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Conservation Almanac Special Edition
      20 by 2020
           Ancient Ways & Winter Walks

To All of Our Supporters, Thank You!

As we head into the weekend, the Staff and Board of Directors of the Vineyard Conservation Society wish to offer a simple "thank you" to all of the members who have shown their support over the past few weeks. The response to our Fall Appeal letter has been overwhelming - a truly heartwarming show of enthusiasm for protecting the Island's land and water, and to that end, the advocacy, education, and legal defense work of VCS. Thank you!

- 20 by 2020

However, being a powerful voice for Vineyard conservation requires more than just financial resources. As a membership organization, it is the ability to speak for a broad and diverse coalition of concerned citizens that gives our public testimony credibility.

To grow that all-important support base, we've taken on the following challenge: starting today, the 20th, let's find 20 new members by 2020. ­This holiday season, please help us expand the VCS family by giving a gift membership or, if you haven't already, by joining yourself – together, we can do this!

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Ancient Ways & Current Events

One small example of the sort of public testimony referenced above is this week's letter to the MV Commission in support of the Town of Tisbury's request to have two ancient ways designated as protected under the MVC's Special Ways District of Critical Planning Concern.

Their protection is (hopefully) the culmination of a decades-long wait. However, the timing is coincidentally fortuitous: the ancient paths in question are the planned location of our February 9 Winter Walk, a hike on the interior side of Lambert's Cove Road, and perhaps a dive into the history of Grey's Raid, the Revolutionary War-era pillaging of Tisbury. Our January 12 Walk will be nearby as well, as we visit Pilot Hill Farm on the opposite side of Lambert's Cove Road.

In a final Winter Walks note, thanks to all who joined us for the Walk & Create outing to Featherstone and the Southern Woodlands. We hope you'll enjoy the photos from the event, and the rest of the holiday season!

Photos by Mya O’Neill.
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