Mammoth Cave Group of the Cumberland Chapter
Working Locally, in Western Kentucky!
About Sierra Club
A national environmental organization
Today, with more than 700,000 members, the national Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
Sierra Club is organized into regions across the country called CHAPTERS - which usually encompass a state. Chapters focus on chapter/state-wide issues, and are further organized into local GROUPS, which focus on local issues within their immediate Group region.
As stewards of the earth, its resources and the life it supports, members work to preserve and restore wildlands, protect endangered species, and fight for clean air and water. The Sierra Club mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.
The Cumberland Chapter and its Groups
The Cumberland CHAPTER
The Cumberland CHAPTER (a.k.a. the Kentucky Chapter), of the Sierra Club was founded in 1968, encompasses the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky, comprises 6 active Groups (and 3 regions designated for future Groups) and, since its founding, has grown to an estimated 5,000 members.
The Mammoth Cave GROUP of the Cumberland Chapter
Our Mammoth Cave GROUP includes all Cumberland Chapter members who have zip codes that begin with the following 3 digits: 421, 422, 426 and 427. These postal zip codes include the following counties:
Adair, Allen, Barren, Butler, Christian, Cumberland, Edmonson, Green, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, and Warren..
Some of the environmental issues impacting our Mammoth Cave Group area include sprawl, and air and water quality problems exacerbated by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and coal-fired power plants. These problems impact the health and well-being of our families and communities as well as the delicate ecosystem at Mammoth Cave National Park - the longest cave system in the world!
Several species of flora and fawna are endangered at Mammoth Cave. Some of the endangered flora include the Prairie Gentian, Small Sundrops, Eggert's Sunflower, and Buffalo Clover. Among the endangered fawna are several species of mussels, the Mammoth Cave Shrimp, the Slender Madtom fish, Bald Eagle, and several species of bats. Many reptiles and other plants and animals are listed as threatened or of special concern.
In our mission to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth we not only get involved in issues, but have a fun and active outings program. To view our upcoming outings, check out the Cumberland chapter's outings calendar. Please join us!