Heartwood Forest Council Comes to the Allegheny National Forest
The May 25-28, 2012, 22nd Annual Forest Council will be held in the Allegheny National Forest! The last FC in the ANF was 10 years ago! Make sure you attend this historic event!
Heartwood and ADP are co-hosting the 2012 Forest Council: Become Your Place, Defend Your Self !
Join Us For: Speakers, Outings, Forest Watch Training on Shale Gas Issues, Organic Meals, Camping and Recreating on the Allegheny River. Music provided by the Tiger Maple String Band, and Stony and Company. See schedule below.
Event: Heartwood Forest Council Location: Camp Olmsted, in the Allegheny National Forest (get directions here)
Date and Time: May 25 to 28, 2012 (see full schedule at bottom of page)
Co-sponsors include: The Allegheny Group and the Moshannon Group of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, Three Rivers Bioneers, and the Adirondack Mountain Club, Tree Pittsburgh, Virginia Organizing
Wild Virginia, Annonymous Donor, Mary and Gary Grigsby, Thomas Merton Center, Three Rivers Bioneers Mayflower Farm Helen, M. Vasquez and Larry Gilliam, East End Food Co-op, Concept Zero, Patagonia, Indiana Forest Alliance, and Luke Woodaman, Save Our Streams PA
The Forest Council is Heartwood’s annual Spring gathering of activists, held each year in a different part of the 18-state region of the Eastern United States, to discuss major threats unique to that area yet all too common throughout the Heartwood region. This year the 22nd Annual Forest Council will be held at Boy Scout Camp Olmsted in the Allegheny National Forest, in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The Allegheny National Forest (ANF) has been the focus of Heartwood campaigns since the founding of the Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) in February 1994, fighting timber sales, oil and gas development, road densities as high as suburban housing developments and other threats to our public forest lands. With the recent boom in Marcellus drilling, the hosting of the HW Forest Council offers an opportunity for activists and citizens in this region to network with folks involved with the fight to end Mountaintop Removal, trade skills and develop strategy to fight these ever growing threats to our home and habitat.
This year’s theme is especially geared towards Forest Watch, the direct citizen monitoring of permits issued by management agencies and activity on-the-ground that has proven effective and successful at stopping ecologically harmful activity for over twenty years. Computer mapping, habitat assessment, agency policy and rulemaking, media and communication, and site violation identification are just a few of the diverse array of skills training that will be offered over the course of the weekend. When the agencies who manage our public lands violate the public trust by permitting such dangerous and unhealthful activity, it falls to the citizens who love these wild places to use the existing laws of our nation to enforce compliance and uphold our rights to clean air, clean water, and natural beauty as guaranteed in Article 1 Section 27 of the PA Constitution.
Camp Olmsted is situated on the banks of the Allegheny River Reservoir, in the heart of the ancestral lands of the Seneca Nation. The Kinzua Dam, built in the 1960s by the Army Corps of Engineers, resulted in the forced removal of Seneca families living on the Cornplanter Grant lands (directly adjacent to Camp Olmsted) in Pennsylvania, and families living in communities on the Seneca Nation territory along the Allegheny River in New York. Fifty years later, the Seneca Nation of Indians has been granted a preliminary permit to manage the hydroelectric energy generated by the dam. FirstEnergy Corp. currently holds the 50-year license to operate the pumped storage project. That license expires in November 2015 and the corporation is a competing applicant with the Nation to operate the project.
The forest surrounding the dam and 10,000 acre reservoir is now designated by the US Forest Service as a National Recreation Area, and hikes offered over the weekend will explore the beauty and unique diversity of the region as well as nearby Marcellus drilling sites as part of the on-site Forest Watch training exercises. Field trips will take Forest Council participants by canoe along the western shore of the reservoir to a scenic hike, or by pontoon boat across the reservoir to veiw oil and gas development, and a scenic overlook.
Camp Olmsted is well equipped with a very modern kitchen for Heartwood’s famous delicious, organic weekend menu. The camp also has a women, and men’s shower house, cabins, plenty of room for tents (even tent platforms), and beautiful vistas. The camp is located directly on the Allegheny River Reservoir so swimming will be available (but in May it may still be a bit chilly). Please join us for a wonderful weekend in the Allegheny National Forest.
o Keynote Speaker (Dining Hall): Tom Buchele: A Tale of Two Forests
• 10:00am: (Dining Hall)
o Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) Kinzua Dam Relicensing Commission (KRDC), Wendy Huff and Dave Bova: Introduction and Update on the Seneca Pumped Storage Project
• 10:30am: Simultaneous Sessions
Session A (Dining Hall)
o Mary Kruger and Judy Rodd, Friends of Blackwater Canyon: Report from WV and Introduction to National Environmental Policy Act—NEPA/Forest Watch 101
Session B (Location #2)
o Mountain Watershed Alliance: Monitoring Oil and Gas Drilling
• Noon: Lunch
• 1:00pm: (Dining Hall)
o John Gilowicz, Adirondack Mountain Club: Report from NY
• 1:30pm: (Dining Hall)
o Nathan Johnson, Buckeye Forest Council: Report from OH and National Environmental Policy Act Continued—NEPA/Forest Watch 102, also National Forest Management Act, Endangered Species Act, and BLM Leasing
• 2:00pm to 5:30pm Swimming (Waterfront)
• 3:00pm-4:30pm: Simultaneous Sessions
Session A (Dining Hall)
o Laurie Barr, Save Our Streams: Lost: Orphaned and Abandoned Wells
o Paul Burroughs, Cathy Pedler:Private Rights of Action; Strategy Session
Session B (Location #2)
o Mountain Watershed Alliance:Monitoring Oil and Gas Drilling
• 5:30pm Dinner
• 7:00pm: (Dining Hall)
o Stony and Company Intro
o Speaker: Doug Shields
• 8:00 pm (Dining Hall)
o Music: Tiger Maple String Band
Sunday May 27
• 6:30am coffee/tea
• 7:00-8:30am breakfast
o Speaker: Dave Cooper, Mountain Justice
• 10:00am Field Trips (Meet at Dining Hall)
• Noon: Bag Lunch
• 2:00pm to 5:00pm Swimming (Waterfront)
• 5:30pm Dinner
• 7:00 pm:
o Speaker: Tyler Heron, Seneca Nation member: The impact of paradigms on the environment and community
• 8:00 Auction (Dining Hall) and Fire circle (Music: Stony and Company)
Monday May 28
• 9:00am: Next Steps (Facilitated Discussion)