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Fire Pink (Silene virginica), the New River Chapter Flower

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  • We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  In 2023 meetings from February - May will be in the game room of Blacksburg Recreation Center.  See Upcoming Events for info about programs.
  • Stroubles Creek - Volunteer Restoration Support Needed.  Any number of volunteers are welcome between 1200 PM – 600 PM each AND everyday from February 23-March 4th   Meet at 120 Inventive Lane, Blacksburg. Work will consist of field work to plant trees and/or conducting maintenance work on historic plantings. Work will be off-trail in uneven terrain, rain or shine.  All tools and PPE will be provided.  All ages are welcome!  To signup or ask questions, email tom@newriverconservancy.org.
  •  Crab Creek Beautification Project. Through a grant with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the New River Valley Regional Commission you can now receive support for planting natives on properties within the Crab Creek Watershed. More info here:  https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/501dcba294d94423ba58b25e759fa191
  • Plant SWVA Natives Signage Program. Plant SWVA Natives has funding to support native plant signage. Please reach out to Nicole Hersch, nicole@nrvrc.org if you manage a publicly accessible native plant garden and would like to label the individual plants. Here is an example of the plant labels the project is distributing. Each garden can request up to 20 signs.
  • Chapter meetings since 2020 can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.  Samples include How to support nature while preparing your garden for winter (September 2020), the Flora of Virginia Mobile App overview (January 2021), and Biology and management of invasive aquatic plants in the New River basin (November 2022).
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