National Monument Under Attack!

Trump has ordered Secretary of the Interior Zinke to review the status of the new Bears Ears monument in Utah and to submit  recommendations by May 26. He is  then to review all the other monuments created since 1996 (i.e by Clinton and Obama) with comments from the public due by July 10. This is a set-up. Zinke, whatever his convictions, has little choice but to recommend some negative action.
We need an outpouring of positive comments about Bears Ears and the other monuments to lessen the immediate damage and to strengthen the legal action that will follow.
Here’s the drill:
text keyword BEARS EARS to 52886 to get to Zinke’s office
call him at 202-208-7351 and leave message
tweet him @SecretaryZinke
To make a comment to the Interior Department go to and enter DOI-2017-0002 in the search bar
Key points: Bears Ears is not too large; Obama’s staff reduced the size to head off objections, leaving out many important archeological sites. It is not a blow to the local economy; on the contrary it is already encouraging tourism in a remote area. Objections come from reactionary local officials who don’t want outsiders but do want extractive industry (no oil or gas there but some uranium maybe). Above all we need to protect more public land from exploiters and fast buck artists. Public opinion in Utah is 50-50; in the country, overwhelmingly favorable.
Please call, write, tweet , etc. more the  once; it is essential to overwhelm the bad guys!
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Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings

“Washington Outlook”
May 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

A member of Sen. Sherrod Brown’s staff will bring us up to date on the latest bizarre happenings in that wild and crazy place, Washington DC, and how we can trump the guys who want to revive the Neolithic era. If you don’t want to be a hunter gatherer or roast squirrels over an open fire, this is the program for you. Join us for this discussion of what must be done NOW!

“Can We Save Our Birds of Prey?”
June 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

 Many of our birds face a perilous future due to habitat destruction, climate change, and other threats. The Medina Raptor Center is addressing some of the problems confronted by raptors – hawks, owls, and other birds of prey. A representative of the Cednter will report on the Center’s current activities and show how they rehabilitate injured birds – with live examples!  Join us for this informative presentation.

“Annual Summer Picnic”
July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Mingo Shelter, Sand Run Metro Park
Sand Run Parkway, Akron

Celebrate the summer in style! You’re invited to a pot luck picnic at the Mingo Shelter (the driveway is between the park’s service buildings and the ford in Sand Run park). We’ll supply the sandwiches (meats and veggies) plus lemonade and iced tea. Please bring a salad or dessert to share and table service. Jen Miller, the executive secretary of the Ohio Chapter, will bring us up to date on Chapter initiatives and the prospects for state government.

March 21 Meeting Followup

Our presenter, Cheryl Johncox, has sent the following links to material and websites used in the presentation:

Oil and Gas Threat Map Ohio Page-
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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s are great opportunities 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

Little Cuyahoga River Water Sentinels. The Sierra Club has a very active water quality monitoring program, and the Portage Trail Group is doing its part through quarterly tests of the Little Cuyahoga River and its tributaries. We need volunteers to help with this important effort. We ask for just two or three hours of your time once every three months. We provide training and equipment. For details, call Guy Marentette at 330-922-4381 or

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