August brings additional professional members and clarification of support services, a native plant story about the "Yellow Intruder," new advocacy efforts, and rethinking tick bite prevention.
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Sales have been crazy busy at the Port Jefferson Farmers Market. If you want to avoid the crowds, want more plant options, and a nursery tour, text Mindy first: 631-255-6512. Natural landscape design consulting services are available to anyone in need of more extensive advice. Learn more.
We've added an inventory list to our Native Plants page, but do confirm larger purchases. Thank you for ongoing support, especially pots, plants, and seed donations. It's helped expand our inventory. BTW, I could use volunteers, but haven't figured out a way to organize volunteer time.
One of our newsletter readers encouraged me to write more stories about native plants with referenced materials. I wrote one called the "Yellow Intruder." Find it on Butterfly Milkweed.
We also have an abundance of Swamp Milkweed which I urge everyone to purchase as the Monarch Butterfly is now globally endangered, and that's a terrific host plant. We have an abundance of Swamp Rose Mallow, a native perennial, just about ready to bloom.
First, I want to apologize to the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt for not adequately explaining a change in policies. As background, they're fighting against a proposed high power transmission cable through the heart of the Long Pond Greenbelt.
The cable crisis was just unfolding and I anticipated time spent would be more than I could offer. The Board suggested to at least ask for a Professional Membership. The request only muddied the waters.
Instead, we'll use our knowledge base to send letters requesting a response or clarification of the park/park resource issue. We'll then wait and follow up with a press release. Conservation related consultation services will be offered for greater needs. Contact Mindy directly for more information.
Recently, our Board recommended that I not pursue efforts to declare tick bites a health emergency, as there's already too many ongoing emergencies. Instead, we'll continue to focus on personal protection at the markets, and flag those park resources active in tick bite prevention with additional content.
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