The Robert Lunz Group

Representing Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina

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Events and Outings-2014

PLEASE NOTE : Our participant donation for outings has been $2 for many years. Beginning in January, the suggested donation amounts are as follows: Day hike $5; Overnight trip $10; Students $3. These funds go to the Lunz Group (not the outings leader) to help with club expenses.This is a voluntary donation, not a fee, and goes toward supporting group activities and expenses.

We are trying to get a handle on our organizational activities CO2 footprint. Help us out by recording your driving mileage to and from a Sierra Club outing.

In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to sign a liability waiver. Read the liability waiver prior to the outing at or call 415-977-5630. The waiver is also available on the day of the outing.

In the interest of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

Membership Meeting 7 PM


(Baruch Auditorium on MUSC campus at 284 Calhoun St

Thursday November 6, 7:00-8:30pm

College of Charleston Professor Ned Hettinger

Age-of-Man Environmentalism and Respect for an Independent Nature

The debate over whether we have entered a new geological epoch known as "The Anthropocene" has helped spawn "Age-of- Man Environmentalism" (AME). According to AME, the planetary scale of humans' impact indicates that respect for an independent nature can no longer serve as a guiding value for environmentalism. Traditional environmental goals of nature preservation and restoration are problematically grounded in the illusory ideal of pristine nature. Humans are now fully integrated into nature and have no choice but to become responsible managers of the earth we have created and to govern it according to our ideals.

This talk critically examines AME and defends traditional environmental values of naturalness and respect for nature's autonomy. AME's serious exaggeration of the extent of human influence over Earth manifests an anthropocentric narcissism that is blind to the ongoing agency of nature. Rather than becoming gods or parents of a nature that allegedly needs us, human flourishing requires we strengthen our commitment to humility, restraint, and respect for the gifted character of the world. Naturalness is increasingly valuable the more rare it becomes. AME's insistence on a thoroughly managed future ignores the possibility of rewilding and turning nature loose. Its promotion of non-native species and ill-defined "novel ecosystems" is an attempt to polish the image of human-impacted nature and denigrate the value of preserved wild areas. Taking seriously the massive human impact on earth does not require abandoning traditional environmental values.



Sierra Club mission: Explore, enjoy and protect the Planet. South Carolina Environmental Law Project

In case you missed last April's Ports program, here is a link to the full presentation. The link has audio and the slides

In case you missed last February's program, here is a link to the full presentation. The link has audio and the slides

ThinkGlobally, Shop Locally, Consider Power and Water use Carefully!



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Entire SE Region of US Events/Outings

Most Weekends - Cycling for Fitness.

Why crank out those endless boring miles on the stationary bike at the fitne center when you could be out in the fresh air and sunshine on a real bicycle? Rides include the Francis Marion National Forest, various wildlife refuges, the Kiawah beach, the pastoral countryside of Meggett, etc. Lengths vary from 14 to 24 miles, and are flexible enough to allow for different speeds and abilities. Lunch after. Call Bill Turner at 571-3503.

Nov 2:Go Birding on the trails of Roxbury Park Near Meggitt

Sunday Nov 2 to Roxbury Park in Meggett. This is a newly opened park that has rapidly gained a reputation as an excellent location for birding. Nov 2 is the first day of the return to Standard time. We will meet at Citadel Mall at 8:30 Eastern Standard time and drive down to the park. The trails are relatively short but include upland and marsh regions. Bring a lunch. There is a nice screened area with picnic tables. The address is a fake. Park entrance is on the left 250 feet after you cross the bridge on Hwy 174. GPS 32.680884,-80.35067 Contact Starr Hazard

Register on line Here

Saturday, Nov 8:Hike Red Wolf Sanctuary and Lunch

Join us for a hike through part of the Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail. We'll take this trail for about 4 miles (round trip). This is a fairly flat walk with beautiful views of the water. We'll meet at the Awendaw Canoe Launch at the end of Rosa Green Rd at 8:45 am ( Carpooling is encouraged.

After the hike, we'll head over to the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center to listen to Wolfman Rob conduct a discussion about the Red Wolves and to view their feeding and habitat. There is another short trail that goes around the Red Wolf sanctuary that we'll take after Wolfman Rob's talk (called the Nebo Trail After walking up an appetite, we'll head over to the Sewee Restaurant for a seafood lunch. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water (and a snack if desired). It shouldn't be buggy this time of year, but you can bring bug spray just in case.

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Nov 22 Let's kayak Penny Creek to Willtown Bluff (the Ace Basin) and grab a bite after

Join the Sierra Club on November 22 for a 3-hour paddle from Penny Creek to Willtown Bluff. The paddle will include rice dikes of old plantations that are now havens for water fowl. This trip is appropriate for advanced beginner or intermediate paddlers. It is a 7-mile trip and there are some open, windy areas and so some previous paddling experience is recommended. We will take a rest stop so we can eat our picnic lunches but we will not be exiting the boats. This trip is limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

How to Reserve Your Spot

Rentals will be available from Nature Adventures Outfitters ($35 for a single kayak; $45 for a tandem kayak; includes PFD, paddles, and transport of kayak to and from put-in site). Bring your own boaters are asked to pay $10 to help cover the cost of guides from the outfitters.

To reserve your spot, whether you are a renter or a bring your own boater, you need to call Nature Adventures Outfitters at 568-3222 (let them know this is for the Sierra trip on November 22).

Where to Meet

We will meet at the Penny Creek Boat Landing at 10:30 am for a launch at 11:00. We are asking that people arrive by 10:30 to allow for boat assignment and a shuttle. The closest intersection is Penny Creek Road and Norwich Road. The boat ramp is 1/10th of a mile further on Penny Creek Road from the above intersection.

For those who would like to carpool from Charleston, meet in the Sears Parking Lot at Citadel Mall at 9:30 for a prompt 9:45 departure.

What to Bring

You will need a hat, sunscreen, and water. It can be cold this late in the year and there are some open areas, so dress in layers, avoid cotton, and consider a jacket to protect from the wind.

Grab a Bite Afterward.For those interested in a bit of socializing after the trip, join us at the Harvest Moon Lowcountry Grille at 6165 Savannah Hwy, Ravenel, SC 29470. Please let me know if you are planning to join us so I can provide the restaurant an approximate head count. (

Contact Kim McGhee at or 507-316-5266 with questions.

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Urban Outing: Contra dancing every first and third Friday nights.

Nov 7,14 21, Dec5, 19 2014

Dance to live bands and with wonderful people. Admission $8 for all dancers. Fees go to Charleston Folk to pay the bands and rent the hall. For all you new to Contra Dancing here are a couple of links to info about what Contra Dancing is and a bit about its history.

A Contra Dance Primer.

Call Starr Hazard 881-8902 or e-mail hazardes@bellsouth. net or see (the link below is correct;copy/ paste into your browser).

Outings Reports and Photos 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008

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