Members of the Putnam County Environmental Council work together to protect our natural resources, but we also have a great time hiking, paddling, bicycling, and learning about nature. Since 1991 we have taken an active role in government, educated the public, promoted ecotourism, and networked with others. Our work has led to our leadership on numerous issues of statewide concern. PCEC, as a result, was named Florida Conservation Organization of the Year in 2005 by Florida Wildlife Federation.
We publish the Green Gazette, provide programs and field trips for members and the public, and have an annual social in December. Our programs are usually held at the Water Works Environmental Education Center on the second Friday of the month.
Become a member of our PCECweb group, which means you receive Green Gazettes and alerts by email, or become a member of PCEC and financially support our work. You may fill in a membership form from the back page of a recent Green Gazette and mail it with your check or you may join online using PayPal (Subscriptions tab). Your name and email address will not be publicized or shared.
Who: High school junior and senior art classes or clubs
When: February 26 through April 23 Entry deadline March 18 Awards announced April 1
Purpose: To encourage student artists to examine their county's natural environment and share their perceptions through art.
Theme: Earth Day in Putnam County, with an emphasis on "celebrating the waters of Putnam County, rivers, springs, and creeks," the theme of PCEC's upcoming Environmental Film Festival.
Prizes: Artists of winning posters will be recognized at the film festival and cash prizes awarded to the winners' school art classes.
Recognition: Award winning posters will be used to publicize the festival and and will be shared with the community through PCEC's website.
Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck Supper Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
426 Kirby Street, Palatka 32177
Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck Supper on Wed. It's always a wonderful get together. Besides eating some great food we will elect our 2015 Board of Directors, review 2015, and plan for 2016. Bring your opinions and expectations, along with a dish to share. The slate of nominees for directors can be found in the November 2015 Green Gazette. Nominations for the board may also be made from the floor.
Join or renew your membership at the meeting or on our website. Thank you for your support during the past year. What Support? Attending programs and events; maintaining membership; sharing the Green Gazette; learning about environmental challenges, and passing the word.
See you on Wednesday. Invite a friend and spread the word.
Posted by Cindy, Friday, June 19th, 2015 @ 10:59am
Putnam Land Conservancy Event Invitation
Saturday, June 27 at 11:00am
142 Elgin Road, East Palatka, FL 32131
We need your help to create a nature park in East Palatka!
Please join PLC and the neighbors for a short tour of the proposed park on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11:00 AM. We will meet at 142 Elgin Road, East Palatka, FL 32131. Cold drinks to take on the tour will be provided. You can also come by boat, tying up at the Elgin Grove public boat ramp on Magnolia Avenue in East Palatka and walking 2 blocks north to 142 Elgin Road.
Looking for a way to cut your electric bill and help the environment? Learn about the PACE Program to help finance energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades to both residential and commercial buildings. It offers upgrades for heating and cooling systems, water pumps, insulation, and solar panels.
Please join us, bring a friend, and spread the word. The public is encouraged to attend.
On Saturday, April 25, the Palatka Water Works Environmental Center and Ravine Gardens will celebrate Earth Day with the Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees festival in Palatka.
Meet Billy Bartram; take a guided nature walk; tour the historic building and its exhibits; enjoy live music at the amphitheater; walk the Puc Puggy Trail; learn about bees, bee keeping, and native plants.
It all begins with a bird walk at 7:00 am in the parking lot inside Ravine Gardens State Park. Carol Foil and Joyce King will lead 2 groups through Ravine Gardens and meet at the Palatka Water Works Environmental Center to do a bird survey there.
Meet Matt Keen and Ryan Cantey at the Putnam County Environmental Council's meeting Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the Edgar Johnson Senior Center.
Matt and Ryan will show a video of their trip along the entire length of the Ocklawaha River and discuss the challenges and experiences they faced along the way. They built their own wooden kayaks for their travels.
Matt is also the author of River be Damned, a production that looks at the history, construction, and lasting impacts of the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Rodman Dam with a focus on restoration of the Ocklawaha River. Matt will play the video portion of the River be Damned project.
An opportunity for discussion will follow.
Everyone is welcome. Please invite your friends and spread the word.
Time: 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting open to all
7:00 p.m. Food and the Environment
Presenter, David Kennedy
Location: Edgar Johnson Sr. Center, 1215 Westover Drive, Palatka
David Kennedy of Interlachen will lead a presentation on the expanding role of home food gardens in protecting our natural environment. Our industrial food system provides us with an abundance of inexpensive food. It also depletes our soil, pollutes our air and water, reduces biodiversity, and too often leaves us unhealthy. The presentation will show how the growing movement of savvy home gardeners can lead the way towards a more sustainable and nutritious food supply.
Kennedy is the author of four books on gardening and nutrition. As founder and director of Leaf for Life, he has worked on innovative small-scale agriculture and food processing projects in 13 countries over the past 30 years.
All programs are free and open to the public.