THE PINE LAKE INSTITUTE
                        Living and Learning for a Sustainable Future

                                  HARTWICK COLLEGE
                                  ONEONTA, NEW YORK

                                                                        Sunset on the lake (P. Blue photo)

                                      The Pine Lake Mission
 Pine Lake, as the environmental campus of Hartwick College, plays an integral role in the larger
 campus. It is a place to learn from and live with nature; a site where the entire community of
 learners will study and use the environment in ways that sustain rather than deplete resources; a
 place where collaborative learning connects the environment to the curricular and co-curricular
 life of the College as well as the lives of individual students, faculty, staff, and community
 residents. In short, the mission of the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College is

 ♦ provide opportunities for hands-on research, academic study, and self-discovery of the
 natural environment and the history of human land use;

 ♦ provide a residential alternative, a place where students and guests can live in and learn from
 a primarily natural setting;

 ♦ provide a place where challenge, reflection, and recreation can lead to personal renewal and
 growth, appreciation of nature, and responsible environmental stewardship;

 ♦ provide a living laboratory that teaches the College and the larger community how humans
 can sustain rather than deplete resources; and

 ♦   demonstrate environmentally responsible stewardship.

Cover photo: “Dawn” by Miranda Lahr ’09 (see related story on p. 17).


                                  View from the Lake
                               Brian Hagenbuch, Ph.D.
       Director, Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies
                                    Since 1971, the Pine Lake Environmental Campus has
                                    provided a unique teaching, living, and learning
                                    environment for Hartwick College and the regional
                                    community. Building on this history, the Pine Lake Institute
                                    for Environmental and Sustainability Studies was created to
                                    expand Hartwick’s leadership in teaching, research, and
                                    outreach on local and regional environmental issues in the
                                    upper Susquehanna and Delaware River watersheds. The
                                    Institute has set an ambitious agenda to model sustainable
                                    living and learning at Pine Lake, on the Hartwick campus,
                                    and in the community. You’ll read about some of our past
                                    activities, present commitments, and future ideas in the pages

In my first few months as Director, I have been talking with many people about the idea and
practice of sustainability. What do we mean by sustainability? How would a sustainable campus
and community appear? These are questions whose answers will emerge through collaboration
with faculty, students, alumni, and community members in the coming months and years. We
invite you to be part of this process.

Creating a sustainable system is much more than just saving the rainforests, recycling your
bottles, and reducing your ecological footprint. Sustainability invites bigger questions and a
greater need for dialogue about who we are, why we act the way we do, how we got in this
situation, where we’re heading, and what we’re going to do about it. These are the questions that
challenge each of us personally and provide us with opportunities to create a better world.

One of the misconceptions about sustainability is that it just focuses on the environment (trees,
birds, land, water, etc.). I take a much broader perspective on sustainability—not only must we
consider local and global ecology, we must also embed it in the context of sustaining our self, our
communities, and our cultures. In academia, the idea of sustainability provides a forum to ask
critical questions and engage in needed dialogue about how a sustainable society might appear
with regard to its economic, political, and values-based systems. As we debate the type of human
systems that are needed to make us sustainable, we must also determine the impact of our
decisions on ecological systems. Sustainability cannot be achieved without the integration of
human and natural communities.

The Pine Lake Institute provides an ideal setting by which to confront these deeper questions that
define the human role in the natural world while also modeling the practice of sustainable living.
With over twenty years of experience working on behalf of the environment in higher education,
non-profit organizations, and state government, it is my great privilege to assume the role of
Director of the Pine Lake Institute. Together with Peter Blue and Dan Morse, I look forward to
learning about your ideas and soliciting your help to enhance the Pine Lake experience while
creating positive and sustainable change in the communities and beyond.


          Taking on Global Warming from Paths Started on Oyaron Hill
                               Fred Stoss ’72

I came to Hartwick College in the fall of
1968—a year marked with tragedy and
social unrest: the assassinations of Martin
Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the
violence of the Democratic Convention that
selected Hubert Humphrey as its
Presidential Candidate, the escalating War
in Vietnam and resulting anti-war protests,
as well as on-going civil rights activism. It
was a pivotal year in many ways, as the
Class of ’72 left home to start a journey on a
new path on Oyaron Hill.                                     Fred Stoss ’72 speaks with Al Gore

One unexpected event during my tenure at         recall appreciating a class with a different
Hartwick took place the following year in        means of inquiry. This environmental
the December semester of Interdisciplinary       before the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970
Studies—Interdis to faculty and staff,           and more than a year before Hartwick
“Inner-bliss” to students. Interdis was          acquired the property at what is now the
between the first and second of Hartwick’s       Pine Lake Environmental Campus.
three, 10-week semesters, and freshmen and
sophomores took one course from among            I recall discussing research about increasing
several options. Professors from various         concentrations of carbon dioxide in the
departments served as instructors and led        atmosphere. We most likely learned of this
lectures, informal discussion groups,            research from a 1965 article in the Journal of
seminars, and other events providing a           Geophysical Research (JGR). I doubt we paid
cross-disciplinary approach to study a topic.    much heed to any predictions about global
                                                 warming—the 1950s and 1960s were
                                                 decades of long, cold and snowy winters, at
 I doubt we paid much heed to
                                                 least in New York State—because many
 any predictions about global                    scientists made predictions about the
   warming — the 1950s and                       possibility of an impending mini-ice age.
  1960s were decades of long,
  cold and snowy winters, at                     A bit to the east of Hartwick College, a
                                                 Harvard undergraduate also learned about
    least in New York State.
                                                 Charles David Keeling’s research on
                                                 atmospheric concentrations of carbon
Man and the Environment was my sophomore         dioxide. That student was Al Gore, Jr., son
Interdis class. I do not recall all the          of the Senator from Tennessee, who most
professors teaching this class, but Drs. Earl    likely saw the same JGR article presented to
Duebler, John Lindell, Robert Titus, and         him by one of his Harvard mentors,
perhaps Robert Smith were among them. I          Professor Roger Revelle.
have long lost the notes from the class but


It would be almost 40 years before our paths          Information Services and helped with its
would cross, over an issue about which we             local, state, and national programs devoted
both held our respective interest and                 to global climate change, hazardous waste,
passion—the protection of our environment.            community environmental health issues,
Mr. Gore would become a Vietnam veteran,              and environmental education. In 1990, I
a member of the House of Representatives,             headed to Tennessee to work in the Carbon
the Senate, the 45th Vice President, and for a        Dioxide Information Analysis Center at Oak
brief period, President-Elect.                        Ridge National Laboratory. While at
                                                      CDIAC, I gained invaluable experiences in
My career carries a less distinguished                helping to broaden access to CDIAC’s
pedigree, with a graduate degree in zoology           scientific and technical data products,
(aquatic ecology), and research in                    publications, and expertise related to the
ecotoxicology. Then another unexpected                U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Change
event took place in 1982, when I acquired a           Research Program. I worked with some of
master of library science degree. My                  the world’s leading experts in their
interests in environmental data and                   respective disciplines in the areas of climate
information would take on new dimensions              change and assisted in CDIAC becoming the
as I developed and managed the Acid Rain              World Data Center1 for Atmospheric Trace
Information Clearinghouse in the Center for           Gases. I was also a co-editor of the first three
Environmental Information (Rochester, NY).            print editions of Trends: A Compendium of
I became CEI’s Director for Library and               Data on Global Change.

             The Greenhouse Effect: illustration from IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, FAQ 1.3, Figure 1.


In 1996, I accepted a position in the Science    reaching, by my estimate, more than 3,000
and Engineering Library at the University at     persons.
Buffalo. I am the Biological and
Environmental Sciences and Mathematics           Oneonta has been the site of three of my
Librarian in the Arts & Sciences Libraries. I    presentations: a Hartwick College alumni
also have an adjunct faculty position in the     event at Homecoming Weekend 2007, and a
Department of Library and Information            presentation to students in February, 2008.
Studies in the Graduate School of Education.     In April, I headed to Oneonta's other hill-top
                                                 campus, the SUNY College at Oneonta, to
                                                 help launch their Earth Day activities with a
    Several months after the release             presentation of Mr. Gore's slide show. I have
       of An Inconvenient Truth,                 also had the good fortune of publishing two
    I answered a call issued by The              articles in response to this involvement, one
    Climate Project for training by              of which was published with my daughter,
                                                 Kaeti, a 2005 Art History honors graduate of
      Al Gore in giving his global
                                                 the University of Rochester and now a
          warming slide show.                    student earning her Earth Science degree
                                                 and New York teaching certification.2

Several months after the release of the Al       The content of the slideshows is evolving.
Gore’s book and documentary movie, An            We talk less about the causes and
Inconvenient Truth, I answered a call issued     consequences of global warming. Our
by The Climate Project for training by Al        audiences demand more attention to
Gore in giving his global warming slide          solutions. They want to reduce their carbon
show. The Climate Project notified me of my      footprints from individual actions. They
acceptance and I headed to Nashville,            want to help their communities meet the
Tennessee in January of 2007. My class of        challenges of global warming with better
“Climate Messengers” received in-depth           energy and environmental policies and
instruction in the scientific and technical      practices. I am greatly honored to be
aspects of global warming by Mr. Gore and        counted among Al Gore’s “1,000 Climate
staff from The Climate Project. We met with      Messengers” motivating people to make the
Mr. Gore for large group and hands-on            personal commitments to learn how they
instruction for about two-thirds of our          can face this challenge.
training. I had the opportunity to talk with
Mr. Gore about the World Data Centers,
which serve as the generators and archives
of much of the data shown in numerous
graphs and illustrations in the slideshow,
book, and film.
Since my training with Al Gore and The
Climate Project, I have given about 36
presentations to undergraduate and
graduate classes, churches and church
groups, professional education and library
associations, groups of retired persons, civic
and community groups and colleges,



  The World Data Centers, created in 1956, serve as the official archive of data collected during
the International Geophysical Year, 1957-58. They still function with expanded data sharing
programs today. The Keeling carbon dioxide data were generated at the suggestion of Professor
Roger Revelle. This data record is still being maintained as part of an international effort to
monitor carbon dioxide levels throughout the world. CDIAC is responsible for providing critical
quality assurance and quality control checks on this data (and about 60 other climate change
data sets). See: “World Data Centers: Gateways to Geoscience Data,” by Frederick W. Stoss, in:
GeoTimes, 43(10):24-28, Oct. 1998; and

 F. Stoss. 2007. “Convenient Resources for ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’” Electronic Green Journal,
#25, for free registration for free full-text, online access; Kaeti Stoss and
Frederick W. Stoss. 2008. “Heating Up for Global Research and Policy,” Online, v. 32, n.1,
Jan/Feb 2008, free online, full-text access at


         Catskill Poetry Workshop Returns to Pine Lake for its 18th Season

                                          Catskill Poetry Workshop has come home to Pine Lake!
                                          The 2008 CPW session will run July 6-12 and feature poets
                                          Stephen Dunn, Ray Gonzalez, Dave Smith, Chase
                                          Twichell, Judith Vollmer, Michael Waters, and Carol Frost,
                                          the Workshop Director.

                                          Participants come to Catskill Poetry from around the
                                          country and stay at Pine Lake for poetry workshops, craft
                                          talks, one-on-one conferences, and readings. We expect to
                                          have at least 25 participants. Readings—held each evening
                                          in the Vaudevillian or at our new outdoor stage—are free
                                          and open to the public. So join us some fine summer eve
                                          and listen to where poetry is and where it's going.


                                  What Pine Lake Means to Me
                                       Kathy Mohan ’08

                    The year 2008 is here,           are all unforgettable memories that I’ve shared
                    and that means I’m               with phenomenal people.
                    graduating. It means that
                    I’ve spent the past four         The Activities. Besides my involvement in the
                    years living the life of a       Awakening and Challenge Education
                    college student, and soon        programs, Pine Lake has also been a venue for
                    I will be transitioning into     many of my other activities. Outdoor Club
                    a new stage of my life.          gatherings, the Pine Lake Chili Cook-Off and
                    My mind is filled with           Sausage Fest, and fire spinning workshops are
memories and stories of my experiences at            only a few of the awesome events that have
Hartwick, but my thoughts are continually            taken place. Additionally, discussions in the
directed toward a common theme—Pine Lake.            Strawbale cabin have introduced me to a
                                                     variety of topics such as permaculture, the
Pine Lake is where my Hartwick experience            impact of windmills on bird populations, and
began. From the first time I visited “the lake” I
knew that I wanted to be connected to this
place. There are so many things that have             I’ve learned how to cook, grow, and
contributed to my deep appreciation for this
                                                     appreciate good food, and I’ve gained
hidden gem.
                                                     an appreciation for a more simple and
The Home Life. I’ve lived at Pine Lake for the                sustainable lifestyle.
past three years, and this is the place I think of
as “home” now. I’ve learned how to cook,             alternative methods of pain control for
grow, and appreciate good food, and I’ve             childbirth. This place has sparked a passion for
gained an appreciation for a more simple and         learning and exploring because I am
sustainable lifestyle, something that many           surrounded by so many diverse personalities
people don’t come across until they are much         and opportunities.
older. Living at Pine Lake has also showed me
the importance of slowing my busy schedule           The Aesthetics. Pine Lake is tranquil and
to embrace nature and share time with those I        beautiful. Many times I have walked the trails
love. And did I mention that I live in a cabin       on the lower and upper tracts. Sometimes
on a lake? Who else can say that until they          barefoot, sometimes in the rain, sometimes
retire?                                              with snowshoes, sometimes alone. Kayaking
                                                     the lake is another activity that never grows
The People. I met many of my closest                 old. There is something so freeing about being
Hartwick friends at Pine Lake. Participating in      on the water in the rain, or watching the sun
Awakening and developing a sense of                  set, or peering through the water at the fish
community with other Pine Lake residents             and luring them to the surface with a pinky
allowed me to form amazing friendships.              finger. Each outing is a renewing and uplifting
Bonfires, sauna-ing, searching for newts,            experience.
hiking the trails, playing on the ropes course,
Awakening games, contra dances, camping on           It’s hard to describe how much this place
the island, working in the garden, potlucks,         means to me. Pine Lake has grounded me, and
sledding, and rides in the Pine Lake Shuttle         yet set me free to discover many new paths
                                                     that I would have never imagined.


                                                              The Pine Lake Shuttle, circa 2008

                                   The Pine Lake Shuttle

The Pine Lake shuttle transports students to    With 30 students living at Pine Lake this
and from Hartwick’s main campus. Pine           year, our current shuttle (which is almost 10
Lake residents also use the shuttle for trips   years old) receives heavy use. During the
to the grocery store or to conduct errands.     2008-09 academic year, we anticipate about
The weekday shuttle schedule is organized       40 students living at the lake, so we are
by Pine Lake residents and encourages           shopping for a second shuttle for students—
carpooling. The shuttle also makes it           ideally a hybrid or other fuel-efficient
possible for students who don’t own cars to     vehicle!
live at Pine Lake. On weekends, the shuttle
provides access to Pine Lake for students
living on campus.

                                                              The Pine Lake Shuttle, circa 1910


The Year I Learned to Swim:                      bat or two would have to be coaxed from
One Boy’s Memories of Pine Lake                  the place before Mom would even dream
                                                 about coming around. From time to time my
by Gary Logsted
                                                 Aunt Doris would flush spaghetti or
In the fledgling years of the 1950s, if you
                                                 something down her sink up the hill, only to
were among the lucky few, you could secure
                                                 have it show up in ours down the hill. Of
a cabin on Pine Lake for about 35 bucks a
                                                 course, we loved the place and wouldn’t
week. But wedged shoulder to shoulder into
                                                 have changed a thing.
the back seat of Dad’s Rambler station
wagon, matters of high finance were the last
things on our minds. For about a decade of
summers—mid-fifties through late sixties—
Dad and Mom would load up the car for a
glorious week on the lake.

We were what you might call “loaded
down.” Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, every
inch of space from floor to roof rack was
taken, leaving precious little breathing space
for my sisters and me. A dusty old canvas         My cousin Donna, my big sister Karen, and me.
tarp stretched tight across a mountain of                        (photo courtesy of G. Lodsted)
roof luggage.
                                                 Kurt Neunzig, then Pine Lake’s owner,
                                                 would arrange all sorts of activities for the
The anticipation was palpable. To us kids
                                                 adults and kids. There would be horseback
the five-hour trek from New Jersey to the
                                                 riding, nature hikes through the fields and
Catskills seemed an eternity. When we
                                                 woods, fish fries, and the occasional softball
finally arrived we knew we were in for a
treat—hands down, the best time of the
                                                 Pine Lake was a kid’s paradise. Here we had
                                                 the run of things. We could wander into the
Not halfway down the rutted lakeside road
                                                 woods, fish, swim, and even take the boat
the magic of the place would take hold. The
                                                 out—provided we placated Mom by
sweet smell of pine and the gentle sound of
                                                 wearing our bright-orange canvas life
lapping water filled our senses like a
perfume. By the time we pulled up to our
tiny cabin, all thoughts and concerns of the
                                                 From time to time relatives and friends
outside world were melted away. Usually,
                                                 would join us at the lake. One year when my
the Rambler’s brakes hadn’t stopped
                                                 cousin Paul and uncle Arthur drove up for
squealing when we’d bolt from the car and
                                                 the day, they quickly decided that Pine Lake
head out exploring.
                                                 lacked a sailboat. Undaunted, they rigged
                                                 up a rowboat with a makeshift mast and a
The allure of Pine Lake was the simple life.
                                                 canvas tarp for a sail. I don’t recall if the
No fancy amusements here, just a relaxing
                                                 craft ever actually got up a headwind, but it
and rustic simplicity so hard to come by in
                                                 sure was a sight to see.
the real world. Did I say rustic? These
                                                 For the first few years we stayed at the lake,
cabins embodied the word. Some years, a
                                                 the rowboats were deep-blue wooden ones.


Being somewhat the romantic, I was a bit         have a 10-year-old peanut gallery for an
disappointed to see them go. Still, the new      audience.
aluminum models were easier to row and
not nearly as leaky. Ah, progress.               One day, while walking back from the ball
                                                 field, I came across a group of adults
                                                 huddled in a circle. Someone had somehow
  Pine Lake was a kid’s paradise.                managed to fish a huge, hissing, snapping
   Here we had the run of things.                turtle out of the lake. It was simply the
                                                 ugliest, biggest, most sinister, prehistoric
  We could wander into the woods,
                                                 thing I had ever seen (with the possible
       fish, swim, and even                      exception of a mosquito I saw perched on
         take the boat out.                      our kitchen screen one evening). They all
                                                 stood around waving thicker and thicker
                                                 sticks in front of the creature’s mouth—and
Early on, my cousin Donna and I discovered
                                                 marveling at the ease with which it snapped
that there were salamanders living in the
                                                 them in two. I paid more attention to where
murky water down by the swamp path.
                                                 I put my fingers after that.
Enough said, we just had to try to catch
them. Of course we had no idea what to do
                                                 These days I’m told the cabin up the hill is
with the ones we caught, but the thrill of the
                                                 gone, and ours is a storage building given
hunt was the thing. Luckily for the
                                                 the lofty name of “Redwood 3.” Somehow I
salamanders, it ended up being a catch-and-
                                                 managed to turn 55 years old this May.
release proposition.
                                                 Imagine: it’s pushing 40 years since I’ve seen
                                                 Pine Lake. Since then life has moved me
One year, we no sooner pulled up to the
                                                 quite far afield (Albuquerque, New Mexico).
cabin than my mother announced loudly,
                                                 I’ve been fortunate to see the Grand
“This is the year you learn to swim.” Now, I
                                                 Canyon, Hollywood, Buckingham Palace,
loved being on the water, and loved being
                                                 and countless exotic points between. But my
around the water, but being under the water
                                                 childhood memories of that little pine lake
was something I’d skillfully avoided for all
                                                 in the Catskills have not dimmed through
12 of my advanced years. Luckily Kurt
                                                 the years. I can still smell the lily pads, the
Neunzig was the best of the best at that sort
                                                 pines, and that wonderful musty cabin
of thing. I swear the man could teach a
cinderblock to swim if you gave him a few
shots at it.
                                                 Who knows? God willing and the creek
                                                 don’t rise, I might just return there some
On that fateful day when Kurt and I
                                                 day. Maybe it’s not possible to relive those
rumbled up to the swimming area in his
                                                 innocent salamander years, and maybe I’d
jeep (a thrill in itself), there were several
                                                 find that reality is not exactly as I remember.
younger boys hanging around. With a stern
                                                 But I’d gladly trade a stay at the Hyatt
tone Kurt told them to get lost: “The beach is
                                                 Regency for one on my cabin cot; drifting
closed,” he announced. That one act of
                                                 slowly asleep to the lapping water and a
compassion put me at total ease. Here was a
                                                 chorus of bullfrogs in the night.
man who taught Marines to swim,
performed professionally with Tarzan’s
Johnny Weissmuller, and understood that a
12-year-old kid might be embarrassed to


                          2008 Summer Cabin Rentals at Pine Lake

                                                    Linens are not provided. Most guests bring their
  Planning a vacation? Looking for a                own, though we can arrange for linen service at
  quiet respite for a few days? Visiting            $30 per set. Each cabin has a park-style bar-b-q
  the Catskills region this summer?                 grill nearby. Use of Hartwick College's gym, pool
                                                    and fitness center (eight miles away) is included.
  Have we got a place for you!!!
                                                    Many restaurants are nearby in Oneonta. Three
                                                    major grocery stores (Price Chopper, Hannaford,
Pine Lake is eight miles from Oneonta, 25 miles     and Wal-Mart) are about 5 miles away. Cabins
from Cooperstown, 20 miles from the                 have no TV, no telephone. There is no TV and
Cooperstown Dreams                                                          limited cell phone
Park and about 12 miles                                                     reception at Pine Lake. A
from the Cooperstown                                                        pay phone is located at the
Baseball World in                                                           main lodge.
                                                                            As the environmental
Pine Lake has 11 cabins                                                     campus of Hartwick
and Robertson Lodge                                                         College, research and
available for summer                                                        instruction are year-round
rentals. Cabins are located                                                 activities. Programs that
along dirt roads in woods                                                   are typical of a summer at
around 12.5 acre Pine                                                       Pine Lake include biology
Lake.                                               research, poetry and theater retreats, swim
                                                    lessons for local children, and college classes in
                                                    June and July. Rental guests share the grounds
Swimming and boating are allowed—lifeguards
                                                    with students, researchers and day visitors, and
are on duty Tuesday through Sunday. Use of
                                                    may participate in some of these activities.
Pine Lake canoes, kayaks and rowboats are
included in the rental fee.
                                                                           New this summer is the
Nine miles of trails are
open to hikers and                                                         Pine Lake book club—
mountain bikers. Fishing                                                   three books will be
is permitted in the lake                                                   available in each rental
(large and small mouth                                                     cabin: Collapse, by Jared
bass, pickerel, sunnies                                                    Diamond; Peak
galore) and Charlotte                                                      Everything, by Richard
Creek (trout) is adjacent to                                               Heinberg; and The Man
the property.                                                              who Created Paradise: A
                                                                           Fable, by Gene Logsdon.
Cabins are available from
mid-June through mid-late August.                   For more information, please call 607-278-5429 or
                                                    e-mail For rental
Check-in is between 3 and 6 p.m., check out by 11   rates, go to
a.m. Kitchens are equipped with dishes and
utensils, coffee maker, toaster and microwave.      Our mailing address is Pine Lake, 1894 Charlotte
Each bedroom has two single beds, some              Creek Road, Oneonta NY 13820.


                                                   Garand on wooden flute, electric bass, vocals;
     House Concerts in the Strawbale               Yann Falquet on guitar, jew's harp, vocals;
                                                   Pascal Gemme on fiddle, feet, vocals. Before
                                                   the concert, Pine Lake hosted workshops with
                                                   the band; and music played in the pavilion
                                                   while band and workshop participants took
                                                   breaks to go fishing or swimming. The band
                                                   paraded into the Lodge kitchen and played an
Musicians visiting the Strawbale house             impromptu set for people canning food for a
almost always say, “What a great place for a       weekend workshop with permaculturist
concert!” So we tried it out: we instituted a      Albert Bates.
new program of house concerts in the
Strawbale, in cooperation with the Music           The Hartwick College Chamber Choir, under
Department, Arts On Queue in Cooperstown,          the direction of Jirka Krotochvil, performed a
and the Otsego Dance Society. The concerts         suite of concert pieces as a fundraiser for their
were sold-out, standing-room-only events.          Prague tour. Weather kept attendance down,
                                                   but the people who braved the snow were
Spindel Duo, from Norway, is Hardanger             delighted to hear them.
                fiddle players Sigrid Moldestad
                and Liv Merete Kroken. The         John Dipper and Claudine Arcand from
                Hardanger fiddle is a              England and Quebec performed a Valentine’s
                traditional Norwegian violin       Day concert of fiddle tunes from their
                with resonating strings beneath    respective traditions. John’s lyrical, melodic
                the fingerboard. “Electrifying,”   playing and
                “haunting and beautiful,” and      Claudine’s driving
“incredible” were some of the comments.            but fluid
Totally acoustic, with no electronics between      quebecois styles
performer and audience, the subtleties of the      complemented
music were astounding. Every scrape of their       each other
bows, every                                        perfectly. After the
resonating                                         concert, students and community members
string could be                                    joined in conversations in French and British.
heard. Pine Lake                                   All the performers said it was a pleasure to be
was their first                                    able to perform acoustically: “The audience
stop on their                                      can hear the music the way we do when we
USA tour.                                          play for fun, and we can hear each other.
                                                   That’s the way it’s supposed to be! It’s such a
                                                   treat,” said Claudine through translator
Genticorum, a trio from Montreal Quebec,           Miranda Lahr (Pine Lake’s resident advisor).
performed traditional Quebecois French songs
and fiddle tunes with a sound as joyful as
Spindel was ethereal. On wooden flute, fiddle
and guitar, and unaccompanied voice,
Genticorum was Alexandre de Grosbois-


VÄSEN at                 Pine Lake            was commissioned to arrange music to
                                              mark the occasion. Väsen performed
                                              traditional music from the period and
                                              region of Linnaeus's life, including pieces
                                              written by his brother-in-law and by a
                                              cousin, and pieces newly rediscovered on
                                              Linneaus's own restored "barrel organ."
                                              But the music was arranged and
On a gorgeous day in April, music was         performed in the uniquely Väsen way,
all around; students were out in boats,       maintaining true roots to the tradition,
and the birds were singing—this is what       while at the same time remaining
prospective students encountered when         emphatically modern. The combination of
they toured the Lake one day this spring.     nyckelharpa and viola was propelled by
In cooperation with the Music                 guitar in tunes that were irresistible and
Department, the Climate Change                unforgettable.
academic theme, and local arts presenter
Sandra Peevers, Pine Lake hosted a series     The
of master classes with the Swedish group      Climate
Väsen for the third                           Change
time in three years.                          Committee
Participants                                  and Pine
ranged in age from                            Lake’s new
12 years old to 64,                           “Pine Lake
and came from as                              on Campus” program also sponsored a
far away as Baltimore, Boston, and            well-attended lecture on the life of
western Pennsyvania. Väsen is three great     Linnaeus, given by Dr. Adam Ryburn.
Swedish musicians: Olov Johansson on
the nyckelharpa (a keyed fiddle unique to     After the concert on campus, Väsen
Sweden), Mikael Marin on viola, and           returned to Pine Lake to stay in the
Roger Tallroth on guitar.                     Strawbale House. When they arrived,
                                              Olov asked what the strange noise was
May 2007 marked the 300th anniversary         (peepers). They did not believe that the
of the birth of Swede Carl Linnaeus,          noise could come from little frogs, and
known as the "father of modern                asked jokingly to see one. Peter Blue went
taxonomy."                                    and gathered a bowlful and over drinks
A botanist,                                   and chips and snacks the band and guests
physician,                                    waited in vain for the peepers—Hyla
and                                           crucifer in Linnaean classification—to sing
zoologist,                                    indoors.
Linnaeus laid the foundations for the
modern scheme of plant and animal
nomenclature. He is also considered one
of the fathers of modern ecology. Väsen


                                    2008 Facility Update

                                                 work progressed, the scope of the project
                                                 expanded from simple repairs to a complete
                                                 renovation of the entire structure. Along the
                                                 way, every effort was made to ensure that
                                                 the finished structure would look and feel
                                                 consistent with its setting at Pine Lake.

The Outdoor Stage
Construction work began in early December
2007 on an outdoor stage, located at the base
of the hill behind the Lodge. The stage,
designed by architect Joel Murray of East
Meredith, was built by Tom Howard
                                                 Nearly every part of the structure has been
Construction of Oneonta. The stage’s
                                                 repaired, replaced, or rebuilt, and a
performance space measures approximately
                                                 completely new septic system will be
24’x16’ (384 sq. ft.), while the overall
                                                 installed. The cabin now houses two
footprint of the structure is approximately
                                                 students during the academic year, and will
24’x24’ (576 sq. ft.). Audiences will view
                                                 be available for rental during the summer.
performances from the hillside in a natural
outdoor amphitheater setting.
                                                 In addition, a number of smaller projects
                                                 were completed last summer by Pine Lake
The stage will be used for all types of
                                                 and Aramark staff, including:
performances—including live music,
theatre, readings, and dance. Construction
                                                 • renovating a room in the Farmhouse and
of the outdoor stage was funded by the Pine
                                                 adding one bed
Lake Student Fee and a private donation.
                                                 • constructing an information kiosk by the
                                                 Lodge parking lot (see photo on next page)
Hill and Dale 2
                                                 • installing a stacked split-rail fence around
Tom Howard Construction also completed
                                                 the Lodge parking lot
renovations on Hill and Dale 2 cabin, which
                                                 • installing a new sign at the main entrance
is believed to have been originally built in
                                                 (see photo on next page)
the mid-nineteen thirties as a Sears and
                                                 • installing a new roof on Outback 3
Roebuck kit house. When renovations began
five years ago, Hill and Dale 2 was empty,
unwinterized and had fallen into a state of
serious disrepair. The goal at that point was
to simply make the cabin suitable for use as
a simple overnight camping shelter. As


New entrance sign                                         The information kiosk

                                        And there’s more to do. Pending sufficient fundraising,
                                        projects that are pending this summer include:

                                        • Complete the Cob House. Begun by students in a
                                        previous “Architecture of the Sacred” class and led by
                                        Professor Sandy Huntington and builder Clark Sanders,
                                        this unique earthen building will house two students.
                                        When complete, it will doubtless offer some of the coolest
                                        (and greenest) student housing anywhere.

                                        • Repair or replace the Sauna. Our Finnish-style
                                        woodfired sauna was flooded in the summer of 2006.
                                        Resulting moisture damage has left it closed ever since.
Paver floor in information kiosk
                                       • Replace the aging Outback Cabins. All three Outback
                                       cabins are nearing the end of their useful life. Our goal is
to replace them with a cluster of energy-efficient, green student residences.

• Construct a greenhouse. We currently grow vegetables in small organic raised-bed garden
boxes behind the Lodge and the Farmhouse. Adding a greenhouse would allow us to expand our
growing season and make gardening more a part of our academic year programming.

• Build a green welcome center. Robertson Lodge is getting crowded with staff, students, and
visitors. We are in the planning stages for a welcome center for visitors, which would also house
staff offices and a meeting room. The Lodge office will be renovated for student use.


        Leave a Legacy—Help Build a State-of-the-Art Challenge Course!
 Sarah Root, director, and Lisa Kettunen, assistant director, Challenge Education

                                             Do you remember the exhilaration and the happy faces
                                             last time you were on the Challenge Course at Pine
                                             Lake? Would you like to help us create a state-of-the-art
                                             Challenge Course that will have staying power, inviting
                                             and delighting Hartwick students for years to come?

                                             As you know, the Challenge Course has always been a
                                             key feature at Pine Lake, serving over 600 students per
                                             year since 1984. It is central to Hartwick’s signature
                                             Awakening program as well as dozens of weekend
experiences for student groups. The magic of the Challenge Course is in its adaptability. Using a
diverse array of novel events and “elements,” Hartwick’s Challenge Education is able to customize
programs to target many different goals.

On any given weekend, you may overhear participants in weekend Challenge Education Programs
saying… “Now we have specific tools for addressing our club problems, thank you” (A student
club)…. “This was great! We totally bonded, and the new leadership skills we learned are key” (A
Greek House)… “Climbing the high elements helped me prepare for the scary role of being a teacher”
(Education students). The Challenge Course on the Pine Lake Environmental Campus plays a pivotal
role in co-curricular learning for Hartwick students.

                                           To better serve Hartwick and groups from the surrounding
                                           community, we are seeking to expand and upgrade the
                                           Challenge Course. The goal is to build a moderate sized,
                                           state-of-the-art Course that will maintain the enthusiasm
                                           and learning for all its users in the coming years. Elements
                                           built on trees would be interspersed with pole elements,
                                           maximizing sustainable use of the current wonderful site.
                                           Featured new high elements would include: Islands in the
                                           Sky, Roll Out Rappel, In-Line Pamper Pole, Centipede,
                                           Vertical Playpen, Swingshot. Each of these costs about
                                           $1,800. The total expansion/upgrade requires $40,300.

Another goal is to create an endowment fund that would support ongoing Challenge Course
upgrades, maintenance, and inspections. This would guarantee annual repairs and adjustments to the
elements, facilitate the purchase of new elements, and enhance our ability to maintain necessary
standards and certification in the rapidly changing field of Adventure Education.

Through collaborative efforts between the Challenge Education Program and the Pine Lake
Environmental Campus, we have a unique opportunity to enhance our Course for generations of
Hartwick students.

If you’re interested in making a gift to the Challenge Course, you can give online at (write “Challenge Course” in Comments), or call
607-431-4011. For more information, e-mail


             Miranda Lahr ‘09 Wins Spring 2008 Pine Lake Photo Prize

She has a winning streak. Miranda Lahr               Also recognized with Honorable Mentions
'09, a Chemistry major from Vestal, NY—              were Art History major Anna Strong '08, of
and a Pine Lake resident—has won the Pine            Auburn, MA, and Meghan Coonrod '09, a
Lake photography competition twice in a              Nursing major from Ballston Spa, NY.
row. Her photo "Quietus" (shown below
right) was named the winner during a                 Serving as judges for the contest were noted
celebration at Pine Lake Environmental               local photographer and artist Charles
Campus on April 16 in the Robertson Lodge            Bremer; Assistant Professor of Art History
Gallery.                                             Doug Zullo; and Ben Sheridan '07, academic
                                                     intern in the Department of Art and Art
As part of this                                                             History.
year's "Climate
Change" academic                                                            The photo contest
theme, the 2008                                                             was organized by
Pine Lake Prize                                                             Pine Lake program
photo competition                                                           coordinator and
asked student                                                               Climate Change
photographers to                                                            Committee member
portray an                                                                  Dan Morse '97,
individual species                                                          Professor of Art
found at Pine Lake.                                                         Katharine Kreisher,
                                                                            and Sheridan.
One of the
important effects from                     “Quietus,” by Miranda Lahr ’09     The 2008 Pine Lake
predicted climate change will be                                              Prize Photo Show will
shifts in species' ranges and possible loss of         be on display in the Robertson Lodge
biodiversity as species fail to adapt to               Gallery at Pine Lake through fall 2008. The
radically changed environments. While the              contest and show were made possible with
full impact of climate change on biodiversity          support from Pine Lake, the Department of
is impossible to predict, the value of                 Art and Art History, the Pine Lake Student
documenting the species that surround us is            Fee, and the 2007-08 "Climate Change"
clear.                                                 academic theme.

Additional prizes were awarded as follows:

Kaitlin Reeder '10, a Sociology major from
Munnsville, NY, was awarded Second Prize
for her photo "Emergence."

Art major Jon Valder '08, of Ballston Spa,
NY, was awarded Third Prize for his photo
"Framed Innocence."


What Students Say
Josh Simmonds ’08:                         H. Rebecca Lockwood ’09:                 Ben Meisel ’10:
Pine Lake has taught me to be              The possibility of living at Pine        Pine Lake has been the greatest
more concerned with my                     Lake is what convinced me to             experience I have had since coming
everyday activities and the                come to Hartwick College.                to Hartwick.
impact that they have,                     Margaret Gormley ’09:                    Steven Laff ’11:
specifically on the environment.           Pine Lake is one of the things that      Pine Lake is a community. Part of
Being educated about living more           attracted me to Hartwick.                the education at Hartwick should
sustainably has enabled me to              Casey Brown ’09:                         be about how not to use what
understand that it is only by              Pine Lake has made my entire             you don’t need. They should
virtue of my efforts that change           college experience worth having.         teach the art of saving.
                                           Without the Lake I would have
can be made.                                                                        Chris Weir ’10:
                                           transferred to a college closer to
Emily Gage ’11:                            home and I would have never              Pine Lake has offered me a safe haven
Pine Lake allows me to learn and           attempted to grow as a student or as     that enables me to focus on my work
practice a better way of life and          a person. The community and              and allows me to relax. It really does
allows me to connect with people           atmosphere of Pine Lake…is               feel like a home away from home.
with similar ideas and life goals          conducive to all kinds of growth and     Peter Res ’08:
                                           encouragement, without which I
through things like volunteerism and                                                The community at Pine
                                           would be much less involved in all
building community. I would really         aspects of college life.                 Lake has helped to
like to practice sustainability and be                                              cultivate much of my emotional
environmentally aware in my own                                                     and academic growth here at
life and to continue to practice it      Being educated about living                Hartwick. It has shown me
when I have a home and community         more sustainably has enabled               that respect for our environment
of my own.                                                                          is inextricably linked to a respect
                                          me to understand that it is
Madeleine Jayson ’10:                                                               for myself and people I care for.
I want to solve the global                only by virtue of my efforts              Andy Goodell ’08:
warming problem one person at a            that change can be made.                 The Pine Lake Environmental
time.                                        -Josh Simmonds ‘08                     Campus is my community, my place
Netanya Gelfand ’11:                                                                to both do work and relax, and the
I believe that sustainability pertains                                              reason why my Hartwick experience
to everyone whether they know it or                                                 was so positive. Having the
                                           Glenn Pareira ’09:
not; it starts with the individual and                                              opportunity to live in cabins, spend
                                           I think sustainability is important
expands out into the community.                                                     time with friends outdoors, and run
                                           for our future, and that it’s great
Amanda Peterson’11:                                                                 many events at Pine Lake is more
                                           that Pine Lake can push to
Life is more than your major; it is                                                 than I could have expected in a
                                           incorporate that into the Hartwick
a combination of everything. Pine                                                   college experience.
Lake presents an opportunity to                                                     Emma Tipping ’08:
                                           Dillon Greenberg ’11:
be surrounded by nature at its                                                      Living at Pine Lake has given me
                                           You may think it’s a bit odd that
best.                                                                               the opportunity to live in the
                                           a computer science major wants
Lisa Sampson ’09:                                                                   woods, something that I always
                                           to live at the Lake; during
I have found it utterly refreshing to                                               wanted to do. This living
                                           Awakening I was amazed at how
experience things like the potlucks,                                                experience has taught me a lot.
                                           clear the sky was. On the main
musical jam sessions, contra dances                                                 Growing up in a city, I had no
                                           Hartwick campus it seems like
and insightful discussions regarding                                                concept of the ruckus of spring
                                           more often than not the night sky
sustainability.                                                                     peepers.
                                           is orange. I love the stars!
                                           Hilary Fannin ’11:
                                           Pine Lake was one of the deciding
                                           factors for coming to Hartwick.
                                           …My generation will likely be the
                                           last of the “oil age.” Alternative
                                           energy sources and environmentally
                                           friendly practices should be taught to
                                           all students.
                                                                                    Emma Tipping ’08 and
  Canoeing on the Lake, spring                                                      Chris Weir ’11 plant spinach
  2008 (P. Blue photo)                                                              in April 2008. (P. Blue photo)


            Pine Lake Residents Present Work at Community of Scholars

On May 9, Hartwick College hosted its “First Annual Community of Scholars Showcase” at
several venues across the main campus. Over 100 presentations, posters, and panels were
produced by Hartwick students. Below is a list of Pine Lake students who presented with the
titles of their research. In case of multiple authors, the (*) indicates the Pine Lake student.

Brown, Casey. Pine Lake Sustainability Poll.

Brown, Casey. “Smokey Joe’s Café” Lighting Design.

DesRoberts, Eric; Angstadt, Michael; Goodell, Andrew*, and Simmonds, Josh*. Reflections on the
Presidents Climate Commitment and Hartwick College.

Devoe, Bill. Possibilities for the intentional introduction of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms into
agricultural environments.

Hoffman-Ogier, Miriam. The Fascinatingly Paradoxical Nature of Captain Ahab.

Mataev, Yuri. The Effects of Forebrain Removal and Regeneration on Cognitive Function in Newts.

Mohan, Kathy. The Effect of Water Birth as a Holistic Birthing Process on Mother, Neonate, and Family.

Morganstein, Nori; McArdle, Jennifer; Walstad, Alicia; Heller, Brian; Hodder, Rebecca;
Oosterman, Camille; Res*, Peter; and Valdivia, Alicia. Writing Underground/Sigma Tau Delta
Open Mic.

Partrick, Addie; Sattler, Luke; Hricik*, Sara. Reducing your carbon footprint: the economic and
environmental benefits of installing solar panels and geothermal heating systems.

Res, Peter*, and Forst, Nick. What We Share Beneath the Veil: Reflections on Territory, Strangeness and

Simmonds, Josh*; Roberts, Aaron. Love as an Artifactual Kind.

Wrona*, Stephanie; Andrist, Nancy. Hydrogen Fuel Economy.

For full presentation abstracts, go to


Pine Lake Book Club
These books will be available in the rental cabins this summer; join us for informal discussions in the
evenings. If you’re interested in an online discussion, contact us from our Web page.

                      Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is the glass-half-empty
                      follow-up to Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel.
                      While Guns, Germs, and Steel explained the geographic and environmental
                      reasons why some human populations have flourished, Collapse uses the
                      same factors to examine why ancient societies, including the Anasazi of the
                      American Southwest and the Viking colonies of Greenland, as well as
                      modern ones such as Rwanda, have fallen apart. Not every collapse has an
                      environmental origin, but an eco-meltdown is often the main catalyst, he
                      argues, particularly when combined with society's response to (or disregard
                      for) the coming disaster. Still, right from the outset of Collapse, the author
makes clear that this is not a mere environmentalist's diatribe. He begins by setting the book's
main question in the small communities of present-day Montana as they face a decline in living
standards and a depletion of natural resources. With Collapse, Diamond hopes to keep us from
falling for false analogies or forgetting prior experiences, and thereby save us from potential
devastations to come. –

                      Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical
                      changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits.
                      Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil,
                      touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique
                      moment in time. A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on
                      subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book tells how we
                      might make the transition from the Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with
                      grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective
                      achievements. A must-read for individuals, business leaders, and
                      policymakers who are serious about effecting real change. –

                      The Man Who Created Paradise: a Fable. By Gene Logsdon (inspired by a
                      true story). I read it in one sitting -- a small volume, modest like its subject,
                      that tells the story of a man who reclaims strip-mined land in Ohio, restoring
                      life and hope. Illustrated and inspirational, like my favorite children’s books,
                      it’s now one of my favorites. We leave a copy out in the guest room. And for
                      fun, Debbie and I “release” a free copy now and then on
             [People leave books in public places with a message that
                      says “I’m free! I’m not lost. Please pick me up, read me and help me with my
journey.” Recently, I had just put one out in the grass at a highway rest stop when I heard a kid yell,
“MOM! Look, a free book!”] With a foreword by Wendell Berry, it looks like a children’s book, but
it is also something more ambitious: a reminder to us all to create our own small sustainable
spaces. – Peter Blue


thoughts from people who have visited Pine Lake and Hartwick

Wendell Berry:                                               psychologically and physically in the way that
No matter how much one may love the world as                 it's been for most of human history.
a whole, one can live fully in it only by living
responsibly in some small part of it.                        John Todd:
We need consciousness, judgment, presence of mind.           Ecological design is a radical new way of
If we truly know what we have, we will change what           organizing knowledge and ecosystems to serve
we do.                                                       human needs without despoiling the planet.
                                                             Start by being conscious of what you eat, wear, how
Maude Barlowe:                                               and where you travel, where you live and what you
Questions of principle must be decided soon as               consume. Try and spend less time with your computer
the world's water sources become more depleted               and more time actually doing something like
and fought over:                                             gardening, cooking, making things, and working to
•     Is access to water a human right or just a             enhance the social fabric of your community.
•     Is water a common good like air or a
      commodity like Coca Cola?                              No matter how much one may love
•     Who is being given the right or the power to           the world as a whole, one can live
      turn the tap on or off - the people?
                                                             fully in it only by living responsibly
      Governments? Or the invisible hand of the
      market?                                                in some small part of it.
A Covenant on the right to water would serve as a                         – Wendell Berry
common, coherent body of rules for all nations and
clarify that it is the role of the state to provide clean,
affordable water to all of its citizens. Such a Covenant     Vandana Shiva
would also safeguard already accepted human rights           Another false solution to climate change is the
and environmental principles.                                promotion of biofuels based on corn and soya,
I think global warming is becoming a little bit of           palmoil and jatropha. Biofuels, fuels from
a catch-all for some governments to do nothing               biomass, continue to be the most important
or to put off a solution to other things until they          energy source for the poor in the world.
find a solution to global warming, and there is no           The ecological biodiverse farm is not just a source of
excuse. Right now we have got to stop the abuse              food; it is a source of energy. Energy for cooking the
of water. …Because the hydrologic cycle is what              food comes from the inedible biomass like cow dung
cools the temperature.                                       cakes, stalks of millets and pulses, agro-forestry
We need a covenant of three parts—from humans to             species on village wood lots. Managed sustainably,
the earth to stop destroying the lifeblood of the earth,     village commons have been a source of decentralized
from the rich to the poor (global north to the south) for    energy for centuries.
water justice, not charity—justice. Water should be a        Industrial biofuels are not the fuels of the poor;
fundamental right for all generations, and no one            they are the foods of the poor, transformed into
should be allowed to sell it for profit.                     heat, electricity, and transport.

Bill McKibben:                                               Wes Gillingham:
In the not very distant future, having neighbors             I believe that small scale farming for local
is going to be more important than having                    communities is an essential cultural shift that must
belongings. Membership in a community is going               take place for the future of consumers, producers and
to become important once again both                          the ecosystem.


                                                     Goslings on the Lake, spring 2008 (P. Blue photo)

                                Where We At? A Bioregional Quiz

Answer these questions for your home (as you define it) and see how they match what I came up with for
Pine Lake (my home for 20 years or so). Then see how you can do for where you grew up. – Peter Blue

1.    Trace the water you drink from precipitation to tap.
2.    How many days until the next full moon? When does it rise?
3.    Where is the closest food producer (farmer) to you right now?
4.    What watershed are you in? Trace the flow from the roof of your house to the ocean.
5.    Where is the nearest designated wilderness area? When was the last wildfire?
6.    How many people live in your watershed?
7.    Name five edible wild plants in your region and their season(s) of availability.
8.    From what direction do winter storms generally come in your region?
9.    Where does your garbage go?
10.   How long is the growing season? When should you plant peas? Tomatoes?
11.   Point to where the sun rises on the equinox. The solstice?
12.   When do deer rut in your region, and when are the young born?
13.   Name five trees in your area. Which are native?
14.   Name three resident and five migratory birds.
15.   Name three wild species that were not found 500 years ago. Name one exotic species that has
      appeared in the last generation.
16.   What primary ecological event/process influenced the land form? (Bonus special: What's the
17.   Name three species that have become endangered or extinct (extirpated) in your area and one non-
      native species that has become a problem.
18.   Point north.
19.   What spring wildflowers are among the first to bloom?



     •    0-3 OH, DEAR ...
     •    4-7 It’s hard to be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all.
     •    8-12 A firm grasp of the obvious.
     •    13-16 You’re paying attention.
     •    17-19 You know where you’re at.
     •    20 You not only know where you’re at, you know where it’s at.

Answers to Where We At for Pine Lake:
   1. Our drinking water comes from a well on the upper tract. Once rain enters the ground water it is
       pumped to a cistern, and from there gravity brings it to the buildings at Pine Lake. Another well
       serves the Outbacks, Redwoods, and Bailey.
   2. Five; it rises at 7:20. The full moon always rises at sunset.
   3. Besides our gardens, the Stone and Thistle in East Meredith (six miles away) grows meadow-
       raised meat, Dennis Valente in Davenport Center (less than 1 mile away) sells fresh eggs, and the
       Christensen family farm in Davenport Center ships milk commercially.
   4. Pine Lake is in the Charlotte Creek drainage of the Upper Susquehanna river of the Chesapeake
       Bay Watershed. The Chesapeake Bay empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
   5. There is a 249 acre NYS forever wild wilderness preserve adjacent to the Upper Tract. It may
       have burned around 1909.
   6. About 4.5 million people.
   7. (a) Crataegus sp. - the leaves are edible – salad-like; around may/june (b) coltsfoot - medicinal, tea;
       in mid April (c) Burdocks - edible root; June-July (d) Daylilies - edible flower bud; C (e) Raspberries
       - fruit edible; July-Aug
   8. Southwest
   9. Our plant waste is composted at the Lake and used in the gardens; the rest goes to the Davenport
       Center transfer station to be taken to the Walton, NY landfill.
   10. The frost free season is generally from the last full moon in May to the full moon in September.
       Last year, though, the first Fall frost was in October. Plant tomatoes outdoors after the last frost;
       peas in April (as soon as the ground can be worked). This year we planted peas April 5.
   11. That-a-way…
   12. November; young are born in early summer.
   13. Sugar maple, beech, red oak, white oak, hemlock, white pine… all native.
   14. Resident: chickadee, turkey, ruffed grouse. Migratory: ovenbird, osprey, kingfisher, wood thrush.
   15. Wild species not here 500 years ago: Starlings, rusty crayfish, purple loosestrife, multi-spotted
       Asian ladybug, honey bee. Exotic/invasive species that have appeared in the last generation:
       zebra mussels (not in Pine Lake), Eurasian milfoil, rusty crayfish, Japanese knotweed, West Nile
       virus …
   16. Ice age glaciations. Pine Lake is the evidence.
   17. Eastern cougar, grey wolf (extirpated); Timber rattlesnake (threatened in NYS); lake chubsucker
       (threatened in NYS); Hart's-tongue fern (threatened). The beech-blight aphid, Eurasian milfoil,
       house sparrows, wooly adelgid (hemlocks) are non-native species causing problems to some
   18. That-a-way.

    19. Early wildflowers: Skunk cabbage puts its flowers out early March—or even late February! They
        grow under the snow and the heat from the rapid metabolism actually melts a channel through
        the overlaying snow. Animals find shelter in the warmth and protection of the path. In return for
        the favor, the flower gets pollinated. The flowers of the Aspen trees and pussywillows—they're
        out early; also Tussalago farfara (Coltsfoot), Hepatica acutiloba (Hepatica) and Claytonia virginiana
        (Spring Beauty). Coltsfoot is a plant that many people pass by and think “wow, early
        dandelions”—but they’re not.

Thanks to Jeanne Bennett-O’Dea, Bill Devoe, Emma Tipping, Deb Blue, Earl Deubler, and Carlton Beil for help
(immediate and long ago) with plants, species, the meaning of life and the ensuing discussions!

Based on a quiz published in Coevolution Quarterly 32 (Winter 1981): 1.

Mud Lake in Winter, 2008
(thanks to Davis Conley for this great aerial photo!)


              Many thanks to our 2007-08 donors!
                        This list reflects donors to Pine Lake through April 29, 2008

Richard E. Andrus and Jane C. Stuart-Andrus                Christopher C. and Trisha L. Matz
Sean Antonelli                                             Raymond S. and Norma E. Mergelsberg
Robert F. Apuzzo and Lucy E. Oxios                         Merrill Lynch & Company Foundation Inc.
Charles W. Ashe and Patricia M. Lawson                     Peter J. and Judith L. Mohan
Lynda Bennett                                              Michael P. Morelli ’98
Peter G. and Deborah Hollis '74 Blue                       Eleanor Moriarty
Keith M. Brown ’85                                         T. J. Natole
Robert E. Brown                                            William Sherer and Mildred Okino
Robert J. and Patricia R. Cantin                           Robert F. Apuzzo and Lucy E. Oxios
Beth Bruinsma Chang ’97                                    Anne Rutkowski ’84 and Thomas Payne
Shannon L. Costa ’05                                       Kenneth S. Reger ’70
John and Joanne Curtin                                     Alicia S. Root ’07
Sally A. D’Amico                                           William H. and Catherine M. Root
Michael T. Davitt                                          Lawrence R. and Nancy L. Russell
Carolyn Cantin ’97 and William C. ’98                      James D. Heidecker and Diane Schulz-
    Desmarais                                                   Heidecker
G. Dale and Sally Dudley ’67 Dionne                        Gladys P. Selwyn
Kenneth E. Jr. and Patricia Dukes                          William Sherer and Mildred Okino
Susan Butts Earley ’63                                     Eric T. Shoen ’99
David B. and Barbara A. Elmore                             Shannon D. Smith ’93 and Brian Bartholomew
Christopher B. Odo and Maureen Fleming                     Julia D. Smith ’60
John H. and Sarah Foehl                                    Gail S. Smith
Stanley A. and Joan G. Fox                                 Jay V. and Gail J. Summerson
Nancy Fox                                                  Bernadette Ucci ’97
Kevin P. Ghiloni ’83                                       Gary J. ’73 and Judith Vellekamp
Gary R. and Carol S. Gundlach                              Verizon Foundation
Brian E. Hagenbuch                                         Doug Herbert and Marcy Wecker
James D. Heidecker and Diane Schulz-                       Julie Ward ’71 and Joel A. Wexler
    Heidecker                                              George E. and Mary D. Zink
Robert D. and Cecelia E. Henderson
Nevin M. and Lisa Henderson
Graham Henry
Doug Herbert and Marcy Wecker
Pamela Divers Korte ’78
Peter K. Lang
Charles W. Ashe and Patricia M. Lawson
Randall J. and Teresa L. Martin

  Editorial Board: Dan Morse, Brian Hagenbuch,
  Peter Blue

  Design and Layout: Dan Morse

  Contributors: Peter Blue, Fred Stoss, Kathy
  Mohan, Sarah Root, Gary Logsted
                                                           THE PINE LAKE INSTITUTE
                                                     FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES
                                                           Living and Learning for a Sustainable Future
  Pine Lake Institute Staff:
         Brian Hagenbuch, Ph.D.
                                                     The Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability
          Resident Manager                           Studies promotes sustainable education, research, and outreach in a
          Peter Blue                                 setting reflecting environmental stewardship that integrates lessons
          607-431-4520/            and experiences among all at the College and in the community.
                                                     Focused on supporting the Upper Susquehanna/Delaware River
          Program Coordinator                        region, the Institute conducts research, and sponsors and runs
          Dan Morse ’97                              workshops focused on environmental and sustainability studies.
                                                     The Institute consists of The Pine Lake Environmental Campus
          Handyman                                   (summer programs academy, student living-learning community,
          Rich Kollgaard                             and public recreation component), the Center for Sustainable
          607-431-4520                               Living, and a center for applied and basic research in watershed

The Lower T ract
Spring 2008
(photo by Davis Conley)

The Vaudevillian is on the
left (with curved roof and
original stage in the rear).

To the upper right of the
Vaudevillian is the
Farmhouse (1835)–now
student housing.

Next to the Farmhouse is
the Robertson Lodge, with
our 10 kW photovoltaic
array clearly visible on the

The Cob House is visible
through the trees near the
center of the photo.

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