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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.

Sun, Sep 6 • 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Penns Valley Crickfest
Rain or SHine at Coburn Park

Join the Penns Valley Conservation Association at Crickfest — food, fun and good times. More information....

Wed, Sep 9 • 7 p.m.
Free Screening
Merchants of Doubt
at The State Theatre,
130 West Colege Avenue, State College

Join us at The State Theatre to view a free screening of Merchants of Doubt to be followed by a discussion panel including Micheal Mann and Janet Swim. Co-sponsored by the Penn State Sustainability Institute and Sierra Club Moshannon Group, Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the Center for Democratic Liberation and Penn State Reads, this event is free to the public. More information....

Merchants of Doubt poster
Sat, Oct 24 • 7 p.m.
Special Presentation
Golden Eagle Migration and Over-Wintering on Jacks and Stone Mountains
Calvary Bible Church, 100 Calvary Lane, Lewistown
(Just off the Burnham exit of 322)

Dr. Trish Miller will present her on-going and extensive research of real-time golden eagle migration patterns over the ridges of Mifflin County via cellular telemetry mapping. Arrive early to see Jon Kauffman of Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center give a live Golden Eagle presentation at 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Laura Jackson will also have a brief update on the remaining Wind Turbine Project proposed for Jacks Mountain. Contact Cindy at 717-935-0164 for more information.

Outings to enjoy

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

Of Interest...
Sat, Sep 12 • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Learn to Locate and Verify Plugging of Abandon Oil Wells
Warren Public Library (205 Market St, Warren, PA) and guided activities in the Allegheny State Forest

Fieldwork opportunity to locate and verify the plugging integrity of abandoned oil and gas wells. Activities include a brief informational session outlining the resources available to identify areas of historic oil and gas development and the process of locating orphan and abandoned wells. Attendees will then participate in guided activities focusing on surface expressions of historic oil and gas development and on using historic documents to locate orphan and abandoned wells. Fieldtrip will includes a presentation by the PA DEP on well plugging and their interest in using citizen science to verify the quality of previously plugged wells in McKean County. The afternoon consists of fieldwork in areas of historic oil and gas development in Allegheny State Forest, focusing on locating several previously plugged wells and making observations in the field. Lunch and transportation to the fieldsite will be provided. Participants will need to make individual arrangements for transportation to the Warren Public Library. RSVP to: gwe107@psu.edu by 5 p.m.on Thurs, Sep 10 to participate. This opportunity is open to the public so please feel free to invite interested folks and advertise in your communities!

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Outings News

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

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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

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

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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.


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:


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