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Delta Chapter Spring Retreat, April 7 - 9, 2017

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We are creating a wonderful adventure for lucky Delta Chapter members and friends this spring! Our Spring Retreat will be held at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. The Reservoir State Park is a neighbor of the Poverty Point World Heritage Site near Delhi, Louisiana, "the largest and most complex Late Archaic earthwork occupation and ceremonial site yet found in North America".

Poverty Point Adventure! - Delta Chapter Spring Retreat

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Join Delta Chapter Sierra Club members at our Spring Retreat - Friday, April 7, 2017 through Sunday, April 9, 2017. We'll be staying in cabins at the Poverty Point Reservoir State Park, a neighbor of the Poverty Point World Heritage Site near Delhi, Louisiana - "the largest and most complex Late Archaic earthwork occupation and ceremonial site yet found in North America.
Retreat members will spend much of the day on Saturday at the nearby 910 acre archeological park; this is an internationally recognized U.S. National Monument and World Heritage Site. Poverty Point was named after a nearby plantation when archaeologists began excavations in the early 1900s. Poverty Point comprises several earthworks and mounds built between 1650 and 700 BC by a group of Native Americans now called the Poverty Point culture.

Letter of Concern about America's Public Lands, Environmental Regulations and Cabinet Nominees - sent to Louisiana Senators and Congressmen

Jan 24, 2017

Senator Bill Cassidy
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Cassidy,

I am writing on behalf of the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club to express our serious concerns and alarm about attacks on America’s public lands, environmental laws, and governmental regulations in the new Congress.

Our Delta Chapter Fall Retreat begins on Friday, October 28, 2016

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All are welcome to attend the Sierra Club Delta Chapter Fall Retreat which begins on Friday, October 28, 2016! We will be enjoying the beautiful Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain throughout the weekend. Sunsets will happen about 6:30 p.m., so we are welcoming campers to the retreat from 4:00 p.m. Friday onward to allow you time to explore in the early evening.

Our fun weekend is housed at the CCC constructed Fontainebleau Group Camp, which is just over 6 miles from the north end of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge. The Group Camp entrance is about a half mile east of the main park entrance on Hwy 190, the old Covington-Slidell highway.

Hiking in Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area - Feb. 27, 2016

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Join the Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club on February 27, 2016. Members and non-members alike are welcome to tag along for a hike on the Backbone Trail in Kisatchie National Forest's Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area, one of only three such wilderness areas in Louisiana. The region is home to rugged hills and a large swatch of longleaf pine, a species of tree that once spanned millions of acres of the Southeast before they were destroyed by logging.

The Backbone Trail is 7.6 miles and runs through the heart of the wilderness area, offering a secluded view of the longleaf pine forest and various sandstone outcroppings.

Clark Creek Natural Area (Tunica Hills) Hike - Sep 26

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Join the Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club for the first in a series of outdoor outings this fall and winter. Members and non-members alike are welcome to tag along for a hike at Clark Creek Natural Area in Mississippi, right across the Louisiana state line. The area is known for its rugged hills and stunning waterfalls.

We'll be hiking the primitive loop trail, which is 4.7 miles through the heart of the hills, offering an up-close and at times secluded view of the several waterfalls that dot the area. The path traverses several rugged hills through a diverse and stunning mixed hardwood and pine forest just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River.

Full Moon Paddle Outing at Honey Island Swamp

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FULL MOON PADDLE OUTING at HONEY ISLAND SWAMP with Harvey Stern​ of the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Friday evening, August 28th.

This weekend will be a rare weekend night with the full moon rising about an hour before sunset -- just right for moonlight paddling.

Contact Harvey Stern at hstern(at)bellsouth(dot)net or at (Five-Oh-Four)-891-7116 for more info, times, and to RSVP. Some paddling/kayaking experience required.

BREC's Hiking Trails & Conservation Plans [Baton Rouge Group Meeting]

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Come hear Amanda Takacs, a naturalist in BREC's Conservation Department discuss their Conservation plans & show slides of discoveries on some of BREC's hiking trails in East Baton Rouge Parish on the evening of Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 7:00pm at the Backpacker, 7656 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Takacs will also discuss BREC's Geaux Green program.

Visit Baton Rouge Area Group of the Sierra Club on the web for updates and directions to this meeting: http://brsierraclub.blogspot.com/ and http://facebook.com/BatonRougeSierraClub

Seeking the Future of Louisiana's Coast in its Past: A Detective Story - Baton Rouge Group Lecture Series

Bellin 1764 LaCoast, courtesy of Special Collections LSU libraries.

Dr. Richard Condrey, LSU Dept. of Oceanography (ret.) will discuss some amazing findings regarding the Last Naturally Active Delta Complexes of the Mississippi River and why an understanding of them is critical to any efforts to restore the coast during the next occasion of the Lecture Series of the Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club on Wednesday, June 24th to be held at The Backpacker.

Tunica Hills / Clark Creek Hiking Outing

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Got a summertime hiking itch that needs scratching? Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club can help with that. We're leading a hike at the Clark Creek area on June 14. Members and Friends throughout Louisiana are invited to participate. Clark Creek Natural Area in the Tunica Hills is a member favorite hiking destination despite being forgiveably located just across the state line in Mississippi which was a part of the Delta Chapter in our founding years.

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