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Welcome to the El Paso Group of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club. We have about 500 members, located in west Texas, including the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson. We share a love of the outdoors and a desire to leave to our children and grandchildren the same opportunities to enjoy the outside world that we have had.  To accomplish this, we support conservation, smart energy solutions to combat global climate change, and wise use and protection of public lands.
We hope that you will follow our site to receive email announcements letting you know whenever we update our site.   To learn more about how you can get involved with our group contact any Executive Committee member listed on the About page.    To contribute information to our site including pictures contact our webmaster Rick LoBello at ricklobello@gmail.com.

Contact Us  Let us hear from you today.   We need your help in working on projects already underway and new projects that need to be put on our radar screen.

Current priority conservation efforts of the El Paso Group include the following Smart Goals.  Smart Goals are S-specific, M-measurable, A-evaluated as achievable, R-have identifiable resources and T-include a timeline.   For more information on our SMART goals contact anyone on the Executive Committee.

SMART Goal #1 Blue Bin Contamination:
Laurence Gibson reported that the City is ramping up efforts to address contamination in the blue bins.  An article on his efforts will appear in the next Sierran.  Next Step – talk to staff at Senator Rodriquez’s office.

SMART Goal #2 Return of the Wolf to Texas Educational Initiative:
Rick LoBello reported that over 10,000 letters and nearly 5000 signatures on petitions were sent to Carter Smith on August 19, 2018 requesting TPWD support.  The cover letter was signed by Laurence Gibson as Chairman of the Executive Committee, El Paso Group of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club. Laurence has not received a response to this letter and the 6 boxes of letters that were sent to his office.  Members are encouraged to reach out to Carter Smith at Carter.Smith@tpwd.texas.gov and express their support for our effort. Next Step – create a Take Action Tool Kit on our website.

SMART Goal #3 Outdoor Leadership Training. Next Step – in the process of getting members qualified.

SMART Goal #4 El Paso Group t-shirts:   Next Step – still working on a plan.

SMART Goal #5 Sierra Student Coalition at Americas High School:
Neysa Hardin reported a cost to Sierra Club El Paso Group of approximately $400 to sponsor the students to attend the Wolf Reading Camp at the Zoo.     On September 22 the group picked up trash on the southern end of the Ron Coleman Trail.  Next Step – we are planning a trip to a local national park.


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Contact Us

El Paso Group Executive Committee

Laurence Gibson, Chair
laurenceagibson@gmail.com 915-309-5419

Rick LoBello, Vice Chair
ricklobello@gmail.com 915-474-1456

Neysa Hardin, Sierra Student Coalition Coordinator
nrhardin@yahoo.com 915-227-5154

Liz Walsh
ewalsh@utep.edu 915-342-7630

John Walton
walton@utep.edu 915-539-5797

Francesca Wigle
fwigle@gmail.com 512-497-5026

Ann Falknor, Secretary


Kathy Sunday, Treasurer
sundayt@zianet.com 915-584-9301

Jim Tolbert, Programs
diegotolbert@gmail.com 915-525-7364

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