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Because many of these announcements are posted well in advance of the event, please consult the contact person before attending to confirm details.  Please also check the EcoEvents Calendar for additional details, other items, and updates.

Rockbridge Area Events:

Saturday, July 22 – Tackling Invasives on the Chessie Trail, 8:00 a.m.  An opportunity to learn about common invasive species and help tackle them on the Trail. The July Year on the Trail walk will start early to beat the heat. Meet at Mill Creek meadow and gate, across the road from VDOT’s chain link fence on Old Buena Vista Road. Bring gloves, water, and clippers if you have them. Wear sturdy shoes. For information, email chessietrail@gmail.com or call Lisa Tracy at 856-912-5279.

Friday, July 28 (thru Friday, August 25) – Music in the Garden at Boxerwood, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the Meadow Stage at Boxerwood Gardens, 963 Ross Road, Lexington.  The concert on July 14th features Honest Labor.  This is the 5th Music in the Garden twilight concert series.  Eight free concerts are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month through August.  For all concerts everyone is encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs or blankets.  All ages invited.  In the event of rain, concerts will be cancelled.  For more information and weather cancellation updates, visit Boxerwood on Facebook or go to www.boxerwood.org  or call 463-2697.

*Thursday, August 3 – RACC Board Meeting, 4:30 p.m. in the RACC office meeting space, 2nd floor of the Wells Fargo Bank Building, 101 South Main Street, Lexington (enter the vestibule and go through the door to your right and up the stairs). Members and guests always welcome. For further information, contact Barbara Walsh, Executive Director, at 463-2330 or racc@rockbridge.net

*Monday, August 7 -- RACC Watershed Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m. at the RACC office meeting space, 2nd floor of the Wells Fargo Bank Building, 101 South Main Street, Lexington (enter the vestibule and go through the door to your right and up the stairs).  Anyone interested in Rockbridge County water issues is encouraged to attend.  For more information contact Daphne Raz at fellowship57@gmail.com  or 463-7156, or Sandra Stuart at 463-5663 or sws.watershed@gmail.com

Events Beyond Rockbridge:

Monday, August 7 – DEQ Public Hearings on ACP & MVP Pipelines, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the James Madison University Festival and Conference Center, 1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, VA.  (parking in lots C11, C12, D3)  Hosted by Friends of Augusta.  The public hearing will address the draft water certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. DEQ public announcements and more information to absorb before you go. 


Fridays – Glasgow Farmers Market, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. located at 10th and Kanawha Streets. This is a community run market for locally produced vegetables, fruits and meats.  For more information call
540-817-3163 or 540-258-2246.

Wednesdays - Lexington Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in McCrums parking lot behind the Southern Inn.  For more information contact Mitch Wapner at mitch@paradoxfarm.org.

Saturdays – Rockbridge County Farmers Market, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Virginia Horse Center, Route 39 West, Lexington.  The market goes until October 28.  For more information email farmersmarket@horsecenter.org.

Little Hat Creek Farm Bread & Vegetable CSA (community supported agriculture) - Eat like a farmer!  Every Wednesday from June through October, get hand-picked ecologically-grown vegetables and a loaf of our wood-fired sourdough bread for your family.  Lexington customers can pick up their share at the Wednesday Lexington Farmers Market.  Sign up now at www.littlehatcreek.com/csa.  For more information call 434-277-9304 or email littlehatcreek@gmail.com.  

Announcements and FYI:

House Mountain Trial Postponed – RACC has just learned that the trial on the Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s (VOF’s) cancellation of the Agreements establishing the House Mountain Preserve, originally scheduled for this July, has been postponed at VOF’s request and over RACC’s objection until
December 6 – 7, 2017.

New Atlantic Coast Pipeline Video - The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has just released the first in a series of short video clips profiling the impacts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCTB_4y92SE.  The Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance recommends this excellent video (under 4 minutes long).  Please distribute it far and wide, via social media, email, smoke signals, etc.  Excellent work and congrats to the Southern Environmental Law Center.  Other clips in the series will be announced as they are released.  For more information, please contact ABRA at www.abralliance.org/.

Help Wanted: Sustainability Manager at Boxerwood Gardens.  Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden is a 15 acre outdoor classroom located in Lexington, Virginia, that provides environmental education to people of all ages.  Our mission is to develop earth-care stewardship within the local and regional community.  We achieve this through partnerships with the local school systems, providing adult education programs, and cultural events that inspire people to connect with nature. We are a designated Center of Environmental Education Excellence by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Sustainability Manager is responsible for advancing our mission to teach people of all ages how to become caretakers of the environment.  The manager will identify opportunities within Boxerwood to integrate low-impact conservation best practices into our physical space and our standard operating procedures.  Reaching beyond the boundaries of our facilities at Boxerwood, the manager will drive our “green living” education initiatives through outreach and community partnerships.  The manager will play an important role in fund raising for projects, initiatives and operating budgets.
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Master Plan implementation
    • Working with Grounds and Facilities Manager, prioritizes, plans and directs grounds/facilities projects that are included in the Master Plan
      • Example:  the permeable surface parking lot and driveway project
      • Example:  installation of interpretive trail stations
    • Establishes baselines for measuring Boxerwood’s ecological footprint, develops plans for improvement, monitoring and communicating our efforts
      • Example:  Improve our internal recycling efforts
    • Coordinates project implementation with Grounds & Facilities Manager and Education staff; consults with this team for input and feedback
    • Provides progress reports including quantitative and qualitative data
  • Community Outreach and Sustainability Education
    • Partner with the Education staff to develop and deliver environmental stewardship education programs and initiatives  
      • Example:   a Tree Stewardship program
    • Cultivate collaborative partnerships with organizations on a local, regional and national level
    • Prepare educational outreach materials to promote sustainable living and our initiatives
    • Deliver presentations, workshops, training sessions, classes for people of all ages—Pre-K through Senior Citizen


  • Capacity Building
    • Seek, identify, and pursue opportunities for revenue generation and  grant funding for related to Master Plan implementation and Sustainability Education
    • Leverages Boxerwood’s core competencies to strengthen our position as a Center of Environmental Education Excellence
    • Collaborates with fellow team members on Boxerwood’s communications, education, grounds/facility needs, events and fundraising efforts

Qualifications: The Sustainability Manager must be knowledgeable in a broad range of environmental sustainability issues; possess at least 3 years of project management, environmental education and/or permaculture/agroecology expertise. 
Education:  minimum 4-year degree in Environmental Sciences.
Special knowledge:  Environmental Conservation best practices, sustainability/green living strategies required.
Skills:  Project design and management, experiential teaching   (preferably in environmental education or STEM), grant writing, developing monitoring and evaluation processes, team leadership, public speaking and presentation.
Abilities:  Collaborative approach to working with diverse groups, see an initiative through from start to finish, strategic thinking, understand the audience 
Professional Certifications:  Master Naturalist certification would be useful, though not required
Personal Characteristics:   Resourceful, sense of wonder and curiosity about the world, “let’s do this” attitude.
Must have valid driver’s license and car; local, state and regional travel required. 
This is a full time position.  Planned Start Date:  July 1, 2017.  Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, salary history, and a one-page essay on what “sustainability” means to you.  Send these materials to Levy Schroeder, Executive Director, via email at levy@boxerwood.orgThe deadline for submission is June 15, 2017.  No phone calls please.  Boxerwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Criminal History Check will be required prior to employment. 

Rockbridge Area Outdoor Recreation Survey Underway: Braiding the Way for Outdoor Recreation in the Rockbridge Area is conducting an online survey as part of the process for developing a master outdoor recreation plan for the region.  The survey is open to both residents and visitors and asks participants to share information on their involvement in outdoor recreation activities, their spending in relation to those activities, and demographic information.  The data from the survey will be used to conduct an economic impact analysis report.

      The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/outdoorrecreationrockbridge, and will remain open until July 31.  All responses are confidential, but if participants are interested in winning a prize they are prompted to enter an email address.  Prizes include:   

  • Introduction to Fly Fishing, John Roberts Fishing Guide
  • Admission for two, Natural Bridge State Park
  • Southern Inn gift cards
  • Walkabout Outfitter gift cards
  • Twin River Outfitter gift cards
  • Free admission to Fridays in the Park series, Glen Maury Park.

For more information, please contact:  Tracy Hibbitts, Regional Planner, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, 112 MacTanly Place, Staunton, VA 24401; Phone: 540-885-5174 or Email: tracy@cspdc.org.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forum Planning Committee Opportunity - Hi All, I am looking to replace my spot on the planning committee for the Communications and Advocacy track for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forum.  If you become part of the planning committee, you are able to attend the Forum for free.  It is an RFP process so you just need to select presentations from the RFPs that are submitted.  The 12th Annual Forum is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, November 3 – 5, 2017 at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV.  Please reach out to me if you are interested so that I can send your information to you.  Whoever responds first gets it!  Thanks. Chanté Coleman, Director, Choose Clean Water Coalition, 20 Ridgely Ave, Suite 203, Annapolis, MD 21401; Office: (443) 927-8047; Cell: (619) 871-1521.

Take Action on Climate in Virginia Petition Drive - The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN), a coalition of conservation groups in Virginia, is seeking signatures for a petition to Governor McAuliffe to take the lead on climate change in Virginia.  According to VCN, “Last week, President Trump signed a broad sweeping Executive Order attempting to cancel the U.S. Climate Action Plan, dismantle the Clean Power Plan, and reverse significant policies on coal mining natural on public lands. These latest environmental attacks pose a significant threat to our public health and safety. Blocking the Clean Power Plan will cause 3,600 additional premature deaths, 90,000 more asthma attacks in children, and 300,000 more missed work and school days by 2030.  Fortunately, Virginia has the authority to address climate on its own. Governor McAuliffe can start the process to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and protect communities across the Commonwealth. We can’t wait on Washington. Sign the petition at http://www.cleanpowerva.org/ to ask Governor McAuliffe to reduce carbon pollution by 30% by 2030.”

Recycling Containers Available through RACC – RACC and the City of Lexington recently received a Keep Virginia Beautiful grant of $1000 to buy 15 portable Clearstream containers designed for recycling trash at public events.  The special program, called 30 Grants in 30 Days”, was designed to address issues related to litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education of the public.  The grants this year were sponsored by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation and MeadWestvaco.  RACC will facilitate this loan program and track the quantity of recyclables collected.  Call RACC at 463-2330 to reserve containers for your event.

“Please note that events listed on this calendar are sponsored by a variety of organizations, and are provided as a service to members of RACC and the community.  Listing on this calendar does not imply connection with or endorsement by RACC.  If your organization has a conservation-related event that you would like to submit for inclusion on the calendar, please send the announcement by e-mail, formatted as the examples in this calendar, to: Barbara Walsh at racc@rockbridge.net.  Please also include in the announcement: the name of the sponsoring organization, contact person, and phone number and e-mail address for further information, along with the words “Calendar Request” in the subject line of the e-mail.”