Upcoming Portage Trail Group Program and Discussion Meetings

Portage Trail Group Meetings

We have meetings on the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of each month except December, when we don’t have a 3rd Tuesday program. They can all be accessed  on the internet or by telephone, via Zoom.

To participate in zoom meetings, please register, using the link in the Description below or invitational email, or send your name phone number and email address to portagetrailgroup@gmail.com or call Dick Beck at 330-699-9155. You may join a zoom meeting by computer, cell phone, or telephone.

January 11, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Conservation discussion via Zoom. Register here

January 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. “Building a New Urban Park” via Zoom  
Mike Johnson, 
Conservation Director of Summit Metroparks, will discuss the elaborate planning that went into the restoration of the old Valley View golf course into the latest Metropark. The new park mimics the original environment of the area and provides the “missing link” that combines several parks on the north side of Akron into a large greenspace totaling 1800 acres. The Valley View restoration is a case study in the challenges of urban park building. Register here

February 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Conservation discussion via Zoom. Register here

February 15, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. “Why electric cars won’t work … without a plan.  
Michael Benson, retired fire chief and co-owner of Command Consulting, will explain how he works with local governments to add electric vehicles to their fleets and develop microgrids (solar arrays plus battery storage and integrated DC fast charging) to support them. The goal is to reduce costs and increase  community resiliency against disasters. Benson’s work provides another dimension to the campaign for electric vehicles. Register here

March 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Conservation discussion via Zoom. Register here

March 15, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. “The Promise of Naturescapes” via Zoom
ExCom member Joe Blanda  will bring us up to date on his Naturescapes Project. Joe will show how he combines his professional knowledge -medicine- and environmental activism. Register here

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s a great opportunity for alert, wide-awake, energetic, and committed environmentalists!

Akron Peninsula Road Cleanup. Picking up trash along two miles of Akron Peninsula Road in the CVNP is a long-standing PTG responsibility. We do it three or four times per  year on Saturday mornings. It takes at most two hours. A nice walk if nothing else. If you can help out, call or email Dan Nelson, 330-666-4246 or DMNelson@roadrunner.com


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