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Land & Environmental Section
In late summer, native sunflowers in Ellen Hoover’s garden draw goldfinches. The bright yellow birds feast on seeds, then burst out like sunflower petals flung to the sky. Down the street, monarch butterflies browse Catherine Zimmerman’s coneflowers, goldenrod and asters.
The News has invited some of our own prominent local environmentalists to reflect on the 50-year anniversary of Earth Day.
Successful farm-to-school programs. Stories from local farmers coping with climate change. Strategies for turning conventional farms organic. Those topics and more will be explored at “Growing Green 2020: Investing in Conservation and Local Food,” a joint conference of the Tecumseh Land Trust and Community Solutions.
On Sunday, March 1, the Glen Helen trail system will be closed to protect the nature preserve during the freeze/thaw cycle. Depending on the weather, the trails may reopen as soon as the next day, Monday, March 2.
Tecumseh Land Trust will hold its annual sugar shack tour on Sunday, March 1, 2–4 p.m. at Whitehall Farm.
Those interested in forming a Yellow Springs chapter of Citizens for Climate Lobby, or CCL, are invited to meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 12:30–2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Vernet Ecological Center, 405 Corry Street.
A new trail will connect Yellow Springs and Agraria, Community Solutions’ center for regenerative land use located west of the village.
An “unnamed tributary” to Mud Run Creek recently got a name. Yellow Springs, meet “Coyote Run.”
The village locations accepting #5 plastics for recycling, spearheaded by villager Vickie Hennessy, have reopened, after initially being closed on Dec. 31.
How good is the current proposal to clean up the Vernay Laboratories site? How much contamination is there? Are municipal water supplies protected? What can be done with the land when it is cleaned up? Those were a few of the questions asked at a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, on Vernay’s most recent plan to clean up contamination at its former local rubber plant on Dayton Street.