Sierra Club National Board Election — Please Vote

This election is now underway, ending April 26th. There are nine candidates for five open seats. We need 5% of members nationally for the election to count but have been struggling to meet that in recent years.

You should have received your ballot either by email or snail mail. If not, you can get candidate information and request a new ballot here: http://www.sierraclub.org/board/election

Your Ohio Chapter Executive have unanimously endorsed Jim Dougherty.

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Spring Cleanups

There are several river and stream clean ups coming up. These are great opportunities for our members to help improve the environment and meet fellow environmentalists. As we learn the details, we will post them here.


Adam’s and Haley’s Run – April 15 9 am to 12 pm

Join Western Reserve Land Conservancy and partners for their annual Adam’s + Haley’s Run Clean Up!

Remove invasive species. Clean up trash along the streams. Meet new friends. Provide important stewardship for these great trails and restoration projects and be part of the Great American Cleanup and the annual Clean Up Akron Month!

Dress is casual and comfortable. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring gloves. Water will be provided.

Participants must register individually at https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/adams-haleys-run-cleanup/

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Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings

21st Annual Earth Day Award Dinner
Saturday, March 25, 2017 — 6:00 pm
Mustard Seed Café 
3885 West Market St., Fairlawn Ohio

The 2017 award honors Western Reserve Land Conservancy, a vital member of our regional environmental community. Part of the fun evening is our traditional auction of items, activities and services generously donated by area businesses, institutions and individuals.

Use the order form here to purchase tickets or to make a cash donation. To donate an item or service to the auction, please call Neal Broida at 330-869-9604.


March 21 Meeting Followup

Our presenter, Cheryl Johncox, has sent the following links to material and websites used in the presentation:

Oil and Gas Threat Map Ohio Page-http://oilandgasthreatmap.com/threat-map/ohio/

“Attract and Protect Bluebirds”
April 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

 Shelley Tender of the Median Country Park District and a long-time manager of the parks’ many bluebird monitoring activities, will explain how to set up and maintain bluebird boxes, plus dos and donts for monitoring them. Bluebirds are among our most attractive birds as well as voracious consumers of insects. And they’re relatively easy to  attract and once settled, are often permanent residents. Find out how you too can participate!

“Washington Outlook”
May 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

A member of Sen. Sherrod Brown’s staff will bring us up to date on the latest bizarre happenings in that wild and crazy place, Washington DC, and how we can trump the guys who want to revive the Neolithic era. If you don’t want to be a hunter gatherer or roast squirrels over an open fire, this is the program for you. Join us for this discussion of what must be done NOW!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s are great opportunities for alert, wide-awake, energetic, and committed environmentalists!

Akron Peninsula Road Cleanup. Picking up trash along two miles of Akron Peninsula Road in the CVNP is a long-standing PTG responsibility. We do it three or four times per  year on Saturday mornings. It takes at most two hours. A nice walk if nothing else. If you can help out, call or email Dan Nelson, 330-666-4246 or DMNelson@roadrunner.com

Little Cuyahoga River Water Sentinels. The Sierra Club has a very active water quality monitoring program, and the Portage Trail Group is doing its part through quarterly tests of the Little Cuyahoga River and its tributaries. We need volunteers to help with this important effort. We ask for just two or three hours of your time once every three months. We provide training and equipment. For details, call Guy Marentette at 330-922-4381 or gmarentette@gmail.com.

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