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The Mink Brook Community Forest and addressing climate changeOne of the most exciting things to happen in Hanover lately has been the news that 250 acres along Greensboro Road are to be permanently protected as the Mink Brook Community Forest....

20: The Mink Brook Community Forest and addressing climate change Published: 9/19/2020 10:00:03 PM Modified: 9/19/2020 10:00:01 PM The Mink Brook Community Forest and addressing climate change One of the most exciting things to happen in Hanover lately has been the news that 250 acres along Greensboro Road are to be permanently protected as the Mink Brook Community Forest.The wetlands act as sponges during the heavy storms that come with climate change.It is no longer plausible to deny that climate change is a causative or exacerbating factor in many, if not most, of these events, nor to deny that humans bear a heavy burden of responsibility for climate change.The pandemic will eventually pass, the economy will presumably recover, and we may even make significant progress in the near future toward overcoming our centuries-old racism, but the consequences of climate change will negatively impact the lives of our children’s children — maybe, to put it biblically, “even unto the seventh generation.

Keeping a healthy vegetative buffer over Mink Brook shades the water and keeps it cool as the climate warms, benefiting trout habitat here and downstream.Protecting them will guard against flooding and erosion in Mink Brook and its feeder streams.

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