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2023 Environmental Partnership Potluck
Sunday, March 26

AGreenwood Community Center, Elk
12:00-3:00 p.m.M

Four organizations dedicated to the Mendocino environment – Dorothy King Young Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, Mendocino Coast Audubon, Mendocino Land Trust, and Mendocino Area Parks Association (now known as MendoParks) - began meeting in the late 1990s to share information and provide mutual support. Ginny and Warren Wade, Joan Curry, Pat Howard, Binah Polay, and Sally Malby were the original organizers of those collaborations. By 2002 the meetings had formalized to the extent of agreeing to meet annually, rotate hosting the meeting, and present an award each year to a person or organization whose efforts on behalf of the environment have made a difference in our community. In 2011 this award was renamed the Matt Coleman Environmental Service Award in honor of our dedicated fallen friend. At last year's meeting, for the first time, a new organization was added: the Noyo Center for Marine Science.

You are invited to attend this year’s Environmental Partnership Potluck and hear about the good work all five nonprofits are doing. We will then celebrate the work of this year’s Matthew Coleman Award winner, Mr. Peter Baye, naturalist, botanist, and conservationist extraordinaire. Please come and celebrate this recognition of his work to protect native habitats in Mendonoma.

On Sunday, March 26, the doors of the Greenwood Community Center will open at 11:00 a.m. to set up (you are welcome to help if you can), and lunch will start at noon. Bring a dish to share, a beverage of your choice, and utensils. Once everyone has selected their desserts, the partners will offer a brief update of their activities and plans for the coming year, followed by the award to Peter. This is a great opportunity to rekindle old friendships and to appreciate the cumulative effect of these dedicated organizations. For more information contact David Jensen at 707-326-8815 or Greenwood Community Center is located at 6129 S. Highway One (look for the sign, take the dirt drive to the back). There is no charge for this event.

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