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September 12 Chapter Meeting - Program 7:30

Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey

Presented by Jennifer Hanson

Local hiker and author, Jennifer Hanson, will share the tale of her 2,400-mile six-month back-packing trip from Mexico to Canada along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT). Using excerpts from her book, Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey, and a slideshow of dozens of photographs, Jennifer will share the challenges and thrills of long-distance hiking.

The journey included trekking through arid ranchland, desert forests and Indian reservations in New Mexico; the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area and Glacier National Park in Montana; the remote and rugged Bitterroot Range of Idaho/Montana; the Wind River Range and Teton National Forest in Wyoming and hundreds of miles snowshoeing through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Jennifer’s book and presentation will also discuss the planning and preparation required for such an endeavor including map lists, a detailed itinerary with re-supply points, equipment, and food lists, and a suggested preparation time-line.

September 12 - Workshop 6:30

Tick Talk and Asian Worm Workshop

Presented by Walter Nelson

Ticks and invasive species are taking the fun out of outdoor recreation: Guarding yourself against ticks, looking out for plants whose juices cause a rash or minimizing the spread of forest destructive Asian worms. Most of us know something about black legged ticks and Lyme disease. There are five other diseases they can transmit to humans. There are at least four other ticks capable of transmitting diseases to humans. What do these ticks look like? When and where are we at greatest risk of their presence? How should we respond when in their habitat?

Invasive Asian worms were first identified in North America in the late 1880s, moved largely by human activity. They now are found in many areas of the north temperate zone, including New York. This forest invasive is VERY efficient in degrading the forest litter into soil, quickly releasing its bound nutrients and creating an inhospitable habitat for the native forest understory and an ideal habitat for invasive plants such as garlic mustard and swallow-wort. The workshop will relate how we can identify the worm and slow its spread.

Walt is a horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County, providing educational programs and consultation to the sports turf, lawnscape, ornamental horticulture, greenhouse and Christmas tree business owners and managers. His Cornell Cooperative Extension program leaderships in agriculture and horticulture span over 40 years. His interests also include building community in the City through horticulture. He also provides guidance for the community horticulture program in Monroe County. Walt is an alumnus of Penn State University (BS horticulture) and the University of Rochester (MBA). He lives and gardens in the Barnard neighborhood of the City and recreates out of a home in the Central Adirondacks.


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