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."
    
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Updated February 17

, 2015

    Remember to set your calendars forward!


MARCH MEETING CANCELLED!
NEXT MEETING . . . APRIL 6, 2015

The weather hasn't cooperated, and the bitter cold forecast doesn't look like we'll be able to turn the water back on before mid-March. 
  
Our next membership meeting will be on April 6, 2015. This will be our WILD GAME DINNER!
  
The park remains open to members through the winter. Members are welcome to use the facilities. Remember that the water is turned off, so the indoor restrooms are not in operation. Drinking water may not be available, so it's best to bring your own. 

The Board will continue to meet through the winter unless the weather is a problem. You're welcome to attend their meetings at the County Government Center on the third Tuesday of each month.


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FEB BOARD MEETING CANCELLED!
    
The regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, February 17th has been cancelled. Sometimes the weather gets "challenging" in the winter, and that's what happened. 
  
The next meeting will be held in Conference Room 101 in the Warren County Government Center on Tuesday, March 17th .
  
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 a Board member.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Let's all congratulate those members who were recognized at the Shrimp Feast/Awards Banquet for their extra efforts toward the Chapter's success.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following members:
  • Barbara Kelley for coordinating our delicious meals
  • Linda Reuling for her work as Membership Secretary
  • Bob Cullers for arranging interesting programs (and humor)
  • Marshall Jones for 17 years of service on the Grounds Crew
The Chapter recognized Ralph West as Conservationist of the Year, for his help with Chapter leadership, service on the Grounds Crew, and willingness to step up whenever called upon.
  
Last - but not least - Orivel Baker was honored by being named Waltonian of the Year. His 38 years of membership, strong conservation ethic, commitment to the park, and service to the Chapter serve as examples to all other members.



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LITTER PICK-UP

The Chapter helped clean up Browntown Road on Saturday, December 13th. Anti-litter chair Dennis Mosher led the enthusiastic group in picking up loads of trash from the shoulders. 
  
The next Browntown Road litter pickup will be after the weather warms a bit. 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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SUNDAY HUNTING LAW

Our members voted to not open up the park to hunting on Sundays. This includes both firearms and archery.
  
Thus, the park policy on hunting remains unchanged. Range use after noon on Sundays is still allowed. 
  
While not unanimous, the vote was overwhelmingly in support of prohibiting all hunting in the park on Sundays. 
  

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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 are hunkered down for the winter, they have important 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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CAMPING AREA
  
Last year we leveled out an area behind the picnic shelter, installed a short retaining wall to level things out, and established some new grass
  
Now scouts and other youth organizations will have a better place to pitch their tents when they come out to enjoy our Park.


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IT'S WINTER!
  
Snow covers the ground, so the Building & Grounds Crew is spending time on other projects. That usually means repairs and construction. And clearing, pruning and removal of dead and dying trees. And shoveling snow. And cutting firewood. And keeping the house buttoned up for winter.

One of this winter's bigger projects is painting the porch, refinishing the tables and chairs, and reworking the projector/screen/sound system situation.   
   
The Park's in good shape, thanks to Gene Matthews and his Crew. 
   
 Of course, the Park is always open for members' use, whatever the season or weather.
   
This is a beautiful time of the year to check out the park and its trails. But when you're in the woods, remember to wear: 

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BLAZE ORANGE
  
Hunting season is here!
  
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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