5 results for tag: conservation


Cycling and Landscapes

By PLC Conservation Planner, Palmer McIntyre — I have always loved to ride my bicycle and spent many miles in the saddle during my 20s, riding the length of Vermont, down the coast of California, commuting to work in Washington DC, across North Carolina and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. But since then life pulled me in other directions (jobs, graduate school, children) and the dust accumulated on my old Cannondale as it sat in my garage. As I approached my 50th birthday, I wanted to do something physically challenging, just to prove I still could. And I thought a long bike ride would be just the thing to get me back into shape. For years, I have ...

Greetings from PLC’s Newest StaffMember

By PLC Land Protection Associate, Josh Horton-Campbell — As a child, I was more impressed by feats of human ingenuity than by the wonders of nature. I grew up on a 12 acre historic farm property located in the former margin between the suburbia of Philadelphia and the open fields of Amish country. The property was bordered on one side by the lovely and strong-flowing Shamona Creek, which, at the corner of our land, ran under an ancient stone bridge into a deep pool and then a wetland. However, I was a bookworm, a tinkerer, and a bit of a homebody given my strong reactions to insect bites and stings. Thus, it was not the life of the stream that ...

Practical Work for Lawyers

By PLC Legal Intern Mike Casterlow: A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity that many law students very rarely get to experience during an internship: I left the office to explore the outside world. Specifically, I went to visit a piece of property on which PLC has proposed to place an easement. I went along with the executive director, the stewardship director, and a board member to view the property and decide the boundaries of the easement. In law school, it can be easy to forget that there is a world beyond the casebooks and memos. Many of my fellow law students sit at a desk all day staring at a computer screen while doing research. Therefo...

Biology and Art: Complimenting Each Other

by PLC Stewardship Director Ken Bridle: Vision and the ability to see the world around us is very important to us.  A large portion of our brain is dedicated to making sense of what we see around us.  We also know that the brain has many short cuts and streamlining tricks to limit the amount of detail that we need to directly observe to make decisions about what we need to do next.  If we catch sight of a long thin shape at the edge of the path our brain might jump to the conclusion that it’s a snake and our body is put on alert before we get a better look and realize that it’s only a garden hose.  This is adaptive and useful although we ...

Why I Love My Job

By Kalen Kingsbury - PLC's Associate Director - After the dreary start to November, it's nice to look back on these beautiful October days. The crisp fall weather with low humidity and temps in the low 70s made it an ideal time to be outside in Piedmont NC. I’m lucky to have a job that sometimes requires me to do just that. Here are a few photos from my October "out of the office" but working time. Though not technically required for work, I was on my way back to the office from a meeting and I passed a hiking area I’ve been wanting to see for over a year.  The Shallow Ford Natural Area on Gerringer Mill Road in Alamance County is ...