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Events to explore

All events and presentations are open to the public as well as Moshannon Group members unless otherwise stated.

Of Interest...
Peterson Toscano
Sep 20 &ndas;21 • 7 p.m.
Freeman Auditorium, HUB Student Union Building, University Park, PA

The Penn State Sustainability Institute and LQBTQA Student Resource Center welcome performer Peterson Toscano to University Park. Who is Peterson Toscano? He is a “Quirky Queer Quaker performance artist and scholar’ who “playfully explores the serious worlds of gender, religion, and climate change.” He has performed in venues as varied as nightclubs, seminaries, and colleges and universities around the world. He enlightens audiences about social, gender, sexual, and environmental justice through comedy, one-man shows, his blog, and his podcast Climate Stew. The performance is free and open to the public. Prior to the performance, the LGBTQ Office will host a reception in the HUB so people can meet Toscano and one another.

If you, your students, affiliated faculty, community, or faith group would like to meet Peterson, contact The Sustainability Institute and/or LQBTQA Student Resource Center and they will do their best to accomodate.

 


Outings to enjoy

All outings are open to the public as well as Moshannon Group members.

Sept 17th • 10 a.m.
Galbraith Gap Hike

This circuit hike in the Rothrock State forest covers 4.4 miles. It features mountain streams, magnificent vistas and a clear spring where hikers can fill water bottles. Contact a co-leader: Steve Lachman by email or call 814-384-7505; or email Ernest Boyd to sign up for this cardiovascular and view spectacular hike by September 10th. We will meet near the McDonald’s in the Hills Plaza parking lot on South Atherton Street in State College at 10 a.m.

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Outings News

The Moshannon Group Outings Chair seeks additional outings leaders to expand and diversify outing locations.

Read about leading an outing...

Need ideas for a daytrip or a weekend outing?
Check out our “On The Trail” columns for articles about central Pennsylvania outings to help plan your next nature walk, hiking, backpacking, camping or paddling excursion.

Issues to protect

*** Go to Bat for PA Bats ***
Endangered Bats Need Official Listing by
from PA Game Commission

Three species of bats — northern long-eared, tri-colored, and little brown bats — have experienced a 95% decline in population due to white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the last 4 years warranting an Endangered status listing and protection. Read the Moshannon Group’s letter to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and feature articles to learn more about this issue.

Feature articles:

*** Ongoing Issue ***
Marcellus/Shale Gas Drilling

Groundwater, surface water, air quality, and wildlife habitat resources at risk. See our Marcellus Shale page for more information and resources.

Loyalsock SF/Clarence Moore Tracts in Peril:
Ecological Values of Loyalsock SF Testimony (Zeph, 2013)

On The Trail: Loyalsock State Forest ‘Moore Tracts’ Road Tour

Resources:
DCNR Natural Gas Impacts Mapping Analysis referenced in On The Trail — Quehanna Wild Area

Interactive Map of Deep Shale Gas Wells and Wind Turbines (existing and projected) from The Nature Conservancy

*** Take Action ***
Allegheny National Forest Wilderness

Send a Letter to Your U.S. Senators and Representative — Help permanently protect the remaining wilderness in ANF. Read about the ANF Wilderness proposal to learn more.

Wind Power Development

Inappropriate placement of wind farms planned for Central PA ridgetops.

Centre County Landfill — SUCCESS!

America’s “largest landfill East of the Mississippi” for other states’ garbage proposed for Centre County. See stoplandfill.com to learn more about this issue.

More details about Issues...

Swallowtail butterfly on echineachea
Swallowtail butterfly on Echinacea
Photo by Helena Kotala

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Bull elk from Pennsylvania Elk country
Bull elk in Moshannon country
Photo by Helena Kotala
Sierra Club Green Home Website

Thinking about installing a solar electric system for your home? Want to know how to keep your lawn healthy without all of the chemicals? Are you curious about how to reduce your home’s carbon footprint? For most people, the journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle begins at home.

That’s why, as part of our mission to help people explore, enjoy, and protect the planet, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our partner website, Sierra Club Green Home, which was created to help individuals, like you, take simple steps to green their homes.

By helping people make their homes more energy efficient, ecologically sustainably, and healthy, Sierra Club Green Home advances our efforts to improve the environment.

Sierra Club Green Home is an information-rich resource that provides a wealth of information regarding environmentally friendly products and practices relating to every aspect of home life.

FreeCycle™

We acknowledge that part of being ecologically responsible involves what happens within our own households. We participate in responsible use of resources when we are careful to recycle our wastes, but recycling takes on a broader meaning if we utilize the resources available locally in Freecycle.

Tired of that well-intentioned project item taking up space but feeling guilty about tossing it? Have outgrown clothes or toys that are usable but not yard sale-worthy? If you would like to pass items on to your neighbors for free, consider giving them away through Freecycle™.

Acquiring used items locally rather than buying new can help reduce your carbon footprint. To find the local group for where you live visit:

http://www.freecycle.org/group/US/Pennsylvania

The Sierra Club is a dedicated grassroots environmental organization, inspired by and pursuing John Muir’s goals: