Friday, December 22, 2006

A Season in Review

With the coming New Year, Rural Action has begun to reflect upon its work this past season. Our three program areas (Sustainable Economies, Sustainable Communities, and Sustainable Environments) as well as our administrative team were busy with many projects. Some of our highlights are below.

Sustainable Economies

Plant Rescue
Davilla Clark, a staff member at the Wayne National Forest, had had his hands full with the Native Plant Rescue.

Call Before You Cut
Did you see the billboard? A project started by Rural Action, the Call Before You Cut Campaign, went statewide with the help of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and other partners.

Sustainable Communities

Youth Act
This fall, the Youth Act Club at Federal Hocking Middle School successfully raised $70 and 66 canned goods for My Sister's Place, a local domestic violence shelter and hot line. They served over 80 hours planning the details of the dance, publicizing the event, helping out during the dance, and afterwards presenting their project to other clubs in their school. The group will plan and implement another project in the winter.

Environmental Learning Program

The Environmental Learning Program had a busy fall. The ELP organized a recycled arts and crafts booth at the Athens Area Sustainability Festival. It also presented a puppet show for Ohio University’s Energy Days, which related to the children how not to be an energy hog.

Sustainable Environments

Sunday Creek’s New Program Coordinator
Kaabe Shaw became the new Program Coordinator for the Sunday Creek Watershed Restoration Project in September.

Huff Run Project Completed
The Harsha North Reclamation Project was completed during the summer of 2006, ahead of schedule and within budget. The purpose of this project was to reduce the impacts of acid mine drainage draining off of the Harsha North site into Huff Run. The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Project also celebrated its 10 year anniversary on October 25.

Administrative Team

November Fundraiser
Our annual fundraiser took place at the Athens Community Center this past November. Both breakfast and lunch (of local and delicious food) were served to nearly two hundred guests.

‘Tis the Season
We were at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville twice in early December: one day for our annual Holiday Open House (pictured) and the next for a local products bazaar with the theme "’Tis the Season to Buy Local!"