At a recent press conference held in the rotunda of the State Capitol,
the League of Conservation Voters released their most recent 'National
Environmental Scorecard.' This annual report has been released each year
since the first Earth Day in 1970. Once again, Senator McConnell has
extended his unbroken record of scoring "0". This year he is joined by
Senator Bunning and Representative Northrup, both of whom managed to avoid
casting one single positive environmental vote. At the press conference
Chapter Chair Alice Howell and Ray Barry presented the following
The citizens of Kentucky are fighting an uphill battle for safe, clean
water, protection from air pollution, against increased flooding due to
unchecked development of wetlands, potential loss of Kentucky's small
parcel of national forest the Daniel Boone National Forest due to proposed
mining, logging, and development. The League of Conservation Voter's
Scorecard for the Kentucky contingency in Washington, D.C. is abysmal.
Both senators have a score of zero. Our 6 representatives have a combined
average of 8.3, with Rep. Northup dropping from 14 in 1998 to zero for
Against the Environment
Our elected "representatives" have voted against the environment in
support of industry on such crucial matters as:
- Diverting funds intended for building national forest trails to the
promotion of timber sales.
- Allowing the oil industry to avoid paying $66-$100 million a year in
royalties for drilling on public lands.
- Developing wetlands without public notice or environmental review.
- Exempting small businesses (500 to 1500 employees in some cases)
from self-reporting and record keeping information as required by law.
Programs affected are those that track hazardous materials, report on
hazardous emissions and drinking water contamination, and require meat
packers to prevent bacterial contamination.
- Legalized unlimited mine waste dumping on public lands. These waste
dumps often pollute surface and groundwater resources with toxic
chemicals like cyanide and sulfuric acid, and heavy metals like arsenic
and cadmium. Many mining sites are sited as hazardous waste sites under
Superfund with cleanup costs estimated in billions of dollars.
- And, as many of you are aware, a West Virginia federal district
court prevented the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection
from issuing new mining permits that allowed streams to be destroyed by
mining wastes. In response to this decision, Senator Byrd of WV
attempted to attach a last minute rider to the FY2000 Omnibus
Appropriations Bill which would have exempted coal mining operations
from anywhere in the country from the Clean Water Act and the Surface
Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Both Senator McConnell and Senator
Bunning supported this anti-environmental rider.
Above are examples of how our elected representatives have represented
us. As long as they do not hear our voices, receive our phone calls,
e-mail, then they assume that we acquiesce. Inaction on our parts is a
form of action. The Cumberland Chapter asks that you contact your senators
and representatives to let them know you are disappointed in how they have
voted on issues. We ask that you raise your voices by supporting in
elections those individuals who will work for a cleaner and safer
óComments of Alice Howell, Chair of
Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club
To those of us who keep a close eye on our legislators, the League of
Conservation Voters Scorecard is no surprise. The citizens of Kentucky,
however, should be outraged. We send our legislators to Congress to look
out for us, and so often this is not what happens. Most people can't
believe that these folks would deliberately defile the environment. Yet,
as the scorecard indicates, the heavily financed special interests win out
over our natural environment most of the time.
God's creation deserves better than this. With the rates of
human-caused extinction at alarming levels, our legislators are not
responding appropriately. A perfect example of this is the Interstate 66
boondoggle. The forces of greed and ambition are running roughshod over
some of the best natural areas left in Kentucky. A misguided sense of
priorities are wantonly destroying the very web of life that supports our
existence. A respect for the greatness of creation and our duty to protect
it from our own destructive forces is nowhere to be found.
As the League of Conservation Voters shows us, again our legislators
have voted against the health and well being of Kentucky and people. They
have failed to defend us from the greedy special interests out to gain
wealth by polluting our air and water. They have failed to protect our
forests, and failed to protect our land. Instead they have protected those
who would harm us for a profit.
The LCV scorecard points out a dire need for change in our Legislative
Delegation. We need a change of heart, a raising of consciousness, an
awareness of the problems, and a willingness to pay the costs to do things
right. That's why we're here today, to hold accountable our legislators
for the miserable job they are doing in protecting the only place in the
universe we have. We're here to say to them we don't like the way they are
voting on environmental issues and we want to see a change.
óComments of Ray Barry, President of Kentucky Conservation
||% Score in 1999|
| Bunning (R)
| McConnell (R)
|House of Representatives
||% Score in 1999|
|1 Whitfield (R)
|2 Lewis (R)
|3 Northrup (R)
|4 Lucas (D)
|5 Rogers (R)
|6 Fletcher (R)
|Average score for|
Kentucky's House of
Every March, the Chapter relies on donations from our members to
support our conservation work. Appeal letters will be arriving in a few
óby Lane Boldman, Darren Payne, and Carol Von
The Cumberland Chapter's Activist Weekend was held January 28-30 at the
Kentucky Leadership and 4H center at Jabez, Kentucky. The event was packed
with informative programs to equip members for a more active role in their
General Assembly 2000
Tom Fitzgerald, of the Kentucky Resources Council, provided an overview
of the bills expected to come before the current session of the
legislature. His impassioned plea for involvement on the side of the
under-represented side to protect our natural resources was quite moving.
He followed up with concrete ways to be involved with our state
legislature including the toll-free Legislative Message Line
1-800-372-7181 operated by the Legislative Research Commission (LRC).
Ray Barry and Dick Shore, President and lobbyist respectively for the
Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) provided more information on the
Bottle Bill. House Bill 1, introduced by Greg Stumbo, creates a 5-10 cent
deposit on beverage containers including beer, soft drinks, water, and
wine at the time of purchase, which will be refunded upon return of the
container. Ray then led us in an activity where we wrote a message to our
legislator, inserted it into a soft drink container picked up from the
roadside, applied a label and 55-cent stamp, and mailed it to our
legislator in Frankfort.
Outing Leaders Yearn to Learn
The outing track went fairly well. That is, the indoor meetings went
really well; the outdoor activities did not. For the majority of the
weekend, it either sleeted or rained. This put a 'damper' on all outdoor
activities. At one point, Jorge Hersel and a couple others scouted the
cave outing, came back and told me, "I'm not sure we should do this."
As far as indoor outing events, first, there was a two-hour session on
how to lead outings attended by about 20 people. Darren Payne and Mary
Carol Cooper led this meeting, which covered policy and art of leading an
outing. There was a good split of experienced leaders and people who were
either new or just interested in leading outings.
In the other two-hour indoor session, Jorge Hersel, an assistant ranger
from the Daniel Boone National Forest, Stanton office, led a meeting on
the 'Leave No Trace' ethic. This covered minimum impact ideas, why we
should use them and how we should use them. He also offered plenty of good
handouts to the 25 or so participants.
Next year, we will again have the two-hour 'Outing Training Session' as
always, but we will need maybe another one-hour activity (maybe something
outdoors) and one or two hours of other indoor training. If anyone has any
ideas that they would like to see for next year's outing session, please
contact Darren Payne at 606-498-5894 or mdpayne.kih.net.
For those not attending the outing track, there were two more programs
to choose from each hour on a wide array of subjects. Ron Crouch led a
program on the effect of population on the environment; Bud Hixson
provided a filmed tour of Factory Hog Farms, which was followed up by Hank
Graddy on CAFOS (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) which includes both
hog and chicken factory farms. Related to the hog factory farms was a
presentation by Dr. Nick Crawford from Western Kentucky University that
provided the geological perspective on the pollution impacts on karst and
caves. He provided information and photos of the collapses of hog waste
lagoons in western Kentucky, with our vast system of karst, caves and
Kevin Lawrence and Marie Walker provided an update on forest issues,
which included information on the upcoming forest plan revision and
problems with storm damage and the Southern Pine Beetle in the Daniel
Boone National Forest. Donna DePenning led a workshop on becoming a
self-confident activist. Terra Gill provided information on organizing
student groups, which was of interest to the students attending from
Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky. Aloma Dew, the
Cumberland Chapter's staff member, provided a review of the first year of
the EPEC program here in Kentucky and plans for the upcoming year. Chetan
Talwalker provided an informative session on Campaign Finance Reform, an
issue that should be of great importance to all of us. The chief opponent
on this issue in the U.S. Senate is our own senator from Kentucky, Mitch
John Muir Visits
No activist weekend would be complete without a visit from John Muir,
the founder of the Sierra Club. Dick Shore, Chapter Excom Member and
Lobbyist for the KCC has provided us with many visits with John Muir. This
year, John was quite busy with a visit for the youth program as well his
usual evening program. In the interim, Dick provided information on a
proposal for a national historic trail in Kentucky to commemorate John's
Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf of Mexico that began in Louisville in the
Friday night the weather turned icy, with ice-covered ground and
roadways, making the driving treacherous for those coming down early
Saturday morning. The weather and ice caused a cancellation of most of the
outdoor activities including a lakeshore cleanup organized by the
Georgetown College Group, the 5K Walk/Run and the Cave Trips. Keith
Amburgey did have the midnight hike, but it became a solo event, as none
were brave enough for the outing. As usual, there were many indoor events
planned. Saturday evening's entertainment included the movie Bullworth,
rousing games of Gestures and Pictionary, and relaxing with friends around
the large fireplace.
Sunday morning the program continued with the video To Save a Land and
a People, Leadership Training, a program on water quality and the
Watershed Watch program as presented by Ken Cooke. Dave Cooper led a
program on how to organize a grassroots campaign. Dave included demos on
how to turn a roadside beer ad into a reusable sign for use in
demonstrations. Dave had lots of tips to share from his experiences this
past year with Neighbors Opposed to Pipeline Extravagance (NOPE) which has
fought against a proposed pipeline from the Ohio River to supply the water
needs of Lexington. After lunch on Sunday the Chapter Excom convened.
Learn Trail Building
The next General Meeting will be Monday, March 20th at 7:30 p.m. at
Shriner's Hospital, 1900 Richmond Rd. in Lexington (one mile inside New
Circle Road). The auditorium where the meeting is usually held will be
under renovation, so our program will be held in the hospital cafeteria.
Have you ever participated in a Sierra Club service outing and wondered
if you were using proper trail-building techniques? Our March program will
be on 'Building and Maintaining Trails,' with instruction provided by
members of the U.S. Forest Service. The meeting is free and open to the
public. Check the Weekender section in the Friday, March 17th
Herald-Leader for more information, or call Program Chair Lewis Warden for
directions and program details, (606) 271-9102. Our April 17th meeting
will also be held in the Shriner's cafeteria, and is tentatively scheduled
to be a program on exotic invasive plants, by members of the Department of
Fish & Wildlife.
Our monthly Business Meeting will be on March 6th, 7:00 p.m. at the
Community Room at Good Foods Co-Op, 455-D Southland Drive, Lexington. Call
Joey Shadowen at (606) 252-3422 for details. The meeting is free and open
to the public.
Our Inner City Outings program is continuing to build a foundation to
become an 'official' group during this year. We are looking to expand our
base of volunteers, and welcome everyone who is interested to come and
learn more about this worthwhile program. Meetings are usually the second
Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at 114 Woodford Drive, (off of Versailles
Rd.) Lexington. For information contact Joey Shadowen, (606) 252-3422 or
Our Conservation Committee will be meeting March 22nd, 7:00 p.m at the
Community Room at Good Foods Co-Op, 455-D Southland Drive, Lexington.
Please call Hilary Hopper, Conservation Chair, at (606) 299-4054 for more
Attention literary lovers! Come join the next gathering of our Book
In March, we discuss Sy Montgomery's Walking with the Great Apes on the
16th of that month. The discussion group meets at the home of Ray and Mary
Barry, 3415 Snaffle Rd. in Lexington at 7:30 p.m. Contact Ray & Mary
at (606) 223-0180 or Katherine Ginting at (606) 299-7446 for more
Come help with the Lexington-Fayette County "Reforest the Bluegrass"
Tree Planting event. Bluegrass members will be working to plant native
trees this spring in Lexington parks. Participants will receive a free
"Reforest the Bluegrass 2000" t-shirt for their volunteer work. Dates are
planned for April 1st and 8th. Contact Lane Boldman, (606) 252-3422 if you
would like to help. Volunteers who have previous experience in planting
bare-root trees are needed, but all volunteers are welcome!
Now that spring is approaching, the Bluegrass group will be out in
force at many upcoming events. We are always looking for volunteers to
help with our information booths at these events, particularly around
Arbor Day, Earth Day, and Fourth of July. If you have the time to help,
please contact Carol Von Lanken at (606) 268-4014. It's easy and a great
way to meet your fellow members!
And if you're feeling 'creative' and can hold a paint brush, we are
looking for folks to help with the following projects: We have bird houses
which need decorating for fund raising activities, and we will also soon
be planning our Fourth of July parade float. If you love to paint, do arts
& crafts, or just like to contribute ideas, we'd love to hear from
you. Call Joey Shadowen, Bluegrass Group Chair, for more details (606)
Act now-there's still time to sign up for the Bluegrass Group's
Beginning Backpacking course. Offered through Lexington Community College,
the course is being taught by our own Terese Pierskalla, Bluegrass Outings
Chair. The class meets on Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30, beginning April 12th
and running through May 3rd, with a final class backpack trip on May 6
& 7th. Fee for the course is $52. Time is running out, so call soon.
Contact Lexington Community College at (606) 257-2692.
Planning & Hiking
A planning meeting was held on February 3 at the Books-A-Million store
in Owensboro. Eleven people were present. We elected several new officers,
decided on a meeting place and time, and sketched out meetings for the
next six months.
There are several hikes already posted in the Chapter Outings Booklet.
More are being planned and scheduled for coming months. We will be meeting
at the public library in Owensboro, 1701 McCreary Ave, the third Tuesday
of each month. Our meetings will last from 7:00 -8:30 pm, beginning March
On March 2 Tom Gilmore will lead a beginners backpacking training
session for the group. Tom will give advice on and assistance in
purchasing equipment, food, attire, and safety. At that time a special
weekend trip will be arranged for new trekkers.
Danny Stringer will be contact person for the Pennyrile Group. His
phone number is 270-926-0930. Call him if you need information about the
group, or instructions about how to get to the meetings or outings.
Learn How to Backpack
During the months of January, February, and March the group has been
having Hiking/ Backpacking classes during meetings. The first was on
January 20, covering clothing and how to leave no trace, and the second
was on January 27, on packs and packing.
The class on February17 covered shelters and sleeping; February 24,
cooking and food. The next class will be on March 16, on navigation and
essentials. The group will be leading a beginner backpack outing at
Mammoth Cave after the classes on March 25-26th. Call Merri Hinton
270-726-3141 for more information. Our trail cleanup is scheduled for
March 11 at Mammoth Cave; call Jerri Romans 270-843-2282 for more info.
April 15-16 is Spring Fest at Mammoth Cave. They are looking for
volunteers to lead wildflower hikes.
As for our fundraisings, calendars are still for sale and we have new
We have lots of good outings planned this spring, we have been working
on membership and I have seen a lot of new eager facesókeep up the good
Greater Louisville Group
ExCom and Road Cleanup
The next Executive Committee meeting takes place on March 7th. The
Executive Committee, comprised of Greater Louisville Sierra Club officers
and committee members, invites all GLSC members to attend the meeting,
which will be starting at 7:30 pm. at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian
Church. The address is 4938 Old Brownsboro Road opposite Holiday Manor
Lexington Road Cleanup
Join us for "Coffee on the Club" and the Lexington Road Adopt-A-Highway
cleanup. We will meet at Heine Brothers coffee shop on Frankfort Avenue at
1 p.m. on Sunday, March 12th for coffee or tea, and then proceed to
Lexington Road between Cannons Lane and Grinstead Drive. We have a need
for volunteers to help meet our commitment of keeping our section of
Lexington Road garbage free. All cleaning supplies will be provided! For
more details, call Bill Carroll at 458-0008 or Lena Masterson, 893-9295,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Members Unite!
Barbara Hedspeth will be having a new member potluck at her house on
March 12 at 5:30 PM. All new members are welcome to come and learn more
about Sierra Club and meet other members. Please bring food or drink to
share. Please contact Barbara to RSVP and for more information at 896-0242
or email her at Barbraky@aol.com.
To Steal an Orchid
John Laroche is not your ordinary plant collector. Matter of fact it
could be said there is virtually nothing ordinary about him at all. The
Orchid Thief is set in south Florida and follows the exploits of Mr.
Laroche as he moves in the underworld of black market orchid trade. The
book, written by Susan Orlean, is full of wonderful scenery, characters
and of course orchids. Join the group at our next meeting will be March
16th in the cafe at the Barnes and Noble bookstore located on Hurstbourne
Lane starting at 7:00 PM and share your thoughts about the book. For more
information call Tony Acree at 228-6325.
Meet the Candidates
All four Democrats running in the primary for the Third Congressional
District have accepted invitations to speak at a forum organized by the
Greater Louisville Sierra Club during our next General Meeting. Ms.
Cameron Lawrence, Director of Radio Programming at the University of
Louisville and host of the respected daytime program, 'State of Affairs',
will moderate the program, set for Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. The
- Ms. Eleanor Jordan
- Mr. Chad Jennings
- Mr. Burrel Farnsley
- Mr. Ray Abbott.
Each candidate will introduce him or herself and then will respond to
questions posed by Ms. Lawrence on a variety of environmental issues. Time
permitting, the audience will also have an opportunity to present written
The forum will take place at the Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church,
4938 Old Brownsboro Road (near Lime Kiln Lane, opposite Holiday Manor
Shopping Center). In addition, the Sierra Club will have, for public
review, a copy of the Republican incumbent's "environmental scorecard,"
which was prepared by the League of Conservation Voters in Washington, DC.
Two years ago, the incumbent scored "19" out of a possible 100 on
environmental votes tracked by the LCV. There is no Republican primary for
this seat, this year. For more information about local Sierra Club events,
phone 897-3335 for a recorded message.
Barbeque for You
The next Greater Louisville Sierra Club Social Dinner will be held at
Mark's Feed Store located at 1514 Bardstown Road on March 23rd starting at
7 PM. This is a great opportunity for Club members to get together and
relax with some great food. For more information call Lena Masterson at
582-9707 or Bill Carroll at 458-0008.
The Conservation Committee's regular meeting will be on Wednesday,
March 29th at 7:30 pm. We meet at the church on the last Wednesday of the
month. For further information contact Leslie Barras at email@example.com
or call at 899-5845. The public is encouraged to attend.
At our January Northern Kentucky Group meeting, Ron Lusby was honored
for his many years as our group chair. Ron shared that he will be devoting
more time to the Alexandria Park Board. He will be involved in writing
grants for trails and preservation of A. J. Jolly Park. Thanks go to Ron
for his continued commitment to the Sierra Club!
On March 11, the Midwest Regional Conservation Committee will sponsor a
Regional Stream Monitoring Workshop form 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the
Holiday Inn Riverfront in Covington. This training is offered in
conjunction with the Licking River Watershed Watch Training Program. Many
new volunteers are needed to get involved with the Watershed Watch in
Northern Kentucky; the Watershed Watch involves only a minimal commitment
of time. After taking the training, you will be invited to volunteer for
three test days, about 2 or 3 hours a day. Volunteers are also invited to
the conference the Watershed Watch provides at the end of each year. If
you want to get your feet wet with water quality stuff, here's your
chance. Please make a reservation to attend the March 11 training by
contacting Susan Patton at (606) 356-8582 or Hank Graddy at (606)
Bob Burns will lead a popular spring hike on March 18: a five-mile
urban hike starting in Devou Park in Covington, past the Millennium Peace
Bell in Newport, and over the bridge to Mt. Adams and Eden Park in
Cincinnati. Call Bob at 37-7591 before 9:00 p.m. for a reservation.
Backpacking Slide show
Everyone is invited to join in our bimonthly group meetings. They are
held at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas More College in the Chancellor's Room. They
next meeting date is March 27. We will have a special feature program
entitled 'Backpacking the National Parks: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and
Yellowstone.' Jack Wells, an experienced backpacking trip leader, will
narrate a slide presentation on his journeys out West. (Note: this is also
a chance to learn about Jack's Smokey Mountain National Park Backpacking
trip the weekend of April 21.) members are encouraged to join us for this
fun evening. Following the program there will be a brief business
The Northern Group commends all those involved in organizing the
Activist Weekend held at Lake Cumberland in January. We had ten members
attend, and we came away with not only a higher level of understanding of
various environmental issues, but also renewed spirits from the
camaraderie of the Cumberland Chapter at large. Special thanks go to Susan
Patton for all her efforts as a presenter and leader of the children's
The Northern Group now consists of around 367 members. As group
leaders, we are committed to doing anything possible to help our group
progress successfully in the new millenium. The newly named group officers
are interested in hearing any and all suggestions on how we can nurture
membership growth and involvement. If anyone has any suggestions on future
directions or would like to know more about how to get involved, please
contact any of the following group officers: Claudia Hilligoss, Chair,
(606) 689-5706; Jack Wells, Vice Chair and Treasurer, (606) 244-3364; and
Ron Lusby, Secretary, (606) 635-9221.
No news was received from the Great Rivers Group. Call John & Lila
Waldman at (502) 436-5405 for information.
Highlands Group is presently inactive.
by Dave Cooper
There have been some rather misleading statements made in the news
media recently regarding the Sierra Club's position on Campaign Finance
Reform. The Sierra Club's policy on campaign finance reform consists of
- The Sierra Club supports public financing for campaigns;
- The Sierra Club supports limits on campaign spending;
- The Sierra Club supports limits on "soft money" contributions to
- The Sierra Club believes there should be no limits on the ability of
nonprofit organizations to communicate with the public on policy
These principles were unanimously accepted by the National Club Board
of Directors in March, 1999.
The flood of campaign money flowing into the 2000 Presidential campaign
should make us all uneasy. Governor George W. Bush has already raised over
$65 million. It would be naive to assume that all this money was donated
without strings attached. Bush's fundraising and spending has escalated
the need for other candidates to raise similar amounts. Other candidates
have been struggling to keep up with Bush's war chest. Publisher Steve
Forbes dropped out after spending $67 million of his own money.
Many good candidates are unable to compete in modern elections, not
because they don't have good ideas, or lack leadership ability, but simply
because they are unable to raise enough money. Elizabeth Dole dropped out
after being outspent by ten to one. She may have made a great President,
but we'll never know, because she dropped out months before even the first
primary in New Hampshire. Voters never got to decide, the big money
campaign donators and PACs already decided that Governor Bush was their
Meanwhile, leading candidates Bill Bradley and John McCain have made
reform of political campaign financing a centerpiece of their campaigns.
McCain was co-author of the McCain-Feingold reform bill in the Senate,
which was defeated by a filibuster lead by Kentucky's own Sen. Mitch
McConnell. Vice President Gore supports reform as well.
Governor Bush opposes campaign reform because, in his words, "it would
hurt the Republican Party." His words had to be a great embarrassment to
McConnell, who cloaks his defense of the status quo in First Amendment
gibberish, claiming that restricting money is like restricting free
But on January 24, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in a Missouri case that
limiting individual contributions to $1075 was in fact constitutional,
that money is not equivalent to speech.
Justice David Souter wrote in the majority opinion, "There is little
reason to doubt that sometimes large contributions will work actual
corruption of our political system, and no reason to question the
existence of a corresponding suspicion among voters."
"This (ruling) is a major setback for self-styled constitutional
scholars like Senator Mitch McConnell, who has been lecturing us for years
about how the Court would overturn contribution limits" said Ellen Miller,
Executive Director of Public Campaign.
No doubt the string of setbacks will have little effect on McConnell,
who has dug himself so deep a hole that there is no way for him to get out
gracefully. As long as McCain continues to do well in the primaries,
McConnell will find himself more and more isolated from the voters of the
It's enough to make an environmentalist smile.
Although it may be depressing and a little scary, we all should be
following the activities of the current legislature. This can be done on
the Chapter web page, through the Kentucky Conservation Committee
The Kentucky Conservation Committee has employed two lobbyists and is
also attempting to keep interested persons advised of the current status
of all environmental bills with evaluations of the bills and suggested
action. Check out: http://www.kentucky.sierraclub.org
The Chapter Executive Committee met January 30, 2000, at the conference
center at Jabez, Kentucky. Six Executive Committee members were present,
as well as the Chairs of two of the Groups.
- The proposed budget for the year 2000 was presented, discussed and
adopted. Officers for the coming year were elected: Alice Howell, Chair;
Tom House, Vice Chair; Mary Carol Cooper, Secretary; Oscar Geralds,
- The date for the next ExCom was changed because of many calendar
conflicts. It will be held on March 25 at the Salato Wildlife
Educational Center in Frankfort.
- The Bylaws Committee reported and their proposal was adopted and
sent to National for approval.
- Groups are to submit their Bylaws by the next ExCom meeting.
- Discussion of Kentucky Conservation Committee was held. More
participation was urged. $5,000.00 was allocated to KCC to assist in
employing the lobbyists at the current legislative session.
- Lane Boldman will head the March Window fundraising drive.
- It was agreed that the Chapter would undertake a portion of the
expense of the Louisville workshop on smart growth.
- Habitat for Wildlife solicited the Chapter's comments on a proposal
which addressed increasing wilderness areas and phasing out grazing. The
request was tabled pending further study, particularly on the grazing
- The possibility of pursuing Cagles litigation further was discussed
and was referred to the Litigation Committee for a report at the next
- A Watershed Watch Committee was appointed with representatives from
each of the watersheds involved.
- Hank Graddy was directed to write the citizen's monitoring report.
- Aloma Dew reported on her work as a staff person, and reviewed plans
for the year 2000. The proposed plan was approved.
- Leslie Barrett reported on the proposed development at Ft. Knox. The
Commander has agreed to have a full environmental impact statement
prepared. The Chapter will monitor and comment.
- Earth Day plans were discussed, including a large outing on the
- It was announced that the Chapter web page was ready to be fully
- After Group reports from Louisville and Bluegrass, the meeting
Attention all hikers, please answer these questions:
- Have you ever said 'We had a wonderful hike' or 'It was a beautiful
- Have you ever been on a trail that had no litter on it?
- Have you ever wondered how a bridge was built that is miles down the
trail with no apparent roads nearby?
- Have you ever been thankful for all those rocks that have been
strategically placed over a wet or unsafe area?
- Have you ever appreciated having trail signs and markers? Or been
lost without them?
- Who puts up shelters way back in the woods (or moves them!)?
- Have you ever hiked a straight up, rough trail with erosion problems
and gone back the next year and there's a better way that is better for
both you and the trail?
- Have you ever noticed how the trail is nice and flat, but all of the
area around it is on a slope?
- How did we get several hundred miles of trail here in Kentucky in
the first place?
The list goes on. These things all happened because there are service
trips. It requires many people and a lot of work to make these trails.
Then, it requires many people and a lot of work to maintain them.
Service Outings Planned
Our Chapter has some great outings planned for this upcoming year. From
March 1, 2000 through March 1, 2001, there are 120 events in the
Cumberland Chapter. Of those 120 events, 99 of them are outings. Here
comes the most impressive statistic: this year, over 15% of our outings
are service trips. Read upcoming issues of the Cumberland for details on
these outings. Other service outings may be added during the year and will
be posted as the year goes along. I urge you to attend any of these
- Mar. 11, Bernheim Forest, Bill Carroll
- Mar. 11, Mammoth Cave, Jerri Romans and Roger Hankins
- Mar. 25, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Darren and Martha Payne,
Carol Von Lanken
- Apr. 8, Fayette Co., Lane Boldman and Joey Shadowen
- Apr. 29, Red River Gorge, Carol Von Lanken
- May 6, Clark Co., IN, Bill and Maggie Adams
- June 3, Daniel Boone National Forest, Carol Von Lanken, Martha and
- June 3, Alexandria, Ron Lusby
- June 17, Mammoth Cave, Jerri Romans, and Roger Hankins
- Sept. 15-17, Red River Gorge, Kate Cunningham
- Sept. 23, Mammoth Cave, Jerri Roman and Roger Hankins
- Sept.30, Big Bone Lick State Park, Claudia Hilligoss, Ron Lusby
- Oct. 14, Red River Gorge, Carol Von Lanken
- Nov. 4, Mammoth Cave, Jerri Roman, and Roger Hankins
- Nov. 4, London, Kate Cunningham
Pull Garlic Mustard
We will have a variety of tasks on these service trips. Bill Carroll
will either improve or build a new trail. Jerri and Roger's four service
trips will all work with park rangers to improve the trail system and the
backcountry campsites at Mammoth Cave. Darren, Martha and Carol will
reroute part of the Hood's Branch Trail to protect an endangered species.
Lane and Joey will help plant thousands of trees in Fayette Co. Carol will
lead at least two outings this year maintaining the Gray's Arch Trail
which the Bluegrass group adopted. Bill and Maggie will pull garlic
mustard at the Falls of Ohio. Darren, Martha and Carol will maintain or
build a trail with the Daniel Boone National Forest. Ron Lusby will build
bridges, put in some steps and do trail markers in a community park.
Claudia and Ron will repair existing trails. Kate will pick up litter and
pull garlic mustard. Picking up litter and general trail pruning will
probably be done on all of these trips.
Several years ago, Martha Crabtree (Payne), Donna DePenning and I went
down to the Big South Fork to do some hiking. Many of the trails were
closed due to winter damage, but we found one that looked pretty good. The
trail was the Gentlemen's Swimming Hole Trail near Rugby, TN. As we hiked
it, we noticed that many of the downed logs near the trail had been
chain-sawed and a lot of rhododendron had been removed so we had a
The week after our hike, a friend of mine, Karen Samelson called and
wanted to know what I had been doing lately. I told her about our hike,
the trail repair and what a wonderful time we had. She said thank you and
informed me that she, Bill Carroll, and some others had been down there
the week before we were there and worked all day on that trail. Thank you
again Bill, Karen and others!
Service trips are a wonderful way for us to be stewards of the land.
Cleaning up the trails and creating more trails will encourage more people
to get out on the trails. The more the people hike the trails, the more
people we will have to protect these areas. Sounds like self-preservation,
doesn't it? John Muir, founder of Sierra Club, once reasoned that "If
people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the
trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest
preservation would vanish."
Doug Hindman and Claudia Hilligoss will be leading a National Service
Trip from May 7-13, 2000. Participants will help build part of the
283-mile New Cumberland Trail which will go from Cumberland Gap to the
Tennessee River Gorge. Space is limited so call as early as possible.
Watch for next month's Cumberland for more information on this wonderful
opportunity. You can also check this out on National Sierra Club's website
or call Doug at 606-985-5706 or Claudia at 606-689-5706.
259 West Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507
606-255-7946 Fax 606-233-4099
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