Lunch with the Chair

Do you want to get involved but aren’t sure which Sierra Club project fits your interests? Let’s have lunch and talk! The date and place can be arranged Contact John Paul at 409-751-0350 or jp46832@gmail.com.

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Kathryn Walker GTGSC newsletter 795 19th St, Beaumont, TX 77706-5001

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Coming Up


Tuesday: March 3
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Unity Church – 1555 S. 23rd, Beaumont
Program: Canoeing and Kayaking in Southeast Texas
Presenter: Gerald Cerda

Gerald Cerda will present a program about Canoeing and Kayaking. Gerald has lots of river stories and beautiful photos that will entice us to get ready for a summer of fun on the water. Gerald owns and operates Big Thicket Outfitters and has over three decades of local experience and knowledge of some of our state’s vast natural waterways including their backwater bayous and creeks.

Big Thicket and West Gulf Coastal Plain Science Conference: April 17 - April 19, 2015

The Science Conference provides a forum for scientists and resource managers to share their research in the West Gulf Coastal Plain ecosystem, which comprises a variety of communities including southeastern pine forests, bottomland hardwood forests, and prairies. All topics relevant to the ecology of the region are appropriate, including studies of plant communities, wildlife, restoration ecology, effects of climate change, invasive species, fisheries, and large-scale disturbance ecology.

The focus of this year’s plenary session will be “Watersheds and Waterflow” to be addressed by invited speakers. Dr. Francis “Ab” Abernethy, professor emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and editor emeritus of the Texas Folklore Society, and Dr. Kirk O. Winemiller, Regents Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University have agreed to give plenary presentations

The Science Conference provides a forum for scientists and resource managers to share their research in the West Gulf Coastal .Plain ecosystem, which comprises a variety of communities including southeastern pine forests, bottomland hardwood forests, and prairies. All topics relevant to the ecology of the region are appropriate, including studies of plant communities, wildlife, restoration ecology, effects of climate change, invasive species, fisheries, etc.

Registration fees are $100 by 20 March; late registration is $150 and student registration is $25. Registration for only one day is $60, Please contact Dan Saenz of the U.S. Forest Service (Conference Chair) with questions at dsaenz@fs.fed.us or check the conference website at www.bigthicket.org for additional information.

Optional field trips are not included in fees. Three trips are planned: 1) Saline Prairie, led by Will Godwin and Jason Singhurst; 2) Tonkawa Sand Hills, led by James Van Kley, and 3) Birding in the SFA Experimental Forest, led by Cliff Shacklelford.

ATTENTION ALL HIKERS:

The 2015 Trail Between The Lakes spring trip will be April 10-12, Fri-Sun, in the Sabine National Forest. You can hike the entire 28 miles over 3 days, or parts over 2 days or just 1. If you want to backpack you can camp at designated areas on the trail, or you can let us shuttle you from our group campsite to the starting points each day and hike back with just a day pack. RV'ers can camp at Mill Creek, Lakeview, and other spots. Or you can "rough it" in a few motels and lodges in the area.

We will rendezvous each morning at 9 am to meet new hikers arriving on those dates, at the Sportsman's Cafe on Hwy 87 at Six Mile, on Hwy 87 across from the intersection with FM 2928. We will then drive to the group campground a few miles away on FR 109c, and shuttle everyone to each day's trailhead. The campsite is located north from the cafe on Hwy 87 to the intersection with FM 2426, but TURN RIGHT (east) onto FR 109. After about 1 mile, turn right onto FR 109c. It is easy to miss! We will try to put up a Sierra Club sign at the corner. If you go to the firetower, you missed it! The campsite is on the pipeline easement about 1 mile south on FM109c.

Day 1 is normally from mile 1 at Lakeview to the camp, about 10.8 miles, though there is a second spot closer, about 6 miles, for those who prefer.

Day 2 is from the crossing on FM 2426 back to camp, about 9 miles. A closer option exists off FR 152.

Day 3 we strike camp and drive to trail's end off Hwy 96 south of Pineland, then shuttle back to the crossing at FM 2426. This segment is about 9 miles, and relatively flat.

There is no size limit to this outing, but it is important to RSVP so we can plan shuttling (especially if you want the shorter options) and know to expect you and what days you will be there. There are no fees, but your shuttle driver is a volunteer, so offering a little gas cash would be courteous. Meals are not provided. Bring food and water. The Sportsman's cafe is good for breakfast and dinner if you prefer. The site is primitive! The bathrooms are the woods! Cell phone service is spotty! We will provide maps for those who need them.

VERY IMPORTANT to RSVP. Call, text, or email our trip leader, Phil Rogers, at 409-543-4616, or philarogers@gmail.com. Look us up at gtgsierra.org and like us on facebook at Golden Triangle Sierra Group.