American Bushman

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Movin' On Up

I was recently appointed to the Park Board here in the village and we had our first "walkabout" meeting yesterday where we toured four of the local parks.

On my application, I talked about the need to educate local residents about what sort of amazing resources they have available and, believe it or not, that's the same thing a recent survey told them. So, I'm going to start working on cataloging the resources at each park and trying to build some sort of curriculum that I can use to teach kids and adults about the natural areas in their parks.

On top of that, we're responsible for things like repair and replacement of equipment and, unfortunately, cleaning up graffiti which was a big problem this weekend.

As always, my big push is to get people involved and invested and I'm going to continue to push that agenda because, frankly, having a small handful of people from throughout the village and the good folks at Public Works isn't enough.

Seeing the problems the village is facing from the Emerald Ash Borer to the continued invasion of buckthorn and garlic mustard shows just how short-handed we are. Widespread problems need to be addressed on a widespread scale and the residents are going to have to step up if we're going to remove these problems from our village.

Fun times ahead...

Thanks for reading,



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