Spring is here, although, as I write this, there’s a chance of snow in the forecast. Spring weather may be volatile, but, regardless of the temperature, there are lots of reasons to get outside this time of year. It’s always a thrill to find the first delicate blossoms of the spice bush or the aptly named spring beauties. Maybe you look forward to spotting the first robin, or hearing the call and response of the spring peepers. Last year, many of us watched eggs transform to tadpoles in the vernal pool down by the branch. These are the experiences that rejuvenate us, by fostering what Rachel Carson called “the sense of wonder.”
But there’s another reason I hope all of you will get out and get acquainted with our local parks. This winter, members of the Parks committee spent many hours fighting to preserve the essential character of the North Four Corners Park addition. (See article.) Over the years, NFCCA has had to fight myriad threats to the Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park — from proposed monorails to trail-paving schemes. As undeveloped land becomes ever scarcer “downcounty,” these threats will likely increase.
So explore our local treasures: hike the Rachel Carson Trail; watch the beavers patrol Northwest Branch; check out the ancient black walnut tree in the North Four Corners Park addition. Get familiar with the problems too, so you can be an informed parks advocate. Practice hands-on stewardship [scoop your pet’s poop; help out with clean-ups (see article on page 5), invasive plant removals, tree plantings.] Joni Mitchell sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” I hope all of you will take the time to get to know our little piece of paradise as a special Earth Day celebration. ■
© 2006 NFCCA [Source: https://nfcca.org/news/nn200604b.html]