Monday, February 27, 2006

stephanie gapinski at traces


a memo to readers - artwork by Stephanie Gapinski is now on display in the Traces art space at the Jacksonville Center in Floyd. Please stay tuned to the loop for more information on the current exhibit at Traces.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006



a warm thank you to picnic participants!
shown here - Greg (see: Wild Turkeys)


Wednesday, February 15, 2006



saturday, february 18 2006


hello everyone

hope you are all well
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Monday, February 13, 2006

horse & mule driving workshop

hi folks
this is from an email today from Benji at Ap Voices...
have a great day!



Horse and Mule Driving Workshop with Eustace Conway - Driving Horses the Old Tyme Way

April 1st and December 16th, Join us for an introduction to working horses from a moving vehicle and from the ground. Together we will experience logging, sled work, using a farm wagon, a two-wheel cart, a four-wheel buggy, and a mowing machine; and go over many fundamentals of training a horse from the ground for general farm use and horse power. This workshop will be held at the renowned horse drawn farm Turtle Island Preserve. Our large collection of antique horse drawn vehicles is an inspiration in and of itself.

This workshop is available to anyone 16 years or older. arrival time 9AM; departure time 4:30PM. Located at Turtle Island Preserve, near Boone, NC. Cost is $95 (make checks payable to Eustace Conway). Bring your own lunch or for $10 a fine home cooked meal is available; everything else is provided. To register and reserve your space mail a deposit ($50), or the full tuition, in check form to the following address:

Attn. Horse Driving Workshop
Turtle Island Preserve
1443 Lonnie Carlton Rd
Triplett, NC 28618

Saturday, February 11, 2006

a report on the snake hollow show


hi everyone
hope you are doing well
here is a scene from last night at the Country Store in Floyd where my friend the ultra-talented Ms. Mary Predny played fiddle and sang along with the rest of the Snake Hollow String Band

Snake Hollow rules! the show was 100% awesome.
Congratulations Mary on this important career milestone and a spectacular performance
sorry I could not get a better picture...

after Snake Hollow played we walked over to Cafe Sol and there was more music over there
that music was also great

then I got to hear more music at an after party, and listened to a lot of instruments with names that are difficult to remember along with some banjo music from Mary, that was a huge treat.

today we are having a snowstorm and lots of people are snowed in so hello to them all, stay warm & happy

bye, have a great day

Thursday, February 09, 2006



from an email this morning

hi everyone...hope you are all well. below is an email from Benji at Appalachian Voices...
have a great day


Greetings from Appalachian Voices Forest Restoration Program!

We thought you might like to know about a few forest and landowner related events happening around the region. Many thanks to the Southern Forests Network and Watauga County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service for compiling most of these events. and

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up for your FREE copy of “Managing You Woodlands: A Guide for Southern Appalachian Landowners” 2nd Edition. It will be available in a month or too!

Take care, and enjoy the winter while you can!

Benji Burrell
Appalachian Voices
Forest Restoration Program Coordinator
Americorps Volunteer, Project Conserve
703 W. King St. #105
Boone, NC 28607
1 (877) APP-VOICE

Not A member of Appalachian Voices? Join us Today!

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
---Mahatma Gandhi

Simple Gifts: Logging in the Southern Appalachians - A Sierra Club Program
On Saturday, February 4th there will be a program hosted by the Sierra Club at the Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg. It will begin with a showing of "Simple Gifts"; a video about logging in the Southern Appalachians.

The video will be followed by a presentation by Debra Lapidus of the Defenders of Wildlife. Ms. Lapidus will speak about new threats to the Endangered Species Act in Congress.

After the presentations time will be set aside for discussion of other local environmental issues (including I-81), and an exchange of ideas about future programs. All are encouraged to be involved in these discussions.

The program is free and open to the public. The program will begin at 1:00 PM and end not later than 2:30.

Contact Sandi Rose at 540-289-6181, or Bob Egbert at 540-384-7448 or

Ecological Forestry Workshop
February 13-16, a three-day course designed for public and for-profit and non-profit private organizations with an interest in managing southeastern fire maintained pine/grassland woodlands for multiple objectives including timber, wildlife and sustaining or restoring native diversity, hosted by the Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, contact Kevin McIntyre, (229) 734-4706;,

Agricultural Transitions: Medicinal Herb Production
Feb 14th 6-8pm, NC Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Conference Center, Boone, NC
, 828-264-3061

The 15th Central Hardwood Conference
February 27-March 1, 2006, Knoxville, TN, abstracts accepted through June 30, 2005,
sponsored by University of Tennessee, Department of Forest, Wildlife, and Fisheries
and the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station,

Workshop on Stormwater Best Management Practices and Low Impact Development
March 2, Broyhill Conference Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
As stormwater regulations impact communities in the Mountains and Foothills, new stormwater practices are being required to meet these standards. This workshop will provide an overview of innovative treatment practices including stormwater wetlands, bioretention areas, permeable pavement, water harvesting systems, green roofs, and detection if illicit discharges.

Log-Growing Mushroom Workshop
March 2, 8:30-4:00, Rose Mountain Farm, Lansing, NC Workshop is free and open to anyone interested in growing shitake mushrooms on a commercial scale. If you can, bring three 4-foot long logs of your own for practice inoculation. They should be 4-8" diameter hardwood logs cut from a live tree two weeks or less from the workshop day. For more information including registration, contact Ashe County Cooperative Extension Center, 336-219-2650.

Energy from Wood: Exploring the Issues/Impacts for North Carolina
March 13-14, Raleigh, NC, This conference will Present much of the known information about potential impacts and opportunities on North Carolina’s forests from a wood biomass economy and Offer an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to explore issues surrounding woody biomass, co-sponsored by the Southern Forests Network,

Agricultural Transitions: Agritourism
14th 6-8pm, NC Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Conference Center, Boone, NC, 828-264-3061

Restorative Forestry Workshop in Ashe Co, NC
The Healing Harvest Forest Foundation (H.H.F.F.) will hold a free public workshop on “Restorative Forestry in the Southern Appalachians” March 18th, 2006. The event will be hosted by Michael and Virginia Tate of Ripshin Farms Near Jefferson, NC.

H.H.F.F. certified Biological Woodsmen and their draft horse teams will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their “worst-first” single tree harvesting techniques. Local land owners, forest workers, students, and families are encouraged to attend and witness real ground-level practitioners in the environmentally sensitive logging movement. There is no attendance fee but donations are encouraged and will go directly towards training more Biological Woodsmen. This program teaches the necessary, theory, skills, and safety measures to those wishing to make a living in the mountain forest while promoting the longevity of the ecosystem.

A special invitation is extended to all teamsters interested in skill sharing. The H.H.F.F.’s crews will be showcasing the rare Suffolk Punch breed and this will be a great opportunity to talk with other horsemen and share your experience. Those wanting to bring their own teams are encouraged to do so and should contact Ian Snider at (828) 262-3000 or no latter than March 1st.

Southern Forest Economics Workshop
March 23-24, Knoxville, Tennessee, annual meeting of Southern Forest Economics
Workers, Abstract due date: January 9, contact Dr. Don Hodges,

Agricultural Transitions: Marketing
28th 6-8pm, NC Cooperative Extension Service Agricultural Conference Center, Boone, NC, 828-264-3061

Financial Benefits of Conservation Easements: Conservation Programs and Tax Incentives for NC Landowners

March 28, Oxford, NC, Educate professional advisers (foresters, lawyers, CPAs), landowners, and government agency personnel on the government programs offering cash incentives as well as the federal and state tax benefits associated with conservation easements, Contact Nancy N. Daly,, 919-496-5902,

Ramps & Rainbow Festival
March 2006, Cherokee, North Carolina

Helping the Wood Industry Profit from the Next 10 Years
April 11-12th, Princeton, West Virginia, the workshop, includes an agenda filled with
presentations from leading innovators in the industry who made dramatic changes in
their companies to survive in the face of rapid marketplace changes and global
competition, sponsored by Dovetail Partners and the Wood Education and Resource

International Ramp Cook-Off & Festival
April 2006, Elkins, West Virginia

30th Annual Ramp Festival
April 2006, Graham County, North Carolina

The Helvetia Ramp Dinner
April 2006, Helvetia, West Virginia

Annual Ramp Dinner
April 2006, Chloe, Calhoun County,West Virginia

Polk County Ramp and Tramp Festival
April 2006, Greasy Creek, Tennessee

West Virginia's Largest Annual Ramp Festival
April 2006 69th. Contact: Richwood WV Area Chamber of Commerce, Phone: 304-846-6790

Smallwood Conference 2006
May 16-18, Richmond, VA, The objective of this conference is to provide state-of-the-
art information on small-tree utilization and to foster peer-to-peer learning, Contact
Julie Lang at,

Annual Ramp Supper
May 2006, Cullasaja, Macon County, North Carolina

The Cosby Ramp Festival in Tennessee
First Sat. in May 2006

Waynesville Ramp Festival
May 2006, Waynesville, North Carolina

The Springfield Valley VFD Annual RAMP Dinner
first Sun. May 2006, Romney, West Virginia

Flag Pond Tennessee Ramp Festival
May 2006, Flag Pond, TN.,Community Center

Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival
May 2006, Whitetop,Virginia

Southern Forestry and Natural Resource Management GIS Conference
June 12-14, Asheville, NC, The SOFORGIS 2006 conference will encompass topics
related to the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in forestry and natural
resource management. Some of those topics include environmental planning, forest
inventory and management, urban forestry, landscape change, and landscape ecology,

8th Annual Rural Action Landowner Conference - Income Opportunities for farms, forests, and communities
June 2-4, 2006, Hocking Co in Appalachian Ohio
The Conference is an opportunity to learn from other landowners who have tried new things and learned resourceful ways to earn supplemental income, while maintaining their ties to the land. Specialists will also be on hand to teach workshops and work with you to hone in on your ideas for using your land to benefit you and your family. Let an expert help you with a management plan by attending a Forest Management session. Understand the legalities of your land with the Planning Your Future Forest track. Why not attend a Holistic Resource Management session with topics ranging from raising goats to beekeeping. Also check out Sustainable Agriculture or Opportunities on Your Land. Get some pointers by going to an Herbs and Other Income Opportunities or Building Your Assets session. Learn how to cultivate ginseng or to use effective marketing to increase sales.
Scholarships and work trade opportunities available. Contact: Elise at 740-742-4401 or email

Woodland Owner Short Course - Managing Your Land in Western North Carolina (and the Southern Appalachian Region)
June-August 2006, Watauga, Co, NC, Landowners interested in learning more about managing their land in Western North Carolina are invited to participate in a unique educational event scheduled for this summer. A team of specialists from federal and state agencies, universities, and the private sector are coordinating efforts to offer the first Woodland Owner Short Course in the High Country through the Biltmore Forest School. The course is based in Watauga County.

The course will feature experts on land management of private lands. Sessions include both hands-on opportunities in the field and instruction in the classroom. Participants will learn how to set goals and objectives for managing their land. Topics include forest management planning, managing for wildlife and plant communities, woodscaping, wildfire and homes in the forest, recreation, and land stewardship.

48 hours over 6 sessions will be provided, with opportunities to engage with natural resource and land management experts. The "Stewardship of Your Land" session is graduation day for those attending 3 of the first 5 sessions. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion from the Biltmore Forest School. The sessions will be held the first and third Friday of June, July and August.

Session list:
Discover Your Land, June 2nd
Native Landscaping and Homes in the Forest, June 16th
Wildlife and Fire in Your Backyard, July 7th
Woodscaping, July 21st
Playing on Your Land, August 4th
Stewardship of Your Land, August 18th

Space is limited. Please register at least 2 weeks before the workshop you wish to attend. The Stewardship session is limited to those who participate in 3 or more of the first five sessions. Limited seating is available. Please call Cooperative Extension, 828-264-3061, regarding registration and fee.

91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
August 6-11, 2006, Memphis, Tennessee, session proposals due September 15, 2005,

Sustainable Forest Management with Fast Growing Plantations
October 10-13, Charleston, South Carolina, The conference will be organized around
the following four topic areas:1. Forest sector analysis / economic drivers and
implications of intensive management 2. Biophysical analysis of intensive management
options 3. Biological and environmental consequences of intensive management 4.
Social issues surrounding the management of plantations,

National Land Conservation Conference & Land Trust Alliance Rally
October 12-15, Nashville, Tennessee, More than 1,700 land trust professionals,
volunteers, board members, public agency staff, attorneys and land conservation
advocates are expected to attend this four-day educational and networking conference,


scene from the clean air bake sale

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

lost bird of paradise found

february 7, 2006 - via Conservation International Press Release - Scientists Discover Dozens of New Species in “Lost World” of Western New Guinea - ...---...---...-- - Lost Bird of Paradise Found in Isolated Foja Mountains of Papua, Along With New Honeyeater Bird, New Frogs and a Rare Tree Kangaroo ---...---


Washington, D.C.
– An expedition to one of Asia’s most isolated jungles – in the mist-shrouded Foja Mountains of western New Guinea – discovered a virtual ``Lost World” of new species, giant flowers, and rare wildlife that was unafraid of humans. more...


Monday, February 06, 2006

- see the clean air bake sale on television - ---...--

---...-- - february 6, 2006 - 2:53 pm - ...--- - a memo to readers - televised coverage of today's clean air bake sale today in Blacksburg, Virginia will appear on channel 10 at 5 pm and on channel 7 at 6 or 11 pm, according to sources. - --...-- - images of this event will be posted on thank you for reading the loop.---...---tags for this post: clean air, valentine ideas

Sunday, February 05, 2006

from a recent dogs on trucks post

dear Nantoka-san,

I am very sorry to hear about your recent frustrations on "the Internet".
Please do not be too disheartened. You are in a very large group.

To enable the dogs on trucks vehicle's special printing mechanism, remove as much content as you can from your vehicle so that the tires are very, very, very sticky.

once you have done that, ping me and I will walk you through the rest.

hope to speak with you soon!


Dogs on Trucks Jr.

ps. the dogs on trucks owner's manual contains a small collection of images that might be of interest to you.

---...--- news for February 6, 2006 - snake hollow string band will be playing at the Floyd Country Store this Friday at 7 pm. for details, please consult the loop. -...---...--- tags: music, floyd, virginia - ...---...---

---...--- news for February 6, 2006 - there will be a bake sale on the Virginia Tech campus today to raise awareness about pollution reform. for details, please consult the loop. -...---...--- tags: pollution reform - ...---...---


new & upcoming tags in the loop - february 6, 2006 - visibility, tagspeak, map, architecture, verb, google, shape, modus operandi, expectation, product, advocate, organic, ergonomic, alternative, owner's manual, ping, wiki, manifest, voice, space


Saturday, February 04, 2006

hi everyone

hi everybody

hope you all are having a nice weekend
it has been a very busy one for me, but it has been a good kind of busy

I have worked on the wall at the Jacksonville Center some more
and did some scravenging yesterday

I got some very nice metal hoops and old wood
I also got to see a setup in Floyd where bamboo flutes are made.

I may make a wiki for traces soon, I started one for one of my work groups and so far so good.
it isn't too hard.

Ok well I need to go, hope you all are well.


Friday, February 03, 2006

tag sale at Traces in Floyd


---...--- - news for february 3, 2006 - --...--- - On Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, there will be an Art Etc. tag sale at Traces in Floyd, Virginia.

New & used art supplies, stone carving tools, used books, art cards, stickers & original artwork will be on sale, with prices starting at just 10 cents.

Traces is located at the Jacksonville Center on Rt. 8 in Floyd, Virginia. For directions, or for more information, please call (540) 745 - 2784. -...---


Thursday, February 02, 2006

-..-. - no more coal until mines are safe! so says Manchin - ...--- -


-...--- - news for February 2, 2006 - West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin has ordered all coal mines closed in West Virginia for safety reasons. Since the first of this year, 16 men have died as a result of mining accidents in West Virginia. -...--tags: mine, safety, sago, coal - ...---...---


-...-- - Mountain Justice is hosting a film festival in Blacksburg, Virginia to help raise awareness about the social and environmental impact of surface mining. the next film will be shown on February 8, 2006. Please consult the loop for details. -...--- - tags: coal, surface, mining, mountain - ...---...-


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-...---... - fyi - an neighbor will be selling a single family home near the Appalachian Trail this spring - ....-- - please stay tuned to the loop if interested. - -...---


-...-- mining + safety = a winning combo! - ...--- send a pal this fun e-card - ...---


dear ( Nantoka )

happy no coal day!

let's hear it for mining + safety
a winning combo if there ever was one.

with warm wishes from a friend.
feb. 2, 2006


- ooo ... ooo -

tags: mining safety

Wednesday, February 01, 2006



hi everyone, hope you are having a nice day.
things here are fine

I just got an email from my friend Phanie Gapinski and she will be exhibiting some of her work at the Jacksonville Center soon

stay tuned to the loop for details and images

I was very excited to learn today that was just launched by Doug Thompson, who is my neighbor at the Jacksonville Center

congratulations Doug! I like the new site very much.

I wish I could get up there more to say hello to folks but I am busy untangling a corporate website from the past and this is taking up much of my time lately.

Jim Underwood from Blue Ridge Public Television was kind enough to come visit me in Floyd last week, and he will be showing some scenes from the gallery on Blue Ridge Excursions sometime soon. Jim also mentioned the possibility of a public television piece about SLEC.

so I would just like to say that I am very glad the President used the words slavery and human trafficking in his state of the Union address. these are words that need to be said.

ok well I need to go now, hope you are all well.



- rain + gardens - ...---...--- via Fred's fragments - ...---

- . - . - a post on rain + gardens -...---...--- - via fragments from Floyd ---...--- Homeowners in many parts of the country are catching on to rain gardens – landscaped areas planted to wild flowers and other native vegetation that soak up rain water, mainly from the roof of a house or other building. The rain garden fills with a few inches of water after a storm and the water slowly filters into the ground rather than running off to a storm drain. Compared to a conventional patch of lawn, a rain garden allows about 30% more water to soak into the ground. ---...--- more... - ...---...---post tags: green living