Join Friends of Roan Mountain on Saturday, February 11th at Roan Mountain State Park for a winter celebration of the Roan Highlands!
For 10 years the Winter Naturalists’ Rally has drawn hardy nature enthusiasts from far & wide to Roan Mountain on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day. Top naturalists volunteer their time and energy to make the event both enjoyable and educational for people of all ages. The 2017 Winter Rally continues this celebration of our natural world by providing top speakers on topics concerning the environs of the Roan Highlands. Guided afternoon hikes will follow the indoor morning presentations.
SATURDAY MORNING PROGRAM (9:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
- Jamey Donaldson: GREAT GRAMINOIDS! Quantifying vegetation on Roan Mountain’s Western Balds over the last 80 years (1936-2016)
- Cindy Barrett: Range-wide Prevalence and Impacts of the Lily Leaf Spot Disease on Gray’s Lily with an Assessment of Turk’s Cap Lily and Michaux’s Lily as Disease Reservoirs
- Dr. Jay Franklin: Late Prehistoric Towns and Cherokee Archaeology in the Upper Reaches of the Tennessee Valley
Dr. Franklin’s program description
A 1958 TVA report held that the upper reaches of the Tennessee Valley along the Holston, Watauga and Nolichucky rivers were not suitable for permanent Native American villages. However, archaeological research conducted by East Tennessee State University from 2006 to the present indicates that our region contained dozens of large, vibrant Native American towns from at least AD 1350 to 1650. Jay will discuss his recent work at several of these sites. His research suggests that the upper reaches of the Tennessee Valley were not marginal hinterlands but rather newly discovered and well-connected cultural centers. It appears that at least some of these communities came into direct contact with early Spanish explorers.
LUNCHTIME PROGRAM (12 PM – 1 PM)
- Bob Estep: Flint knapping demonstration
POST-LUNCH GUIDED HIKES (1 PM +)
The hikes will leave from the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center.
- Hike option #1: Jamey Donaldson of the Baatany Goat Project will lead a hike to the alder balds on the ridgeline of Roan Mountain. Dress warmly for this one!
- Hike option #2: Marty Silver, Ranger with Warriors’ Path State Park, will lead a wildlife tracking and animal signs hike down near the Doe River in Roan Mountain State Park.
- Hike option #3: Dr. Frosty Levy, Professor Emeritus of Biology at East Tennessee State University, will lead a winter tree identification hike in Roan Mountain State Park.
FOR REGISTRATION FORM: http://www.friendsofroanmtn.org
CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION: Richard Broadwell at 828-989-8010; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: A previous Winter Naturalists’ Rally field trip. Photo by Ken Turner.