Topic: Recent National Natural Landmark Designations at Nottingham Serpentine Barrens and Ice Mountain
Speaker: Katia Engelhardt, Research Associate Professor, University of MD, Appalachian Laboratory
National Natural Landmarks are considered the best examples of a geological and/or biological feature within a biophysical province. Designation encourages the preservation of these features. Dr. Engelhardt has been evaluating potential National Natural Landmarks for the National Park Service since 2007 and has developed evaluation reports that have led to the designation of Nottingham Serpentine Barrens (Chester County, PA), Ice Mountain (Hampshire County, WV), and, most recently, Albany Pine Bush (Albany County, NY). Dr. Engelhardt will summarize the National Natural Landmarks Program and then describe some of the features that have led to the designation of the sites, including rare and endemic plant species.
This free program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn left onto Park Avenue. Drive a short distance and turn left, following signs for the Compton Parking Lot.