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Annual Meeting!

Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 pm
at the Wakeman Conservation Center off of Lambert's Cove Road
At this year's meeting, Jeremy Houser will be giving a presentation on his research about the local effects of global climate change. Appetizers and wine will be served. All are welcome. FREE

Quote of the Week
“95% of Vineyarders surveyed said protecting the Vineyard’s environment
and character is a HIGH PRIORITY.” -Island Plan

Conservation Calendar

Seashore Discovery

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown.
Meet creatures of the sea including crabs, whelks and scallops. Cost is $9 or $6 for MassAudubon members; free for kids under three.

Native Plants and Invasive Species on Martha's Vineyard

Garden Club Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, June 21, at  1:00 p.m. at the Old Mill in West Tisbury.

Members are free, guests $5. For more information, call 508-693-5334.

Otters at the Chilmark Library

Wednesday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m.
Luanne Johnson, wildlife biologist, presents Otters! at the Chilmark Library  Free.

State Beach Exploration
Thursday, June 23, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Polly Hill Arboretum.

Naturalist Dick Johnson leads an exploration of State Beach and Sengekontaket Pond. $20 general admission, and $10 for PHA members. For registration and carpool information, call 508 693 9426.

Used Book Drop-off Day
Oak Bluffs Public Library,
Thursday, July 7, 4:00 pm - 7:00pm.

Drop off your used books for the Library Friends Annual Book Sale.  Help by donating your slightly used books, DVDs, & CDs.  This is the FINAL drop-off day before the big sale,
July 21 - 23.

In Season Recipe

Local Strawberry Shortcake

  • 1 quart of Whipporwill Farm strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar

    Cake Batter
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup Mermaid Farm milk
  • 2 local eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Sweetened Whip Cream
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar


Early in the day, prepare the strawberries. Wash and cut or pull tops off of strawberries. Make at least two slices from from top to bottom of each strawberry. Put in a covered container. Pour sugar over top, cover and put in the refrigerator. During the day, shake the container occasionally.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease and flour 9" square pan. In small mixer bowl combine all cake ingredients. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed, about 2 minutes. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan.

Just prior to serving whip cream and sugar.

Cut cake into nine squares. Slice each square horizontally. Place both halves on serving plate. Spoon strawberries on cake. Dollop whipped cream on top and then ladle clear strawberry juice over cream.

March 14, 2011

Local News


Dynamic natural processes at work          
Painting by Kara Taylor

Natural resources on the Vineyard are not immune from the impacts of global climate change. VCS is undertaking a year-long project aimed at inventorying climate change impacts on Martha’s Vineyard and the effects of likely adaptation and mitigation measures. The goal is to identify and advocate for strategies that will protect natural resources and conservation values. Part of our task is to identify nature-based alternatives to conventional adaptation strategies. This mean, for example, finding alternatives to armoring coastlines with stone, concrete and steel.


The very visible revetment on Sengekontacket Pond
A property owner on Tisbury Great Pond’s Middle Cove is going to great lengths to build a coastal revetment to protect a 3.7 acre property, purchased in 2006 for $13 million dollars. There is a 6,739 square foot house on the site.
The ongoing legal fight, being watched in the press (MV Times; Gazette), sheds light on the interplay between science and regulation concerning coastal (in this case pond-shore) armoring. Current rules don’t permit the building of revetments just to protect undeveloped land, but do allow revetments to protect structures. The local Conservation Commission determined that there was no imminent threat to the house, so rejected the revetment request. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) overruled their decision.

Click HERE for a copy of the local Conservation Commission’s original denial and HERE for the state DEP’s Superseding Order of Conditions approving a revetment.
The ConComm. has filed an appeal of DEP’s decision. The revetment DEP approved is shorter than the one the Commission denied, so the landowner will still need to return to the local ConComm for a permit to proceed.
To read about “The Problem with Revetments and Other “Hard” Structures”
Click HERE


Elbow from North Neck Highlands (Chappy)
photo by Dana Gaines

A report that provides analysis and details on historical erosion rates for the U.S. coastline from Maine to Virginia has been released by The U.S. Geological Survey. Click HERE for more on the National Assessment of Shoreline Change: Historical Shoreline Change along the New England and Mid-Atlantic Coasts.


Coastal armoring on the North Shore

An overview of climate change impacts on the natural and built environments in marine and coastal North America is the subject of a new report entitled, “The State of Marine and Coastal Adaptation in North America: A Synthesis of Emerging Ideas”. It also provides a review of an array of adaptation options and a survey of adaptation projects from different regions. Click HERE for an abstract.

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