Welcome to the Sierra Club Iroquois Group

The purpose of this site is to enhance communication and participation of Sierra Club members and concerned citizens in preserving our environment. 

 

Stop the TPP

Syracuse City Hall, public domain
Syracuse City Hall,
public domain

On January 25, the Syracuse Common Council passed a resolution sponsored by Councilor-at-Large Jean Kessner that expressed opposition to the Tran Pacific Partnership (TPP) and specifically asked our federal representatives to oppose this impending trade agreement. The resolution has been signed by Mayor Stephanie Miner and forwarded to state and federal representatives.

The Sierra Club is working around the country and the state asking local groups to get municipalities to express their concern about the impacts of this agreement. Syracuse joins Rochester and Albany as well as New York City in passing similar resolutions. Members of Sierra Club are urged to contact their representatives and express their concern about this threat to our environmental and labor regulations.

Read the resolution

Coumo proposes increase in funding for EPF

Governor Cuomo has proposed a significant increase in funding for the Environmental Protection Fund which has been long underfunded and raided by the NYS Legislature. Please read the articles that are linked below and contact your state representatives to be sure that Governor Cuomo's proposal STAYS in the next budget.

Read the Sierra Atlantic article

Read Open Space Institute article.

Winter Reading & Watching List

 There's nothing better than curling up in front of the fire with a cup of coffee and a good book (or a bowl of popcorn and a great movie). These titles, recommended by our very own Janet Allen, are sure to help these cold winter nights fly by. Happy reading - and viewing!

Noah’s Garden: Restoring the ecology of our own back yards by Sara Stein
Stein describes her experience creating a “beautiful” landscape only to discover that the creatures she had enjoyed had gradually disappeared. She and her husband set about “un-gardening” to recreate the native ecosystems that support life.

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants by Doug Tallamy
Based on his research at the Univ. of Delaware, Tallamy explains why native plants are so important for preserving biodiversity and — equally important — why it’s essential that our own home and institutional landscapes play a role.

See the full list

Keep it in the Ground

By David William Fischer

One of the most popular Rolling Stone magazine articles ever written was Bill McKibben’s August 2012 feature, "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math.” In it, McKibben quantified how much warming we can expect if we extract all of the world's known deposits of coal, oil and natural gas.

Read full article

Events

Photo by Tom Boll, University United Methodist Church
University United Methodist Church, Photo by Tom Boll

Sierra events encourage us to Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. They are free and open to all. Some parks may charge an entry fee.

Outdoor Events

Outdoor events are walks or visits to places of environmental interest.

Winter Robins at the Rand Tract

Rand Tract photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group
Photo by Sierra Club, Iroquois Group

Sunday, February 7, 2016   2:00 - 4:00 PM

Rand Tract Park
Webster Pond
Valley Drive, Syracuse, NY, 13201

Join us as we explore this 97-acre natural area that includes Webster Pond and Kimber Brook, as well as wetlands and hardwood forests. If we’re lucky, we’ll spot the American Robins that stay in CNY all winter long! Led by our own David W. Fischer. 

Directions: Take Valley Dr. (NYS Rte. 80) south, passing Webster's Pond and St. Paul's Church, which are both on the right. Turn right into the first cemetery entrance (not the barn entrance driveway) and drive straight back and park along the edge of the woods. Look for Sierra Club sign.

meetup

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Cicero Swamp, Long Island

Cicero Swamp, photo provided by Jess Riddle, Eastern Native Tree Society
Photo provided by Jess Riddle
Eastern Native Tree Society
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Island Rd.
Cicero, NY 13212

The mosquitoes probably won't bother us on our walk through this unique wetland habitat that supports a variety of wildlife, including populations of endangered species such as the short eared owl.

We'll meet in the parking area on Island Rd between Northern Blvd & Fergerson Rd, indicated with a P in the upper left on this DEC map.

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Camillus Forest Unique Area

Camillus Forest Unique Area, photo by Jared Brickman
Camillus Forest Unique Area
photo by Jared Brickman
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Thompson Rd.
Camillus, NY 13031

Back by popular demand! Join us for a walk in this 40-acre forest dominated by magnificent old sugar maples and American beech. At nearly two centuries old, it’s one of the finest examples of a mature northern hardwood forest in Central New York.

The parking lot is on Thompson Rd., one tenth of a mile south of NYS Rte. 173.

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Lake Ontario Beach Clean-Up

Southwick Beach / Creative Commons
Southwick Beach / Creative Commons
Saturday, May 15, 2016, 10:00 AM

Southwick Beach
8119 Southwicks Pl
Woodville, NY 13650

Help us make a difference at our annual clean-up of Southwick Beach.

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Indoor Programs

Indoor programs are held at 7:30 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 1085 E. Genesee St. Syracuse. Park and enter on University Ave.

Onondaga Lake: Today & Beyond

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer - Cover: Gretchen Achilles/Wavetrap Design - Publisher:Milkweed Editions
Onondaga Lake
Public Domain
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7:30 PM

University United Methodist Church
1085 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY

Dredging is complete, and plans continue for the restoration of the habitat. Join us to hear about Honeywell’s next steps and get the answer to the question everyone’s been asking; “Is it swimmable?”

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Mudboils: Their History and Future

Onondaga Creek Mudboils - photo by Joe Heath
Mudboil
photo by Joe Heath, Onondaga Nation
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 7:30 PM

University United Methodist Church
1085 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY

The origin/cause of the Tully Valley mudboils has been debated for years. Sometimes referred to as the “Jurassic Park” of geology, the mudboils destroy trees, gobble up grassland and dump tons of silt into Onondaga Creek each day. William Kappel, Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will bring us up-to-date on these unique phenomena and discuss their future.

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