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Volume  15:2                                                                   AUGUST , 2007

September  22 & 23   A NNU A L   MEETING  

Saturday Sept . 22

   10 A M   Forked   Run   State   Park Botanical   Foray meet   at   parking   lot : 63300 

    State   Route  124,  Reedsville Ohio

    4:30  PM   Dinner   in   Pomeroy Ohio   at   Bob   Evans

    PM   Membership   Meeting   at   Ohio   State   Univ Extension   Ofc in   Pomeroy

Information   about   and   directions   to   Forked   Run   SP :

     www . dnr . state . oh . us / parks / forkedrn . html

     http :// www . stateparks . com / forked_run . html


Sunday Sept . 23

8  A M   Porterbrook   Native   Plant   Nursery a   tour   of   Dr Frank   Porter’s nursery landscaping and   a   workshop   on   native   plant   propagation .


Lodging   options :

1 .   Meigs   Motel    740 992-5531.   It   is   located   right   behind   Pomeroy   on   Oh Rt . 7

2 .   Super  8,  Ripley WV   1-800-403-4176   or  1-304-372-8880

3 .   Best   Western     McCoys Ripley WV   1-304-372-9122

4 .   Holiday   Inn   Express Ripley WV   1-304-372-5000

5 .   There   is   also   camping   available   at   Forked   Run   State   Park .


WEST   VIRGINI 2007  BOT A NIC A L   HOTSPOT   OF   THE   YE A R


Three   nationally   known   botanical   organizations   held   meetings   in   West   Virginia   this   year .

1 .   North  A merican   Rock   Garden   Society  -  June  14-17  at   Canaan   Valley .

2 .   Joint   Field   Meeting   of   the   Botanical   Society   of  A merica   –   Northeastern   Section ,  Torrey   Botanical   Society ,  and   Philadelphia   Botanical   Club   –   June  17-21  at   Davis   and   Elkins   College .

3 .   Delaware   Valley   Fern   Society   –   July  8-11  at   Canaan   Valley   State   Park .

The   North  A merican   Rock   Garden   Society  ( N A RGS )  had   about  170  participants   from   the   US   and   Canada .   Martha   Oliver  ( Scottdale ,  P A)  who   is   one    of   our   WVNPS   members   was   the   primary   coordinator   of   the   event   and   did   a   fantastic   job .   Charles   Oliver  ( Martha ’s   husband )  was   always   present   and   helping   organize   trips ,  setting   up  A V   equipment ,  and   troubleshooting   where   needed .   They   along   with   Bill   Grafton   were   leaders   on   most   of   the   tours   along   with   another  10  or   so   leaders .  Martha   presented   the   opening   talk   about   the   exploitation   of   Dolly   Sods   and   Canaan   Valley   in   the   opening   address   titled ,  “ A  Series   of   Unfortunate   Events” .   Bill   Grafton   presented   information   on   flora   of   Dolly   Sods   and   the   WV   Shale   Barrens   in   a   talk   titled   “Dolly   Sods  &  Shale   Barrens :  One   degree   below   tree   line   and   one   step   above   desert” .  Fields   trips   were   taken   to   Blackwater   Falls   State   Park ,  Dolly   Sods   and   Larenim   Shale   barren .

Bonnie   Isaac   from   the   Carnegie   Museum   of   Natural   History   talked   about   the   ecology   and   phytogeography   of    Canaan   Valley   plants .   Bill   Cullina   from   the   New   England   Wildflower   Garden   presented   two   talks   on   rare   plant   introductions   and   woodland   plant   propagation ,  that   were   excellent .

Note   from   your   Editor :  This   was   one   of   the   best   organized   conferences   I   have   ever   attended .   It   was   very   exciting   to   be   around   people   with   such   a   love   for   our   native   plants .


The   “Joint   Meeting”   at    Elkins   must   have   been   fabulous .   Hopefully   we   can   get   a   report   from   one   of   our   attendees .

Elizabeth   Byers   presented   “High   elevation   wetlands   of   the  A llegheny   Mountain   region” .

Elizabeth   and   Jim   Vanderhorst   led   an   all   day   field   trip   to   Cheat   Mountain .

Kathy   Gregg  ( WV   Wesleyan   College )  presented   “Do   orchids   hedge   their   bets ? ”

Kathy   and   Brian   Streets   led   an   all   day   field   trip   to   Dolly   Sods .

Bill   Roody   presented   “Mushrooms :  a   world   of   wonder” .

Elizabeth   Byers   and   Leah   Ceperley   led   an   all   day   field   trip   to   Canaan   Valley .

Rodney   Bartgis  ( WV   TNC )  presented   “Dry   limestone   communities   of   the   upper   South   Branch” .


The   Delaware   Valley   Fern   Society   explored   for   ferns   and   wildflowers   in   Tucker ,  Grant   and   Mineral   Counties .   Most   of   the   field   trips   were   led   by   Bill   Grafton   and   Mike   Breiding .  A  field   trip   between   Parsons   and   Hendricks   resulted   in   seeing   Goldies    shield   fern , 3  Cystopteris   species  ( protrusa ,  tenuis ,  and   bulbifera ,  royal   fern ,  interrupted   fern ,  walking   fern ,  glade   fern ,  Polypody   Fern  ( Polypodium   appalachianum ),  and   maidenhair   spleenwort .   We   also   found   Maianthemum   stellatum  ( Star - flowered   Solomon’s   Seal ).

The   next   stop   was   Big   Run  ( Olson )  Bog   on   top   of   Backbone   Mountain .   Our   goal   was   to   see   the   Bog   clubmoss ,  and   the   larger  A ppressed   Bog   Clubmoss ,  which   we   did .   We   also   saw   about  200  Pogonia   ophioglossoides  ( Rose   Pogonia )  in   bloom .   Pitcher   plants   and  

Round - leaved   Sundew   were   everywhere .   The   Pitcher   Plant   population   has   literally   exploded   during   the   past   few   years .   Where   there   were   several   hundred   there   are   now   thousands   of   plants .

And   then   we   hit   a   bonanza !!!   Tom   Weiboldt  ( Curator   at   Virginia   Tech Chip   Morgan Mo   Stevens and   Mike   Breiding   found   a   small   patch   of   Bog   rosemary .   This   is   only   the   second   population   known   from   WV  ( the   other   is   in   Cranberry   Glades ).

I  ( Bill   Grafton had   to   see   this   rarity .   Fortunately Tom   W had   taken   a   GPS   reading   of   the   location .   We   walked   around   a   large   clump   of   Winterberry   where   we   expected   to   find   the   Bog   Rosemary but     instead   I   saw   a   large   clump   of   a   shrub   I   had   never   seen   before .   Tom   was   familiar   with   it   and   named   it   Leather - leaf   (Chamaedaphne   calyculata ).  A  second   smaller   clump   of   Leather - leaf   was   a   bout   2 feet   away .  A s   I   started   toward   it I   saw   another   evergreen   shrub   that   I   have   seen   in   Canada   and   New   England .   It   was   Pale   or   Swamp   Laurel  ( Kalmia   polifolia ).   I   was   so   happy   that   it   took   me   several   minutes   to   see   the   Bog   Rosemary   that   was   literally   mixed   in   with   the   Pale   Laurel .

The   last   native   shrub   I   can   recall   being   found   in   WV   was   Prairie   Redroot  ( Ceanothus   herbaceus )  found   by   Rodney   Bartgis   well   over   a   decade   ago .

To   find   two   new   native   shrubs   in   an   area   that   has   been   heavily   botanized   and   located   within  20  feet   of   each   other   and   mixed   with   the   very   rare   Bog   Rosemary   was   a   once   in   a   lifetime   experience   for   the   five   of   us .

Our   next   field   trip   was   along   the   Dobbin   House   Trail   in   Blackwater   Falls   SP   and   on   US   Forest   Service   lands .   The   objective   was   to   locate   and   make   a   definite   identification   of    Lycopodium   lagopus  ( One - cone   Clubmoss )  which   was   found   here   about  3  years   ago .   We   accomplished   our   goal   and   then   spent   considerable   time   discussing   the   hybrids   and   varieties   of   Lycopodium   clavatum ,  L .  lagopus ,  L .  annotinum ,  L .  digitatum ,  L . obscurum   and   L .  hickeyii   that   were   all   growing   in   close   proximity   to   each   other .

The   next   field   trip   was   to  A bes   Run   in   Canaan   Valley   SP   to   look   at   unusual    wildflowers   such   as   Showy   Ladies’   Slipper ,  Swamp   Saxifrage ,  Purple  A vens ,  Purple   Fringed   Orchid ,  Kidney - leaf   Twayblade ,  glade   spurge ,  and   Jacob’s   Ladder .   We   also   saw   the   rare   Cranberry   Bush  ( Viburnum   trilobum )  and  A lder - leaved   Buckthorn .  

Before   we   even   got   our   feet   wet ,  Mike   Breiding   spotted   a   nice   stand   of   Meadow   Horsetail  ( Equisetum   pratense ).   This   was   also   a   new   state   record .

Later   field   trips   took   us   to   see   Oak   Fern  ( Gymnocarpium   dryopteris ),  Long   Beech   Fern   (Phegopteris   connectilis ),  Wood   Horsetail  ( Equisetum   sylvaticum ),  and   Ostrich   Fern   (Matteuccia   struthiopteris ).


Note :   The   next   weekend   Emily   and   I   were   back   in   Canaan   Valley   teaching   classes   to   the   CV   Master   Naturalists   group .   While   on   a   short   fern   hike   near   the   Canaan   Valley   National   Wildlife   Refuge   headquarters ,  I   found   a   very   weird   Brackern   fern .   It   has   long   black   sori   on   the   underside   of   the   leaves   that   are   vaguely   similar   to   the   sori   of    Lady   Ferns .

FUTURE   FIELD   TRIPS  &  EVENTS

September  22 & 23 ( Sat . &  Sun .)   WVNPS  A nnual   Membership   Meeting   at   Pomeroy ,  Ohio .   Field   trips ,  workshop ,  and   business   meeting .

September  8 th  –   Margaret   Dennison   Fall   Nature   Walk   at   Kanawha   State   Forest .   Contact :  Shirley   Schweizer  304  925-2771   Registration   starts   at  9 A M   at   the   swimming   pool   area .   Hikes   start   at  9:30 A M .  A dult   fee  - $5   &  Under  16  fee  - $2

Check   these   websites :

WV   Native   Plant   Society :  www . wvnps . org

Wayne   Nation al   Forest :  www . fs . fed . us / r 9/ wayne / events

Ohio   Wildflower   Pilgrimage :  www . highlandsanctuary . org / CalendarOfEvents

Kentucky   Native   Plant   Society :  www . knps . org / knps %20 events

G A S   WELL   CONTROVERSY   IN   K A N A WH ST A TE   FOREST

Senate   Bill  460  was   passed   by   the   Legislature   and   signed   by   Governor   Manchin   to   protect   the   forests   and   vegetation   of   Kanawha   State   Forest   and   all   of   our  9  state   forests   from   poorly   located   and   maintained   gas   well   roads .    Unfortunately ,  during   the   negotiations   efforts   to   reclaim   all   roads   and   well   sites   with   native   plants   was   deleted .   Public   input   recently   ended   and   DNR   will   now   write   the   “rules”   to   implement   the   law .   It   is   hoped   that   reclamation   with   native   plants   can   be   reinstated   in   the   rules .   Considerable   input   has   been   provided   by   a   number   of   our   WVNPS   members ,  such   as ,  Bill   Hall ,  Julian   Martin ,  and   Mae   Ellen   Wilson .   Helen   Gibbins   wrote   the   following   letter   to   represent   views   of   WVNPS .

WEST   VIRGINI N A TIVE   PL A NT   SOCIETY

6 128  Gideon   Rd .

Huntington WV  25705

3 04-736-3287

gibbins @ verizon . net

July  25, 2007

        

Kenneth   Caplinger , A cting   Chief

Parks   and   Recreation   Section  

Division   of   Natural   Resources

Building  3,  Room  714,  Capitol   Complex

1 900  Kanawha   Boulevard   East

 Charleston WV  25305-0662

Dear   Mr Caplinger :     

 

               I   am   writing   on   behalf   of   the   West   Virginia   Native   Plant   Society   membership   to   support   the   proposed   regulations   for   oil   and   gas   well   drilling   and   road   construction / maintenance   in   West   Virginia’s   state   forests .   We   believe   the   new   rules   represent   a   major   step   forward   in   protecting   the   special   ecological   and   recreational   environments   of   our   state   forests .   We   commend   you   and   the   DNR   for   this    effort   and   welcome   the   opportunity   to   provide   input   into   the   development   of   the   final   document .

        We   recommend   adding   requirements   to   ensure   the   seeding   of   plant   species   native   to   West   Virginia   in   the   reclamation   of   areas   disturbed   or   damaged   by   well   sites   or   access   roads .   This   is   vital   to   prevent   the   introduction   and   spread   of   invasive   species   which   are   destructive   to   West   Virginia’s   long    term   biodiversity   and   health   of   wildlife   populations .   There   are   several   sources   in   adjacent   states   of   native   seed   mixes   that   would   be   effective   in   erosion   control   as   well   as   promoting   the   sustainability   of   the   forest   ecosystem .

        We   also   urge   a   requirement   for   an   inventory   of   plant   species   and   wildlife   habitats especially   with   respect   to   rare   species   that   might   be   found   in   proposed   well   sites .   While   consulting   a   list   of   previously   identified   threatened   or   endangered   species   is   also   highly   recommended a   current   survey   further   assures   no   adverse   impacts   to   rare   plant   and   animal   species   would   occur

           A  thorough   survey   conducted   by   field   botanists   and / or   biologists   would   allow   environmentally sound   decisions   regarding   location   of   new   drilling   projects   and   potential   mitigation   by   the   developer   for   damages   to   the   natural   forest   community .

              Once   again   we   are   grateful   for   the   advances   in   preserving   the   integrity   of   our   state   forests   delineated   in   the   proposed   rules .   Please   consider   our   comments   in   formulating   the   final   draft   and   advise   us    if   further   consultation   would   be   helpful   in   this   process .

Sincerely ,

Helen   Gibbins Recording   Secretary

West   Virginia   Native   Plant   Society   


CR A NBERRY   GL A DES   FIELD   TRIP by   KEVIN   C A MPBELL

     During   the   weekend   of   June  22-24, 2007,  the   WV   Native   Plant   Society Kanawha   Valley   Chapter   had   an   outing   to   the   Cranberry   Glades   region   of   Pocahontas   County In   attendance   were Elizabeth   Byers Chris   Gatens Bill   Hall and   Kevin   Campbell We   stayed   at   the   Handley   Wildlife   Management  A rea   near   Edray WV The   weather   was   fantastic   and   during   Saturday   we   observed   and   identified   sixteen   sedges”   and   ten   orchids I   should   clarify   that   “we   identified”   for   the   sedges   means   Elizabeth   Byers . A mong   the   discoveries   were   Heart - Leaved   Twayblade   in   Cranberry   glades   and   Early   Coralroot   in   a   small   bog   in   Handley   WM A.

Orchids

Cypripedium   acaule    Pink   Ladies   Slipper

Listera   cordata    Heart - Leaved   Twayblade

Goodyera   pubescens    Downy   Rattlesnake   Plantain

Habenaria   clavellata    Green   Wood   Orchid

Habenaria   orbiculata    Round - Leaved   Orchid

Habenaria   psycodes    Purple   Fringed   Orchid

Pogonia   ophioglossoides   Rose   Pogonia

Calopogon   tuberosus    Grass   Pink

Liparis   loeselii    Loesel’s   Twayblade

Corallorhiza   trifida    Early   Coralroot


“Sedges”

Scirpus   cyperinus    Woolgrass

Eriophorum   virginicum    Cottongrass

Rynchospora   recognita    Beaked   Rush

Dulchium   arundinaceum    Three - Way   Sedge

Carex   atlantica    Prickly   Bog   Sedge

Carex   echinata    Star   Sedge

Carex   plantaginea    Plantain   Sedge

Carex   prasina    Drooping   Sedge

Carex   torta    Twisted   Sedge

Carex   crinita    Fringed   Sedge

Carex   gynandra    Nodding   Sedge

Carex   utriculata    Beaked   Sedge

Carex   lurida    Sallow   Sedge

Carex   baileyi    Bailey’s   Sedge

Carex   intumescens    Greater   Bladder   Sedge

Cymophyllus   fraserianus    Fraser’s   Sedge


HIGHLIGHTS   OF   BO A RD   MEETING   ON   M A Y  5, 2007

Meeting   held   in   Canaan   Valley .   Present   were :  Chad   Kirschbaum ,  Lawrence   Beckerle ,  Kevin   Campbell ,  Donna   Ford - Werntz ,  Bill   Grafton ,  Chris   Gatens ,  Bill   Hall ,  Steve   Mace ,  Jeff   Patton   and   Helen   Gibbins .

TRE A SURER ’ S   REPORT :

    Income  $1,107

    Expenses   $577.40

    Balance   $2,933.60

T - shirt   sales   amount   to  $646.    We   agreed   to   subsidize   this   project   up   to  $200  if   needed .   Chad   Kirschbaum   was   commended   by   the   Board   for   his   efforts .

Finances   discussion :   We   may   have   a   deficit   budget   unless :

1 .   We   finance   fewer   projects ..

2 .   We   increase   our   membership .   Present   membership   is  85.

3 .   More   members   get   the   newsletter   by   email

4 .   Increase   dues  $3  for   members   who   prefer   postal   mail   rather   than   email

Note :   The   Native   Notes   will   continue   to   be   sent   by   postal   mail   unless   you   specifically   request   sending   it   by   email .

Public   Relations :

·   Cultivate   members   of   the   press   such   as   Scott   Shalaway  ( send   names  &  email   to   Helen   Gibbins )

·   Target   at   least   two   members   of   the   press

·   Ask   Frank   Porter   to   write   a   press   release   for   the  2007  annual   meeting

·   Develop   a   display   featuring   native   plants   for   the  2008  Bee   Keeping   convention   to   be   held   in   Huntington .

Helen   Gibbins   agreed   to   chair   the   Nominating   Committee .   She   will   ask   Lois   Kuhl   and   Romie   Hughart   to   serve   again .

Wilderness :   Helen   Gibbins   reported   that ,  in   the   name   of   WVNPS ,  she   sent   a   letter   to   WV ’ s   Congressional   delegation   asking   them   to   desiginate   more   wilderness   areas   in   WV .   The   emphasis   of   the   letter   was   on   stopping   invasive   plants   from   moving   into   special   areas .

Invasive   Plants :  Lawrence   Beckerle   said   that   he   had   contacted   the   Forest   Service ,  asking   what   plan   it   had   to   eradicate   Japanese   stilt   grass   from   the   Cranberry   Wilderness .   He   emphasized   the   need   to   take   aggressive   action   early   on .   From   his   conversation   he   gathers   this   is   a   new   activity   for   Forest   Service   employees .

It   was   agreed   that   WVNPS   would   sponsor   a   winter   workshop   on   eradicating   invasive   plants .   The   workshop   would   include   speakers   and   a   display   to   help   identify   invasive   plants .   Proposed   speakers   were   Kent   Karriker ,  David   Dick ,  Scott   Eggerud ,  Cindy   Huebner ,  Chad   K .  and   Lawrence   B   will   contact   individuals   who   might   be   willing   to   make   presentations   at   the   workshop .   Date   and   place   to   be   determined   later .

The   board   approved   Chad   Kirschbaum   using   our   name   on   grant   applications .

The   WV   Legislature   passed   new   rules   that   update   the   WV   List   of   Noxious   Weeds .

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