Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Graelyn Brashear. The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Graelyn Brashear.

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

Toxic traces: The UVA Food Collaborative will screen the documentary movie Living Downstream at 6:30pm Monday, March 4 at Charlottesville’s Central Library. The film follows the journey of author Sandra Steingraber as she explores the link between environmental toxins and cancer. Whole Foods will provide healthy refreshments prior to the screening. Stay after for a panel discussion with Dr. John Peterson Myers from UVA’s Environmental Health Sciences Department and biochemistry and molecular genetics professor Dr. Emilie Rissman.

History in the hills: On Saturday, March 2, the Piedmont Environmental Council will host a “Mountain Heritage Day” event at Edgar Meadows Cabin in Syria. The free, open house-style event runs from 10am-4pm and will highlight what life was life in an isolated Madison County mountain hollow cabin in the early 1900. Visit to register.

Wilderness wanderings: As part of a long lead-up to a celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Wild Virginia is organizing visits to some of the 23 designated wilderness areas within the nearby George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. On Sunday, hike into 5,963-acre Priest Wilderness in Nelson County via the Appalachian Trail. On Thursday, March 14, join volunteers to help remove invasive plants from an area just outside the Ramseys Draft Wilderness Area. And on Sunday, March 17, explore the Devils Marbleyard in the James River Face Wilderness. Trip size is limited; visit for more info and to sign up.