Conservation commission preps for spring

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This April will mark the 50th anniversary of the observation of Earth Day, which will once again be observed on Wednesday, Apr. 22. The Plainville Conservation Commission met on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and during that meeting, the members turned their collective heads towards the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

It was unanimously decided that the commission would host a cleanup and an invasive plant planting event at Paderewski Pond on Saturday, Apr. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. During the next meeting, the commission will review a list of native flora that will have multiple benefits on the Paderewski Pond area and ecosystems.

According to www.EarthDay.org, Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970, as a unified response to an environmental crisis—“oil spills, smog, and rivers so polluted that they literally caught on fire.” That day about 20 million Americans took the streets to protest the conditions of the environment and the actions that lead to the crisis, and that event is credited with launching the modern day environmental movement.

Earth Day events will be held across the globe, and if you’re interested in taking part in one of the events in the area, you can visit EarthDay.org to learn more about local events, or, to register an event of your own.

The next meeting of the Plainville Conservation Commission is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 11, at 7:30 in the Plainville Municipal Building at 1 Central Square.

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