Saturday, January 26, 2013

Great turn out for the Environmental Conference

We had a great showing with 4 Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter Members at the DRBA Environmental Conference "Streams of Stewardship" today in Martinsville. Due to inclement weather, the conference was pushed to the afternoon at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
We got this cool conference t-shirt
Check out the DRBA website
DRBA (Dan River Basin Association) is a great organization with superior individuals who care about preserving and promoting the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Basin through stewardship, recreation and education. 

Interestingly enough, they feel if they educate all the neighbors of these blue-ways  then once they have pride of ownership, and a vested interest they too will become stewards of this great region.  Check out their website here:

One of the presenters for a couple sessions was Brian Williams, here is one of the Hidden Gem videos he has put together about The Smith River, hope it makes you want to get outside!
Those in attendance today from BRFAL Chapter were: Charlotte Hubbard, Dick Hendrix, Guy Buford, and Shellie Leete (with both daughters in attendance).

We learned quite a bit and had a fantastic key note speaker during lunch who is the Executive Director of the Museum (VNMH), Joe Keiper. His expertise in the area of aquatic entomology, and his love for streams made it super interesting! 

Thank you to all who made this conference available to us, and a success.

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