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The Roanoke chapter of the Garden Club of America (GCA) with researchers from the Southern Research Station and the botanist for the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests (GW/JNF) have collected data from a site near Natural Bridge on the Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger District for two years. In 2003, the group established two long-term sites to monitor black cohosh population dynamics.
2003 Summary of Virginia Cohosh Experimental Harvest:
2004 Summary of Virginia Cohosh Experimental Harvest:
During the discussion on the second year’s field day, it was generally decided that Natural Bridge site was marginal. Because the plant populations are limited in size the site would not attract serious diggers. The group decided that another site would be preferred, possibly to the South and it was agreed to explore that possibility in 2005.
2005 Summary of Virginia Cohosh Experimental Harvest:
Reddish Knob: On June 26, seven people convened in Harrisonburg to undertake a two- day field data collection exercise. These included five Forest Service researchers from the Research Work Unit (SRS-4702) based in Blacksburg, including the FS site contact. The MPWG project coordinator from Washington, DC and a graduate student from Tai Sophia Institute rounded out the team. Unfortunately, no GCA members participated in this field event, because the dates were not set earlier enough in the season and a GCA volunteer coordinator had not been identified. The seven person team put in two 14 hour days to collect data on black cohosh. The team worked through a violent thunderstorm that lasted for almost four hours on the second day. The team was able to measure about half of the plots that had been set up. In all, about 1500 plants were measured, in a plot that could have twice that number.
Mount Rogers: On 21 August, the Forest Service site coordinator met a group of more than 20 GCA members in Abingdon, VA for an evening training session, prior to commencing a two day field activity. The next morning, the GCA contingent and five Forest Service people started field activities. These volunteers worked to collect data at two macro-plots, which were separated by a 160 mile distance. Black cohosh was bountiful at both sites. The weather cooperated and both sites were completed.
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