Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC. Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC.

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at news@c-ville.com.

Hoophouse hopes: City Schoolyard Garden, the three-year-old organization that provides hands-on gardening education to City students, is raising money for a hoophouse at Buford Middle School. The structure will allow students to start their own seedlings, and will provide an outdoor gathering space protected from the elements.  The group launched a kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $6,000 to cover the cost of the project.

Lit lecture: Head to the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Education Building at 1pm Thursday, March 21 for a lecture from author and Dickinson College English professor Ashton Nichols, who will offer a talk on his most recent work, Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting. The book chronicles shifting views about nature in 20th and 21st century thought, and will be discussed by a special environmental panel at the 2013 Festival of the Book.

Testing the waters: The Rivanna Conservation Society (RCS) will hold a noon talk on bacteria monitoring in the Rivanna River on Thursday, March 21 at the Central Library on East Market Street. Rose Brown of StreamWatch, Leslie Middleton of the Rivanna River Basin Commission, and Robbi Savage of RCS will speak.

Deer under threat: The National Park Service is gathering public input as it develops a plan to manage the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer populations in Shenandoah National Park. The prion disease—similar to Mad Cow, but known to appear only in deer—hasn’t been found in the park yet, but has been observed in Franklin County south of Roanoke. Learn more and add your voice at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/shen.

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