106 Sand Mine Rd
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
West Virginia Clements State Tree Nursery Superintendent Jason L. Huffman will talk about the history and operations of the West Virginia Clements State Tree Nursery and then answer questions at a potluck lunch. SLS Executive Director and Chairman of the Morgan County Commission, Joel Tuttle, will welcome everyone at 11.30 am. We expect this presentation to be of considerable interest to gardeners, naturalists and horticulturists in general, and all are invited.
The Mason County, state-owned tree farm was established in 1961, and encompasses some 126 acres, including seedlings or cover crop and 15 acres of seedbeds. The WV Division of Forestry operates the Nursery with 4 employees and 12 inmates from the Lakin Women’s Correctional Center. The Nursery currently grows 22 species of trees. Superintendent Huffman recently agreed to propagate two additional natives, the Yellowwood and Carolina Silverbell, from seeds grown and harvested in Morgan County that will be handed over after the luncheon.
Seedling sales of bare root trees, primarily for conservation purposes, have averaged one million annually over the past ten years. Trees are available to order inexpensively from Clements State Tree Farm, through the website www.wvforestry.com. Early orders are promoted because some species sell out each year.
The Nursery is experiencing difficulty with its seed deliveries this year and welcomes donations of locally grown tree seeds; these should be reasonably clean, kept cool, and labeled as to type when brought to the luncheon.
Those preferring an onsite SLS-catered lunch instead of the potluck must pre-order: call 304-258-3096 before November 3. Enquiries about the event should be addressed to Dawn White, 304-258-5422 or Potomac Valley Audubon at 304-676-3397.