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Join in the James River Park System BioBlitz

Head to the park and count critters. The primary goal in the BioBlitz will be to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in James River Park.

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This Saturday from 10am – 3pm at Reedy Creek Park Headquarters, folks will work together to find and identify as many species as possible in James River Park System. The primary goal in the BioBlitz will be to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in James River Park. Everyone will learn about these organisms as the BioBlitz brings together volunteer scientists, as well as families, students, teachers, and other members of the community. There will be self-guided activities focused on specific areas of interest and specific parts of the Park. Experts will also offer informative demonstrations, and community partners be present as well, showcasing their work and helping to make the BioBlitz a fun and informative day for everyone. This event is family friendly- come for an hour, or come for the whole event!

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Permit Points to Winery Coming to Westover Hills

Don’t whine about what’s going into old dry cleaners unless you don’t like wine.

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Once again our eagle-eyed reader John Murden pointed out this bit of news to us. The former dry cleaner next to Outpost on Forest Hill Ave. has applied for a winery license. Work has been going at a steady pace since the plans for Rage RVA fell through. We’ll keep an ear out and update you with more information as it comes out.

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Science Museum of Virginia and RVAir Looking for Volunteers to Check Out Forest Hill Park

Collaborators will take walks through Forest Hill Park or other Richmond neighborhoods to collect data using hand-held AirBeam sensors to test for particulate matter (PM).

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Details snagged from the Science Musuem of Virginia RVAir page.

What Is RVAir?

The Museum’s current community science project is studying air quality in Richmond neighborhoods and we need you! We need individuals and community partners to help us measure local concentrations of airborne pollution known as particulate matter (PM), a mixture of microscopic particles in the air that has been linked with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Why Is This needed?

According to our project partners at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Richmond region experienced zero unhealthy ozone air quality days for the first time since monitoring began in the 1970s in 2019 (yay!). However, the National Asthma and Allergy Foundation consistently ranks Richmond as the 12th worst city in the U.S. for asthma sufferers. Why might this be?

Air quality ratings for the entire Richmond area are based on data collected that represents the regional “airshed.” We know from studies in other cities that local changes in the environment such as wide streets, traffic volume, close proximity to interstates and the number of trees lining streets can significantly change the amount of pollution in the air we breathe at the hyper-local level.

By getting local experts (you!) to help us get locally-specific air quality data throughout Richmond, we can help create home-grown solutions to Richmond’s climate resiliency challenge.

How Can I Get Involved?

We need collaborators to join us on walks through Richmond neighborhoods to collect data using hand-held AirBeam sensors to test for particulate matter (PM). By joining us whenever you can, you’ll be helping us collect data that will be directly uploaded to public, open source GIS maps showing local PM concentrations.

Additional Information:

  • Feel free to bring kids! Families are encouraged to participate. Just have one lead adult fill out the form.
  • You must be 18 or older to participate on your own.
  • Routes vary from 2-4 miles and typically take about an hour, but shorter 30-minute options are available.
  • Most route options are on flat, paved surfaces and are wheelchair accessible.
  • Accompaniment is available for anyone who may require assistance.
  • Biking is an option.
  • There are options for remote participation.
  • There’s no cost to participate.
  • Let us know about anything else you may need to ensure this project is accessible and inclusive.

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Looks like they need 12 folks each day for three different days later this month. They’re also looking for volunteers to hit up Abner Clay Park and the Science Museum of Virginia.

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Goats Return and a Tree Fundraiser at Forest View Cemetery

Goats, radar, and a massive dead tree are what’s happening in the local once-forgotten cemetery.

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Friends of Forest View Cemetery are working to revitalize a forgotten cemetery 4909 Bassett Avenue. RVA Goats have been there a couple of times to fight the overgrowth and they’re back this week. The exciting reason that they’re back is to prepare the ground for Ground Penetrating Radar. With help from Enrichmond Foundation, the radar will be scanning the grounds in July which will give a much better picture of what lies beneath years of neglect. Hopefully, this will also locate the graves as all the grave markers are missing/buried.

The other bit of news is a new fundraiser to get work done on a massive dead tree. The plan is to have True Timber come in and remove the limbs from the dead tree, while maintaining 30 feet of the trunk for wildlife. These old trees provide the home very a large variety of critters and are an important part of our urban ecosystem.

You can make a donation to the tree effort here.

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