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Woodlawn Preserve Cleanup
On Saturday June 21, 2008 Friends of Woodlawn Preserve will hold a cleanup day, at this valuable natural resource in Schenectady, NY. Meet at 9:AM at the MacDonald Ave/Gifford Road gate. The gate will be open and a dumpster will be there to collect all the 'treasures' we find. Refreshments, supplies, and an update of recent and pending activities concerning the Preserve will be provided. Please bring work gloves and whatever tools you may think would be helpful. For more information, send email to

"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 Events

Sierra 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
What is a Purchase of Development Right (PDR) Program? How can PDR be funded? What makes a good application to state and federal funding programs? What resources are available to towns interested in protecting land through PDR? All these questions and more will be answered at this workshop to be held Thursday, March 15, 2007 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Saratoga County Planning Office, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY.

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
On Friday, March 16, 2007, at Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson, NY, the Hudson Valley Agricultural Partnership will hold a conference from 9 AM to 5 PM. Topics to be covered will include Success Stories from Our Own Backyard, Farm Profitability, Farmland Protection, and Agricultural Economic Development. The Tomhannock Watershed Public Lecture Series
The Tomhannock Watershed Lectureship Program is presented by the Rensselaer-Taconic Land Conservancy to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the commissioning of the Tomhannock Reservoir.

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
Roger Armstrong, Professor Emeritus, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY

February 6, 2007: Historical and Contemporary Water Supply Systems In Troy
Robert Moore and Neil Bonesteel, John F. Buckley Water Treatment Facility, Troy, NY

February 20, 2007: Benefits and Practices of Easements and PDRs to Protect Watersheds
John Middlebrooks, Executive Director, R-TLC

March 6, 2007: TBA

March 20, 2007: BioFilm Relationships in Northern Wetlands
David Domozych, Biology Professor, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

April 10, 2007: Panel Discussion

How Local Governments Can Create a Supportive Business Environment for Farming
Increasingly, farmers are being forced to redefine their businesses to stay viable amidst a globalizing market, decreasing workforce and increasing regulation. Local regulations that were oftentimes written without agriculture in mind can sometimes hinder a farmer's ability to grow and diversify his or her business. An educational session will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2007 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Brunswick Family Community Center, Keyes Lane, Brunswick, NY to discuss solutions to these and similar issues.

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
On Saturday April 14, 2007, from 11 am to 2 pm, Honest Weight Food Coop will host a picnic, open to the public, in Washington Park and the Washington Park Lake House. Then plan to rally, make music, dance, talk, and make our way to the New York State Capital Steps, hopefully to meet with other groups in Albany organizing Step It Up! activities, rallying to help convince our government officials to take the issue of global warming seriously. (And consider working up an appetite for the picnic by joining Hudson-Mohawk Group 9 am - 11 am for our April 14 Route 9 cleanup.)

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, or Susan Lawrence at 518-489-5721 or

Outings Leader Training Workshop
Friday October 12 to Sunday October 14, 2007, the Sierra Club National Outdoor Activity Training Program is bringing its highly successful Outings Leader Training Workshop to New York State. The purpose of this training is to provide leaders with the skills to address leadership and group management issues that may arise on short outings (day-hikes) as well as on longer duration, more remote outings. Leader training is a never-ending process, so whether you're an old hand or have never led before, you're invited to attend a weekend of interactive learning, networking with leaders from all outing programs, and, of course, lots of fun. This training event is brought to you by the Outdoor Activities Training Program (OATP), managed in the Outings Department of Sierra Club National office.

WHERE: At Camp Hoover near Preble, NY (between Syracuse and Cortland).
WHEN: October 12-14, 2007. (Friday-Sunday). Check-in begins at 5:PM with dinner from 6:PM. The opening program begins Friday at 7:30PM sharp. The Workshop ends after the last workshop session, raffle, and lunch on Sunday around 1:PM.
COST: $45. This includes all meals, snacks, lodging (bunk style), materials, raffle entry, and an Outings t-shirt.
QUESTIONS?: Contact the Sierra Club Outdoor Activities Training Manager at or at 415-977-5711.
NOTE: Limited to 50 people--first come, first served.

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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