to join us.

    In pursuit of its mission, the Houston Regional Group supports the work of a number of standing committees in the areas of Conservation, Political Action, and Outreach:

 


Conservation Committee

    The Conservation Committee directs the conservation efforts of the Group and oversees the work of the subcommittees.  The committee has scheduled in alternate months or as required. Visitors and new volunteers are always welcome.  E-mail Frank Blake at frankblake@juno.com for more information.

Subcommittees: 

  • Air Quality  - The Air Quality Subcommittee promotes public awareness of local air quality issues.  The subcommittee meets monthly and seeks colleagues to work on many phases of monitoring, informing and promoting action on Houston's air problems. Help keep Houston from permanently surpassing Los Angeles as the smoggiest city in the United States.  E-mail Frank Blake at frankblake@juno.com for more information.
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  • Forestry - The Forestry Subcommittee promotes responsible management of Texas' forest resources. Join the  Forestry Subcommittee. Call Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962 for more information.
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  • Recycling - The Solid Waste & Recycling Subcommittee encourages recycling and reuse. 
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  • Sprawl/Transportation - The Sprawl/Transportation Subcommittee promotes public awareness of transportation alternatives and the effect public transportation policy has on our regional environment and quality of life. The Sprawl/Transportation Subcommittee advocates the principles of responsible growth. 
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  • Wetlands & Coastal Preservation - The Wetlands and Coastal Preservation Subcommittee promotes awareness of issues relating to wetlands habitats and Galveston Bay.

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Political Committee

    The Political Committee monitors area political activity, promotes the awareness of environmental issues as they relate to the ballot box, and promotes environmentally responsible candidates for political office.  The committee is especially active at election time. 

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Service Projects

  • Jesse Jones Park - The Houston Sierra Club has adopted a trail in Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center in Humble, Texas. This beautiful park is far enough away from the hectic pace of the city yet still close enough to be convenient to home. It is at the end of Kenswick Drive north of FM 1960, just west of Hwy 59 north. It features a boardwalk through cypress trees and beautiful frontage on Cypress Creek. Wildlife watching and hiking are especially good. The park’s web site is at http://www.hcp4.net/jones/jjpinfo.htm. Park naturalists created the adopt-a-trail program to maintain the trails and to protect native plants from three aggressive species: Chinese Privet, Chinese Tallow, and Japanese Climbing Fern.  For more information, contact Joy George at jgeo61@sbcglobal.net or 281-376-3062.
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  • Lone Star Hiking Trail - The Houston Sierra Club conducts regular trail maintenance on the Lone Star Hiking Trail in Sam Houston National Forest.  For more information, contact Brandt Mannchen at 713-664-5962.

See the calendar for specific activity information.

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Outreach Activities

  • Inner City Outings - Inner City Outings (ICO) is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club.  Our volunteer leaders, trained in recreational, outdoor and safety skills as well as environmental education, provide wilderness adventures for people who wouldn't otherwise have them - including low-income youth of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, hearing or visually impaired individuals, and the physically disabled.  For information on how you can support or participate in the Houston ICO program, contact Lorraine Gibson at 281-384-4104 or e-mail raineygib@aol.com.
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  • Membership - The group's Membership Committee seeks to recruit new members, publicize the group's activities, encourage members to become more active and promotes camaraderie among the members.  Contact Arlene Diehl for more information via e-mail at arlenediehl@peoplepc.com.

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Immediate Opportunities - great ways to get started

Get Involved

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December 13, 2012 - Annual Auction - Donations And Volunteers Needed - Our Annual Auction and Holiday Gathering will take place this year at our December General Meeting on Thursday, December 13. This is one of the principal fundraising events for the Houston Group and features both a live and silent auction. All proceeds from the auction stay here in Houston to fund local conservation efforts and activities. We are now seeking donations for this year's auction. An early response will help us publicize items in advance. Suggestions for donations are: stays at cabins, bed & breakfasts, or resorts; nature tours, adventure activities, or sailing excursions; gift certificates or gift cards for services, performances, merchants, or restaurants; goods such as camping equipment, sports equipment, tools, crafts, artwork, or autographed books. We also need volunteers to help solicit auction items, pick up donated items or help promote and advertise the event. And we will need volunteers on the day of the event to help with a variety of set up tasks. To donate, volunteer, or for more information about the auction, please contact one of the following: Lorraine Gibson at 281-384-4104, or raineygib@aol.com; Frank Blake at frankblake@juno.com or 713-528-2896 ; Jen Powis at jenniferpowis@yahoo.com ; or Carolyn Mata at carolynmata@att.net . .

Website Help: We need a couple of people to assist the webmaster with posting material to the Houston Group website. This normally requires a few hours per month. For more information, contact our webmaster at houston.webmaster@lonestar.sierraclub.org.  

Bayou Banner Advertising Help: We need one or more people to get advertising for the Bayou Banner. The amount of time can be set by each volunteer. Advertising revenue from this would support all Houston Sierra Club activities. Contact George Batten at BayouBanner@gmail.com or 713-665-1505.

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Stay Informed - Join our E-mail Alert List

    Subscribe to the Houston Sierra Club's email alert list to get timely alerts on Houston area conservation issues, and occasional announcements of interest to Houston Sierra Club members and friends.

    To suscribe to the list, send an e-mail to listserv@lists.sierraclub.org with the following text in the body of your message:

SUBSCRIBE LONESTAR-HOUSTON-ANNOUNCE your_first_name your_last_name

    You may unsubscribe from the list at any time

    To unsubscribe from the list, send an e-mail to listserv@lists.sierraclub.org with the following text in the body of your message:

SIGNOFF LONESTAR-HOUSTON-ANNOUNCE

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Learn More

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Territory

    The Houston Regional Group serves the following area in the state of Texas:

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Links

Links to area environmental organizations

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Last updated:  09/28/2011.   Content 1999-2011 by the Sierra Club.