New Arboretum Assessment Made Possible With Grant

The Polly Hill Arboretum recently completed its second conservation assessment through a grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Heritage Preservation Program. The assessment was an opportunity to update an original assessment which was completed in 2001.

Saturday to-Do List: Don Gloves, Roll Up Sleeves, Go to Beach for Earth Day Event

Flotsam and jetsam have drifted onto Island shores for centuries, although the volume and toxicity of beach trash has increased dramatically during modern times.

Today plastic trash is a blot on beaches, but thankfully it can be reduced simply by rolling up your sleeves and getting to work.

Earth Day Volunteers Scour Beaches

The Vineyard Conservation Society’s Earth Day Beach Clean-Up saw volunteers taking to beaches around the Island last Saturday, April 18. Among the many organizations to dedicate their afternoon to the effort was the Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters Association. The association put their work in on the familiar strand of South Beach, hauling refuse of all shapes, sizes and material out of the sands and away to a proper disposal.

Island Companies Enable Greener, Zero-Waste Events

Vineyard companies Eco MV, Big Sky Tent and Party Rentals and Allied Waste are working together to make hosting green events on Martha’s Vineyard more accessible, affordable and sustainable. The Vineyard is one of the country’s most popular destination wedding locations, with thousands of visitors coming to the Island each year specifically for weddings. The demand for green events, including green weddings, is on the rise, and Eco MV, Big Sky and Allied Waste have pooled their expertise to provide new innovative solutions.

Shattered Peace on North Road

A series of wetlands violations in the town of Chilmark underpin drama which is the stuff of a daytime soap opera, complete with tangled relationships, trespassing orders and bitter class divisions.

A fiery public hearing at a recent meeting of the Chilmark conservation commission revealed more than one layer of problems at the Aerie, a mixed neighborhood of seasonal and year-round residents off North Road which has seen turmoil over prolonged construction projects and multiple environmental abuses.

Conservation Commission Says Yes to Fishing Pier

A dedicated fishing pier off of the North Bluff in Oak Bluffs has cleared its final local hurdle.

Test Your Green Savvy: Board Game Challenges

Think you know the Vineyard? This spring you will have the opportunity to test that knowledge with How Green is Your Vineyard? A board game that will include up to 1,800 questions in six categories: conservation, agriculture, history, commerce, arts and culture and odds and ends.

Businesses and organizations can participate by purchasing a space on the board and contributing questions to the game.

Engineer’s Energy

South Mountain Company's high-performance building engineer Marc Rosenbaum gave a presentation on Innovative Mechanical Systems for Low Heating Load Buildings at the fifth annual North American Passive House conference in Portland, Ore. Passive House is a German standard that was designed to make the world's most energy efficient buildings.

His case studies included a recent South Mountain deep-energy retrofit of a century-old carriage house for the Woods Hole Research Center.

Conserving Lands Great and Small

Lloyd Raleigh is bent double , trying to negotiate his way through a dense thicket of catbriar in the moist wetands of Brookside Farm. As thorns entangle his jacket, a soup of leaf mold and sphagnum moss sucks his boots deeper into the mud.

“I kind of like this spot,” he says. “It tells us a lot about the land.”

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