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Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring 2012 Muhlenberg Botanic Society Field Trips


Saturday  March 17, 2012: Steinman Run Preserve (Steinman and Trout Runs)
Meet at 10:00 a.m. Late winter/early spring botany. including early flowers (maybe), winter trees and shrubs and some mosses, liverworts and lichens. Leader: Tim Draude (717-393-7233)

        Directions: From Lancaster City, take PA Rt. 272 South (Willow Street Pike/Lancaster Pike) through Willow Street. Continue south on 272 to Smithville. Turn right on Pennsy Road (just past Frey’s Evergreen Plantation on the left and before the large stone arch railroad bridge over the highway). Follow Pennsy Road for approximately one mile, then turn left on Kreider Road. At the stop sign, proceed straight, crossing over a bridge spanning the old low grade rail line.  At the next intersection, bear right onto Rawlinsville Road. Follow Rawlinsville Road for approximately one mile, then turn right at the fork onto Stump Road. Follow Stump Road for approximately 1 ¼ miles. The lot is on the left and is well marked.
Saturday April 14, 2012: Nolde Forest State Park
Meet at 10 a.m.  Spring Wild Flowers. Leader: Mike Slater (610-775-3757 or mslater@voicenet.com).

       Directions from Lancaster: take US 222 north past the PA Turnpike to the Adamstown/Knauers exit. Turn left onto PA 568 east, go about 2 miles to Knauers. Turn left onto PA 625 north and go 3.7 miles to the Nolde Forest Main Entrance Rd. Turn left, but be very careful of oncoming traffic, as it is hard to see! Go 0.4 mi. to the main parking lot.

Friday April 27, 2012: Shenk's Ferry Wild Flower Preserve
Meet at 10:00 a.m. Note that this is a weekday trip to view the late spring wild flowers that we usually don't see at their peak, for example, masses of Phlox divaricata. Leader: to be determined (consult the website or contact Mike Slater for information).
      
Directions: Proceed south from downtown Lancaster on PA 272 S/US 222 S (S. Prince St.); at PA 324 (New Danville Pike), bear right. Follow New Danville Pike for 5.2 mi. into Conestoga, where it becomes Main St. Continue 1.4 mi. through Conestoga, then bear left onto River Corner Rd. (Township Rd. 420). Go 1.3 mi. Cross River Rd. onto Shenks Ferry Rd. and go 1.1 mi. Turn left onto Green Hill Rd. (Township Rd. 418), go 500 feet, then make a sharp right as Green Hill becomes a gravel road. Continue down the hill to the river. Bear left, parallel to the railroad tracks, and go about 0.2 miles. Park along side the road.

Saturday May 5, 2012: Walnut Run Area (along US 322 West of Brickerville)
Meet at 10 a.m. We should see Pink and Yellow Lady Slippers and other spring wild flowers.
Leader: Fred Habbeger  (717) 859-2521 or suissefred@yahoo.com.

      Directions: Take either PA 501 or PA 72 north from Lancaster. Meet at the Game Commision Parking lot (where the fringed Gentians bloom in the fall). It is located 4 miles west of Rt. 501 at Brickerville and 3.7 miles east of Rt. 72. The parking lot is on the south side of  US322. 

May 12, 2012: We are planning a longer trip to a private property in Mifflin County, south of State College, to a limestone area where many interesting plants grow. Anyone who is interested should contact Mike Slater at 610-775-3757 or mslater@voicenet.com for details on car pooling and/or meeting point(s). We will probably leave early and car pool from Lancaster or from Fort Hunter, north of Harrisburg.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March 15 th Meeting Announcement for the Muhlenberg Botanic Club



Ralph Goodno of the Lancaster County Conservancy will be presenting a program about the Urban Forest Center. The vision for the center involves vegetative restoration of a degraded site; developing conservation and ecological education opportunities and facilities (indoor and outdoor); expanding recreational and wellness programs; design and build highly sustainable site and buildings as demonstrations of what can be done with current and emerging technologies and design practices. Through a highly public design charrette is December and multiple public meetings, they have developed a schematic site master plan for the project and are eager to receive additional public feedback and involvement as the planning and design moves through the next steps.

The Conservancy would love to receive ideas and feedback on our their plan. Also there are clearly opportunities for the Muhlenberg Botanic Society to become involved in the project as they are planning a series of “Centers” at the site. These include 1) Public Engagement Center, 2) Conservation Center, 3) Nature Education Center, 4) Collaboration Center, and 5) Stewardship Center. 

See you all Thursday at 7 pm for the program and the refreshments!

Mike Slater, Vice-president, Muhlenberg Botanic Society