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National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog

Public invited to provide comments on proposed peak season fee increases at 17 highly visited parks

A public comment period on the peak-season entrance fee proposal will be open from October 24, 2017 to November 23, 2017, on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website https://parkplanning.nps.gov/proposedpeakseasonfeerates.  Written comments can be sent to 1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, DC 20240.

This proposal places the funding burden on the national park users, many who look to the parks as affordable recreation and vacations, instead of using American’s tax dollars to fund Our Best Idea, our national parks.  The national parks belong to every American, and there are few better uses of our tax dollars than supporting our parks.  It would be best to plan for budget that would allow the parks to make up for years of financial neglect.  Close to home, there is no provision for Appalachian Trail hikers who will travel through Shenandoah State Park.  Please see the attached proposal fact sheet and make a comment.

Thursday November 9 at 7:00 Foothills Program Meeting: Topic: Maintaining a Native Plant Meadow

Speaker: Trena McNabb

Single Brothers' Workshop

10 Academy Street in Old Salem, Winston Salem, NC (map)

We hold our monthly meetings in the Single Brothers Workshop of Old Salem.  The Workshop is located on 10 Academy Street, first house on the right just as you enter Old Salem.  There is parking along Academy Street, around the Salem Square, and in a parking lot on the corner of West and Salt Street, beside the Single Brothers Garden.  All events are FREE and Open to the Public. Bring a friend!  Join us for the social at 7:00-7:30, with announcements at 7:30, and our program at 7:45.  For more information, contact Monica Vallier at vallier.monica@gmail.com, or John Calhoun at johnccalhoun@bellsouth.net.

We think of native plants as bird friendly, low maintenance, and part of our natural heritage.  Here is another perspective. Trena McNabb is a Fine Art painter living in Bethania, NC.  Every one of her paintings tells a story.  Images overlap in a kaleidoscope of colors depicting the flora, fauna, foods, and landscapes that comprise our precious earth, utilizing the vivid acrylic-on-canvas pieces described by one reviewer as transparent painted collages.  This curious and elegant synthesis of realism and imagination in Trena’s art reflects her interest in nature and the environment. Since 1993 when Trena moved to Bethania and acquired a property by the creek, she has created and maintained a native plant meadow.  Her meadow is a source of inspiration when creating her botanicals and "it's like performing magic." She plants all NC natives including endangered species and she is a big advocate for these types of projects all over the state.  

Thursday November 16 at 6:30pmFoothills Planning Meeting

Want to help us plan for the activities of the Foothills Group?  The Executive Committee (ExCom) and interested volunteers meet monthly for pizza and a discussion of group issues and projects.  If you would like to know more about the workings of the club or get involved in membership, outings, political activities or special projects, please join us!  Meet at the home of Charlie Wilson, 1177 Edgebrook Drive, Winston-Salem.  For more information, contact Monica Vallier at vallier.monica@gmail.com, or John Calhoun at johnccalhoun@bellsouth.net.

Friday, November 17-Sunday, November 19: NC Climate Justice Summit

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January 2018: Piedmont Land Conservancy's second Hike-A-Thon

 What is Hike-A-Thon?

Call it a resolution, call it starting the year on the right path. We are asking you to kick off 2018 by getting outside, getting active and getting involved in local conservation efforts.

Sign up, ask friends to sponsor your hike, earn prizes, get hiking.

More info here: https://www.classy.org/campaign/hike-a-thon-2018/c146382