Without hesitation he presents the fact that this relationship between humankind and nature, is his passion. The Introduction of his book immediately speaks of the contrast between natural and artificial with these words:
“This pond, born into a wilderness setting, witnessed the great rural to urban transition of the 19th and 20th centuries. It saw the first paved highways and the first automobiles replace forest trails and horse drawn wagons. It stood silent as the shadow of the city approached and then passed over the valley.”
Additionally, Nieter’s altruism is apparent as all profits from the sale of this book go to support the environmental education programs at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, New York. Please visit AMAZON to order his book.
I meet professor Nieter at Saint John’s University in my sophomore year after I joined the Environmental club. Since I was majoring in Environmental Studies, I was soon under his tutelage in his classes. I thoroughly enjoyed the field trips and challenges created by Professor Nieter. The importance for everyone to go on field trips and be outside, is vital. Especially in today’s world of Virtual Reality.
By the time I finished my senior year, I had taken field trips throughout the 655.3 acres of Alley Pond park and even explored the salt marches that added up to over a 1,000 acres of nature that was fighting to come back to life. The recovery of Alley Pond was truly seen in 1998 because of the leaders and volunteers at Alley Pond Environmental Center. I remember many visits to the Center that originally opened on November 14, 1976 at 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck, New York. The events and meetings always had a mission. Years later, I even found myself sitting on a 'discussion panel' at the Center during the PlaNYC 2030 event on April 30, 2009.
Every family in the New York City area should visit the Center with their children or grandchildren. For additional information about various events, please visit the Alley Pond Environmental Center’s Link at: ALLEY POND
As I read The Story of Alley Pond, I found myself taking a trip through time. The historical story starts with the Pond’s creation. The reader is propelled up to Colonial times, then, through Industrial and current times. Concluding with an all important look into the future. After reading this book, a walk through a park or a field trip to the woods, is definitely a requirement for everyone.
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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