About the Cumberland Chapter
Who We Are & What We Do
Our Mission: Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Commonwealth of Kentucky
The Sierra Club Mission: To explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.
Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. It is run by volunteers and financially supported by annual membership dues and donations.
The national Sierra Club is organized into regions across the country called CHAPTERS - which usually encompass a state.
The Cumberland 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.
Learn more about our Groups, or find your own Group here.
IssuesThe Cumberland Chapter is involved in many conservation issues including work to promote and improve:
water quality, air quality, wilderness preservation, environmentally sound forest management, safe and healthy food production, local and sustainable agriculture practices, local business, waste reduction and safe disposal, the development of clean energy solutions, protection of endangered species and balanced ecosystems, education of our youth and the general public on environmental issues and natural areas to explore in Kentucky, and more.
We work to stop practices that damage our environment, natural resources and human health, such as mountaintop removal mining, the burning of fossil fuels, sprawl, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and more.
StrategiesWe address our conservation work in many ways, including:
lobbying for environmentally sound legislation; working to elect political leaders that will promote legislation and science-based best practices on environmental issues; engaging in public interest litigation when legal violations occur that harm the environment and human health; educating the public and officials about environmental issues through events, trainings, rallies, participating - and helping the general public to participate in the public comment process on variousl issues, writing etters to the editor, and other types of publicity; helping communities organize around local interests and concerns; engaging in, and training others to do hands-on field work such as water sampling in our local streams and rivers; and more.
Chapter OutingsWe sponsor an outings program which offers opportunities to explore Kentucky's natural and wilderness areas through dayhikes, extended trips, backpacking, canoe trips and other activities. All outing activities are sponsored and supervised by the chapter's Outing Committee, and each outing is led by a trained and qualified volunteer outing leader.
Almost all of our outings are offered for free or for a requested donation of $1 or $2 dollars - they are open to anyone who would like to participate and can safely do so.
Inner City Outings
Sierra Club Inner City Outings is a community outreach program that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy, and protect the natural world. Every year, ICO groups throughout the nation conduct more than 800 outings that serve approximately 14,000 youth.
ICO promotes interpersonal skills and self-esteem by involving participants in teamwork, teaching them self-relianceoutside an urban setting, and encouraging them to take an active role in protecting the environment.
To learn more about Sierra Club ICO Programs: