AMC Connecticut Chapter
Hi, !

Spring is almost here and to celebrate we have two events: our Annual Spring Roast Beef Dinner plus Spring Vegetarian Soup and Stories. Pick your event or even attend both. 

Spring Vegetarian Soup and Stories

Young Members on Eisenhower

While you sip your soup, our speaker, Wick Griswold, will be telling stories on the vast and varied history of the Connecticut River. Wick is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Hartford. His signature course is the Sociology of the Connecticut River Watershed. He also authored “A History of the Connecticut River” He works with regional and national organizations on environmental educational issues.

As an Associate Professor of Sociology, Wick's focus is Environmental Sociology. His signature class is the Sociology of the CT River Watershed. He also works on several CT River and Long Island Sound projects including the protection of Piping Plovers and Least Terns at Griswold Point, the shad fishery, water quality and marsh habitat.  He has written three Connecticut-based books: "A History of the Connecticut River," "Griswold Point: History From The Mouth of the Connecticut River" and "Pirates as Privateers of Connecticut." Wick's current projects include writing a book on the CT River Ferries, and coordinating an exhibit at the CT River Museum for spring 2019, entitled "River of Welcome: 400 Years of Immigration Into the CT River Valley."

Reservations for this event are on Eventbrite. There will a choice of vegetarian soups; no advance meal choice is needed. Cost for the dinner and presentation is $13 per person.

Spring Roast Beef Dinner

Dr. Richard S. Cowles

The introduction of exotic pests significantly impacts the health of our forests. The health of eastern hemlocks is threatened by both hemlock woolly adelgids and elongate hemlock scales, both native to Asia. Use of systemic insecticides has been critically important for conservation of hemlocks, both in the Delaware Water Gap National Park and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These insecticides provide a stop-gap measure to preserve stands of hemlocks until effective natural enemies are established. This work aims for long-term conservation of the genetic stock that they represent. Dr. Cowles will describe the methods used in these parks for conservation of hemlocks, optimization of treatments, and also in determining the degree of environmental contamination resulting from these actions. While the current outlook has improved for hemlocks in these sites, long-term global climate change may overwhelm these conservation efforts.

Our own Northwest Camp is located in a stand of Hemlocks and would lose much of it's beauty if these trees were lost.

Dr. Richard Cowles obtained his undergraduate degree from Cornell, and his graduate degrees from Michigan State. After a stint as the statewide extension and research ornamentals and turf specialist for California, he came to work at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. For the past 22 years, he has been working to find appropriate solutions to insect, mite, and disease problems in turf, small fruits, forests, and Christmas trees. Learn more about Richard's current and past projects and his books on his webpage.

Reservations for this event are on Eventbrite. There is a limited vegetarian option. See the meal choice when making your reservation. Cost for the dinner and presentation is $20 for AMC Members and $25 for non-members. The presentation is not available separately.

Other Coming Chapter Events

Become a Hike Leader or improve your skills in courses offered by our Education Committee:

  • Leadership Training 1 Day Session - Saturday, April 22 or Saturday, June 10
  • Mountain Skills Course 1-Day Session (New) - Sunday, April 23
  • Wilderness First Aid - Saturday & Sumday, April 22-23

Full information about all of these events is on the Chapter Website.

Enjoy what remains of Winter.
Jim Scheef
Chief Web Lackey

AMC Connecticut Chapter
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Boston, MA 02108
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