The Potomac Gorge, from Great Falls to Georgetown, is one of the most biologically significant natural areas in the eastern United States. The site harbors more than 400 occurrences of 200 rare species and communities, a major river system with numerous tributaries, noteworthy stands of upland forest, seeps and springs that contain rare groundwater organisms, and abundant wetlands.
Mary Travaglini, the Potomac Gorge Habitat Restoration Manager for the National Park Service, will speak about the importance of the Gorge and how MNPS members can help protect and restore this nationally significant conservation area. The Nature Conservancy hopes to have members of MNPS adopt an area and come out for regular service projects! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the plants of the area and to get out into the field.
Ms. Travaglini was hired as the Potomac Gorge Habitat Restoration Manager in October 2004. She focuses on invasive species control and rare groundwater invertebrate habitat restoration in the Gorge.
Location: White Oak Library - Large Meeting Room
Directions: Exit the Washington Beltway at New Hampshire Ave (exit 28). Go north about 2 miles. The library is the first building on the right, once you have passed under Route 29, just after the Sears store.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Pot luck refreshments are always welcome.
The meeting is open to non-members.
Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month.