VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FRIENDS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

Charlottesville Senior CenterVOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FRIENDS OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

Looking for a way to make a difference in the community you love? Volunteers are needed to maintain and preserve the 469 miles of the Parkway. Positions are available at several visitor centers, along with demonstrators for “mountain homesteading” skills. You can also start a chapter of FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway! They are looking for people with a desire to aid in protecting and preserving the historical, cultural, and ecological resources that make up the Parkway. Please contact Kimberly.

via …  Senior Center Email Newsletter, July 30, 2014 

 

 

 

Wildflower Meadow in McIntire Park East

Charlottesville, August 12, 2010, Photo by Walt Kastenmayer
Looking forward to the butterflies – Hope the meadow and trail will open soon!

In reading the Charlottesville Tomorrow article, I was delighted to see that the Overall Park design for McIntire Park East includes a wildflower meadow with a trail loop.   Wonderful! In the years to come, our new meadow will attract many visitors – both tourists and residents.  Hope it is completed soon.

When is the last time you saw a meadow?

Not a field, but a meadow with wildflowers, butterflies, meadowlarks and a wide variety of grasses? When is the last time you saw a Queen Anne’s lace and when is the last time you saw a milkweed plant growing wild? If you’re like me, you have seen more folks that looked like Elvis than even a single, pristine meadow in Central Virginia. That’s because a thick grass called fescue has taken over our fields. It’s worse than kudzu on our trees and it’s a primary cause of a dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population. Meadows, you see, host a wide variety of plants, birds and animals. Fescue fields do not.

Read complete article …  Outdoors: Meadows and butterflies in decline – The Daily Progress: Sports.