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November 7, 2013

The Smith Creek Trout Restoration project has been completed.

October 22, 2013

Oyster Cages purchased!

October 9, 2013

Freshwater mussel surveys for Smith Creek were completed yesterday. None were found paving the way for restoration project to begin next week. According to the field team, the stream has good characteristics for possible future mussel reestablishment…

October 8, 2013

All Kudos for One Oyster at a Time should have been received by Supporters. If you have not received your rewards please contact us.

September 6, 2013

Finally, bumper sticker are in! Smith Creek stickers were sent out to Supporters today snailmail along with hardcopy Nitrogen Certificates!

August 19, 2013

Watt Bradshaw has finally secured the VMRC Permit for the Smith Creek Trout Restoration Project – way to go Watt!! Construction will begin soon…

June 24, 2013

~100 Seaford Oyster Company oysters deliciously enjoyed by guests at Friends of Rapidan StreamSweepers gathering – thanks to generosity of David Perdue and Teddy Grennan families….

June 4, 2013

From the mountains to the shore…well almost…today the Bavuso Family launched their story about their fight to hold onto their oyster farming operation on the Poquoson River in York County, Virginia. Check out One Oyster At A Time.

May 16, 2013

We have now launched our new Nitrogen Footprint Reduction Certificate pages – for Smith Creek and Seaford Oyster…the Smith Creek Project has 44 lbs. of certificates remaining @ $99/lb. The Seaford Oyster Project will launch with 400 lbs. of certificates @ $12.50/lb.

May 9, 2013

One Oyster At A Time will launch Friday, May 31.

Ahyayha is now a 501 c-3 charitable organization operating as a program of the Center for Natural Capital.

For Smith Creek project…general permit is running in local paper so we hope to get underway soon.

February 25, 2013

Smith Creek got across the finish line today thanks to in kind support from Shenandoah Streamworks, LLC, Greenville, Va. and Frazier Quarry, Inc., Broadway, Va…So, through in kind materials and labor + cash this project is now completely funded.

February 8, 2013

A flurry of interest in the last several days on Smith Creek – perhaps we can get this project across the finish line.

February 5, 2013

Ahyayha’s first river restoration Supporter from West Virginia – Gary F. – here’s a rebel out to you fella (see video below – listen for General Stevens)!

February 4, 2013

Thanks to the Shenandoah Pure Water Forum for their generous support for streambank restoration on Smith Creek.

January 25, 2013

Ahyayha will soon open an online retail store to bring additional funds to our Project Leaders. More to come…

January 18, 2013

Broadway High School Field Education Fund Leader Watt Bradshaw, with Science Teacher Brad Erney and students Kelly Dean and Devyn Smith thank Supporters for their generosity.

January 16, 2013

Thanks to an amazing mother and daugher from Western Virginia for their ongoing support of Ahyayha – you know who you are!

January 15, 2013

Yesterday a check was delivered to Broadway High School Chemistry Teacher Brad Erney, students, and farmer Watt Bradshaw for the Broadway High School Water Quality Testing Fund. Video will be posted shortly…

January 2, 2013

We have a possibility on a new project that was submitted today that is really, really cool. More to come.

December 29, 2012

People ask us – why is it necessary to connect people and communities with nature? There are many reasons. The excerpt of a letter (below) from Brother Phap Luu, a monastic at Plum Village Monastery, Thenac, France (and who grew up in Newtown, Connecticut) to Adam Lanza suggests that a portion of our social health depends on real experience with our environment.

Saturday, 15th of December, 2012
Dharma Cloud Temple
Plum Village

Dear Adam,

Let me start by saying that I wish for you to find peace. It would be
easy just to call you a monster and condemn you for evermore, but I
don’t think that would help either of us. Given what you have done, I
realize that peace may not be easy to find. In a fit of rage, delusion
and fear—yes, above all else, I think, fear—you thought that killing was
a way out. It was clearly a powerful emotion that drove you from your
mother’s dead body to massacre children and staff of Sandy Hook School
and to turn the gun in the end on yourself. You decided that the game
was over.

But the game is not over, though you are dead. You didn’t find a way out
of your anger and loneliness. You live on in other forms, in the torn
families and their despair, in the violation of their trust, in the
gaping wound in a community, and in the countless articles and news
reports spilling across the country and the world—yes, you live on even
in me. I was also a young boy who grew up in Newtown. Now I am a Zen
Buddhist monk. I see you quite clearly in me now, continued in the
legacy of your actions, and I see that in death you have not become free.

You know, I used to play soccer on the school field outside the room
where you died, when I was the age of the children you killed. Our team
was the Eagles, and we won our division that year. My mom still keeps
the trophy stashed in a box. To be honest, I was and am not much of a
soccer player. I’ve known winning, but I’ve also known losing, and being
picked last for a spot on the team. I think you’ve known this too—the
pain of rejection, isolation and loneliness. Loneliness too strong to bear.

You are not alone in feeling this. When loneliness comes up it is so
easy to seek refuge in a virtual world of computers and films, but do
these really help or only increase our isolation? In our drive to be
more connected, have we lost our true connection?

I want to know what you did with your loneliness. Did you ever, like me,
cope by walking in the forests that cover our town? I know well the
slope that cuts from that school to the stream, shrouded by beech and
white pine. It makes up the landscape of my mind. I remember well the
thrill of heading out alone on a path winding its way—to Treadwell Park!
At that time it felt like a magical path, one of many secrets I
discovered throughout those forests, some still hidden. Did you ever
lean your face on the rough furrows of an oak’s bark, feeling its solid
heartwood and tranquil vibrancy? Did you ever play in the course of a
stream, making pools with the stones as if of this stretch you were
king? Did you ever experience the healing, connection and peace that comes with such moments, like I often did?

December 19, 2012

Today for the first time we went over $5000 and 50% of the way on a project – thanks to the combined generosity of local company Merck (Elkton), local fishermen and farm Supporters, and Kudo (rewards) local business Sponsors. 37 days to go and the project is more than halfway to the finish line! Go New Market/Harrisonburg, Va. area community!

December 19, 2012 

Something big happened yesterday. We’ll be announcing soon.

December 17, 2012

Apologies to anyone that visited the Funded Project pages 12/15 and 12/16 – the contribute buttons were mistakenly turned off. The problem has been fixed. We are continuing to take contributions for those projects at least Christmas.

December 13, 2012

The Center for Natural Capital (CNC), Charlottesville, VA has offset their estimated 2013 yearly transportation footprint with a contribution to the Smith Creek project.

December 13, 2012

Another Holiday Supporter goes after the Inn at Westwood Kudo Package – that’s a good one – very cool place with great folks – and thanks to P.M. for her generosity and belief in this project!

December 6, 2012

In response to our December 1 opportunity for purchase of Ahyayha shares, we welcome the company’s first shareholder outside of the Founders. Welcome Roger!

December 5, 2012

Should the fiscal cliff come, folks like Robert and Melba are taking real steps to blunt its effects by rebuilding local economies literally from the ground up. Their contribution knits together new plight habitat in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with new customers for a local restaurant, wine store, a national retailer, and a Winchester Museum.

December 3, 2012

Whoa – awesome support today for Third Winchester Battlefield from Rebecca H. in Harrisonburg! Wow!

December 1, 2012

For the first time, Ahyayha seeks new socially-responsible investors. The Board has voted to offer small lots of a minimum of 25 shares apiece. If you are interested, please contact us.

November 28, 2012

Huge appreciation to John S. for giving and thoughts on the Ahyayha facebook page.

November 28, 2012

From Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times…

If Florida’s freshwater bubble continues to shrink, “we’d have saltwater intrusion under the whole state. That’s a nightmare scenario,” said Knight of the Florida Springs Institute. “The evidence is there that we’re changing our aquifer.” The geologists made a number of recommendations. They called for everything from increased monitoring statewide to figuring out how to change land use practices to cut back on the pollution. They sent their report to a host of state agencies.
However, Arthur said, “I am not aware of any formal action on the recommendations.” The report “did raise eyebrows of some water managers in terms of importance,” he said, but “there was a great desire to see what does the rest of this decade look like.” So his staff began work on a sequel, looking at data from 2003 to now. So far, he said, “the preliminary results indicate that the patterns are continuing.” However, as the springs’ woes worsen, work on the second report is moving slowly.
“It is unfunded pretty much at this point,” Arthur explained.
To Still, that’s no surprise. Florida’s officials won’t try to fix the springs because Floridians regard their water supply as abundant and cheap, when the fact is it’s neither. Until that attitude changes, he said, the springs will not be rescued.
“We don’t care,” he said. “We say we care. We give it lip service. But we don’t care. The laws have allowed the degradation of those springs, and I don’t think we as a society are going to get it changed.”


November 28, 2012

Someone asked the other day “Why should people in communities directly support local conservation projects with micro-contributions? Isn’t that what I pay taxes for?” Our view is that federal government expenditures, no matter how well intentioned they may be, cannot create real local economies where real people can make a decent living conserving Mother Nature. Our vision works like this: the D.C. parts wholesaler sells a backhoe part and gets paid by … the Harrisonburg heavy equipment parts retailer who gets paid by – the New Market backhoe operator who gets paid by … the Broadway general contractor who gets paid by … a landowner who wants to reconstruct a river bank and who gets paid by … urban commuters with a large Chesapeake Bay Pollution Footprint who make a contribution through Ayayha to offset that footprint and who get “paid” through … voluntary pollution reduction credits, and discounts on a trout meal at a local restaurant. That proprietor gets paid by – new customers!

Ahyayha is rebuilding the web of cultural and environmental commerce at the local level that has been lost and is now needed so our children can have the jobs they need to grow and prosper, one project at a time. Your contribution creates the kind of chain reaction described above ultimately affecting an entire community and beyond. Thanks for your support.

November 23, 2012

We’ve created a page for conservationists to select Kudo packages as gifts for loved ones. Supporters simply select a Kudos package, contribute using credit card or paypal, and we’ll send you a redeemable digital coupon.

November 21, 2012

Another milestone – Broadway High School Water Quality Testing Fund today became Ahyayha’s 1st $2000 project…

November 20, 2012

Ahyayha participated in the recent Habitat for Humanity Nellies Cave Blitz Build…amazing.

November 19, 2012

Thanks Harrisonburg area follks – you’ve gotten the Broadway High School science department water quality testing fund nearly 1/3 of the way to its goal!

November 17, 2012

Daily Progress newspaper, Charlottesville, commentary on loss of quail, honeybees, and increase in fescue grass (planted in lawns and pastures)

November 16, 2012

Another first – multiple Supporters funding the same project on one day~ kudos to David H.!

November 15, 2012

Thanks to R. Porter for his Third Winchester contribution!

November 14, 2012

Ahyayha connects Main Street with conservation – so does the Gallatin Valley Land Trust in Bozeman, Montana. Check it out. 

November 14, 2012

Third Winchester Battlefield project receives support from Harrisonburg City Council member

November 13, 2012

Ahyayha will use the University of Virginia’s N-print calculator to help Supporters determine their Chesapeake Bay pollution footprint, we call Earthprint-N. The N-Print website states the problem:

The human creation of reactive nitrogen (all N species except N2) by food and energy production has profound beneficial and detrimental impacts on people and the environment.

Once lost to the environment, this nitrogen moves through the Earth’s atmosphere, forests, grasslands and waters causing a cascade of environmental changes that negatively impact both people and ecosystems.  These changes include smog, acid rain, forest dieback, coastal ‘dead zones’, biodiversity loss, stratospheric ozone depletion and an enhanced greenhouse effect.

The coming Smith Creek Brook Trout Restoration project will be the first ahyayha project to use the Earthprint-N system to help Project Supporters voluntarily offset their Bay pollution impact.

November 12, 2012

This clip is a great summary of the importance of the Third Winchester Wildlife and Habitat project…

November 7, 2012

Relating somewhat to the Broadway High School stream testing project…the Department of Energy recently released a Fracking Study calling for “Undertaking science-based characterization of important landscapes, habitats and corridors to inform planning, prevention, mitigation, and reclamation of surface impacts”; and “the establishment of effective field monitoring and enforcement to inform ongoing assessment of cumulative community and land-use impacts.”

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November 6, 2012

Started to dig into the details on our first Stream Restoration project in Maryland with our Partners at the Canaan Valley Institute.

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November 5, 2012

We’ve hit the ground running to launch Smith Creek by the end of the month. This will be our first voluntary Earthprint-N offset project.

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October 25, 2012

Thank you to our first supporters and their generous contributions!

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher: Michael C., Barry L., Anna C., Virginia B., David H. Mary G., Liza C., Dick B.

Broadway High School: Mary F., Dick B., Carol A., David H., Virginia B., Michael C., Patrick M.

Third Winchester Habitat: Patrick M., David H., Denman Z., John S., Mike C., Dick B., Virginia B.

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October 22, 2012

Ahyayha’s Habitat Restoration project at the Third Winchester Battlefield starts. Learn more and read the press release from the project leader, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

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October 18, 2012

Ahyayha announces the official launch of its conservation funding website. Read the press release here.

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September 24, 2012

First Supporter! Mary F. of Staunton, Virginia, finds her way into the site and makes a $500 contribution to the Broadway High School Project. Thank you Mary!

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February 27, 2012

ahyayha met with four dedicated environmental science professors at
James Madison University today, who immediately understood the plan,
the goals, and how we hope to achieve them. We are all excited to see the potential for collaboration on many future projects.

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February 27, 2012

It’s really challenging to explain a complex system in simple terms.
(We’re still trying to get that particular part down.)
Still, despite our inability to use short sentences,
we had some very positive media coverage today.

Two members of the ahyayha  team were interviewed on
the live radio call-in show Virginia Insight on WMRA,
a National Public Radio affiliate in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Additional support was contributed by callers Denman Zirkle,
Executive Director of the Shenandoah Vally Battlefields Foundation, and
Dr. Wayne Teel, Associate Professor of Integrated Science and Technology
at James Madison University.

Listen to the broadcast here (link opens in new window):

WMRA Interview

or on the WMRA website:



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