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The Old-Growth Forest Network is Growing!
It has been a busy time. In the past few months I have given 6 talks and joyfully added 7 additional forests into Old-Growth Forest Network. I have also been writing a new book, and speaking out for a number of threatened forests. Obviously I can’t do all of this alone; our County Coordinators, our Board, and our financial supporters are critical to the growth of the Network. Thank you all!
For the Forests,
Joan
First Forests Dedicated in West Virginia

Fayette County, WV: Stone Cliff Old Growth of
New River Gorge National River

Nicolas County, WV: Pierson Hollow of Carnifex Ferry
Battlefield State Park

Preston County, WV: Cathedral State Park

Pocahontas County, WV: Gaudineer Scenic Area of
Monongahela National Forest
 
There was tremendous excitement in April as the first four West Virginia forests were dedicated into Old-Growth Forest Network.  Our County Coordinators who worked to make this happen were Turner Sharp (Fayette, Preston and Nicolas Counties, WV) and Jane DeGroot (Pocahontas County, WV).  Read More
Highland County, Ohio
Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve
Each forest offers a special, unique quality to the visitor’s experience. Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve is no exception. This 1300 acre preserve contains one of the largest and oldest contiguous forests in Ohio with some of the best back country hiking trails in the state. The large block of contiguous forest is critical for signature deep forest birds such as Cerulean and Worm-eating warblers. Read More
Somerset County, Pennsylvania:
Hemlock Trail –Laurel Hill State Park
On a beautiful spring day, a crowd of forest enthusiasts gathered together to celebrate the dedication of this significant old-growth forest into the network.   In the group was the newly appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources), Cindy Dunn. In her latest newsletter she wrote:
   "I have been on the road visiting more of the incredible sites under DCNR stewardship. Last week, I traveled to Somerset County for the new Hemlock Trail dedication, a part of the Old Growth Network of forests across the country. Walking the trail among the ancient trees is truly an experience that should be on every Pennsylvanian’s list."  Read More
Fulton County, Ohio:
Goll Woods State Nature Preserve
I visited this forest in February and knew immediately that it was a great candidate for the Old-Growth Forest Network.  In the snowy forest I walked with Ryan Schroeder, the Northwest District Preserve Manager of Ohio State Parks and Preserves, Roger Mazzarella, the County Coordinator, and Suzanne Nelson a local naturalist and Network supporter. The preserve features some of the largest trees remaining in the state. Goll Woods exemplifies the “Black Swamp” forest. Read More

For more information on these forests click the state you are interested in: West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio
Forest Advocate Award presented to
Nancy Stranahan
Some people truly know how to make things happen.  Nancy Stranahan is one of those people.   She also happens to love forests!   She helped to found and has been the director of Arc of Appalachia for 20 years.  Nancy has personally led the charge to save over 4500 acres of new natural areas and has participated in 80 separate real estate closings.  This is all part of her quest for Ohio to lead the way in “Woodland Sprawl”!

The Arc’s headquarters, the 2200-acre Highlands Nature Sanctuary, is the Arc’s largest preserve region, and the area that Nancy and the Arc’s fledgling board first concentrated their land preservation efforts in the non-profit’s early years.  Forest lovers should make sure to visit the Appalachian Forest Museum located there. Thank you Nancy for your efforts and vision for Ohio’s woodlands!
Our Newest Corporate Sponsor
Your True Nature 
Many thanks to our newest corporate sponsor, Your True Nature, who gave through the 1% for the Planet program. President Ilan Shamir also lets us use his poem, "Advice from a Tree".  Thank you for your generosity Ilan!  

Thanks also to our continuing sponsors: Mamma Chia; Forest Things; Nadina's Cremes; and Sitting Bear Arts. See our Spring 2015 newsletter for descriptions of these companies. 
Upcoming Events
September 9, Wednesday: Speaking at State University of New York in Fredonia and hike through the College Lodge old-growth forest. Will be in the western NY area Sept. 8-10. Ideas for lodging anyone?
 
September 19, SaturdaySalisbury, MD; Salisbury University. Speaking and leading a field trip as part of the Maryland Native Plant Society’s Annual Fall Conference: Shifting Sands: Coastal Plains Flora from Wetlands to Upland. Be sure to register in advance.
 
October 5, MondaySaint Michaels, MD,  "Brown Bag Lunch", Noon -1pm; Talk at St. Michael's branch of the Talbot County Free Library
 
Through the generous support of ...
Would you like to have your name here?   We would love to include your name among our Funders of the Road!  I am frequently invited to speak to various groups and to visit candidate forests, and I am happy to do so, but... it does cost to get from here to there and back again. How can you help?  Become a Funder of the Road and pledge a gift to help me travel to Asheville, NC; Roseland, VA; Pisgah State Park, NH; Bemidji, MN; or to Lincoln County, Maine!   These places are hoping I can visit their forests, and educate others on their importance, but they don’t have the funding to get me there. Please click that Donate button if you would like to help with travel funds.
 
If you are interested in my speaking schedule it is always listed here
The Old-Growth Forest Network is the first national organization working specifically to preserve ancient forests for the enjoyment of present and future generations. In counties capable of supporting forest growth we identify at least one forest that will be forever protected from logging and open to the public. Then we help families connect with these forests. The result will be a national network of treasured forests where all generations can experience native biodiversity and the beauty of nature.
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