Cabin Fever Sundays Series Presents Environmental Impacts of Road Salt with John Sheehan

Programs set for Sunday afternoons, January through April. First installment, Jan. 10, examines the detrimental effects of road salt.


December 18, 2015, Blue Mountain Lake, NY — The Adirondack Museum's Cabin Fever SundaysClick here winter lecture series is back, and brings to the North Country a wide-ranging look at life in the Adirondacks - yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Explore a variety of fascinating topics, from the environmental impacts of road salt, to life in a Saranac Lake sanitarium

"Road Salt: The Greatest Threat to Adirondack Water Quality Since Acid Rain"

In the first installment of the series, John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council will engage listeners in a discussion of the usage of salt to keep residents safe on Adirondack roads, a practice that often causes significant damage to roadside plant life and trees. "Road Salt" will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, in the Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.

During "Road Salt," attendees will learn about how this practice has been proven to negatively impact regional water quality and various types of plant life. There are several alternative salt-test areas currently in use in the Adirondacks, especially in the high peaks region, which are being monitored for road safety and ecological changes.

Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served, and the Adirondack Museum Store and Visitor Center will be open before and after the program.

About the Presenter

For the past 25 years, John Sheehan has been the voice of the Adirondack Council over the radio and on television, and has been featured on the pages of local, regional, and national media. John develops and executes the Council's public relations and communications programs. He also works with the media to explain the unique nature of the Adirondack Park and to help the public understand the Council's efforts to sustain its clean air, wilderness, wildlife, clean water and vibrant communities. He is also the principal author of the annual State of the Park Report.

Creating a Dialogue

Unable to attend this program? Please send any questions for the presenter to @ADKMuseum on Twitter, or Adirondack Museum on Facebook to join in the conversation from home.


Coming up . . .
Future installments of the Cabin Fever Sundays lecture series will include:

"Farming in the Adirondacks" with Steve Kramer and Hallie Bond
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Explore the rich tradition and contemporary applications of farming in the Adirondack region.

"Living with Beavers" with John Warren and Charlotte Demers
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Delve into the impact of human intervention on historic and contemporary beaver populations in the Adirondacks.

"Fierce and Forever-Wild: Adirondack Women" with Jess Collier, Sandra Weber, Lorraine Duvall, Noelle Short, and moderated by Niki Kourofsky
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 13
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about a handful of fascinatingly fierce women who have lived and worked in the Adirondacks.

"Trudeau's Rare Romance and Roger's Hotel Hope" with Mary Hotaling and Amy CataniaClick here
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Apr. 3
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Explore the histories, treatments, and personal stories of patients at the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium and Will Rogers Memorial Hospital.

For more information

To learn more about this season's upcoming Cabin Fever Sundays winter lectures, please call the Adirondack Museum at (518) 352-7311. A complete description of all programs can be found here.

The Cabin Fever Sundays series is supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Explore the alternatives to environmentally damaging road salt on Sunday, Jan. 10, with John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council.

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks and in free programs at schools throughout these North Country counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington. The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, and some general operating support is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call (518) 352-7311 or visit www.AdirondackMuseum.org