On Saturday, Sept. 12, Scouts and Adult Leaders from Troop 91 along with students from Christ School in Asheville cleaned debris and tires from a segment of the Hominy Creek, a tributary to the French Broad River.
A total of 90 young men and adults came out to get wet and muddy that fruitful day, along with RiverLink’s Dave Russell and Justin Young, and awesome volunteer Bob Ruddy.
Altogether, 283 man hours were put into cleaning up our environment. Hominy Creek along the Buncombe County Sports Complex hasn’t been that clean in a while.
The “good news” is that most all of the tires could be identified as coming from decades past. It appears these have been in the stream a long time and there is no new tire-dumping going on.
The project has been listed on the World Scouting Website and Scouts have earned the Messengers of Peace award and patch for participating.
I am very proud of Scout of Troop 91 and am honored to be a leader in the troop.
I had the honor of spending time with Lee Stetson, the actor who has portrayed a hero to so many, John Muir. He was in town performing
The Tramp & The Roughrider. A brilliant interpretation of the camping trip Muir had with President Roosevelt had that, by Muir’s influence led to the early preservation of our natural wild places. I have imagined what that meeting and conversation must have been like so often in my mind, it was wonderful to see it brought to life. Do to obvious time line issues I can not take a hike with Muir himself, but Lee Stetson portrays the icon with such gentle integrity that it is hard not believe you are in his presence. Our conversation and his interest in our project strengthened my resolve to continue beyond measure.
Don’t miss an opportunity to see him perform one more time tonight at ACT theater. It is more than entertaining, it is a fund raiser for Mountain True, a newly formed group composed of three different long-standing conservation groups. They are poised to do good work through the combined efforts here in Western NC.
Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, PresidentLyndon Baines Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System and
setting aside 9.1 million acres of wild lands for the use and enjoyment of the American people. As a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has since added nearly 100 million more acres to this unique land preservation system. The Sierra Club and the Smithsonian Institution have collaborated on a short 8-minute film that is now showing at the entrance to the National Museum of Natural History’s new Wilderness Forever exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Interesting article from my home state- and impacting us all.
Dan Chu, director of the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign, spent a few days with his family in a small South Carolina coastal town this summer. Enjoying the catch of the day at a local crab shack, they noticed a sign on a grocery store across the road that read, “Don’t ruin our ocean with sonic cannons.” It turns out the waters off the Atlantic coast have recently been opened up to seismic testing — the first step toward offshore drilling.
Photo by Alaska Resource Library and Information Resources
Current status: The legislature passed this bill and sent it to the Governor’s desk. Governor McCrory is expected to sign the bill soon, although he may take one piece of the bill to court (challenging the constitutionality of the way the appointments are made to the newly created Coal Ash Management Commission.) TAKE ACTION: Call Senator Phil Berger (Senate President Pro Tem) at 919-733-5708 and let him know you’re disappointed that the state legislature passed a weak coal ash bill that doesn’t move ALL of NC’s 14 coal ash sites and allows Duke to request to charge ratepayers for the cleanup cost. Let us know if you call by replying to this email!
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Sierra Club Magazine