Growing A Greener Outer Banks NC

January 17, 2011

A Green Thought: What Happens to the Christmas Trees?

Filed under: environment, Recycle Projects, Tips — Tags: , , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 12:45 pm
Have you ever wondered where all those Christmas trees go after Christmas? Think of all the trees that were cut down to be put on display in people’s living rooms for 3-4 weeks and then tossed on the curb for the trash collector. I never really gave it much thought, probably because when growing up we would get a tree that still had roots and dad would replant it along the property line. This is a GREAT way to give yourself a privacy fence although it may take a few years. 🙂
When I got married and moved into my own house, we bought an artificial tree because my wife was worried about our cats & she felt that cutting down a live tree was wasteful.  But to get back to the original question, what does happen to all those once live trees after Christmas?  Well believe it or not, some find their way to Carova. Yes, January is when you can see dozens upon dozens of Christmas trees come to rest on our beach. They don’t wash ashore, and there not left behind to litter. Some people use them to help build up our dune line. What a Great idea for recycling and protecting our beach.  Actually, I wish I was the guy who thought up this plan. I can see him now telling one group of people “for ten bucks I can haul away your tree” and then telling another group “for ten bucks I’ll sell you this tree”.  Actually I have come to learn that there are locations for residents to drop off their tress for anyone else who needs them. This a GREAT example of “freecycle“. They’re more environmentally friendly than sand fences and this helps reduce some of the strain on our landfills.
Here are some pics of the ones that have made it down so far. We had many more years past so I think that more might still show up. In the pictures there are all lying down.  I have seen them placed standing up also, and I think it depends on if you’re trying to add on to an existing dune or create one that’s not there yet.

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December 10, 2010

Carova property owners who can’t sell may have other options

Filed under: community, Tips — Tags: , — 4x4RE @ 2:47 pm

 

This is of special interest to land owners in the 4-wheel drive beaches of Carova, NC. If you are paying taxes and/or mortgage payments on property that is perhaps unbuildable, in protected wetlands, or for other reasons of little use or burdensome to you, you may be interested in placing your land in a conservation easement. The tax benefits of conservation easements are currently good and as you see below, might be increased, with your help. Please read the below section on conservtion easements.

Ask Burr, Hagan NOW to support conservation policies

Take Action!

 
Dear friend,

We have an immediate, now-or-never opportunity to include two critical conservation measures in the tax bill that Congress is negotiating with the White House: full and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and making permanent the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive.

Please call North Carolina’s Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan TODAY to encourage them to support including in the tax bill provisions that will:

  1. Make the expanded federal conservation tax incentive permanent, and
  2. Authorize full and dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Senator Burr was the first Republican co-sponsor of the LWCF full funding bill. He also is a sponsor of the Senate bill to make the enhanced easement tax incentive permanent, which has broad bipartisan support.Please thank him for his leadership and urge him to maintain his support on these issues. You can reach his office at 202-224-3154.

Senator Hagan is an avid supporter of outdoor recreation and land and water conservation. But she has yet to sign on as a co-sponsor of either bill. Please ask her to commit NOW to supporting these critical measures. Call her office at 202-224-6342.

About the Land and Water Conservation Fund:

LWCF is the federal program that funds projects to protect irreplaceable natural areas and improve outdoor recreational opportunities nationwide. It works in partnership with state and local efforts to acquire and protect parkland, wildlife refuges, forests, trails and other areas.

In North Carolina alone, more than $180 million from LWCF has been used to acquire properties like these, supporting our state’s tourism industry and the health and well-being of its citizens. LWCF has been chronically underfunded since its founding, leading to numerous missed opportunities to invest in these important natural areas.

About the federal tax incentive for conservation:

The enhanced incentive helps landowners of modest means choose conservation by raising the maximum deduction a donor can take for donating a conservation easement from 30 percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) in any year to 50 percent; allowing qualified farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income; and increasing the number of years over which a donor can take deductions from 6 to 16 years.

This cost-effective incentive makes conservation a real option for farmers, ranchers and other modest-income landowners. The incentive increased the pace of easement donations by a third, to over a million acres a year, before it expired at the end of 2009.

Thank you for calling Senators Hagan and Burr! Please forward this message to your friends, and ask them to urge Senators Hagan and Burr to save the places we love by pushing for passage of these critical conservation measures before time runs out!

Land for Tomorrow

info@landfortomorrow.org



December 8, 2010

Christmas at the Carova Recycling Center

Filed under: community, News — Tags: , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 1:50 pm

 

We don’t get much snow here in Carova, NC, but we still try to keep the Holiday Spirit alive as best we can.

Even our neighborhood recycling center, affectionately called “The Dump” does what they can to celebrate.

If you are planning on spending the holidays over here, make sure to stop by and say hi to the hard working employees.

January 23, 2010

Currituck County’s Green Initiative

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — 4x4RE @ 12:29 pm

As with Most of North Carolina, Currituck County has been trying to do their part in going Green and  being more environmentally conscious. In 2008 they had set up the Currituck Goes Green Initiative. Their goal for this initiave was to save tax dollars, assure clean land, air and water, improve working and living environments, and allow the county to thrive in the future.

To further reinforce their Green Initiative, in 2009 the Board of Commissioners created the Currituck County Sustainability Resolution to show their plans to lead by example and to make Currituck County more stable, sustainable, and prosperous.

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