Friday, May 23, 2008

News: Old & New

Lots to catch up on. I was in Baltimore for most of this week at the Environmental Partnership Summit. I think the most interesting thing to come of the conference was the increased attention being paid to the changing of behaviors and lifestyles. All too often these conferences spend a lot of time focusing on technological band-aid fixes rather than lifestyle sacrifices.

The plenary keynote was given by Phillipe Cousteau, grandson of the famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Phillipe was recently included in the Smithsonian Magazine issue entitled America's Young Innovators for his work in preserving the earth's ocean and freshwater systems through the use of media. As chief Ocean Correspondent for Animal Planet and CEO of EarthEcho (co-founded with his mother and sister), he continues his grandfather's legacy and passion for environmental exploration and protection.

While we're on the subject, maybe this is already common knowledge, but the Conservation Fund recently purchased 2,500 acres from the Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company to be added to the Michaux State Forest!!! This land will be handed over to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for long term management. Joseph Rothrock would be so proud! Maybe this will necessitate a forth race in the Michaux series????

Lots of stuff going on in the area this weekend....

Friday: Bike Prom!!!


mikejoos said...

Lifestyle changes are key. I think these higher gas prices have forced some to be more conservative. Maybe higher gas prices have a bright side.

Anonymous said...

The 2,500 is the good news. The fact that it has already been clear cut and awaiting a deer fence is the bad news. Yes,...the infamous fence meant to keep the deer from destroying the forest??? This fall, you'll get the pleasant experience of jumping through 4 "man holes"(cupcake terminology) in a matter of 200 yards on your favorite Southern Michaux trail just to get through this meandering menace! Okay,...I'm starting to sound like Bat Man now so I think I'll shut-up!

Anna said...

Yeah, I was actually afraid of that. Well, nothing like a little primary succession I guess.d