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D&R Greenway: “WOMEN & CONSERVATION: Virtual Happy Hour” August 6

Join virtual conversation with conservation heroines,

Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, in This Election Year

Via Zoom, Thursday, August 6, from 5 until 6 p.m.

D&R Greenway invites participants to bring your favorite beverage and join in “Women & Conservation – a Virtual Happy Hour.” Its participants are women making lasting impacts on protecting Mother Earth in today’s world. This event honors the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Sure to be powerful and lively, this celebration will take place via ZOOM. Free. To register and receive instructions to attend this free event, contact: dkilmer@drgreenway.org.

 D&R Greenway President & CEO, Linda J. Mead will serve as moderator of this dynamic “conversation on conservation”. For 23 years, Mead has led D&R Greenway from grassroots origins, –founded to save land adjacent to Delaware and Raritan Canal–, to today’s catalytic realities centered at its Johnson Education Center in Princeton, NJ. Among the first land trusts accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, D&R Greenway is nationally recognized for being innovative and broadly impactful in the field of preservation despite its location’s being in the most densely populated state.

 On August 6, Mead will lead three panelists – ranging from a recent high school graduate and Girl Scout to women involved in conservation and historic preservation for decades – in a discussion about national and local impacts of women leaders in the field of conservation. Their stories range from the widely familiar to the seldom told. 

Florence Wharton, Bucks County historian and preservation author, will focus on 2020 as the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Of particular interest to Wharton are rights for women only recently won, illustrating ways in which opportunities for women have expanded, as seen in today’s climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Author of the successful National Register nomination for Langhorne Borough’s National Historic District, Wharton’s new book on the history of Attleborough, (now known as Langhorne), is Langhorne, Crossroads of History. http://historiclanghorne.org/

Author Story Clark at Snake River Ranch, jackson Hole, Wyoming. CREDIT: David J Swift

Story Clark, author of the best-selling A Field Guide to Conservation Finance and native of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will convey the national perspective of women’s unique roles in conservation in our time. Clark will highlight current preservation themes, including D&R Greenway’s pioneering Healing Trails initiative that is now being duplicated across the country as important to COVID relief. Clark herself is an innovative force on the national scene, as well as founder of the TravelStorys conservation-focused app. Free mobile tours for smartphones through TravelStorys reveal nature and history at significant sites in selected D&R Greenway preserves, including St. Michaels Farm Preserve and Greenway Meadows. Clark describes her remarkable tool: “My mission-driven mobile app system combines the greatest traditional communication tool– storytelling – with the most popular communication tool of our time – the smartphone–, connecting visitors to landscapes and communities. TravelStorys offers media-rich, GPS-triggered audio tours synched to the users’ traveling pace.” Clark will share some of the emerging initiatives she sees as she works with land trusts across the country.  To download app: https://drgreenway.org/travelstorys/ 

Madeleine Freundlich of Princeton, a recent graduate of Stuart Country Day School, is earning her Girl Scout Gold Award by researching lesser-known women whose conservation impact ranges from local to international. Madeleine will speak about the women who inspired her. She will also virtually lead a virtual tour of D&R Greenway’s wooded Cedar Ridge Preserve. This tour, developed by Freundlich, is the basis for a new TravelStorys tour that D&R Greenway will complete when funding becomes available.  At each Cedar Ridge point of conservation interest, the story of a woman who has made an impact in a big way will be told. Madeleine first became involved with D&R Greenway as an elementary school student, when she joined with D&R Greenway’s Linda Mead to create content for the organization’s Children’s Discovery Trail.  She was featured on the 2020 Girl Scout S’mores Cookie Box. Named Ambassador by her Girl Scout Troop, –its highest level–, Madeleine officially mentors younger scouts.

FEATURED CONSERVATIONIST HEROINES

Some, but far from all, of the women who will be highlighted for their conservation impact are:

 Sophie Glovier, devoted Princeton activist, is best-selling author of Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton. Her unique guide to navigating Princeton open space preserved by D&R Greenway, held best-seller status at Labyrinth Books from first arrival on their shelves. Glovier, the land trust’s former Director of Development and champion of St. Michaels Farm Preserve campaign, works intensively with local government, early stage companies, and regional non-profits to create a more sustainable society. One of her key roles has been resolving the challenge of plastics in our time.

 Scientists Sharyn Magee and Hannah Suthers of Hopewell are consummate birders specializing in local species and crucial habitat. Named a “Force of Nature” by Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space last July, Sharyn Magee’s mantra, (–stressing the essentiality of native plants and a healthy forest understory–,) is “No insects? NO BIRDS!” A retiree of Princeton’s department of Molecular Biology, Hannah Suthers is legendary for leading weekly bird-banding programs, during spring and fall migration, off Featherbed Lane in Hopewell, since 1977. Early Sourland regional preservation was based upon Suthers’ findings of the region’s importance in migration as well as during breeding season, over the decades. Long-time leaders in Washington Crossing Audubon Society, these women regularly bird D&R Greenway preserves and maintain effective avian census data, sent on to Cornell Ornithology Lab as basis for their precise recording of ‘the state of the birds’ in our time.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, late Miami Herald journalist and passionate activist, authored the legendary “The Everglades: River of Grass”. Its impact was similar to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: revealing the complex history, –both human and natural–, of the Everglades in health and in peril over centuries. As a young woman, Douglas was “outspoken and politically conscious of the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements.” Douglas’ phenomenal ultimate success, nearly single-handedly assuring Everglades restoration, grants her fame as one of the most prominent conservation heroines in history.

Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, environmentalist, economist, and writer, is known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation. In 1996 and 2000, Winona ran for Vice President as as nominee of the Green Party. LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth, a Native environmental advocacy organization that played a key role in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. This environmental heroine founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based-nonprofit organizations. Its mission is “to facilitate recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation, while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage.”

The late Wangari Maathai. renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist was the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize, as well as first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a PhD, at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on expanding women’s rights through the planting of trees. In 1984, Maathai was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for “converting the Kenyan ecological debate into mass action for reforestation.” She was an elected Member of Parliament, and Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the Government of President Mwi Kibaki, from 2003 to 2005. Also an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council, Maathi died in 2011. Her legacy, as that of each Conservation Heroine, is immortal.

BACKGROUND:

D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit, reaches a new milestone of 20,961acres of land preserved since 1989. By preserving land for life and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for our neighbors—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, it combats climate change, protect birds and wildlife, and ensure clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center in Princeton is home to art galleries and presentations that celebrate the natural world and inspire a conservation ethic. D&R Greenway’s mission is centered in connecting land with people from all walks of life.

Land trust accreditation is a mark of distinction, showing that a land trust meets high standards for land conservation. It sends a message to landowners and supporters: “Invest in us. We are a strong, effective organization you can trust to conserve your land forever.” Land Trust Alliance https://www.landtrustalliance.org/topics/accreditation

D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540 609.924.4646 is currently closed due to COVID-19. Visit www.drgeenway.org to learn more.