Welcome to the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter! We are the oldest grassroots environmental organization in Texas. We believe our open spaces, clean water, and natural resources should be protected so that current and future generations may enjoy them. In addition to our state chapter office in Austin, we are blessed with several regional groups in Texas that provide wonderful opportunities to explore, enjoy, and protect the state’s natural wonders.
September 2, 2015
As the Trans-Pecos Pipeline threatens the beauty of the Big Bend area, we urge all Texans to raise awareness of the pipeline's detrimental impact. Let's explore, enjoy, and protect our Big Bend. In that spirit, we are organizing a restoration service trip to Big Bend National Park. This will be the Chapter's second service trip at Big Bend National Park. Last year, Chapter members from across Texas came to help restore prairie and plant trees at BBNP (check out the video here). Plus, on our day off, we visited the town of Boquillas across the Rio Grande for lunch and hiked in the park. This year, the plan is to restore what used to be a road to usable habitat. We might also do some additional prairie restoration work.
August 29, 2015
[As printed in the Austin American-Statesman, Aug. 28, 2015] On Aug. 18, the Austin American-Statesman published a syndicated commentary from outside Texas by Andrew Quinlan of the Virginia-based Center for Freedom and Prosperity, which tried to smear our organization. Quinlan’s piece was intended to be a counterpart to another commentary criticizing subsidies for coal mining on federal lands. The allegedly pro free-market Quinlan did not address the mountains of government subsidies the coal industry has received over the decades, which is kind of strange coming from a Washington-area group that ostensibly espouses free-market principles. Instead, his piece attacked the Sierra Club.