Audubon Ohio News - September 25, 2002 CONTENTS 1. COAC Autumn Retreat 2002 2. Audubon Adventures Program Update 3. TAKE ACTION: Oppose the Great Lakes Navigation System Review 4. TAKE ACTION: Support Ohio H.B. 199 1. COAC Autumn Retreat 2002 From Jack Smith, Interim President: The Coalition of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC) cordially invites you to its Autumn Retreat 2002: Charting a New Course. Many of you received a flier in the mail announcing this event. The flier was missing the dates, unfortunately! Here are the details: Where: Mohican Outdoor School, Butler, Ohio When: Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd & 3rd Fee: $60 (includes meals and lodging) Registration Deadline: October 12, 2002 A registration form is below: ************************************************************************ Please print Chapter _____________________________________ Name(s) ____________________________________ Address_____________________________________ City_________________________________________ State____________ Zip ________________ Phone_______________________________________ E-mail_______________________________________ Fee per person: $60.00 includes Saturday lunch, snack, dinner and lodging; Sunday breakfast and lunch _____ Herbivore _____ Omnivore _____Other dietary needs (specify) ______________________ Check Enclosed Total _______________________ DEADLINE: October 12, 2002 Make check payable to "Coalition of Audubon Chapters" Send to: Alan Dolan, Interim Treasurer P.O. Box 935 Massillon, OH 44648 330-832-2491 ************************************************************************ 2. Audubon Adventures Program Update Over the last year, the Audubon Adventures department has been working to introduce major improvements in its customer service and order processing capabilities at no additional cost to chapters. Here are some of the new benefits to those ordering Audubon Adventures this year and in the future: · Greatly improved order processing time: orders that are complete, correct, and include payment will be shipped within 72 hours of receipt. Next day shipment will also be available · New toll-free Order Help Line with extended hours: Operators will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, to answer questions and take orders over the phone. · Coming soon: Order Audubon Adventures over the Internet! Beginning this fall, orders can be placed online! No paperwork with this new streamlined ordering process via the Web. · Increased program offerings: With new customer service procedures in place, we are focusing our core staff's time on creating new and exciting program offerings: new products, teacher training initiatives, after-school clubs, and much more! Stay tuned! The Audubon Adventures Program can be reached in a variety of ways: To place orders, check the status of an order, etc., please contact the Ordering Department, P.O. Box 625, Mt. Morris, IL 61054; Phone (800) 340-6546; Fax (815) 734-5888. For assistance with program promotion, education initiatives, etc., please contact the Editorial/Program Office, 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003; Phone (800) 813-5037; Fax (212) 979-3148; Email education@xxxxxxxxxxxx This information, as well as order forms, can also be found online: http://www.audubon.org/educate/aa/ 3. TAKE ACTION: Oppose the Great Lakes Navigation System Review The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a project that would require harmful dredging and deepening of Lake Erie and other Great Lakes shipping lanes and harbors. This project poses serious threats to our ecosystems and public health. Ohio communities all along the Lake Erie coastline will be affected. Congress is now considering whether to provide funding to expand the study. Please contact your representative today and tell him or her to put a stop to this harmful project before it begins! To learn more, just go to actionnetwork.org/campaign/Protect_Lake_Erie. You can send a fax for free through the Sustainable Ohio Action Partnership (SOAP). If you have any questions about this issue or about SOAP, please contact Deborah Singer at ohio@xxxxxxxxxxx or (614) 224-3303. 4. TAKE ACTION: Support Ohio H.B. 199 Under current Ohio law a construction and demolition debris landfill can be sited immediately adjacent to a wetland, lake, river, stream, water well, nature preserve, or park. Ohio House Bill 199 would provide minimum setbacks from each of these. The bill would also require background checks, post closure care, and some additional monitoring requirements. It is time to contact members of the State Government Committee which is considering the bill. Blackbrook Audubon Society has already met with their representative to brief him on their position. We hope that other chapters can follow Blackbrook's lead--meeting with committee members and/or generating calls and letters in their districts. The State Government Committee members are Jim Carmichael (R) District 07, Gary W. Cates (R) District 58, Patricia Clancy (R) District 35, Larry L. Flowers (R) District 24, Anthony A. Latell, Jr. (D) District 67, Mary Rose Oakar (D) District 13, Sylvester D. Patton, Jr. (D) District 64, Jon M. Peterson (R) District 80, Tim Schaffer (R) District 06, Barbara A. Sykes (D) District 44, John J. White (R) District 42, Charlie Wilson (D) District 99, Ron Young (R) District 69. Contact Cheryl Ray, Blackbrook Audubon Society (440-974-5451), or Susan Studer King at the Ohio Environmental Council (614-487-7506) for more information and background resources that can be emailed to you. ____________________________________________________________________________ _______ AudubonOH-NEWS is sent to Audubon chapter leaders, board members, and others interested in Audubon activities in Ohio. If you do not wish to receive further editions, it is easy to unsubscribe: simply send an e-mail message to audubonoh-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx In the subject of your e-mail, write UNSUBSCRIBE. We can be reached through e-mail at ohio@xxxxxxxxxxx, phone at (614) 224-3303, or mail at 692 N High St Ste 208, Columbus, OH 43215.