Bluff Trail solo- fourth loop- for Kim
Eastern Shore Islands Trip
photo credit: Oliver Maas
Gorgeous kayaking trip with Oliver exploring the Eastern Shore Islands. Part of the protected areas. Great news this summer that Nova Scotia has dedicated 13% to wilderness protection. That places NS second behind BC. Here it is much more challenging where over 75% of land is privately owned. In BC, it is only about 15%.
Appreciative Inquiry at WRWEO AGM
Mar 17, 2013. At our AGM, I happily became Co-Chair with the incomparable Rich Campbell. We welcomed four new members to the board- Linda, Jessie, Lynn and Diana (gender equity and youth!) and had a stimulating discussion about our future.
Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, constructivist, strength-based philosophy and approach to both personal and organizational development. AI uses shared leadership and assets to leverage what is already working well in the organization. It is inquiry and dialogue based.
At the AGM, we asked members:
DISCOVER. What are our strengths? What have we accomplished? What role does the broader community look to WRWEO to play?
DREAM. What does the world ask WRWEO to be? What do we dream WRWEO to be? Where are we best positioned to act?
Later in May, based on this meeting the Board continued the AI process and came to four strategic priorities: Bluff Trail and wilderness area maintenance and stewardship; youth engagement and education; greater focus on watershed and water issues; key contributing stakeholder in community-based governance structures for wilderness protection
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Young Naturalists on Lichen Walks
photo credit: Karen Mckendry
I led a walk with the Young Naturalists on the Bluff Wilderness Trail about lichen. Lichen is a symbiotic relationship between fungi and algae. We simulated a symbiotic relationship by clasping arms with someone behind our backs and walking for awhile. The young naturalists also identified old man's beard and reindeer lichen on the trail.
This is one of the reasons why I work part-time