Wise, Wilkirson and McAnally

A workshop next Thursday in North Fondren has organizers and advocates excited for the possibilities of redevelopment in that area. Presented by the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council and in partnership with Fondren and the City of Jackson, the Greening Fondren Workshop is open to all citizens, businesses and others concerned with bettering their environments.

Co-organizer, advocate and Broadmeadow resident Chuck Wise is “fired up.” “We’re small, but…” she trails off with a grin, describing plans to Fondren Renaissance Executive Director Jim Wilkirson and associate director Mary Jo McAnally. “This greening thing has snow balled and different groups have picked up on it.” Wise says there are 80 confirmed registrants as of mid week. “That’s pretty good,” she says. “I feel certain we’ll double (by August 2).”

Publicist Maureen Smith says it’s a day of free workshops to help teach how a green infrastructure can help businesses and how they can get started. “The sessions will also focus on green initiatives like bike paths, community gardens and neighborhood beautification,” she told us.

Confirmed exhibitors are numerous. They include The Nature Conservancy, Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (Foundation), Wells Church, Edible Forest, MS Museum of Art, City of Jackson, Greening initiatives, FAB – Fondren Association of Businesses, and Mississippi DEQ Composting Program. others include Community Collaborative of Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS), MDOT, Safe Routes to School Program, MS Urban Forest Council,  Hinds County Master Gardeners,  MS State Extension Service, Mississippi Alumni and Students for Sustainability (MASS), Bike Walk MS,  Jackson Bike Advocates, MS Nursery and Landscape Association, Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of MS, Downtown Jackson Partners, Inc. and Find It In Fondren™.

The Fondren Greening Workshop will be held  from 8:00am – 4:30pm at Fondren Hall at 4330 North State Street (adjacent to Room By Room, formerly Primos Northgate). Participants can drop in or stay all day. Lunch is available by reservation from High Noon Cafe for a cost of $10. The workshop is free. Get more info at topoffondren.com or by emailing MaureenCatherineSmith@gmail.com or dyowell@aol.com.

Seminar schedule as follows:

8:00 – Welcome

8:30 – Economic Development, The Greening Impact – Bob Wilson, Executive Director, MS Main Street

9:30 – Benefits of Trees and Green Space – George Ewing, City of Jackson

10:30 – Tools for Community Green Space (Easements, Deeds) – Elizabeth Barber, Barber and Mann Associates

11:15 – Green Re-Vitalization, Creating a Green Plan – Donna Yowell, Mississippi Urban Forest Council

12:00 – Lunch – Provided by High Noon Café, $10, RSVP to Maureen Smith atmaureencatherinesmith@gmail.com

1:00 – Green Spaces, Parks and Gardens – Donna Beliech, MS State Extension Service

1:45 – Tree and Placing Value on Trees – Jason Gordon, MS State Extension Service

2:30 – Urban Wildlife and Bird Habitat – Ken Hackman, Zoological Field Studies, Madison Central High School.

3:15 – Green Healthy Communities Panel – Melody Moody (Bike Walk MS), Dan Guillet (JX Public Works), Michael Gentry (Community Garden) Luke Lundemo (Eubanks Creek & FAB Green Team)

4:30 – Fondren’s Green Future and Planning – Fab Fondren’s Green Team

5:00 – Adjourn to Fondren After 5

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