These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a groundhog in denial of the imminent arrival of spring. And if you and I are at all similar, it’s becoming easier and easier to imagine yourself stepping into a welcoming, green forest – perhaps highlighted with the elevated trill of a spring songbird and the gushing of water circumventing rocks in an active creek bed. Oh! It may be useful to take a few moments and imagine a forest scene in your head – and then continue reading this article to learn constructive ways to make that fantasy a reality.
Let me assure you that your deep longing for the forest–for that first face-to-face encounter with mountain laurel–is a mutual longing of the forest for you! The Allegheny needs you to visit, to enjoy, and most of all to speak up.
Below are some upcoming opportunities for you to get involved:
Oil & Gas Tour (Winter Outing)
Please join us this weekend, Saturday March 20th, for a tour of oil and gas drilling in and around our public forest lands. See the impacts associated with deep gas drilling (Marcellus Shale) and shallow oil & gas drilling. This is an opportunity to grasp the scale of impacts to our forests first hand.
8:45am, Pittsburgh, PA - Folks interested in carpooling are meeting at the Sierra Club Office in Oakland at 8:45am (Craig Street Side). We'll be leaving at 9am sharp. Directions: http://tinyurl.com/PGHSierra
10:45am. Marienville, PA - Everyone else should meet in Marienville, PA at the Bucktail Restaurant in the town center.
The oil & gas sites are along dirt roads in and around public lands areas. Expect a wide range of possible weather conditions from snow to rain. Thaw-like conditions are probable so expect mud. Come dressed for the outdoors for whatever weather is forecast (check weather for Marienville, PA). Bring water and pack a lunch and snacks. Expect to walk a bit. Sites are about 1/4 mile from main road.
Book the Allegheny Defense Project to Speak in your Community.
Would you like to better understand the issues facing our public lands? Would you like to be trained in techniques of Forest Watch and the public commenting process?
Are you ready to engage in on-the-ground watershed protection?
Are you involved in a community group that could host our presentation?
The Allegheny Defense Project is touring in April, speaking in venues about the impacts of oil and gas drilling, specifically addressing the Marcellus Shale. These presentations aim to educate and train citizens to become watchdogs of their public lands.
April 19. Erie, Pennsylvania – 7 pm at Gannon University, room/building TBA.
April 22. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 7 pm at Wooden Shoe Bookstore.
Please contact Megan Rulli at email@example.com for further information or to book a presentation.