Wednesday, October 04, 2006


2006 Sustainability Festival Slideshow

On September 30 and October 1, Rural Action’s Environmental Learning Program (ELP) hosted a tent at the Athens Area Sustainability Festival. The ELP uses an interdisciplinary approach to environmental education, with an emphasis on outdoor, experiential learning. At the festival, the ELP had arts & crafts and games made from natural and recycled materials. The children had a wonderful time. Check out a slide show below for pictures and audio from the festival.

Share Your Heritage Project

The Sustainable Communities Division of Rural Action is partnering with a number of other organizations to research and promote heritage tourism in the region. In the words of Sustainable Communities Director, Mary Steinmaus, heritage tourism “promotes the region’s assets for tourism, and thereby economic development.” The project has been in the works since April when the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District approached Rural Action about starting the project. “There’s a great heritage in this area, but it’s not organized on a large scale,” says Mary.

On October 19, The Share Your Heritage Project will hold a meeting at the Inn at Hocking College. The meeting will bring together local elected officials to discuss the possibilities of a local heritage tourism project. Bob Billington of the Blackstone River Valley Natural Heritage Corridor will speak to the attendees. For more information about the project and the meeting contact Mary at 740-767-4938.

Hope Taft Lends a Hand to Rescue Plants

The Native Plant Rescue project has seen great success and great recognition (did you see the article in the Columbus Dispatch?). Even the governor’s house has seen the news. Hope Taft, the first lady of Ohio, will be at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters on October 10 to help out with the rescue. She’ll be rescuing plants and taking them to the governor’s mansion in Bexley, OH where they will be integrated in the landscaping. We’re looking forward to her visit.

We’re also looking forward to October 14, National Herb Day. That Saturday will be another Plant Rescue. In honor of National Herb Day, informational booths will be set up at this rescue. We need your help rescuing the plants. Come to volunteer or just to peruse the booths. The event will run from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Read the ‘Volunteer Opportunities’ section below to learn how to volunteer.

New Plant Watch Information

New Information has been added to the Plants to Watch website. The site contains information on several species that have been identified as potentially important for this region. The information comes from many sources, including books, papers, and research reports by local experts, as well as members of Rural Action and the Appalachian Forest Research Center. The two new plants are wild ginger and wild indigo. Visit the website and click on “Plant Index” to read more.

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