Explore these rare habitats and their unique wildflowers at the Ft. Lewis shale barrens in Bath County. Shale barrens are unique environments that are endemic to the Allegheny Mountains and harbor some of the state’s rarest plants.
WT4 Field Trip: “Explore Riparian Buffer Areas” (October 13, 2017 — 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon)
Riparian buffer areas are one of the best practical measures for protecting ground water resources. Fort Lewis Lodge has designed, installed and maintained some of the most conservation-minded riparian buffers in the Cowpasture River Valley. Join John Cowden, the owner of Fort Lewis Lodge, and John Wright, Area Forester from the Virginia Department of Forestry, as you tour sections of the Fort Lewis Lodge property where these conservation practices have been put into place as part of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). You will visit a 10-year old tree planting site, as well as a one-year old site that is in the process of being prepared for a Fall planting. Reasons why certain species were recommended for planting will be dis-cussed. Details of CREP requirements and benefits will also be explained. In addition, you will learn how Fort Lewis Lodge has excluded cattle from all of their waterways via this government program.
This event takes place Friday, October 13 at 10 AM – 12 PM at Fort Lewis Lodge Registration by email opens at 1:00 pm EST on Sept. 14 (30 days prior to the date of each field trip).Open to All (Limit of 20).