Woods & Wetlands

 Sierra Club
Woods & Wetlands Group


June, 2010

Date Title / Location Rating Leader /  Contact Bring $$
June 26
Canoe the Nippersink
Glacial Park, McHenry
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Evan Craig
Water, hat, sunscreen, picnic lunch. $26
Barbara Bell

The Nippersink is one of the highest quality streams in the region. We will canoe two previously channelized sections, pausing to climb up a kame to survey the valley, and learn about the Hack-ma-tak National Wildlife Refuge proposal. The meanders that were restored in 2000 have vastly reduced erosion, and invited back a profusion of aquatic and prairie life. The headwaters of the creek are becoming threatened by development, and we'll learn about their importance in maintaining the quality of the creek's waters.

This is outing requires paddlers to have the ability to accurately turn and position a canoe in moving water, and will begin with a review of stream paddling skills on shore. As indicated in the Rating, weak or inexperienced paddlers will find this outing challenging, and unskilled paddlers will have a difficult time completing it safely. Participants must fill out the On-line Questionnaire and be approved by the leader in advance. Use the questionnaire to help you consider whether this trip is right for you. Print and sign the Liability Waiver and bring it to the trailhead. Trip cost includes rental of canoe and associated gear. Carpooling encouraged.

LIMIT 12 - 12.5 sign-ups as of 06/25/10, 12 confirmed with deposit. Payment and Wait List subject to cancellation policy.




The Launch

After we had introductions, signed waivers, chose our paddles, shuttled cars and had a paddling skills seminar, it was time to get in the canoes. L to right: Jan, Mary Ann, George (IL Chapter Outings Chair), Frank and a friendly kayaker.

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Hands Across the Sand

They came to Illinois Beach State Park from four states and twenty-seven communities. From the north shore, Woodstock, Colon, IA, Grand Rapids, MI and towns surrounding the beach. Some were activists, many just saddened and angry over the BP fiasco, but motivated by the desire to make a difference. We were one hundred and thirty one strong and came from all walks of life and all ages. There were groups of teens from the north shore, senior citizens, babies and young families. There was no ceremony, just a prayer-like statement apologizing to Mother Earth and asking not only for forgiveness in allowing this to happen on our watch, but guidance in being more vigilant and aware in the future. At noon we joined hands and along with what has been reported as over 1 million people around the world drew a line in the sand and said no more to abuses of our oceans, rivers, lakes, wildlife, and human life by off shore drilling and big oil. Organizer: Mary Neff

Members on our Canoe the Nippersink Outing also sent the message to stop offshore drilling.