Monday, September 12, 2011

DCR Natural Heritage Program 25th Anniversary Field Days!

Explore some of Virginia’s best-kept natural areas Oct. 8
Grassy Hill, Franklin County
Ryan Klopf - Mountain Region Steward, Virginia Natural Heritage Program Time: 10 a.m.
Location info here

Grassy Hill is a prominent landmark on the west side of the town of Rocky Mount. The site is characterized by rocky slopes forested with hardwood species and scattered patches of Virginia pine. Shallow, basic, heavy-clay soils predominate and outcrops of magnesium-rich bedrock are common. These unusual soil and rock substrates provide habitat for rare woodland communities. Several rare plants grow in small grassy openings near the hill's summit. As suggested by its name, there is evidence that this community type once dominated much of Grassy Hill. For example, open-grown oaks with low spreading crowns are found amidst younger, closely spaced trees. Fire scars on some trees indicate that fire may have played an important role in keeping Grassy Hill open. With the advent of effective wildfire suppression during the 20th century, the open, grassy woodlands slowly transformed into forest and dense woodlands with a continuous canopy.

Explore some of Virginia’s best natural areas and help celebrate 25 years of conservation in Virginia. Field days will be hosted at natural area preserves across the state and will feature guided hikes and natural-history interpretation. All events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.
To register, choose a location from the list below and register online.

Please note, the number of participants will be limited at some locations to ensure participant safety and enjoyment, and to protect resources at certain natural areas. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration also can be made by calling 804-396-4327.

Click here for more details on Virginia Natural Heritage Program. The second Natural Area preserve near BRFAL Chapter is Buffalo Mountain in nearby Floyd County.
BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist wants you to get outside, explore and learn something new today. Get involved in something cool, learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist program here!

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