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The Intersection Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Climate Change (6 min)

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Executive committee (ExCom) meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month.

Meetings are open to all Moshannon Group members.

ACTION ITEM: Attack on PA Threatened and Endangered Species — Take Action

Events to explore

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

Tue, April 29
Sierra Club Clean Energy Lobby Day
Join us in Harrisburg or at your State Senator’s Office

Climate disruption is a huge problem, but we have a solution: Invest in homegrown renewable energy that creates jobs for Pennsylvania families and helps to grow an industry. To make this happen, we need to let our elected officials know there’s strong public demand to invest in clean energy!

Help deliver the message to your state senator — Let them know you and your neighbors want clean energy solutions to protect our climate. Register for Clean Energy Lobby Day and the Club will follow up with details and resources to help you deliver the message to your state senator! Learn about the PA Alternative Energy Portfolio. Keep reading for more Lobby Day event info...

Of Interest...
Tue, Apr 29 • 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Clean Energy Lobby Day:
Multi-Faith Service of Hope and Climate Courage
Hosted by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light

PA IPL will hold a FREE service in conjuction with Clean Energy Lobby Day at Pine St. Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg directly across from the Capitol Complex to gather support of events later that day. Please RSVP PA IPL to ensure there’s enough space and refreshments (coffee and ‘nibbles’) available. Arrange to contribute a prayer, song, or short reflection as part of this service by contacting Cricket right away. Download the Hope and Climate Courage flyer to share.

Of Interest...
May 17 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
PA Inter-Faith Power and Light’s Weatherization First Campaign
@ ACE Hardware
150 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College

Support Pennsylvania Inter-Faith Power and Light’s Weatherization First initiative. This volunteer-driven effort offers energy efficiency outreach to low-income households in the area, cutting their energy bills and reducing polluting emissions for everyone. Make your own spring DIY purchases and donate to Weatherization First while you’re there! Share this Weatherization First event flyer.

Development of Natural Gas from Shales: Some Myths and Realities

Professor Anthony Ingraffea

Professor Ingraffea is one of the most articulate voices in the discussion of whether we should be drilling for deep shale natural gas.

Watch it on the Moshannon Group Channel on YouTube

More from Prof. Ingraffea:

Outings to enjoy

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

*** SERVICE OUTING ***
Sat, Apr 26 • 8 a.m.
Spring Creek Cleanup

Please join us to help with the Clearwater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup! The Sierra Club will focus on a section of the Bald Eagle Creek from Milesburg to Curtin Village this year using canoes and kayaks. Start time is 8 a.m. at the Milesburg Bingo Hall/Lions Club. If you do not have a boat, let us know; loaners will be available. Gloves, trashbags, and water will also be provided. Contact Ron Johnson at greenbowl1@hotmail.com to RSVP. More...

Sun, Apr 27 • 10:30 a.m.
Herbwalk at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Meet at 10:30 in the Center’s parking lot for an easy, one-and-a-half hour walk to learn about many plants that people have used for food, medicine and teas with Ernest Boyd. Boyd has taught about the uses for wild plants for 30 years; all plants we grow for food and many of our medicines derive from wild plants. Join our outings chair Terri Davis and Ernest to learn about the “roots” of how we use many herbs. Wear suitable walking shoes or boots and take precautions against the Lime’s Disease– carrying ticks by using a repellant with deet and light-colored pants to spot any ticks with which you may come in contact. Contact Ernest Boyd or Terri Davis by email for more details.

Sat, May 3 + Sun, May 4
Annual Pine Creek Overnight Paddle/Camp Outing

For the past several years, the Moshannon Group has teamed up with the Canoe Club of Centre County to offer an overnight paddling/camping outing in the Pine Creek valley. Kayaks/canoes through the famous Pine Creek Gorge, camp near Blackwell (optional), and continue downstream the next day. Contact Ron Johnson at greenbowl1@hotmail.com for more information.

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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

Act Now: Seven Steps to Make Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Safer

*** 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: