Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
25 Year Milestone for Michael Schafale
Many of us have relied on the Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina as an invaluable reference, but we may not be as familiar with its lead author, Michael Schafale, who just celebrated 25 years with the Natural Heritage Program. Mike is the main expert behind this publication, having worked with Alan Weakly and a host of other experts to create the first edition and subsequent revisions. This guide, which describes more than 100 natural community types across our state, has been widely adopted by environmental professionals who need to assess the natural environment and identify rare plant species, often as part of environmental impact assessments or preservation projects. Congratulations!The full article may be found at http://www.onencnaturally.org/pages/newsletter.html
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The video is also available on disk for use with a DVD-player or computer. The (free) disk version combines a standard DVD-video version packaged with a high definition Quicktime video version for high resolution computer viewing. (If you have a computer and an HDTV, you can show a high resolution version of the video by connecting your computer to your TV.) If you'd like a copy of the disk, contact Lavon Page.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
noon - 1:30, Bradow room
We’ll share what we're doing to decrease the size of our carbon footprint at home in our day to day lives and we’ll inspire each other to possibilities. Absolutely no guilt trips allowed. We may be taking giant steps; we may be taking baby steps; but all steps forward are allowed and encouraged. It's a great time for some to take the "sustainable household challenge" to decrease carbon consumption at home and use the time to develop supported positive habits in 2009.
You may wish to add participation in the group to your New Year's resolutions for 2009. Commitment is good, and you can develop a group of persons close to home who can support you in your efforts through the group. You might wish to order for yourself or for friends for Christmas "Discussion Course on Choices for Sustainable Living" which can be ordered from the Northwest Earth Institute at www.nwei.org , which we shall be borrowing ideas from during the sessions to enhance our learning. Purchase is not required for participation, however.
We'll have rituals of prayer, sharing successes, presentation of research findings, and committing to individualized changes each session. General topic areas presently envisioned are:
Session 1: Call to sustainability and ecological principles.
Session 2: Food
Session 3: Buying
Session 4: Communities
Session 5: Visions for Sustainablity and Celebration
Grapes and peanut butter sandwiches will be provided. Call Marty if you have questions or plan on participating.
Share the news; spread the joy; and pray, certainly pray.