Join the Sierra Club todayThe Sierra Club, founded by John Muir in 1892, is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. The Niagara Group is one of eleven groups in the New York State Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Niagara Group represents Sierrans in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties in Western New York.

ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES Our members are involved in many different activities to help protect the environment of our local area, the state, and the planet, including the following:

  • We oppose the destructive and toxic horizontal drilling practice for natural gas known as hydrofracking, and chemical waste disposal sites that pollute our environment and drinking supplies.
  • We seek to protect and enhance our local wetlands, water bodies, forests, parks and watersheds.
  • We lobby our local and state politicians for better environmental laws and policies, and endorse candidates who support the environment.
  • We host environmental speakers, Earth Day activities, school energy efficiency presentations, and participate in other events throughout the year to educate the public about environmental issues.

OTHER NIAGARA GROUP ACTIVITIES We’re busy focusing climate change and energy policy, keeping fossil fuels in the ground including stopping fracked gas infrastructure, wetlands protection in WNY and more! Read more on the issues and learn how you can get involved.


  • Sara Schultz:  Chairperson, Atlantic Chapter Transportation Team
  • Robert Ciesielski: Atlantic Chapter Delegate, Atlantic Chapter Vice Chair, Atlantic Chapter Energy Chair
  • Larry Beahan: Conservation Chairperson, Habitat Chair, Atlantic Chapter Group Alternate Delegate
  • Roger Cook: Political Chairperson
  • Janet Lenichek: Secretary, Liaison to the Good Food Purchasing Program
  • John Szalasny: Waste and Recycling Chair
  • Ellen Banks: Atlantic Chapter at Large Delegate, Atlantic Chapter Conservation Chair, Atlantic Chapter Secretary
  • Diana Strablow: Vice-Chair, Webmaster
  • Charley Bowman: Atlantic Chapter Council of Club Leaders Delegate, Atlantic Chapter at Large Delegate
  • Richard Lippes: Legal Consultant
  • Lynda Schneekloth: Liaison to Youth Climate Council
  • Rebecca Sophia Strong


  • Ester Clabeaux: Treasurer
  • Pamela Hughes: Newsletter Editor
  • Newsletter Graphic Designer: Gretchen White


As a member group of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, we are bound by policy of the Atlantic Chapter and by our own Niagara Group By-Laws which can be read here: Niagara Group By-Laws  Protocol for online Executive Committee voting .