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Archive for May, 2009

13
May

Eastern Panhandle Native Plant Society

A chapter of the West Virginia Native Plant Society
Dedicated to the appreciation and conservation of West Virginia’s natural and botanical heritage.

Join us for field trips, educational sessions, and participation in community projects!

Join us for field trips, educational sessions, and participation in community projects!

Next Event: EPNPS is not currently active.
Try Potomac Valley Audubon Society for some local fieldtrips.
Also see the Maryland Native Plant Society , as well as the Virginia Native Plant Society.

Next Event: Saturday, January 24 1 pm at Yankauer to look at woody plants.

Latest EPNPS Bulletin – December 10

Save Our Natives From Invasive Plants (SNIP)
Click here for information about protecting native habitats from invasive species.
Membership Field Trips & Events News Bulletins
Field Notes Local Flora Photos 6/12
Buying & Gardening With Natives Native Plant Links Resources

For more information about West Virginia native plants and related activities go to www.wvnps.org

Illustration by Virginia Provenzano

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12
May

SNIP
Save Our Natives From Invasive Plants

SNIP (Save Our Natives From Invasive Plants) is an educational and community outreach initiative of the Eastern Panhandle Native Plant Society. The objective is to provide education about invasive species, and the threat they pose to native plants and habitats. SNIP will also host invasive removal days, to help manage the encroachment of invasive species in natural areas.

For more information about becoming involved in SNIP, contact us at info [at] epnps.org

For information on upcoming SNIP activities, please return to the main page and refer to the Latest EPNPS Bulletin.

* Invasive Species Links

* St. Louis Declaration
This document proposes voluntary standards for invasive species management.

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11
May

Invasive Species Links

Controlling Exotic Plants In Your Forest

Bugwood Network, The University of Georgia

EPA & National Invasive Species Council site. Includes info on pollinators,birds, other wildlife

USDA’s Federal Noxious Weed List

The Nature Conservancy–Weed alerts, handbook, management info

Invasive lists and other info from PCA’s Alien Plant Work Group

What the National Park Service is Doing About Invasives

Federal Interagency Committee For Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds

VA List of Invasive Species

A Tenn. Manual On Control For Select Invasive Species

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10
May

EPNPS Field Notes
These are links to plant lists and notes from EPNPS and WVNPS field trips.

# Cranberry Glades (a WVNPS field trip)
# Ice Mountain
# Shepherd College
# Kanawha State Forest (a WVNPS field trip)

Main Page

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9
May

Cranberry Glades, June 30, 2001
Notes from Sally Anderson

West of Cranberry Glades along Route 39/55, in wet ditches – large purple
fringed orchid Habenaria fimbriata.

In woods beside the parking area at the Cranberry Glades Nature Center
-round leaved orchid Habenaria orbiculata in bloom, and ragged fringed
orchid H. lacera in bud.

Across 39/55 from the entrance to Cranberry Glades Botanical Area –
Violet wood sorrel Oxalis violacea in bloom
Partridge berry Mitchella repens in bloom
Ferns, Intermediate shield fern Dryopteris intermedia and probably an
Athyrium
White monkshood Aconitum reclinatum in bloom
Plantain leaved sedge Carex plantaginea
Indian cucumber root Medeola virginiana
Rattlesnake plantain Goodyeara pubescens

On the Cranberry Glades Boardwalk –
Open bogs:
Snakemouth, beard-flower or rose pogonia Pogonia ophioglossoides in bloom
Grass pink Calopogon pulchellus in bloom
Pitcher plant Sarracenia purpurea in bloom
Small cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos in bloom
Purple chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa
Bog rosemary Andromeda glaucophylla
Carex rostrata in bloom
Carex incomperta in bloom
Cotton grass Eriophorum virginicum
Swamp candle Lysimachia terrestris in bloom
Sundew Drosera rotundifolia
Wooded areas:
Speckled alder Alnus rugosa
Elderberry Sambucus sp.
Yellow birch Betula lutea
Hemlock Tsuga canadensis
Maple Acer sp.
Mountain laurel Kalmia latifolia in bloom
Allegheny menziesia Menziesia pilosa
Long stalked holly Ilex collina
Bartram’s serviceberry Amelanchier bartraminia
Wild raisin Viburnum cassinoides
Meehania Meehania cordata in bloom
Carex scabrata in bloom
Carex crinita (or C. histricina) in bloom
Mannagrass Glyceria melicaria
Fowl mannagrass Glyceria striata
Marsh marigold Caltha palustris
Tall meadow rue Thalictrum polygamun in bloom
Yellow clintonia Clintonia borealis
Cinnamon fern Osmunda cinnamomea
Sensitive fern Onoclea sensibilis
Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus
Jewelweed or Touch-me-not Impatiens sp.
False hellebore Veratrum viride
Cowbane Oxypolis rigidor
Painted trillium Trillium undulatum
Blue monkshood Aconitum ucinatum
Jacob’s ladder Polemonium van-bruntiae in bloom

Water, water everywhere..Plants in the open glades have some things in
common with plants of dry areas, such as small, thick or slightly curled
leaves and much of the bog does not support larger shrubs or trees.
Although the ground is very wet, the high acidity of the water makes it
difficult for plants to use, so for many species it is as if there was
little water.

Most of the skunk cabbage plants we saw had damaged by black bears, who eat
the heart of the plant when they come out of hibernation in the spring. It
has been hypothesized that the plant acts as a purgative and after all that
time, maybe they need it.

Along the Scenic Highway, Route 150 –
A stop at Mile Post 8
Canada lily Lilium canadense
Rattlesnake fern Botytrichum virginianum
Avens Geum sp.
Carrion flower Smilax herbacea
Wild yam Dioscorea villosa
New York fern Thelypteris noveboracensis
At Cranberry Glades Overlook (a good overview of the bog from a high point):
Millet grass Milium effusum
5-leaved jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum
Mountain wood fern (found above 3500′ elevation) Dryopteris campyloptera
Rosy twisted stalk Streptopus roseum
Hobble bush Viburnum alnifolium
Southern mountain cranberry (found under spruces) Vaccinium erythrocarpa in
bloom
Common polypody fern Polypodium virginianum
At Big Spruce Overlook:
This area was severely burned in the 1940s, and Frazier fir Abies fraseri, a
southern species, was brought in as part of the reforestation, as was some
of the soil used to plant the trees.
Red spruce Picea rubens
Mountain ash Sorbus americana
Great laurel Rhododendron maximum
Mountain holly Ilex montana
Ground pine Lycopodium spp.
Hay scented fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula
At a pullout at the North-South Trail (a somewhat dry and sunny roadside
area, and a spruce woods):
White bedstraw Galium mollugo, an alien that is becoming a problem
Pussytoes Antennaria neglecta
Wild strawberry Fragraria virginiana
King devil hawkweed Hieracium pratense (non-native)
Mouse eared hawkweed Hieracium pilosella (non-native)
Red spruce Picea rubens A circa 80 year old grove of not real big trees –
many of the small ones are already old, but they are just staying put and
waiting for their chance at the light. Underneath were large patches of
yellow clintonia Clintonia borealis and violet wood sorrel Oxalis violacea.
About 1.5 miles past Williams River crossing (a wide, sunny road cut kept
very moist by seeps from the rock cliffs created by the highway
construction):
A large area of Scouring rush Equisetum hyemale
Loesell’s twayblade Liparis loeselii
Blue eyed grass Sysrinchium angustifolium
Wild parsnip Pastinaca sativa (non-native)
Selfheal Prunella vulgaris (non-native)
Tall buttercup Ranunculus acris
Upright cinquefoil Potentilla recta (non-native)
Purple stemmed aster Aster punicus
Crown vetch Coronilla varia (thank you highway department!)
One last overlook (I forgot the name, so lets just call it the Cow Parsnip
Overlook):
Cow parsnip Heracleum maximum
Canada thistle Circium arvense (from Europe despite its name)
Hawthorn Cretagus sp.
Long leaved stitchwort? Stellaria longifolia?
Hairy wood mint Blephilla hirsuta
Smooth brome Bromus inermis
Oat grass Arrhenatherum elatius?
At a turnoff on Williams River Road (the one closer to the Nature Center):
Our youngest participant caught a polyphemus moth
White monkshood Aconitum reclinatum in bloom
Pipevine Aristolochia macrophylla in bloom and with caterpillars of the
Pipevine Swallowtail
Wild hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

Falls of Hills Creek, July 1, 2001
Red maple Acer rubrum
Striped maple Acer pensylvanicum
Pin or fire cherry Prunus pensylvanica
Birch Betula sp.
New York fern Thelypteris noveboracensis
Hay scented fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula
Intermediate wood fern Dryopteris intermedia
Christmas fern Polystichum acrostichoides
Plantain leaved sedge Carex plantaginea
Violet wood sorrel Oxalis violacea in bloom
Hobble bush Viburnum alnifolium
5-leaved jack in the pulpit Arisaema triphyllum ssp. quinatum
Red elderberry Sambucus pubens in fruit
Great laurel Rhododendron maximum with a round, white fungus on some leaves,
in bloom
Hemlock Tsuga canadensis
Waterleaf Hydrophyllum canadense in bloom, also possibly H. macrophyllum
Virginia waterleaf H. virginianum
Lettuce leaf saxifrage Saxifraga micranthidifolia
Pipevine Aristolochia macrophylla
Bugbane Cimicifuga racemosa
Nettle–Wood nettle? Laportea candensis?
Witch hazel Hammamelis virginiana
Flowering raspberry Rubus ordoratus
Wild ginger Asarum canadense
Sweet cicely Osmorhiza sp.
Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum
Trillium sp.
Canada violet Viola canadensis
Miterwort Mitella diphylla
Solomon’s seal Polygonatum biflorum
Wild lily of the valley Maianthemum canadense
Tall meadow rue Thalictrum polygamun in bloom
Frazier magnolia Magnolia fraseri
Large purple fringed orchid Habenaria fimbriata having an extended visit by
a swallowtail
Mustard, small white flowered with 1-1.5 cm siliques on rocks along stream
Lily family plants, either Streptopus or Diosporum
Foamflower? Tiarella cordifolia?

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8
May

ICE MOUNTAIN PLANT LIST
EPNPS APRIL 2002 FIELD TRIP
Notes from Sally Anderson

Between Bailes house and trail to Ravens Rocks:
Houstonia caerula, Bluets, Rubiaceae or Madder family, in bloom
Lechea rasemulosa, Illinois pinweed, Cistaceae or Frostweed family, dry stalk
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, Narrow leaved mountain mint, Lamiaceae or Mint family
Botrychium dissectum, Grape fern,
Linum sp., Flax, Linaceae or Flax family, dry stalk

Path to North River:
Thalictrum thalictroides, Rue anemone, Ranunculaceae or Crowfoot family, in bloom
Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas fern
Poa cuspidata, Short-leaved bluegrass, Poaceae or Grass family, in bloom
Claytonia virginiana, Spring beauty, Portulacaceae or Purslane family, in bloom
Carex spp., sedges, Cyperaceae or Sedge family
Hepatica americana, Roundlobe hepatica, Ranunculaceae or Crowfoot family
Dentaria lacinata, Cutleaf toothwort, Brassicaceae or Mustard Family, in bloom
Caulophyllum thalictroides, Blue cohosh, Berberidaceae or Barberry family, emerging growth
Betula lenta, Cherry birch, Corylaceae or Hazel family
Liriodendron tulipifera, Tulip poplar, Magnoliaceae or Magnolia family
Magnolia acuminata, Cucumber tree, Magnoliaceae or Magnolia family
Lindera benzoin, Spicebush, Lauraceae or Laurel family, in bloom
Chimaphila maculata, Spotted wintergreen, Pyrolaceae or Shinleaf family
Mitchella repens, Partridgeberry, Rubiaceae or Madder family
Rhododendron maximum, Great Laurel, Ericaceae or Heath family
Hamamelis virginiana, Witch hazel, Hamamelidaceae or Witch-hazel family

Along river:
Mosses and lichens
Dryopteris marginata, Marginal shield fern
Polypodium virginianum, Common polypody
Pinus strobus, White pine, Pinaceae or Pine family
Tsuga canadensis, Eastern hemlock, Pinaceae or Pine family
Rosa acicularis, Prickley rose, Rosaceae or Rose family
Cornus candensis, Bunchberry, Cornaceae or Dogwood family, last year?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s leaves
Ribes cynosbati, Prickly gooseberry, Rosaceae or Rose family
Deschampsia flexuosa, Hairgrass, (or else Danthonia sp.), Poaceae or Grass family
Potentilla sp., Cinquefoil, Rosaceae or Rose family
Erythronium americanum, Trout lily, Liliaceae or Lily family
heart shaped Aster leaves
Linnaea borealis, Twinflower, Caprifoliaceae or Honeysuckle family
Mitchella repens, Partridgeberry, Rubiaceae or Madder family
Smilax rotundifolia, Common greenbrier, Liliaceae or Lily family
Vaccinium sp., Low blueberry, Ericaceae or Heath family
Fragraria sp., Strawberry, Rosaceae or Rose family, new leaves
Ranunculus sp., Buttercup, Ranunculaceae or Crowfoot family
Dichanthelium clandestinum, Deer tongue grass, Poaceae or Grass fam, blisters on sheath
Evergreen rosette of a smaller panic grass
Allium vineale, Wild garlic, Liliaceae or Lily family
Senecio (Packera) obovata, Golden ragwort, Asteraceae or Composite family
Sedum ternatum, Wild stonecrop, Crassulaceae or Orpine family
Viola sp., violets, Violaceae
Prunella sp., Heal all, Lamiaceae or Mint family
Elymus sp., Wild rye, Poaceae or Grass family
Gallium spp., Bedstraws, Rubiaceae or Madder family
Carpinus americana, American hornbeam or Musclewood, Corylaceae or Hazel family
Dryopteris spinulosa, Spinulose wood fern

Trail to Ravens Rocks:
Ostrya virginica, Hop hornbeam, Corylaceae or Hazel family
Quercus prinus, Chestnut oak, and other oaks, Fagaceae or Beech family
Carya ovata, Shagbark hickory, Juglandaceae or Walnut family
Pinus virginiana, Scrub pine, Pinaceae or Pine family
Pinus rigida, Pitch pine, Pinaceae or Pine family
Pinus strobus, White pine, Pinaceae or Pine family
and maybe Pinus echinata, Shortleaf pine, Pinaceae or Pine family
Carex albicans, Whitetinge Sedge, Cyperaceae or Sedge family, in bloom
Carex umbellata, Parasol Sedge, Cyperaceae or Sedge family, in bloom
Carex nigromarginata, Black Edged Sedge, Cyperaceae or Sedge fam, bloom, poss watchlist
Cunila origanoides, Dittany, Lamiaceae or Mint family, dry stalk, orange oil glands on calyx
Cornus floridus, Dogwood, Cornaceae or Dogwood family
Vaccinium sp., Blueberry, Ericaceae or Heath family, different species than one by river
Smilax glauca, Saw brier, Liliaceae or Lily family
Amelanchier sp., Serviceberry, Rosaceae or Rose family
Juniperus virginiana, Eastern red cedar, Cupressaceae or Cypress family
Silene sp., a pink with linear leaves, Caryophylaceae or Pink family

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7
May

May 4, 2002

Potts & Robinson woods behind Shepherd College
Notes from Don Owen

Genus / species Common name Family

1. veronica serphyllifolia thyme-leaf speedwell scrophulariaceae

2. geranium maculatum wild geranium geraniaceae

3. craetagus sp. hawthorne (red haw)

4. viburnum prunifolium black haw

5. viola striata striped violet violaceae

6. glechoma heteraceae ground ivy labiatae

7. ranunculus acris buttercup ranunculaceae

8. ranunculus abortivus small-flowered buttercup ranunculaceae

9. chaerophyllum procumbens spreading chervil umbelliferae

10. lonicera tartaria tartarian honeysuckle

11. galium aparine cleavers or bedstraw rubiaceae

12. corydalis flavula pale yellow corydalis fumariaceae

13. ornithagulum umbelliferae star of Bethlehem liliaceae

14. podophyllum peltatum mayapple berberidaceae

15. botrychium virginianum Virginina rattlesnake fern ophioglossaceae

16. asimina triloba paw paw

17. hydrophyllum virginiana Virginia waterleaf hydrophyllaceae

18. caulophyllum thalictroides blue cohosh berberidaceae

19. arisaema trifolia jack-in-the-pulpit araceae

20. hydrastis lutea goldenseal ranunculaceae

21. polygonatum biflorum solomon’s seal liliaceae

22. phlox stolonifera creeping phlox polemoniaceae

23. smilacena racemosa false Solomon’s seal liliaceae

24. phlox divericata swett William’s phlox polemoniaceae

25. trillium sessile toadshade trillum liliaceae

26. stellaria meadia star chickweed caryophyllaceae

27. asarum canadensis wild ginger aristolochiaceae

28. sanguinarea canadensis bloodroot papayeraceae

29. dentaria lacinata cutleaf toothwort cruciferae

30. viola pennsylvanica smooth yellow violet violaceae

31. delphinium tricorne larkspur ranunculaceae

32. anemonella thalictroides rue anemone ranunculaceae

33. rhodotypos kerrioides jetbead

34. menispermum canadensis moonseed vine

35. oxallis stricta wood sorrel oxiladaceae

36. lepidium campestrum field cress crucifierae

37. rubus flagellaria dewberry rubiaceae

38. duchesnia indica Indian strawberry rosaceae

39. esplenium platinorum ebony spleenwort polypodiaceae

40. dioscorea villosa wild yam dioscoreaceae

41. polygonum persicaria lady’s thumb smartweed polygonaceae

42. aplectrum hyemale Adam and Eve orchid orchidaceae

43. nyssa sylvatica black gum

44. trifolium repens white clover leguminosae

45. barbarus vulgaris yellow rocket mustard crucifera

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6
May

WVNPS, 20th anniversary walk, Kanawha State Forest south of Charleston
April 13, 2002
List compiled by Sally Anderson, from her field notes on this trip.

Anemone minima?, dwarf anemone, in bloom
Aplectrum hyemale, Puttyroot or Adam-and-Eve, leaves
Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-pulpit
Asarum canadense, Wild ginger
Botrychium sp., Gape fern
Botrychium virginianum, Rattlesnake fern
Carex torta in bloom, in the stream
Caulophyllum thalictroides, Blue cohosh
Chimaphila maculata, Spotted wintergreen
Cimicifuga racemosa, Black cohosh
Claytonia caroliniana, Carolina spring beauty in bloom
Clintonia sp., leaves
Cynoglossum virginianum, Wild comfrey
Dentaria diphylla, Two leafed toothwort in bloom
Dentaria heterophylla, Slender toothwort in bloom
Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal shield fern
Epifagus virginiana, Beechdrops, parasitic on Beech roots
Epigaea repens, Trailing arbutus in bloom
Erigeron sp., Fleabane
Euonymus americana, Hearts-a-burstin or Strawberry bush
Galliumsp., Bedstraw
Gaultheria procumbens, Teaberry/Wintergreen, a few berries
Geranium maculatum, Wild geranium in bloom
Goodyera pubescens, Rattlesnake orchid leaves
Hepatica acutiloba, Sharp leaved hepatica
Hieracum sp., Hawkweed
Houstonia caerula, Bluets in bloom
Hydrangea arborescens, Wild hydrangea
Impatiens sp., Jewel weed
Iris cristata, Dwarf crested iris
Luzula sp., Woodrush in bloom
Meehania cordata, Meehania
Pedicularis canadensis, Lousewort or Wood betony
Phlox stolonifera, Trailing phlox in bloom
Podophyllum peltatum, May apple
Polemonium reptans, Valerian
Polygonatum pubescens, Solomon’s seal
Polygonatum biflorum, Solomon’s seal
Polypodium virginianum, Common polypody
Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas fern
Potentilla sp., Cinqufoil
Pyrularia pubera, Buffalonut or Oilnut, parasitic shrub
Salvia lyrata, Lyre leaved sage
Sanguinaria canadensis, Bloodroot in seed
Sedum ternatum, Stonecrop
Senecio aureus, Golden ragwort
Silene virginica, Fire pink
Stellaria pubera, Star chickweed
Thalictrum thalictroides, Rue anemone
Tiarella cordifolia, Foamflower in bloom
Tipularia discolor, Cranefly orchid leaves
Trillium erectum, Wake robin in bloom, several colors occur, ovary always purple
Uvularia perfoliata, Perfoliate bellwort
Vicia caroliniana, Carolina or Wood vetch
Viola spp., yellow (smooth and downy), common blue, long-spurred, sweet white and northern white violets in bloom
Trees not listed, of interest were tamaracks (Larix lacinata), which were probably planted.

WVNPS, 20th anniversary walk, Kanawha State Forest south of Charleston
April 13, 2002

Anemone minima, dwarf anemone, in bloom
Aplectrum hyemale, Puttyroot or Adam-and-Eve, leaves
Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-pulpit
Asarum canadense, Wild ginger
Botrychium sp., Gape fern
Botrychium virginianum, Rattlesnake fern
Carex torta in bloom, in the stream
Caulophyllum thalictroides, Blue cohosh
Chimaphila maculata, Spotted wintergreen
Cimicifuga racemosa, Black cohosh
Claytonia caroliniana, Carolina spring beauty in bloom
Clintonia sp., leaves
Cynoglossum virginianum, Wild comfrey
Dentaria diphylla, Two leafed toothwort in bloom
Dentaria heterophylla, Slender toothwort in bloom
Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal shield fern
Epifagus virginiana, Beechdrops, parasitic on Beech roots
Epigaea repens, Trailing arbutus in bloom
Erigeron sp., Fleabane
Euonymus americana, Hearts-a-burstin, Burstin-Heart or Strawberry bush
Galliumsp., Bedstraw
Gaultheria procumbens, Teaberry/Wintergreen, a few berries
Geranium maculatum, Wild geranium in bloom
Goodyera pubescens, Rattlesnake orchid leaves
Hepatica acutiloba, Sharp leaved hepatica
Hieracum sp., Hawkweed
Houstonia caerula, Bluets in bloom
Hydrangea arborescens, Wild hydrangea
Impatiens sp., Jewel weed
Iris cristata, Dwarf crested iris
Luzula sp., Woodrush in bloom
Meehania cordata, Meehania
Pedicularis canadensis, Lousewort or Wood betony
Phlox stolonifera, Trailing phlox in bloom
Podophyllum peltatum, May apple
Polemonium reptans, Valerian
Polygonatum pubescens, Solomon’s seal
Polygonatum biflorum, Solomon’s seal
Polypodium virginianum, Common polypody
Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas fern
Potentilla sp., Cinqufoil
Pyrularia pubera, Buffalonut or Oilnut, parasitic shrub
Salvia lyrata, Lyre leaved sage
Sanguinaria canadensis, Bloodroot in seed
Sedum ternatum, Stonecrop
Senecio aureus, Golden ragwort
Silene virginica, Fire pink
Stellaria pubera, Star chickweed
Thalictrum thalictroides, Rue anemone
Tiarella cordifolia, Foamflower in bloom
Tipularia discolor, Cranefly orchid leaves
Trillium erectum, Wake robin in bloom, several colors occur, ovary
always purple
Uvularia perfoliata, Perfoliate bellwort
Vicia caroliniana, Carolina or Wood vetch
Viola spp., yellow (smooth and downy), common blue, long-spurred, sweet
white and northern white violets in bloom
Trees not listed, of interest were tamaracks (Larix lacinata), which were probably planted.

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5
May

Eastern Panhandle Native Plant Society

August Bulletin

Upcoming EPNPS Events

Event: Field trip through the Paw Paw tunnel along the tow path

Date: Saturday, August 23.

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Description: We hope to see trailing arbutus, iris, ferns, and more.

Leader: Sally Anderson

Directions: Take Route 9 west from Martinsburg and bear right where the road connects to Route 29 (it will still be Route 9). Go through the town of Paw Paw, cross the Potomac, and watch for the parking lot for Paw Paw Tunnel on the right. Meet in the picnic area.

Event: Field trip to Snavely Ford and Ferry Hill (near Antietam)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 27

Time: 10:00-12:00, Ferry Hill; 1:00-3:00, Snavely Ford

Leader: Joe Metzger

Description: Look for composites and other fall flowers.
Directions to Ferry Hill:
— From Shepherdstown: Take the bridge across the Potomac. Go up the hill on MD 34 about .1 mile and turn left into the driveway for Ferry Hill (It has a big iron gate.). Park in Visitor’s Lot near the mansion.
–From the east and south: Get to Frederick. Take I-70 west one or two exits and get off at US 40 alt (Braddock Heights / Middletown exit). Turn left onto US 40 alt and drive through Middletown to Boonsboro. In Boonsboro, turn left onto MD 34. Follow MD 34 through Sharpsburg. Just before the bridge across the Potomac, turn right into the driveway for Ferry Hill (It has a big iron gate.). Park in Visitor’s Lot near the mansion.
Directions to Snavely’s Ford Trail:
–From Shepherdstown: Take MD 34 through Sharpsburg. At the east end (top of the hill by the cemetery entrance) go about .5 mile and turn right into the battlefield. (If you get to Antietam Creek you’ve gone too far.) Continue about .5 mile to the end and turn left. Go about .5 mile and park in the loop at the top of the hill.
–From the east and south: Get to Frederick. Take I-70 west one or two exits and get off at US 40 alt (Braddock Heights / Middletown exit). Turn left onto US 40 alt and drive through Middletown to Boonsboro. In Boonsboro, turn left onto MD 34. Follow MD 34 toward Sharpsburg. Before you get there, you cross Antietam Creek. About .5 mile later, turn left into the battlefield. (If you get to the cemetery entrance at the top of the hill you’ve gone too far.) Continue about .5 mile to the end and turn left. Go about .5 mile and park in the loop at the top of the hill.
Trail map (plus link to road map?) available at www.potomacaudubon.org
Contact information for field trip leader:
Joe Metzger (410) 775-7737 or jmetzger50@hotmail.com (preferred)

–Invasive removal at Yankauer–Sept. 9

EPNPS will once again participate in the annual United Way Day of Caring by helping to clear invasives at the Yankauer Nature Preserve. The event will be held Tuesday Sept. 9, and as always we?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll meet in advance for breakfast at a location yet to be specified. If you can help, please contact Lynn Wagner at lwagner@intrepid.net. United Way needs a head count in advance to plan for the breakfast, lunch, and T-shirts that are provided to volunteers. So please let me know ASAP if you plan to participate.

–TriState Native Plant Conference–agenda below

Event: The West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia native plant societies are sponsoring a joint two-day conference October 4-5, at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. This exciting event will bring these three native plant societies together to explore the native plant communites and natural areas that we have in common. Please join us for a weekend of speakers, field trips, workshops and exhibits.

Registration fee: WVNPS/EPNPS/MNPS/VNPS Members: $45.00 per person (+$16.50 per person for Saturday Social reservations); Non-member Fee: $55.00 per person (+$16.50 per person for Saturday Social reservations). The fee includes lunch on Saturday.

Checks should be made payable to the Maryland Native Plant Society and mailed to:

Meghan Tice; P.O. Box 25; Bowie, MD 20719

Volunteer needs for the conference:

Volunteers are need to help staff the registration table on Saturday. If you know of someone who would be interested, contact Lynn Wagner at lwagner@intrepid.net.

Also, there will be a silent auction to benefit the sponsoring native plant groups. If you have something to donate to the auction (a book, native plant, field guide) please contact Lynn Wagner.

Preliminary Agenda:

Friday, October 3:

3:00-5:00 pm Field Trip ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Snavely?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Ford Trail, Antietam National Battlefield, Washington County, MD ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Joe Metzger

8:00 pm Ghost Tour ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Harper?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Ferry, WV ($3)

Saturday, October 4:

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast/Coffee

8:30-9:00 am Introduction

9:00-9:45 am Avery Drake ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Overview of the Geology of the Blue Ridge Province

10:00-10:30 am Coffee Break/Poster Session/Book Sale

10:35-11:20 am Gary Fleming ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Diverse Natural Communities and Flora of the Blue Ridge

11:30-11:40 am Coffee Break

11:45 am-12:30 pm Cris Fleming ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Rare Plants of the Harpers Ferry Area

12:30-1:45 pm Lunch Break (lunches provided)/Book Sale/Poster Session

1:00-1:45 pm Maryland Native Plant Society Annual Business Meeting

1:45-2:00 pm Assemble for afternoon Field Trips

2:00-5:00 pm Saturday Field Trips

(Times TBD) Fern ID Workshop ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Conference Facility ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Larry Stritch, Instructor

6:30-10:00 pm Saturday Evening Social ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Hilltop House Hotel, Harpers Ferry, WV ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Buffet served from 7:00-9:00 ($16.50/person)

Sunday, October 5:

7:30-8:45 am Breakfast/Coffee

9:00-9:45 am Speaker (TBA) ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Threats to our Native Forest (proposed topic)

10:00-11:00 am Panel Discussion ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú The Role of Native Plant Societies in Conservation with Stan Shetler, Rod Simmons, and Leslie Sauer (TBD)

11:00 am Book Sale with Book Signings by Cris Fleming/Nicky Staunton (Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area) and Leslie Sauer (The Once and Future Forest: A Guide to Forest Restoration Strategies)

10:00 am-3:00 pm Field Trip ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Yankauer Preserve (very near conference site) ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Joe Metzger

1:00 pm Field Trip ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Shanondale Wildlife Management Area, outside of Charles Town, WV ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Larry Stritch

Time TBD Field Trip ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú G Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area, Appalachian Trail, Fauquier County, VA ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Bob Pickett

Upcoming WVNPS Events

Event: WVNPS Annual Meeting/Field Trip

Date: September 13-14

Location: Elkins, WV

Description: WVNPS will hold its annual meeting at the Day?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Inn in Elkins, WV

Elkins area. Join us for a weekend of field trips in this richly diverse area!

— PJ Harmon and Brian McDonald will each lead a field trip beginning at 9:30 Saturday morning, 9/13. Meet at the Day’s Inn lobby at 9:30 to choose one of the two groups. One field trip will be a longer hike, the other will be a shorter, “drive, park, & and look” outing.

— The annual meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. on 9/13 in Club Room B at the Day?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Inn.

The featured speaker at the meeting will be Matt Keller from the Highlands Conservancy Wilderness campaign.

Accomodations: There is no block of rooms reserved at the Days Inn, but WVNPS will get a special rate of $54 single/$58.50 double. Don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t forget to say you are with the group to get that rate.

Directions: From Buckhannon, take Rt. 33 East to toward Elkins. Near Elkins, take the Old Rt. 33 exit. Pass Pizza Hut, Shoney’s, & Long John Silver; the Day’s Inn will be on your left a short distance further.

Meals: Attendees will be responsible for arranging their own meals.

Special Note: **We will be electing officers for 2004 at this meeting. If you are interested in serving on the WVNPS board, or would like to nominate someone for a position, please contact Steve Mace at sdmace@citynet.net. Please make sure before submitting a nomination that the person you name is willing to serve.**

Other Events

–Native Wonders and Exotic Blunders
August 22, ThorpeWood, 6-8 pm. Jim Gallion will lead a guided tour around ThorpeWood and the surrounding forest, providing a “crash course” in
native and exotic invasive plants. Free, but registration is required. Call 301.271.2823 before August 15th. http://www.thorpewood.org/main.html

–Invasive management workshop

September 10, 2003, in Wilkes Barre, PA, offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Penn State School of Forest Resources, USDA Forest Service, Northeast Area, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry, PA Urban & Community Forestry Council, Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, and PENNDOT Roadside Vegetation Management Project.
The workshop will focus on the the tools and techniques to manage invasive species, with both indoor and field content.
Use the link below to download the brochure, which gives the agenda, location, directions, etc.
http://www.personal.psu.edu/aeg2/shared/ma-eppc/Wkshp_091003.pdf

West Virginia News

–Comments sought on Mountaintop Removal EIS report

-The Bush administration?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Environmental Impact Study on mountaintop removal is out and has outraged many of the state?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s environmental groups, which are asking citizens to comment on the report (see below for details). Please send comments to:

Mr. John Forren, US EPA
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The deadline for comments is August 29, 2003.
-The EIS report is available online in several files at http://www.epa.gov/region03/mtntop/eis.htm. Copies of the study are available on CD-ROM and can be requested by calling EPA at (800) 228-8711.

-Here?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s an article on the study:

http://www.dailymail.com/news/News/200307251/

-From Coal River Mountain Watch, Forwarded by: From Julian Martin, Outreach Chairman West Virginia Highlands Conservancy www.wvhighlands.org:
“Sadly, the Department of the Interior has chosen to ignore the scientific studies on mountaintop removal and has instead drawn conclusions dictated by the Bush political agenda. Considering what we now know about the administration’s dismal record on the environment, this comes as no surprise. We would never have agreed to settle the case if we had known the extent to which the administration will go to have politics trump scientific reality,” said Cindy Rank, mining chairwoman for the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the group which filed the lawsuit that brought about the EIS.
The EIS confirms the empirical data that led to the common sense conclusions ofcoalfield residents and environmental groups-mountaintop removal / valley fill coal mining is irreversibly and substantially harming the forests and streams of Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. Throughout central Appalachia, some of the most productive and diverse temperate hardwood forests in the world have been destroyed when coal companies blast off hundreds of feet of mountaintops to get to thin seams of coal. In
most circumstances, the former lush forests will remain degraded as grassy, unproductive scrub land for at least several centuries. These unproductive grasslands cover nearly 20% of some southern West Virginia counties. Millions of tons of rubble from the former mountains are pushed into the adjacent valleys. Coal companies have already buried hundreds of miles of Appalachian streams, destroying not only the streams themselves, but creating disastrous impacts to downstream waterways and towns. As residents point out, mountaintop removal is also devastating the culture and communities of the region.In the EIS draft, the Bush administration does not recommend curbing the environmental harm caused by mountaintop removal, but asks the agencies that are supposed to be regulating coal mining to streamline the way they work together.
“You can practically smell the corruption wafting off this document. Bush and his coal industry friends weren’t happy with the scientific truth, so they delayed the study for months, trying to figure out how to put a positive spin on the worst intentional environmental disaster in the nation. Perhaps they were attempting to tweak the studies just like their Enron pals cooked the books,” said Vivian Stockman, with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, a Huntington, W.Va.-based group calling for an end to mountaintop removal.One of the coordinators of the EIS, J. Steven Griles, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior, is a former coal industry lobbyist with ties to
mountaintop removal companies. The DOI’s Inspector General is currently investigating Griles for conflicts of interest. The PBS television program, Now with Bill Moyers, exposed Griles on Friday May 30.
“It’s outrageous that a man so obviously still in bed with the coal industry could be allowed to leave his grubby fingerprints all over this document,” said Judy Bonds, a community organizer for the Whitesville, W. Va.-based Coal River Mountain Watch. Bonds won the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize for North America for her efforts to ban mountaintop removal. “I am shocked that it took the agencies this long to try to put their spin on the truth, and they still couldn’t do it. They still couldn’t say that mountaintop removal isn’t permanently scarring the land,” Bonds added. “The scientific studies and the economic data included in the EIS clearly show that there is no reason for the valley fills should be so large and so damaging to the environment,”” said Joe Lovett, Executive Director of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment. “It is remarkable that, based on these data, the Bush administration is proposing to loosen the reins on permitting, not tighten them, as they should.”
“The Bush administration is determined to remove any obstacles to maximizing
profit for an outlaw coal industry,” said Teri Blanton of the citizens group Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a group which also filed a major mountaintop removal lawsuit. “It doesn’t matter to him if mountains, water, communities or lives are destroyed in the process. This EIS is further proof of that.”
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, during the 2000 election cycle, Bush was the top recipient of all campaign contributions from the coal industry. Out of every dollar the coal industry contributed to political campaigns for 2000, 88 cents went to Republican candidates.
“The Bush administration hopes we will buy into the EIS. Well, we taxpayers were forced to pay millions for this study, but we don’t buy its excuses and rationalizations for the destruction of our mountains and our heritage. After all, one of the studies showed that limiting valley fills down to 35 acres would only add 50 cents per ton to the price of coal. Yet, the Bush administration is dismissing the science and endangering our futures in order to reward its political cronies,” said Janet Fout, a coordinator with the People’s Election Reform Coalition of West Virginia.
Suggestions From Coal River Mountain Watch—Mountaintop Removal destroys streams, contaminates drinking water, causes flooding, makes moonscapes out of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains- some of the world’s oldest mountains, causes blasting damage to residents homes, air pollution to residents, destroys hardwood forests and wildlife habitats, destroys Appalachian culture and heritage, defies the Executive Order regarding Environmental Justice for low income people, destroys jobs and is environmentally insane.
Mountaintop Removal should be stopped NOW! The recomendations in the EIS
Statement are a sham in that they ignore the scientific evidence and recommend
speeding up the process in permitting mountain top removal.
You can comment even if you live outside of West Virgina, as a matter of fact the more comments from outside of West Virginia–the better.
Please keep a copy of your comments–We are gathering comments so that the
EPA can’t say they didn’t get any. So if you can, please send a copy to Coal
River Mountain Watch. crmw@charter.net

–Lawmaker proposes leasing state parks.
Deanna Wrenn
Daily Mail Capitol reporter
Tuesday July 22, 2003; 10:00 AM Charleston Daily Mail
When most people think of West Virginia’s state parks, they envision tree-covered mountains, flowing streams and beautiful vistas. Not many people think of how much it costs to run the state’s parks, which lose more than $11 million a year.
This year, as the state struggles to fill a projected $120 million budget gap, park finances might come into the spotlight.
Senate Finance Chairman Walt Helmick recently proposed looking into leasing some of the state parks to private entities to help state parks turn a profit.
“We’re losing money on (almost) every park,” Helmick, D-Pocahontas, said. “The budgetary crunch demands that we look at all our operations.”
But park officials say the system is in good shape, despite the annual red ink.
Division of Natural Resources Director Ed Hamrick said West Virginia’s parks always rank either first or second in the nation among states that don’t charge entry fees, and bring West Virginia more than $100 million in economic impact each year.
Hamrick points to the 7.5 million park visitors a year — with almost 3 million coming from out of state — as a positive reflection of the health of state parks. He says cabin and lodge rates average about 60 percent occupancy over the year, which is better
than most southeast states and around the national average.
“We believe we’re doing a pretty good job,” Hamrick said. “We’re always striving to be self-sufficient.”
The problem, at least in the eyes of some legislators, is that no matter how hard the parks try to increase attendance or beef up revenues, the parks aren’t self-sufficient.
Since 2000, the park system has averaged a loss of $11.6 million a year.
Ideas to privatize state parks have popped up before, and some say this year’s $120 million state budget problem might prompt another look at the option.
Helmick says private companies would jump at the chance to take over
some state parks.
“Some of these parks have tremendous assets,” Helmick said. “They’re not built to lose money.”
Park officials say the parks weren’t made to make money, either.
“To say that they lose money and that the private sector can do a better job is just not true,” said Doug Baker, business manager of state parks. “We don’t have the facilities that a private-sector company is going to come in and make money on unless they pick and choose.”
Private companies would have to take over the entire park — not just the moneymaking lodges — to make privatization work, Baker said. Otherwise, the state would be leasing out its most valuable commodities while still paying to maintain surrounding
lands.
Besides, Baker says, state parks are a resource for West Virginians, not a source of revenue.
“It’s a public service — something that government gives back to the citizens of this state,” Baker said. “($11 million) is a small price to pay to have these facilities.”
Some states charge entrance fees for all state parks, but West Virginia
doesn’t.
Charging fees would bring in more revenue, but Helmick says that would equate to a form of tax, and he doesn’t want to do that.
“The bottom line is somebody’s going to have to pay for it,” Helmick said.
Helmick doesn’t want it to be the state or the taxpayers, and that means involving private investors.
The state could look into the idea of privatization in upcoming months,
as officials work on the state budget.
“We cannot afford to do business as usual,” Helmick said.

Native Plant Conservation Campaign News

–August Report from NPCC on the Interior Dept. Appropriations

http://www.wvnps.org/NPCCAug03report.html

Other News

–More than 8,000 tree species threatened with extinction

One in Ten Tree Species at Risk of Extinction
(OneWorld.net) – United Kingdom, August 4, 2003 — More than 8,000 tree species, 10 percent of the world’s total, are threatened with extinction, and the situation has grown worse over the past five years, according to a new report sponsored by the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). “Towards a Global Tree Conservation Atlas,” published this week, shows that 976 tree species are in a critical situation, and very few of these endangered trees are being conserved in the wild.

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