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(BSW) June 20th Summer Solstice Walk at Chapman Forest

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  • Kathy Bilton
    Summer Solstice Walk at Chapman Forest South Saturday June 20 - 10:00-4:00 or later Jointly sponsored by MNPS, VNPS, and the Botanical Society of Washington
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      Summer Solstice Walk at Chapman Forest South
      Saturday June 20 - 10:00-4:00 or later

      Jointly sponsored by MNPS, VNPS, and the Botanical Society of Washington

      Leaders: Rod Simmons and Jim Long

      The south tributary of Chapman Forest South is a pristine, spring-fed
      stream that begins as a series of Magnolia Bogs and seeps and flows
      through steep, forested ravines to Mattawoman Creek. We will walk along
      the floodplain of this stream from near its convergence with Mattawoman
      Creek upstream to a large series of wet meadows formed by beaver dams.
      This is a wild and pristine area with a great diversity of wildlife
      (migratory fish spawn in the stream and evidence of bobcat has been
      observed, among many others). In addition to discovering new things, we
      should see the state-rare Deciduous Holly (Ilex decidua) and Camphorweed
      (Pluchea camphorata); extensive fern belts and clubmoss colonies and many
      species of ferns, including Adder's Tongue; numerous wildflowers and
      species of Carex; and a diversity of trees and shrubs. Most of the
      vegetation here is typical of the Coastal Plain, but some of the stream
      passes through beds of calcareous marine sands and marl, which give rise
      to a distinctive flora with montane elements.

      Moderate though lengthy walk on fairly level ground.

      Bring lunch, water, and good shoes. Some wet ground or occasional very
      shallow stream crossing may be encountered. Afterwards, a group of us
      will meet at Chinese restaurant in Bryans Road shopping center for dinner.

      Directions: From the Capital Beltway (495), take Indian Head Highway (Rt.
      210) south approximately 22 miles to the Rt. 227 intersection at Bryans
      Road (at the intersection and not surprisingly, a McDonald's and Burger
      King will be on your right and a builders supply will be on left - don't
      take PG County versions of Livingston Road many miles before this
      intersection!). Turn left at Rt. 227 and proceed south for approximately
      3-4 miles. Slow down as road begins to descend down big hill to
      Mattawoman Creek (Lamont's will be on left about here) and be prepared to
      turn right just after stream crossing at Buteaux Crossing and before
      abandoned railroad tracks. Parking area will be on right at railroad
      tracks. We'll meet in parking lot.
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