Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Durham Convention Chews Into Beaver Preserve!

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters based in Vermont is holding its national sales meeting this week in Durham, North Carolina.gmcrLogo

Long a leader in the relatively new movement of triple bottom line, social responsibility, 100 of those attending the GMCR meeting will take time out tomorrow to join with others to venture out to the Beaver Marsh Preserve on Ellerbe Creek tomorrow to help restore the site’s natural habitat, create more public access to the preserve, and protect Durham waterways. beaver-marsh-preserve

Along a creek in one of Durham’s most developed areas, the Beaver Marsh is 32 acres of undeveloped land that includes a spring fed freshwater pond set in a 25-acre wetland area and seven acres of upland forest. The wetland provides a beautiful oasis of green in an otherwise highly urban area. The site has diverse native plants, over 75 species of migratory and resident birds, ten species each of dragon and damsel flies, five species of frogs and a large active beaver lodge.

Participants which will also include members of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers and students from Durham’s Hillside New Tech High School, a really cool magnet within Hillside High School.  Not only will participants clean up the preserve but they will help construct a kiosk with a student designed roof that reduces storm water runoff, absorbs heat, and cools attic temps.logo

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) can provide planners of the 4000 + meetings held in Durham each year, a menu of choices to help their 136,000 attendees express social responsibility in a community known for a caring character.

And don’t forget the Preserve’s Beaver Lodge 1504 will hold its annual Beaver Queen Pageant on June 5th.

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