Our Sierra Club chapter was leading a hike last Saturday in this part of the NJ pine barrens. The name “pine barrens” refers to the area’s sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil, to which the crops originally imported by European settlers didn’t take well. It was a rather cold morning but we still had some serious hikers arrive on time. Once we started walking it was just lovely. Initially we passed through the Audubon property and therefore both saw and heard a lot of birds chirp
This weekend was one of the best and most memorable weekends I had spent in a while. What made it special was the surroundings, the purpose and the people I spent it with. It’s a different matter, I didn’t know anyone when I reached our venue around 5 pm friday! So, what made it so special? I had signed up for Sierra Club sponsored Outdoor Leadership Training taking place at Black Forest Lodge, Cornwall NY. This place is worth visiting just for the locale and the lodge itself
Last year I was not able to take part in the National Trails day which made me even more determined to take a hike this year in honor of it. I was delighted that this year in addition to taking part in a hike, it would be for a good cause and would be with friends. The cause I am referring to is amongst many names also called ‘Save the Gaps’. This was the 2nd of the two hikes done this year to raise awareness of this issue and let people see first hand what was to lose by not
I love nature and the outdoors; therefore it was quite fitting that I would someday join an organization like Sierra Club. For those who don’t know; Sierra Club is one of the largest volunteer led organizations in US. As described on their website: “Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.” Recently I read
I am a member of my local Sierra Club chapter and am quite proud of that fact…till I read this lengthy but biased article written by a very good writer. Here’s the article..read it, you might enjoy it if you are cynical, capitalistic or both.. For those who would rather take my word for it than read it; first thanks! He’s basically trashing all environmental organizations that have any kind of corporate partnerships saying that profits and non-profits shouldn’t work together.