Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April General Interest Meeting - New Outings

 Acadian Group of the Sierra Club selects it's upcoming quarter of recreational outings.

At the General Interest Meeting on Wednesday evening, 4/16 we call for outings recommendations from our members for the May-July quarter. Also members with recreational outing leadership are always welcome to become an Official Outings Leader with the Sierra Club. We offer support for members to become certified. 

We'll also update on the Green Army and other environmental bills in the legislature and how to join the action team; update on the Atchafalaya West Levee Bike Path and other trails; update on Lake Fausse Pointe area National Monument proposal; update on Lafayette's Electrical Future partnership with the League of Women Voters, currently in the research phase; next Ecologic TV program, and other issues subject to call. We will also have an informational table during Festival International, corner of Jefferson and Vermilion next to the Boy Scouts.

Share this update, and please bring a friend! First United Methodist Church downtown Lafayette, corner of Johnston and Main. Rear Entry of Church Hall, door on the right, go upstairs and look to the right. We'll also go for dinner at Hub City Diner at your request. See you there!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sierra Club and Trees Acadiana co-host IMAGINE the Future "Park at the Horse Farm"

The long effort to see the former UL-Lafayette "Horse Farm" land become a public park approaches the design and community participation phase of its plan.

Acadian Group of the Sierra Club and Trees Acadiana join forces to host directors David Calhoun and Elizabeth Brooks of Lafayette Central Park, Inc. on October 16, 2013 for a presentation on the upcoming visioning process to plan the development of the future Park at the Horse Farm.  Q&A discussion on the critical issues and other details bearing on the Park's future will follow.

The first round of workshops are set for 23-26 October 2013 to enable we the general public to be co-creators of the plan of development for the Horse Farm.
 Presenters will give an overview of the process, the issues, and how we can take the opportunity to be a constructive part of developing the plan for the future Park at the Horse Farm. 
Gather with us on October 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Lafayette at the corner of Johnston and Main Street and be sure to Bring a Friend.
 Some Issues of Public Concern: parking, bike and pedestrian access, traffic calming and management on Johnston Street, governance and other oversight opportunities by Lafayette Consolidated Government and the general public, and the infusion of $30 million in private development funding.  Other questions will be addressed such as the  'no trespassing' notices currently posted on the property and whether the green-space will be maintained as a passive recreation area.
Sponsored by Acadian Group of the Sierra Club & TreesAcadiana
Presenters:  David Calhoun, Executive Director, Lafayette Central Park, Inc.
Elizabeth Brooks, Director of Planning and Design
Hope to see you.  Have your voice heard.

Sign up for this event on Facebook, Invite your Friends and "Like" the Acadian Group.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September Paddle Outing to "Bayou of the Giant Clams"

Acadian Group of the Sierra Club announces outing: Paddle trip through the Bayou of the "Giant Clams," Lake Dauterive, Bayou Portage.

About this Destination:
Bayou Grand Gueule is the french name for a bayou leading into Lake Dauterive named for the giant, slightly soft-shelled, freshwater clams in this inland historical bay, lake system. Gueule adapted from french meaning the action of shutting closed. This was the commoners word in use at the time by settlers of this area to refer to this clam.
Outing focus:

This outing will involve a one-way journey by canoe (or bring your own kayak) from Bayou Portage, Lake Dauterive and Bayou Grand Gueule on the afternoon of September 29th.  It is nearly 3 miles in length, so come prepared for a full afternoon on the water.  We will shuttle vehicles from the put-in and take-out locations.

The Sierra Club's Delta Chapter is updating the "Delta Country Trail Guide," last published by in 1997. We will complete a multimedia data collection and pre-publication of information on the Bayou Grand Gueule (Bayou of the Giant Clams) for the trail guide. GPS marking, anthropological and environmental data, as well as photographic and or video-graphic recordings are suggested and encouraged from participants. Volunteer assistance with this project is welcomed.

Need a canoe? Call Mr. Schoeffler.
Inexperienced? We can pair you with an experienced paddler.

Carpooling: Need a ride? Have one to offer? RSVP with Outing Director Harold Schoeffler by calling/leaving a message at 337-234-4042. Arrive at 3502 E. Simcoe, Lafayette, La 70506 by 1:00pm to complete prep for departure and rideshares. All members and friends must RSVP if planning to meet us at the put-in on your own.
Approximate Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/7M0Vo

After the paddle, we may have a picnic hotdog roast at the put-in location. Bring something to something for yourself or to share with all at the picnic.

ALSO FYI: Mr. Schoeffler rarely ever has to cancel an outing. If there is a forecast of slight chance of rain, assume the outing will go on. Call to confirm if in doubt.

Catch up with the outing on Facebook to place on your calendar: https://www.facebook.com/events/719634054719795/