Glenn McRae to be New Intervale Center Executive DirectorBurlington, Vermont – The Intervale Center has announced that its Board of Directors had appointed Glenn McRae as the organization’s new Executive Director.Glenn McRae has more than 20 years of experience in managing nonprofit organizations. Since 2003, he has been Director of Public Policy Development at the Snelling Center for Government. Previously he served as Executive Director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility as well as the Association of Vermont Recyclers. He worked with the Vermont Community Foundation for twelve years to develop nonprofit leadership and management education initiatives. McRae has regularly consulted with nonprofit organizations on capacity building across Vermont and internationally. Holding a Ph.D. in Anthropology, McRae has been a member of the graduate faculty with the University of Vermont’s Master of Public Administration Program.Kalisa Barratt, Chair of the Intervale Center Board of Directors, commented, “Following a year of great challenges and successes, we find ourselves ready for new opportunities. As we move forward, I am extremely pleased that Glenn will be leading the Intervale Center. I think we’re lucky to have him. Glenn has a long history of working in nonprofit organizations and strong management experience. His social and environmental ethics match so well with all that we do. I believe that Glenn will bring fresh ideas and tremendous skills, which, with an exceptional team to support him, will enable the Intervale Center to achieve great things in the months and years ahead.”McRae will begin work as Intervale Center Executive Director on Monday, August 4th.The Intervale Center’s mission is to develop farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. Through the Center’s twenty years of operation, almost 350 acres of formerly abandoned, historically significant agricultural land in Burlington’s Intervale have been reclaimed and put to productive agricultural, recreational, and conservation use. The Intervale Center’s programs help support viable farms, increase access to local and organic produce, improve soil fertility, protect water quality through stream bank restoration, and educate young people about agriculture and healthy food.
North Carolina’s DuPont State Recreational Forest begins phased reopening Western North Carolina’s DuPont State Recreational Forest has begun a phased reopening. During the first reopening phase, access to the forest is limited to areas with “movement-focused” activities,” Mountain Xpress reports, and most of the trail system is open. The forest will be open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Portable toilets are available, but permanent restrooms will remain closed during phase 1. West Virginia’s state parks and forests will begin reopening to state residents on May 21. Campgrounds will open on May 21 and cabins and lodges will open on May 26. Overnight facilities will only be open to West Virginia residents. Most day-use areas remain open to the public. West Virginia State Park campgrounds open May 21 to West Virginia residents Parking along Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road is now prohibitedVisitors to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest should be aware that parking or leaving a vehicle along the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Road (FSR 416) is now prohibited. This access road to the popular destination is very narrow and has almost no shoulder. Normally there is sufficient parking in the parking lot. The recent increase in visitation has led to roadside parking which creates a hazardous condition for other vehicles that are entering or exiting the parking lot. For more information and to see the closure order on our website click here . The coronavirus pandemic has scaled back economic activities and forced much of the world to stay home. That sudden stop in business as usual has had major impacts on global carbon emissions. An analysis published Tuesday in the journal Nature Climate Change estimates that carbon dioxide emissions around the globe dropped 17 percent compared to daily global averages from 2019. Visitors are asked to comply with social distancing and CDC recommendations and guidelines. Continued public access is contingent upon visitor behavior. “Globally, we haven’t seen a drop this big ever, and at the yearly level, you would have to go back to World War II to see such a big drop in emissions,” Corinne Le Quere, a professor of climate change science at the University of East Anglia in the U.K., and the study’s lead author, told CNN. She points out, however, that “this is not the way to tackle climate change… we need to tackle it by helping people move to more sustainable ways of living.” Amid pandemic, global carbon emissions drop 17 percent “Our first and most important priority at this time is making sure our guests, visitors and staff are safe,” West Virginia State Parks Chief Brad Reed said in a press release. “We want to thank the Governor and our state’s health officials for leading us through this crisis and providing the guidance and resources we need to start reopening our parks and forests.”
Iloilo City Fire Station and BFP Regional Office 6 temporarily closed for disinfection. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN He said over a hundred BFP personnel were exposed to Patient 144. “I am a preparing a complaint,” said Treñas. That same day, Patient 144 cut short her quarantine at the hotel where she was initially taken. She proceeded to the BFP regional office. Treñas said he had to seek help from the Department of Interior and Local Government Region 6 and Police Regional Office 6. The now Patient 144 was taken to the St. Therese-MTCC Hospital, one of the city government’s identified quarantine facilities. * These personnel must submit themselves to contact tracing procedures. Yesterday Mayor Jerry Treñas issued Executive Order No. 91, Series of 2020 placing the two BFP offices under extreme ECQ. BY IME SORNITO and RUBY SILUBRICO ILOILO City – The regional and city offices of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on Macario Peralta Street here were placed on a three-day extreme enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) beginning yesterday. A personnel of BFP-Iloilo City tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Where was Patient 144 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.? Thus, said the city’s chief executive, he would be filing a complaint against the regional office led by Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto. It would be submitted to the Western Visayas inter-agency task force on COVID-19 and the national task force./PN * The Iloilo City COVID-19 Task Force shall extract specimens from these personnel for testing. This 26-year-old female personnel, who had a history of travel to Cebu City, was immediately placed on quarantine, said Chief Inspector Melanie Habawel, city fire marshal. According to the mayor, the city government team was given a runaround for hours on Sunday right after the RT-PCR test result was released at around 4 p.m. On June 6, the personnel underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. The result was released just this June 13 around 4 p.m. Substations of the BFP in various districts of the city have been put on alert. For the time being, they would be the ones to respond to fire calls. The three-day extreme ECQ would end on June 20 at 11:59 p.m. unless extended. During this period: After the RT-PCR test result was released on Sunday, June 13, it was when Patient 144 was taken to the St. Therese-MTCC Hospital. * All BFP regional office and city office personnel on active duty from June 9 onward shall be on 14-day quarantine (home or facility-based). * The BFP regional and Iloilo City offices should be decontaminated. But getting the patient to the hospital was not as easy as it seemed, revealed Mayor Treñas. He criticized BFP-6 for not acting soon enough to turn over the patient to the city government team tasked to bring her to the hospital. According to Fire Inspector Mary Angelie Bolocon, public information officer of BFP Region 6, Patient 144 was subjected to both rapid test and RT-PCR on the same day, June 6, but the result of the rapid test was released much earlier, on June 9. It was already around 9 p.m. when BFP was able to produce Patient 144, said Treñas. “For those who have transactions with our office, we could not accommodate you for now,” said Habawel. The fire bureau personnel got stranded in Cebu due to the community quarantine there. She managed to return to Iloilo City only on June 5 and was brought to a downtown hotel for the required 14-day quarantine.