• Adopt-a-Highway:

Saturday, February 28 CANCELLED

Due to the possibility of linger snow, we will cancel the pick-up this Saturday. Next pickup will be in May.

Dates in 2015: May 16, August 22, and November 14.

highwayCleanup

The Bartram Group has a two mile stretch on East North (also known as) Old Spartanburg Road between Mitchell Road and Brushy Creek. We will meet at 8:30 A.M. at Mitchell Road Elementary School which is on the
corner of Mitchell Road and Old Spartanburg Road.

If it is pouring rain, we'll not meet. You will be provided the bags, twisty ties, work gloves, orange safety vests and water. We cover two miles, both sides of the street, and are very fortunate to have sidewalks on the entire route.

Contact Steve Root at (864) 346-3081 or stephenjohnroot@gmail.com, or Dennis Chamberlain at (864) 430-3754.


•HIKES

Saturday, March 21
Chestnut Heritage Preserve Hike

Please join us for a delightful springtime hike to the Pacolet River. We hope to see trillium, bloodroot and Jack-in the-Pulpit. The hike is 2.75 miles one-way, with a gradual elevation change of 500 feet. Please bring plenty of water and lunch to eat. The trailhead is near the Cliffs of Glassy off Route 11.

For more information and pictures of the trail, please check out this website: http://www.brendajwiley.com/chestnut_ridge_trail.html

We will meet and carpool from the McDonalds (located in the Publix parking lot) near Furman University. The address of the Publix is 5000 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, SC, 29617.

To register for this outing or if you have questions, please call Jean Wilder at (864) 561-0794 or 244-9630. Email at: jeanwilder1.@att.net


• 2015 Trail Service Outings :
Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Next year's schedule to be announced.

We will be starting our twelfth year of service to Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Parks. Please plan to join us on the Saturdays listed below during 2014. These Trail Service Projects improve and preserve the existing trails at these mountain parks. If you enjoy these trails, please
plan to join us on one or more of the 2014 outings.

For more details contact Jim Majors at (864) 233-7576 or jim_majors@bellsouth.net.


The Native Plant Society plant sale will be held on April 18 at our new location at Conestee Park. INFO HERE.


•(Archive item)
Nuclear Program of 6 November 2014.

Recently, the Bartram Group of the Sierra Club and the Greenville League of Women Voters held their second seminar on "The Aging Nuclear State". David Lochbaum, from the Union of Concerned Scientists, presented his short commentary, "The Second Most Dangerous Nuclear Plant in America."

It was about the Oconee Station nuclear power plant and describes the many safety problems identified over the years (e.g., inadequate tornado protection, inadequate fire protection, inadequate high energy line break protection, inadequate flood protection) that have been largely unresolved.

Eric Conner, reporter for the Greenville News, who reported the radioactive water leaks at Oconee Station, spoke about the media coverage of environmental issues. The new environmental reporter, Tonya Maxwell, was also at the meeting.

Rob Sobczak presented a slide show from Tom Clements, the Sierra Club adviser on nuclear issues, on the status of high level nuclear waste from Europe coming into South Carolina.

This seminar occurred on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the University Center (former McAilster Mall) 225 S. Pleasantburg.

PDFs of speakers handouts: Decommissioning / Safety at Oconee / Radioactive leak at Oconee / Mr. Lockbaum's Presentation

Tom Clements presentation re: SRS

Oconee nuclear safety update


•Five Titans of the Bartram Club

officers

L to R: Karen Mascaro, Eric Thompson, Bob Church, and Norm Sharp. Not pictured, Dennis Chamberlain.

Five very special Sierra Club Bartram members will be rotating off the board after many years of service.
Karen Mascaro
: Karen has been our program chair. Over the years she has put together wonderful programs that have entertained and educated us. We are in awe of the variety of ways she has found to bring us environmental messages.
Eric Thompson
: He has been our chair and board member. His soft spoken but powerful presence has been the face of the Sierra Club and has enhanced our credibility. He provided the framework for making the Bartram Group an important voice in environmental matters as well as a fun organization to belong to. And one very special Bartram member was asked to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at the November Bartram Meeting.
Bob Church: Bob has been our treasurer. Our fi nances, while not vast, are complex with different spending restrictions. Bob has balanced the books, kept the accounts straight and never lost a check or missed a payment.
Norm Sharp
: Norm has devoted countless hours to Sierra Club. He has lead many hikes. As a member of the Sierra Club National Public Lands Committee, He has spent the last three decades working to protect wilderness areas.
Dennis Chamberlain: He has been our legal chair. He has forged our positions and action plans on the Upstate's major environmental issues. And more importantly, he seeks resolutions that do not compromise our principles. We owe these folks a big thank you for the countless hours they have given over the years to this organization. The Upstate is a better place because of the work they have done for the Sierra Club and for the public. Getting to know and work with these folks is truly a benefi t of Sierra Club membership. ❧