What we're about

The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 700,000 members nationwide. These individuals are using grassroots activism and community action to protect America's environment, for our families, for our future. Founded in 1986, the Turtle Coast Group of Sierra Club encompasses 80 miles of Florida's Atlantic Coast from Titusville to Vero Beach. More than 1,200 Sierra Club members live within the Brevard and Indian River County boundaries of the Turtle Coast Group. Our goal is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. Join our meetup to learn about the outings we go on and events that we do. Meetings, outings and other events are also posted on our website The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with over 700,000 members nationwide. These individuals are using grassroots activism and community action to protect America's environment, for our families, for our future. Founded in 1986, the Turtle Coast Group of Sierra Club encompasses 80 miles of Florida's Atlantic Coast from Titusville to Vero Beach. More than 1,200 Sierra Club members live within the Brevard and Indian River County boundaries of the Turtle Coast Group. Our goal is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. Join our meetup to learn about the outings we go on and events that we do. Meetings, outings and other events are also posted on our website https://www.turtlecoast.org/. We are part of the Florida Chapter of the nationwide Sierra Club. You do not need to be a Sierra Club member to attend our meetings or outings, but if you love what we do we would love your support.

Upcoming events (3)

Rails to Trails Bike/Walk

Ansin Tract Conservation Area

We will meet Ansin Riverfront Conservation Area right off of 512 in Sebastian where there is parking and some picnic benches. There is a kayak ramp there but difficult to get to, if carrying kayak. First we will bike west on rails to trails path to where it ends on other side of I 95. This area has much shade and is lined with palmettos, live oaks, and pine trees. Partly paved, some of path is gravel and dirt. We will then go east and ride trail through the conservation area. This area has lovely canopy,
there are some foot bridges. The entire ride is approx. 7 miles in length. There are some short hiking trails also in same area. The plan is to come back to picnic area and hike some of these trails. This is also a place where we can come back to and have some snacks.

Address: Water Vliet & County Road, 512/Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian, FL.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 27° 47'[masked]" Longitude: -80° 30'[masked]"
Conservation Area Size: 28 acres
Hours of Operation: 7:30am-sunset, year-round
Open to Public: YES
Amenities

Description
The Ansin Riverfront Conservation Area is a 28-acre tract that was one small part of a multiple-phase land acquisition project that has been pursued by Indian River County, the Department of Environmental Protection and the St. Johns River Water Management District for many years.

Purchased by Indian River County in 2005, the acquisition achieved three inter-related goals. The primary conservation goal was to augment the buffer for water quality protection and wildlife corridors in the watershed of the St. Sebastian River and the State Aquatic Preserve. The acquisition also serves to provide a pedestrian connection and greenway between CR 512 and the Trans-Florida Central Railroad grade to the existing County canoe launch park, and the 23,000 acre St. Sebastian Preserve State Park. Conservation of this site also achieved a goal of protecting the South Prong of the St. Sebastian River from runoff from any future development.

There are several native plant communities present on the property. At the eastern end of the railway corridor, a boardwalk traverses a portion of the mixed hardwood swamp present on site. Further to the west along the railway, you will walk through the shade provided by mature live oaks covered in ressurection ferns and bromeliads. The final portion of the paved trail crosses through mesic and scrubby pine flatwoods, where you may encounter a Florida gopher tortoise foraging near the saw palmetto.

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Brevard County 2021 Sustainability Setbacks

Online event

Come join us for a timely presentation on Two Local Topics at 7pm EST. First, Councilperson Koss from Cocoa will bring us up to date on the status of the Cocoa Sustainability Board. Second, we will hear about Brevard County’s WISER committee and the County’s dismissal of a plan for transitioning to clean energy.

Two of Brevard County's sustainability efforts have experienced setbacks in 2021. The city of Cocoa voted to disband the current sustainability board, and Brevard County voted against recognizing a plan to transition to clean energy. Our speakers will discuss these topics and our roadmap to a sustainable future.

Zoom Link here https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86440022334?pwd=c0dSeGYxN1pqQVZDaVhuMk5vK0ZaUT09

Our guest speakers will be Lorraine Koss, District 4 Council Person for the city of Cocoa, Florida, and Bill DeBusk, Chair, Sierra Club Turtle Coast Group.

Lorraine Koss was elected in 2018 as Cocoa Councilwoman for District 4. During her term, she has championed stormwater management, green infrastructure, parks, smart growth, traffic calming, and public engagement, to name a few. She retired as Deputy Director of the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington D.C. non-profit dedicated to water management and policy.

Councilwoman Koss is an appointee of the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee. She is a Board Member of the Space Coast Economic Development Commission and governing board member for the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. Recently, she was invited to join the leadership circle for a new initiative called ELEVATE BREVARD.

Councilwoman Koss has a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University. She is married to Lawrence Koss who works at Kennedy Space Center researching how to use water efficiently in space for growing food. They have two grown sons and one grandson.

Our second speaker, Bill DeBusk, is the current Chair of the Sierra Club Turtle Coast Group. Bill has been a member of the Turtle Coast Executive Committee since 2019. Bill was appointed to the Workgroup for Innovative Solar Energy Resources (WISER) board to represent District 3 in March of 2020.

Originally from Missouri, Bill graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Bill moved to Florida in 1985 and began work in Orlando. In 1989, Bill moved to Melbourne to work at Northrop Grumman where he retired as an Engineering Manager in 2015. Bill is married to Joy DeBusk and they have two daughters and two sons.

Brevard County 2021 Sustainability Setbacks

Location visible to members

Come join us for a timely presentation on Two Local Topics at 7pm EST. First, Councilperson Koss from Cocoa will bring us up to date on the status of the Cocoa Sustainability Board. Second, we will hear about Brevard County’s WISER committee and the County’s dismissal of a plan for transitioning to clean energy.

Two of Brevard County's sustainability efforts have experienced setbacks in 2021. The city of Cocoa voted to disband the current sustainability board, and Brevard County voted against recognizing a plan to transition to clean energy. Our speakers will discuss these topics and our roadmap to a sustainable future.

Zoom Link here https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86440022334?pwd=c0dSeGYxN1pqQVZDaVhuMk5vK0ZaUT09

Our guest speakers will be Lorraine Koss, District 4 Council Person for the city of Cocoa, Florida, and Bill DeBusk, Chair, Sierra Club Turtle Coast Group.

Lorraine Koss was elected in 2018 as Cocoa Councilwoman for District 4. During her term, she has championed stormwater management, green infrastructure, parks, smart growth, traffic calming, and public engagement, to name a few. She retired as Deputy Director of the U.S. Water Alliance, a Washington D.C. non-profit dedicated to water management and policy.

Councilwoman Koss is an appointee of the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee. She is a Board Member of the Space Coast Economic Development Commission and governing board member for the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. Recently, she was invited to join the leadership circle for a new initiative called ELEVATE BREVARD.

Councilwoman Koss has a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University. She is married to Lawrence Koss who works at Kennedy Space Center researching how to use water efficiently in space for growing food. They have two grown sons and one grandson.

Our second speaker, Bill DeBusk, is the current Chair of the Sierra Club Turtle Coast Group. Bill has been a member of the Turtle Coast Executive Committee since 2019. Bill was appointed to the Workgroup for Innovative Solar Energy Resources (WISER) board to represent District 3 in March of 2020.

Originally from Missouri, Bill graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Bill moved to Florida in 1985 and began work in Orlando. In 1989, Bill moved to Melbourne to work at Northrop Grumman where he retired as an Engineering Manager in 2015. Bill is married to Joy DeBusk and they have two daughters and two sons.

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