WED. NOV. 19—GENERAL MEETING. Kate Rugroden, Director of Special Projects for Bat World Sanctuary, brings The Essential Bat to the Sierra Club. The program, based on her book, The Essential Bat, will introduce us to these extraordinary creatures and the many ways in which they affect human life through lecture/discussion, artifacts, and live native-species bats. Special attention is given to White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is devastating bat populations throughout the U.S. Kate will bring bats to show as part of the program. Bat World Sanctuary is located in Cool, Texas near Mineral Wells for the rehabilitation of bats and has worldwide prominence. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!
WED. DEC. 17 — HOLIDAY PARTY. In December we will not have a regular meeting with a speaker, but instead will socialize and celebrate the holidays with members and guests. Bring a snack or dessert to share. Drinks will be provided. Please join us! Location: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Azalea Room, Moncrief Garden Center, 817-871-7686, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard at University, north of I-30, Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth Sierra Club has several email lists you can subscribe to in order to stay informed about club news, outings and conservation issues. Click on the names of the lists below to be taken to the subscription page for each list. If you have any difficulty with the subscription process, please send an email to fw.sierra.listserve(AT)gmail.com.
LONESTAR-FTW-NEWS - this list will be sent out once or twice a month unless something urgent comes up.
LONESTAR-FTW-OUTINGS-NEWS - periodic lists of upcoming outings and notices about last-minute changes to outings schedule.
LONESTAR-FTW-CONS-FORUM - a discussion list for conservation issues, meant primarily for discussion of local and state issues. Please keep in mind that this is a discussion list and any subscriber can send a message. As a result this list may get a lot of emails, some of which may be off-topic.
The national Sierra Club has a website about the issues involved with Natural Gas drilling. The website has links to a lot of information and news:
Nationally, Sierra Club policy regarding gas drilling, especially hydrofracking, is evolving rapidly. Club drilling activists are working to strengthen Club policy and resources regarding gas drilling in many ways. If you would like to get involved in this process, the best place to start is by joining the Hydrofracking Team on the Sierra Club Activist Network.
North Central Texas Communities Alliance
The North Central Communities Alliance (NCTCA) is a relatively new organization that defines itself as a "coalition of individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the Barnett Shale" who will work for "positive solutions to the problems of natural gas drilling and pipelines" from city hall to Washington, D.C.. They have quickly become a very effective organization working to great effect both locally and at the state level.
EARTHWORKS has a campaign in Texas focused on the problems involved with extraction of Oil and Gas - the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project, otherwise known as Texas OGAP. Texas OGAP has issued a set of best management practices named "Drill Right Texas: Best Oil & Gas Development Practices for Texas".