Thursday, September 30, 2010

All OAKS Workshop

From Melissa Brodsky of the Marion County Master Naturalists:

Hello All,

The Marion County Master Naturalists and WVU Extension Service bring you an all day, ALL OAKS workshop!

Learn to identify Oaks by their bark, leaf or acorn; What wildlife is attracted/supported by Oaks; Which mushrooms and pests are associated with Oaks; general info on Oak forest management; watch a demonstration of making a basket with Oak strips; Which Oaks are best for crafting; Make your own trivet from Oak; cook&taste Shiitake mushrooms; Inoculate your own Oak log with Shiitake mushroom to take home and grow yourself!; Optional Hike after workshop.

The Oak workshop will be Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Prickett's Fort State Park, in the education building in the LOWER parking lot from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ( additional time for optional Hike after workshop).

These classes will count as Elective or Continuing Education credits for Master Naturalist participants! Please keep track of classes attended and have your attendance slip signed by the instructor.

This workshop is Free to attend (donations accepted at door, $5 required to inoculate take-home Shiitake log) and is open to the public- invite your friends and family!

Several copies of "Macrofungi Associated with Oaks of Eastern North America" and "Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America" will be raffled- winners must be present to win.

Oak Workshop: Importance of Oaks to Humans and Wildlife

Saturday, October 16, 2010- Prickett's Fort State Park 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ( plus optional Hike at days end)

8:30- 9:00 am Arrival/Registration

9:00 - 10:00 am Intro to Oaks -speaker invited

10:00- 11:00 am Wildlife Associated with Oaks - Sue Olcott, DNR Nongame Biologist

15 min break

11:15 am -12:00 pm Mushrooms Associated with Oaks - Denise Binion, USDA Forest Service

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Pests Associated with Oaks - Dave McCann, Graduate Research Assistant

12:45 - 1:15 Lunch -BRING YOUR OWN

1:15- 2:15 pm Making Baskets from Oak strips - Al Miller, Master Craftsman (demonstration only)

2:15 - 3:15 pm Wood Crafting with Oaks (make take home craft- Trivet) - Sid Absher, amateur cabinet maker
Class open to all, Craft limited to the FIRST 15 to register. If you would like to make/take home your own Oak Trivet, you must register through MCMN coordinator, Melissa Brodsky at (304) 366-1420 or

15 min break

3:30 -5:00 pm Cook/Taste and How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms -Paul Goland- Hardscrabble Enterprises and Dave McGill- WVU Extension
Class open to all, If would like to inoculate and take home your own shiitake Oak log the cost is $5 and you must register through the Extension Agent John Murray, Marion County Extension Office (304) 367-2772

5:15 - 6:15 pm Optional Walk in Woods- Dave McGill

Timber Management Topic of Hike

On Saturday, the Mon Group of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a hike through, and discussion of, the timber management areas at Cooper's Rock State Forest. This hike will be of moderate difficulty. Expect several hours of hiking. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended, as well as adequate fluids.
Participants will gather at the parking lot close to the entrance of Coopers Rock State Forest near Exit 15 off Interstate 68. Info: Gwen Jones, or 304-599-5815; Sally Wilts,

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Volunteers sought for cleanup

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC), in coordination with the seasonal Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt-a-Trail program will conduct its third litter cleanup this year along W.Va. 7, Deckers Creek and the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail, within the beautiful gorge, from 1-4pm Sunday.
FODC is asking all interested volunteers to meet at 1pm along W.Va. 7, about one mile past the Pioneer Rocks Tavern heading east out of Morgantown, or at the Mellons Chapel Parking lot. Food and drinks will be provided, along with all the necessary gloves, vests and bags.
Info, or for a ride: , or call 304-292-3970.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Coopers Rock Cliff Habitat Restoration Day

Volunteers are needed for this event! It is one of the largest volunteer events at Coopers Rock. Work will involve mulching, creating enclosures with downed wood, some trail work, building of erosion dams, and more. All ages and abilities are welcome! Restoration day will be from 11am to 4pm. Please e-mail Jan at for more information about volunteering.

(This item was found on the Things To Do Around Morgantown page (9/24) with no date listed. I am assuming it is for this Saturday.)

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge needs volunteers to help plant trees at 10am Saturday. Program begins with discussion, then planting. Bring water and snacks. Lunch will be provided. Info: 304-866-3858.

Fall Migration Bird Walk

Fall migration bird walk at 7am Saturday at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars, or borrow some from the center. Program last 2-3 hours. Free. Info: 304-866-3858.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Take a walk in Bruceton woods

The West Virginia Forest Stewardship Program is sponsoring a series of "Walks in the Woods" throughout the state. These informal tours are open two anyone who currently owns forest land, hopes to own property someday or just enjoys spending time outdoors.
The tours are led by state forestry personnel who are experts on the issues facing West Virginia's forests. There will be a Walk in the Woods near Bruceton Mills starting at 10am Saturday.
Bill Slagle will lead a tour of his Walnut Meadows Farm, where he has a 10-acre black walnut plantation and a two-acre paulownia plantation. He grows seven acres of ginseng and he raises shitake mushrooms. In addition to agroforestry, the Slagels created a nature trail on their property, and gather mosses and greenery for the floral industry.
To register for the tour or for information, contact Ellen Voss at 304-293-5741 or See for more details, or visit for a list of additional forest-related events.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Sunday, October 3rd
Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park

Sign up now! Team registration ends October 1st
12:30 pm mandatory pre-race meeting
1:00 pm race begins

1-4 PM Deckers Creek Adventure Race & Adventure Day Festival
3-5 PM Live music: Eric Goes to Germany
Race awards to follow on the stage


AMD Tie-Dyes Face Painting
Creek Critters
Environmental Education

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Volunteers needed for National Hunting & Fishing Days at Stonewall

Forwarded from Melissa Brodsky of the Marion County Master Naturalists:

Master Naturalists,

Can you please spread the word that the WV DNR needs volunteers at the annual National Hunting & Fishing Days at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park on Saturday and Sunday September 25 and 26? Helpers could work the front gate and/or help with the children’s activities. If interested, please contact Jim Fregonara, 304-637-0245 or

Thank you so much,
Jim Fregonara
Wildlife Resources Section
Wildlife Diversity Program

For more information on the planned activities visit this link to the West Virginia DNR website.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Predation Workshop

Predation Management Workshop

Thursday, September 23, 2010
9:30-4:00 p.m.
Jackson County Fairgrounds

Sponsered by
West Virginia TWS
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

Lunch and Transportation Provided
Bus will leave 7 a.m.
Interested contact
Ann Anderson by Sept. 10th

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