(BSW) September fieldtrip to southeastern Virginia (fwd)
- Hi -
Pat Ford asked me to pass this along to the BSW/
For the Sept 15-16 BSW field trip to southeastern Virginia, we will stay in the
town of Hopewell Sat (9/15)night. There are 6 hotels in Hopewell:
The closest States Park I found is Chippokes State Park
(http://www.stateparks.com/chippokes_plantation.html). Does anyone know of any other close campgrounds?
>In order for us to get a group room rate, I need to know how many people plan to
stay in a hotel in Hopewell? Please contact Pat Ford at p2zamora@...
(phone: 703-519-3042) by August 10, 2007, if you plan on staying in Hopewell Sat
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From: Kathy Bilton <kathy@...>
> See http://www.botsoc.org/BSWSept2007trip.pdf for illustrated pdf about
> September trip to southeastern Virginia. Text details are copied below.
> Botanical Society of Washington
> Annual Field Excursion 2007 Southeastern Virginia
> Tentative dates: September 15-16 -Saturday & Sunday
> September 22-23 -Saturday & Sunday
> Prince George and Southampton Counties of Virginia
> Estuarine River Shores and Bottomland Hardwoods
> The Botanical Society of Washingtons annual field excursion will be a
> weekend trip to southeastern Virginia in September.
> We plan to visit three field-sites in Prince George and Southampton
> Counties, located deep in Virginias cotton and peanut farms, approximately
> 3 hour drive from Washington D.C. The weekend trip will include a group
> dinner Saturday evening. We are investigating hotel and camping
> accommodations in and around the town of Wakefield, a.k.a. "Peanut Capital
> of the World." Nearby Jamestown 400th anniversary celebrations
> (1607-2007) can be an additional side trip for those interested; a ferry
> service across the James River provides a direct access route. Local
> botanists and/or land managers will be invited to serve as trip leaders
> for each field site, and participation by state Natural Heritage Program
> staff is also anticipated.
> Field sites include:
> Saturday Afternoon Estuarine Shores of the James River
> The James River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Prince George
> County, 8 miles southeast of the City of Hopewell and thirty miles
> southeast of Richmond. The Wildlife Refuge encompasses 4,200 acres of
> hardwood forest and wetland habitats along the James River, bordered by
> Powells Creek to the west, and the historic Flowerdew Hundred Plantation
> to the east. The Wildlife Refuge offers access to undeveloped estuarine
> (freshwater-tidal) shores and adjacent marshes, shrub zones, and forests.
> While similar in general appearance to the Washington-area shores of the
> tidal Potomac or Patuxent, or Chesapeake Bay, the James River flora
> includes numerous southerly species that dont extend farther north into
> the Washington region. Plant species of particular importance include
> sensitive joint vetch (Aeschynomene virginica) and Longs bittercrest
> (Cardamine longii). Both of these species are globally rare and are
> candidates for listing as endangered species.
> For more information, please see:
> Sunday Morning Old-growth Blackwater Swamp Forest. The Nature
> Conservancy Blackwater River Preserve is located in Southampton County,
> just below Hickaneck Swamp, extending about one mile on the West Bank of
> the Blackwater River.
> Few examples of Virginias presettlement cypress and hardwood swamp forests
> remain, and even fewer are accessible without boats or extended
> cross-country hikes. This preserve has one of the best remaining examples
> of an ancient bald cypress forest in the Southeast, with some trees
> estimated to be least 800 years old!
> We are requesting approval to take our group into the Preserve. If such a
> visit cannot be readily arranged, we will substitute a different
> non-estuarine wetland habitat in the general area.
> For more information on the Blackwater River Preserve, please see:
> Sunday Afternoon Brief supplementary site. Similar to other weekend
> excursions, a third site in the area will be selected for a brief
> afternoon visit for those interested, noting that some will want to return
> home in daylight. The third site might provide another example of one of
> the habitats already visited, or a brief introduction to a different
> ecological area in the same region. Suggestions are welcome!
> Pat Ford of the Society's field-trip committee is coordinating and
> organizing this year's excursion. Please contact her for further
> information or to provide suggestions, especially for local trip leaders,
> possible restaurants for Saturday evenings dinner, accommodations in the
> Wakefield area, and possibilities sites for the Sunday afternoon field
> stop. Or, if you have a preference for September 15-16 or 22-23. She may
> be contacted by phone: (703)-358-2494 (workday) or (703)-519-3042
> (evening/weekend), or by e-mail at: p2zamora@... (best option).
> Larry Morse (Chair) and Pat Ford, BSW Field Trip Committee
> June 2007.