Wednesday, April 8

Earth Day meeting at SIU April 22 (rain date April 27)

Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm – Rain Date April 27 at 4 pm.
Professor Karen Midden of SIU organized the project to install a green roof on a section of the Agriculture Building. Over 150 students, professional volunteers, plant services laborers and faculty installed the green roof system in 2010.

Green roofs are similar to rooftop gardens and are becoming increasingly popular in urban settings because they help control storm water runoff and resulting water pollution. The roof reduces heating and cooling costs for the Agriculture building while acting as a research tool for graduate and undergraduate students.  Participants will tour the green roof and view the rain garden, permeable pavers, and the vertical garden.

Karen currently is the Associate Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences. Karen continues teaching in the Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems Department and oversees the college's green roof, vertical garden and other sustainable projects installed by her classes and other students. She also organized an online master program entitled Ecological Urban Landscapes.

The program will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm.  Location is Room 209 in the Agricultural Building at SIU (the Ag Seminar Room).  Enter the north section (to the left) of the building and take the elevator or the stairs to the second floor.  RAIN DATE IS MONDAY, APRIL 27 AT 4 PM.

Parking is available in lot 39 (off Lincoln Drive between Life Science III and the Ag Building).  Visitors can park on campus after 4 pm. 

April 9 Sierra Club meeting

April 9 Program:  Canebrakes make a comeback
Giant cane is a native bamboo species that once occupied hundreds of thousands of acres throughout the southeastern and south central United States, including southern Illinois. However, due to agricultural land clearing, altered fire regimes, overgrazing by domestic livestock and flood control projects, giant cane currently occupies only 2% of its historic range.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to restore giant cane riparian buffers in the Cache River basin to mitigate disturbances including agricultural runoff.. Giant cane may soon see a resurgence with help from researchers at Southern Illinois University.

Presenter Amanda Nelson recently earned her Phd in forest hydrology at SIU.  She currently works as a research scientist at Little River Research and Design in Carbondale.  She has a strong background in limnology, stream ecology, and aquatic entomology.

Free and open to the public!  Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm
216 East Monroe (Green door off the alley), across from Rockhill Baptist Church
Ample free parking off Monroe Street between Washington and Marion.

Saturday, March 14

Hikes scheduled March 22 and April 19


Sunday, March 22nd, 12:30 PM –– Hike at Cove Hollow –– Four mile moderate hike on trail in Shawnee National Forest that borders Cedar Lake, cliff lines and shelter caves. Learn about early wildflowers. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes. We will have a car shuttle so we will walk one-way. Leaders are Ed Max and Bob Mulcahy. Call Bob Mulcahy for details and to register at 618-942-6342.

Sunday, April 19th, 10:00 AM –– Hike the Snake Road & LaRue Pine Hills –– Easy hike along the snake road at LaRue Pine Hills. Optional extension to Inspiration Point on the bluffs. This is snake migration time and spring flower season, so come along to learn more about the snakes, birds and flowers that are evident at this very biodiverse area. Leaders are Ed Max and Steve Eberhart. Call Steve at 618-687-2998 or Email at for details and to register. Meet before 10:00 a.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Office at 221 Walnut St., Murphysboro, IL to drive to the trailhead.

Friday, March 6

Meet Sierra Club Members for dinner before the meeting!

You are cordially invited to join the Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club for dinner at 5 pm on March 12 at
El Paisano, 100 North Glenview, Carbondale  529-2352
RSVP requested to (618) 684-2196 or before noon on Wednesday, March 11.

Our March Program at 7 pm:  Shawn Priddy, Deputy Co-ordinator, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency

Are you prepared for an emergency?  Family emergency planning can be the key to surviving a disaster. In extreme situations, emergency resources may be limited. Be prepared to care for yourself and your family for at least three days (72 hours).

Presenter Shawn Priddy started with the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency as a volunteer storm spotter. He has served as the Deputy Coordinator for the agency since 2005.  He has conducted many training sessions and public presentations throughout the County. 

The program will be held at 216 East Monroe Street in Carbondale, Illinois on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)

Wednesday, February 4

Woodland Restoration for Landowners

February 12 program:  Woodland Restoration for Landowners

Learn about the natural history of woodlands; methods to restore open woodland communities; and the benefits of woodland management to wildlife.

Presenter Bob Gillespie is a Natural Resources Coordinator for the Heritage Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Bob has conducted woodland restorations in southeast Missouri for the Missouri Department of Conservation and in the southern till plain of Illinois.

The program will be held at 216 East Monroe Street in Carbondale, Illinois on Thursday, February 12 at 7:00 pm.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Parking and entrance are at the rear, through the green door, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.)

Friday, January 23

Time Change for Carbondale meeting!!

Dear Sierra Club Member,
Please note that the venue and time for the Carbondale session has been changed:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:00pm - 7:45pm
Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois (Jackson County)

Special presentation January 28 and 29

Dear Sierra Club Member,
community reinvestment photo
You are invited to a special listening session -- Community Choice-Reinvesting in the Heartland -- presented by our partners, Shawnee Hills and Hollers and Eco-Justice Collaborative. 
Together you will explore possibilities to create communities in economic, environmental, and socioeconomic sustainability in Illinois.
The presentation illustrates how an economy based primarily on coal has significant social cost and long term liabilities. Following is a Q&A and open discussion for alternatives to create vibrant and diversified economies.
For more info call Georgia at 618-579-4343.
Upcoming Presentations
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm
City Hall, 28 South Washington Street
DuQuoin, Illinois (Perry County)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Carbondale Township Hall, 217 East Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois (Jackson County)
Thursday, January 29, 2015
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Carnegie Library, 206 South Market Street
Marion, Illinois (Williamson County)
Thursday, January 29, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
1306 South Pope
Benton, Illinois (Franklin County)