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Pre-Conference Field Trip 2


Friday September 28 – Saturday September 29, 2012

Central Appalachian Mountain Highlands and Canaan Valley, West Virginia

Central Appalachian Mountain Highlands – Canaan Valley, West Virginia Central Appalachian Mountain Highlands – Canaan Valley, West Virginia x Click on the image to enlarge

General Background

The Appalachian Mountains are considered to be one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. The Central Appalachians in particular have been impacted by over a century of mining activities, including more recent mountaintop mining. The Central Appalachia tour will depart from Washington DC, the nation’s capital city, and travel west through the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia to the Canaan Valley Institute in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands to tour several research sites and restoration initiatives, and view impacts of climate change and mountaintop mining practices.

Tour Highlights

Tour of various research and restoration sites, including the Fernow Experimental Forest, Canann Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Dolly Sods Wilderness, addressing a variety of issues related to high-elevation climate change, timber extraction, biodiversity, ecosystem change, red pine forest restoration and mountaintop mining.


Cost: US$270
(Includes two days transportation and lunches, and overnight accommodation at Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge, Elkins, West Virginia on September 29)

  • Lodging for base hotel is not included in cost
  • Contact base hotel to make your own reservation if you wish to stay there
  • Dinners not included in cost
  • Breakfast on Saturday is available at Blackwater Falls Lodge, but price is not included

Base Hotel:
Best Western Dulles Airport
45440 Holiday Drive
Sterling, Virginia 20166
Phone : +1 703 471-8300
Fax    : +1 703 471-8382
Web   :

Field trip departure time from base hotel:
Transportation will leave from base hotel at 8 am Friday September 28.

Min/Max Participants: 12/54

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For Additional Information:

Lynn McCready
OSU EcoSummit Coordinator
Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
The Ohio State University
352 W. Dodridge Street
Columbus, Ohio  43202  USA
Work: +1 614 688 8402
Cell  : +1 614 619 3662

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