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Almanac Archive for June 2, 2014

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Quote of the Week
"There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art."
--Raymond Chandler, Novelist
The Art of Conservation

A Choice - We Can Damage or Preserve
By Lucy Thompson
(Charter School, 9th Grade)
First Place, Drawing

See the other winning artworks and their creators' descriptions:
Photos of all of the entries can be found in this slideshow (after following the link, click the "slideshow" button in the upper left). Thanks to all who participated and helped make the first VCS high school art contest a rousing success!
Conservation Calendar

Arboretum Volunteer Day
Thursday, June 5, 9:00 am to noon, West Tisbury.
Through October, the Polly Hill Arboretum hosts a volunteer day the first Thursday of the month. Dress appropriately and bring gloves – necessary tools will be provided. More info at website, but please call ahead if interested, (508) 693-9426.

World Oceans Day: Film Event
Sunday, June 8 at 7:30 pm, Vineyard Haven.
In honor of World Oceans Day, the MV Film Center screens two short films followed by the main feature Sharkwater, all beginning at 7:30. Tickets $12 ($9 for members, $7 for children), for more info see website or call (508) 696-9369.

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Thursday, June 12, 10:30 to 11:30 am, Edgartown.
Visit the ponds at Felix Neck and discover these amazing insects -- not only their flights above the water's surface, but also their secret lives at the bottom of the pond. $9 ($6 for members), at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.

Shorebird Saturday: June 14

Colony Tour: Join the Trustees of Reservations for a tour of active nesting sites. Meet at 8:30 am at Norton Point Beach in Katama. $10 ($5 for members, $3 for children), pre-registration required. For more info see website or call (508) 693-7662.
Beach Tracking: Walk the beach with Felix Neck staff to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand. Meet at 9:00 am at the State Beach access trail on the Oak Bluffs side of Big Bridge. Free, no registration required. For more info see website or call (508) 627-4850.

Documentary Film on Genetically Modified Organisms
Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm, Vineyard Haven.
"Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives" showing at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Presented by Slow Food M.V. For more info, see poster or call (508) 696-4211.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Local News

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Upgraded Katama Farm Trail Opens

See and be seen at the Katama Farm Trail (Photo by David Foster)

On Friday, the newly upgraded Katama Farm Trail at the FARM Institute was officially unveiled. With support from the Edey Foundation, TFI partnered with VCS to create educational signage for an interpretive trail covering the Farm’s history from its glacial origins to today’s efforts to renew Island agriculture. Inspiration for the new signage came during a VCS Winter Walk at the Farm led by present and former VCS executive directors Brendan O’Neill and Bob Woodruff.
One unique aspect of the trail is that it is one of the most accessible on the Island. The area is very flat (as is all of Katama), and the paths are either dirt roads or mowed grass on firm ground. Also, thanks to the Vineyard Independence Partnership, an Island disability advocacy group, a state-of-the-art all-terrain wheelchair can be checked out from TFI’s farm stand.  To reserve the chair in advance, call (508) 627-7007. 
State News

Vineyard Awarded Two State Grants for Coastal Protection

The Atlantic ribbed mussel Geukensia demissa is often found half-buried in the mud among marsh grasses. (Photo by Sandy Richard/Flickr) 

Great news came out of the Governor’s office on Friday, as the announced winners of the first Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Pilot Grants included two Vineyard projects: the restoration of Squibnocket Beach in Chilmark, and the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group’s efforts to stabilize and improve salt marshes at four pilot sites through living shoreline techniques, including the use of ribbed mussels, marsh grass, and coir logs. (A more thorough account of the MVSG project can be found at the Vineyard Gazette.)
The state program (administered through the Office of Coastal Zone Management) seeks to encourage, in their words, the use of “green infrastructure” – non-structural approaches to dealing with the problems of coastal erosion and sea level rise. In our preferred nomenclature of coastal armoring, soft stabilization, and managed retreat, the administration’s “green infrastructure” would seem to most closely map onto soft stabilization – the sometimes necessary, frequently expensive, and always impermanent middle ground between counterproductive armoring and politically unpopular retreat. It can be a smart compromise, especially if done using good science – and these grants should help to that end.
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Original content by Jeremy Houser unless otherwise noted.