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Native Meadow Walk at the Piedmont Memorial Overlook

July 10 @ 8:00 am

Join The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) for a native meadow walk at PEC’s Piedmont Memorial Overlook to learn about native plant identification, pollinators, songbirds and meadow management!

About the Overlook

The Piedmont Memorial Overlook sits adjacent to Sky Meadows State Park within a large block of privately and publicly protected land along the Blue Ridge Mountains that is a patchwork of forest, livestock pasture, and mountainous fields. The land was actively farmed from the late 18th century until the recent past, and was heavily grazed by cattle.

In 2012, PEC began an extensive restoration effort on the 50-acre parcel with funding from the USDA, first eliminating fescue and other non-native plants from the pasture, and then seeding native grasses and wildflowers. The property now serves as an active demonstration site for landowners who are interested in viewing habitat restoration practices.

The 15+ acre native meadow is home to songbirds, butterflies, raptors, bees and black bears. It was planted with 16 native wildflower species that provide forage for pollinators and habitat for grassland and shrubland birds. PEC manages the meadow using prescribed fire, late winter mowing and invasive species monitoring.

Event Details

Weather policy: This event will be held rain or shine, barring any adverse weather conditions.

What to wear: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothes you can move in! We will be walking through grass and tall vegetation.

What to bring: Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, camera and binoculars.

* Please note that there are no restroom facilities available at the Overlook. Water and snacks will be available for attendees.

Free Registration

RSVP is required on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-meadow-walk-at-the-piedmont-memorial-overlook-0610-tickets-928062629307?aff=oddtdtcreator


Piedmont Environmental Council
(540) 347-2334
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