Students will create on-line educational materials focused on the importance and value of water resources on Shenandoah Mountain and present their research findings at the Virginia Environment Symposium to inform a broader state-wide audience about the value of these critical water resources.
FOSM is a community partner along with Cowpasture River Preservation Association and Shenandoah Valley Network. The research outcomes and documentation will be used by partner organizations to promote awareness, education and stewardship of water resources in the region. Photo © Brad Striebig
The following have endorsed our Shenandoah Mountain Proposal:
- Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance
- White's Wayside, Churchville
- Jakes Convenience Store, Churchville
- Lily Title of Staunton
- Fisher Auto Parts, Staunton
- JMU Astronomy Club
The Headwaters Master Naturalists (HMNs) training group is adopting three loops in the statewide Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail (VBWT) system developed by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The VBWT is a statewide driving trail composed of 65 loops connecting the best sites in Virginia for watching birds and other wildlife. The HMNs will adopt loops that contain key sites in or next to the proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area, including Braley Pond, Confederate Breastworks, Reddish Knob, Hone Quarry, Switzer Lake, and Todd Lake, to name a few. See map.
The VBWT, the first statewide program of its kind in the United States, celebrates the tremendous biodiversity of Virginia:
- 400 species of birds
- 250 species of fish
- 150 species of terrestrial and marine mammals
- 150 species of amphibians and reptiles
- a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.
Read more about the Headwaters Master Naturalist program and activities.