Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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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

Teddy trek: Bundle the kids and their favorite plush pals up for the Rivanna Trail Foundation’s annual Teddy Bear Hike on Saturday, January 5. RTF board member Diana Foster will lead the hike, which is for children of all ages and their families. Gather in the Riverview Park at 11am, and prepare yourself and your furry friend for a fun and educational winter hike.

For the birds: The Ivy Creek Foundation is not fazed by the cold, and its weekly and monthly events are up and running again. Saturday, January 5, join Gabriel mapel of the Monticello Bird Club for the new year’s first Saturday Bird Walk, an informative hike through the woods with fellow bird lovers. Meet in the parking lot of the Ivy Creek Natural Area at 7:30am.

Coal goals: Environmentalists are adding to their list of reasons to put an end to coal mining in Virginia. According to a report on NPR’s American University Radio, a nonprofit environmental organization called Appalachian Voices said the Commonwealth gives the coal industry in tax breaks than receives from them in taxes. Director Tom Cormons said he recommended the state end tax breaks for coal companies and use the money to promote additional economic development.