Gail McPeek, a longtime volunteer and former Conservancy board member, and Barbara Prince, librarian at the Etna Library, put together a wonderful new self-guided event at the Hayes Farm Park. Park at the Etna Library and follow the mowed path up through the meadows, stopping to read nature-themed poems along the way. Hiking surface is fairly level and easy. Download the Nature Poetry Walk brochure here, or grab one at the library on your way!
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 – and the beginning of the environmental movement that has inspired so much healthy, positive change in how we treat our home planet. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, US Senator from Wisconsin, came up with the idea after witnessing a massive oil spill in California. It was the Vietnam Era; Sen. Nelson hoped to infuse the energy of anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution to force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.
Organizers chose April 22 (between Spring Break and final exams), for an event that drew 20 million Americans — 10% of the total US population — to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast protests, uniting groups fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife. Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, gaining support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, business and labor leaders. Congress soon passed the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts and created the US Environmental Protection Agency.
We’re disappointed to postpone our trips until we can safely get together again. Look for a new self-guided Hike of the Month in our May e-news.
If you’re headed out, please remember:
- Enjoy your companions from a distance
- Leash your dog – uncontrolled dog meetups can make things unsafe for their owners too
- If a trailhead parking is full when you arrive, have a Plan B for a trail less traveled
- Leave higher elevation and muddy trails until they’ve dried out
- The Appalachian Trail is closed for now
Hanover High School Auditorium: Thursday, November 8th
- Refreshments from 6:30-7:00 p.m.
- Talk from 7:00- 8:00; Q&A to follow
- Hanover Conservancy meeting of the membership ~8:15
FREE and great for all ages!
We’re putting a lot of faith in the forecast today- this space will be updated if we’re forced to postpone until tomorrow. See you at 4:30!
Join us at the main trailhead parking at the top of Velvet Rocks Dr. on Thursday, October 4th for live music, refreshments and a brief history of this conservation success. (RAIN DATE: Friday, Oct. 5th)
It takes a village to keep our trails clear and our forests and streams clean- without our incredible volunteers, we simply couldn’t keep up! Check out our display at the Howe Library June 1st through July 26th* to see some neat artifacts gathered during clean up days at Moose Mountain and Mink Brook Nature Preserve.
*Thanks to a huge amount of interest in the display, the Howe will be keeping it up for another month! Visit now through July 26th, or check back in August for a digital tour of the items and history.