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[BSW] Field trip to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park - February 3

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  • Kathy Bilton
    The Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and the Botanical Society of Washington invite you to the following event, part of the VNPS
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 14, 2013
      The Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and the Botanical
      Society of Washington invite you to the following event, part of the VNPS
      year-long program - "Celebrating the Natural Communities of Virginia". In
      this field trip, Rod Simmons will take us to the globally and state rare
      plant community identified as Piedmont / Coastal Plain Eastern Hemlock -
      Hardwood Forest (USNVC: CEGL006474) in the U.S. National Vegetation
      Classification.

      Field Trip to Old-Age Hemlock Forest at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park,
      Fairfax County, VA

      Sunday, February 3, 2013
      1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

      Field trip co-sponsored by the Potowmack Chapter-VNPS and the Botanical
      Society of Washington.

      Leader: Rod Simmons

      Bring: Wear good shoes and bring lunch or snacks and water. We'll walk
      mainly on trails, but the terrain is steep and rocky in places. (Folks who
      aren't comfortable with steep grades can turn back when the gently rolling
      upland ridge trail of the first segment of the walk reaches the point where
      it becomes steep.)

      Field trip is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to
      vnps.pot@... .

      Directions: Take Ox Road (Rt. 123) or Fairfax County Pkwy (Rt. 7100) east to
      Burke Lake Road (Burke Lake Road becomes Clifton Road south of Rt. 123).
      Take Clifton Road southwest towards Clifton, but turn left onto Yates Ford
      Road (Rt. 615) before the town of Clifton and proceed app. 1-2 miles to
      parking area at entrance to Hemlock Overlook Regional Park.


      *Field trip cancelled for heavy-steady snow, sleet, or pouring rain, but not
      for snow flurries or drizzling rain.

      For ARMN members, field trip applies per usual towards advanced training
      hours in botany, ecology, and geology.

      On steep rugged slopes overlooking the confluence of Popes Head Creek and
      Bull Run is one of our region's most scenic and wild natural areas. This
      special place was named for the ancient stands of Hemlocks (Tsuga
      canadensis) that occur on the extremely steep and rocky north-facing slopes
      - relics from long ago when montane flora was more widespread in the
      piedmont and coastal plain. These rare communities have persisted for
      millenia here and in a few other sites throughout the piedmont and coastal
      plain in places with conditions similar to those of montane habitats.

      Isolated or disjunct forest stands of Hemlock that occur in the piedmont and
      rarely the coastal plain are called Piedmont / Coastal Plain Eastern Hemlock
      - Hardwood Forest (USNVC: CEGL006474) in the U.S. National Vegetation
      Classification and are globally and state rare.

      We'll also see the Fairfax County champion Butternut (Juglans cinerea),
      Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera
      pubescens), Shinleaf (Pyrola spp.), stands of Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida), a
      variety of oak and hickory species, numerous heaths, and many other plants.


























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