Outings & Events

Sierra Club Delta Chapter to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

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In September of 2014 the Nation will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act is one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation ever enacted in this country. We have three wilderness areas here in Louisiana.

Breton Island wilderness area was designated in 1975 and is 5,000 acres managed by US Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a barrier island in gulf waters 60 mi southeast of New Orleans and is part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is comprised of a series of barrier islands including Breton Island and all of the Chandeleur Islands in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

Lacassine, designated in 1976, is a 3,445 acre wilderness management area within the 35,000 acre Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Evangeline Parishes. The National Wildlife Refuge is primarily freshwater marsh. The wilderness area is located in the southern portion of refuge. The refuge and wilderness areas are managed by US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Kisatchie Hills, designated in 1980, 8,679 acres. It is called “Little Grand Canyon" and has some of the most unique topography in Louisiana - unusually steep, rugged terrain with flat-topped mesas, sandstone bluffs and outcroppings. This is the largest of three designated wilderness areas in Louisiana and the only one managed by the Forest Service. Kisatchie Bayou, a State Natural and Scenic Stream, flows through the area.

See our Delta Country Trail Guide project

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Delta Chapter and Groups have embarked on a project to update the Delta Trail Guide. The guide was last published in 1997 and there have been many changes to the landscape and to availability of public spaces since then. The New Orleans Group was the focal point of much of the effort in the earlier editions and continues its leadership in revising the guide. Devin Martin, Conservation Coordinator has developed a matrix showing all the outing locations so we can keep track of progress. We have a standard fill in the blanks form that can be used by teams and individuals to go out and update the description for each trail. If you like to “do trails” on your feet or in a boat you could be a big help to our project. We have about 100 trails and outings locations to update so any and all are invited to help. Project coordinator is Harvey Stern hstern@bellsouth.net

See further info about our project at http://lasierraclub.org/delta-country-trail-guide

"The New Atlantis? Climate Disruption and New Orleans"

New Atlantis Climate Change and New Orleans Discussion Flyer

New data about climate change and subsidence in Southeast Louisiana doesn't bode well for the future of our city. Can New Orleans survive rising seas, sinking soils, and more intense storms over the course of this century? Join NOAA scientist Tim Osborn, Tulane ecologist Bruce Fleury, and Jordan Macha and Devin Martin from the Sierra Club as we discuss the state of the science and what can be done to prevent New Orleans from becoming the New Atlantis.

Thursday, April 18
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tulane Law Clinic Building, Rm. 110

Offshore Drilling Expert/Author to Speak at Lafayette Southside Library April 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

Eleven Crosses at Grand Isle

NEWS RELEASE
April 8, 2013

Contact: Haywood Martin, 337-298-8380, or
Lillian Espinoza-Gala, 337-266-8004

Offshore Drilling Expert/Author to Speak at Lafayette Southside Library
6101 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
April 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

On this third anniversary of the Macondo disaster we can honor not only the 11 who died, but the 115 who survived and all of those who continue to work on this new ultra deep ultra high pressure frontier.

Delta Chapter Retreat, Lake Fausse Point State Park March 15-17

Group Shot 2013

This year's Delta Chapter Retreat was held on March 15-17, 2013. This is an annual, recreational event we do for our members and their guests. After a great breakfast on Saturday we had a very informative educational program starting with Frogwatch USA with Stacey Scarce, Cypress forests in the Atchafalaya with Dean Wilson, the State of Honey Bees with Brock Barker, Knot tying, Map reading and a Sunset Boat Ride on Lake Dauterive with Harold Schoeffler and a great fried catfish dinner. Spare time was dedicated to fishing, boating and visiting.

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