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'Green Blue Book' to be comprehensive guide

Published April 16. 2010 05:00PM

The Environmental Advisory Council of Kidder Township met Wednesday night for their scheduled monthly meeting. One of the topics discussed by the EAC is their environmental guide. The book will be free to Kidder Township residents and visitors to the Kidder Township area. The newly renamed "Green Blue Book" was changed to emphasize the main attraction to the area, the green for the forests and blue for the rivers and lakes. The KTEAC's book will be a comprehensive guide on how homeowners and tourists can be environmentally friendly while in Kidder Township.

The KTEAC has taken great care to ensure that the information is as thorough and up to date as possible to ensure the longest shelf life. The book is written towards an 8th grade level making it easy for adults and older children to read and follow. This is another attempt by the Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Council to pass along information to homeowners in the most effective way. The comprehensive guide book will be approximately 60 pages.

The Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Council has been working on the book for the last few years. It is based on similar books from Massachusetts and Washington State. The book should be in production by late 2010 pending funding. The book is all but complete at this point with only a few minor adjustments to be made to the cover and some maps of the area.

The KTEAC has been in the process of getting quotes for printing and production of the book. They shopped the book to a local vendor in Pocono Pines and another in the Wilkes-Barre area. The Environmental Advisory Council was also given the name of a publisher that helped another Environmental Council produce their book, on which the Green Blue Book is based.

Now that the KTEAC has the quotes the next step is to secure funding for the project. The Kidder Township Environmental Advisory Council has a few grant requests being processed or on hold due to lack of funding at the current time. The KTEAC is also in the process of submitting another grant which has money earmarked for tourism. The deadline for this grant is quickly approaching on April 30th. The KTEAC also has been in contact with the Mattioli Foundation in hopes of securing more funding for the book.

The KTEAC has been receiving help from other organizations that have similar books already completed. There is a lot of cooperation between many Environmental Councils between many different regions to help complete the guide book which all parties involved feel is a very keep step towards conservation.

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