Field Trip to the Potomac Gorge with Gary Fleming
Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Change of venue to Scott's Run - (see below)
Field Trip following lecture by Gary P. Fleming
VNPS programs are free and open to the public, but registration for field trips is required.
The Potomac Gorge is the "crown jewel" of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont, containing approximately 200 rare species and communities. This field trip is part of a program on the Potomac Gorge led by Gary P. Fleming, one of Virginia's premier ecologists. It will be the final program in the 2013 series "Celebrating the Natural Communities of Virginia". This series has been organized by the Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.
This field trip will follow an earlier lecture held at Green Spring Gardens titled "The Potomac Gorge: Natural Community and Plant Species Diversity". (The lecture will be held at 12:30 pm at Green Spring Garden Park in Alexandria VA, and is open to the public with no reservations required.)
In the lecture, Gary will provide an overview of the varied natural communities and rich vascular flora of the Potomac Gorge, along with the environmental factors that shape their habitats. Using several different methods, the overall biological diversity and significance of the Gorge will be compared to other important sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. This field trip will further extend the topic of the lecture.
No reservations are required for the earlier lecture, but reservations are required for this field trip. The field trip will begin at 3:00 pm. The location may change again, so registered participants will be kept aware of the final site.
Gary Fleming is a senior vegetation ecologist with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Natural Heritage Program. He is a contributing writer for the recently published Flora of Virginia, producing two introductory chapters and all the habitat information in the species accounts. He has more than 35 years of experience in botanical and ecological inventory of natural areas in the mid-Atlantic region, including extensive work in the Potomac Gorge. Mr. Fleming’s work has been published in Castanea, Banisteria, the Virginia Journal of Science, and other scientific journals. He is also a long-time member and current President of the Virginia Botanical Associates, and a co-author of that group’s Atlas of the Virginia Flora III (1992) and current on-line Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (http://www.biol.vt.edu/digital_atlas/).
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Virginia Native Plant Society, Potowmack Chapter
The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) was founded in 1982 as The Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society. It is a statewide organization with approximately 2000 members supported primarily by dues and contributions. Membership is open to anyone, amateur or professional. Its purpose is to further appreciation and conservation of Virginia's native plants and habitats. Incorporated in Virginia as a not-for-profit, publicly supported organization, it is tax-exempt under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Society's work and activities are carried out by volunteers.
The Society's programs emphasize public education, protection of endangered species, habitat preservation, and encouragement of appropriate landscape use of native plants.
The Potowmack chapter is the largest VNPS chapter, representing over 400 members in the counties of Arlington and Fairfax; cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.