by Barbara Haralson, PLC Hiker and Guest Blogger - I am not comfortable asking friends for donations, nor have I ever enjoyed hosting those parties where guests are expected to buy merchandise, so I went into the Piedmont Land Conservancy Hike-a-Thon with some reluctance. I loved the idea of raising money for such an important organization, and I was excited to meet other people who enjoy hiking; it was just the fund raising part that concerned me. Finally, I made the decision that I would raffle off a high end bird feeder in my retail store, Wild Birds Unlimited, ...
by Greg Keener, PLC Development Director -
Let’s get this out of the way first:
I’m not an accountant, though I’m thrilled to have several in my extended family.
I’m not a legal expert, I trust my PLC colleagues with legal degrees on such topics.
When you consider the above you might determine I’m not the most qualified person to share insights on the recently approved changes in the tax law. And you would be correct. But, as a nonprofit professional for close to 15 years, I can share my reflections on what it will mean for our industry and your ...
by PLC Stewardship Director, Ken Bridle -
Ever wonder where to ask about the plants and animals that live in your neighborhood? How would you like to have information at your fingertip about lesser-known groups like marine fish, moths and grasshoppers?
A new website is available to all biologists and nature lovers -- an umbrella website called the North Carolina Biodiversity Project, which serves as the home for a number of existing websites on taxonomic groups of animals found in North Carolina, as well as a home for lists/checklists of a large number of taxonomic ...
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 ...
By PLC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lynne Dardanell —
As we step into August and begin the final countdown to the end of summer (which is often unofficially over when school begins, a college semester starts, or even Labor Day weekend), we should be asking ourselves - have we spent enough time outside?
Have we experienced nature, even just one iota. Have we taken the appropriate breaks from our devices, or even our vices (and perhaps they are one and the same). Have we not only heard the crickets, the bullfrogs, and the mourning doves - but listened, ...
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 ...
This time of year when the landscape is waking up from its winter slumber and bursting forth with a vast array of blooms and warmer temperatures, we all want to soak up as much of it as we can, especially the ephemeral wildflowers whose splendor is all too brief! Piedmont Land Conservancy wants you to have the opportunity to fill your senses with the abundant collection of some very special wildflowers found at the Emily H. Allen Wildflower Preserve in Winston-Salem. On Saturday, April 8th, PLC is hosting Open Garden Day at the Preserve from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., ...
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 ...
by PLC Hiker Otis Durham:
Months ago, with Greg Keener’s encouragement, I agreed to become a Piedmont Land Conservancy Hike-A-Thon fundraising hiker. I told Greg I’d likely be in Portland, OR visiting my daughter. “No problem. Hike wherever you are!” I assumed this would give me good motivation to get out in the grandeur and beauty of nature that surrounds Portland. However, when January 1st arrived, I had no transportation, it was cold, overcast with drizzling rain and I was embedded deep in urban Portland where sidewalks and streets, not soft forest ...
by PLC Legal Intern Paula (Marie) Booth:
Over the course of the last two weeks I had the opportunity to participate in field trips with 3rd and 8th graders at PLC’s Knight Brown Nature Preserve. The preserve is a beautiful 190-acre piece of property that has three wonderful hiking trails. Each trail had stations set up and the kids hiked from one station to the next. They had the opportunity to learn about water quality, ecosystems, and the different species they encountered on their hike. I had the chance to refresh my memory and also learn a few new things. The best ...