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Houston Regional Group - News - 2009
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Sierra Club Files Lawsuit on Proposed Grand Parkway Segment E
On March 9, 2009, the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Houston against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) due to the impacts that the proposed Grand Parkway (GP), Segment E, may have on the Houston environment. A lawsuit is an expensive, time consuming, and difficult strategy that is taken only as a last resort after weighing the situation carefully. We are now at that last resort with the proposed GP.  (May 09)

Update About Katy Prairie Protection Fight: Grand Parkway, Segment E
The proposed Grand Parkway, Segment E (GP), continues to get a lot of press. First, the lawsuit that the Sierra Club filed against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for an inadequate environmental analysis is moving forward. October 2009 deadlines were set for putting information into the record that will be used to decide the case and for all briefings on the issues.   (Nov 09)

Big Thicket National Preserve Celebrates 35th Anniversary This Year
On October 11, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed a bill into law (Public Law 93-439) that created Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP). This year is the 35th anniversary of that historic day. As they say in the country "A lot of water has flowed under that bridge" since that day. Today, Texans and the People of the United States have a real natural treasure which is finally starting to get its due. Let the birthday party begin!!! (Jul 09)


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General Conservation

Sierra Club Helps With New Trail in Cleveland, Texas
On November 7, 2009, the Houston Sierra Club joined at least 50 high-energy teens from the Cleveland area, the City of Cleveland (COC), Legacy Land Trust (LLT), Keep Cleveland Beautiful, The Community & Children's Impact Center, and many adult volunteers to construct two nature trails on the north side of State Highway (SH) 105 in the East Fork of the San Jacinto River Floodplain at the City of Cleveland Preserve. The City of Cleveland has given the LLT a 5 acre conservation easement on the property which abuts additional COC acreage that may also be protected with a conservation easement in the future.  (Dec 09)

Update About Katy Prairie Protection Fight: Grand Parkway, Segment E
The proposed Grand Parkway, Segment E (GP), continues to get a lot of press. First, the lawsuit that the Sierra Club filed against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for an inadequate environmental analysis is moving forward. October 2009 deadlines were set for putting information into the record that will be used to decide the case and for all briefings on the issues.   (Nov 09)

December Public Meeting for Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan in Houston, Texas.
On December 2, 2009, 7-9 pm, at the United Way, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, Texas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will hold the third of three public meetings to solicit input for the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) to be prepared for the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (TRNWR).  (Nov 09)

Why You Should Comment -
on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Update of the 2005 Land and Water Conservation and Recreation Plan.
Although the 2005 Land and Water Conservation and Recreation Plan was intended to have a 10-year life, the agency has decided to engage the public in a mid-term update of the document. The update is meant to provide a 5-year vision for Texas Parks and Wildlife that is understandable to the public and usable by the staff. TPWD is highly visible in the arena of management of species subject to hunting and fishing regulation. It has been the focus of state park advocates in obtaining adequate funding during the last two legislative sessions. However, the agency has another responsibility of particular interest to the Sierra Club.  (Sep 09)
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Forestry

Don't Flood the Sam Houston!
We have a crisis on our hands! A dam project proposed by Montgomery County will flood thousands of acres of bottomland, slope, and upland forests in Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF); all of Little Lake Creek Wilderness Area (LLCWA); many miles of the Lone Star Hiking Trail (LSHT); and thousands of acres of federally endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) habitat. SHNF needs everyone's help now!  (Dec 09)

Big Thicket National Preserve Celebrates 35th Anniversary This Year
On October 11, 1974, President Gerald Ford signed a bill into law (Public Law 93-439) that created Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP). This year is the 35th anniversary of that historic day. As they say in the country "A lot of water has flowed under that bridge" since that day. Today, Texans and the People of the United States have a real natural treasure which is finally starting to get its due. Let the birthday party begin!!! (Jul 09)

Hurricane Ike Salvage Logging in Sam Houston National Forest Draws Sierra Club Objection
The Houston Regional Group and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club (Sierra Club) commented and objected about a U.S. Forest Service (FS) proposal to salvage log 2,540 acres of Hurricane Ike damaged trees in Compartments 6, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 35, 36, 39, 50, and 51 in Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF) as authorized under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA).  (Jan 09)

Sierra Club Wins Appeal Regarding Angelina Motorized Trail Project
The Lone Star Chapter and Houston Regional Group of the Sierra Club won an internal U.S. Forest Service (FS) appeal regarding the proposed construction of a 28-mile Angelina Motorized Trail Project.  The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas Supervisor reversed the District Ranger’s decision based on three of the nine objections that the Sierra Club made in its appeal.  (Jan 09)
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Transportation

Sierra Club Files Lawsuit on Proposed Grand Parkway Segment E
On March 9, 2009, the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Houston against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) due to the impacts that the proposed Grand Parkway (GP), Segment E, may have on the Houston environment. A lawsuit is an expensive, time consuming, and difficult strategy that is taken only as a last resort after weighing the situation carefully. We are now at that last resort with the proposed GP.  (May 09)
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Habitat Preservation

Support for Neches Wild and Scenic River Needed Now!
Conservationists, hunters, fishers, paddlers, birders, nature lovers, and officials from cities and counties who value tourism and recreation across the eastern part of Texas are all banding together to contact members of our Texas Congressional Delegation in support of a Neches Wild and Scenic River (NWSR). (Jun 09)
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Bayou Banner - Houston Regional Group newsletter (.pdf format Get Acrobat Reader): rss.gif (1202 bytes)

December 2009 / January 2010 - (0.5mb)  
ExCom Election
Now is the Time for Wilderness in Big Bend
Help Oppose a New Coal Plant in Matagorda County

November 2009 - (0.5mb)  
Hype Dike- Hyped "protection" plan threatens coastal destruction
Shoreacres Service Trip a Success
Annual Auction

October 2009 - (0.5mb)  
Moving to Zero Waste
Some Thoughts on Global Warming

September 2009 - (0.6mb) 
Bill of Rights for the Planet
Why You Should Comment on the TPW Conservation and Recreation Plan
Texas Governor Vetoes TV Take-Back Bill

July/August 2009 - (0.5mb) 
Donating Used Materials Helps Local Non-Profit Projects
Big Thicket National Preserve Celebrates 35th Anniversary
Legislature Passes TV Take-Back Bill

June 2009 - (0.6mb) 
East Texas Wilderness Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Landmark Settlement between Environmental Groups and Shell Oil
Whoopers and Water Flow

May 2009 - (0.5mb) 
Sierra Club Files Lawsuit on Grand Parkway Segment E
Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser
Where are the Oil Company Lobbyists When You Need Them?
High Speed Rail for Texas?

April 2009 - (0.5mb) 
Moutain Bikes and the Lone Star Hiking Trail
The HSC Responds to GHORBA
Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser

March 2009 - (0.5mb) 
Sustaining Galveston Bay
TTC Name Change - Taxpayers Look Out
Islands in the Stream - A Dream or a Reality?

February 2009 - (0.7mb) 
Save the Lone Star Hiking Trail
Sierra Club Cleans Up Hurricane Ike Debris
Angelina Motorized Trail Project


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