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Almanac Archive for April 1, 2021

The Conservation Almanac
     Earth Day Beach Clean-Up
          Conservation History at Allen Farm
Love it - Protect it - MV: Meadows, Fields & Farms
The Earth Day Beach Clean-Up is Back!
     Join VCS at your favorite beach and help protect our Island environment

Please join us on April 17th for the 29th annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up. After careful consideration, we are happy to say that plans for this year’s event represent at least a partial return to normal. As usual, our wonderful volunteer leaders will be stationed at participating beaches with bags and gloves for collecting from 10 am to noon. So, if you are able to, please go see them and check in – or, if you’d rather keep a little more distance, just BYOB and head straight to the beach and join in the fun!
In addition, throughout the month of April we will be repeating last year’s experiment in “joining together while working apart.” Pick your own time and place – beach, trail, roadside, or other public space – and then share your stories, cool finds, and photos via email (or tag us on social media).
Pop-Up Photo Contest: Snap some pics of the coolest, grossest, and most unusual things you find on the beach. Then email us or post on Facebook/Instagram (tag us @vineyardconservation), and you could win one of the prizes!
p.s.  Now through Saturday, kids have a chance to double-dip on the beach clean-up: Bring your bag of trash to the Oak Bluffs Library on Saturday from 10 am - 1 pm and they'll exchange it for a bag of seasonal goodies – thank you, OB Library! 

Love it - Protect it - MV: Meadows, Fields & Farms

Just one week remains for submissions to the second edition of our community arts & ideas project, "Love it – Protect it – MV." To be included in the collection, please send us your photos, paintings, drawings, poetry, essays, and all other expressions of celebration of Meadows, Fields & Farms by April 7th . The project is open to all, with no age or skill level requirements; click here for more on how to participate.

Allen Farm, Conservation Success Story

Frequently painted, photographed, or just appreciated while passing by, Chilmark's Allen Farm (seen at right, and in our header image) is one of the most iconic examples of Vineyard open space. While the vista is well known, the history of how it came to be conserved is much less so.

Every conservation success story is unique (read more VCS stories here), but what they usually have in common is complexity – resulting in a process that sometimes takes many years to complete. Permanent protection of land is hard work, requiring the generosity of landowners, support from the public, and above all else, patience and cooperation from all involved.

MVC Hearing Tonight

Tonight at 7:00, the MV Commission reconvenes for another public hearing to receive testimony regarding the controversial proposal to build a new sports complex with an artificial turf field at the High School. Throughout the process, VCS has weighed in numerous times in opposition, most recently through our testimony at the Feb. 18 hearing. To join in via Zoom, click here (for more info, meeting rules, and agenda, see MVC site). If you would like to speak at the hearing (and it is possible this may be the last opportunity), contact Lucy Morrison via email; written remarks should be sent to Alex Elvin.
Nature Walk, Winter
meadow blah
air cold
as a mother's
path bends
hear a
my wheezes
walk on
reach pond
sit? no,
cold sand
clear water's
quiet lap
my eyes
want home
always want
where I'm not

                                           --Ellen Martin Story

Ellen Martin Story lives in Oak Bluffs and is a member of the Cleveland House Poets. Thank you, Ellen!   

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