2015 WVNPS Events

Sept. 12-13, 2015

    The West Virginia Native Plant Society will conduct field trips to the Greenbrier River Rail Trail and Whites Draft shale barren on Saturday and Meadow River Wildlife Management Area Sunday morning. A board meeting will be held at the Blue Bend Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest on 9/12/15 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

Lodging: Super 8, Lewisburg, WV 304-647-3188

               Quality Inn, Lewisburg, WV 304-645-7722

               Village Inn, White Sulpher Springs, WV 304-536-3353

Cabins: Greenbrier Sate Forest 800-CALL WVA

Camping: Blue Bend Recreation Area

                 Greenbrier State Forest

                 Lake Sherwood Recreation Area of the Monongahela National Forest 877-444-6777

Greenbrier River Rail Trail hike September 12. Meet at the trail head parking lot at Keister or Kister, WV at 9:00 am.  From US 219 north of Lewisburg, WV turn on Benedict Lane CR 219/19 (just south of the Greenbrier County Airport), turn right on to CR 30 then and immediate left on to CR 30/1. Stay left of this road to a small gravel parking lot at the trail. This scenic trail offers diverse habitats in a limestone region. We should see canada yew, oak fern, and quillwort. This will be a two to three mile round trip on a level path. Bring a packed lunch. The walk should last into the early afternoon.

There will be a board meeting at the picnic shelter in the Monongahela National Forest Blue Bend Recreation Area from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. From US 219 just south of Frankford, WV take CR 21 east, stay straight on to CR 21/2 through Anthony, WV. Continuing east across the Greenbrier River the road becomes CR 16/2. The recreation area is located on the right a total of eight miles east of US 219 or about four miles west of SR 92 from Alvon, WV.

Whites Draft shale barren walk at 4:30 pm. From White Sulpher Springs take SR 92 north eight miles just north of Alvon. Turn right at the church on to CR 15/3 Whites Draft Rd. The shale barren is about .5 mile out at the first stream crossing on the left side (Monongahela National Forest property) of the road. Here we can see whitehair leatherflower, kates mountain clover, yellow buckwheat, and other shale barren species.

Meadow River WMA walk September 13. Meet at the gas station at the Dawson exit of I-64 at 9:00 am. We will take a short walk (may be through high weeds and brush) into a swamp white oak wetland.

April 24-26, 2015 -- WVNPS Field Trip and Meeting (pdf)              Field Notes from this trip (pdf)

The West Virginia Native Plant Society will conduct a field trip to Panther Wildlife Management Area, in McDowell County during the weekend of April 24-26, 2015. The area consists of a very old second growth hardwood forest dominated with hemlock. Spring wildflowers such as Fern-Leaf Phacelia, Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper, Long-Flowered Alumroot, Showy Orchis, Mandarin, Galax, Whorled Pogonia, and Recurved Fetterbush should be near their peak in this southern tip of West Virginia.  A board meeting will be held at the Group Camp Lodge on 4/25/15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Location: Panther is located in the rugged mountains near the southern border of West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky. From Route 52, one mile north of Iaegar, turn at the sign to Panther. At the Panther Post Office, turn left at the sign and follow the road approximately 3.5 miles to the area entrance. The Group Camp Lodge is approximately two miles south of the entrance on the right.

Lodging: Group Camp Lodge. Large bunk area for $20.00 for one night or $30.00 for two nights payable to Judi White, WVNPS Treasurer, 148 Wellesley Dr., Washington, WV  26181. Bring your own bedding or sleeping bag, towels, etc. A commercial kitchen is also available in the lodge to prepare your own meals. If there is interest, we could provide food for a dinner Saturday night for those who register for the trip. The food cost would be in addition to the costs for lodging.

The nearest hotels are located in Bluefield and Princeton, WV a one and one half hour drive to Panther WMA.

Camping: Six sites are available at $14.00 per night, payable to Panther WMA.

Field trips: We will be car caravanning or hiking from the Group Camp Lodge starting at 9:00 am to various points in the WMA Saturday morning and afternoon April 25. Lunch, as are all meals, will be on your own.

There will be a board meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Group Camp Lodge.

We may continue exploring areas in Panther on Sunday morning 9:00 am, April 26 or venture on to Berwind Wildlife Management area located south of War, WV.

Tri-State Chapter Events

   February 9, 7:00 pm, there will be a meeting at the Enslow Park Presbyterian church, Huntington. Those attending will plan for field trips and other activities, and will share pictures of significant plant finds.

   The Enslow Park Presbyterian Church is providing cans of chilli for the Cridlin Food Pantry. Attendees to the meeting are asked to bring one or two cans to donate to the pantry.

   February  21, 10:30  am, there will be a Winter Tree ID lecture at the Beechfork Lake office located at the marina end of the Lake (Lavalette).   If weather permits, the group will go for a short local hike.

    Anyone interested in native plants is invited to attend these events. For more information contact Romie Hughart, (304) 523-1049.

Jan. 17, 2015
-- Fern Workshop at the University of Charleston

The West Virginia Native Plant Society is hosting a fern workshop given by Mark Watson of the University of Charleston.  The workshop is free and open to the public.

WHEN:  Saturday, Jan. 17th​ (if the weather is horrible on the 17th, we'll switch to the following Saturday, Jan. 24th).  Workshop will begin at 10:00 AM and will end by 12:30 PM.

WHERE:  Clay Tower Building (CTB) room 513, Botany Lab (5th floor); University of Charleston; Charleston, WV.  Parking available in front of the building.

NOTE:  a Board Meeting will follow the fern workshop; the meeting is open to the membership and public.



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