March issue of The Hemlock celebrates spring and the environment
March 12, 2012
Spring is in the air, and the March 2012 issue of The Hemlock celebrates the season. The Hemlock is the free online journal of Lock Haven University’s Environmental Focus Group. The current issue can be accessed at http://www.lhup.edu/hemlock/Hemlock5.3.htm
The lead article is a tribute to John Way, a much-beloved community leader, researcher, educator and friend of the environment. LHU Geology Professor Md. Khalequzzaman describes John’s contributions to preserving and protecting the environment in central Pennsylvania, and shares the legacy of this “down to earth” man who “always exercised simple living.”
LHU recreation management major Melissa Eldredge explains the threat caused by invasive species, which may be introduced accidentally or intentionally. She cites the economic benefits and harm that can result from invasive species, and describes their disruptive effects on the ecosystem and on human health. She offers simple, easy steps to stop the spread of invasive species.
The Hemlock provides numerous ideas for those who want to celebrate the coming of spring. “The Headless Ghost of the Mid-State Trail,” by Lou Berard of the Clinton County Historical Society, provides a glimpse into local history and folklore. Berard describes the “weird, magical” Mid-State Trail, advising hikers that once they turn on to the appropriately-named Spook Hollow Road, they should “keep your eyes open for the ghost of a headless Frenchman.”
The March Hemlock includes essays describing the Pine Creek Rail-to-Trail and the Donut Hole Trail. There’s also a great piece entitled “The Dance of the Squirrels,” two poems, information about the upcoming Nature Abounds Forest Summit on April 28, and links to further reading.
The Hemlock is devoted to environmentalism, outdoor recreation, and the culture of Pennsylvania. The Hemlock is a production of the Environmental Focus Group , which is committed to promoting and supporting activities, experiences, and structures that encourage students, faculty, and staff to develop a stronger sense of place for Lock Haven University and central Pennsylvania.
For more information about The Hemlock or the Environmental Focus Group, please contact Dr. Bob Myers, email@example.com
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.