January 2021: A Message from Our Director

Dear Wolf River Conservancy friend,

As we all embark on the new year, the Conservancy is filling our calendar with a variety of activities and projects in 2021, taking pride in offering both virtual and in-person options for you and your families.

One of our major initiatives is the Wolf River Restoration Series. In its second year, the Wolf River Restoration Series is a four-month long volunteer program that raises awareness and funds for key restoration projects within the Wolf River watershed, including tree planting, invasive plant removal, trash pick-ups, and more. The series has four key events:

·      Martin Luther King Days of Service – January 13-18

·      Annual Tree Planting – March 3-6

·      World Water Day – March 17-20

·      Earth Day – April 21-24

Each event includes a virtual lecture, virtual service options, and small, in-person volunteer projects in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions. We would like to thank Brother International for its ongoing support as our presenting sponsor for the series.

Earlier this month, we kicked the series off with our Martin Luther King Day Jr. Days of Service and Virtual Lecture with James Edward Mills, author of The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. He spoke of the importance of access and equity in creating an outdoors for all. Over 70 volunteers participated in our Virtual Volunteer Days of Service on Mar. 16 and 18, clearing storm drains and picking up trash in their neighborhoods and along the Wolf River.

We encourage our friends and supporters to join us for the second event in the series, our Annual Tree Planting, which begins on Wed., Mar. 3, with a virtual lecture on the American Chestnut Tree. We invite you to plant trees on Mar. 5 and Mar. 6, with opportunities for all, including simply donating a tree in someone's honor. A special thank you to International Paper for their support as the Event Sponsor for our Annual Tree Planting.

Donations for the Wolf River Restoration Series are critical, especially during this time when we are unable to gather in the numbers that we have for these important volunteer projects in the past. We ask that you consider a gift to support our restoration projects.

Whether by attending a virtual lecture, participating in a service project, o donating to support key restoration projects in the Wolf River watershed, your support is important! I encourage you to visit our activity calendar and explore the various ways to engage with the Wolf River Conservancy in 2021.

We look forward to the day when hundreds can again gather with us for volunteer projects. Until then, we appreciate your generous support and commitment to protect our woods, water and wildlife in the Mid-South. Thank you!

Keith Cole

Executive Director

Posted by Cathy Justis at 8:24 PM