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Six-for-six: Oak Bluffs passes the BYOB bylaw, making it a clean sweep for the Island; the Earth Day Beach Clean-Up Wrap-up; Islanders head to Boston for the People's Climate March; the "Make Less Waste" film series returns with Life Without a Trash Can  

After a long winding road, the BYOB bylaw gets its chance before the voters in Oak Bluffs; the 25th anniversary of the Earth Day Beach Clean-Up; reusable bags decorated by students at the Oak Bluffs school; an alternative to plastic grass is Easter baskets; and the ever-popular trail guide Walking Trails of M.V. returns with a new 5th edition 

The BYOB bylaw gets complicated in Oak Bluffs, with two competing articles on the warrant at Town Meeting; also, students decorate reusable shopping bags for giveaway in the community, photos from a family nature craft walk at Featherstone, and the complex issues surrounding use of herbicides in an environmentally responsible way

Our final Winter Walk is a family-friendly walk and nature craft at Featherstone and nearby conservation land; also, the uphill battle against waste, in an economic and psychological landscape that favors consumerism. 

Moshup Trail sheds light on conservation history, legal defense, and, when the going gets tough, the importance of defending gains already made; "Life Without a Trash Can", the next event in the Resolution 2017: Make Less Waste film series; the MVC begins hearings on the proposed expansion of high school athletic facilities, including the use of artificial turf fields.
Oak Bluffs students create decorative shopping bags for giveaway to the community; VCS and the MV Film Society host a special screening of the new documentary A Plastic Ocean, followed by Q&A with VCS staff; also, a collaborative film series with the Oak Bluffs Library, "2017 Resolution: Make Less Waste", brings attention to other waste management and plastic pollution issues. 

BYOB bylaw takes effect; a Winter Walk and conservation history at the Woods Preserve; and a special screening of A Plastic Ocean and the MV Film Center.
Bring Your Own Bag Day, a joint effort by VCS and the Vineyard Haven Business Association, offers giveaways and holiday cheer for Main Street shoppers; conservation history and a new Winter Walk at Morning Glory; fun crafting projects with packaging materials; the US Supreme Court slams the door on the long-running legal defense case at Moshup Trail.
Students at the Oak Bluffs School lend their creativity and enthusiasm to the Bring Your Own Bag initiative; Winter Walks return with a visit to Flat Point Farm; an amazing new map helps explain "The Life of Trash"; the ecological impacts of putting trash into a landfill vs. incinerating it; high school students share their thoughts on the future.
New water bottle refilling stations at the High School are a huge hit, saving thousands of disposable plastic bottles a week; a broader look at the many factors contributing to summer traffic; affordable housing and smart growth, and a new survey for Islanders to weigh in; and a handy internet tool for local leaders to find current info on climate change and adaptation.
"Reduce-Reuse-Recycle" is the theme of this year's Living Local Harvest Fest, featuring a roundtable discussion on "The Life of Trash" with VCS staff and local recycling, compost, and waste management experts; also why VCS must reluctantly, but strongly, oppose the proposal to clear forested land to build a solar farm.
A summer of heavy traffic on the Vineyard and what the Steamship Authority could do to help; the importance of careful review by the MV Commission of an ambitious proposal to expand the high school athletic facilities into an Island-wide hub; and the need to bring an appreciation of nature to all people, even those who are hard to reach and often ignored.
The issue of big houses, aka "high impact development", reaches a wider audience thanks to a new documentary film; an update on the regional composting and food waste study, including volunteer opportunities; and the decline in typical lawn sizes, driven not by environmental concerns but by the expanding footprints of houses.
A major fundraising campaign is announced at the Annual Meeting; a lengthy feature on VCS appears in Martha's Vineyard Magazine; what you can do to improve habitat for Monarch butterflies; and an update on the ongoing Island-wide composting and food waste study.
VCS Annual Meeting, featuring the aerial photography of Neal Rantoul; the Bug and Bee Festival at Native Earth Teaching Farm celebrates our pollinators; an exciting new living shoreline project kicks off at Felix Neck; and the simplest smoothie needs no recipe.

The Beach Clean-Up wrap-up finds some interesting patterns but no major oddities among the beach trash of 2016; the second edition of the VCS environmental film festival, Nature as Inspiration; the Alberta tar sands wildfire and questionable calls for "sensitivity"; and the BYOB bylaw secures a fourth town.

The 24th annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up; a major victory at the state Supreme Judicial Court in our long-running legal defense of the rare and declining coastal heathland habitat at Moshup Trail; three towns vote overwhelmingly to BYOB, with a fourth soon to come; the OB Library and VCS co-host a kids' craft activity to make BYOB'ing more fun; and a helpful guide to the new lawn fertilizer regulations.

The winners of the 2016 Art of Conservation contest; VCS hosts a screening of Bag It at the MV Film Center; more info sessions for the plastic bag ban; and the big picture view of the BYOB bylaw. 
The final winter walk of the season visits Native Earth Teaching Farm; winners of the annual high school art contest; a new report on threats to the world's (non-honeybee) pollinators; and plastic bag ban updates, including new info sessions and responses to criticism from the Washington, DC plastic bag lobby.
Highlights from an unusual winter walk at the Edgartown Harbor wetlands; new public info sessions announced for the plastic bag bylaw; and the promise and peril of turning the management of limited water resources over to the market.
Conservation history, including a fierce legal battle, of the Harbor View wetlands, and history of the Edgartown Lighthouse; four info sessions announced regarding the plastic bag bylaw on the 2016 Town Meeting warrant; and a useful bulletin explaining barrier beaches and the processes by which they are created, changed, and moved.
Woods Preserve winter walks and conservation history; an Island-wide study of food waste and possible solutions; and the thin line between free speech and fraud that exists when businesses engage in self-interested science.
Conservation history at the Allen Sheet Farm, update on the plastic bag bylaw, oral arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court for the long-running Moshup Trail Sanctuary case, and an unexpected connection between industry climate science and "Deflategate"
A Winter Walk at Seven Gates Farm, new maps from the MV Commission to help visualize the Island Plan, and amazing beach sculptures made of plastic.
VCS launches a new initiative to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags at the Living Local Harvest Festival; Mashpee voters approve a large aquaculture project as part of a new wastewater management plan; reducing your electric bill with a free energy audit from Cape Light Compact; and the announcement that the Pilgrim nuclear plant will close by 2019.
The Living Local Harvest Festival; a new (and possibly short-lived) breach opens separating Chappaquiddick again; new rules at the Associated Press point to the importance of language in the debate over environmental issues

A new adaptation plan for the Town of Oak Bluffs seeks to address local impacts of climate change; the embattled Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth receives an important downgrade to it's Federal safety rating

VCS celebrates 50 years of fighting to protect the land and water of Martha's Vineyard; a roundup of where the US presidential candidates stand on climate change; the challenges seafood customers face when trying to make sustainable choices
Vineyard artists painting en plein air at sites conserved through VCS action and the art opening to showcase their work; a new CR in Chilmark expands a conservation foothold near Tea Lane; and the exciting high-seas pursuit of the world's most notorious fish poacher by a group of "eco-vigilantes."
From sustaining to thriving: VCS annual meeting tackles the questions of the next 50 years; a new study of bats on the Vineyard needs public input; art contest winners on display in Oak Bluffs; the broader impact of a Supreme Court ruling on mercury emissions standards
A quick look at the origin and mission of VCS as we prepare for the 50th anniversary annual meeting, new trails open at Oak Bluff's Sailing Camp Park, and the school art contest takes on a new theme for 2015: water.
Nature as Inspiration packs the house at the MV Film Center, winners announced for the second annual Art of Conservation high school art contest, and money- and energy-saving incentives from two Massachusetts resources.
Nature as Inspiration: VCS and the MV Film Society bring Jacques Perrin and his amazing nature films to the Vineyard for a weekend festival; students paddle Chilmark Pond in search of winning photographs; recycling for boat shrink-wrap; and how you can help spread the word about lawn fertilizer regulations
The Art of Conservation returns with a new contest theme of the importance of water; the common and unusual finds of the 23rd annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up; and an overview of recent scientific studies of ocean pollution reveals both missing plastic and one surprising place it has turned up.
Twenty-three years of cleaning the Vineyard's beaches, VCS launches a new questing adventure under the banner of "Connect-Reflect-Protect"; and a jarring new book of photography documents humanity's growing footprint on Earth.
New fertilizer regulations for the Vineyard take effect, and a new brochure from VCS to help homeowners comply with the regulations and maintain a healthy lawn; cloth napkins for picnics and outings; and a rather shameless argument against renewable energy from utility companies and the fossil fuel industry: a "free rider" problem.
Conservation history at Mermaid Farm, and finding value and conservation of materials in the Island's consignment shops.
Offshore wind in Massachusetts moves forward as new areas in federal waters off the Vineyard's south shore are auctioned, but bids are surprisingly low; also, conservation history at Allen Sheep Farm, and the environmental problems of keeping lights on timers.

Jan. 19, 2015
The VCS 50th anniversary and upcoming events, a setback for land conservation at Moshup Trail, declining oil prices make Keystone XL an even worse idea than ever, and scenes from the Winter Walk at Katama Farm.
Conservation and land use history at Katama Farm, the need for alternative methods of controlling Phragmites in light of a town herbicide ban, the argument that Homo sapiens are Earth's greatest invasive species, and revisiting the basic assumptions of invasive species management.
Conservation history and a Winter Walk at Morning Glory Farm, and a sneak-peek at the annual global temperature report for 2014.
The historic designation of the Gay Head Cliffs in 1965 as a National Natural Landmark; the complicated issue of offshore sand mining; and eelgrass beds demonstrate the important interconnections between excess nitrogen in the water and excess carbon in the atmosphere.
Winter Walks return with a tour through five decades of conservation; the concept of Peak Farmland and the possibility for rewilding current agricultural land; a peak behind the curtain into the ugly business of discrediting environmentalists.
What do you love about Martha's Vineyard? What do you most want to protect? The VCS team posed these questions and more to the public at the Living Local Harvest Festival. Also, wetland loss on the Louisiana coast and an ambitions lawsuit.
The origins of the Living Local Harvest Festival, how excess nutrients can lead to the physical destruction of salt marshes, and a record-setting global climate march.
A new study of black racer snakes seeks community input; the return of the California blue whales may not be news, but the rebounding Antarctic population could soon be; and quotes on the use of wildlife in TV programs.
VCS wins another award at the Ag Fair, the 2014 Living Local Harvest Festival, and the effect of tire pressure on gas mileage.
A night at the movies with Frostpaw the polar bear to see "The Island President" at MVFS, engine idling at the ferry car staging area, and the Art of Conservation shows in Oak Bluffs.
"Vineyard Spaces," an essay by Elizabeth Campbell, why idling your car is wasteful and unnecessary, Walking Trails book profiled in Boston Globe, and waves "from the inside out."
What you can do to protect the Vineyard's natural heritage, the EPA bans dumping wastewater of all of the Massachusetts coast and the local response to the new rules, and the VCS annual meeting.
Offshore wind energy promoted to the big leagues with the announcement of a huge new lease area off the south coast on the Vineyard; a presentation on safety concerns at the Pilgrim nuclear plant; Divide in Concord, a new film on one activist's efforts to ban single-use water bottles in her town; the winning painting in the VCS art contest; and the VCS annual meeting, featuring speaker Luanne Johnson on "The Power of One" in protecting biodiversity.
The opening of a new trail at Katama Farm, two grants for coastal restoration awarded to Vineyard projects, and the winning entry in the drawing category of the VCS art contest.
Winners announced for the Art of Conservation; at town meeting, all six Martha's Vineyard towns agree to new lawn fertilizer restrictions; a state Supreme Judicial Court decision affirming the charitable purpose of conservation land; and the destabilized West Antarctic ice sheet.
The opening event for the Art of Conservation show; interstate air pollution draws an environmentally favorable ruling from the Supreme Court; and the Earth Day Beach Clean-up Wrap-up.
The first-ever VCS art contest calls on high school students to share their expressions of conservation; invasive species and native pioneer species at the beach; local regulations on fertilizer use; and how 2013 stacks up in the climate-change-fueled race for hottest year on record.
Final Winter Walk of the season, a combination walk and craft day at Sense of Wonder Creations; the Stop & Shop expansion and climate change impacts; and construction of artificial wetlands to reduce nutrient loading in coastal waters.
Walking on History: the story of the lost Bass Creek of Vineyard Haven; three videos put environmental change into motion: time-lapse satellite maps reveal erosional (and other) changes, 60 years of global climate data, and aerial video of excavation and beach maintenance.
Recap of the Winter Walk at the Woods Preserve, the VCS position on the proposed Stop&Shop expansion, supply-chain problems and shortages in the U.S. natural gas boom, and snowy owls attract local eyeballs.
A major gain for conservation of the globally threatened coastal heathlands habitat comes in the form of a year-end gift of many small land parcels around the Moshup Trail project area; also, a new take on groundwater pollution: Underground Trespassing.
An arduous walk through the Quenames woods and around Black Point Pond, memories of an earlier time at Quansoo, local wildlife biologists discuss their work with our coastal river otters, new resources from CZM for learning about managing erosion and storm damage on coastal properties, and a possible end to the trend of ever-increasing house sizes.
Winter walk at Quansoo Beach and Black Point Pond, local food events, and a new tool for making sustainable and healthy seafood choices.
Recap of the Gay Head Cliffs walk and a slideshow, some geologic history of the island, and connections between Super Typhoon Haiyan and global climate change.
The geology of the Gay Head Cliffs and the first Winter Walk of the season; waste-to-energy plants burn garbage to generate electricity: is such a system possible on the Vineyard?

Oct. 21, 2013
Statewide fertilizer regulations are coming, and an opportunity to create more locally-tailored restrictions on nitrogen; outdoor cats and wildlife; and hunter safety and tick-borne disease.
Living Local Harvest Fest 2013, Flat Point Farm moves closer to permanent protection, the effects of second-generation rat poisons on other animals, and a strange year for the jet stream leads to unusual and severe weather.
VCS climate change report featured in Vineyard Gazette story on sea level rise, beginning of web releases of the report, a new sea level rise display at the Ag Fair, the upcoming sale of the historic Parsonage House, and SkyTruth, your big, green, brother.
Nitrogen pollution and possible regulatory approaches to the problem from the Nantucket perspective; the resilient, yet endangered Northeastern tiger beetle; an art show to benefit Island water protection organizations; and another drilling platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Two speakers at the VCS Annual Meeting draw an unusually large crowd, the shifting sands at Wasque form the backdrop for a conference on coastal erosion, a big shift in climate policy is ignored by the pundits but finds a home with late-night comedians, and new educational posters on Island conservation efforts tour the town libraries.
Pollinators, biodiversity, and an encore Rising Seas presentation at the VCS Annual Meeting, new Earth Day poster making the library rounds, and the elevator pitch for biodiversity.
A presentation on local effects of rising sea levels packs the house at the Senior Center, new community drop-off locations for shell recycling, and upcoming events, including a composting workshop and the final VCS winter walk of the season, a volunteer work day at the Mary Black Sanctuary.
Peeking under the tarp of the 2013 Beach Clean-up: what sort of strange things were collected this year? Also, VCS raffle winners.
The 2013 Earth Day Beach Clean-up and Earth's great oceanic garbage patches: why efforts to clean them must begin on land, and a discussion of a disappointing techno-fix.
Flat Point Farm moves closer toward permanent protection, the next Green on Screen event, Chasing Ice, looks at a photographers journey to document the Arctic's melting glaciers, and a novel clean energy idea, the "downdraft tower."
Recaps of the West Chop walk and Biophilic Design screening, aerial infrared surveys of deer and the ticks they carry, tiny flying machines -- "robobees" -- set out to solve problems through mass action, and smart adaptation to rising seas and increased coastal flooding.

March 4, 2013
A look at the film Biophilic Design and an interview with Executive Producer Stephen Kellert, crafts and kids' activities at our West Chop Winter Walk, sea vegetable farming, and novel energy ideas.

Jan 17, 2013
A winter walk at Katama becomes a stroll through the fog, the effect of climate change on the local economy, wastewater management becomes the talk of Cape Cod, and some fun with truly terrible graphs.

Jan 3, 2013
New funding for stream restoration and coastal flooding infrastructure, Liz Durkee looks at local effects on human health due to climate change, and a look at an ambitious experiment in the Chesapeake Bay that seeks to untangle the complicated web of changes to wetlands.

Dec 13, 2012
Winter walk at Eastville Beach, VCS and State Coastal Zone Management Team up for Coastsweep, Crafty Creations from the Oak Bluffs Library, and Grandma Lydia's Christmas Pudding.

Nov 29, 2012
Winter Walk at Eastville Beach, and the history of a conservation success at a site of potential beachfront development; public hearing at the MVC regarding review of big house construction; the impact of climate change on local agriculture; and new bans target plastics and polystyrene in some Massachusetts towns.

Nov 10, 2012
The season's first winter walk at Katama Farm, and two pieces on climate change: 1) the subject makes a rare appearance during the President's victory speech, and 2) the effect of local climate change on the spread and success of invasive plants

Oct 15, 2012
A new look at green energy production in the U.S. suggests it is profitable in its own right, not just "the right thing to do"; an online carpooling group for Islanders; and the impact of climate change on the bigger picture - plants and animals and their interactions with each other.

Oct 1, 2012
Green on Screen film collaboration "Switch", the effect of climate change on our freshwater aquifers, VCS at the Living Local Harvest Fest, and the politics of plastic bags

Sept 18, 2012
Living Local Harvest Festival 2012, the important role of wetlands in the face of climate change, scientists take interest in the more frequent sightings of southern butterflies in Massachusetts.

Sept 4, 2012
Last Call at the Oasis at the Capawock Theatre, the impact of climate change on fish and the fishing business, and lost sounds of underwater life.

Aug 20, 2012
VCS at the Ag Fair, the impact of climate change on local severe weather, and Arctic sea ice is melting more quickly than previously thought.

Aug 6, 2012
Art benefit for the Moshup Trail Project at the Gay Head Gallery, the impact of climate change and ocean acidification on shellfish, and a "converted skeptic" discovers that humans have been contributing to climate change after all.

July 23, 2012
Two new videos to help make sense of the complex issues of global climate change, the platonic opposite of a Vineyard Lawn, and the differences between hurricanes and nor'easters.

July 9, 2012
The science of attributing weather events to climate change, and the media's reporting on it; also, a presentation on pollinators, and a future art show at the Gay Head Gallery.

June 25, 2012
Climate change awareness event at the Grange featuring Bill and Margot Moomaw, Island black oaks face a new threat in the form of a gall wasp, an unfortunate compromise in Falmouth's wind power battle, and the concerns raised by more frequent flooding.

June 11, 2012
The Hard Facts About Sea Level Rise, Biogas from organic waste digestion, dumpster diving, the use of organic waste in agriculture, and an ink-saving font.

May 29, 2012
Sea level rise and coastal erosion raises tough questions in Matunuck, RI, impacts of growing deer populations on songbirds (and the broader biota), coastal seagrass as an important carbon sink, and the first of Liz Durkee's Vineyard Gazette climate change series.

May 14, 2012
A survey to help Dukes Country plan its conservation efforts, a new study to examine why Upper Lagoon Pond isn't reducing nitrogen loading in the Lagoon sufficiently, and Massachusetts seeks to remove all commercial food waste from landfills.

Apr 30, 2012
The Earth Day Beach Clean-up wrap-up, a new application to allow the public to assist in invasive species monitoring, historic and modern images of the Earth from space, and National Geographic's underwater photography contest. 

Apr 9, 2012
The 20th Annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up, invasive garlic mustard, and protecting our beaches and wildlife from fly-away balloons.

Mar 26, 2012
Earth Hour reconsidered as Efficiency Hour, real solutions to high gas prices, and Chilmark considers adding additional review to mega-mansion construction.

Mar 12, 2012
Final Winter Walk recap, protecting our waters from toxic effects of medications, and a possible mechanism by which global warming contributes to colder winters.

Feb 27, 2012
Woods Preserve winter walk, a photo-essay of erosion at Wasque Pt., and the changing tactics and motivations of climate change denial

Feb 13, 2012
Featherstone walk recap, satellite based measurements of global ice melt, and correction re: marine animal strandings

Jan 30, 2012
Winter Walk at Featherstone, stranded dolphins in Cape Cod Bay, close-up 3-D images of sand particles, and a new study on Colony Collapse Disorder

Jan 16, 2012
Wakeman Center/Cranberry Acres/Hoft Farm Winter Walk, decorative recycling at the Oak Bluffs library, and the big house controversy comes into focus in Chilmark

Dec 19, 2011
Big houses and local newspaper coverage, a member's account of improving water quality, and the Durban climate talks

Dec 5, 2011
Chilmark Pond/Allen Farm Winter Walk, 2011 a warm year, but mitigated by La Nina, and the final "Mystery Wreck" update

Nov 21, 2011
Recycling Survey wrap-up, starling murmuration, and the "safe" level of global warming

Nov 7, 2011
Moshup Trail winter walk, National Geographic's best environmental photos, and California's cap-and-trade program

Oct 24, 2011
Fraudulent fish, the Island Cooperative Compost Project, Vision Fellowship recruiting, state energy efficiency rankings, and the "Mystery Wreck" photo

Oct 11, 2011
Recycling in food service, geoengineering, and environmental political cartoons

Sept 26, 2011
Living Local, wind power on Scottish islands, and the State of the Birds

Sept 12, 2011
The Greenlands: history and current events, job creation from local agriculture, and the practicality (and wisdom) of attributing individual weather events to climate change

Aug 29, 2011
Recycling by government and small business, the definition of "native," scientific integrity at the EPA, and DIY recycling

Aug 15, 2011
Invasive species: ecological bullies or the scapegoats of nativists? Also, VCS at the Ag Fair, and walking Martha's Vineyard

Aug 1, 2011
Aquaculture in Lagoon Pond and re-opening of the lobster hatchery, art gallery benefit for Moshup Trail Project, and the Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health

July 18, 2011
Shrink-warp recycling wrap-up, wineberry season, and the ocean's garbage patches, aka "the other plastic problem"

June 20, 2011: "The Changing Landscape of Martha's Vineyard"

June 6, 2011: "Waste Not, Want Not"

May 23, 2011: "Rain Anyone?"

May 9, 2011: "Eat Your Heart Out on Martha's Vineyard!"

Apr 25, 2011: "Caring for Our Island"

Apr 11, 2011: "Human Impacts on the Vineyard Coastline"

Mar 28, 2011
Large-scale development, the Census of Marine Life, "A Vineyard Way" outreach campaign, and Biomap2

Mar 14, 2011
Adaptation to shoreline change, in particular the risks of hard revetments

Feb 28, 2011
Lagoon Pond study results, great pond round-up, push-back to land-based wind, and thoughts on industrial agriculture, sustainability, and GMOs

Feb 14, 2011
A new lobster species, Dinochelus ausubeli, oysters for Valentine's Day, a map of possible offshore wind sites, and new board members Luanne Johnson and Samantha Look

Jan 31, 2011
Rez Williams interview, the history of the Wakeman Center,Cranberry Acres trail tale

Jan 18, 2011
Big houses and the MVC's DRI checklist review process, mountain top removal coal mining, and VCS winter walks

Jan 3, 2011
Recycling by the numbers, plastic in the oceans, and green New Year's resolutions

Dec 20, 2010
Food security, and the Cancun climate change conference

Nov 22, 2010
Autumn olive, Edgartown Great Pond dredging, Chip Osborne on pesticides and synthetics, refusing disposable materials, and a winter walk at Norton Point

Sustainability and the Living Local Harvest Festival, the VCS Winter Walks, and the Ponds in Peril Forum


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