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local outings, events, and meetings.
March 12; 7:00 p.m., Boone County Government Building: We
will be holding "Confronting Climate Change, a Town Hall
Meeting" on the evening of Wednesday, March 12 in the
Commission Chambers of the Boone Government Center. This event
will provide an opportunity to both recognize the Climate
Crisis and focus attention on actions needed to address it.
The program will start at 7 p.m., with light refreshments and
socializing beginning at 6:30. The format will include short
presentations followed by open comments and questions from
those attending. Panelists include: Prof. Stephen Mudrick, MU
Atmospheric Sciences (Emeritus), discussing the scientific
basis for understanding climate change, Prof. Jan Weaver,
biologist, Director Missouri Environmental Education
Association, discussing the impact of climate change on the
biosphere, Prof. Mary Hendrickson, MU Rural Sociology,
discussing the impact of climate change on food production,
and the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Unitarian Universalist Church
of Columbia, discussing the moral dimensions of climate
change. This event is organized by Mid-Missouri Peaceworks and
co-sponsored by Renew Missouri, Mizzou Energy Action Coalition
(formerly Coal Free Mizzou), Osage Group Sierra Club, and
Citizens Climate Lobby. More info at 573-875-0539.
March 15; 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. depending upon where you
meet us; Hike in the National Forest in a proposed
Wilderness area (Smith Creek): Carpool from Stephens
Lake Park Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. (the lot at the entrance on
Old 63) OR meet us at Rutherford Bridge at 10:00 a.m. From US
63, 10 miles south of Columbia, take Hwy H past the airport
and follow to the end of the road (Rutherford Bridge). Hike
will be moderately strenuous in hilly terrain; some trail
conditions include loose gravel or severe damage from overuse
by horses. Actual hiking time may exceed three hours. Bring
hiking poles. Call Tom Lata at 573-489-2302 for additional
March 22; 10 a.m. until Noon; Priority Setting Work
Session Meeting for all members; Columbia Public Library,
Conference Room 1B: Please join us in a work session to
define and prioritize issues important to the Group, and to
learn about volunteer opportunities within the group. This
meeting is your best opportunity to learn more about the work
and fun of the Osage Group. Each chairperson will deliver a
very brief overview of their committee and future plans. We're
hopeful many members will attend to provide input. If you
can't come for the full 2 hours, please still plan to join us
for as long as you can.
April 12; 9:00 a.m. Rocky Hollow Conservation Area
Wildflower Hike: Carpool from Stephens Lake Park Parking
Lot at 9:00 a.m. (the lot at the entrance on Old 63). We'll
stop at Union Covered Bridge on the way. Hiking time is a
little over an hour with less than moderate difficulty.
Driving time is about an hour there and 45 minutes return from
Columbia. Call Tom Lata at 573-489-2302.
May 10; 9:30 a.m.; Hike at Three Creeks Conservation Area: Carpool from Stephens Lake Park Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. (the lot at the entrance on Old 63) OR meet us at the east entrance (access road off Hwy 63 across from Deer Park Store). We should still see some wildflowers. Unless the creeks are high, hike should be moderately easy. Estimated two hours hiking time. Call Tom Lata at 573-489-2302.