At the Forest Summit, along with several guest speakers, we'll look at the issues the Pennsylvania forest is facing such as: hydraulic "fracking;" wildlife and wildlife rehabilitation; climate change; environmental health; urban sprawl; invasive plants/pests; public lands and citizen rights and responsibilities; and what citizens can do to help.
Also during the gathering, Nature Abounds will launch our new Citizen Watch volunteer opportunity, which will engage citizens in protecting and cleaning up our local forest and rural areas, from illegal dumps to pollution and from invasive plants and pests to other environmental issues that we all need to be aware of.
You can also network with other activists and volunteers from around the state, and possibly from surrounding states as well. We also have an area set aside for marketing and information sharing.
This is one event that you are welcome to bring your family and kids along. There's plenty of space and hiking trails in the park for anyone that wants to take a break from the activities, and there's also a ball field nearby.
Likewise, there are a lot of attractions in the area, from viewing the PA elk herd, trying to eat a 5 lb. burger, or wander through Bilger's Rocks, a rock formation that is over 300 million years old. There is fun for the whole family.
Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at the event as will Nature Abounds polo shirts. In case of inclement weather, we have set a back-up date of May 19.