Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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 

Fall feathers: The Monticello Bird Club’s next monthly bird walk is set for 7:30am Saturday, November 2 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Beginners are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot. Stick around for Ivy Creek’s volunteer work day from 9am-noon.

Walk on: Lace up your hiking shoes and head out at 6:30am Saturday, November 2 for the 12th Annual Loop de Ville, a 19-mile hike around Charlottesville on the Rivanna Trail. The strenuous hike is expected to take 6.5 to 8 hours and will likely include some wet stream crossings. Meet at the trailhead in Riverview Park.

Frack no more: The Virginia Outdoors Foundation, which holds conservation easements on many local properties, and voted to stop approving easements that could allow the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on protected land. The VOF board voted 5-1 to change its rules last week after a news story revealed several people on the board thought the organization’s policies already banned fracking.