Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Aquatic Habitats Class July 24

From Ellen:
The Aquatic Habitats class tomorrow, 7/24/2014, will be at the WV Botanic Garden but we will not meet in the lower parking lot as we did last week.  We will be going to about three places in the streams of the WVBG to collect macro-invertebrates.  That means wet feet so dress accordingly.  If a thunderstorm should strike we will have to adjust as needed.
Directions:  We meet in the Imperial East sales trailer.  If you are coming from Rt. 7 you will go about 1.5 miles on Tyrone Road to the Imperial View entry on your right.  Turn there and as soon as you turn you will see a sign pointing left to Imperial East. Follow that sign to the first building on the left.  That is our meeting place.  Parking along the road is not a problem. If you are coming from Rt.857 turn right onto Tyrone road and travel about 2.5 miles to the Imperial View entry then follow directions as above.  Coming this way you will pass the entry to the WVBG - do not park there unless you know where to walk from there.
Those of you who were at the WVBG walk last week - since we went past 2 hours I credited everyone who signed in with 1 hour Terrestrial Habitats, 1 hour Ecology and 1 hour Trees.
See you there

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Volunteer hours at the WVBG and free firewood

Wednesday 7/16/14 9am to noon.
 Phil Cole will be leading a special morning of removing Japanese Stiltgrass.  There are several areas of infestation that need to be cleaned up before it goes to seed. Please come and help us get rid of this noxious weed before it takes over.

 Saturday 7/19/14 9am to noon.
 The monthly volunteer work morning will be spent getting more clearing done where the dam breach will be put in by MUB in the near future. If you have not heard, the WV DEP has long  required that the dam on the reservoir be breached so that it can no longer hold water. We are trying to prepare the  area for MUB. Bring a sharp chainsaw if you have one. Hard hats and ear protection will be provided to those not  having them. There will be lots of firewood (unsplit). If you can come and help with this project we will be happy  for you to take a load home when we finish on Saturday. Please call me if you have questions: 304-376-2717.

 George Longenecker
 Executive Director

Monday, July 14, 2014

Elective hours tomorrow night

If you attend the presentation tomorrow night about the effects of the EPA ruling on the coal industry in West Virginia, be sure to turn your hours into Ellen.  They will count as elective hours.

Workday at the OLP

Tomorrow is a workday at the Outdoor Learning Park behind the Sabraton Kroger's.  The hours are from 10:00 - 2:00.  Come out and earn some volunteer hours.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Free education forum: EPA's New Carbon Limits & What They Mean for WV

West Virginia at the Crossroads:
EPA’s New Carbon Limits and What They Mean for West Virginia

Free public education forum on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00pm
Room G-102, WVU Engineering Science Building (East), Evansdale Campus

Sponsored by the Monongahela Group of the WV Sierra Club
and the WVU Sierra Student Coalition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently took historic action to protect our climate by issuing the first-ever guidelines to reduce carbon dioxide pollution—the chief cause of climate change—from electric power plants.

Join us on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:00pm for an educational forum to update citizens about the new guidelines and what they mean for West Virginia. Professor James Van Nostrand of the WVU College of Law and Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development, Mary Anne Hitt of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, and Randy Francisco of Sierra Club's Coal to Clean Energy Campaign in Pennsylvania will offer an overview and analysis of the proposed rules and discuss their importance to West Virginia. A Sierra Club representative will discuss actions people can take to voice their opinions, including a chance to attend an EPA public hearing on the proposed rule in Pittsburgh on July 31.
Directions to G-102 Engineering Science Building from downtown Morgantown: from Beechurst Ave/Monongahela Blvd. turn right into the WVU Evansdale Campus (near the Creative Arts Center) onto Evansdale Drive, and pass the CAC which will be on your left.  Keep to your right until you get to the “Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources,” on the left. Enter through the main doors, walk straight through the lobby toward “Ground Floor Classrooms.” Room G-102 is straight ahead.

Parking: WVU Parking Lot 40 (in front of & across the street from the bldg.) usually has free parking after 5:00pm. The WVU Short Term Paid Parking Lot is located a couple hundred yards past the “Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources” building, on the right. Park free in the WVU Coliseum parking lot after 5:00pm.

Please come and join the discussion!