It's your turn
Leave the Leaves!
Plymouth Open Space Committee
You have heard of “No Mow May” in recent Spring seasons? Another great effort for Fall is to “Leave the Leaves!”
Since the beginning of time, Mother Nature has renewed the soil in forests each season with the bed of last year’s leaves. An entire ecosystem of organisms - insects, amphibians, reptiles, microbes, worms, larvae, eggs - depends on that blanket of leaves for shelter through the long winters. When we rake up the leaves in our yards, we deprive these creatures of protection from the elements and disrupt the exquisite balance of life.
Removing leaves from our yards is wasteful on a number of levels: The pollinators we have spent months attracting we deprive of overwintering habitat. We scrape the soil bare of the leaf layer which breaks down to form soil enriching mulch. We discard future fertilizer. We add methane producing organic matter to landfills. We transport vital environmental enhancers off our own property and remove them from the regeneration cycle.
So “Leave the Leaves!”
If you can’t do that, then rake them into your flowerbeds, gardens, and under trees and shrubs. Shred the leaves on the lawn by mulching them with a mower, which rapidly reduces volume and speeds decomposition. Rake them into piles which break down into enriching leaf mold.
And when Spring comes around, refrain from early raking. Allow your leaf litter to continue protecting the next generation of life until well into warmer weather.
Lastly, Mother Nature likes things messy. It is humans who don’t like it that way. But we all know who knows best!
Diane Peck, Vice Chair, Open Space Committee
Climate Action Net Zero (CANZ) Committee- Get Involved!
Seeking 3 New Members and Volunteers
The CANZ committee currently has 3 open seats and the Select Board is seeking interested Plymouth residents to serve on the committee. The committee is working closely with the Climate Resiliency Planner as the Town develops the Priority Plymouth- Climate Action Plan. You can apply for a seat on the committee here.
Additionally, the Committee is seeking volunteers to join their working groups and share their specific expertise in the following areas:
Buildings, Energy, and Infrastructure
Health, Safety, and Preparedness
Please submit your interest for this volunteer opportunity through this link. You will play an integral role in the success of the implementation of our Priority Plymouth plan.
Changing Tides: Teen Sustainability Club
Plymouth Public Library
Changing Tides: A Teen Sustainability Club is a safe space for young adults, ages 13-18, to have meaningful discussions about sustainability, climate change, and the natural world. Since the pandemic there's more interest in eco and sustainable living among all ages. But, with teens being a valuable asset to our future, this club is a space for young adults to enjoy! We discuss current topics surrounding sustainability from a local and global standpoint. We also have fun activities and crafts, such as intricate weaving projects, simple t-shirt bags, reusable beeswax covers, and worry stones.
Since the term sustainability is so broad, each month we focus on a specific topic under the umbrella of sustainability. Our introductory meeting was each member conversing about their thoughts, feelings, and opinions about climate change. In future meetings, the conversations will be more specific. This includes zero waste, mental health surrounding climate change, greenwashing products, and how crucial pollinators are to the natural world.
Tue 9/26 @ 6pm, Main Branch
Tue 10/31 @ 6pm, Main Branch
Tue 11/28 @ 6pm, Main Branch
Contact Natalie Bennington for additional info at: email@example.com