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Almanac Archive for Feb. 19, 2019

Conservation Almanac Special Edition
     Introducing the MV Tap Map
          Winter Walk at Featherstone

               State and Local Recycling Q&A
Introducing the MV Tap Map 
In an ongoing effort to reduce the pollution and waste associated with disposable plastic water bottles, our Take Back the Tap initiative has already brought water bottle refill stations to 18 locations across the Island. These machines dispense chilled, filtered water — for free, and faster than than buying a bottle from a store or vending machine. Many more units are currently in progress or anticipated for the future.

Our new MV Tap Map will continue to be updated as new stations are completed or envisioned — so go ahead and add it to your bookmarks! Many thanks to our generous donors who are funding this project, and also to the YMCA, the MV Hospital, and Felix Neck, who by installing refill stations on their own years ago helped to inspire this initiative.

Next Winter Walk: Nature Inspiration at Featherstone
Join VCS and Featherstone Center for the Arts on March 10 for a collaborative winter walk and nature-inspired creative expression. We have planned out two walks on the surrounding trails: a shorter option for those who would like to participate in a nature-based art project with Featherstone's Coral Shockey, and a longer loop for those who would rather stick to walking. 
This all-ages event will be from 10 am to noon, and as always, cookies and cider afterward!
Featherstone Center for the Arts was founded in 1980 to develop community through the arts. Their 6.5-acre facility is adjacent to more than 200 acres of Land Bank holdings at the Southern Woodlands (conserved in 2004), one of the last large undeveloped pieces of land in Oak Bluffs. Protection of the Southern Woodlands was a protracted effort, an interesting and at times dramatic conservation success story.

Your Recycling Questions Answered

An exciting event is in the works for next month: on March 17th, the West Tisbury Library will host officials from the state Dept. of Environmental Protection, as well as representatives from our local waste managers, for a presentation on how our recycling system really works — and how it could work better. In light of recent local changes, and the upheaval in the global recycling market, we know that much of the public is confused about what is or is not recyclable (and where, and how).

If you are able to attend, please come with questions and/or even examples of items you've been wondering about. And if you can't make it, please send your questions to VCS by March 14. We will have our own list of inquiries for the gathered experts, and would be happy to add yours. (Please note that you will get a vacation auto-reply from that email address from Feb 20 - March 4, but we will still receive your questions and add them to our list.)

Scenes from Spring Point
Thanks to all who joined our walk leader Constance Messmer on a clear and cold February morning to hike the trails, cliffs, and beaches of Spring Point, Chilmark. In support of ongoing initiatives aimed at plastic pollution reduction, walkers also removed several large barrels full of plastic debris from the beach. Thank you!
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