Message from Fairfax Master Naturalist Chapter President, Joe Gorney

Photo (c) by Barbara J. Saffir

Chapter Members,

I hope this message finds you well. We are navigating stressful and challenging times, in which lives are disrupted and business-as-usual is no longer an option. Additionally, everyone’s circumstances are different. We might all be in the same storm, but we’re not all in the same boat.

Despite these challenges, and to help weather this storm, I encourage you to take advantage of available activities and resources. Here are a few ideas:

  • VMN Webinars: learn (or relearn) from their many on-line offerings;
  • Plant a Garden: take advantage of no-contact plant deliveries/pick-ups and increase the habitat value of your yard or deck;
  • Read a Book: immerse yourself in the writings of some of the many excellent nature authors.

The FMN Board is also working to coordinate a virtual Zoom meeting on the evening of May 28th. We hope that many people can participate.

As we move through the year (and into next year), we expect a long transition back to our “normal” activities, with interim measures to keep everyone safe. (I think of this period as a marathon, or an ultra-marathon, and not a sprint.) Throughout this, we will take our cue from our sponsoring state agencies and our health experts.

Finally, we just commemorated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. I thank you for taking care of yourself and the world around you every day and look forward to meeting again, even if only virtually. I also look forward to the future when we can recommence all our community work. In the meantime, take care of yourself and those around you.

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