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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bryophyte Walk Report



Mosses and Liverworts report from the Muhlenberg Botanic Club walk at Steinman Run and Trout Run Preserves of the Lancaster County Conservancy on June 7th, 2008 right :Steinman Run






Six Muhlenberg Botanical Club members came and we saw 15 species of outstanding mosses and five outstanding liverworts. It was a very satisfying outing for those who came out on a hot day and enjoyed the slow walk down into the cooler valley. The rain a day or two before had the bryophytes in fine condition.

Here are a few pictures of mosses and liverworts that I took that day. More pictures and descriptions are on the plant list page for the bryophyte walk.

above: Dicranium sp.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bryophyte Walk at Steinman Preserve/Trout Run Preserve Saturday June 7, 2008. Meet at the preserve at 10 am (Or at the North Museum at 9:30 am)



Dr. Susan Munch, Tim Draude and I did some scouting for mosses and liverworts a few weeks ago and we found a nice variety of easily accessible species at along Steinman Run and Trout Run in Southern Lancaster Co..

Photo of Mnium species by Mike Slater

We all agreed this would be an excellent place for interested Muhlenberg members and guests to learn about mosses and liverworts on a Bryophyte Walk. Therefore Dr. Susan Munch, who gave us an excellent presentation on mosses and liverworts based on her book "Outsatnding Mosses and Liverworts of Pennsylvania", will take us down the valley at Stienman Run Preserve and Trout Run Preserve, which are owned by the Lancaster County Conservancy, on Saturday June 7, 2008.

We will meet ether at the North Museum at F&M University at 9:30am and car pool from there OR at the Steinman Run Preserve Parking lot on Stump Road at 10am. Directions to the Steinman Run Preserve parking are below. The walking is easy and we will be going slowly looking for bryophytes (mosses and liverworts.) in this nice little valley. In case anyone is late late we will be going downstream (on the opposite side of the road from from the parking area). The trail starts as an old road blocked by a cable. We will take the trail down along Steinman to the confluence with Trout Run and maybe follow the trail down along trout run if we have time. We will be coming back up the same trail.

Susan Munch's book "Outstanding Mosses and Liverworts of Pennsylvania" will be helpful, if you own a copy bring it along otherwise Susan will have a few loaner copies available as well as new copies to sell.

I hope to see many of yout on Saturday.

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Directions from Lancaster to the Steinman Run Preserve Parking Area:

(Note that my directions are different from the ones on the Lancaster Conservancy's web site. Both will get you there but mine are shorter.)

From Lancaster city go south on Rte. 272 across the Conestoga River proceed about 7 miles .

Turn RIGHT on Pennsy Road . (WEST) This is just before the highway goes through the tunnel under the Railroad.

Go miles 1.0 mile.

Turn LEFT on Kreider Rd. (If you miss this turn make the next left on Rawlinsville Road.)

Go 0.1 mile (1/10 mile) to intersection with Rawlinsville Rd and go straight (South) on Rawlinsville Rd.)

Go 0.85 miles on Rawlinsville Road to where Rawlinsville Road turns RIGHT. Stay on Rawlinsville Road. (DO NOT go Straight on Clearfield Road.)

Go 0.5 miles on Rawlinsville Road to the junction with Sigman Road. and go another 100 feet and bear right on Stump Road. Proceed 0.8 miles to the dirt parking lot on the left BEFORE you cross the creek. The Steinman Preserve parking lot entrance is somewhat obscure so go slowly!

Mike Slater