To welcome new board members Robin Rinaca and Hank Badger, the VES Land Trust board hosted a cleanup challenge in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Clean the Bay Day. “The Board of Directors of VES Land Trust is dedicated to serving and conserving the East Coast community and the health of its precious lands and natural waters,” said Board Chair Karen Terwilliger, “Because waste has a negative impact on the resources we protect, participating in Clean the Bay Day is a natural choice. Robin and Hank seized the opportunity with Vice President Carl Nordstrom, Board Members Susan Harris, David Turner and Jeff Walker, Director of Stewardship Arthur Upshur and Executive Director Hali Plourde-Rogers .
Clean the Bay Day is usually held on the first Saturday in June. This year, CBF has extended the cleanup to include the entire week leading up to June 5e and encouraged participants to do individual and team cleanings throughout the week. Arthur and Carl organized a cleanup at Morley’s Wharf in Exmore, Virginia. Hank, his wife Julie, their daughter Beth, and Arthur’s wife Carol volunteered to pick up the trash from the public landing. The crew of Morley’s Wharf picked up 250 pounds. debris and trash, including an air conditioner and tire. Robin, Susan, David and Hali individually picked up trash along various roads near their homes and businesses in Cheriton, Melfa and Onancock. Jeff volunteered to clean up the Rosenwald School in Cape Charles. The VES Land Trust team most often finds plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans and cigarette butts. All together they have collected over 300 books. of rubbish and debris.
Garbage and debris are harmful to the people, wildlife and natural resources of the east coast. Cigarette butts and plastics contain toxic chemicals that enter the environment. These chemicals build up in the fish we eat and can cause serious health problems in humans and marine life. Keeping trash out of our landscapes and waterways protects the farms, forests, waters and wildlife we all love, depend on and value.
Please join us in welcoming our new board members. Timmy Brown, Grayson Chesser, John Graham and Meriwether Payne also sit on the board. The Board of Directors is committed to fulfilling the mission of the VES Land Trust to conserve the farms, forests, wetlands and waters of the East Coast for future generations. “We are delighted to welcome new board members Robin and Hank as they bring their long-standing knowledge of the coast and their extensive experience of the East Coast community and the conservation of its natural resources.” , commented Karen.
Welcome Robin Rinaca
Robin moved to the East Coast in 1980 from the Shenandoah Valley. She lives in Folly Creek in Accomack County in a historic home that she and her late husband, Nick, restored while raising their two daughters. Robin and Nick protected the 600 acre property by donating a conservation easement with VES Land Trust in 2007. “I believe in the preservation and protection of open spaces and waterfront properties in general and on the coast. is in particular, ”Robin shared.
“In addition to placing their land under bondage, Robin brings her successful nursery background as well as her service to several boards at the national and local level,” added Karen. Robin sits on the board of directors of the Eastern Shore Community Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Virginians for the Arts and is a director of Grace United Methodist Church.
Welcome Hank Badger
Hank Badger is from the East Coast. His family roots go back to the midst of the seventeen hundred inhabitants of Northampton County. He is a licensed land surveyor and retired from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) in 2020 after 42 years of service. Hank was the chief engineer of the VMRC and the environmental engineer on the shore. He was part of the management team that inventoried and managed approximately 28,000 acres of ungranted shoreline, marshes and grasslands. “Hank’s in-depth knowledge of the East Coast coastal systems and his long public service career with VMRC gives him a better understanding of our waters and working landscapes,” said Karen.
The VES Land Trust works closely with landowners to protect the East Coast farm and forests, scenic coves and bays, historic resources, wildlife habitat and natural resources with conservation easements. A conservation easement is a voluntary notarial deed offering permanent protection against development while respecting private property rights. Conservation easements are as unique as the property they protect.