VNPS 2024 Annual Workshop [via Zoom]

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Thursday, March 21, 2024 - Thursday, March 28, 2024
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Enjoy two evening workshops, Thursday, March 21 and Thursday, March 28, 2024 via Zoom starting at 6:30pm for meet and greet. Sessions start at 7pm and 8pm both evenings. Please register only once for both sessions.

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 Thursday, March 21, 2024

6:30pm

Zoom Meet & Greet

6:50pm

Welcome and Introduction
Nancy Vehrs, VNPS President
Joey Thompson, VNPS Education Chair

7:00pm

Laura Young, Southwest Region Steward, Virginia DCR Natural Heritage Program

8:00pm

Protecting Native Plants and Natural Communities in Northern Virginia

Nelson DeBarros, Plant Ecologist, Fairfax County

This presentation will review how various organizations are working to protect native plants and natural communities in this rapidly developing part of the Commonwealth. Nelson will discuss work being conducted by the Fairfax County Park Authority, National Park Service, Virginia Outdoor Foundation, Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery, and others.

Nelson DeBarros is a Vegetation Ecologist with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Nelson earned his B.S. in Biology from Providence College in Rhode Island, and a M.S. in Ecology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is the Botany Chair for the VNPS Potowmack Chapter.


 Thursday, March 28, 2024

6:30pm

Zoom Meet & Greet

6:50pm

Welcome and Introduction
Nancy Vehrs, VNPS President
Joey Thompson, VNPS Education Chair

7:00pm

Coastal Virginia: Diverse and Dynamic

Shannon Alexander, Coastal Region Steward, Virginia DCR Natural Heritage Program

This presentation will give an overview of the ways in which natural communities are protected on the Eastern Shore and in the Hampton Roads areas. Although the focus will be on terrestrial systems, the presenter will also touch on aquatic systems, as these systems are so intertwined, particularly in the tidewater region of the Commonwealth.

Shannon Alexander serves as the Coastal Region Steward and Regional Supervisor for the Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Natural Heritage. Shannon holds a BS in Environmental Science and MS in Coastal Zone Management, and enjoys combining science, planning, and education for proper management of sensitive natural communities. Prior to her role with the state she was the Coastal Resources Program Manager and then the Director of Planning with the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission. She currently serves as a Director on the Board for the Virginia Oyster Trail and as the advisor for the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists.

8:00pm

Kim Biasiolli, Land Conservationist, Piedmont Environmental Council


Wildflower of the Year T-Shirt Design Contest

VNPS is accepting submissions for the 2024 Wildflower of the Year T-Shirt Design Contest through Friday, March 17, 2024.

View more information, contest rules, and apply here.

The winning design will be printed on the official 2024 Wildflower of the Year T-shirt, to be announced at the VNPS 2024 Annual Workshop sessions on March 21 and 28, 2024.

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