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Lehigh Valley Group

The Lehigh Valley Group is a sub-group of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club which runs activities to bring outdoor enthusiasts from northeastern Pennsylvania together.

The group usually holds meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM (except December, July, and August) at Illick's Mill, 100 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, Pa 18017. Meetings are now held via Zoom during the Pandemic.

The meetings start with announcements about upcoming hikes, activities, conservation efforts and trail work projects. This is followed by a program on topics such as adventure travel, geology, wildlife, nature photography, etc. Speakers have provided programs on a wide range of travel destinations including the Canadian Rockies, the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, India, Machu Picchu, Corsica, and Nepal.

A social hour with refreshments follows. Meeting attendance ranges from 30 to 50 people, including longtime AMC members as well as potential members who are interested in learning more about AMC and its activities. For information on the group and its upcoming meetings, contact Phill Hunsberger, hunsperg@aol.com

Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30 PM

Preserve the View

A virtual Zoom meeting. Join AMC's Mark Zakutansky and Cathy Poppenwimer to learn about a science-based campaign and call to action to preserve scenic trail experiences. The Protect the View campaign seeks to preserve ten picturesque views vulnerable to development pressure located along Circuit Trails in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Find out how these views were selected as well as potential outcomes and how to get involved. This presentation will touch on how to put data together, inform policy, and work with local partners - relevant components for protecting other threatened open spaces throughout AMC's region.

https://outdoors.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqd-uhqj4pGd0tC6QXplHV6nbaL9BLAg_N

Past meetings, recorded

Originally held April 21

Delaware Canal Photos - Old and New

Susan Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends of the Delaware Canal, will present an eclectic mix of images that take in the Canal from the Forks of the Delaware in Easton to Phillips' Mill in New Hope. You will see:

    exceptional nature and landscape photos

    pictures from the canal's past

    records of what has been happening in and along the Canal recently

 

Click here to view

Originally held Wednesday, March 17

Conservation on an Astronomical Scale

Join Doug Arion, Executive Director of Mountains of Stars, for a discussion of light pollution: how it compromises our ability to observe space from the surface of the earth, its surprisingly widespread effects, its impacts on people and the environment, and how we can fix the problem and save money at the same time.

This presentation will also describe the effort we are conducting with the AMC to create an International Dark Sky Park and Reserve surrounding the AMC lands in the Maine Woods -- which will preserve 100,00 acres of the last dark sky area in the eastern 2/3 of the US!

Unfortunately, we did not succeed in recording this meeting, but the presenter has kindly provided a link to a similar program he presented to another AMC group:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf9Lj5bymd4&t=104s

If you'd like to learn more about Doug's organization and its many efforts to address this challenging situation, go to: www.mountainsofstars.org/

Originally held Wednesday, February 17

What’s New in Eastern PA State Parks?

DCNR is a statewide leader in land conservation, trails initiatives, and manages much of the land available for public recreational access.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, state parks attendance increased over 26%, from 37 million to nearly 47 million visitors. Some parks in Eastern Pennsylvania saw months where their visitor numbers more than doubled. With those rapid increases in visitation came increased pressures on our public resources, and increased difficulties for staff to engage an abundance of new visitors while still protecting and maintaining our public lands. Despite the challenges, it has been rewarding to see clear evidence of people turning to outdoor spaces such as state parks for recreation and solace during the pandemic.

 In addition to discussing the impacts of high visitation pressure on our public lands, we’ll discuss updates and recent projects at some of the 20 state parks or park complexes in Eastern Pennsylvania. With a new park office and visitor center at Hickory Run, which opened in 2020, the recent addition of the Kittatiny Ridge to our Conservation Landscapes program, and the guidance provided by our Penn’s Parks For All planning initiative, there is a lot of news to share!

 

Originally held Wednesday, January 20

Improve Your Travel Photos

Larry Bieber has had the good fortune to travel the world with a camera in hand and the opportunity to take several National Geographic courses on how to use that camera. He will share some suggestions with us on how to raise the level of our travel pictures and then show pictures from two of his trips - one to Bhutan and the other to Iceland.

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