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Forest Summit to be held at S.B. Elliott
Friday, April 6, 2012
Nature Abounds will sponsor a Forest Summit on April 28 for education, inspiration and networking in central Pennsylvania.
The event will be held at S.B. Elliott State Park (Interstate 80 Exit 111) from noon until 6 p.m.
The Forest Summit will feature several guest speakers and take a look at issues the Pennsylvania forests are facing, such as:
· hydraulic fracking
· wildlife as well as wildlife rehabilitation
· climate change
· environmental health,
· urban sprawl
· invasive plants/pests
· public lands and citizen rights and responsibilities
· what citizens can do to help
Guest speakers include John Childe, environmental lawyer; Kevin Heatley, restoration ecologist; Tony Arnold, a representative from the state Department of Agriculture Rabies Program; and Brian Oram, licensed professional geologist.
Robyn Grabowski, founder and director of Centre Wildlife Care, and John Heckler, local forester with Moshannon State Forest, will also be speaking.
During the gathering, Nature Abounds will launch its Citizen Watch volunteer opportunity, which will engage citizens in protecting and cleaning up the local forest and rural areas from illegal dumps to pollution and from invasive plants and pests to other environmental issues.
Participants can also network with other activists and volunteers from around the state and possibly from surrounding states. There will also be an area set aside for marketing and information sharing.
The event welcomes families with children, as there is plenty of space, and hiking trails abound in the park for anyone who wants to take a break from the activities. There is also a ballfield nearby.
Snacks, beverages and Nature Abounds polo shirts will be available for purchase at the event.
In case of inclement weather, a backup date of May 19 has been set. For more information, call 765-1453 or e-mail forests@natureabounds.org.
To register for the event, go to the Forest Summit website at http://www.natureabounds.org/The_Forest_Summit.html#rsvp.
Register before April 14.
For more information about volunteering as a Citizen Watch volunteer, see http://www.natureabounds.org/Citizen_Watch.html.
Nature Abounds is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Clearfield, bringing people together for a healthy planet.
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