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“The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.”
--Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and mystic.
Tuesday, May 14 at 5:00 pm, Chilmark.
Free tours at the Grey Barn and Farm are every Tuesday at 5. Learn
about organic dairying, cheesemaking and renewable energy. Directions at
Nature Connection Mentoring
Thursday, May 16, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Oak Bluffs Library.
Join Saskia Vanderhoop for a unique approach to mentoring based on
indigenous ways of learning. For more info, call 508 693-9433.
Sunday, May 19, 10:00 to noon, Chilmark.
Mushroom Walk with mycologist Wesley Price at Menemsha Hills Reservation in Chilmark. Members $5, non-members $10, children (under 15) $3. Pre-register by calling 508 693-7662.
Volunteer Info Session
Thursday, May 23, 10:00 am to noon, the Polly Hill Arboretum.
Spend a morning with volunteer coordinator Nancy Weaver, executive
director Tim Boland, and other PHA staff for an introduction to the many
ways you can become involved at the Arboretum. Participants will tour
the plant collections, review Arboretum history, and learn what goes on
behind the scenes. Free and open to all. Call Nancy to register at 508
Saturday, May 25, 9:00 to 10:00 am, State Beach, OB/Edg.
Walk the beach with a Felix Neck shorebird biologist to record field
data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in
the sand. Meet at the State Beach access trail on the Oak Bluffs side
of Big Bridge. All ages, free, no registration req'd.
Monday, May 20th
The M.V. Hebrew Center
Please join VCS for a Composting Conversation
next Monday at 12:30 at the Hebrew Center
To explore the future of composting on the Island, this meeting will
bring together a broad range of stakeholders: representatives from our
large-scale producers and consumers of compostable waste, officials from
the Mass Department of Environmental Protection and local refuse
district, industry reps, and many others.
, Director of Mass DEP’s composting program, to discuss the new 2014 food disposal regulations, grants and available loans.
, President, Green Mountain Technologies, Inc., to present his company’s large-scale composting equipment.
, Director of the MV Refuse District, for a “reality check” about what can work here.
, representative of Bruno’s Rolloff Inc., on issues related to hauling.
, Morning Glory Farm, on the perspective of the potential end-user of composted material.
|Monday, May 13, 2013
Rising Seas Packs the House
Just one meter (3.3 feet) of
sea level rise leaves a good portion of downtown Edgartown
submerged. (Image from Chris Seidel, MVC; see link below for others)
The M.V. Senior Center hosted a record high turnout Thursday night for a
meeting of the All-Island Selectmen’s Association. Leading off the
agenda was a striking presentation by VCS board member Phil Henderson on
local impacts of rising sea levels.
Phil discussed a variety of issues relating to climate change and sea
level rise, but the most attention grabbing element was a series of maps
specifically outlining what areas of our island will be completely
submerged in the future. So attention grabbing, in fact, that the Gazette’s coverage of the meeting includes reproductions of the maps on their website.
Depicting areas inundated at both 1 meter (yellow) and 2 meters (red)
of sea level rise, the maps paint a stark picture of valuable land and
critical infrastructure lost outright in the not-too-distant future.
What the maps do not reveal is the much broader area subject to flooding
due to storm surges and the ongoing effects of coastal erosion.
Phil will be giving an encore performance of the Rising Seas
presentation at the M.V. Commission’s meeting this Thursday, May 16 at
7:00 PM at the Stone Building in Oak Bluffs. The meeting is open to the public.
Special thanks to Chris Seidel at the MVC for creating the map projections.
2013 Winter Walks Finale this Sunday:
Volunteer Work Day at Mary Black Sanctuary
Compared to the Earth Day Beach Clean-up, hauling the trash should be a small task for the Edgartown DPW.
The last of this season's Winter Walks, a short guided tour of the Mary
Black Sanctuary in Edgartown followed by a volunteer clean-up
opportunity, has been rescheduled for May 19 at 1:00. Park at the
Edgartown School and look for VCS signs and flags. For more information,
call our office at 508 693-9588.
The 2.85-acre wooded parcel, located adjacent to the town cemetery, was
owned by horticulturist Mary Black and her son Noel Evert Macy and
maintained as an arboretum for many years. Today VCS holds a
Conservation Restriction and the Town of Edgartown (our partner for the
clean-up) owns the land. The parcel harbors an interesting historical
resource in the form of the raised rail bed of the old Katama Railroad.
It also includes a variety of debris from its arboretum days that will
be the focus of the community clean-up. Bring gloves, sturdy boots and a
shovel if you have one.
“Historic land usage crossroads” is the theme of this year's walks,
featuring properties where crises were averted with the help of VCS. The
unique challenges in getting this small sanctuary into the “saved”
column will be discussed.
New Community Drop-Off Locations for Shell Recycling
This piece was contributed by Jessie Holtham, MV Shell Recovery Partnership Coordinator.
The Martha's Vineyard Shell Recovery Partnership, now in its 3rd year,
has been working to recycle shells from restaurants, effectively
decreasing inputs to the Island waste-stream and re-introducing the
shell to salt ponds in oyster restoration efforts.
New this year is a free community shell drop-off service: anyone can now
recycle shell alongside other household recyclables. Bring your oyster,
mussel, clam, scallop, and conch shells to the Edgartown, Oak Bluffs,
or West Tisbury transfer stations and the Shell Recovery Partnership
will store and condition the material to be safely returned,
pathogen-free, to pond areas in need of substrate for new shellfish to
grow. (Please don’t put shells directly back in the water unless it is
returned to the exact place it came from, due to the risk of spreading
Three simple goals are driving this effort:
1) 1 recycled shell creates habitat for 10 new oysters! Your
recovered shell is returned to local waters with baby oyster larvae
attached from our local Shellfish Hatchery, helping to replenish wild
oyster reefs and restore bottom habitat for many bottom species.
2) Save money by reducing heavy bulk shell waste from our dumpsters.
3) Combat Ocean Acidification*
by providing calcium carbonate (what shells are made of), a natural
water acid buffer. You provide the shell; we put it back in the water,
completing a natural cycle.
* the lowering of ocean pH due to increased CO2 dissolved in the water, global climate change’s chief partner-in-crime.