Other Nature Appreciation Groups – In Northeast Ohio and Elsewhere

Meetup is an international organization, and is the world’s largest network of local groups.  Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.  There are currently 126,912 meetup organizations.  It is neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something…   I happened on to the Northeast Ohio group.   There are two nature appreciation groups in Northeast Ohio.

 

There are no doubt similar groups in other parts of the country.  Go to www.meetup.com and look for groups near you.

 

Get Lost!

Get Lost! is a group of people who just like to hike around parks in Northeast Ohio and get lost in nature, thought, and conversation.

Any member of this group can add an idea for a meetup, so share some of your favorite places with the group!  All hiking abilities and ages are welcome.  Bring your camera if you like, a good supply of water and a snack.

The group was founded on February 17, 2010.  The organizer was Denise Dannels.  The website is  http://www.meetup.com//Get-Lost.

 

Northeast Ohio Adventurers

Another meetup group in Northeast Ohio is nEo Adventurers.  They were founded May 6, 2007.

This meetup group is an organization consisting of people who love being active– especially outdoors–and who spend available free time in the pursuit of this pleasure.

Their website is  http://www.meetup.com/Northeast-Ohio-Adventurers/

How Many of “America’s Natural Wonders” Have You Seen?

When John Muir was a young man, he worked in a carriage shop.  One day, a file he was working with slipped and went into his eye.  He quickly lost sight in his other eye.  But miraculously, his sight returned.  From then on, he dedicated his life to seeing “America’s Natural Wonders.”

 

Muir walked the 1,000 miles from Louisville, Kentucky to Savanna, Georgia.  He then ended up in San Francisco, California from which he traveled to Yosemite.   From Yosemite, he made a trip to Alaska, and then back to his native Scotland.

 

You should travel to Yosemite and Yellowstone, and as many of our other National Parks as you can.  But until you do, if you’re a Greater Clevelander check out Sulphur Springs gorge behind Look About Lodge, and the Chagrin River gorge below Squaw Rock, both in the South Chagrin Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks.

Then hike around the Tinkers Creek gorge in the Bedford Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks, and through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

 

If you want to go a little farther, check out Letchworth State Park in New York, just outside of East Aurora.  Billed as the Grand Canyon of the East, it’s spectacular, just not as spectacular as the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

 

Or, travel to Central Ohio and see Hocking Hills State Park.  It also has some spectacular scenery.

 

There are plenty of “natural wonders” close to home.  Get out and see them.

 

 

The Value of the Antiquities Act’s — Then and Now

It was promoted and passed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.  The Antiquities Act allowed the president to set aside major tracts of land, protecting them from development until Congress could make them national parks or some other set-aside.

 

It was also used by presidents Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, and Bush.  The National Park Service has responsibility for administering most of the national monuments, but some are managed by other federal agencies.  In any case, invaluable national treasures have been protected.

 

Sometimes Congress gets huffy and objects, but usually the lands ultimately get protected.  Recently,however, some members of Congress have attempted to create controversy with an anonymous leak of an “Internal Draft — NOT FOR RELEASE” memo within the Department of Interior.

 

The leaked memo contained a list of 14 natural resources in nine states that might be worthy of being designated as national monuments under the Antiquities Act. The memo clearly stated, “further evaluations should be completed prior to any final decision, including an assessment of public and Congressional support.” –

To learn what you can do to fight this movement, go to: http://wilderness.org/blog/controversy-over-antiquities-act-and-national-monuments-makes-little-sense#sthash.5XsXwfEB.dpuf

 

Natural resource protection adds value to our country.

 

To learn more about TR’s initiation of and use of the Antiquities Act, read Lodge Spirit, chapter 9, Theodore Roosevelt.