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Friday, September 19, 2014

Moss Walk at French Creek State Park - October 4th starting at 1 pm

Dr. Susan Munch lead a moss walk for the Muhlenberg Botanic Club and friends at Six Penny Trail
French Creek State Park on Oct. 4, 2014.

List of Bryophytes observed:

Liverworts

  1. Bazzania trilobata
  2. and most likely a Chiloscyphus sp. (with tiny 2 or 3 toothed leaves).  
  3. Jubula pennsylvanica (with tiny round leaves),
  4.  Pellia epiphylla

Mosses

  1.  Sphagnum sp.
  2.  Atrichum undulatum (and most likely angustatum also)
  3. Aulocomium palustre
  4. Dicranum scoparium
  5. Dicranum sp.
  6. Entodon cladorrhizans
  7. Fissidens sp. 
  8. Fontinalis sp.
  9. Hedwigia ciliate
  10. Hypnum imponens
  11. Leucobryum sp.
  12. Mnium cuspidatum, 
  13. M. affine 
  14. M. punctatum
  15. Polytrichum commune 
  16. P. ohioense,
  17. Thuidium delicatulum

About French Creek State Park: 
Once an industrial complex for the fledgling United State of America, today French Creek State Park is an oasis for people and wildlife. Straddling the Schuylkill Highlands, the 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City. The forests, lakes, wetlands and fields are a destination for the people of southeast Pennsylvania to hike, fish, camp and bike.

Directions from Lancaster:
1. Slight right to stay on PA-272 N, 0.5 mi
2. Take the ramp onto US-222 N/U.S. 30 E, 0.2 mi
3. Merge onto US-222 N/U.S. 30 E, 0.3 mi
4. Keep right to continue on US-222 N, 15.7 mi
5. Take the exit toward I-76/PA-272/Denver/Pennsylvania Turnpike, 0.2 mi
6. Turn right onto State Rte. 1040; Partial toll road, 0.7 mi
7. Keep right at the fork and merge onto I-76 E. Partial toll road, 12.0 mi
8. Take exit 298 to merge onto I-176 N toward PA-10/Morgantown/Reading. Toll road, 0.5 mi
9. Take exit 1A for PA-10 N toward Beckersville, Toll road.
11 Turn right onto PA-10 N/Morgantown Rd, 0.5 m
12. Take the 3rd right onto Joanna Rd, 0.9 mi
13. Turn right onto Elverson Rd, 0.5 mi
14. Take the 1st left onto Twin Valley Rd, 0.6 mi
15. Continue onto Hay Creek Rd, 2.3 mi
 10. Take Hay Creek Rd to Geigertown Rd in Union, 8.2 mi

11. Turn right onto Geigertown Rd. Proceed @ 2.3 miles. Parking area is on right. The parking area is about 0.10 mile from Rte. 345. It is within sight of the intersection of Geigerstown Rd. and Rte. 345.

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