Fracked Gas Pipeline Educational Forums
The next fracked gas pipeline forum is March 11th, 7 PM Buchanan auditorium.  It is located at 54 Warrenville
Road in Mansfield Center. Warrenville Road is also route 89. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Food and Water Watch, and 350CT.
There are numerous pipeline expansion plans currently undergoing approval at the federal and state level, yet many Connecticut residents are unaware of the costs associated with these projects. Please attend our forum if you want answers to the following questions:

1.    How will pipeline expansions affect my town & neighborhood?
2.    How will the cost of these new projects affect my energy bill?
3.    Is methane, or fracked, natural gas, really a bridge fuel?
4.    What are the health and safety impacts for local residents?
5.    What is the effect on the environment of piping fracked gas under rivers, through wetlands, and across sensitive ecosystems?
6.    How does leaked methane impact climate change?
7.    More gas = more fracking = more toxic, radioactive fracking waste. What does this mean for CT?

The Connecticut Sierra Club, in collaboration with our friends at Food and Water Watch and 350 CT, is continuing to hold educational forums about the expansion of fracked gas pipeline and gas infrastructure, scheduled to start construction in 2015.

These meetings are free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please join us!
The CT Southeast Group of the Sierra Club is once again sponsoring   A Welcome to Spring Social-- “Drown the Snowman”. The event is scheduled for March 18th at 5:30 PM and will take place in the Nautilus Lounge at Ocean Beach Park in New London.
eatured activities during the evening include: drowning a snowman in effigy, and a poetry reading session. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their choice of poetry, prose, or folderol, with a spring theme to share, or they may chosen to read from selections that will be provided.
The event has been celebrated over the years and is open to the general public. This time, once again, the drowning ceremony will take place in the waters of Long Island Sound. The dastardly deed has occurred, in ceremonies past, along the shores and docks of Noank, Gales Ferry, Stonington Borough, New London and once, due to inclement weather, in someone's living room in a bucket.
There will be a charge of $17.00 for a light supper and reservations must be made by the March 8Th deadline. Call Louise 860-444-8916 for more information, and/or to make reservations and arrangements for payment,
Sierra Club-Greater Hartford Group
February Meeting and Presentation
Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
Postponed until Wednesday March 11th at 7:30  pm

Defending Russian Nature
Fred Strebeigh, Senior Lecturer of Environmental Writing at the Yale School of Forestry, will speak on the defense (and beauty) of the world's largest system of wildlife reserves. His articles have been published in American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, E:The Environmental Magazine, New Republic, Sierra, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine and the books division of National Geographic.

Doors open at 7:00 for refreshments and letter writing
A small donation is requested.
Questions: Rich Stanley at 860-816-1705, or email me here.

Hike Bolton Notch!
Let’s hope it's feeling like spring enough to wander the rail to trail at Bolton Notch Pond on Saturday, March 21st. We meet 10:00am at the Shady Glen restaurant, 840 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, on Rte. 6 on the Manchester / Bolton line.  We can have a long or short hike there by simply turning around or not. If at least one other person RSVP's here yes only by Friday, March 20th, I won't hike closer to home instead. 

Directions: Rte. I-84 E to Rte. 384 E, exit 5, Rte. 85.  End of ramp turn left.  Go up and down hill to a light.  That is Rte. 6.  Turn left.  Restaurant c. 1.5 miles ahead on left. Friendly dogs are welcome to run as we walk but must be leashed as others approach us. Messes on the trail must be removed.  All hikers, adults and children over 10 years old, with or without dogs, are welcome at this free drop in event as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs running about them.
Hope to see you on the trail! Take care, Renee

Hike Penwood State Park, Saturday, March 28 10am (Simsbury, CT)

Let's hope it acts like spring soon so we can wander for an hour and a half the rolling hills of Penwood State Park on Saturday March 28th at 10am. Meet at the parking lot just off the Rte. 185 park entrance. We wait no more than ten minutes for latecomers and then we are off!

Please RSVP here yes only by 3/26. If you say YES and change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one so I can hike nearer home instead. You can mapquest/GPS Stafford Street and Hartford Road intersection in Simsbury, CT for a close site to park entrance.

Directions: Rte. 91 to exit 35B, Rte. 218 west. Take 218 until you reach Rte. 189 north in Bloomfield. Turn right onto Rte. 189 and continue north to Rte. 178. Turn left onto 178 proceed to end where it intersects with Rte. 185. Turn right onto Rte. 185. Ahead about a mile on the right is park entrance.
Friendly dogs are welcome but they must be leashed if others approach us. Messes on the trail must be removed. All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, and with or without dogs are welcome as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs.



Barkhamsted Hike! March 29 at 1p.m. A 4.2 mile round-trip, out-and-back hike on a section of the Tunxis Trail in Barkhamsted. Moderate difficulty over rolling terrain with a 450 foot elevation gain, at a fast pace.  Beautiful mountain laurel lined trail, diverse forest and a pine plantation, culminating in a cliff cradling house-sized boulders with small caves. Free. All ages welcome.  No hiking experience required, but must be able to keep pace with the group. No dogs, please.  Brings snacks and water, and be prepared for slushy, muddy or snowy conditions.

From the west take Route 8 to Winsted and follow Route 44 East for 3.2 miles and turn left on Route 318 East. Continue for about 3 miles to the junction of Route 219 past the dam, and proceed east on Route 219 for 1.7 mile to a small parking area on the right, just before Hillcrest Drive. From Hartford take Route 44 West for 15-20 miles to New Hartford and turn right onto Route 219 East. Proceed to the junction with Route 318 past the dam and continue for 1.7 miles to the parking area.  Questions or carpooling contact Amanda at 860-416-0081 or email me here.


Cornwall Hike,
Sunday, June 7

See Google Maps for directions.
Cathedral of Pines to Mohawk Mountain Young Adult Hike
Time: 11:00am
Total Distance This Event Will Travel: 3.7 miles

Full Event Description:

All welcome, especially young adults. No dogs, please. Hiking experience or good physical condition required. Moderate 3.7 mile out-and-back hike with challenging sections, gaining 740 feet in elevation on the Mohawk Trail. We'll summit Mohawk Mountain for scenic summer views toward the Taconics and Berkshires from the top of the ski area. Our route is via The Cathedral of Pines, a forest of trees that began as far back as 1676, but was mostly destroyed by tornadoes in 1989. Some large trees still stand, as do remnants of fallen giants amid the new growth forest. We'll break for lunch at Mohawk's summit before retracing our steps back to our cars. To meet the group at 11 a.m. at the trailhead on Essex Hill Rd., go to the junctions of Routes 4 & 125 in Cornwall and turn onto Pine St. (opposite where Route 125 meets Route 4). Proceed past Cornwall Town Library then turn left at a stop sign onto Valley Rd. In 0.2 miles veer left onto Essex Hill Rd. Go 0.2 miles to the trailhead with a small pull-off on the left. Carpool if possible. Bring boots, water and food, as well as rain gear in the event of rain.

Leader(s): Amanda Kenyon
Meeting Place: From Routes 4 & 125 in Cornwall turn onto Pine St. Turn left at stop sign onto Valley Rd. Veer left onto Essex Hill. Go 0.2 miles to pull-off on left.

Rain or shine.
Pre-registration is RECOMMENDED

Please email me here!