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  • 4 Dec 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    First Landing State Park

    Shelter #1, Conservation Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Mark your calendar to join TATC for a winter celebration in beautiful

    First Landing State Park! We’re planning a day of fun: Hiking•Horseshoes •Cornhole•Dinner & Dessert•Campfire and s’more!

    For more information, contact Sharon Salyer: happycampers33@hotmail.com


  • 5 Nov 2021 5:59 PM | Anonymous

    TATC CABIN WORK TRIP-- Nov. 5th, 6th, 7th (Friday-- Sunday); trip leader: Bob Adkisson-- 627 5514 or cabin@tidewateratc.com-- (please, you must contact me to let me know if you are interested in attending this maintenance / orientation trip to the club cabin in Nelson County, Va.- I will have a sign up sheet and will keep the number of participants low, at 8 people total; there will be a wait list if it is needed, so if you sign up and then your plans change, let the trip leader know ASAP) The Autumn trip is when we usually chainsaw firewood, cut and stack, move and split it. If anyone would like to bring their own saw, to supplement the club saw I will bring, that would be very helpful. The cabin sleeps 12 (6 upstairs, mostly in single bunks, and 6 down stairs-- though all the downstairs bunks are extra wide, for 2 people), but people can tent out nearby if they prefer. Usually there is a community meal but with things the way they are (Covid) everyone will be on their own for ALL meals. There is a 2 burner propane cookstove, and a wood burning cookstove, and all the pots/pans/dishes/cups/cutlery we will need. The cabin spring is running, so there should be water available. Bring a good sleeping bag, sleeping pad, warm clothes, work gloves, boots, and food. There may be time for a hike (with some light trail work?) Saturday afternoon, or on Sunday, if the weather is cooperative. For new members interested in qualifying to rent the club cabin on their own in the future, this is your ticket to do that-- we will make time to go over the rules and workings of the cabin, teach new members how to take care of it, open and close it, etc. ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND THIS WORK TRIP

     


  • 4 Nov 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Description: Local Trail Maintenance Outing

    When: Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 at 10am-1:00pm

    Where: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, Portsmouth https://www.hofflercreek.org/visit

    Description: Hoffler Creek Invasive Species Attack post “goatscaping”. This is a call for volunteers to join up and help clean out invasive vines in this142-acre preserve in the Hoffler Creek watershed. Goats have been feeding on the thick weeds since 9/17 which should now allow us to get in there and take down some invasive vines. We will meet Heather at the Visitor’s Center, where she will explain what she would like us to do. We need 10 or so volunteers to show up and join the fun. No experience is necessary. Masks will NOT be required if you are fully vaccinated for COVID 19. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts to protect from ticks, heavy-duty gloves and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Hats, bug repellant, and sunscreen are optional. Bring your favorite hand and small battery-operated tools Also, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Who knows, there may even be an opportunity for lunch or ice cream at the end of the effort?

    Contact: Sharon Salyer, happycampers33@hotmail.com to sign up or get more information.

  • 30 Oct 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    First Landing State Park TATC Structures and Trails Evaluation

    Dear TATC Friends,

    A few weeks ago you expressed an interest in helping with the mapping structures and trail evaluations in First Landing State Park. Thank you for your patience. I think we have now worked out most of the "bugs" in the process.


    We have set up two training dates where you will be able to ask questions and sign up to survey a Park Trail. It is anticipated that the training should last approximately an hour. The dates/times are: 9:00 AM Friday October 29th or 9:00 AM Saturday October 30th. You will need to only attend one of the training sessions.


    Location: First Landing State Park Picnic Area Shelter (Land Side). From Shore Drive Eastbound turn RIGHT at the stoplight into the Park (Cypress Swamp Road). At the contact station (Tool Booth), if you don't have a park pass, tell the attendant that you are attending a meeting for volunteers and you will receive a free parking pass. After the contact station, take an immediate right turn into the picnic area parking lot. The shelter is towards the back on the right.


    You will need to bring:

    Your GPS unit and/or your cell phone with the Avenza app if you have them. Please set them to degrees/ minutes/seconds. If you don't have a GPS unit please come, we need people to score the trails and structures on the survey form.


    We will set up teams of three persons (minimum of 2) to do the actual surveys. The survey can be conducted anytime at your convenience after the training.


    Bring your face mask should we need to move the event indoors or to use the restroom.


    Important:

    In Order to participate you must register with Ellis Malabad, malabad2@gmail.com by 5:00 PM Wednesday October 27th.  Please indicate which session you will be attending as I need to turn a roster to the Park prior to the training.


    Again, thank you for your interest in the TATC and First Landing State Park.


    Ellis Malabad

    757-285-1252


  • 29 Oct 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    First Landing State Park TATC Structures and Trails Evaluation

    Dear TATC Friends,

    A few weeks ago you expressed an interest in helping with the mapping structures and trail evaluations in First Landing State Park. Thank you for your patience. I think we have now worked out most of the "bugs" in the process.


    We have set up two training dates where you will be able to ask questions and sign up to survey a Park Trail. It is anticipated that the training should last approximately an hour. The dates/times are: 9:00 AM Friday October 29th or 9:00 AM Saturday October 30th. You will need to only attend one of the training sessions.


    Location: First Landing State Park Picnic Area Shelter (Land Side). From Shore Drive Eastbound turn RIGHT at the stoplight into the Park (Cypress Swamp Road). At the contact station (Tool Booth), if you don't have a park pass, tell the attendant that you are attending a meeting for volunteers and you will receive a free parking pass. After the contact station, take an immediate right turn into the picnic area parking lot. The shelter is towards the back on the right.


    You will need to bring:

    Your GPS unit and/or your cell phone with the Avenza app if you have them. Please set them to degrees/ minutes/seconds. If you don't have a GPS unit please come, we need people to score the trails and structures on the survey form.


    We will set up teams of three persons (minimum of 2) to do the actual surveys. The survey can be conducted anytime at your convenience after the training.


    Bring your face mask should we need to move the event indoors or to use the restroom.


    Important:

    In Order to participate you must register with Ellis Malabad, malabad2@gmail.com by 5:00 PM Wednesday October 27th.  Please indicate which session you will be attending as I need to turn a roster to the Park prior to the training.


    Again, thank you for your interest in the TATC and First Landing State Park.


    Ellis Malabad

    757-285-1252


  • 27 Oct 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Pleasure House Point Invasive Species Attack

    This is a call for volunteers to join up and help the City of Virginia Beach clean out some invasive plant species and vines in one of the City’s newest environmentally sensitive parks. We will be working with City Parks and Recreation staff to rid a portion of the park of nuisance plant life that is strangling several beautiful live oaks and pine trees. We may be working along Shore Drive again or in another area of the Park. More information will be available at a later date

    We need 24 volunteers to show up and join the fun. No experience is necessary. The City staff will be helping us identify what items are to be lopped and removed. Preliminary work hours are 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, unless we finish early. FREE on-street parking is available on Marlin Bay Drive.

    Masks will NOT be required if you are fully vaccinated for COVID 19. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts to protect from the briars, heavy-duty gloves and sturdy closed-toe shoes. Hats and sunscreen are optional. Also, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Who knows, there may even be an opportunity for lunch or ice cream at the end of the effort?

    Let’s show up again and let the City see what TATC members can accomplish in a short period of work. Contact localtrails@tidewateratc.com to sign up or get more information

  • 13 Oct 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00 – 9:00pm

    Norfolk Public Library: Mary D Pretlow Anchor Branch

    111 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503, USA

    TATC General Membership Meeting

    Contact: Lee Lohman president@tidewateratc.com

    Program:  TBD

  • 5 Oct 2021 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Hi folks,

     

    As the current USFS certified sawyer extension gets close to its end (Oct 8), the USFS has signed another to extend current certifications through Dec 31, 2022. That interim directive is attached. All certifications are extended through the end of December of 2022.

     

    Thanks to those of you who’ve been able to participate in a chainsaw recertification day – these one-day refreshers are a good chance to brush up on safety, best practices, get some pointers, and maybe learn something new. For those of you who’s original certification has expired, but are certified under the USFS extension – we’ll continue to try to get you recertified.

     

    On the crosscut side, we’re close to having a GW-Jeff agreement in place that would allow C-level sawyers to instruct and evaluate A/B sawyers, with USFS district rangers signing cards. Once the agreements are signed our C-crosscut sawyers, along with ATC staff, will be reaching out to schedule one-day crosscut recertifications.

     

    It's been two years since we’ve had a new sawyer two-day course, we’ll try our best to arrange some of those next spring.

     

    Please share with your volunteers and certified sawyers. Let me know if you’ve got any questions.


    Josh Kloehn

    Trail Operations Manager - South

    Appalachian Trail Conservancy

    Email: jkloehn@appalachiantrail.org

    Office: 540.904.4391

    Cell: 406.860.8371

     


  • 25 Sep 2021 7:13 PM | Anonymous

    First Landing State Park (FLSP) has asked for our help with the Coastal Cleanup Day on September 25th. We will assist by cleaning up the Park shoreline. Please plan on arriving by 9:00 AM at the FLSP Chesapeake Bay Visitor Center, 2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. We should be done by noon.

    This is a free parking day for National/Public Lands Day. Bags and  latex gloves will be provided as well as data collection sheets. Recording data on what we collect will give our work more of an impact.

    You may wish to bring sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes for walking in sand, water in reusable water bottle, hand sanitizer, face mask if unvaccinated or entering buildings, work gloves if you would rather not use latex gloves and a phone or camera for taking photos of something great happening on our beach!

    I hope you can help us with this effort. To register please contact me at malabad2@gmail.com or call/text 757-285-1252.

    Thank you,

    Ellis Malabad

    Note: email replies to this message should only be sent to malabad2@gmail.com, not to the administrative email address used to send this message.


  • 25 Sep 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    TOUR NAME: Naturalist James Abbott is Back!

    DATE: Saturday, September 25, 2021 (rain-date is Sunday, September 26)

    DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 9:00 – 2:00 Please arrive at 8:45 at REI to board the bus.

    PRICE: $30 per person (purchase your ticket at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar)

    DESCRIPTION:

    The Nature Bus will travel to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (BBNWR). This time a completely different trail, and a naturalist/birding perspective. You don’t want to miss this tour. Right in the “backyard of Coastal Virginia”, this unique coastal maritime scrub habitat has stunning scenery of dunes and marshes. Back Bay is an important ecosystem for many imperiled plant and animal species and in September is a vital stopover area for thousands of birds on their fall migration south. Join us to walk the scenic trails, learn about the amazing phenomenon of migration, and observe some of the over 200 species of birds with naturalist and educator James Abbott. Bring your own binoculars or The Nature Bus can provide you a pair to use. Pack your sack lunch for a picnic in the shade of a tree. The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters, like Back Bay, set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.


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