Sierran Masthead

Members Enjoy and Protect
the Environment

By Hazel Stevens, Michiana Committee

The Michiana Committee continues its growth into a full-fledged Sierra Club group while enjoying the outdoors and becoming an effective voice for the environment. As noted in a related story in this issue, elections are currently underway for its executive committee, and members are looking forward to a vibrant and active 2004.

Recent programs have involved national training on topics such as wilderness first aid and grassroots organizing and local conservation efforts by groups such as the Audubon Society and Friends of the St. Joseph River.

Upcoming programs include the following: January-City Planning and Environmental Input with Mr. Larry Magliozzi of South Bend's Division of Community Development; February-Indiana Nature Conservancy with Mr. Chip Watts, manager of the Tippecanoe River Project; March-Environmental Lifestyles with Ms. Kathy Kent, professor and environmental writer for the South Bend Tribune.

Geza Csapo and Tom Stankus enjoy the Audubon sanctuary on a Michiana outing.   Photo by Jay Stevens

Outings are varied and aimed at different interests and ability levels. This fall we had an orienteering program at Baugo Creek Park and toured the Bodine Fish Hatchery. On other outings, members joined the quarterly Hoosier Chapter outings committee meeting at Wolf Park, helped with a river cleanup in Elkhart, took a private tour of the local Audubon sanctuary, and joined EnviroCorps for a service project at Boot Lake Nature Preserve for "Make a Difference Day." See the outings schedule in this issue for future events.

We have a group of wonderful volunteers, but more are always needed and welcomed. Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Res, 13950 Scout Lane, Mishawaka. Come join us!

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Winter 2004