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Sierra Club plans rally for Starved Rock Saturday

October 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a Rally for Starved Rock Oct. 28 in opposition to a frac sand mining operation proposed to be located at the eastern entrance of Illinois’ premier state park.

“Starved Rock draws over two million visitors to its unique sandstone canyons every year,” said Elliot Brinkman, Habitat Conservation Specialist for Prairie Rivers Network in a press release, “It’s a place of ecological, cultural, and economic importance to the region, and we want to ensure that the integrity of the resource is protected.”

Events include:

9-10:30 a.m.: Bird and nature hikes through the canyons of Starved Rock State Park.

10:30 a.m. - Noon: Self-guided driving tour of the areas that will be most affected by the mine. Sierra Club members and nearby landowners will be posted at stations along the route.

1 - 3 p.m.: Forum for citizens at the Joliet Room of Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort (2643 Illinois Rt. 178, North Utica, IL 61373).

Opponents of the proposed mine, to be located on the east boundary of Starved Rock State Park along Illinois 71, say truck traffic, blasting, dust and noise will damage the character of the park and affect wildlife.

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.stopthestarvedrocksandmine.wordpress.com.

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