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Woodlawn Preserve Cleanup
"The city will formally protect Woodlawn Preserve, recognizing it as a globally rare ecosystem and expanding access for walkers and nature enthusiasts." (City of Schenectady Comprehensive Plan 2020.)
Regular Periodic EventsSierra Club Socials
Anyone interested in finding out more about your local Sierra Club? Join us for our Sierra Club Socials! They're fun-filled as we share ideas over great food and beverages. The date for the next Social is February 15, 2007 at 7 pm, at the Malt River Brew Pub in the Latham Circle Mall, located about a half mile east of Exit 6 of Interstate 87 (the Northway), at the south-west corner of the Latham Circle, the intersection of Route 9 (Loudon Rd.) and Route 2 (Troy-Schenectady Rd.) in Latham, NY, not far north of Albany. As well as our general socializing, lately we've been having on-going discussions on renewable energy and on our plans for local elections in 2007. Call John Nemjo at 518-279-4777 for more information. Thanks, and see you there!
Some Past Events
Programs for Purchase of Development Rights: Resources and
Funding Opportunities for Local Governments
Speakers will include Jaime O'Neill from the Saratoga County Planning Department; Jennifer Viggiani, Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Clifton Park; Isabel Prescott of Riverview Orchards, Clifton Park; and Liz Brock, Hudson Valley Field Representative for American Farmland Trust. Participants will learn the benefits and challenges of PDR, how to make the most of local, state and federal funding opportunities, and how towns are protecting land through creative local funding strategies. All sessions are free and open to the public, thanks to funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
3rd Biennial Conference on Agriculture in the Hudson River Valley
Programs will be presented at 7:30 PM at the Bush Memorial Center (Corner of 1st Street and Congress) on the Russell Sage College Campus, Troy, NY. They are open to the public and free of charge.
January 23, 2007: Watershed Systematics
February 6, 2007: Historical and Contemporary Water Supply Systems
February 20, 2007: Benefits and Practices of Easements and PDRs
to Protect Watersheds
March 6, 2007: TBA
March 20, 2007: BioFilm Relationships in Northern Wetlands
April 10, 2007: Panel Discussion
How Local Governments Can Create a Supportive Business Environment
Tom Kilcer of Rensselaer County Cornell Cooperative Extension will describe ways towns can develop effective regulations that are more supportive of agriculture. Tom Gallagher of Albany County Cornell Cooperative Extension will explain how comprehensive plans and local regulations can be overly restrictive and limit a farm's ability to operate and diversify. Matt Brower of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets will explain how the Agricultural Districts Law protects farmers against unreasonably restrictive local laws. All sessions are free and open to the public thanks to funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Low Carbon Local: Step Up To the Plate Picnic
The Sierra Club is a partner of Stepitup and April 14 activities all around the USA. If interested in Sierra Club activities for Stepitup, or to help with the Sierra Club's Cool Cities Campaign for localities to reduce energy consumption and use renewable energy, please contact Pete Sheehan at 518-489-5803 or hmk-energy_at_newyork.sierraclub.org, or Susan Lawrence at 518-489-5721 or hmk-chair_at_newyork.sierraclub.org.
Outings Leader Training Workshop
WHERE: At Camp Hoover near Preble, NY (between Syracuse and Cortland).
WORKSHOP DETAILS: The goals of the workshop are to learn and enhance leadership and group management skills; to bring people and programs together to share and exchange ideas; to welcome new outdoor leaders; to learn what it takes to lead for other outings programs of the Sierra Club; and, once again, to have a lot of fun. This workshop is for new and seasoned leaders for any of Sierra Club's Inner City Outings (ICO), Group & Chapter Outings (GCO), and National Outings (NO). The workshop agenda includes interactive modules on trip planning, group management, interpersonal leadership skills, emergency response and much more. Topics will be facilitated in both large group and small breakout group formats. Sessions will also include teamwork, and scenario-based role plays. The workshop will be facilitated by OATP trainers, both volunteer and staff, who speak from a wealth of personal trip leading experience. As an added benefit, this workshop will fulfill both the Outings Leader Training 101 and Outings Leader Training 201 requirements.
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