the 2019 ANNUAL MEETING
"Restore. Explore. Reconnect.
The River is Closer Than You Think."
401 Valley Street
Scottsville, VA 23063
Join us for the The Middle James Roundtable annual meeting! This year's event will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Victory Hall Theatre, 401 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 23063
This year are theme is "Restore. Explore. Reconnect. The River is Closer Than You Think". Come discover ways to enjoy our beautiful James River! Look for the meeting agenda is this week's Weekly Watershed Announcements!
There is no cost for the meeting but registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register by October 11. Parking is free.
To find our more about our event, please contact Lindy Durham at 501-5175 email@example.com.
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2019 Annual meeting AGENDA
12:30 – 12:45 Welcome & Roundtable Business – Nancy Gill, Mayor, Town of Scottsville, Erin Root, Victory Hall, Nancy Drumheller, MJRT, Betty McCracken, MJRT
1:00 – 1:45 “River of Revenue- Recreation, Scenic Rivers and the Local Economy”- Panel: Linda LaFontaine -Scottsville Chamber of Commerce, Mariah Burgess- Rivanna River Company, Lynn Crump -Scenic Rivers This keynote session will underscore the importance of outdoor recreation and river vistas to local communities. The panel will discuss how natural spaces and adventure tourism benefits the local economy and the quality of life of residents.
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 2:45 Breakout Sessions
“Challenging Our Assumptions: Creating Change in Communities”
Peter Krebs, Piedmont Environmental Council
The Piedmont Environmental Council and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission are working to create a comprehensive network of walking and bicycle infrastructure in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Along the way, PEC Community Outreach Coordinator Peter Krebs uncovered many assumptions that have reinforced social barriers to physical connectivity. It turned out that much of this received wisdom was incorrect and counterproductive. By working through these issues, progress is being restored and new champions are coming into the mix. Peter will talk about how the community is gaining access to private lands, how localities are working together on common problems, how to identify missing stakeholders, and why their participation can make a difference.
“The Wildrock Way” – Paige Lindblom, Wildrock
Did you know that kids are spending an average of 7 hours a day on screens and only 7 minutes outside? Wildrock is sounding the alarms on this public health crisis. Join us for an informative session about how we are encouraging nature connection in schools and neighborhoods in our community. This effort includes promoting unstructured nature play, fostering stewardship, and advocating for the importance of spending time outdoors.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:45 Breakout Sessions
Nature Journaling- Recording a Place (Limit 20, Must Preregister)- Rhonda Roebuck
Anyone can do this! Find simple ways to sketch and write about a special place. Rhonda will walk you through the steps to make a journal page on place. She will provide all the materials and send you away with ideas to record your “ place" at home. This will be fun and hopefully get you started on an interesting project. Everyone should record something about their life!
Scenic Rivers- James River Heritage Trail – Lynn Crump, Jennifer Wampler
In this interactive session, learn about Virginia's Scenic Rivers program and current studies within the Middle James watershed. Celebrate what The Virginia's Scenic Rivers Program has accomplished over the past 50 years and about learning opportunities and field trips at an upcoming national river symposium in Richmond. Learn about the parallel planning efforts for the James River Heritage Trail and how you can contribute and get more involved.
3:45 – 4:00 Meeting Ends
4:00 Networking at Local Venues in Scottsville
MJRT IN THE News
Volunteers Partici-paint in ‘Paint Out Pollution’
Source: The Progress-Index
Weekly Watershed Announcements
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir