Tuesday, April 27, 2010

REMINDER: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Hello All,

We are in need of volunteers to help with planting trees as part of the Mountain Treeways Program on Saturday, May 1st. ( tell me what time you are available)

The more volunteers we have, the less time we will spend planting...looking for 2 hour ( or more) commitments from volunteers for this project, please.

We've teamed up with Marion County Parks and Recreation for this wonderful program that puts trees in public places to beautify and provide habitat and food sources for Wildlife.

The trees are small- sticks actually, are not heavy and don't require much in the way of digging and such. All equipment and materials are provided.

Volunteer hours can be logged and counted for this project!

Please contact me as soon as possible for the opportunity to help us plant the trees!

THANK YOU!!!!

Melissa

Melissa Brodsky, volunteer Coordinator
Marion County Master Naturalists
Rt. 4 Box 569B, Tunnel Hollow Rd.
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304)-366-1420 office/fax
(304) 282-2260 cell
brodsmls@aol.com
www.marioncountymasternaturalists.blogspot.com

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Garlic Mustard


G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Jon Weems is looking for volunteers to pull garlic mustard at the Core Arboretum. Contact Jon at jweems@wvu.edu to set up a time to work.

Coopers Rock trailwork under way this weekend

Volunteers to clean along Roadside Trail
This weekend, The Coopers Rock Foundation will host two days of volunteer trailwork at Coopers Rock State Forest, followed by a free workshop on building the stone trail markers known as cairns.
Volunteers will meet at 9am today at the entrance to the front gate parking lot (the day-use parking lot). From 9am -2pm, volunteers will clean out drainage ditches, waterbars and culverts along the Roadside Trail from the front gate to the overlook.
Tools, work gloves and instruction will be provided. Latecomers can pick up gloves and tools, and check a trailcrew locator map at the Roadside Trail kiosk at the trailhead in the parking lot. Volunteers are welcome to work however long they like.
On Sunday, trailwork hours are 1-4pm. Meet at the entrance to the front gate parking lot. Work will continue along the Roadside Trail.
Those who take part in the trail maintenance can earn up to 8 community service hours.
A short, free workshop on "How to Build Cairns - The Ancient Stone Trail Markers" will be from 4-5pm on a section of Roadside Trail close to the main road. Watch for signs. Participants learn the basic principles behind building these stone trail markers and have the opportunity to build a few of their own. Participation does not count toward community service hours.
Info: Adam Polinski, zapple@labs.net or 304-296-4977.

Friday, April 23, 2010

TREE PLANTING! Volunteer Opportunity

Hello All,

We are in need of volunteers to help with planting trees as part of the Mountain Treeways Program!

We've teamed up with Marion County Parks and Recreation for this wonderful program that puts trees in public places to beautify and provide habitat and food sources for Wildlife.

We have trees, we have places to plant them- we just need a few volunteers to help plant them.

The trees are small- sticks actually, are not heavy and don't require much in the way of digging and such. All equipment and materials are provided. Volunteer hours can be logged and counted for this project!

Please contact me before Sunday ( April 25) if you are available between April 26th and May 7th. Please tell me what days and times you are available.

THANK YOU!!!!

Melissa

Melissa Brodsky, volunteer Coordinator
Marion County Master Naturalists
Rt. 4 Box 569B, Tunnel Hollow Rd.
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304)-366-1420 office/fax
(304) 282-2260 cell
brodsmls@aol.com
www.marioncountymasternaturalists.blogspot.com

Upcoming Class Sehedule for the Marion County Master Naturalists

Below is the finalized schedule for the April 24-25 Marion County Master Naturalists classes.

Classes will be held at Prickett's Fort, in the lower parking lot building.

Field components will be held at Prickett's Fort also.
(UPDATE- WILDFLOWER WALK may take place at Prickett's Fort OR Melissa's property, depending on weather- RAIN expected)

Saturday, April 24th

10:00 am to 12:00 noon Nature Photography- elective Sue Amos- bring camera's and tripods if you have them

12:00pm to 1:00pm LUNCH- pot luck- bring a dish to share

1:00pm to 5:00pm Aquatics- core class Jim VanGundy- bring waders, loupes and Aquatic life ID/Field Guides if you have them


Sunday, April 25th

12:00pm to 4:00pm Wildflowers and Weeds- core class Katharine Gregg - bring loupes if you have them, Wildflower Field Gd.'s

4:30pm to 5:30pm Wildflower walk at Prickett's Fort OR Melissa's property- depending on weather (naturalized/native Spring wildflowers in bloom)- easy access area and mostly flat - hiking boots or sturdy shoes suggested

Melissa Brodsky, volunteer Coordinator
Marion County Master Naturalists
Rt. 4 Box 569B, Tunnel Hollow Rd.
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304)-366-1420 office/fax
(304) 282-2260 cell
brodsmls@aol.com
www.marioncountymasternaturalists.blogspot.com

Friday, April 16, 2010

Botanic Garden will hold volunteer work day

The West Virginia Botanic Garden is holding a volunteer work day from 9m - noon Saturday.
Volunteers are needed to pull branches off the trails and supply the crews using chainsaws. Debris will be removed from trails north of Tibbs Run, as well as cut from alongside the trails.
The garden's first educational walk this years starts at 2pm Sunday from the lower parking lot. Five WVU School of Pharmacy Service Learning Students will talk about useful plants and activities to help create a healthier lifestyle.
The gate to the lower parking lot is open from 1-4pm Sundays.

Impact EARTH

April 17, 2010 Impact EARTH
Participate in the area's WV Make It Shine program also known as our spring 'trash bash' by picking up litter along the rail-trails from 10am to 2pm. Free bags and gloves are available from BOPARC at the Marilla Center. Find out more at www.boparc.org or call 304-296-8356.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Latest news from the WVBG

WVBG E-News 4/13/2010

Things happening this weekend:
Saturday morning April 17th 9–12 is our monthly volunteer day. Last month there were 24 that came out to help clear trails. There was great progress, but there is still more to do. The trails south of Tibbs Run are still greatly obscured and often impassable. We hope to remedy this on Saturday. Many gloved hands pulling branches off the trails will be needed to keep up with the people cutting with chainsaws. Getting there may require fording Tibbs Run, but the water level should be much lower than a month ago with all the dry weather we have been having. Also some of the trails north of Tibbs Run opened last month still have lots of debris (broken trees, downed branches, etc.) along the sides that needs to be cut and piled away from the trails. If we can put together several crews like last month we should be able to make good progress. Please remember to fill out the sign-in sheet if you come.

Sunday afternoon April 18th is our first Educational Walk - Healthy Folks: Useful Plants and Activities. It will be led by five WVU School of Pharmacy Service Learning Students. They have prepared a brochure you will enjoy using to help create a healthier lifestyle. The walk will start from the lower parking lot at 2 p.m.

In case you have not noticed, the gate to the lower parking lot is open again on Sunday afternoons 1 – 4 pm now that we have good weather again.

Mark your Calendar:
Saturday, May 8th 1-4 p.m. – Green Gathering at the Garden – a fun filled afternoon at the garden for people of all ages focusing on sustainable living. For more information check the newsletter that should have come to you recently that also may be seen on the WVBG website www.wvbg.org .

Reminder:
Get a free one year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens by renewing or becoming a member of the Friends of the Botanic Garden by June 15th, 2010. See the newsletter for details.

We value our volunteers:
This past Sunday we held our first volunteer orientation. 40 people gathered at the Imperial East Sales Office for an introduction to the various volunteer activities that are available and then went on a brief tour of the botanic garden. More events for volunteers are being planned. If you would like to get involved please contact Erin Himmel at erin@wvbg.org .


George W. Longenecker, Executive Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc.
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714 Venture Drive, PMB # 121
Morgantown, WV 26508-7306
Tel. 304-376-2717
E-Mail: george@wvbg.org
Website: www.wvbg.org

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Creek clean up comes to Sabraton

West Virginia Make It Shine Clean-Up is coming to Deckers Creek from 1-4pm on Sunday at the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail in Sabraton.
Volunteers are needed and can meet at the Friends of Deckers Creek office, behind Rent-A-Center in Sabraton.
Supplies, snacks and beverages will be provided. Dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes.

Volunteers sought for June 19 River Sweep 2010

Volunteers are needed for River Sweep 2010, scheduled for June 19 along the shoreline of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, along with other tributaries.
River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond.
Over 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states.
Persons wanting to volunteer can call 1-800-359-3977 or visit www.orsanco.org for site locations and county coordinators in their area.
Each volunteer will receive a free T-shirt.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

SPRING TONIC WORKSHOP 2010

The Monongalia chapter of the WV Master Gardeners has released their Spring Tonic Workshop information. Among the classes listed will be ones on Native Landscaping; Top 10-Good, Bad Bugs; and Backyard Browsing (about native medicinal plants). You can download the application and information sheet from the above link. Check with Ellen to see if any qualify for elective hours.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

THIS WEEK AT THE CAC

Sunday, April 11
'GATHERING OF WATERS' PROJECT, by eco-artist Basia Irland, 10 a.m., Decker's Creek. This The project is designed to unite the community and to raise awareness for the health of the Decker’s Creek watershed, which suffers from acid mine drainage and other industrial and residential pollutants. The “Gathering of Waters” project will involve getting individual volunteers, or groups of volunteers, who care about the watershed to pass water from one party to another from the headwaters of Decker’s Creek to its confluence with the Monongahela River. If interested in participating, contact: Erika.Osborne@mail.wvu.edu or (304) 293-4841, Ext. 3145, by Fri., April 9.

Friday, April 2, 2010

New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend

From the desk of Jodi French-Burr:

The 7th annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend is coming up soon, April 23 to 25. Click on link and share the news with naturalists and friends, plus come join us. If you got questions, just let me know.

Enjoy and happy spring!

Jodi French-Burr
Park Ranger and Northeast Region Outdoor Ethics Coordinator
National Park Service
New River Gorge National River
P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846
304-574-2115 ext.15
jodi_french-burr@nps.gov

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Outdoor Navigation Basics (Age: 14 – Adult )

This workshop will cover the basics of outdoor navigation and travel while using a map and compass. Skills to be covered include reading a topographic map, use and care of a compass, orienteering skills, and much more. This is a must take class for anyone who ventures into a wilderness environment for work or play. All equipment is provided. Number of Participants = Min. 5, Max. 20

Registration deadline: April 23rd
Location: Cooper’s Rock State Forest
Date: Apr. 24
Day & Time: Saturday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fee: $20.00

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304-293-0859