The Sierra Club, founded by John Muir in 1892, is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. We are proud to say that the Croatan Team became an  official Group of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club in March, 2014.

The Croatan Group serves the Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow, and Pamlico counties.


THE NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER PRIORITIES……..These are the issues that the NC Chapter has determined to be of greatest concern:

  1. Resist Trump.  Push back against the administration’s anti-environment initiatives.
  2. Support/Influence Governor Roy Cooper
  3. Advance Clean Energy
  4. Coordinate when National Sierra Club will take the lead

THE CROATAN GROUP PRIORITIES:  Go here for a list of our local group’s priorities and explanations.  These are the issues that are very important to us, and some are local issues, some are state or regional issues, and some are national or global issues.  But all are of concern for those who want our environment to be healthy for all of us, everywhere.  There are two concerns that we have determined require our immediate and special concern: 

1.   Refight Offshore Drilling.  It appears that the Trump administration will remove the ban on coastal drilling and seismic blasting.  We will work with other groups to ensure this does not happen to our coast.

2.  Protecting the Croatan Forest (and other natural areas).  Monitoring the actions and changes brought on by the U.S. Forest Service, including plans for a route 70 bypass through the forest.

3. Sea Level Rise

4.  Advance solar and wind power in our region

5. Protect NOAA and the EPA

6.  Plastics and recycling


Note:  We invite all to our “Excom Meetings” (Executive Committee Meetings).  At these meetings we conduct some of our business, talk about ongoing programs and upcoming outings and projects, and we would love to meet anyone who is interested in our group and welcome any input from interested people.  Please come.  Meetings are usually the third Thursday of the month, 6:15 to 7:45PM, at the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Building, 1600 Fisher Street,  in Morehead City.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.  We are always happy to see new faces.  You do not have to be a member to attend.   The next meeting is scheduled to be held on April 20, 2017

Here is our group chair, Michael Murdoch, preparing his home grown Bogue Sound organic watermelons for the meeting, and some hard work going on scheduling future outings and programs:

 watermelon social   Outings calendar discussion


Upcoming Croatan Group Activities and Events

 There are many events coming up that relate to the new political reality we face after the recent elections.  The Sierra Club is non partisan, but works through political systems to reach goals that will be beneficial to the environment.  The following events are not all specifically Sierra Club sponsored events, but are pro environment and supported by our Croatan Group:



April 1, 2017 – Croatan National Forest Neusiok Trail Hike.  This is a distance hike, led by Wouter Ketel.  Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.  contact:  wketel709@gmail.com

April 6, Thursday – Endangered Flora and Fauna of Croatan NF, presented by John Fussell.  Trent River Coffee Co., 208 Middle Street, New Bern

The Endangered Flora and Fauna of the Croatan National Forest

Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 PM

Trent River Coffee Company, 208 Craven St., New Bern

Presenter: John Fussell, Croatan NF Environmentalist

The Croatan National Forest in Eastern North Carolina is home to many unique plants and animals.  Because of human activity such as road building and also because of the changing climate, some of these creatures and plants are in danger of extinction.

John Fussell, the presenter for this event entitled “The Endangered Flora and Fauna of the Croatan National Forest,” is an environmentalist who is the ‘go-to’ expert on everything that happens to the Croatan Forest.  He spends almost every day out in the woods and fields, or along the shore, either for work or for pleasure.  John has worked as a consultant for many federal and state agencies, and for the military at Camp Legeune Marine Corps Base and Bogue Field, and was a historian/naturalist at Fort Macon Park.  He is concerned that projects like the Havelock bypass and the regional airport extension are diminishing the Croatan little by little, and that this will have a devastating effect on the old growth and long leaf pine habitats.  These areas contain the red-cockaded woodpecker, the Venus flytrap, and many other species which need protection.

This program is free and open to the general public.

Sponsored by the Carolina Nature Coalition and the Croatan Group of the NC Sierra Club.

The Carolina Nature Coalition is a community organization based in New Bern, North Carolina, whose mission is to raise public awareness of environmental issues and engage citizens in meaningful community action.

For more information call 252-626-5100

April 15, 2017 – Earth Day at Ft. Macon State Park.

April 19, Wednesday – Program, Plastics In The Ocean film and Recycling Talk by Lisa Rider,  Joslyn Hall, Carteret County Community College, Morehead City.   Meet and Greet at 6:30 pm and program begins at 7:00.  The Croatan Group, Carteret Crossroads,  and our local Indivisible Environmental Group, along with the Sea Wolves 4-H group of young middle and high school youth, are presenting this short 30 minute film and program.  Lisa Rider, along with the  creators of the film will be keynote speakers, along with some of our local young people.  No admission fee.  Light refreshments provided. For more about the film:  http://www.plasticoceans.org/film/

April 20, Thursday – Excom Meeting, MHC Parks and Recreation Bldg,  6:15 to 7:45.  All invited.  This is our business and planning meeting, and we would love to have people stop in and help us plan our activities.

April 22, Saturday –  March for Science – EARTH DAY.  On the National Mall in Washington D. C.  Events start at 10:00 PM.  “It is time for scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens to come together to make ourselves heard.”  Science has taken a beating over the last year from the political climate and election.  We need to make it clear that respect for science is of incredible importance to our future environmental health.  Rally, March, Musical Performances, Teach-In.  http://www.marchforscience.com.  There may be a more local March for Science in our area, yet to be determined.

April 22, Saturday – Earth Day at the Olde Beaufort Farmers Market, Courthouse Parking Lot, Beaufort.

April 23, Sunday – Croatan National Forest Hike, South Croatan.  2 to 5 pm.  Led by John Fussell.  Contact jofuss@ec.rr.com.

April 29 People’s Climate March in DC!   March for jobs, justice and the climate.
The Sierra Club is a sponsor of this important event.  Several members of our Croatan Group will be attending.  This will be a major event, with important messages to our elected leaders.  http://www.peoplesclimate.org
Goal:  to double the 10 NC buses that went to NYC in 2014!!  Michael Schachter is the bus captain for the buses that will leave from Morehead City and New Bern.  Details will be worked out later, but the ticket for the bus will be approximately $30.00 with a suggested $5 gratuity.  Interested folks can call him at 252-626-5100.

People’s Climate March

April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC

Bus leaving from New Bern/Morehead City

Online ticket purchase link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/north-carolina-sierra-club-chapter-3207715926

The Sierra Club is sponsoring a bus leaving from New Bern and Morehead City to the People’s Climate March on Washington, DC, on April 29th.

The subsidized ticket price per seat is $30 plus a suggested gratuity for the drivers of $5.

To get a ticket or make a donation, you can use the online link,   https://www.eventbrite.com/o/north-carolina-sierra-club-chapter-3207715926 .

Or if you want to pay by cash or check, contact me for information.

For those who can not come to the March or want to help sponsor a seat for a student or a person who can not afford the purchase of a ticket, there is the opportunity for making a donation to help out.

To obtain further information on the March or on obtaining a seat on the bus, contact me by email or call 252-626-5100.

Michael Schachter, Croatan Sierra Club, Bus Captain

April 29, Saturday – People’s Climate March in New Bern



May 13, Saturday – Cape Lookout National Forest Hike, Shackleford Banks.  10 am to 3 pm.  Led by Wouter Ketel.  Contact:  wketel709@gmail.com.

May 20 – Saturday – Hands Across the Sand.    We will have more information about our local events in the future.    http://www.handsacrossthesand.com


May 28, Sunday – Croatan National Forest, South Croatan hike.  2 to 5 pm.  Led by John Fussell.  Contact:  jofuss@ec.rr.com


 Recent Events and Outings


Please join us on Monday, March 27th for a free lecture and presentation by Dr. Rosana Nieto Ferreira, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science at ECU.  Title: “Climate Change:  Science and Impacts in Eastern NC”.
Date:  Monday, March 27th from 7-8:30 pm (doors open at 6pm for light refreshments)
Location:  Joslyn Hall on Carteret Community College Campus, 3505 Arendell St. Morehead City, NC 28557
Please check out the flyer below and share with everyone you know.  It is important that we encourage EVERYONE to attend, not just those of us who support efforts to protect our environment and combat climate change, but to those folks who are skeptical/climate change deniers.





Group Meetings

ExCom Meetings are the third Thursday of each month starting at 6:15 pm  at  the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Center, 1600 Fisher Street in downtown Morehead City.  Classroom 2.  The meetings generally end about 7:45.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.  You do not need to be a member.  We plan our upcoming events and projects and outings,  talk about issues facing our environment, and discuss possible solutions.  You do not need to be a member to attend, and we are always happy to see new faces.



Executive Committee

Michael Murdoch – Chair
Paul Getty – Vice Chair
Courtney Mehurg – Secretary
Jimmy Bond -Treasurer
Tancred Miller – NC Chapter Representative
Penny Hooper –  Conservation Chair

Michael Schachter and Dale Hocker – Political Co-Chair

Deede Miller – Program Chair

Lucy and Jim Bond – Membership co-chairs

Newsletter – Paul Benson

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