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    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Shenandoah National Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day 2010

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Date: September 24, 2010

Shenandoah National Park invites you to become one of thousands of volunteers on public lands across the country to celebrate service and recreation on National Public Lands Day 2010!

The park will be hosting an event at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at milepost 4.7 along Skyline Drive. Following a short informative presentation, participants will assist with various field work projects in the Dickey Ridge area. Projects may include cutting / removing woody invasive plants (Japanese barberry, multiflora rose, wineberry, Oriental bittersweet), hand-pulling invasive plants (Mile-A-Minute), collecting / planting acorns, collecting native grass seed, and preparing areas to be planted with native grasses in 2011.

Invasive exotic plants are plants that are introduced from foreign ecosystems. These plants spread quickly and displace native plants. Their presence disrupts plant diversity and can seriously threaten the survival of rare native plants.

Another exciting project will be taking place in the park's backcountry near Overall Run. Participants will hike from Matthew's Arm Campground to the project area with a wilderness ranger and assist with a backcountry campsite project. This project is limited to a smaller group size and RSVP is required. The hike is considered moderate to strenuous and the work project will involve lifting up to 40-50 lbs. Because of the hiking time required to reach the worksite, this project will last throughout the afternoon and participants should be prepared to be out all day. Those interested in volunteering for this project should contact the Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

In addition to celebrating the spirit of public service, this event is intended to educate participants about human and ecological threats that impact the park as well as to show what everyone can do to help by volunteering, being respectful when visiting our parks and making wise choices at home.

 Schedule of Events

September 25, 2010 – Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

8:30 – 9:00 am              Registration

9:00 – 9:30 am             Presentation

9:30 – 11:30 am          Field Projects

**Details for backcountry campsite project TBD.

Free park admission to attend the event is available to everyone.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Amanda Webb, Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator at (540)999-3500, ext.3437 or Amanda_Webb@nps.gov.

Did You Know?

A huge fieldstone fireplace, built by U.S. Marines, is the centerpiece of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover’s sitting room at Rapidan Camp

Visitors to Shenandoah National Park can visit President Herbert Hoover’s rustic and beautiful summer vacation home, Rapidan Camp.