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e - P R A I R I E    F L Y E R   January/February 2001

newsletter of the Sierra Club Prairie Group

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Jan 13 Forest Glen Hike
Feb 14 Alaska Slide Show by Gary Jackson

Spring Outing to Southern Illinois

National Sierra news -
  - Sierra Club joins new legal campaign against mega-hog factories
  - EPA's new mega-livestock rules fall short of what's needed
 

Prairie Greens of East-Central Illinois
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Common Ground Food Co-op
Prairieland Community Supported Agriculture
Green Radio
New photo book of Illinois wildlife by Jason Lindsey
Grand Prairie Friends
 
 

===== Prairie Group General Meetings
 

JANUARY 13 (Saturday) - Winter Outing - Forest Glen Hike

(Note that this is not the 2nd Wednesday, the usualy meeting day)

Contact Jack Kuehn for signup at 217-356-7206, <j-kuehn@shout.net>.

Meet at Bagelman's (401 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, across from Hessel
Park) at
9:00 AM for breakfast (9:30 departure, sharp), then drive 1 hour to
Forest
Glen County Preserve (South of Danville, near Westville).

Forest Glen Preserve is rated third in the state for the number of
different
botanical species. It includes a 40 acre restored tall grass prairie, a
20
acre tree research area, and 25 miles of trails, many along the scenic
Vermilion River. (http://www.vccd.org/giforestglen.html)

The hike will depend on snow cover. An overnight stay at the primitive
campsite is a possibility for adventurous souls. Pack a lunch and bring
your
warm duds. Contact Jack Kuehn for maps and signup, 217-356-7206,
j-kuehn@shout.net.
 
 
 
 

FEBRUARY 14 (Wednesday, 7:30 PM) - Alaska Slide Show

Views of Alaska from Seward Bay to Prudhoe
Illinois Disciples Foundation, corner of Wright and Springfield,
Champaign

Gary Jackson will give a slide show of several spectacular wilderness
areas
-- some of which may be threatened by oil and gas drilling under the
new
Bush administration. Come see landscapes from Kenai Fijords National
Park,
Lake Clarke National Preserve, Denali National Park, and the Canning
River
in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Gary is a Professor of Veterinary Biosciences, Molecular & Integrative
Physiology, at the University of Illinois, and a long-time leader on
several
East-Central Illinois environmental issues.
 
 

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PRAIRIE GROUP SPRING OUTING!

April 5 through April 8, 2001. Shawnee Backpacking trip.

We'll hike a section of the River to River Trail between Garden of the
Gods
and Lusk Creek Natural Area near Eddyville. We will leave a car or two
at
the Eddyville trailhead, drive to Garden of the Gods and hike about 4
miles
to camp on a high ridge. The second day's hike will cover about 8 miles
and
end at One Horse Gap.

Saturday's hike will take us another 8 miles or so to Lusk Creek, where
we'll camp in Salt Peter Cave. Then a short 2 miles to the car on
Sunday.
Camping gear for this fairly strenuous trip can be rented to the
general
public from the U of I Outdoor Recreation Center. Inexperienced
backpackers
welcome. Breakfast and dinner will be provided during the hike. $35 fee
to
pay for food, register by March 16, limit 10. Contact Jack Kuehn at
356-7206, j-kuehn@shout.net

For additional info: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/shawnee/,
http://www.wilderness.net/nwps/maps/il_map.cfm
 
 

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Sierra Club Steps Up Legal Fight Against Mega-Hog Operations

http://LISTS.SIERRACLUB.ORG/SCRIPTS/WA.EXE?A2=ind0012&L=ce-scnews-releases&D
=1&T=0&H=1&O=D&P=78

DECEMBER 6, 2000
CONTACT: Allen Mattison, 202-675-7903; Ken Midkiff, 573-815-9250

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club announced today that it is joining Robert
F.
Kennedy, Jr., the Water Keeper Alliance and organizations representing
family farmers in a national legal campaign against large polluting hog
operations.

The Sierra Club has been a leader for the past decade
[http://www.sierraclub.org/cafos] in attempts to impose standards on
large
industrial hog,chicken, and mega-dairy factories, and has assisted
rural
communities in preventing new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
from
being built.
 

Also see:
Corporate Hog Farm Industry Hit with Legal Assault
Environment News Service 12/7/00
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/dec2000/2000L-12-07-15.html

Environmentalists put hog farms in crosshairs
Springfield [IL] State Journal Register 12/7/00
http://www.sj-r.com/news/00/12/07/k.htm

April 1999 Map Of Illinois Mega-Factories
http://www.farmweb.org/b/isamap.htm
 

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Sierra Club Calls New EPA Rules on Animal Factories a "Half-Step"
Forward

http://LISTS.SIERRACLUB.ORG/SCRIPTS/WA.EXE?A2=ind0012&L=ce-scnews-releases&D
=1&T=0&H=1&O=D&P=887

December 13, 2000
Contact: Ed Hopkins 202-675-7908, Ken Midkiff 573-815-9250

WASHINGTON - The Sierra Club announced its reaction to the US
Environmental
Protection Agency's (US EPA's) draft rules limiting animal factory
pollution... While the Club acknowledged that the EPA has taken some
positive steps, the Sierra Club stated that the draft rules do not
adequately protect our waterways, health or rural communities from the
millions of tons of animal waste that these factories produce.
 

Also see: http://www.sierraclub.org/cafos

Proposed (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) CAFO Rule
http://www.epa.gov/OW-OWM.html/afos/rule.htm

EPA will take public comment for 120 days [from Dec 15, 2000] and will
hold
public meetings around the country on today's proposal. Additional
information is available on EPA's Office of Water web site at:
http://www.epa.gov/owm/afo.htm .

New Factory Farm Rules Praised, Criticized
Environmental News Service 12/18/2000
http://ens.lycos.com/ens/dec2000/2000L-12-18-15.html
 
 

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The following are not sponsored by the Sierra Club Prairie Group, but
are
listed as a service to our members.
 

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Prairie Greens of East-Central Illinois

The Prairie Greens meet at 7 PM the first Tuesday of each month, Red
Herring
Restaurant, Channing-Murray Foundation basement, 1209 W. Oregon,
Urbana. For
more info about their several e-mail lists and other meetings:
<greens@prairienet.org>, http://www.prairienet.org/greens/
 

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New Source of Local News

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (IMC) offers a new
alternative
to mainstream media. The IMC provides tools, training, and support for
citizens to produce and distribute news about a wide range of community
issues. Friday, Jan. 19 will be the opening celebration. For more info:
http://urbana.indymedia.org, 218 W. Main Street, Urbana,
<meinrath@uiuc.edu>.
 

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Common Ground Food Co-op

The Common Ground Food Co-op is a program of the Illinois Disciples
Foundation,  providing wholesome food at the lowest possible prices,
and
promoting an environmentally sound, economically viable, socially just
food
production and distribution system.

610 East Springfield Avenue (corner of Springfield & Wright),
Champaign, IL
61825, 217-352-3347, cgfc@prairienet.org,
http://www.prairienet.org/community/co-op/
 

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Prairieland Community Supported Agriculture

Fresh produce, locally grown, once-a-week during the growing season.

PCSA shares for 2001 are available now - Price is $261 for 24 weeks,
with a
$20 discount for those who sign up early. A pre-season (prior to
5/29/01)
veggie share may also be offered, depending on weather, which will
include
peas, salad greens, rhubarb, and possibly asparagus. Brochures and
contracts: Anna Barnes at (217) 239-3686,
http://www.prairienet.org/pcsa

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Green Radio

NPR's Living On Earth can be heard at 5:00 PM each Saturday on WILL-AM
580.
http://www.loe.org

The Prairie Monk can be heard at 11:00 AM each Sunday on WEFT-FM 90.1.

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New photo book of Illinois wildlife by Prairie Group member Jason
Lindsey

"Windy City Wild: Chicago's Natural Wonders" is a spectacular
collection of
128 wildlife photos that will surprise viewers about the many natural
wonders just a short drive from downtown Chicago. At the website below,
also
see photographs of Illinois prairie preservation (including Dave Monk,
host
of The Prairie Monk radio show on WEFT-FM
http://www.perceptivevisions.com/portfolio/dave/), the Chicago Skyline,
rural Illinois, and America.

Perceptive Visions
jason@perceptivevisions.com
http://www.perceptivevisions.com
 

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Grand Prairie Friends
http://www.prairienet.org/gpf/homepage.html

GPF acquires and manages prairie remnants, conducts prescribed burns,
and
generates interest in prairies through a variety of educational
programs.

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