Name that leaf: Justin Robinson, a restoration manager with Extra Terrestrial Projects, led cyclists on a stretch of the American Tobacco Trail in Durham last month to identify trees by their fall foliage. Zen Succulent, a terrarium boutique in downtown Durham, sponsored the Botany by Bicycle ride along with East Coast Greenway Alliance and gave each participant a succulent.
Virginia’s United Land Trusts are partnering with the Statewide Trails Advisory Committee to organize the 2017 Virginia Land Conservation and Greenways Conference in Williamsburg April 25–27, 2017. The conference will feature several greenway panels and field trips, including a bike ride along the Virginia Capital Trail led by the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Conference details will be released early next year.
Over 100 new miles signed in North Carolina
We installed 116 miles of Greenway on-road signage this month in Cumberland, Johnston, Bladen, Pender, and Brunswick counties in eastern North Carolina. Special thanks to Eric Vitale, Cumberland County transportation planner, and Dave Connelly, Durham-based ECG volunteer, for assisting ECGA staff during installation. We aim for North Carolina to be fully signed in 2017.
Spanish Moss Trail extension
On November 21, Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail dedicated the newest trailhead and an additional 2.5 miles of trail. Located in Beaufort County, South Carolina, the Spanish Moss Trail now spans over 9 miles from Port Royal to Grays Hill. At the dedication ceremony, the Cox Foundation was recognized for donating $3,375,000 to development of the trail. Segments of the Spanish Moss Trail will be designated as part of the East Coast Greenway spine route.
Join us, we’re hiring!
If you’re passionate about building the East Coast Greenway, join our team as one of two new Greenway Coordinators in the Southeast — one coordinator will be based in South Carolina and Georgia, the other in Florida. You’ll be working to build capacity and expedite progress on the East Coast Greenway in the Southeast, from South Carolina through Florida. Applications are due by January 2, 2017. Read more
Got questions, want to share news? Write to Kathryn Zeringue, South Atlantic Coordinator