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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.

Sat, Apr 24 + Sun, Apr 25
Chapter Meeting
4th Annual Stellar Weekend
Volunteer Appreciation & Victory Training
Stone Valley Recreation Area

Saturday we will discuss Chapter business in the areas of conservation, politics, and advocacy. In the evening, meet with Sierra Club PA Chapter members for fun, food and celebration while we recognize our “star” volunteers who spent their time and efforts supporting conservation with the Pennsylvania Sierra Club. Sunday includes a training session on developing tools to set ourselves up for VICTORY by building Chapter and Group capacity; improving coordination and communication; growing, engaging, and strengthening our volunteer base; and developing a bold, cohesive strategic vision. Click here for more information or to RSVP with the Chapter to attend.

Tue, Apr 28 • 6 p.m.
Together we can make a difference!
Member Meeting and Planning Session
at Schlow Centre Region Library
211 South Allen Street, State College

We wil feature updates on hydraulic fracturing including information on the January DEP TENORM report. A group discussion will follow with a planning session on how to address the impact of fracking on communities, water, air and our state forests. Moshannon Group members and the public are welcome! Bring a friend! Note: Member meetings are planned for the 4th Tuesday of each month at this time and location through May.


Outings to enjoy

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

*** SERVICE OUTING ***
Sat, Apr 25 • a.m. TBD
Bald Eagle Creek Cleanup

The Sierra Club will conduct a float-based (kayaks, canoes, other watercraft) cleanup of the Bald Eagle River from Milesburg to Curtin Village as part of the Clearwater Conservancy Spring Creek Watershed cleanup. Please contact Ron at greenbowl1@hotmail.com if interested in details.

Day trip or overnight options
Sat, May 2 + Sun, May 3
Annual Pine Creek Canyon Outing

The dates have been set for the annual paddling trip through the Pine Creek Canyon. Day trip and overnite options are available. Every year we have a good-sized group that spends a day or weekend exploring and enjoying this great area to our north. Stay tuned or contact Ron at greenbowl1@hotmail.com for details.

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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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See you out there!

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: