2014 Members and Friends Summer Meeting

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED PLEASE REGISTER AT THE EVENT  Join Us for Fun Hikes, Workshops, Lunch and More Sunday, June 19:00 AM-2:30 PM Ramapo CollegeTrustees Pavilion505 Ramapo Valley Rd (Rt 202)Mahwah, NJ 07430   CLICK HERE for Directions to Ramapo College.   PARKING IN LOWER LOT NEAR THE GYM1. Drive into Ramapo College main (north) entrance2. At stop sign, take a right and go through the unmanned security gate3. At next stop sign, take a right4. Park in the large, open lot on the left   PARKING LOT TO TRUSTEES PAVILION1. From the parking lot, walk toward the gym (glass building you passed when parking)2. Walk back toward the unmanned security gate3. Take a right at the unmanned gate and pass by the manned security gate4. Follow the road as it turns to the left5. The Trustees Pavilion will be the first building to your left, closest to the road  Schedule of Activities 9:00am HIKES (ALL HIKES START AT THE RAMAPO RESERVATION) Short Hike with Chris Connolly, 3 miles. Silver > Orange > Silver Hawk Rock-Halifax with Karen Rose, 4 miles. Silver > Halifax > TBD Nickel Mine Loop with Bob Fuller, 5 miles.  Silver > Ridge > Schuber > Silver Bear Swamp Lake with Rob Lehman, 7 miles. Silver > Orange > Red-Silver > Blue > Cannonball > Crossover > Hoeferlin > Halifax > Silver                      9:30 – 11:00am PRE-WORKSHOP TRIP Invasive Plant Removal with Linda Rohleder, Director of Land Stewardship.  From 9:30-11:00, the group will take a very short hike to a patch of garlic mustard along one of the trails in Ramapo Valley County Reservation, where they will spend time pulling this invasive plant. Garlic mustard is an herbaceous plant that is easy to pull. All ages welcome. Bring gardening or work gloves. Dress appropriately for off-trail work. Volunteers will finish in time to be back at the Summer Meeting for workshops. Cap off the morning by registering for the follow-up workshop on Invasive Plant removal. 10:30am DARLINGTON SCHOOLHOUSE TOUR Tour of the Darlington Schoolhouse with Ed Goodell, Executive Director.  Meet a Ramapo County Reservation parking lot at 10:15.  Quarter-mile walk to Darlington Schoolhouse. 11:30am WORKSHOPS  Invasive Plant Removal (ASB221) with Linda Rohleder, Director of Land Stewardship. Learn about the Trail Conference’s Invasives Strike Force program, some of the common invasive plants found along our trails and effective techniques for dealing with their removal. Ample time will be available for question and answers. The Three Rs of Volunteering (ASB225) with John Leigh, Volunteer Coordinator. Last year, the Volunteers of the New York New Jersey Trail Conference gave over 72,000 hours of service to help protect promote, and preserve the Trails.  It takes a lot of techniques to recruit and retain the great quality of volunteers that the Trail Conference is known for. Come learn the basics about how to work with volunteers in our organization. This includes the three R’s of volunteer management, Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition. Saving the Gunks Greenway: Shawangunk Ridge Trail & Hike/Run (Trustees Pavilion) with Ken Posner, current record-holder for the fastest through-hike of the Long Path. Learn about the scenic, long distance Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT), its connections to the Appalachian Trail and Long Path, and its role as part of a 4-state greenway.  Ken will discuss the Trail Conference’s work to preserve the SRT and an upcoming event to raise public awareness for the trail. Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries (ASB226) with Dr. Braver   12:30pm SOCIAL HOUR AND LUNCH RSVP a must for food and drink. $15 suggested donation for registration and refreshments.  $10 suggested donation for registration only (defrays cost of venue and materials). Keynote by Eric Wiener, Associate Professor and Field Ecologist at Ramapo College. Dr. Wiener has been learning, teaching and conducting field research about issues related to forest health for over 30 years. Since coming to Ramapo College in 2002, Dr. Wiener has engaged in extensive field work with heavy student involvement about the decline of many of the tree species in the New Jersey and New York Highlands. As non-native plants and insects, tree diseases, high white-tailed deer populations and severe storms increasingly take their toll, Dr. Wiener's work calls attention to just how dramatically the health of our forests is in decline. 1:30pm DELEGATES BUSINESS MEETING  
June 1st, 2014 from  9:00 AM to  2:30 PM
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