The ATC is looking for more volunteer Natural Resource monitors! We are in need of rare plant monitors and phenology monitors. For those of you unfamiliar, phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate. While rare plant monitoring requires specific knowledge of the species and area being monitored, phenology offers a broader monitoring platform for beginners and advanced monitors alike.
We currently have 37 Rare Plant areas along the AT in Southwest and Central Virginia, of which only 15 of are being monitored. We will also have at least 5 phenology sites on the AT in Southwest and Central Virginia. These sites will hopefully be officially designated within the next month.
The ATC will be conducting two workshops along the trail in Southwest Virginia this year to provide training for interested volunteers. The first will be held at the Konnarock Base Camp in Sugar Grove, VA on May 23, 2012. The other will likely be held either in the Roanoke area or North of there. The workshops will run the length of a day and will be divided into two sections. One half of the day will be dedicated to Rare Plant Monitoring, while the other half will be spent on Phenology monitoring. Attached is a flier for the workshop being held in Sugar Grove, VA.
Also note that I am still looking for a place to host the workshop either in the Roanoke area or North of there. So if you have a suggestion, I would welcome any input you may have.
Please pass this information along to anyone whom you may think is interested in becoming a volunteer monitor this season. All questions may be directed to myself via e-mail or phone. Please find my contact information below.
Resource Management Technician
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. To become a member, volunteer, or learn more, visit www.appalachiantrail.org