Our Mission:

  • To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.
  • To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.
  • To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
  • And to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

  Celebrating Earth Day,   


Help Wanted!

The Blackhawk Chapter of the Sierra Club has openings to fill it's ranks of volunteers. Currently, the chapter is looking for am Outings chair. If you're interested in spending a few hours a month towards the chapter, please contact a board member for further details. Or better yet, come to the next meeting.


April meeting planned

What are your vacation plans this summer? Do you like to get out in nature and see life on the “wild” side? Get some ideas for a different kind of vacation at the Blackhawk Sierra Club meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 24, 2006. The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford.

Stephen Vaughn, treasurer of the Blackhawk group, together with Sue Breidigam, chairman, will present a multi-media display and discussion of serving the environment while on vacation. Video and slides of service trips will be shown.

Vaughn has been on several service outings for Sierra Club: Big Bend National Park, an immense scenic region in the northeastern corner of the Chihuahuan Desert, 400 miles west of San Antonio, Texas. A forested mountain, canyons, ruins of Old West ghost towns, Native American pictographs, and it contains a variety of wildlife. In the late 19th century, American pioneers began moving into the last Southwestern frontier and established ranches; the area was grazed out and hardier desert plants took over. The ranches were then abandoned. In 1989, the National Park Service purchased one of these ranches, the Harte Ranch, adjacent to the northwest boundary of Big Bend. The Harte Ranch added 55,000 acres to the park, and includes parts of the 2,000-foot-high Rosillos Mountains.

In the early 1990s, the Park Service invited the Sierra Club to assist in returning the old ranch back to its natural state. They began by removing barbed wire fences and old, unused telephone poles. From a base camp in the foothills of the Rosillos Mountains, Sierra Club volunteers would go to the work site and transport the wire and poles over rough terrain to the nearest road to be picked up for disposal. This work was completed last year, and future projects in the area include restoration of the native plant life, trail development, and backcountry exploration and mapping.

The volunteer service outings involve lots of hard work but are extremely popular and often booked several months in advance. Many volunteers return each year. Trips usually last one week, and are in some of the most scenic areas of the country.

Sue Breidigam previously worked on restoring trails in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. She will also share some of her experiences as a volunteer. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Stanley Campbell, conservation chairman, at (815) 964-7111.


Electronics Recycling Program at Office Depot

The components that make up today's high-tech equipment can be toxic in our landfills. As an excellent public relations program, Office Depot and Hewlett-Packard have teamed up to offer consumers a chance to recycle old computer equipment at no charge. I know we've had local programs for this type of recycling, but this is a nation wide program!

Now through Labor Day you may bring your unwanted PC, TV, or other electronic device to Office Depot (On East State St in Rockford) to be recycled. ONE piece of equipment PER DAY PER PERSON. There's no purchase necessary, and no charge to you. (See terms and conditions attached or at

Qualifying products include: Computers, keyboards, mice, TVs (up to 27"), scanners, monitors, cell phones, laser & inkjet printers, and more.
See for details.

Again, Consumers may bring ONE piece of equipment PER DAY into the local Office Depot for recycling. (No truck loads.) The local Office Depot is participating in the program.