Friday, March 30, 2012

Garlic Mustard Season at the Core Arboretum

Dear volunteers,

Wow! Like other plants, garlic mustard seems to be in a big hurry this spring. I have seen a lot of big, healthy garlic mustard plants, some of which have already begun to flower. This means the effort to control garlic mustard in the Core Arboretum also needs to begin early. I hope some of you will be willing and able to help again this year. A little new blood wouldn't hurt, either ...

Please let me know what days of the week and times of day, if any, work best for you.

I anticipate getting after it beginning the week of April 8-14 and staying with it for a month. For personal and administrative reasons, I much prefer to work weekdays. We'll see how it goes. I could also schedule some weekday late afternoon/evening or Saturday sessions and hope to attract a few more volunteers.

Thanks for being who you are and doing what you do.

Jon Weems

Arboretum Specialist
WVU Department of Biology
Morgantown, WV 26506-6057

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Citizen Scientist Monitoring Program Needs Volunteers

From: "Sarah Veselka" sarah@DECKERSCREEK.ORG

FODC is currently looking for volunteers in Monongalia and Preston Counties to monitor streams in our watershed through our Citizen Scientist monitoring program. FODC will give you the training and equipment necessary to monitor your local streams for potential pollutants related to the extraction of natural gas in the area and how to submit this data online. There are numerous stream sites to choose from and we can work with you to locate a site close to your home, school, or work, etc. This data is very important to indicate baseline stream conditions in order to accurately document pollution sources. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pamela Englemenn at

Citizen Scientist Training

On Sunday, April 1st from 1-4 PM, FODC and Friends of the Cheat will be training and equipping volunteers for this monitoring program. This training session will be held in Room 334 Percival Hall on WVU’s Evansdale campus and will also include a stream monitoring trip. Citizen Scientist volunteers will learn how to calibrate monitoring equipment and receive their very own monitoring kit to monitor a specific stream location every other week on their own time. They will learn how to recognize potential pollution sources using stream water chemistry measurements and visual assessments of the stream and surrounding area and who to call to report these issues. Citizen Scientist volunteers will also be trained in entering their data on FODC’s web site. Please contact Pamela Englemenn at to RSVP for the training.Thank you kindly to the US EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants program for funding this important program and to our volunteers for making it happen!

Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 25, 1 – 4 PM: FODC Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Trail clean ups. See web site for meeting locations. Volunteers needed!

Monday, March 26, 1:30 PM: Deckers Creek Restoration Team meeting. WVU NRCCE building. Open to the public.

Sunday, April 1, 1 - 4 PM: Citizen Scientist volunteer water monitor training. Percival Hall on WVU’s Evansdale campus.

Sunday, April 15, 1 – 4 PM: YAB meeting. FODC office in Sabraton.

Friday, April 27, 6 PM – 12 AM: FODC Spring Meltdown. Morgantown Brewing Company.

Thank you!

Learn more about FODC:
Meetings: 3rd Thursday each month 6:30 pm around the watershed:

News: about the Deckers Creek watershed:

Sarah Veselka, Executive Director
Friends of Deckers Creek
PO Box 877 Dellslow, WV 26531
Office: 304.292.3970
Fax: 304.292.5070

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monongahela Master Naturalist 2012 Begins 3/22

Just a reminder that we are starting this year's classes with about 20 new students. Classes will be held in Rm 308 Percival Hall from 6-9. If you need the make up the one hour for names and ID this is the day to come.


Soil Judging Contest Volunteers Needed

I'm helping Jim Thompson organize the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest which will be held in Morgantown March 25-30. We are in need of volunteers and thought that members of your Naturalist Club might enjoy helping us out while earning the hours they need to remain certified.
Following is a forwarded e-mail from Jim requesting help and an attachment that lists the tasks that need to be done both before and during the contest. Please note that these tasks are on separate worksheet pages. To go from one worksheet to another, just click on the button at the bottom of the page.
Thank you for your consideration.

Peg Reese
(304) 599-5440

On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM, James Thompson wrote:

I am writing because you have either expressed an interest in volunteering to assist with the 2012 National Collegiate Soils Contest, or I have reason to believe that you might be interested in helping with this event. In a little over two weeks (March 25-30), over 160 faculty and students from 21 universities from across the US will be in Morgantown for the national soil judging contest. Practice sites will be available to the the teams on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with the individual contest on Thursday morning and the group contest on Friday morning. There are tasks to be completed throughout the week, with the most assistance needed on Thursday morning for the individual contest. There will also be tasks to complete between now and March 25.

This event is an opportunity to represent your organization--whether it is WVU, the NRCS, the Forest Service, or the Department of Agriculture--as well as the state of West Virginia. It is also an opportunity to interact with fellow soil scientists and future soil scientists.

I am hoping to make a positive impression on our visitors by demonstrating the strength of the soil science community here in West Virginia. If you have time next week to commit to assisting with the preparations for the contest, please let me know. Please respond to this Email message by providing answers to these three questions:

1. Day(s) that you are available to volunteer.
2. Times that you are available to volunteer.
3. Your t-shirt size.

Based on the responses I receive, I will allocate duties or tasks. I realize that some of you have already answered some of these questions for me, but it will be helpful to me to have you confirm your commitment of time. Please call or send me an Email message if you have questions or need additional information from me. You can also visit the website that has been created for the contest ( for details related to the schedule, participating teams, and related resources.

I thank you for your consideration and I will look forward to hearing from you. If at all possible, please respond ASAP so I can prepare a schedule and notify everyone as soon as possible.

James A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Soils and Land Use
Research Coordinator, National Soil Survey Center-Geospatial Research Unit
West Virginia University
Division of Plant and Soil Sciences
PO Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
Phone: 304-293-2921
FAX: 304-293-2960

"We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot."
-- Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hello again WVBG Volunteers! Please see below and attached for your invitation to the 2012 WVBG Volunteer Orientation taking place on March 31 from 2-4 p.m. Please let me know if you are able to attend. I'm looking forward to seeing you all soon.
WVBG Volunteer Orientation

Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Come Grow With Us!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Work Day at West Virginia Botanic Garden 3/17

This Saturday, March 17th, we plan on having a volunteer workday from 9 to noon. We will be cleaning up the flower beds, cutting back the ornamental grasses and raking leaves out of the parking lots. Please bring clippers, rakes, and things to carry clippings and leaves. We have never been able to get this done so early! It is supposed to get up to 70 and have a possibility of showers, but maybe we can get things cleaned up anyway. We will start up front by Tyrone Road and progress to the downhill beds. Hope you can come & help.

George W. Longenecker
Executive Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Volunteers needed for Beech Fork cleanup

BARBOURSVILLE - The fourth annual Spring Clean-Up at Beech Fork State Park is scheduled from 9am - 5pm April 7, and volunteers are asked to help keep it clean. More than 50 tons of garbage and hundreds of tires have been removed as the result of the previous three cleanups.
Volunteers who register in advance may camp for free at the park April 6-7. A registration form is posted on the park's website under the "Events/Deals" tab. Additionally, participants will complete a volunteer form, a formality that the state park system requires when volunteer work is performed.
The clean-up is rain or shine. Work areas are assigned and occur in several areas of the park. Participants should wear boots and work clothes. Gloves are provided. The park provides lunch on clean-up day. Beech Fork State Park is near Barboursville in the southwestern section of West Virginia and is accessible from Interstate 64. Info: 304-528-5794.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Mountaineer Audubon Program

March 13th: Katie Falon, Instructor and author of "Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird," will present a program which parallels her book of the same name. She will describe the biology of the Cerulean and its struggle to exist. She will have copies of her book for sale. Meeting location is Heritage Village at 7:00pm. Open to the public.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Milton, WV - Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course, 18 April 2012

Milton, West Virginia
April 18th, 2012
9:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are pleased to announce an upcoming Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course in West Virginia. This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.


Identify approaches to increase and enhance pollinator diversity on the land
Knowledge of current best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on pollinators
Identify bees and distinguish them from other insects
Understand the economics of insect-pollinated crops, and the effects of pollinator decline
Knowledge of the current Farm Bill pollinator conservation provisions in programs such as WHIP, EQIP, CSP, and CRP
Ability to assess pollinator habitat and to identify habitat deficiencies
Ability to make recommendations to farmers and land managers that conserve pollinators (including subjects such as tillage, pesticide use, burning, grazing, and cover cropping)
Ability to design and implement habitat improvements, such as native plant restoration and nest site enhancements


Pumpkin Park
1 Pumpkin Way
Milton, WV 25541

April 18th, 2012 9 am to 4 pm EDT

Thanks to support from Northeast SARE, we are able to offer 30 scholarships on a first-come first-served basis. Registration is $45 per person thereafter. Discounted registration of $35 is available to NRCS personnel.

Lunch is not included. Please bring a sack lunch to the course.

Canceled registrations can be refunded until April 13th, 2012.


Registration is required for this course. Click here for more information and to register online. For questions, please contact Ashley Minnerath, Pollinator Program Assistant, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, at or (855) 232-6639.

Hurry, space is limited!


This Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course is made possible with the support of the USDA Northeast Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE) program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Additional support for this training is provided by the following: CS Fund, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, Turner Foundation, and Xerces Society members.

Special thanks to Capitol Conservation District and Guyan Conservation District for helping to make this short course possible.



The content of this course is tailored to the needs of NRCS, SWCD, Cooperative Extension, and state department of agriculture employees, as well as crop consultants, natural resource specialists, non-governmental conservation organization staff, and producers of bee-pollinated crops.


Jolie Goldenetz Dollar, Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Nancy Lee Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, East Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Casey Shrader, State Biologist, West Virginia USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.


The Xerces Society is offering similar Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses across the country. Visit our online events page to view up-to-date short course information. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming short courses, please email Be sure to include the following information: name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and the state(s) for which you would like to receive announcements.

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