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WMC Newsletter: January 2012

2011 GOAL REACHED–NOW, WHO’S NEXT?

Three events in December 2011 helped the West Meade Conservancy reach and celebrate its 2011 goal:  providing an example of urban conservation by completing its first group of private conservation easements.  See photographs on WMC’s website.

1. The WMC’s Second Annual Fun Run added to the fund that covers expenses of the Pilot Group’s conservation easements.

2. Homeowners of the Pilot Group (nine Jocelyn Hollow/Rolling Fork properties) signed official conservation easement documents with The Land Trust for Tennessee.  This prompted an article by Anne Paine of The Tennessean and praise from Jeannie Nelson and Audra Ladd of The Land Trust for Tennessee.

3.  The Land Trust for Tennessee and The West Meade Conservancy held a Celebration at Westmeade Elementary School in honor of the WMC’s move to a new phase in its mission to protect the wooded hillsides of West Meade for future generations.

THERE’S MOMENTUM, LET’S KEEP GOING!

The map below shows where property owners have signed unofficial “Registration” forms signaling an interest in preserving individual sections of lots.  There are already some contiguous groups waiting to be in the next easement groups.  You can look at the map to see if you live next to signed-up properties and to encourage neighbors who might be interested in signing up.  Contact Mary Kowalski or Carol Nestler if you’d like to sign a Registration form or if you have questions (353-6606; mlk6510@yahoo.com, carolnestler@yahoo.com).

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October 2011                             WMC UPDATE

The West Meade Conservancy Is Close to Meeting Its Goal for 2011

The WMC has raised 92% of the funds necessary for completing its Pilot Group of conservation easements.  Plans are underway for a signing ceremony and Celebration in December.

 

Garage Sales Day Scores Another Success

 The WMC’s Second Garage Sales Day has brought in more than $2,000 so far (there are still some things for sale on consignment).

Thanks go to Sales Chairman Nancy Smith and to her host of dedicated volunteers.

 

Register to Run (or Walk) in the WMC’s Second Annual “Run for the Hills”

Saturday December 3rd, 8:30 a.m.

Have Fun, Join the Run!–an event for all ages. Download and complete the form attached to this newsletter and then give or mail it with your check to Kim Matthews, 145 Jocelyn Hills Dr., Nashville, TN  37205.

Run Co-Chairmen Kim Matthews and Cindy Smythe need volunteers to help before, during, and after the event.  If you can help, call Kim at 739-5238 or Cindy at 356-9419.

 

Books for Schools and Gifts

A recent issue of The NEWS reported Westmeade Elementary’s use of its class set of NOAH AND THE ARC.  Do you know other teachers or schools that might like class sets of the book or groups willing to donate such sets?  Contact Joanna Carnahan (jec614@att.net; 352-8188).  Joanna read the book at a presentation during the Southern Festival of Books.

To purchase copies of the book, see “Buy Our Book” on our website.

 

WMC Organization Evolves

The West Meade Conservancy is open to everyone who cares about the preservation of a beautiful natural area.  As the organization has grown its business duties have expanded to require a clearly defined structure.  The group of local volunteers (listed below) can always use more help in carrying out the work of the WMC.   The time commitment is flexible and the committees appreciate people with a variety of skills.   If you are persuasive (Development), enjoy meeting people (Recruitment), have a flair for theatre or like to talk to children (Education), are artistic, interested in design and/or marketing? (Publicity), please contact one or more committee heads to offer help.

            Executive Council:  Ellen Hansen (president), Dan Lindstrom (vice-president), Jane Bibring (secretary), Sharon Charney (treasurer), Cindy Smythe (Development Committee head: 356-9419), Joanna Carnahan (Education Committee head: 352-8188, jec614@att.net), Kim Matthews (Publicity Committee head:739-5238, kimimatthews@comcast.net), Mary Kowalski & Carol Nestler (Recruitment Committee heads: 353-6606).

Professional Advisors:  Anita Bailey, Brenda Batey, Stasia Holdren, Tom Keller, Kate Rosenthal, George Schnitzer.  Alys Venable (liaison).

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September 2011                        WMC UPDATE

West Meade Conservancy:  Protecting Woods and Wildlife

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WMC’s Garage Sale Time Line

(Volunteer, help, have fun!)

Tues., Sept. 20 Bring tables hosts’ houses.

Wed., Sept. 21 Move items from collection point (6573 Jocelyn Hollow)

Thurs., Sept. 22  Set up displays and start pricing.

Fri., Sept. 23 Finish pricing; tie up loose ends.

Sat., Sept. 24   Sale 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sun., Sept. 25  Take down; distribute unsold items to sale workers.

[To volunteer, contact Nancy Smith:  354-5980; nancycsmith@comcast.net]

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West Meade Appears in Davidson Co. Open Space Plan

The Land Trust for TN and Metro Government spent two years gathering public input and carefully crafting the Davidson County Open Space Plan.  Use the link and take the quiz at the end of this newsletter to discover the part  that West Meade’s woods and urban conservation play a part in the Plan.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Second Annual Family Fun Run  — Saturday, December 3 —

Volunteers needed for logistics:

Contact Cynthia Smythe (356-9419; smythed@bellsouth.net).

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WMC’s Book Featured in State Magazine

The Sept./Oct. issue of The Tennessee Conservationist, produced by Tennessee’s Dept. of Environment and Conservation, devotes three pages to Noah and the Arc and recommends the book for use in schools and children’s groups.  To order a copy or to subscribe to the magazine, call editor Louise Zepp at 532-0060.

Westmeade Elementary Receives Class Set of WMC’s Book

Westmeade Elementary’s Librarian, Karen McIntyre, is using Noah and the Arc this month in a program for students.  Anonymous donors purchased a class set of books for the school.  Karen’s reaction to the book and plans for it are part of the article in The Tennessee Conservationist.

Create a donor group to fund books for the school of your choice.   A class set of 25 books costs $420.  To learn more, contact Joanna Carnahan (352-8188; jec614@att.net).

Southern Festival of Books Will Include WMC’s Book Noah and the Arc will be on sale at the Festival and will have a place on the program on Saturday, October 15.  Come swell the audience for a reading/signing program at 12:15 pm, Legislative Plaza, the Children’s Books tent.

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TAKE THE DAVIDSON CO. OPEN SPACE PLAN QUIZ to find West Meade’s and The West Meade Conservancy’s importance.

Go to http://www.landtrusttn.org/openspace.html

1. In which of Davidson County’s “four corners” is West Meade’s “protected open space”?  [Page 2]

2. Which of the plan’s “Open Space Goals” does The West Meade Conservancy’s mission fit? [Page 6]

3. In which one of Nashville’s “three eco-regions” are West Meade’s woods? [Page 8]

4. What are some of the characteristics that describe West Meade’s wooded hillsides? [Page 10, first paragraph]

5. Which of the “Four Priority Themes” fits West Meade and The West Meade Conservancy? [Page 16]

6. What natural feature curving through part of Davidson County includes West Meade? [Page 18]

7. What effect does location near natural areas appear to have on property values? [Page 22]

[Answers]

1. Southwest;

2. the second (“privately conserve…acres of Nashville’s green infrastructurenetwork….”);

3. the Western Highland Rim;

4. “scenic beauty,” “provide habitat for plants and animals,” “absorbs and filters water before it enters our rivers”;

5. the first theme group (“urban forests…connect wildlife and water networks”);

6. “There is a conservation corridor…”;

7. They appear to raise property values–as shown in the Portland, Oregon study:”…homes…located within 1,500 feet of open space had a higher value than those that were not.==================================================================================

August 2011

West Meade Appears in Davidson Co. Open Space Plan

The Land Trust for TN and Metro Government spent two years gathering public input and carefully crafting the Davidson County Open Space Plan. Use the link and take the quiz at the end of this newsletter to discover the part that West Meade’s woods and urban conservation play a part in the Plan.

Save the Date!

Second Annual Family Fun Run: Saturday, December 3
Volunteers needed for logistics: Contact Cynthia Smythe (356-9419; smythed@bellsouth.net). Details in next newsletter.

News About WMC’s Book, Noah and the Arc

WMC’s Book Featured in State Magazine The Sept./Oct. issue of The Tennessee Conservationist, produced by Tennessee’s Dept. of Environment and Conservation, devotes three pages to Noah and the Arc and recommends the book for use in schools and children’s groups. To order a copy or to subscribe to the magazine, call editor Louise Zepp at (615) 532-0060.

Westmeade Elementary Receives Class Set of WMC’s Book

Westmeade Elementary’s Librarian, Karen McIntyre, is using Noah and the Arc this month in a program for students. Anonymous donors purchased a class set of books for the school. Karen’s reaction to the book and plans for it are part of the article in The Tennessee Conservationist.

Create a donor group to fund books for the school of your choice.    A class set of 25 books costs $420. To learn more, contact Joanna Carnahan (352-8188; jec614@att.net).

Southern Festival of Books Will Include WMC’s Book

Noah and the Arc will be on sale at the Festival and will have a place on
the program on Saturday, October 15. Come swell the audience for a reading/signing program at 12:15 pm, Legislative Plaza, the Children’s Books tent.

Take the Davidson Co. Open Space Plan Quiz

To find West Meade’s and The West Meade Conservancy’s importance. Go to:
http://nashvilleopenspace.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/nashvilleopenspacereport final.pdf

  1. In which of Davidson County’s “four corners” is West Meade’s “protected open space”? [Page 2]
  2. Which of the plan’s “Open Space Goals” does The West Meade Conservancy’s mission fit? [Page 6]
  3. In which one of Nashville’s “three eco-regions” are West Meade’s woods? [Page 8]
  4. What are some of the characteristics that describe West Meade’s wooded hillsides? [Page 10, first paragraph]
  5. Which of the “Four Priority Themes” fits West Meade and The West Meade Conservancy? [Page 16]
  6. What natural feature curving through part of Davidson County includes West Meade? [Page 18]
  7. What effect does location near natural areas appear to have on property values? [Page 22]

[Answers]

  1. Southwest
  2. the second (“privately conserve…acres of Nashville’s green infrastructure network….”)
  3. the Western Highland Rim
  4.  “scenic beauty,” “provide habitat for plants and animals,” “absorbs and filters water before it enters our rivers”
  5. the first theme group (“urban forests…connect wildlife and water networks”);
  6.  “There is a conservation corridor…”
  7. They appear to raise property values–as shown in the Portland, Oregon study:”…homes…located within 1,500 feet of open space had a higher value than those that were not.”

July 2011

Second Annual Garage Sale!

   When: Sat, Sept.24, 2011
   Where: 6559, 6563, 6573 Jocelyn Hollow Road
   What You Can Do to Help:

  • Start collecting items to contribute.  Starting Sep. 1, bring items to 6573 Jocelyn Hollow Rd. for the big day!
  • Put a copy of this newsletter in the mailbox of a new neighbor.
  • Volunteer to help:
    • Set up ((a week before the event)
    • Preside (the day of the event)
    • Take down (after the event)

Contact Nancy Smith; nancysmith@comcast.net; (615) 354-5980


April 3, 2011
Spreading The Word About The WMC’S Mission

One of the purposes of the West Meade Conservancy’s gathering last Saturday was to remind people of the group’s mission and of that mission’s value. You can read reports of the gathering in the NEWS, but two WMC supporters took the trouble to put into writing what they see as the group’s importance, and what they’ve written is worth sharing. Don’t miss their words–right after the “business” parts of this newsletter.

  1. The WMC has been invited to participate in the Hillsboro Village Art Walk on Thursday, April 7, from 5 – 8 pm. The WMC’s table will be stationed in front of Pancake Pantry, so tell your friends to stop by and say “Hello.”
  2. Volunteers needed! The WMC will have a tent at the Nashville Earth Day Festival in Centennial Park on Saturday, April 23. Jane Bibring is coordinating the WMC’s display and needs volunteers to sit at the WMC’s tables for the following times: 9:00 -11 am (setting up); 1-3 pm; 3-5 pm; and 5-7:30 pm (taking down–probably will end earlier). The event is fun, and the company is beyond compare. If you can help during one or more of the times, please contact Jane Bibring (356-0977; jane@bibring.net).
  3. Small-group Meetings have traditionally been the means by which newcomers have learned about the WMC and seasoned supporters have enjoyed getting together with fellow WMC volunteers to learn about the group’s progress towards its goal of creating collections of easement groups to carry out the mission. Three small-group meetings are scheduled for April – May. Come to one or to all, and bring your neighbors and friends!Tuesday, April 26, at 7 pm
    — Hosts, Charles & Ann Riddle
    6544 Rolling Fork Dr. (353-9447)Tuesday, May 10, at 7:00 pm
    — Hosts, Mary Kowalski & Carol Nestler
    6510 Rolling Fork Dr. (353-6606)Saturday, May 21, 10:00 am
    — Host, Clare Silverstein
    6600 Jocelyn Hollow Rd. (352-0956)

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NOW, SEE IF GEORGE SCHNITZER & JOANNA CARNAHAN ARE SPEAKING FOR YOU:

George Schnitzer, Jocelyn Hollow Road

The West Meade Conservancy serves as a reminder of the importance of controlling our environment so that all residents can live in harmony in this extraordinary natural setting that attracted us in the first place. Through information and education WMC demonstrates the precious balance that exists between development and preservation and the volunteer actions necessary to protect the woods of west Nashville for current and future generations. The ironic by-products of these efforts are increased land values and a remarkable place to live, which is located conveniently to just about anything one would need or want.

Joanna Carnahan, Robin Hill Road

On first noticing that tiny blurb in the paper about a meeting to form West Meade Conservancy, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. We live in the “flatlands” of West Meade, so have no old trees to save. The only trees on our lot were planted by the couple who moved into this then-new ranch in the 1950’s, and whose son sold the house to us; so some people ask why we want to help conserve old natural parts of our neighbors’ lots.

Well, if we help neighbors who live in the hills around us save some of their old trees, then we and our grandchildren get to breathe the air those trees help clean.

If we help our neighbors preserve parts of their lots for wildlife to travel through, we and our grandchildren get to live among the natural balance that those bugs and bucks help maintain.

And if we work as a neighborhood to keep our part of the city woodsy and healthy, doesn’t that help make the whole city healthier?

Of course, helping our neighborhood stay clean and green helps keep property values up: nice if we ever wanted to sell, but we don’t. What we do value is getting to know neighbors who love natural beauty and like working together to take care of it: a big bonus prize for being in WMC.


March 14, 2011
CELEBRATING SPRING AND CATCHING UP WITH THE WEST MEADE CONSERVANCY!


WEST MEADE CONSERVANCY GATHERING — SATURDAY, MARCH 26
10:00 am – 11:00 am at the circle (after the Dead End sign) on Jocelyn Hollow Rd.

It’s also time to celebrate spring, so if you have some photographs (they don’t have to have been taken this year) of spring sights in West Meade’s woods, please bring them to put on posters to be used at the West Meade Conservancy’s exhibit at the Earth Day Celebration in Centennial Park.

There will be more turtles to name, copies of Noah and the Arc to view and to purchase, and news to hear.

Volunteers, beginning with Elaine and John Purdy, Cindy Smythe, Marna McKinney, Susie Denes, Pat and John Post, and Sharon Charney, have begun putting out flyers attached to advertisement/order forms for Noah and the Arc.

There are still more flyers to distribute along Neilwood, parts of Vaughn’s Gap and Robin Hill, parts of Bresslyn and Currywood, Cornwall, Brownlee, Brook Hollow, and in the Carnavon area–wherever you live and wherever you think people would be interested in the WMC’s cause. If you can help, please contact us.

There are many new West Meade residents, so tell your neighbors about the WMC and bring them with you to the circle on Saturday, March 26 (10:00 am – 11:00 pm). Between now and then, just keep repeating, “It will NOT rain; it will NOT rain!”

Nancy Smith says, “Don’t forget to save things for the next Garage Sales Day.”

THREE ITEMS FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Friends of Warner Parks and Metro Parks will hold a second public meeting on the master plan for development of the Burch Reserve (the area on the north side of Highway 100 that includes the southern part of the North Reserve, or Hill Tract). There will be a further exchange of ideas with the landscape architects, Hodgson & Douglas. The meeting is on Tuesday, March 22nd, 6:30–8 p.m. at Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Highway 100 (more information at www.friendsofwarnerparks.com).From Richland Creek Watershed Alliance (RCWA):
  2. Metro Water Services (MWS) will hold a public meeting to review their plan to upgrade combined sewer/stormwater infrastructure in order to reduce or eliminate sewage overflow into waterways. The meeting for West Nashville is on Thursday March 24th, 5-7 p.m. at Metro Public Health Dept. Lentz Center Auditorium (311 23rd Avenue North).
  3. Metro Water Services (MWS) is developing of a new volume of the Stormwater Management Manual to encourage Low Impact Development (LID) in Nashville. They will also assess their current floodway and floodplain regulations during this process. For more information see nashville.gov You can send written comments to Sue Amos, Metro Water Services, 1600 Second Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208 or email sue.amos@nashville.gov.

January 8, 2011
WMC CONTINUES TO ENERGIZE AND EDUCATE


FAMILY FUN RUN Wins Friends and Makes Money!

10 sponsors of “Run for the Hills” and 94 registrants brought in enough money to pay all expenses and send profits of almost $5,000 to The Land Trust for Tennessee’s West Meade Conservancy fund!

Thanks and admiration are due to the dedicated, hard-working, creative, and SUCCESSFUL Run-for-the-Hills committee–Chairman, Tina Allocco; Co-Chairman, Marna McKinney; Stasia Holdren, Rob Keese, Kim Matthews, Colleen Prim, Elaine Purdy, and Becka Rosenblatt–and to everyone who helped them with the event.

See photos and details here. Sponsors’ names are posted on our Home Page; please thank them by giving them your support.

NOAH AND THE ARC Ready for Bookshelves in Nashville and Beyond!

The hard-cover, full-color, 10″x8″ book tells the story of the beginning and the mission of The West Meade Conservancy. It explains the importance of West Meade’s woods to the city of Nashville and ends with the determination of a growing group of citizens dedicated to preserving those woods for future generations. The 64 pages are filled with photos taken by Conservancy members. The cover announces “by The West Meade Conservancy,” so if you’ve supported the WMC’s mission, you are one of the authors!

The book is designed for readers of all ages, and the photos are labeled to make identification (and learning) easy. There are, of course, lots of box turtles.

The book is a fund-raiser as well as an educational tool. Help the cause by purchasing copies to keep and to give as gifts and by spreading the word. The price for hand delivery (within West Meade) is $16.95 per book; for mailed delivery, $19.95 per book. You can see sample pages and order directly from this website, or by calling one of the following people: Jane Bibring (356-0977), Sharon Charney (352-8875), Alys Venable (356-2423), or Anne Williams (352-0412).

Your help is needed! If you’ve got ideas for marketing–slogans, venues, contacts, events–, contact one of the people above. You can make an important contribution to the project.

TWO NEWS UPDATES:

  1. Some people have raised questions about deer-hunting stands in the neighborhood. Here is our current understanding of the laws:
    • All hunting requires landowner permission, whether or not the land is posted (TCA § 70-4-106)
    • No hunting is allowed within 100 yards of a visible house without the residents’ permission. (TCA § 70-4-108)
    • A variety of other regulations apply to hunting, and summaries of all of these can be found in this PDF produced by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (Go to page 16 for a quick overview of the general regulations). To talk to a TWRA officer, you can call 615-294-5553
  2. Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, of which Noah Charney (WMC’s founder) is a co-author, won the 2010 National Outdoor Book Award, Nature Guidebook category!


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