15th Annual Celebration of the Dan River Basin Association Set For March 4

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Dan River Basin Association’s Annual Celebration on March 4

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Program and Hike at Virginia Museum of Natural History

Come to the Fifteenth Annual Celebration of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, VA, on Saturday, March 4. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments and displays, the celebration will feature a renowned scientist, Dr. Andrew Dolloff, Fishery Research Biologist at the Center for Forest Watershed Research, who will share surprising information about our rivers’ inhabitants.

The celebration, free and open to the public, will include “Hellbenders,” a brief award-winning film; highlights of DRBA’s accomplishments in 2016; a preview of the organization’s 2017 activities; and an after-lunch guided hike.  A short business session will include recognition of extraordinary volunteer service and election of board members.

The day’s activities will reflect DRBA’s mission-preserving and promoting the region’s rivers and culture through education, recreation, stewardship, and regional identity. Encompassing portions of sixteen counties in Virginia and North Carolina in its 3300-square-mile watershed, the Dan River Basin includes six rivers-the Mayo, Smith, Sandy, Banister, Hyco and, of course, the Dan. DRBA was formed in 2002 to preserve and promote the region’s abundant natural and cultural resources. Recognizing that this beautiful area shares a history of reliance on the rivers for drinking water, transportation, commerce, and industry, DRBA provides a unified vision of cooperation across geographic boundaries.

The Dan River Basin Association’s Annual Celebration will be at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville on March 4. The public is invited to this free event.

With preservation of the rivers at the heart of DRBA’s focus, work continues to preserve and promote the natural resources of the basin.  Staff members, including Executive Director Tiffany Haworth and program managers and coordinators from both Virginia and North Carolina, will report on DRBA’s many activities throughout the past year, as well as provide a glimpse of the year ahead.

Based at Virginia Tech, Dr. Dolloff conducts research on stream ecology, watershed and riparian management, and forestry and fishery interactions. He is interested in how river inhabitants are influenced by natural and human-related disturbances, climate change, forestry practices, and dam and reservoir operations. Trout, which are important to our local economy, are among the aquatic creatures he studies. According to the USDA Forest Service website, “The aquatic fauna of the southeastern US is among the most diverse worldwide….Many, such as the eastern Brook trout are highly prized…but are under increasing pressure….Knowledge of the role of disturbance in…aquatic communities will enable managers to implement protective measures and enhancements.”

Attendees may bring a picnic lunch to eat at the museum or dine at a local restaurant of their choosing (map available at welcome table). After lunch, all are invited to hike with local guide Paul Johnson, a long-time DRBA leader. Hikers may choose a short trek at Wilson Park behind the museum, or a two-mile walk on the Silverbells Trail and the Uptown Connector. Those joining in the after-lunch hike should wear hiking boots or walking shoes, dress in layers, and be prepared to sign a waiver.

DIRECTIONS: The Virginia Museum of Natural History is located at 21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA (GPS 36.6866, -79.8634).

From the South, take US 220 North (Greensboro Road) toward Martinsville. When Greensboro Road becomes US 220 Business North, continue straight for 1.4 miles. Turn right at a traffic light onto Starling Avenue. Drive 0.9 miles. The museum is on the right.

From the East, take US 58 (AL Philpott Highway) toward Martinsville. Continue onto US 58 Business (East Church Street). In Martinsville, turn left onto Starling Avenue. The museum is on the left.

From the West, take US 58 (AL Philpott Highway) toward Martinsville. Continue straight onto US 58 Business. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US-58 BUS E/US-220 BUS N/Martinsville/Danville and merge onto US-220 BUS N/US-58 E. Continue straight for 1.4 miles. Turn right at a traffic light onto Starling Avenue. Drive 0.9 miles. The museum is on the right.

From the North, take US 220 South toward Martinsville. Take the VA-57 E exit toward Fieldale. Drive 5.1 miles Turn sharp right onto Memorial Boulevard South. Drive 0.9 miles. Turn left onto Spring Street. Drive 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Starling Avenue. Drive 0.5 miles. The museum is on the right.

MORE INFORMATION: Contact Wayne Kirkpatrick, 540-570-3511, wynbtyk@embarqmail.com

Meetings and outings of the Dan River Basin Association are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.danriver.org.

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