Undeveloped Woodlands with Herb Peddicord of the WV Division of Forestry
Herb Peddicord obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Idaho and, in 2002, began working for the WV Division of Forestry as a Service Forester in Morgan County. Herb’s duties included all aspects of wildfire control, landowner assistance and inspecting log jobs to insure compliance with the WV Logging Sediment Control Act.
In 2008, Herb became the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forester responsible for the eight Potomac drain counties. Herb works with state and local government, local watershed groups, municipalities, non-profit groups and landowners. Herb also serves as the liaison between the WV Division of Forestry and the Chesapeake Bay Program. Originally from Steubenville, Ohio, he now lives in Martinsburg.
In his presentation, Herb will discuss forest succession in the WV Eastern Panhandle. We’ll learn about the normal replacement of plants in the forest over time and the human impacts of this succession. Herb will lead us on a short walk of some of the Yankauer trails and will discuss some of the native and invasive plants.
Breakfast begins at 9:00 am followed by the program at 9:30 am. Please bring a breakfast dish to share, a digging or two from your garden to share, and especially remember to bring a chair to save us the need for setting up the pavilion chairs. And, of course, bring a guest or two. GEG is grateful to PVAS for allowing us to use their pavilion.
The Yankauer Nature Preserve is in Berkeley County, WV, on Whiting’s Neck Road just off Scrabble Road north of Shepherdstown, WV.
From Shepherdstown: Take Shepherd Grade Road for 1.5 miles and turn left onto Scrabble Road. In about 2 miles, stay on Scrabble Road as it turns left at a white farm house. Drive two additional miles and turn right onto Whitings Neck Road. You’ll see a Wildlife Viewing sign at the turn. The Yankauer Preserve is 0.5 miles on the right. Pull into the parking area. (If you’re driving from this direction, and if you attended last month’s meeting, you’ll notice that you’ll pass-by the church pavilion where we met last month.)
From Martinsburg, WV: Go north on Rt 11. One mile past the Berkeley Plaza, turn right onto Berkeley Station Road. Drive 6.3 miles (after 3 miles the road becomes Scrabble Rd.) then turn left on the Whitings Neck Road. The Preserve is .5 mile on the right.