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DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Polk and Sumter counties of Florida


Explore, Enjoy and Protect The Planet


Please join us at our next meeting.

Join us for our pot-luck suppers at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. Bring a dish to share, a drink and your utensils. Dress is casual. The meeting will start around 7 p.m.

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About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is a grassroots conservation organization that was founded in 1892 by 182 charter members. John Muir was its first president. In its first conservation effort, the Sierra Club led the campaign to defeat a proposed reduction in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.

Today, the Sierra Club has over 700,000 members. Our mission statement is:

  • Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
  • Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
  • Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment;
  • Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

The Sierra Club's conservation activities occur on national, state chapter and local group levels.

The national club focuses on issues in the national and international arenas including global warming, human rights, population stabilization, responsible trade, clean air, genetic engineering, habitat conservation, nuclear waste, pollution, toxics, and wetlands. There are two field offices in Florida whose representatives work on national club priorities like the Everglades and Kissimmee River restoration projects and coordinate with and provide support to Florida members on other projects.

Sierra Florida has over 30,000 members and employs a legislative lobbyist. We have many volunteer leaders who head committees working on issues ranging from waste minimization to transportation to the Everglades. Each year we set legislative priorities to focus efforts during the upcoming legislative session.

Local groups like Ancient Islands usually include several counties. Our group has about 700 members from Polk, Highlands, Hardee, Sumter and DeSoto counties. Ancient Islands has proven to be an extremely effective force for conservation in our area. We were key in bringing about the restoration of the Kissimmee River, played a major role in having the Green Swamp declared a Critical Area, were a major force behind the defeat of the proposed hazardous waste incinerator and were instrumental in the creation of Polk County's Environmental Lands Program. We have defeated several proposals for ill-conceived development in environmentally sensitive areas.


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