Jamestown, N.Y. – On the day after Earth Day 2023 the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) learns about the positive benefits of taking our yards back to a more natural state. All are welcome.
Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) Special Projects Coordinator John Jablonski III will present “Rewilding Our Landscapes For Water Quality Protection” at the UUCJ’s 10:30 a.m. hybrid service on Sunday, April 23, 2023.
Taking our yards back to a more natural state can add beauty to your property, provide beneficial wildlife habitat, and even help restore and protect the water quality of our region’s streams, wetlands and lakes. Jablonski will discuss these benefits and how you can rewild your own yard.
You will also learn about some of the initiatives and projects the CWC is working on to help implement rewilding on properties throughout the Chautauqua region.
The message relates most significantly to the seventh of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: The interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
A graduate of Cornell University, Jablonski has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning with a concentration in water resources from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After seven years as planning coordinator for the city of Jamestown, Jablonski served as executive director of the CWC for 30 years.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy owns and manages 31 nature preserves throughout Chautauqua County which permanently protect over 1,100 acres of wild lands. The conservation of natural areas provides benefits to health, happiness and the economy. CWC nature preserves offer diverse opportunities for education and passive recreational activities and help protect important conservation values such as water and air quality, forest health, scenic beauty and plant and animal biodiversity and habitat.
Barbara Winner is the service leader. A social time follows.
Participation can be either in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.