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Huntley Meadows Park - Forest Communities and Geology in Northern Virginia

May 10, 2017

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Huntley Meadows Park Visitors Center in Alexandria: 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306.

On May 10, Rod Simmons will give a presentation on the geology and the common forest communities in and around the nation's capital, including siltstone flatwoods, serpentine barrens, Pine Barrens, magnolia bogs, small stream forests, shell-marl ravine forests and associated communities. He will also explore coastal bottomland communities and nontidal wetlands, which collectively give rise to freshwater tidal wetlands.

Rod has a background in biology and geology and has extensively surveyed the flora and natural communities of the mid-Atlantic region, especially the inner Coastal Plain and Piedmont of the greater Washington, D.C., area. He is the Natural Resource Manager and Plant Ecologist with Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and has published in scientific journals, among many other accomplishments.

Sponsors of this free, public program are the Friends of Dyke Marsh,  Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, the Friends of Mason Neck State Park and the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation.

The program will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center,  phone 703 768-2525. If you use a GPS device to find the park, do not use the park's name. Enter the park's address, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306.

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Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is a 485-acre tidal freshwater marsh on the Potomac River one mile south of Old Town Alexandria, administered by the National Park Service and part of the George Washington Memorial  Parkway. The Friends of Dyke Marsh is a 35-year old conservation advocacy organization. Visit Friends of Dyke Marsh website:

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