GWRVA is thrilled to announce its very FIRST Executive Director! Please see their press release for more info: PressRelease ED Hire Nov 25 2013
At the annual conference of the Connecticut Urban Forest Council (CUFC), GW Bridgeport (BPT) was presented with an award in recognition of their “Outstanding Work in Urban Forestry”! In presenting the award, CUFC President Steve Hladun cited the work Groundwork Bridgeport has done planting trees throughout the City of Bridgeport with students and community volunteers over the past 2 years, as well as their work in establishing a new horticultural/green jobs training program in conjunction with the Mayor’s Conservation Corps (MCC), which GW BPT advises. He also recognized GW BPT’s program to provide instruction to high school students in GIS mapping technology and engage them to assist in Bridgeport’s tree inventory efforts.
The CUFC is a statewide organization composed of representatives from CT environmental organizations, state agencies, universities, research institutions, corporations, municipal tree wardens, and citizen tree groups. Its purpose is to provide advice, assistance, education, information and support to urban and community forestry professionals, associated professionals, volunteers, and municipal/state and corporate leaders.
At a recent conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Groundwork Lawrence was presented the inaugural Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award before an audience of their peers from across Massachusetts. Read about the award and what and honor it is here.
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October 31, 2013
Group Releases Video Highlighting Region’s Cultural Resource Richness, Importance of Protecting Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as National Monument
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Groundwork Doña Ana County (GWDA), a non-profit youth conservation and education group based in Las Cruces, today led a tour to the Providence Cone area of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP). GWDA also released a three-minute video highlighting its youth crew’s archaeological survey finds within OMDP.
The video can be seen at http://bit.ly/1huxLCg.
The purpose of today’s tour and video release was to showcase some of the widespread artifacts located at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) and to stress the importance of protecting these cultural and historical resources by designating OMDP as a national monument.
This summer and fall, a GWDA crew of 15 local young people, known as the “Green Team,” worked beside archaeologists and anthropologists to survey and map hundreds of significant artifacts at dozens of locations within the proposed OMDP National Monument.
The Green Team documented and left in place diverse artifacts including projectile points, petroglyphs and pictographs, ground stone tools, as well as other evidence that is highly suggestive of habitation practices. Some of these unique artifacts date between CE 400 to the mid 16th century, the time of Spanish occupation in our area; while others date back thousands of years to the Archaic Period.
The experience provided Green Team members with valuable work skills, a broadened understanding of career paths in cultural and natural resource stewardship, and a greater appreciation of the rich, cultural history waiting to be discovered on public lands within the proposed OMDP National Monument.
“Those who visit Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks are usually surprised to find just how many historical artifacts there are in the region, ranging from lithic tools to pictographs,” said Tim Fulton, GWDA executive director. “These artifacts tell us a lot about the people who used to live here, and it is our responsibility to protect these cultural gems so future generations can continue to enjoy them and learn from them.”
According to Angel Peña, an archaeologist from the region, there are thousands of archaeological sites filled with similar artifacts that have yet to be studied.
“Less than five percent of these wildlands have been surveyed professionally by archaeologists, and even with less than five percent surveyed, the number is still approximately two hundred-fifty known sites,” Peña said.
GWDA’s mission is to create opportunities for local people, especially youth, to learn new practical skills and take action on important community projects such as surveying the cultural sites of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.
Adrian Avila, one of the young people participating as a Groundwork Doña Ana County Team Leader, said he believes the cultural artifacts found in the region are the primary reason why Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks should be permanently protected.
“These lands and the artifacts found here tell our story,” Avila said. “We have to protect them so that future generations can understand their roots and their connections to the very land we stand on.”
Added Fulton: “So much is not known about the cultures that lived here before and every year we learn more and more about the people who had inhabited this area hundreds and thousands of years ago.”
GWDA also released the 3-minute video to educate the public about their work. The video explores some of the artifacts the Green Team discovered and documented; the valuable work skills and greater appreciation of their public lands acquired by Green Team members; and why protecting the OMDP national monument is important from a cultural and historic resource perspective.
The Groundwork Dona Ana Green Team hopes that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell watches and enjoys the video, and is motivated by it to come visit the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks with the Green Team youth so she can gain firsthand experience of the place and its importance in the nation’s history and culture.
Groundwork Guyandotte is looking for a Program Coordinator to take on some fun and exciting projects conducting watershed improvement projects like rain gardens, rain barrel workshops, and stream cleanups; exploring and initiating community gardens and farmers markets; community education and outreach through Green Teams in schools, community meetings and events, and natural resource job training; and writing grants for Brownfields assessments and clean up projects.GW Guyandotte SWV Program Coordinator 2013
Meet the wonderful youth who worked with the San Diego Green Team this summer in this beautiful video they put together. This summer the Green Team brought together 7 young women from 4 high schools, had a lot of fun and many accomplishments. They hired their first Green Team alumni member to help with the summer program; did a 4-day backpacking trip in Point Reyes National Seashore, including a sandy beach citizen science monitoring and a habitat restoration service project; focused on public speaking development, with the team refining their personal stories in relation to the Green Team and presenting to local organizations: UCSD, Groundwork San Diego Board, NASSCO-General Dynamics (as a result $2,500 was donated towards their Point Reyes Trip); they mentored 100 2nd & 3rd grade campers at the EarthLab and also enjoyed snorkeling in Mission Bay! A very busy and productive summer that they were sad had to come to an end.
Check out this awesome new video that Groundwork Dallas has released, about their work in the Trinity Forest and Watershed.
Groundwork Cincinnati Green Team News Round-up
by Alan Edwards, Youth Leader
This summer Groundwork Cincinnati Mill Creek had a very successful Green team for the second year in a row! We had six eager and hardworking high school students that joined us through the City of Cincinnati’s summer youth employment program. These young Cincinnatians worked on several projects throughout the summer including creation of a spiral herb garden, re planting of a native section of one of our biggest sites at Laughing Brook, the creation of a corn maze, Greenway trail maintenance, edible forest expansion, Green infrastructure site visits and lots and lots of invasive species removal! Every week we would take a field trip to learn about green careers and green infrastructure throughout the greater Cincinnati region. These field trips were highlighted by trips to Cincinnati State Community college (one of the greenest campuses in the city), the Cincinnati Zoo(the greenest zoo in America), and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s treatment facility. Learning about career opportunities that are in the “green/sustainable” field was a core component of our summer program. While tedious at times the crew did exceptionally well and deserved all the accolades that all the passersby’s on the trail had for them about their hard work and the beautiful trail they were responsible for maintaining!
Our summer of hard work was capped off with a service learning trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park which is located in between Cleveland and Akron in North East Ohio. Andrea Ireland at the National Park Service’s Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program helped us set up the trip and was our extremely versatile and amazing contact at the Park. We were able to help with maintenance of bollards at Pine Meadow and helped with the assembly of equipment for a service project that was happening later in the week while it rained. We were also able to spend some time at the education center located there learning about their education programs, green infrastructure and gardening projects. The weather was beautiful for us minus the one afternoon it rained and we were able to learn lots about the park and the wide variety of ecosystems and fauna and flora it had to offer. The Beaver Marsh hike and spotting of one of the beavers that helped create the marsh was a highlight of the trip for everyone there!
The summer flew by and was a roaring success when looking back. Hiccups were had but in the end everything went according to plan! Our Greenway trail is looking amazing, the edible forest is taking root, and our corn maze is almost to the point of harvesting! Their work was essential in the maintenance and expansion of projects and truly they lived up to their verdant name!
The grant will fund the Green Slice Water Catchment Project, which seeks to eliminate water pollution and improve urban water quality in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhoods throughout New Orleans. Groundwork New Orleans plans to address the city’s aging and insufficient water management infrastructure by introducing a water catchment system that will filter contaminants and reduce flow into the municipal storm water system. Projected environmental/public health results include reduced reliance on city drainage and pumping systems, reduced carbon footprint and decreased risk of minor flooding. See list of other EJ small grant awardees here.
Both So Fresh and So Green were able to impact the residents of Lawrence through various projects including; growing and selling fresh produce at Groundwork Lawrence‘s farmers’ markets, cleaning and activating parks, and partnering with multiple organizations across Lawrence and New England to achieve positive change. Through these projects, the Green Team youth bonded and became more than co-workers–they became a family. Read all about it in this fun and informative newsletter.