Sunday, October 23, 2016

WVBG Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Program

***Sunday November 20, 2:00 p.m. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Program: The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has decimated much of the eastern hemlock forests. Ellen Hrabovsky, local naturalist, will discuss the biology and the current status of this invasive pest as well as treatment methods. We will also visit our beautiful hemlocks stands, which have been treated. Most appropriate for adults and older children.

Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area Day Hike

***Sunday, December 4, 2016
Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area Day Hike
Acquired in 1996 by the State of WV, the SHWMA is across the Cheat River Gorge from Cooper Rock State Forest.   This 4.5  mile loop hike is rated moderate "plus" intensity with elevation changes that connect with several scenic views including
Table Rock, Cheat View, and several lesser known views along Snake Hill's canyon rim.  Trail conditions vary from poorly established with vegetation overgrowth, rocky under footing and blow downs, to clearly established paths and gas well roads.  Recent logging from the DNR will be evident.  Hiking boots with good tread and hiking pole recommended.  Preregister with the leader.

Leader:  Ann Devine-King, 304-594-2636 atdking@gmail.com
Nearest city:  Morgantown, WV
Web info:  www.coopersrock.org  and www.coopersrockstateforest.com/

Day Hike at North Bend State Park

***Saturday, November 19 10:00 AM
DAY HIKE NORTH BEND STATE PARK
 North Bend State Park, Overlook Trail. Meet at 1pm at the cabins beyond the park administration building and nature center. Easy/moderate level of difficulty. 1- to 2-hour duration, depending on group. All hikers welcome, from beginners to advanced. This 1.2-mile loop trail includes three elevation changes and a variety of ecosystem habitats, including pine forest, creek bed, mature forest, river, and rocky outcrops. Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Questions? Contact trip leader Autumn Long, 304-796-4677, autumnlong11@gmail.com

Cooper's Rock Autumn Adopt-a-Trail Outing

***Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 AM
Cooper's Rock Autumn Adopt-a-Trail Service Outing Rated - easy hiking and easy to moderate work intensity Join the fun with the fall trail maintenance for Sierra Club's adopted Intermediate Cross Country Ski Trail Saturday, November 14 at Cooper's Rock South. Fall clean-up emphasizes clearing fallen leaves, drainage restoration and trail clearing along a 1.25 mile loop. Volunteers should wear sturdy boots, and carry work gloves, water, snacks . Useful tools to bring are long handled pruners, rakes, pointed shovels. Adults and adolescents are invited to help and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian. Volunteers will be required to sign a standard Sierra Club Liability Waiver and a DNR Volunteer Work Program Agreement. Please pre-register with the leader. Leader: Ann Devine-King at 304-594-2636 or atdking@gmail.com.