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


“Annual Summer Picnic”
July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Location Change
Nelson Home
970 N. Hametown Road, Akron OH

Celebrate the summer in style! You’re invited to a pot luck picnic at the home of Lori and Dan Nelson in Bath Township. We’ll supply the sandwiches (meat and veggies) plus lemonade and iced tea. Please bring a salad or dessert to share, table service, and lawn chair. 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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