The El Paso Sierra Club Group is part of the Rio Grande Chapter. Our chair, Laurence Gibson, recently compiled this quarterly report.
SSC leader Neysa Hardin recently took 25 Americas High School students to Hueco Tanks State Park for solar eclipse viewing.
Vice-Chair Jim Tolbert’s is back on the Excom as vice-chair and program chair. He wants to re-establish regular monthly general meetings, checking with all the single-issue egroups for a clear date, searching for a venue, and beginning to line up speakers through the spring semester. October program will probably be members showing photos from summer outings. Now that he is free of City Council, Jim may resume his crusade to stop Cemex from threatening the Franklin Mountains State Park boundary. A survey is needed, but Parks and Wildlife has no funding, and Cemex no interest!
We have our own website once again at elpasosierraclub.org, thanks to excom member Rick LoBello. Our previous site was shut down by David Van Winkle when he introduced the Sierra Club to the Drupal open source platform several years ago.
Glass recycling in El Paso continues, but on “life-support” as reported by ex-city councilman Tolbert. Reaganomics, with services needing to pay for themselves, is the big problem. New Republican mayor has yet to weigh in. We would like to contact bar owners to pick up their glass but they are contracted out, mosrly with Waste Management. New activist from Austin reports her apartment complex is not allowed to recycle anything. (Waste Management again)
El Paso Zoo Educational Curator Rick LoBello continues efforts to awaken interest in restoring the wolf to Texas with over 4,000 letters from zoo visitors. Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept is now citing a state law, intended for citizens really, that forbids releasing wolves on to the land. It will take research and pressure from large-scale landowners to change the rule. Unlike New Mexico and Arizona, Texas has little public land. Rick is looking for researchers to help with a peer reviewed research project on the feasibility of returning wolves to Texas (firstname.lastname@example.org) . Obviously, this is a long-term project.
Group membership continues to rise, courtesy of the Trump administration. We are approaching 600 members now.