Cumberland East CFA Meeting

Please join the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy and other local partners to help develop Action Plans for the Cumberland East Conservation Focus Area (CFA). After a quick overview of the draft Action Plans, partners will have the opportunity to provide input on priority species, stresses and conservation actions. The group will then discuss local organizations and programs available to support land owners and land managers with their conservation work. The meeting agenda and draft management action plan will be sent to everyone within the next couple of weeks, for now we are wanting to make sure that you have marked your calendar to attend. Registration begins at 9 am. This is a free event.

When: February 9th (Thursday) – 9:30 am to 12 p.m.

Where: Little Beaver State Park

RSVP: Greg Phillips at by January 20, 2022

CFAs and Action Plan:

In Memory of Clark Andrew Dixon, Jr.

The West Virginia Master Naturalist organization is sadden to hear of the passing of or Clark Dixon who coordinated our Potomac Valley Chapter. Our hearts are with his family and friends. Thank you Clark for your service to our organization and your community.

Clark Andrew Dixon, Jr.

Clark Andrew Dixon, Jr., 74 of Ranson, WV passed away Thursday, December 8, 2022, at Reston Hospital Center in Reston, VA.

Clark was born in 1948 in Winchester, VA, the son of the late Clark Andrew Dixon, Sr. and Rachel Ann Dixon. He was a graduate of John Handley High School and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and Secondary Education from Shepherd University (formerly Shepherd College) and was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Clark served our country in the United States Army. Clark’s career spanned 34 years with the National Park Service. During this time, he served as Superintendent of Arkansas Post National Memorial, Superintendent of Morristown National Historical Park, and NPS Program Manager for the Southeast Region in Atlanta, GA. Other positions held by Clark include U.S. Army Military Police; Resident Youth Worker and Recreation Specialist at Harpers Ferry Job Corps Center; Crew Leader with the Young Adult Conservation Corps; Supervisory Park Ranger at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Services and Fee Program; and Site Manager at Rock Creek Park Nature Center.

Clark married Ora Lee Wright of Monroe, LA on June 4, 1977 in Leetown, WV. Clark was a family man, outdoorsman, photographer, artist, teacher, and mentor. His passion for the outdoors, nature, and conservation was evident through his love for visiting national and state parks as well as the many volunteer roles he held throughout the years. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and was proud to watch both of his sons achieve the highest rank of Eagle Scout. He served on many boards and volunteered for numerous causes, including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Shenandoah National Park Association, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Berkeley/Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club, Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Trail and Town Alliance, Harpers Ferry Park Association, and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. Clark was a man of faith and an active and beloved member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown, WV.

Clark is survived by his loving wife, Ora; children, Michael S. Dixon (Stephanie) of Sierra Vista, AZ, Rachel A. Dixon of Alexandria, VA, Clark Andrew Dixon, III of Reston, VA; grandchildren, Andrew McDonald, Johnathan Archer, McKayla Denise Dixon; great grandchildren, Isaiah, Cameron, Lauryn, Andrew, and Layla; sister Beatrice V. Dixon of Carlisle, PA, brothers, Thomas Edward Dixon (Sharon) of Winchester, VA, and Charles Walter Dixon (Margo) of Hopewell, VA.

Clark is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Muriel Denise Dixon; grandson, Robert Anthony McDonald; sister, Jane Christine Elliott; brothers, George Allen Dixon, David Alexander Dixon and his wife Cynthia.

Memorial contributions in memory of Clark may be made to Leave No Trace,, Shenandoah National Park Association, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, National Parks Conservation Association or Boy Scouts of America.

The family would like to thank Laurie Potteiger for her wonderful headshots of Clark.

Visitation will be held at 10am on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 with a service to follow at 11am, held at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. Interment will be in Orrick Cemetery in Winchester, VA.

“Nature’s Best Hope” with author Douglas Tallamy

The National Conservation Training Center invites you to watch their next live event: NCTC Conservation Lecture Series: “Nature’s Best Hope” with author Douglas Tallamy

Sep 14, 2022

1:00 – 2:00pm EDT

The award-winning author and entomologist will discuss his new “Homegrown National Park” initiative.

Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, “Bringing Nature Home”, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives.

In “Nature’s Best Hope”, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard.

If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature’s Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife—and the planet—for future generations.

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 106 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 41 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.

His books include Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature’s Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller and, The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award. In 2021 he cofounded the “Homegrown National Park” program with Michelle Alfandari. His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.

For more information on the “Homegrown National Park” initiative and Tallamy’s books visit:

This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Series, which is cosponsored by The Friends of the NCTC (

For more information, please contact Mark Madison (304-876-7276)

Closed captions for program: When live, click the toggle switch on the lower right to enable automatic captions for your stream.

Conference Registration is Now Open!

We hope to see you in 2022 at Chief Logan State Park!

The 2022 West Virginia Master Naturalist State Conference will be held from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Chief Logan State Park, Lodge & Conference Center in Logan, WV.

Registration is now open. Please click here to register. Note: You must select your classes at time of registration.

Additional Resources:
-Instructor Bios

To reserve rooms at Chief Logan Lodge, call, (304) 855-6100 and state that you are with the Master Naturalists to secure our discounted room rate of $83 per night. This discount is not available if you reserve online. Rooms at the discounted rate must be reserved by June 8, 2022.

Master Naturalists of West Virginia

Master Naturalists help construct and maintain nature trails, lead interpretive walks at state parks, assist biologists with research, and give presentations to school children and other groups. They learn the best ways to enhance wildlife habitat and most importantly, how to apply this knowledge and share with others.

If you would like to have the Master Naturalists present a nature-based educational activity for your organization, contact us at:

Two WV Nature Conservancy Talks Scheduled for Feb. 28

Monday, February 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm
The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia will present two talks on actions for climate resiliency and forest conservation in West Virginia and the Appalachians on Monday, February 28

Restoring an Iconic West Virginia Ecosystem: Status and Outlook for High Elevation Forests in West Virginia with Mike Powell
5 p.m. EST
Resiliency in Appalachia: Conservation, Climate and Community Actions with Thomas Minney
7 p.m. EST.

Both presentations are free and open to the public (masks required) at the Robert C. Byrd Center Auditorium or you may RSVP to receive a link for virtual attendance. 
This event is sponsored by the RCB Center for Congressional History and Education, Department of Environmental and Physical Sciences, Lifelong Learning, and the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities.
Mike Powell is director of lands for The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, where he manages a portfolio of conserved lands, including a network of nature preserves and conservation easements. He has been principally interested in restoration of the red spruce ecosystem since joining the Conservancy in 2006.

Thomas Minney, a Shepherd graduate, has been the state director of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia since 2015. He has worked closely with private landowners, industry, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, researchers, scientists, energy industry partners, and others to identify, prioritize, protect, and restore the Central Appalachians and West Virginia’s natural resources.

Please RSVP for livestream registration for the 7:00 pm event. A Zoom link will also be made available for the 5:00 pm presentation. 

To register, visit click here.


Employment Opportunity – Part-time Heart of Highlands Trail System Project Coordinator

Since 2009, Heart of the Highlands Trails System in Tucker County (Davis, Thomas, Canaan Valley), West Virginia has been working to connect the non-motorized, multi-use trail systems of five land management agencies in the county into an environmentally sustainable public trail system.  We are seeking a motivated individual with a passion for trails and trail building to serve as our Project Coordinator. This is a Part-time (20 hours a week) paid position. For a job description or more information, please go to our website – https:/home/wp_tc8tsf/,  see our Facebook page or contact us at  Application review will begin December 15th.

Pollinators in the City

Educational Opportunity (Virtual)

Join the folks from The Ohio State University’s Bee Lab for one hour speaker series from Monday, November 29 to December 3, 2021. The virtual sessions start at 10:00 and will be recorded. These will be the following topics:

  • Honey Bees in the City: Where Are They Feeding, and How Do We Know?
  • The City as a Refuge for Insect Pollinators
  • Vacant Lots as Urban Bee Habitat
  • Constructed Green Infrastructure to Support Wild Bees: Does it Work?
  • Policy Dimensions of Insect Pollinator Conservation

Further information: https:/home/wp_tc8tsf/

Register for the speaker series (free): https:/home/wp_tc8tsf/

(The speaker series of this Bee Lab is very informative! -jmb)