What is the Michaux Conservancy?
The Michaux Conservancy is one of the three original programs identified in the Noisette Community Master Plan essential to grow a sustainable culture long-term. The Noisette Company and the Noisette Foundation founded the Conservancy and provides the operating capital and in-kind support of office space and financial management.
The Michaux Conservancy, established in 2003, is an environmental organization located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Their mission is to teach people how natural ecosystems work and benefit human health. They are dedicated to raising environmental awareness by providing education, research, restoration, and recreation opportunities for North Charleston students and residents. By collaborating with leading academic and research institutions, they strive to provide quality programs in, about and for the natural environment.
Why was the Michaux Conservancy Needed?
The Noisette Community Master Planning effort revealed many persistent unmet needs within the community. As a result, the Noisette Company created the Sustainability Institute (1999), the Michaux Conservancy (2003), and the Noisette Foundation (2005). The Sustainability Institute educates the community to think and live sustainably. The Foundation has healthy and restorative pathways in six critical program areas created with the vision of being the community steward for the surrounding environment, education, human health, social justice, economic development, and the arts. The Michaux Conservancy is the environmental “arm” of the Noisette Foundation and addresses the need for environmental awareness and restoration of natural areas. Specifically, Michaux was deemed the Steward of the Noisette Creek Preserve, a 130-acre proposed overlay district of highland and lowland marsh. Noisette Creek needs restoration due to a long period of filling, erosion, road and utility crossings, contaminated runoff, trash, and debris. The Michaux Conservancy works with the City of North Charleston to focus resources around the restoration of Noisette Creek.
What does the Michaux Conservancy do?
Besides restoration, Michaux is creating a Center for Urban Coastal Ecosystems where programming and projects focus on issues that pertain to urbanized areas adjacent to waterways. Efforts are grouped into 2 Program areas: the Noisette Creek Preserve and the MiniFarm, a new community garden initiative to bring awareness to healthy eating and organic farming practices. Specific projects vary from regular creek cleanups, to MiniFarm workdays, to workshops about water quality. To learn more check out their blog (link is listed below).
How to get more info on this topic?
Twitter – http://twitter.com/michauxconserv
Website – http://www.michauxconservancy.org
Facebook – Michaux-Conservancy
The Michaux Conservancy
1360 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 200
North Charleston SC 29406
Phone (843) 529.3693