Field Trips 56th Annual Meeting of the West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers and 58th Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Geographical Society Field Trip I: Economic Geography WISCONSIN’S PAPER VALLEY Friday, October 7, 2004: 12:00 – 5:00PM Cost: $20/Person Group size: 5-25 Field Guide: Dr. John Bowen, Department of Geography & Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The region stretching from Oshkosh to Green Bay has long been one of the world's principal concentrations of the paper industry and today helps to make Wisconsin the top papermaking state. This field trip will examine the industry's present, past, and future in the Fox River Valley. Our first and second stops will be two plants operated by SCA, a Sweden-based paper giant (the paper industry has undergone a decade of aggressive globalization). The first plant, in Menasha, produces tissue from wood pulp; the second, in Neenah, converts the tissue into a variety of consumer products including napkins, toilet paper, and restaurant towels. The plant tours will take about three hours. Afterwards, we will head further north through the Fox River Valley to Appleton in order to examine the redevelopment of the waterfront there and to consider the ongoing environmental challenges (e.g. PCB contamination) that are a legacy of the region's prominence in the paper industry. In order to visit the two plants, participants in this field trip must comply with the following safety precautions: Shoes must be fully enclosed; no open toed shoes, slingbacks, clogs, or shoes with cutouts are allowed. No high-heeled shoes are allowed. Jewelry, such as watches, rings, necklaces, and dangling or hoop earrings, shall be removed; Medical bracelets or necklaces are exempt. Hair that is shoulder length or longer must be in a ponytail and secured up off the collar, or tucked into the back of the shirt or blouse. Ties shall be removed or tucked inside a shirt. Full-length pants must be worn. No dresses, shorts, skirts, etc. may be worn into the plant. SCA will provide safety glasses, ear plugs, and (for visitors not wearing steel-toed shoes) safety toecaps. Field Trip II: Physical Geography GLACIAL GEOLOGY AND GEOMORPHOLOGY OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY Saturday, October 9, 2004: 1:00 - 4:00PM $20/Person Group size: 5-25 Field Guide: Dr. William Mode, Department of Geology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh As the Green Bay Lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet receded from the Fox River basin, glacial Lake Oshkosh was impounded as an ice-marginal lake that spilled across the divide first to the Wisconsin River at Portage and later, as the ice receded further, across the Niagara Escarpment through a series of progressively lower outlets. Glacial and lacustrine landforms and sediments in Winnebago County record this history. We will visit end moraines that record the terminal position of the Green Bay Lobe during its recession from the County, and we will examine the two different glacial tills that make up these end moraines. We will also view the extensive lake plain of glacial Lake Oshkosh and its relationship to the end moraines. Field Trip III: Urban Geography BUS TOUR OF THE CITY OF OSHKOSH Saturday, October 9, 2004: 1:00 - 4:00PM $10/Person Group size: 5-25 Field Guide: Dr. Michael Burayidi, Department of Geography & Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh The tour will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the history of the city of Oshkosh; from the early days of the city’s founding on the banks of the Fox River, to the industries that sustained its economy, and the majestic buildings that housed the prominent residents of the community. The tour will also offer you the opportunity to see how the city is being transformed to meet the needs of the twenty-first century: From the revitalization of the river front and the downtown to the city’s effort at industrial development at its industrial park sites. We will also see how the city is planning to accommodate both industrial and residential growth at the edge. The tour of Oshkosh won’t be complete until we visit the grounds of the world famous Experimental Aircraft Association. This annual event brings thousands of flight enthusiasts from around the world to the city each year. You will leave the city with a better understanding of why we are called Oshkosh on the water!
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