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First ADK Hike of the New Year - January 6, 2009

The first Susquehanna Chapter ADK hike of 2009 took place Tuesday, January 6th, in the lower Robert V. Riddell State Park. Eighteen participants walked familiar trails and a newly developed loop that went through a White Pine forest. Despite freezing temperatures initially, the morning was sunny and the exercise warmed us. What delighted everyone was the decorated vegetation along Schenevus Creek with lovely ice crystal jewels. Julie Smith and Carol Saggese have captured this beauty of nature in their photographs below.

Ski – Orienteering: Article and Dates

Ski – Orienteering By Verna Engstrom-Heg

This article appeared in the most recent Footloose. Here, following the article, is a list of all the upcoming dates/opportunities for ski-orienteering provided by Verna. Please feel free to contact her, if you plan to attend.

Gilbert Lake Hike - Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tues. Dec. 30 Gilbert Lake -- A total of nine brave souls burned off some holiday calories with a 2 mile walk around the lake on the hard road. The snow was blowing and wind whipping so we decided to stay out of the woods for fear of branches breaking.

Brookfield Horse Trails Hike - December 16, 2008

The 50 degree temperatures on Monday, December 15, destroyed the beautiful skiing conditions at The Brookfield Horse Trails. Fourteen hikers did show up, in spite of not knowing what we would find when we got there. The walking was tricky. We had to watch every step we took. Everyone was in good humor and made the best of the situation. There was an attempt at reaching the Lean-To on Trail 17, but as we got farther into the woods, conditions got worse. We turned around and went back to the road to return to our cars.

Urgent! Gas Drilling in Upstate

Dear Friends,

Gas drilling in upstate New York's Marcellus Shale region threatens the drinking water for all New Yorkers.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is about to sign off on a project that
threatens the drinking water for our area by allowing the use of 'fracking' in gas drilling.

Western states have been battling the use of this technique for years, with good reason. Fracking pollutes the
water supply with proprietary cocktails of toxic chemicals that are used in the process.

Cooperstown Hike - Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Due to the absence of snow, plans for cross country skiing were changed to hiking on December 9th. Hikers met at the Clark’s Gymnasium in Cooperstown and from there 19 ADKers traversed trails with many highlights – stream, exercise stations, beaver dam, and mature forest. Afterwards Mary invited participants to her festive home to enjoy delicious soups and desserts by the fireplace.

Nature Conservancy's West Branch Preserve Hike - November 18, 2008

Fortunately, I never formed the habit of checking out hikes before hand. Had I done so I would have gone somewhere else and 22 people would have missed a challenging and stimulating scramble through seemingly constant blow downs. We were in the West Branch Nature Conservancy Preserve on the West Branch of the Delaware River. Everyone was pleased to find that the big white oak on this property is still healthy although it has lost some large branches. In the small "old growth" stand of hemlock and pine, there were a number of trees down but none of the really large ones.

John Boyd Thacher State Park Hike – November 11, 2008

Led by Jean and Joe Seroka, 16 ADKers hike the Indian Ladder Trail. Photographs include: 1) the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, 2) a Demonstration of a Bee Colony, 3) Close up of the Bees, 4) On the trail, 5) Group Picture, 6) Waterfall 1, 7) Waterfall 2, 8) Jean Seroka, 9) Waterfall 3, 10) View from the Top, 11) Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes), and 12) Cluster of Birch Trees.

Photographs by Currie Marr

College Camp Hike – November 4, 2008

Despite being Election Day, 12 cars and 20 people turned out to hike the Red Trail at SUNY Oneonta’s College Camp. Also known as the fitness trail, at one time the trail signs along the way directed users to perform various exercises. The day was warm enough that most participants shed their jackets upon climbing the steep hill at the beginning of the walk. We encountered a misshapen tree that reminded some of a dinosaur or others of a tortoise. Finally lunches were enjoyed outdoors on the deck of the Lodge, or at a picnic table, or in the gazebo.

Hearing: Oil and Natural Gas Drilling

Conservation Update
ADK Testimony to the New York State Assembly
Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation
Hearing: Oil and Natural Gas Drilling
October 29, 2008

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