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4/12/2002 Earth Week activities planned at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Several activities are planned at Linfield College during Earth Week April 22-26.

Aimee Code, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), will present "Clean Water for Salmon" Monday, April 22, at noon in 102 Walker Hall. She will discuss the adverse impacts that pesticides contamination have on salmon and will provide information on the work being done to address this issue. Code is the right-to-know coordinator for NCAP. She previously worked at the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network, an EPA-funded public education group and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras. She has a master's in environmental health and toxicology from Oregon State University.

Scott Fogarty, executive director of Friends of Opal Creek, will present "Forest Ecology and Opal Creek" Monday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge. He will present slides showcasing the Opal Creek forest, an old growth ecosystem protected in 1996 as a wilderness and scenic recreation area. It is home to thousand-year-old trees, cutthroat trout, spotted owls, elk and giant salamanders. Fogarty is an environmental attorney and is currently on the board of Willamette Riverkeepers and a steering committee member of the North Santiam Watershed Council.

Diane Zipper, outreach coordinator with the Renewable Northwest Project, will present a program on "Renewable Energy and the Current Energy Crisis" Tuesday, April 23, at noon in the Northwest Alcove of Dillin Hall. She will outline the current energy crunch and offer solutions that individuals and businesses can easily support. There will also be discussion of energy trends and an update on renewable energy projects in Oregon and the region, focusing on wind, solar and geothermal resources.

The Rev. John Pitney will present " Will the Mantis Pray for Us? Confessions of a Toad-Kissing, Electric Car-Driving, Guitar-Playing Gardener" Tuesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Pitney is a United Methodist Minister currently working at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene and for the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. He has been involved with PCUN and other projects focused on Community Supported Agriculture.

Jim Just, 1000 Friends of Oregon, will speak on the "Willamette Valley Alternative Futures Project" Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in 104 Renshaw Hall. The project is a research effort that projects how much farm and forest lands will be converted to urban development and low-density rural residential development over the next 50 years if current trends continue.

Alex Brown, grassroots coordinator for the Oregon Natural Resources Council, will speak on "Oregon Wild" Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge. His presentation, including slides, will focus on the 10 percent of old-growth forest left in Oregon and the 100 projects currently planned in roadless areas across the state.

All events are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield Students for Environmental Awareness. For more information, contact Jeanine Ishii at or call 503-434-2435.