Friday, May 31, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity at Coopers Rock Sunday June 9

Dear Master Naturalists,

The Coopers Rock Foundation is hosting the 24th annual Celebration of the Outdoors on Sunday June 9.  
We need your help!  We need 2 people to man the paintball course and people to help out with registration. 
Please contact me at if you can help out with this event for a few hours.  

Thank you,
Dee Fulton

the Coopers Rock Foundation Inc. (CRF) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1989, and dedicated to preserving and protecting the past, present and future of Coopers Rock State Forest and Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area.
The Foudation prides itself in its “hand on” approach to working for the benefit of the forest, and recreators of all kinds. The Foundation Board members are all volunteers from the local community, and we meet monthly in a space that is generously provided by the Davis College at West Virginia University.  Because we have little administrative costs, the majority of what we obtain in donations goes directly back into the forest in the form of project work.   This past year the Foundation was very busy, and our work projects included:
  • Clean up of the exterior walls of the Henry Clay Furnace
  • Purchase and placement of “high visibility” trail blazes on heavily used trails
  • Construction of a tree nursery, and planting of trees throughout the south side of the forest
  • Summer Campfire Programming for the McCullom Campground
  • Securing state reimbursement funding for two CCC historical preservation projects; one to repair/restore the fireplaces, and the second to recreate the Coopers Rock main entrance
  • Completion of an ADA accessability project in cooperation with the DNR Parks division to provide access to the overlook restroom facilty
  • Annual Rocky Habitat Restoration events to preserve and protect the fragile overlook rocky areas from “too much love” 
The Foundation also facilitates thousands of labor hours annually from volunteers of various ages and backgrounds to help maintain the trails, restore degraded natural habitats, and preserve historical sites throughout the Forest. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Upcoming area events of interest

Saturday June 1 - Upper Cheat River Water Trail Opening
Join the Cheat River Water Trail Committee for an "official" trail opening event on Saturday, June 1st at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures (BOA) in St. George. The trail provides 11 public access sites along the Chest River between Hendricks and Rowlesburg. More info at
 Meet at 1pm for a brief welcome ceremony followed by a community cookout with the opportunity to paddle the pool upstream and downstream of BOA.  Low water/rain date is set for June 15th. 304-329-3621

Saturday June 1 -- North Fork Watershed Trailwork project
Join us on June 1, 2013 from 10am-2pm at the Thomas City Park Picnic Pavilion for Trail Repair & Trail Sign Making.
 Help to improve community recreation!  Bring tools and wear appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Work will be followed by a potluck picnic (please bring a dish) including Free Pizza!
 Call 304-259-5600 or Trail Work for more information and to sign up.

Coopers Rock Foundation June events
June 9 -- Celebration of the Outdoors!  This is CRF's biggest event of the year.  Please note: this year's event will be held on a Sunday.  A list of classes and activities will be posted on the website soon! 

Appalachian Music by Chris Haddox 
Noted local musician Chris Haddox will discuss the history of Appalachian music, introduce the audience to some of the musical instruments used in Appalachia, and play a few songs.  

Owl Prowl by Doug Gilbert 
Join Doug Gilbert from Friends of Deckers Creek for an Owl Prowl. Doug will give a brief presentation on the life history, biology, and ecology of West Virginia's native owls. He will then lead a nighttime hike near the campground to search for owls. Please bring a headlamp for the hike.

West Virginia Botanic Garden Events -- see for more info
Saturday June 8   9:30 am Native Trees and Shrubs
Join Research Botanist Cindy Huebner on the forested trails of the Botanic Garden as we identify and learn about the important role native trees, shrubs, vines and herbaceous plants play in the forest ecosystem.

Sunday June 23 2-4 pm Succulent wreath making workshop -- advance registration required -- register online one week prior to class or call Erin Smaldone at 304-216-8704.
Make your own living wreath with easy care succulents. Cost $25 WVBG members, $30 non-members. Materials included.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cheat River trail opening scheduled for Saturday

The public is invited to celebrate the Friends of Cheat opening of the Cheat River Water Trail at 1pm Saturday, at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures in St George.  The Cheat River Water Trail provides 11 public access sites along the Cheat River system from Hendricks to Rowlesburg.

Conservation Camp slated for June 10-15

The WVa State conservation Camp is accepting registrations for the 2013 camp, set for June 10-15 at Camp Caesar near Cowen, Webster County.  Young people, ages 14-18, are eligible to register.  The camp is sponsored by a number of state agencies, and focuses on West Virginia's natural resources and how to be responsible stewards of the environment.  This year, the camp registration fee is $185.  Nearly all first-time attendees receive a scholarship. 

Info, to register:
Ben Spong, WVU Extension Service, PO Box 6125, Morgantown, WV 26505, 304-293-9425;
or Alan Miller, 4290 Greenwalt Gap Road, Upper Tract, WV 26866, 304-358-3298

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

PASG Aquatic Invasive Species ID workshops


Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Identification Workshops
June 12, 2013- Erie, PA (Fish, Invertebrates, Reptiles)
June 19, 2013- State College, PA (Plants, Pathogens, Algae)

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is hosting two AIS identifications workshops designed to help field biologists and agency field staff use the new Pennsylvania Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species to quickly and accurately identify new AIS infestations. Each hands-on workshop will be from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM and will include lunch, refreshments, and a free copy of the field guide. There is no cost to attend either of the workshops, but registration is required by June 1, 2013 and space is limited. See full conference announcement and agendas for more information.

Please pass along to anyone you feel may be interested in this opportunity.


Sara N. Grisé
Coastal Outreach Specialist
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 3
Erie, PA 16505

Office: 814.217.9020
Cell : 814.602.4383
Fax: 814-217-9021

WVBG work day this Saturday, May 18

Hello everyone,

This is a reminder that we will have our monthly workday this Saturday, May 18 beginning at 9:00 am.  We will be planting annuals in several areas.  Please remember to bring your gardening gear including gloves, shovel or hand trowel, shears and kneeling pad if you have them.  Wear clothing and footwear you can get dirty! I find  it's also a good idea to bring a water bottle.

Thanks and have a great week!

Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden

Come Grow With Us!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Come get outside this week and help Friends of Deckers Creek

From the Facebook page of Green Morgantown:

Come get outside this week and help Friends of Deckers Creek make improvements at your community! Friends of Deckers Creek will be reconstructing the main path through the Outdoor Learning Park (OLP) in Sabraton! Volunteers are needed to help widen the path, which will involve moving the stone border, removing grass sod and covering the path with wood chips. All necessary tools will be provided. Path reconstruction will be done on Thursday, May 16 beginning at 10am. For more information and to sign up, please email OSM/VISTA Doug Gilbert at

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Monongahela Master Naturalist June Rendezvous - Saturday Morning Breakfast and a Rail Trail Hike

Welcome MN Class of 2013!

Let's try another rendezvous at the Terra Cafe on Saturday, June 1st at 9:30.  If the weather  cooperates we can do a little jaunt on the trail afterwards. Please RSVP for head-count purposes (, but if you don't RSVP, don't let that stop you from showing up!  See Terra Cafe info below.

Terra Cafe is located by the river on the trail in Star City. They are right beside Citynet's offices and the Tugboat Depot playground.
Phone: (2233)

WVDNR seeks help locating whip-poor-wills

The DNR needs help in locating whip-poor-wills, and is also interested in discovering locations of barn owls and bald eagle nests. For more information about helping out, go to

Saturdays focus on nature at Blennerhassett Island

PARKERSBURG - Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is the setting for a series of nature programs in 2013 focusing on the area's native plant and wildlife.  The nature of an island is generally contained except for when materials or perople arrive by boat, by swimming, or through flight.  History reflects man and animal presence on the island since the Ice Age.  The Ohio River, which surrounds Blennerhassett Island, contributes to the Island's natural history. 
The walks or activities are from 2-3:15pm and are hosted by the Parkersburg/Marietta area master naturalists chapter known as the "Nature Nuts."  There is no charge to attend the interpretative activity.  There is a charge for transportation to the island on the Island Belle sternwheeler.  Tickets for the boat ride are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History on the corner of 2nd Street and Juliana in Parkersburg.
Here's the schedule:
June 8: "All About BIrds"
July 6: "Trees Have Feet Too" and more tree surprises
Aug 3: "Make a Bird Nest"
Sept 7: "Bugs, Bugs, Bugs" and they are busy, busy, busy!
Oct 5: "Life in the River" - Fish, mussels, river ecology. etc.

Snake Fungal Disease

Penny Miller, from the Oglebay Master Naturalists and Director of the Good Zoo, has passed along a notice from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center about an emerging fungal disease in certain populations of wild snakes in the eastern and midwestern United States.  To read the USGS article and view pictures of the affects of this fungal disease on snakes found in the wild go to

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Migratory Bird Day is Saturday, May 4 at Coopers Rock

Coopers Rock State Forest will be the site of the celebration of Morgantown Migratory Bird Day on Saturday.  At 7am, meet at the Raven Rock Trailhead for a bird walk through the forest.  From 9am - 2pm, the pavilion will hold educational displays from Mountaineer Audubon, Brooks Bird Club, Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, West Virginia Division of Natural resources and others.
Info: 304-906-5438 or
The day is sponsored by the Avian Conservation center of Appalachia, based in Morgantown.