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VCS in the News

Commentary, Leaving Paris Behind
Op-ed piece for the Vineyard Gazette by Jeremy Houser, observations on the June decision by Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of our other Gazette commentary pieces:

The 25th Anniversary Earth Day Beach Clean-Up
Wonderful coverage in the Gazette both before and after the big event. Also see the Gazette's photos (and our own here).

Plastic Bag Ban Goes Island-Wide
Oak Bluffs joins the BYOB spirit and passes VCS bag ban bylaw at the 2017 Town Meeting; see coverage in Gazette and MV Times. More coverage from the 2016 votes in: Chilmark, Edgartown, Tisbury, West Tisbury.

Plastic Bag Ban takes effect
Coverage in the Cape Cod Times

BYOB Day in Vineyard Haven
As described in the Gazette, VCS and the VH Business Association get together to host "Bring Your Own Bag Day" on Main Street.

"Bring Your Own Bag" Bylaw
Big picture coverage in the Gazette, specific Town Meeting recaps f
or EdgartownTisbury, and West Tisbury.

In lead-up to Town Meeting season, a Commentary by Jeremy Houser and Letter to the Editor by Samantha Look highlight a broad outreach campaign.

Earlier, the effort to eliminate the single-use plastic shopping bag garnered significant media attention, including general coverage in the Gazette and Times, and recaps of VCS meetings with Town boards in Aquinnah, Edgartown, and West Tisbury.

A Conservation Restriction 20 Years in the Making
VCS secures a new CR, forever protecting the Chilmark property of long-time member Thelma Cossutta, which was given to VCS in her will. 

Marking 50 Years in Conservation, VCS Looks to Future
2015 Annual Meeting coverage in Vineyard Gazette, including the discussion of sustainability led by Richard Toole of VCS and John Abrams and Marc Rosenbaum of South Mountain Co. 

Nature as Inspiration: The Films of Jacques Perrin
The first VCS environmental film festival, a collaboration with the MV Film society; coverage in the MV Times relates the festival in terms of VCS's Connect-Reflect-Protect initiative; Vineyard Gazette story features interviews with Mr. Perrin and VCS board member Jesse Ausubel who organized the festival

The Art of Conservation 2015
Recaps of the second annual high school art contest in the Gazette and MV Times

The VCS Island Adventure
MV Times story on new "questing" outdoor activity for Island kids 

Cold Winds, Warm Memories at Gay Head Cliffs
Vineyard Gazette coverage of winter walk, including some history of VCS's work to protect the Cliffs 

VCS Expands Moshup Trail Holdings Thanks to Year-End Gift
Coverage of the recent land gift in both the Vineyard Gazette and MV Times

When Gates Were to Keep Sheep Safe: Quenames Walk Lingers
Historical reminiscence by Katherine Scott following a VCS Winter Walk

New Study Examines Effects of Sea Level Rise on Vineyard 
Vineyard Gazette coverage of the climate change report created by VCS staffer Jeremy Houser (see our climate change page to download chapters of the report)

Out of Trash, Treasured Effort Unfolds
A historical retrospective on the VCS Earth Day Beach Clean-up highlights the Gazette's coverage of the 2013 edition of this annual event.

Short multimedia coverage of Phil Henderson's popular Rising Seas presentation. For more, see VCS Climate Change page.

View of the Future May Require Swim Goggles
Arnie Reisman's humorous "Washashore Chronicles" commentary, riffing on "Rising Seas" presentation (above).

A prime example of the quiet leadership role of VCS, who worked behind the scenes to facilitate the land deal that saved Flat Point Farm from development (though you won't find any mention of it in the newspaper account above). For the inside story, see our newsletter, page 8.
By Brendan O'Neill: Testimony before the MVC regarding revisions to the DRI checklist

4th Edition Walking Trails of Martha's Vineyard book review

Conservation is Truly Plan of Least Impact
By Brendan O'Neill

The Island’s nonprofit land conservation groups: their first protected properties, their different missions, and how they work together.
>CLICK HERE to read the article

Sewers and Oysters Said to Be Saviors For Ponds in Peril
>Click HERE to read the Article

> Click here to read a Gazette article written by Geraldine Brooks about VCS and what's involved in conserving land

VCS Cliff Walk

Renewable Energy at What Cost


On the Oceans Plan: Protect MVC First



A Clean One Percent


On the Oceans Plan: Protect MVC First


Can We Save the Ponds by Eating Oysters?


New on the VCS Board

The Six Hundred Million Dollar Plan


Brendan O’Neill Has Big Impact On Small Island

2009 Earth day Beach Clean-up


Moshup Trail



Winter Walks





Conservation Today VCS has their work cut out for them

Conservation forcast cloudy some sun (VCS annual meeting 2008)

Lights Out Martha's Vineyard


Living Local Harvestfest



Great Pond Algae Bloom Cause for Serious Study

VCS Brings Recycling at Ag Fair


Recycling on MV riddle solved


Census of Marine Life: A Preview
As the featured speaker at the 2007 VCS annual meeting, board member Jesse Ausubel shared a preview of the upcoming Census of Marine Life, a project with which he was deeply involved.