May 12: Sierra Club: Canoeing in Canada and Fire in Ohio

Sierra Club's monthly educational meeting: Canoeing in the Canadian Tundra with Bill O’Driscoll and Using Fire as a Habitat-Restoration Tool in Ohio’s Forests with Matt Peters. ...Note new location!

Bill O'Driscoll, Arts & Entertainment editor for Pittsburgh's City Paper, is also a veteran environmentalist and outdoorsman. He tells us: "The Barrens are a low-elevation triangle of half a million square miles between Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean. Our 11-day guided trip was to their center, the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary, a roadless patch half the size of Pennsylvania." Join us to hear about that remarkable journey and the diversity of wildlife seen there.

And we’ll devote the latter half of that meeting to Matt Peters’ response to the Nature Conservancy presentation in March on the use of fire in the eastern forests. Matt experienced an out-of-control prescribed burn in Ohio that consumed an unexpected 3000 acres. Matt, an active member of Allegheny Defense Project, has some interesting thoughts on this controversial subject. BTW, a recent successful burn was held by the Game Commission in the Scotia Barrens, near State College.

7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Sierra Club office, 425 N. Craig St., Oakland -- a new location for our monthly meetings! Call 412-802-6161 if you're having any trouble getting to the office. Refreshments and conversation after the program. Contact Donald L. Gibbon (412-362-8451) or dongibbon at earthlink dot net with questions.

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