WELCOME & NEWS

 A PROUD HISTORY - A BRIGHT FUTURE 
  
For 86 years, the WARREN COUNTY CHAPTER has worked to protect our natural resources in Virginia's Northern Shenandoah Valley.
    
Warren County is our primary membership area, but we maintain a waiting list of applicants from adjoining counties.
    
Our MISSION is "...to strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands and open space; to the preservation of the heritage and to man's sharing in it."
    
Welcome to our online home!
     
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Updated JULY 18

, 2015

   Summer's here!


MEMBERSHIP MEETING . . . August 3, 2015

Summer at the Park.
  
Our next membership meeting will be on August 3, 2015. The menu will include food and we feel safe in predicting that the program will include words . . . and maybe even pictures.
    
This is our ANNUAL ELECTION MEETING, where we elect our leadership for the coming year.  Hope to see everyone there.
    
The park facilities are available to members as we go deeper into the summer. Check out the wild blackberries!  

Between meetings, you're welcome to attend the Board meetings at the County Government Center on the third Tuesday of each month.

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We're on Facebook. This web page gets updated every few weeks. Our Facebook page gets updated much more often. Check it out, bookmark it, and maybe even "like" it. Here's the link:
 

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VETERANS' EVENT A SUCCESS!

On Thursday, June 18 the Chapter hosted a VETERANS' APPRECIATION OUTING. About 39 veterans from the Martinsburg V.A. hospital visited the Park for a morning of relaxation and fun.
Pictures will be posted soon.

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SEND US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

How about sending your EMAIL address to Linda Ruhling? If you already have, you might want to confirm it. We're making a special effort to keep the communication channels open.
Or just see her at the next meeting to confirm your email address.

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JULY BOARD MEETING
    
The July meeting will be held in Conference Room 101 in the Warren County Government Center next Tuesday, July 21ST.
  
You - and your input on Chapter issues - are always welcome at the Board meetings. There's plenty of room, for both you and for your ideas on how to keep our Chapter the best in the League
    
If an issue comes up that can't wait for the Board meeting, call Harry Reed or another Board member.

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LITTER PICK-UP

The Chapter helped clean up Browntown Road on a recent Saturday. Anti-litter chair Dennis Mosher led the enthusiastic group in picking up loads of trash from the shoulders.
   
The Chapter has also taken on cleanup of boat landings in the County, along with the trailhead at Thompson Hollow. 
  
The next Browntown Road litter pickup: Call Dennis at (540) 635-3559 to volunteer. 


    
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SIMPSON'S LANDING OPEN! 
  
If you're a kayaker, canoeist, or you fish you'll be glad to hear that Warren County has completed renovation of Simpson's Landing.  
  
Our Chapter's anti-litter program picks up litter at Simpson's, along with three other landings in the county. 
  
When the water warms up, check it out at the end of Downing Farm Road (Rt. 623), on river left, about ½ mile downstream from Karo.
 

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BEST NEWSLETTER 2014!

Your Chapter newsletter, the Hogback Echo won the Best Chapter Newsletter award at the recent national convention!
  
Thanks to 1st VP Rich Crawford for putting together an award winning nomination package. 
  
We were also one of the top 12% of chapters nationwide to receive the Defenders Chapter Achievement Award. This award recognizes a broad range of chapter performance goals.

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SHOOTING REMINDERS
  
The range has some recent improvements. The area around the pistol stand has been leveled, a cross-drain has been installed in the road, and other drainage issues have been improved. 
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Please keep in mind that the Grounds Crew is working all over the park from about 8:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. every Friday.
  
People may be working on the trails around the range.
  
Unless you absolutely have to shoot on Friday mornings, please schedule your range time outside these hours.
  
If you can't resist, please advise Gene Mathews that you will be shooting, so that he can schedule work away from the areas near the range.
 
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BEEHIVES

While our bees will soon be shaking off the winter. They have important spring work to do, and they're very docile if you don't bother them.  Their hives are inside an electric fence. Please keep children away from both the bees and the fence. While the bees go "buzz," the fence goes, "bzzzzzzzt."  
  
If anyone is allergic to bee sting of any kind, please bring an EpiPen(R) with you while at the Park.  
  
Also, Julie & Robert Cipriano will be glad to help anyone who might be interested in beekeeping.


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BLAZE ORANGE
  
Hunting seasons come and go, but there may be shooting (firearms or archery) in the Park just about any time of the year. VDGIF advises wearing blaze orange in the woods . . . in or out of hunting season. It's the law for hunters, and not bad advice for all of us whether hunting or not. Without it, you might just disappear!
   
Blaze orange is not just for hunters. Dress defensively. When you're in the woods, wear blaze orange to be safe and be seen.
  
                                       

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