2011 Newsletter

Dear Conservancy Members and Friends:

What makes Eagles Mere such a special place? How has this unique setting stood the test of time? Why has the natural beauty of Eagles Mere prospered for so many years? I suggest it is because so many dedicated people over the years have devoted themselves to preserving and maintaining the natural resources and beauty of Eagles Mere. People of all ages understood that, individually and collectively, everyone has a responsibility to help care for Eagles Mere. As a result, we are dedicated
to those people who have lived the wise words once said by philanthropist and conservationist, Laurance S. Rockefeller: “How we treat our land, how we build upon it, how we act toward our air and water, will in the long run tell what kind of people we really are.”

What kind of person are you? What can you do to help perpetuate Eagles Mere? One way is to become a more involved member of our Conservancy. Our mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the natural resources of Eagles Mere by offering activities and programs for preservation, education and recreation. So, join in our activities by:

  • taking advantage of our broad range of programs (listed in this Newsletter),
  • attending one of our evening educational events such as our Bat Program and Astronomy Night,
  • building Gnome Homes, playing in Bug Olympics and/or coming to one of our social events,
  • visiting our historic Cabin and interacting with our two Naturalists, Irene Safren and Viv Williams,
  • joining one of our many hikes throughout our beautiful surroundings or just walking along our
  • many miles of trails,
  • participating in our Forest Stewardship Day in October,
  • lending a hand to maintain our nearly 400 acres of natural woodlands and trails.

The more you put in, the more you get out of being an active member of the Conservancy. Spend some time with us in 2011 – you will be glad you did!

Natural Gas Update
The face of our surrounding region has been changed dramatically over the past year. Natural gas drilling sites and pipelines are increasing at a rapid pace throughout Sullivan County and our surrounding community. This growth of natural gas drilling creates serious concerns over water pollution, increased truck traffic, noise, crime and deforestation of our natural woodlands.
Your Conservancy has been active in confronting this natural gas development. Beyond the continuous educational material we provide our members, especially through our new website (eaglesmereconservancy.org), the Conservancy is a very active supporter of PEMA (Protect Eagles Mere Alliance), a community-based organization in which Jim Ash, the Conservancy’s Vice President, is co-Chairperson. PEMA and the Conservancy have dramatically raised the awareness of the inherent risks of natural gas drilling. This has led to a community-wide effort to identify a strategy to deal with natural gas development within the Eagles Mere Borough. In addition, the Conservancy has helped fund an important hydrogeology study of the Eagles Mere Lake, surrounding watershed, water sources and geological composition. The results of this study will help everyone in Eagles Mere better understand the impact natural gas drilling can have on our environment, water supply and eco-system.

An Enhanced Look
Thanks to the generosity from a select number of Conservancy members and matching contributions from our broader membership, the area around our Cabin has improved signage, a new informational kiosk, trail markers and a more welcoming entrance. Come visit the Cabin and the adjacent Outlet Pond setting to see our improvements. Further, the Conservancy has placed three new all-weather picnic tables on the Village Green across from the Sweet Shop. We encourage everyone to
use these tables, and enjoy the beauty of the Village Green and Lower Dell areas.

Thank You For Your Support
On behalf of your Conservancy leadership, we thank you for your membership participation and financial support. Your contributions enable the Conservancy to do what we do. If you are not already a member and would like to join the Conservancy, please refer to page 15 of this Newsletter for further details.

We are stewards of the land … Green today ~ Greener tomorrow. Enjoy Eagles Mere, as you help us
all preserve and protect this wonderful place.

Steve Ryan

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