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Trek North America Along the Great Eastern Wildway

Post by edfrank » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:55 pm

Trek North America Along the Great Eastern Wildway

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Starting February 3rd, a group of wilderness enthusiasts are embarking on an epic adventure across the eastern seaboard of North America. The scope of the adventure may even blow away the revered Appalachian Trail. The conservation non-profit group, Wildlands Network is launching writer and explorer John Davis on a 4,500 mile journey from the southern tip of Florida to the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada....

The journey will take a zigzagging path through 13 states and two Canadian provinces. Almost all of the 4,500 miles will be muscle powered. This includes hiking, biking, walking, running, kayaking, canoeing, and skiing. Special guests will be joining John on his quest as well as supporters he meets along the way.
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The journey, known as TrekEast, will be led by John Davis, founder of Wildlands Network, past editor of Wild Earth magazine, writer, and naturalist. The 47 year old can be characterized as tri-athlete meets John Muir. He believes "a wild adventure and the exhilaration of motion can attract outsiders to the noble -- but often challenging -- cause of protecting wildlife habitat." All supporters of wilderness in eastern North America are encouraged to join this wild adventure.

For more information: http://www.wildlandsnetwork.org/
http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/42270

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TrekEast

Post by edfrank » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:13 am

trekeast
Follow an epic journey for the Eastern Wildway
http://www.wildlandsnetwork.org/node/141

On February 3, 2011, Wildlands Network’s TrekEast,™ a 4500-mile journey for nature by wilderness explorer John Davis, will begin in Key Largo, Florida.
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TrekEast is your chance to participate in one of the largest conservation events of our time! Its mission is to inspire a network of people to help connect the East’s remaining wild places in order to save them. The Wildlands Network vision John will be sharing is an Eastern Wildway, a mosaic of connected habitat stretching from Florida’s Everglades to Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula providing enough space for nature, wildlife and people to thrive.

Please Donate, sign up and Become a Trekker, Show Us Your Wild and learn how to Take Local Action to help connect the Eastern Wildway.
The Trail, The Journey:

Intent on using mostly human power, John will hike, paddle, cycle and ski approximately 4500 miles through the spectacular and biologically diverse Eastern Wildway. He will travel northward from the Everglades to Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula, slogging through swamps, hiking in search of rare prairies and longleaf pine forests, paddling pristine and important rivers, exploring rich coastal marshes, climbing ancient mountains, and navigating through valleys and northern landscapes. In addition, he will make “side-trips” from his charted course, in order to encounter as many critical wild places as possible.

John will be sharing this journey with many esteemed companion trekkers as well as a variety of intriguing and important species such as: American Crocodile, manatee, bottle-nosed dolphin, oysters, black bear, Florida panther, bobwhite quail, American turkey, red-cockaded woodpeckers, elk, bison, moose, beaver, Canada lynx and more. Many times, John’s stories will be told from the perspective of these threatened creatures as he faces barriers to survival from their perspective. See Trail Leg Descriptions.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Wildlands Network Researcher John Davis embarking on a 5 year, 4500 mile trek up and down the East Coast so as to call attention for the need for interconnected Maine to Florida Open Space
http://coyotes-wolves-cougars.blogspot. ... davis.html
Dear Supporters,

An ambitious journey like TrekEast can take on a sense of inevitability, as the many strands in one's life point in one direction and past experiences seem in hindsight to be part of a grand plan. Lest a pilgrim (a Wildways rambler, in this case) grow too proud, however, he should remember that most of the great journey has been and will be guided by others.

We are embarking on a great exploration of the East's wildest places in order to build networks of people protecting networks of wildlands (to borrow Michael Soulé's great John Davisphrase). We are here in the Florida Keys, at the southern beginning of eastern opportunities, because a community of conservation friends is coming together to help realize a dream of wildlife and freedom and health: an Eastern Wildway, linking wildlife habitats and people who care about them, from the Everglades to the Gaspé Peninsula.
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Re: trekeast

Post by dbhguru » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:05 pm

ENTS,

It would be impossible to overstate the depth of commitment that my dear friend John Davis has for wilderness and the preservation of our dwindling wild heritage. He walks the talk in every way. I have known John for over 20 years and can think of no one who embodies the wilderness spirit more than John. I have camped out in the Adirondacks with John, visited him in his New York home, read his writings, and admired his many accomplishments. John is extremely humble. He never promotes himself. He knows the top conservation biologists in the country and I know of none who don't hold John in the highest esteem. John will be walking with Ents on his journey, both the kind that walk around on two feet and the kind that are deeply rooted in the Earth.

Bob
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Susannah's Scoop...TrekEast Launch Day

Post by edfrank » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:27 pm

Susannah's Scoop...TrekEast Launch Day (February 3, 2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngiNyt_dbxQ
wildlandsnetwork | February 03, 2011
Exciting morning! Listen in as John talks with media reporters...

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TrekEast: Susannah's Scoop...John Davis Getting Ready! (January 28, 2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM9tEF3m0fw&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
Margo McKnight, Executive Director for Wildlands Network, and John Davis get kayaks ready before heading to Key Largo for the launch of TrekEast. He is such a cool guy!

TrekEast: Susannah's Scoop...John Davis in Key Largo! (February 1, 2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wegu8ouAQs&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
John talks about his 4,500 mile journey- set to launch in two days!

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Re: TrekEast

Post by edfrank » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:47 am

TrekEast Blog 1: Key Largo, Florida
Submitted by John Davis on Fri, 2011-02-04 04:57


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http://www.wildlandsnetwork.org/trekeas ... go-florida

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Susannah's Scoop...John Davis in Everglades!

Post by edfrank » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:33 am

Susannah's Scoop...John Davis in Everglades!

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Friends and colleagues join John for the next leg of TrekEast through Everglades National Park. They discuss supplies needed for their canoe journey through the Everglades.

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"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky

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Re: TrekEast

Post by edfrank » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:20 pm

Trek East Blog 3: Everglades National Park II


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excerpt: Though I’d been amply warned by many prior branches, and had been duly cautious till mid-morn, when the sun finally peeked through the mangrove tunnel and the water seemed a bit wider, I hastened forward heedlessly and heard not Larry’s warning from the bow. I impaled the pack-canoe on a sharp branch, leaving a dime-sized hole on starboard side at water line. Larry quickly came to the rescue with duct tape, but we were wounded, and had to alternately sneak through winding mangroves and bail out water for five more slow miles, with the other boats escorting us in case we sank, until we finally reached a dock and small area of dry land on which to attempt repairs.
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Re: TrekEast

Post by edfrank » Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:23 pm

February 16, 2011
Tracking TrekEast: Week 1

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Re: TrekEast

Post by AndrewJoslin » Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:56 pm

This is GREAT thanks for posting Ed. I wish that some folks along the way could assist John in climbing a fine big woods tree, he's obviously passing through some prime territory to come across great trees.
-AJ

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Re: TrekEast

Post by edfrank » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:26 pm

TrekEast Blog: Big Cypress and More
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Bittersweet Wandering
Big Cypress notes, mid February 2011, two weeks into TrekEast


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February 14 -- This is the first evening ever I’ve tried to write without the assurance that my mother, Mary Byrd Davis, an accomplished environmental writer, editor, and researcher and a very devoted parent, would be there, should I need editorial advice or encouragement. Mother died last night after a bout with cancer that I strongly suspect was triggered by a poisoning she suffered 30 years ago. (Then a librarian, she and her assistant were unwittingly exposed to dangerous levels of a toxin after management’s excessive fumigation of the books.) I mourned her loss and commenced my own healing by riding north and west from Everglades City to Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve’s Big Bend Cypress grove. As my mother noted in Old Growth in the East: A Survey, this Bald Cypress grove is among the more significant remnants of old-growth forest in southern Florida. How I wish she could have seen it with me.
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