Report to Residents April 2014

Report by Land Conservation Subcommittee of the Green Committee

Residents’ meeting, April 30, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur committee has worked to clarify its name and its membership.

The tentative name for now is the Land Conservation Subcommittee of the Green Committee.

Our mission is to work on conserving Lathrop’s native plants and wildlife.

Here is the “killer statistic” that drives us:  90% of birds need insects to raise their young. 96% of insects eat only native plants.

We have a 3-point plan:

1. Remove invasive plants

2. Use herbicides and pesticides in an environmentally sensitive way

3. Plant natives.

The members are Barbara Walvoord, chair, Adele Dowell, Jim Dowell, Chuck Gillies, Sharon Grace, Lyn Howe, Al Eipper, Eleanor Johnson, Gillian Morbey, and Dietrick Snoek. We also have a mailing list of 26 residents on both campuses who are “friends of the committee.” Friends receive regular updates and contribute their ideas to our work. Many residents have contributed. Here are just a few: Al Eipper serves as our representative to the Kendal Sustainability group where all the Kendal properties share what they are doing. Addison Cate is a source of encouragement and knowledge about the history of this land. Priscilla Pike has given us many names and resources. We are working closely with Thom, Mike Strycharz, Michael Harvey, and the property committee of the board, and with Deborah Peavey to plan nature-oriented events and displays. We welcome any others who want to become members or friends.

Drawing on ideas from residents and staff, the committee is in the process of considering a plan and timeline for our future actions. Our next committee meeting is May 7 at 1 p.m.  We will work on our  plan and timeline. Anyone who wants to join us is welcome. Meet at the coffee shop at 1 p.m. May 7.

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