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Items of interest to New England orienteers

by Barb Bryant

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation invites public comment as it updates its plans for managing the Middlesex Fells. While it appears that NEOC and CSU will continue to be able to obtain permits for orienteering meets, the strong anti-off-trail-use language in the draft plan may hamper orienteers' ability to train informally.

Below is the letter that I wrote to the DCR in response to their request for public input; you have until March 30th 2011 to submit your own comments.

Keystone Capers, June 25-26, will be the first "A meet" to be located in Western PA in 30 years.

WPOC is offering two days of classic distance courses on new maps and in parks that have never hosted an "A meet" before. In addition, you can camp in a park with a beach, participate in the First Great College Orienteering Club Reunion, or visit some of the many tourist attractions in the vicinity of Pittsburgh.

Registration is open, for those who like to get things done early.

Discounted Early Registration is now open for the "O in the Oaks 2011" A-Meet to be held on April 15, 16, 17,  2011.  This event features the US Interscholastic Champs and the US Intercollegiate Champs.

You can go directly to the registration page, or for comprehensive information on the event, go to the meet web page.  The hills are green and the creeks are flowing.

The 7th Asian Winter Games proved to be a highly successful launching pad for the emerging sport of ski orienteering.  Read the full article at SportsFeatures.com.

Samantha SaegerOrienteering USA has chosen NEOC member Samantha Saeger as 2010 Orienteer of the Year.  Samantha was judged by OUSA to be "the best U.S. orienteer in 2010, based on results at national and international events."  The OUSA site has a nice synopsis of Samantha's "most dominant year."

Congratulations Sam!


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