The GWNF Stakeholder field trip to Slate Slick scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
The GWNF Stakeholders have scheduled a field trip on Dec. 10 to begin work on a collaborative project in the Slate Lick - Beech Lick Knob area of the North River Ranger District. The group field trip to the Slate Lick area in northwestern Rockingham County will focus on invasive species, horse trails, open woodland, wood turtles, and a few other issues.
The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the North River Ranger District at 401 Oakwood Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801. (Near Mt. Crawford) Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.
Please let VWC Field Director Mark Miller know if you are coming. Bring your own lunch and water.
The Wilderness Act was passed in 1964. setting up the National Wilderness Preservation System. Since 1964, numerous Wilderness Acts have enacted legislation to add areas to the NWPS. James River Face Wilderness is Virginia’s first National Forest Wilderness – 8,886 acres in Bedford and Rockbridge Counties, ranging in elevation from 650 feet at the James River to 3,073 feet at Highcock Knob. It was designated on January 3, 1975 by Public Law 93-622 (known as the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act), with one addition in 1984. The Appalachian Trail runs through it.
Take time to get out and explore this beautiful Wilderness area!
The USDA Forest Service will host a public field tour of the proposed 100,000 acre Lower Cowpasture Restoration Project on Thursday, October 31, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants will meet at the Goshen Public Library (1124 Virginia Avenue) in Goshen (Rockbridge County), Virginia. The group will tour some potential recreation projects in the Lower Cowpasture Project area including potential trails and a wilderness study area. This is the third in a series of field tours scheduled for 2013 to discuss the Lower Cowpasture Restoration Project.
To register for the field tour, please contact Michael Williams at (540) 265-5173 or email@example.com.
In the event of inclement weather, this field tour may be rescheduled. Contact the James River Ranger District at (540) 962-2214 for workshop status. For additional information on the Lower Cowpasture Restoration Project contact the James River Ranger District or Warm Springs Ranger District at (540) 839-2521.
The U.S. Forest Service will host a public workshop to discuss the proposed 100,000 acre Lower Cowpasture Restoration Project on Monday, September 16, from6 to 8 p.m. at the Millboro Elementary School. This will be the fourth in a series of public workshops scheduled for 2013. The Lower Cowpasture RestorationProject Area is located in eastern Alleghany and Bath counties.
The Lower Cowpasture Restoration Project resides in a diverse area with a wide range of natural resources. This workshop will explore forest management techniques within the Cowpasture, Jackson, and Calfpasture River watersheds, such as timber harvest, prescribed burning, invasive plant management, recreation, and forest road access.
In the event of inclement weather, the workshop may be rescheduled. Changes in the date and/or time of this workshop will be posted by 4:30 p.m. on September 16 at http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gwj/alerts-notices. For additional information on the Lower Cowpasture Restoration Project contact the James River Ranger District at 540-962-2214, or the Warm Springs Ranger District at 540-839-2521.
The second Mountain Stream Symposium will be held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia on Saturday, September 21st. This symposium will highlight emerging research and management to understand challenges facing mountain streams in the Appalachian region. The symposium is a follow-up to the first Virginia Mountain Stream Symposium held at the University of Virginia in 2004. The organizing committee includes Christine May and Tom Benzing, with JMU, and Rick Webb, with UVA. Symposium speakers will include scientists and resource managers associated with universities, state and federal agencies, and conservation organizations. Contributed poster submissions are encouraged. Registration is free and open to the public but required. Seating is limited to the first 120 participants. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/4-va/MSS2.shtml or contact Kyle Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2014, our nation will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This is a good time to reflect on our Wilderness areas in Virginia and all the work that led up to their designation. Jim Murray, who has been a guiding force for VWC since it began in 1969, wrote The Virginia Wilderness Committee: History and Accomplishments in 2012. Jim's history includes a listing of all Virginia Wilderness areas along with the date each was designated.
Plans are underway for a big celebration in 2014. Stay tuned!
August 23, 2013. Richmond Times Dispatch. George Washington National Forest Plan Delayed. According to this AP article, the GW Plan will not be out until late October or early November due to further consideration of two issues: fracking and Wilderness recommendations. This article puts a negative spin on Wilderness, saying it severely limits activity. VWC would like to add that the types of activities that are limited are fracking, mining and other industrial uses, roadbuilding, and commercial logging. Wilderness areas are open to hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and nature study. You can fight fire and invasives in Wilderness and maintain trails. Wilderness designation is an excellent way to protect the last remaining remnants of our natural heritage. Wilderness areas provide many benefits, like clean water and air, habitat for wildlife that need a mature forest, and outstanding opportunities for families to get out in the forest and enjoy the natural world.
Noah Schoeppl and Mark Miller
VWC Field Director Mark Miller teamed up with two exchange students from Germany to remove an illegal camp in St. Marys Wilderness. Noah Schoeppl and Maria Meier assisted Mark in tearing down and hauling out the abandoned camp as part of their community service requirement. Both are scholarship students. We appreciate their help in removing this eyesore from St. Marys Wilderness.