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A Climate of Extraction

23 May, 2014 - 26 May, 2014

EJC at Heartwood Forest Council
Join Heartwood members and partners — including hosts Friends of Bell Smith Springs, the Vinyard Indian Settlement, and SAFE (Southern Illinoisans Against Fracking our Environment) — at Camp Ondessonk in the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois for the 24th Annual Heartwood Forest Council, May 23-26,2014. This year’s gathering will focus on information sharing, networking and strategies for combating all types of resource extraction that threaten our forests, our water, our climate and our communities. Presenters will include: Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council, KY; Sam Stearns, Friends of Bell Smith Springs, IL; Tabitha Tripp, Anti-Fracking Activist, IL; Barney Bush, Poet, Vinyard Indian Settlement, IL; Ernie Reed, Heartwood/Wild Virginia, VA;  and April Lane, Anti-Fracking Activist, IL; and Bill Rau, Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University, IL. Other organizations presenting include: Shawnee Hills and Hollers; Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; Eco-Justice Collaborative; and Justice for Rocky Branch.

Topics will range from Forest Watch, to baseline water testing, to direct action and civil disobedience, to discussions of fighting fracking and coal mining in Southern Illinois and beyond. The weekend also boasts a number of field trips! And … there will be entertainment! No Forest Council would be complete without the music, story-telling, and creative theatrics of our favorite performers. Performers will include include The Better Days Band, Heartwood Allstars, RognboB, and the seemingly endless parade of participants at the Heartwood Talent Show. Click here for a full schedule of the weekend’s activities.

EJC presents on Sunday, May 25, at 2:00 pm.
2014 Online Registration live now!

About the Heartwood Forest Council

People Helping People Protect the Places they Love

People Helping People Protect the Places they Love

HEARTWOOD is a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment.

HEARTWOOD was founded in 1991, when concerned citizens from several midwestern states met and agreed to work together to protect the heartland hardwood forest. This region was once blanketed with a majestic hardwood forest containing more than 70 species of hardwood trees. Unfortunately, much of this forest has been cleared and what remains is mostly isolated fragments of public land that nonetheless play a critical role in providing habitat for wildlife, purifying the air and water, moderating global climate change, and offering places of beauty and enjoyment.

Today, their efforts remain rooted in the heart of the central hardwood region, with an emphasis on the “core states” of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri. Over time, Heartwood has branched out to serve areas of need throughout an 18-state region, giving special attention to the “at risk” national forests in Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia.


23 May, 2014
26 May, 2014
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Sam Sterns
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Camp Ondessonk
3760 Ondessonk Road
Ozark, IL United States
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