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October 23 Seed Collecting Trip

The next Reseeding the Cumberlands seed collecting trip will be this Saturday, October 23 at Flipper Bend. We will be assembling at 9 am sharp at Walden Town Hall and proceeding to the trailhead to collect seeds for a couple of target species.  The trail is easy to moderate, and State Interpretive RangerTerri Ballinger plans to collect under the power lines, so it will be 2 to 4 miles of hiking and seed collection.

Specific species targeted for collection include Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum), Rhexia (Rhexia virginica), and Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa).  We also hope to collect seeds of native grasses in this upland area.

The total time will be in the range of 3 to 5 hours. Wear good hiking shoes, long sleeved shirts and pants, and bring water and a snack. Terri will have seed collection bags.  Her official phone number is (423) 262-9852 and she can arrange for carpooling from the downtown area.

Also mark your calendars for Monday, November 1 when Terri will be talking with the Chattanooga Native Plant and Wildflower Group about the “Ex Situ Conservation Plan” of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail.  The meeting will be held at the Chattanooga Area Food Bank conference room at 6:30 pm.

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