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Conservation-Where Are We Headed?

by Lina Gordy, Hoosier Chapter Conservation Organizer

Greetings! My name is Lina Gordy, and I am the new conservation organizer for the chapter. I am so excited to be coming on board the Hoosier Chapter at this particular time-the Michiana Group is starting up fresh, several of the seasoned groups are really active, and we have lots of great conservation issues to work on.

It seems like the whole state is bubbling with activity, ready to roll! It is my hope that we can channel all that excitement and desire to be active into a really successful conservation campaign that will truly make a difference for Indiana's environment.

So, what are our conservation goals for the year? There are lots to choose from. The new conservation committee is meeting to look at our priorities, but we are also relying on our groups and members to express their interest on what conservation issues are closest to their hearts. Is a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) moving into what seems like your backyard? Is your community losing valuable wetlands? Or is your local watershed particularly clean and in need of enhanced protection? The conservation committee wants to hear about your concerns!

We are also hoping to start up the hibernating sprawl committee again, so if sprawl is your thing (or, let me correct that, is not your thing), then we should together take action to stop it. Organic food and sustainable agriculture are topics that I personally feel very strongly about (hey, who doesn't like food?). The Five Rivers Group in the Muncie area organized an incredibly successful organic food festival last year. I am hoping that we can make use of their experience and be inspired by the momentum to bring organic food festivals to other areas of the state.

So, as you see, we have lots of work ahead of us, but many intriguing issues to choose from. The Sierra Club has strong roots in the Hoosier state, and lots of good work has been done in the past that inspires me to keep at it. How about you?

If you would like to have a say in what conservation campaigns the chapter focuses on, this is your chance! If you feel passionately about a certain conservation issue, or you would like to get involved in conservation in your community or at the state level, then I would love to talk to you about it. Give me a call at (765) 730-5465, or send me an e-mail at Also contact me for information on the next conservation committee meeting.

"Never doubt that a committed group of individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

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Spring 2004