Central Group

About Us: The Central Group

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. We are the only environmental organization in Mississippi that works on the full spectrum of environmental issues at the legislature for the people of the state.


Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

Tallamy Event Poster

Doug Tallamy, Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is the author of "Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants." He will speak on April 14 in Oxford. See details in full article. Check out his website: http://bringingnaturehome.net/

Mississippi Power Customers: CALCULATE YOUR KEMPER BILL

home electric power meter

An easy-to-use calculator that shows how much money in your Mississippi Power bill is going for building the Kemper energy facility, not for the electricity you use.


Recently appointed Southern District Public Service Commissioner Steve Renfroe spoke yesterday at the Stennis Institute Capitol Press Forum at The Capitol Club in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. Sierra Club's own Louie Miller was there, and Gulf Coast group member Steve Shepard was mentioned in Renfro's opening remarks. Mississippi Public Broadcasting was also there and filed this report.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes Urban Wildlife Refuge for Jackson

Proposed map of refuge

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing that land owned by MDOT (purchased as mitigation) be converted into an Urban Wildlife Refuge. If you would like to find out more and submit comments by December 30 click here. There will be more opportunities to comment after the Environmental Impact Statement is drafted.



The public meeting in Picayune was held on October 29. After a short slide presentation, developers stood at tables with posters explaining the NEPA process and the effects on the lower Pearl River (water quantity, water quality, endangered species and salinity, among others). The crowd of about 60 was mostly negative; many had come from St. Tamany Parish, across the river.
Our friends at the Gulf Restoration Network have sent out an Action Alert regarding the proposed One Lake Development project in the Jackson metro area. Send a letter to the Pearl River Drainage & Control District, and tell them no new lake on the Pearl River. This lake is for developers only, not for the endangered sturgeon or the saw-backed turtle, and it will also cut off a source of fresh water for oyster beds on the Coast. Take a look.


JACKSON, MS BY TIM HARLAN-MARKS, SSC Director of Leadership Training
Every year over 200 youth commit one week of their summer to attend the SSC’s nationally recognized Summer Grassroots Leadership Training Program, Sprog! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of organizing looking to take your leadership to the next level or a brand new activist looking to start building a toolkit for making real change, Sprog’s complete overview of time-tested skills and knowledge has something for you.