The John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will welcome as their guest speaker, Zachary R, Bradford, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward ,Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage. Mr. Bradford's overview of his presentation is provided here.
"The Grafton Ponds are a collection of seasonal depression ponds in one of the last large forested areas of the rapidly developing Virginia Peninsula. Collectively, they are among the most important biological areas in the state and are home to several extremely rare plants, animals, and natural communities. Through a partnership with Newport News Waterworks, the northern portion of the pond complex is protected in perpetuity as the Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve. However, the ponds still face numerous threats, and much about the hydrologic regime of the pond is still unknown, so additional protection and management is essential to secure the ecological value of the Grafton Ponds."
-- Zachary R. Bradford
The meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, May 17th, at 7 pm, James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd, Williamsburg VA 23188.
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