From the Director: Update 7/1/20
After consultation with The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen (TNFW) Staff, and medical associates, TNFW has made the decision to not reopen the Trillium House facility the weekend of July 10th as originally planned. Our organization is carefully monitoring the current COVID-19 health crisis, and we will continue to review our abilities to protect our staff, our members, and guests. It is our opinion that to open the Trillium House to the public at this time would be premature.
We have started our outdoor guided hikes and workshops, however we are limiting the number of participants to allow for social distancing. We are taking the appropriate precautions, including social distancing and face coverings, when required in all programs and activities. Hike participants are being asked to meet our hike leaders at the Trillium House parking lot and drive their own vehicles to the trailheads. Our trail maps can be purchased at the Mountain Inn front desk and at the Blackrock gas station. The map is also available on our website.
Staff will continue to monitor messages via telephone and email. Our native plant list can be found on our website and orders placed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our greenhouse continues to operate on Thursdays and Fridays for plant pick-up.
Also, please check out our website for “The Nine Minute Naturalist” and Peace Out(side) for virtual offerings. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are updated weekly with interesting information and activities.
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The Nature Foundation’s summer intern, Carter Stanton, has been awarded the Virginia Native Plant Society grant to study the fringetree.
Fringetree is gorgeous when it blooms, and a lovely small tree the rest of the year. However, it is generally considered difficult to propagate; cuttings don’t root easily and seeds take multiple seasons to germinate. Developing more reliable propagation techniques will make it more widely available in native plant landscaping. In addition, it is related to ash, and we don’t know yet how it will be impacted by Emerald Ash Borer. The ability to propagate hardy and resistant trees is potentially very important right now for fringetree. A graduate student of mine, Carter Stanton, will be working at The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen’s propagation greenhouse this summer to test a variety of techniques, and Carter will also be monitoring fringetree in the wild for Emerald Ash Borer damage.
Janet Steven, Associate Professor Department of Organismal & Environmental Biology, Christopher Newport University
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