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Monday, June 11, 2018

FERNS! JOYCE KILMER MEMORIAL FOREST

(10:00AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 10:00 at the parking area for the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail. We will focus on the many fern species that are along the trail and learn about key features that will help with fern identification. The U.S. Forest Service describes the trail “as a figure eight pattern. On the lower slopes it traverses through an acidic cove forest dominated by tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), black birch (Betula lenta), yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava), and sadly dead eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). The upper slopes along the trail support a rich cove forest dominated by tulip poplar, yellow buckeye, basswood (Tilia americana var. heterophylla), red oak (Quercus rubra), silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), and cucumber-tree (Magnolia acuminata).”
Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of water to drink. After the hike we can have lunch in the picnic area and possibly explore another trail if people feel up to it!

DIRECTIONS:
From Robbinsville, take HWY 129 N for 1.5 miles to the junction with HWY 143 W (Massey Branch Road). Turn left and proceed west on HWY 143 for approximately 5 miles to a stop sign. Turn right onto Kilmer Road. You will drive for about 7.3 miles and arrive at the top of Santeelah Gap and the junction with the Cherohala Skyway. Bear to your right and continue for another 2.5 miles to the entrance of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Turn left into the entrance and proceed about one half mile to the parking area.


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