[CANCELLED] Falls Ridge Nature Conservancy Field Trip

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Date(s) - Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:05 am - 1:00 pm

Orange Market - Salem


Preserve leader John Ford.

Falls Ridge has been preserved for its unique geologic formations and rare flora and fauna. The twin falls are ever changing due to the eroding and depositing of limestone contained in the stream that forms the falls. The travertine stream with stair step formations is rare in this area. It is home to a beautiful cove hardwood forest with a spectacular display of flowers. Some of the floral species are Ohio buckeye, bladdernut, three leaved sumac, golden seal, hepatica, spring beauty and larkspur. It is home to the rare Addison’s leather flower as well. This area can rival the Smokies for the concentrations of flowers. We will walk a short trail (about a mile) that is hilly in some places, but not extremely steep. Wear sturdy boots, a walking stick may be helpful, bring water, rain gear and snack. A camera is a good idea here.

Arrive early to buy snacks, gas and for restroom break.

Guide: Michael Belcher 989-6384 or michael.belcher@roanoke.com. 

Meet: 9:05 am at the Orange Market on Thompson Memorial Blvd. in Salem off I-81 Exit 141 at intersection of Va. 419 and Va. 311. The carpool will leave promptly at 9:20 a.m.


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