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Volume  16:2   A UGUST , 2008

2 008 A NNU A L   MEETING

The  2008 A nnual   Meeting   will   be   held   in   Chief   Logan   State   Park   near   Logan WV   on   Sept . 20 & 21.

The   schedule   for   the   weekend   is  :

·   Meet   at   the   Parking   Lot   for   the   Lake   at  10:30  am   on   Saturday   and   walk   the   Lake   Shore   Trail   until   noon .

·   Lunch   on   your   own

·   Meet   at   the   trail   head   of   Guyandotte   Beauty   Trail   at  1  pm   and   walk   that   trail

·   Dinner  5:00  PM

·   Business   meeting  6:30  pm  

·   We   will   pick   a   trail   to   explore   for   Sunday   morning   at   the   business   meeting .

Lodging   or   camping check   website   www . chiefloganlodge . com   or   call  304  855-6100

Other   choices :

Holiday   Inn   304  752-6495  (4 miles   away   in   Logan )

Best   Western   304  831-2345  (5  miles   away   in   Chapmanville )

Super  8  304  752-8787  (5  miles   away   in   Logan )

Rodeway   Inn   304  855-7182  (8  miles   away   in   Chapmanville )

A   partial   list   of   spring   plants  ( below that   I   observed   during   the  1970 s   and  1980 s   will   tell   you   there   are   lots   of   rich   woods deep   hollows and   dry   ridge   tops .   The   plants   are   more   typical   of   the   Cumberland   Plateau   than   the   Western   Hill   of   the   Ohio   River   Valley .   The  4- lane   US   Route  119  provides   easy   access   to   the   State   Park   and   the   Conference   Center .

Walking   Fern    A dder’s   Mouth   Orchid

Ramps   Glade   Fern

Showy   Orchis   Cranefly   Orchid

Puttyroot   Wild   Cane

Fire   Pink   Wild   Columbine

Slender   Toothwort   Celandine   Poppy

Green   Violet   Greek   Valerian

Bluebells   Blue - eyed   Mary

Guyandotte   Beauty   Crossvine

Pinxter  A zalea   Buffalonut

Umbrellatree   

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DR A FT   MINUTES   WV   N A TIVE   PL A NT   SOCIETY

JUNE  14, 2008


    The   WV   Native   Plant   Society   Board   of   Trustees   met   on   June  14, 2008  in   the   Lake   Floyd   club   house President   Chad   Kirschbaum   called   the   meeting   to   order   at   1 :45  pm Others   attending   were   Donna   Ford - Werntz Bill   Grafton Judi   White Jeff   Patton and   Helen   Gibbins .

   A pproval   of   the   January   board   meeting’s   minutes   was   deferred   until   the   Board   receives   them .

TRE A SURER’S   REPORT     Donna   Ford   Werntz    reported   the   following :

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   February   Balance                                 $4,638.37

    Income  ( Dues donations T - shirts   sales )     800.44

    Expenses  ( Native   Notes ,   chapter   dues   reimbursements ,

    FN Illustration board   meeting   room   rent CDs ) 3 ,666.00

Balance     $1,772.81

(Obligated   expense     MRTC   rail   trail   sign  $100)

II . CDs  ( interest   ca  $25  quarterly )

    Life   Members  ( dues   revenue )$3,451.09

    EPNPS  ( dormant   chapter )$2,326.11

    WVNPS  ( contingency   fund )$3,025.52

Note     T - shirt   summary expense  ( print / postage  $884;  income  ( sales ) $1,000

WEBSITE  

 Jeff   Patton   reported   that   the   WVNPS   website   had   been   hacked but   it   is   fixed   now He   suggested   the   future   website   include   wildflower   gardening   articles Following   are   other   suggested   additions :

Nursery   owners   who   sell   wildflowers  ( see   last   Native   Notes )   and   links   to   their   websites

Links   to   useful   websites   such   as   the   Connecticut   Botanical   Society

A   list   of   easy - to - grow   wildflowers .   Judi   White   and   Helen   Gibbins   will   send   suggestions

Helen   mentioned   Peter   Heus’   booklet   he   sends   with   the   plants   he   sells .

MEMBERSHIP  

 Steve   Mace   asked   that   someone   replace   him   as   membership   chair His   work   schedule   precludes   him   from   keeping   up   with   the   membership   duties He   is   willing   to   stay   on   the   Board   as   Corresponding   Secretary .

    Some   of   the   duties   of   the   Membership   Chair   are   to   send   out   dues   notices send   dues   payments   to   the   Treasurer send   a   welcoming   letter   to   new   members keep   a   list   of   members   and   send   the   list   to   the   board   periodically and   prepare   labels   for   the   newsletter   editor .   It   was   also   suggested   that   the   labels   include   the   last   date   that   the   members   paid   their   dues .

EVENTS  A ND   FIELD   TRIPS

   The   Tri - State   chapter ,   guided   by   Romie   Hughart   and   Dick   Thompson went   to   East   Lynn   to   check   out   a   special   trillium but   it   was   too   early   in   the   season   to   determine   its   species The   chapter   also   went   to   Carter   Caves KY Under   the   guidance   of   the   KY   State   Nature   Preserves   Commission   the   chapter   checked   out   several   species   the   Commission   is   tracking Judy   Dumke   and   Chad   Kirschbaum   will   send   a   report   to   the   Commission .

    WV   Wildflower   Pilgrimage .   Julian   Martin   and   Mae   Ellen   Wilson   publicized   the   WVNPS   by   wearing   placards   advertising   the   WVNPS .               

    Invasive   Plants   Conference .  A bout  60  people   attended   this   meeting   in   Pomeroy Ohio   with   a   good   mix   between   property   owners   and   agency   persons Frank   Porter   gave   a   good   pitch   for   the   WVNPS .

    Wildlife   Diversity   Day  at   the   Capitol Frank   Porter   and   Helen   Gibbins   staffed   the   table

FN PL A NT   SPONSORSHIP  -  The   legume   volume   is   scheduled   to   be   published   in   2 009  and   will   include   our   Kate’s   Mountain   Clover   illustration .

WVNPS   FLYERS

Bill   Grafton   moved Judi   White   seconded   that   if   the   price   seems   reasonable , 500  membershipflyers   will   be   printed They   will   include   the   amendments   suggested   by   the   Board   at   the   last   meeting The   motion   passed Chad   will   contact   Frank   Porter   about   taking   care   of   the   project .

WV   OUTDOOR   HERIT A GE  A CT   OF  2008 

It   was   agreed   that   the   NPS   membership   be   canvassed   through   the   website   and   newsletter   asking   them   to   list   their   favorite   unique   places  ( not   publicly   owned they   think   might   be   a   candidate   for   the   Heritage   list .   The   next   newsletter   will   print   again   a   description   of   the   program Helen   Gibbins   agreed   to   find   out   more   about   the  A ct   and   forward   the   information   on   to   the   Board   members .

W A IVER   OF   LI A BILITY

   Jeff   Patton   will   access   Oregon’s   Waiver   Of   Liability   and   change   Oregon’s    name   to   WV   for   the   WVNPS   and   its   chapters   use We   will   ask   all   attendees   on   our   field   trips   to   sign   the   waiver .

WV   WILD   Y A RDS   PROGR A M

   It   was   suggested   that   Native   Notes  and   the   website   publicize   this   program .

NOMIN A TING   COMMITTEE

   Helen   Gibbins   agreed   to   contact   some   members   asking   them   to   be   on   the   nominating   committee   of   three She   will   first   talk   to   Cindy   Ellis Chris   Gatens and   Mary   Sansom Officers   needed    are   President Treasurer Membership   Chair and   Director   for   three - year   term

ANNU A L   MEETING

   It   was   agreed   that   the   WVNPS   annual   meeting   will   be   in   Logan   County Chief   Logan   State   Park   has   lodge   rooms   and   camping   facilities .   Bill   Grafton   will   contact   the   extension   office   to   find   out   if   we   can   use   their   office   for   a   meeting .   Bill   also   will   investigate   places   for   field   trips   during   the   annual   meeting .

PRESIDENT’S   MESS A GE     Chad   Kirschbaum

Greetings !  A s   I   type   this   message the   humid   Dog - Days   of   summer   are   settling - in .   These   hot - muggy   days   of   late   summer   get   their   name   from   the   Romans   who   believed   the   dog   star Sirius   is   part   of   the   constellation   Canis   major and   during   this   time   of   year   it   rises   and   falls   with   the   sun .   The   Roman   believed   the   dog   star   added   extra   heat   to   the   summer .

In   modern   times the   Dog - Days   of   summer   are   associated   with   side - walk   sales complacency   and   sweltering   heat .   This   however it   not   a   time   for   botanical   enthusiasts   to   sit   inside   and   soak - up   the  A C .   Driving   around   the   country - side   I   have   noticed   many   late - summers   bloomers   festooning   the   roadsides .   Yellow   and   purple   mosaics   of   ironweed joe - pye   weed   and   wingstem   signal   the   botanical   Dog - Days   of   summer .

These   three   plants   while   considered   by   most   to   be   roadside   weeds   and   nuisances   to   cattle   are   very   important   late   summer   food   sources   for   pollinators   and   critical   habitat   for   native   predatory   insects Ironweed   alone   has   over  15  different   species   of   butterflies   that   are   attracted   to   its   blooms .  A  recent   study   at   Michigan   State   University   revealed   that   pollinators   and   nearly  50  species   of   native   insect   predators   are   attracted   most   to   plants   with   large   inflorescences .   In   their   study during   the   late   summer   period perfoliate   boneset  ( Eupatorium   perfoliatum )   attracted   the   most   native   predatory   insects   and   goldenrods   attracted   the   most   bees  ( see   http :// nativeplants . msu . edu / results . htm   for   more   info ).         

Pollinator   decline   and   conservation   have   been   on   my   mind   lately .   The   U . S Forest   Service   has   recently   launched   a   new   website   dedicated   to   this   conservation   issue   (www . fs . fed . us / wildflowers / pollinators / index . shtml ).   This   website   has   information

and   links   about   pollinators   and   pollinator   decline .   Did   you   know   that  1  out   of   every  3  bites   of   food   you   eat   is   thanks   to   pollinator ?   Think   about   all   the   foods   we   enjoy   that   require   pollination tomatoes pumpkins   and   strawberries   are   just   a   few   examples .   Here   are   a   few   more   fun   facts   that   I   learned   from   the   Forest   Service   website :

More   than   half   of   the   world’s   diet   of   fats   and   oils   come   from   animal - pollinated   plants  ( oil   palm canola sunflowe rs etc .).

More   than  150  food   crops   in   the   U . S depend   on   pollinators including   almost   all   fruit   and   grain   crops .

The   USD estimated   that   crops   dependent   on   pollination   are   worth   more   than  $10  billion   per   year .

What   does   this   have   to   do   with   the   West   Virginia   Native   Plant   Society   and   the   Dog - Days   of   summer ?  A s   native   plant   enthusiasts   we   have   an   opportunity   and   responsibility   to   spread   the   word   about   the   benefits   of   using   native   plants   for   gardening   and   the   benefits   of   conserving   native   plants   in   West   Virginia   in   their   native   habitats .   One   overlooked   benefit   is   the   value   that   native   plants   have   in   attracting   pollinators   for   crop   production   and   native   insect   predators   for   natural   biological   control   of   pest   species .   These   essential   animals   will   not   only   make   gardens   more   interesting   places   but   will   also   help   strengthen   our   nation’s   food   supply   and   ecosystems’   food   webs .  

In   the   remaining   Dogs   Days   of   summer   I   encourage   you   look   for   and   identify   these   beneficial   insects   in   your   gardens fields   and   favorite   natural   areas   and   think   about   how   you   might   use   the   plants   that   harbor   them   or   how   you   can   re - create   their   habitat   on   your   property .   Because   in   the   Dog   Days   of   summer   we   see   a   large   number   of   showy   plants   with   large - inflorescenes   blooming this   is   the   perfect   time   to   photograph   and   appreciate   our   native   six - legged   friends .   In   September our   annual   meeting   and   field   trip   will   be   at   Chief   Logan   State   Park  ( see   details   inside ).   This   event   will   be   a   perfect   time   to   get   outdoors   and   hunt   for   and   appreciate   the   beneficial   insects   that   are   our   partners   in   conserving   West   Virginia’s   diversity   of   native   plants .   I   hope   to   see   you   there !     

VOLUNT A RY   RUR A LOUTDOOR   CONSERV A TION  A CT

Passed   on   March  8, 2008 :  To   be   effective   June  8, 2008


 SB  622  Voluntary   Rural   Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation  A ct . " The   purpose   of   this   bill   is   to   provide   for   land   conservation   and   stewardship   through   a   newly - created   Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation   Fund   to   provide   grants   to   certain   state   agencies   and   qualifying  501( c )(3)  organizations . A n   enhanced   fee   for   the   recording   of   deeds   will   be   divided   equally   between   the   existing   Farmland   Protection   Fund   and   the   Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation   Fund .  The   Board   of   Trustees   of   the   new   Fund   may   direct   the   Economic   Development   Fund   to   issue   revenue   bonds   to   be   secured   by   a   portion   of   the   recording   fee ." 

      Led   by   The   Nature   Conservancy   the   passage   of   this   bill   was   supported   by   a   wide   variety   of   recreation   and   conservation   groups   and   business   interests . A ccording   to   Beth   Wheatley ,  of   TNC , " It ' s   not   just   about   securing   funding   for   land   conservation .  It ' s   about   making   land   conservation   a   priority   for   WV   and   giving   the   state   and   communities   the   resources   to   be   able   to   protect   land   that   is   important   to   them ."

1 )  Fund   to   establish   a   funding   source   to   conserve   unique   and   important   wildlife   habitat ,  natural   areas ,  forests ,  working   lands ,  lands   for   hunting ,  fishing   and   recreation   and   other   lands   important   to   WV . 

Funds   will   come   from   a   fee   on   real   estate   transfers   one / half   to   Conservation   Fund   and   one / half   for   Farmland   Preservation .

              For   purposes   of   this   article ,  conservation   criteria   include : 

( 1)  Unique   or   important   wildlife   habitat   as   specified   in   the   State   Wildlife   Conservation  A ction   Plan ;

( 2)  Habitat   for   rare ,  threatened   or   endangered   species ; 

( 3) A  relatively   undisturbed   or   outstanding   example   of   an   ecosystem   or   natural   community   indigenous   to   West   Virginia ; 

( 4) A n   important   area   for   public   hunting ,  fishing   or   other   outdoor   recreational   uses ; 

( 5)  Important   recreation   lands   or   important   habitats   identified   in   county   comprehensive   plans ; 

( 6)  Riparian   habitats ,  wetlands ,  water   quality ,  watersheds   of   significant   ecological   value   or   critical   aquifer   recharge   areas ; 

( 7)  Forest   land   or   working   land   that   has   strategic   economic   significance ; 

( 8) A  larger   area   containing   conserved   lands   or   as   a   connection   between   conserved   lands ; 

( 9)  Land   of   unique   cultural ,  historical   or   archaeological   significance ; 

( 10)  Degree   of   threat   to   land ;  and

( 11)  The   number   of   acres   of   land   to   be   conserved . 

2 )  Board   of   Trustees  -  DNR   and   Forestry   directors ; 9. others  - 1  each   from  A gricultural   Land   Protection  A uthority ,   registered   forester ,  person   with   documented   expertise   in   public   health   or   public   recreation ,  a   representative   of   sportsmen   and   sportswomen ; 2  are   recognized   professional   experts   in   biology   or   ecology ,  nominated   by   the   WV  A cademy   of   Sciences ; 3  are   reps   of   independent   IRC  501  ©   (3) ( see   definition   under  4 -  charitable   corporation )

    Some   of   the   duties   of   the   Trustees  

              Make   available   money   to   the   DNR   for   acquiring   property   or   debt   service   for   conservation   purposes   under   the   WV   Wildlife   Conservation  A ction   Plan   or   other   conservation   plans   developed   by   the   division . 

              May   issue   revenue   bonds   for   financial   support   for   land   conservation .

 From   The   Nature   Conservancy ' s   website

Legislation   Launches   Investment   in   West   Virginia ' s   Rural  &  Natural   Heritage

Governor   Manchin   signs   bill   creating   Voluntary   Rural  &  Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation  A ct

CH A RLESTON ,  WV  - A pril  3, 2008 - A  new   state   initiative ,  made   official   today   with   the   ceremonial   signing   by   Governor   Manchin ,  commits   the   State   of   West   Virginia   to   a   stronger   investment   in   the   future   conservation   of   important   wildlife   habitat ,  natural   areas ,  forests ,  and   farmland .

  "A n   investment   in   land   conservation   is   important   to   growing   key   economic   sectors   like   tourism   and   to   attracting   businesses   interested   in   a   high   quality   of   life   for   their   employees ,"  says   Governor   Manchin , " This   legislation   is   one   more   step   in   making   West   Virginia   a   destination   state ."

  " This   is   a   historic   piece   of   legislation ,"  says   Rodney   Bartgis ,  state   director   of   The   Nature   Conservancy , " We   applaud   the   Legislature   and   Governor   Manchin   for   their   support   in   conserving   West   Virginia ' s   rural   and   natural   heritage ."

Gov .  Manchin ' s   signature   confirms   the   West   Virginia   Legislature ' s   March  8 th   approval   of   the   Voluntary   Rural  &  Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation  A ct .   The   legislation   makes   a   state   investment   in   the   conservation   of   important   wildlife   habitat ,  natural   areas ,  forestland ,  and   farmland   and   establishes   a   statewide   land   conservation   fund ,  the   Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation   Fund . 

The   Voluntary   Rural  &  Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation  A ct   makes   an   investment   by   dedicating   revenue   from   a  $4  flat   fee   on   the   recording   of   deeds   and  $5  flat   fee   on   the   recording   of   other   documents   to   land   conservation .   Half   of   the   revenue   from   these   fees   will   be   directed   to   the   new   state - level   Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation   Fund   created   by   the   legislation   and   half   will   be   directed   to   the   state - level   Farmland   Protection   Fund . 

"The   revenue   directed   to   these   two   land   conservation   funds   is   a   first   step   to   enable   conservation   of   lands   important   to   West   Virginians '  economic   well - being   and   quality   of   life ,"  said   Senator   McCabe ,  lead   sponsor   of   the   legislation , " This   initial   state   investment   will   begin   to   leverage   private ,  federal ,  and   in   some   cases  -  local  -  dollars   to   enable   conservation   of   West   Virginia ' s   outstanding   natural   assets ."

A   broad   spectrum   of   interests   supported   the   legislation :   land   trusts ,  farmland   protection   boards ,  hunting  &  fishing   organizations ,  wildlife   groups ,  landowners ,  and   business   leaders .  " The   coalition   supporting   this   legislation   recognized   the   economic   and   quality   of   life   returns   that   West   Virginians   will   see   from   investing   in   the   conservation   of   outstanding   natural   areas ,  wildlife   habitat ,  forestland ,  and   farmland  -  and   the   value   of   conserving   our   natural   heritage   for   our   children   and   grandchildren ,"  says   Rod   Graves ,  retired   farmer   and   active   member   of   two   farmland   protection   boards , " We   also   recognized   the   importance   of   partnering   to   support   both   a   state   investment   in   land   conservation   and   the   development   of   the   Outdoor   Heritage   Conservation   Fund ."

"The   fact   that   the   bill   passed   during   the   first   session   in   which   it   was   introduced   speaks   to   the   power   of   the   coalition   of   interests   working   together  -  for   the   first   time  -  to   meet   a   shared   objective ,"  says   Bartgis , " The   bill ' s   passage   also   speaks   to   the   enormous   public   support   to   conserve   West   Virginia ' s   natural   assets   and   growing   recognition   that   these   assets   are   the   state ' s   competitive   advantage ."  

Public   support   of   land   conservation   is   reflected   in   recent   survey   results .   More   than  8  in  10  voters   agree   that   protecting   land   and   water   is   vital   for   a   strong   economy   in   the   State  (2007  survey   of   West   Virginia   voters   conducted   by   Fairbank ,  Maslin ,  Maullin  & A ssociates ).   Seventy - nine   percent