Finger Lakes Land Trust

In this episode of Walk in the Park (170), Holly Gregg and Andy Zepp of the Finger Lakes Land Trust tell us about the conservation organization’s accomplishments of the past year and exciting new initiatives and collaborations planned and underway.

Watch it below online anytime, or watch it on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, June 22, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 28, 1:00 PM

Walk in the Park is an Ithaca, NY public access television series produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studio of Spectrum TV.

Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve

Image courtesy of Greensprings

Image courtesy of Greensprings

“Save land. Plant yourself!” Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve in Newfield, NY, near Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region has been one of the nation’s leaders in the “green burial” movement. By returning to traditional practices of simple, low-impact burials on their large site, they are protecting land from development, preserving wildlife habitat, saving natural resources, keeping pollutants out of our environment, and returning the burial of our loved ones to the very personal, loving passage it once was. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we take a tour of Greensprings with the founding president Mary Woodsen as she explains what they do to Candace Currie who was visiting from Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, and who is part of a group that is working to create a green cemetery in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

This episode of Walk in the Park (#83, recorded 8/6/14 at PEGASYS Studios) is viewable here, online below, and it is being cablecast on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV channels 13 and 97.3, beginning tonight, Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. Additional cablecasts will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, August 12, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch it here, now!

The Conservation Legacy of John Muir

John Muir, American conservationist

John Muir in 1907

John Muir was one of our earliest, most famous, and most effective advocates for the preservation of wilderness. His efforts in California in the late 1800s helped protect Yosemite Valley and led to the creation of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. President Theodore Roosevelt sought his counsel. John Muir was a founder of the Sierra Club, one of America’s oldest and most powerful conservation organizations. And some have called Muir the “Father of the National Park Service.”

John Muir’s biographer, Steven J. Holmes, wrote, “Muir has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world.”

Our current episode of Walk in the Park (#80, beginning showing tonight, 7/3/14, at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3) features the National Park Service biography film, “John Muir: A Glorious Legacy.” Showings will repeat this weekend on both days at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.

For those who can’t or don’t wish to watch this on Ithaca cable TV, I have included “John Muir: A Glorious Legacy” embedded below, in two parts.

Part 1

Part 2

By the way, our national award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE, is being reprinted now. Preliminary copies will be delivered to the Watkins Glen State Park gift shop today. Find out more.

Kayaking in Antarctica!

Louise Adie kayaking in Antarctica

Louise Adie, Antarctic kayak guide, doing what she loves at the bottom of the world.

For ten years, Louise Adie of Trumansburg, NY has served as a kayak guide, interpretive naturalist, and ship historian on ecotour ships in Antarctica. Join us as Louise tells about her amazing experiences, using beautiful photographs, with whales, seals, penguins, icebergs, glaciers, and mountains on this extraordinary land at the bottom of the world. This is episode 67 of Walk in the Park TV, recorded on January 22, 2014 at PEGASYS public access TV studios in Ithaca, NY. See the full schedule of cablecasts for the week beginning 1/23/14.

This program is just a sample of one of Louise Adie’s illustrated lectures. The full presentation goes into a lot more detail with many more (and new) images. To contact Louise about booking one of these interpretive presentations send her an email at vesla2@aol.com, or go to her blog.

Louise Adie, Akademik Shokalskiy, Antarctica

Louise Adie (in the middle kayak) leading a kayak tour in Antarctica from the ship Akademik Shokalskiy years ago.

By the way, for five years, Louise worked on the Akademik Shokalskiy, which recently achieved fame for getting trapped in the ice in Antarctica. For the past five years, Louise has worked on other ships for Oceanwide Expeditions.

Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserve and Trail Dedication

Episode 49 of Walk in the Park TV features the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s dedication of new lands, and a trail and boardwalk (“Howard’s Walk”) at the Roy H. Park Preserve in the Town of Dryden east of Ithaca, NY. Cablecasts continue on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it online below.

Finger Lakes Land Trust preserve, Tompkins County, Finger Lakes, NY

Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in the Town of Dryden, NY. Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Land Trust

“This diverse, scenic, and inviting 217-acre preserve is a short drive from Ithaca, on the back roads of Dryden, and encompasses portions of an extensive forest, rolling meadows, wetlands, a rugged stretch of Six-Mile Creek along its headwaters. The preserve borders Yellow Barn State Forest, Hammond Hill State Forest, and the Cornell Old 600 Natural Area, making it an important connector in a larger array of some 8,000 acres of protected lands. The preserve adds another gem to the “Emerald Necklace,” the Land Trust’s initiative to create a continuous crescent of 50,000 acres of protected lands around Ithaca, and is the first major protected land linkage achieved under that initiative.” (See web page)

Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust east of Ithaca, NY and next to Hammond Hill State Forest of New York DEC, in the Town of Dryden.

New boardwalk dedicated on May 31, 2013, part of "Howard's Walk" at the Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Hammond Hill State Forest.

Our show features remarks by Andy Zepp, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, Ken Lynch, Director of Region 7 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and Mary Ann Sumner, Town of Dryden Supervisor.

Waterfall at Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY

Buttermilk Falls State Park

The show continues with photos and video of the beauty of water in a gorge (Buttermilk Falls State Park), and the Cayuga Nation Picnic, part of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign this year.

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Cayuga Lake canoe paddlers at the Cayuga Nation Picnic

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Cayuga Lake canoe paddlers at the Cayuga Nation Picnic

And now, the show!

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