We are thrilled to announce permanent protection of 665 acres of land, which fronts six miles of the Gauley River! The purchase ensured that an area known as the Gauley Canyon, which had once been considered for development, will remain intact and be managed to provide forests, river access, and recreational
EPIC (Engaging Professionals In
Conservation) is a great opportunity to get involved with the WV Land
Trust, venture outdoors, make new friends, and learn how YOU can help
keep West Virginia wild and wonderful! In addition to learning more
about land conservation, the program consists of three components -
leadership, networking, and an entry level outdoor activity.
We are looking for friends to help us manage our two Nature
Preserves! Elizabeth's Woods is located just five miles outside of
Morgantown, and the Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve is located in the
heart of Charleston. If you are interested in volunteering, please
contact Rick Landenberger, our Science & Land Management Specialist at (304) 413-0945.
We want YOU to be a "Face of Conservation!"
Check out our new video and see why these folks care about conservation...
Faces of Conservation
Why is land conservation important to you? Snap a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be part of the next video!
All riders will be entered to win tickets to the Big Pour
Come ride with us this Saturday, August 16th at 8:00 a.m. along Pittsburgh's beautiful Three Rivers Heritage trail and join in the fun of Bike Pittsburgh's BikeFest, taking place August 8th to 24th. Tour des Trees will serve as Tree Pittsburgh's annual fundraiser this year.
As you enjoy some outdoor exercise, you'll also learn about the riverfront ecosystem and current efforts to restore and protect it. Our guides will include ecologists and foresters, as well as Tree Tender volunteers who will share information throughout the ride. You'll also catch views of restoration work along Pittsburgh's hillsides, and we've scheduled a special stop to check in on our famous Bald Eagle nest!
For the seasoned rider, we've planned a 20-mile route along the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. For families, we've designed a 5-mile, fun and friendly "Family Ride" along the Monongahela River. All Family Ride participants will receive an interactive route map that will allow children to track their stops with stickers and earn a prize at the ride finish. Every participant, no matter the ride, will receive a commemorative t-shirt. All riders present on the day of the event will be registered to win tickets to Construction Junction's Steel City Big Pour!
Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids (under 18). All proceeds support Tree Pittsburgh's effort to protect our urban forest here in Pittsburgh. The ride starts and finishes at the Golden Triangle Bike Rental (600 First Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219). Please contact Golden Triangle Bike Rental and mention "Tree Pittsburgh" for a 15% discount on bike rentals for the event (bike rentals are first-come, first-served).
There will be a public informational meeting August 20 starting at 7:00 PM at the DNR Op's center on Ward Road. Our goal is to provide information and answer questions about the Master Naturalist program and hopefully obtain applications from students for the coming new session. Also, and this is very exciting, Dr. Jim Van Gundy will give a presentation about his recent trip to Tanzania, East Africa with some very wonderful pictures that were taken during that trip. This is a must see.....So try and get the word out to your friends that have expressed an interest in the Master Naturalist program and ask for them to join us next Wednesday evening. Refreshments will be available.
We are in the final phase of getting a schedule put together for the coming session and we should have it available for the public meeting. First classes will be held Saturday August 23. Subjects
will be Aquatic Habitats followed by Geology.
Our own Sam Muncy was elected to the West Virginia State Master Naturalist Advisory Committee, as a member at large during the business meeting portion of our annual conference. Congratulations Sam, I know that your input to the committee will be very valuable.
Congratulations also go out to Pam Byrne and Anne Wakeford for completing the program requirements and are now certified West Virginia Master Naturalist. I know that several others of our group are very close to completing the program and I look forward to their graduation.
Will close for now and hope to see you next Wednesday evening. Till then
The West Virginia Division of Forestry will be conducting a public tour
at Coopers Rock State Forest on Saturday, August 16, 2014. This tour
will be to inform the public of plans for a proposed timber
management project prescribed to meet recreational, wildlife &
silviculural objectives. Project plans include constructing a
designated parking area along the Pisgah road and developing a 2.4
mile road/trail loop. Wildlife objectives include increasing young
forest habitat, mast production, and browse, while creating
savannahs, and varying habitats for different bird species, such as
turkey, grouse, and songbirds like the Golden-winged warbler.
The tour of the Project area, which is located within the main body
of Coopers Rock State Forest, south of Interstate 68, east of the
Scott Run trail and west of the Pisgah Road (Preston Co. Route 73/2),
will take place at 11 AM. We will meet at the Day Use Parking
Area (located along the Main Forest Road, near the entrance gate).
Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather,
snacks and water. The tour will involve about a two mile hike on
uneven ground in the woods, with no trails. The tour route will
require climbing up some moderate grades and crossing a stream.
This is the opportunity for the public to tour the proposed project
area and ask questions prior to providing written comments.
For more information contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley
office at (304) 256-6775, by cell phone (304) 932-7105 or via
email at Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov. If you are planning to attend,
please notify Barbara by noon on Thursday, August 14th, so enough
transportation will be available.
If planning on taking a class at a chapter other than your own, please email/call the contact person listed first to find out if the class is still scheduled, where it is, if they have room for you, and if there is any cost involved. Check also with your own chapter coordinator to see what paperwork you will need in order to get credit for the class.
To see the latest schedules from the other chapters, go to the Master Naturalist website: MNofWV.org