Friday, May 22, 2015

Volunteers needed for the 25th Celebration of the Outdoors

The Coopers Rock Foundation is holding the 25th Celebration of the Outdoors on Saturday, June 20th.  We usually need volunteers to hand out programs and assist at craft tables. 
Please spread the word to the MNs and those interested should contact Gwen Jones. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Garlic Mustard Pull at Arboretum

The 2015 season officially ended this past Tuesday.  Jon was happy with our efforts.  Carol Nix took this picture at the end of the workday on Monday. Pictured are Randy Kesling, Jon Weems, me, and Don Keener. 

Kayak with Mussels

Join us for an EPIC Adventure!
 Kayak with Mussels

Date:  May 30
Time:  10am - 5pm
Location:  Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Williamstown, WV)
Cost:  $25
Description:  Tour a mussel rearing facility at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, kayak around Buckley Island, and receive mussel education with Patty Morrison, USFWS Refuge Biologist.  
  
Scattered along 362 miles of the Ohio River, the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge restores and protects habitat for wildlife in one of our nation's busiest inland waterways.
Freshwater mussels act like little water-filtration pumps on the bottom of the river.  Just by feeding, they clean the water.  Forty species of freshwater mussels occur on the refuge, including the endangered pink mucket and the fanshell.  Freshwater mussels are among the nation's most imperiled wildlife.  The refuge's underwater sand and gravel deposits provide vital mussel habitat.
The invasion of the Ohio River by non-native zebra mussels threatens native mussel survival.  The refuge is working with partners to conserve native mussels throughout the Ohio River watershed. 
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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, our leaders will provide guidance and basic instruction so that you can engage in similar outings on your own or with friends.



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Charleston Office:  304-346-7788          Morgantown Office:  304-413-0945

Monday, May 11, 2015

Volunteers needed for wildyard plantings at Eastwood and Cheat Lake Elementary

I wanted to touch base with you all about a project we are trying to wrap up.  I am not sure if Doug spoke to you all about this before he left, but we are working with Eastwood and Cheat Lake Elem. schools doing wildyard plantings on their property.  The principal from Eastwood has gotten back to me with some dates and I wanted to see if any of you would be able to lend a hand.  I will no longer be here then, but I am planning to help finish up this project.  The dates that they sent over to me are:

May 26
May 28
June 1
June 2
June 3
June 8
If any of any of you could lend a hand we would really appreciate it.  If you don't mind replying with a date that you are available (if any)  Thank you so much for all that you do, and we really do appreciate all of your hard work at the OLP!

Best,
Suzanne

Suzanne Moore
Executive Director
Friends of Deckers Creek
PO Box 877
Dellslow, WV 26531

Monday, May 4, 2015

Local Volunteer Opportunities

At the WVBG this Saturday:
> I would like to schedule a special workday for removal of invasives
> next Saturday, May 9th, from 9 am to noon. We have an area with
> lots of Tatarian Honeysuckle, some Japanese Honeysuckle and
> Multiflora Rose and a patch of Japanese Stiltgrass (the latter needs to
> be removed before it goes to seed.) People will need work gloves,
> although we can supply them for anyone who needs them. We will
> supply the tools necessary for the work. Some of the plants are at the
> edge of the water and may require some wading, so if a couple of
> people could wear rubber boots that would be helpful.

It's a good idea to wear long pants if you would like to avoid getting scratched by some of these defensive plants. Also remember to bring sun protection, water, etc.
>
> People planning to come might RSVP me at george@wvbg.org so I
> will know what to anticipate. Thanks.
>
> George W. Longenecker
> Executive Director
> West Virginia Botanic Garden
> 304-376-2717
> george@wvbg.org

At Elizabeth's Woods the following two Saturdays:
Finally, I will be hosting two volunteer trail construction outings at Elizabeth’s Woods in May, on the 15th, and 22nd.  Email me if you are interested in attending any of these dates.

Best,
Rick

<rick@wvlandtrust.org>