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Special Gift Made to the Bristol Public Library by Holston Rivers Master Naturalists

January 27, 2015

The Holston Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program has donated a copy of the recently publishedFlora of Virginiabook to the Bristol Public Library and is in the process of donating books to the libraries serving the region of Bristol City, Russell County, Hayter’s Gap, Smyth County, Damascus, Glade Spring, Scott County, Tazewell County, and Wise County. The Washington County Library has already received a copy of the book from the Creeper Trail Association.

Flora of Virginiais Virginia’s first encyclopedia volume cataloging the Commonwealth’s flora sinceFlora Virginiapublished in 1762. A modern guide of 3,164 plant species native or naturalized in Virginia,Flora of Virginiacontains thorough descriptions of each and 1,400 illustrations.

The book was authored by J. Christopher Ludwig, Dr. Alan Weakley, and John Townsend, in cooperation with a host of agencies including the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Natural Heritage, The LewisGinterBotanical Gardens, and The Virginia Native Plant Society. The book is already in its second printing.

The Virginia Master Naturalist program is a network of volunteers who serve Virginia’s natural areas and public spaces. Volunteers aid in education programs as well as maintenance efforts. The Holston Rivers Chapter sponsors a spring training class that begins annually in February, and volunteers serve at locations that include The Pinnacle natural Area Preserve, the American Chestnut Foundation, Hungry Mother State park, and the Virginia Creeper Trail, and many more.

The Holston Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program is proud to be able to offer this thorough new reference book to the public through the local public library system.

For more information about the Virginia Master Naturalist chapter and their activities, contact Holston Rivers Chapter President Shauna Russell (sruss003@yahoo.com) or Claiborne Woodall (Claiborne.woodall@dcr.virginia.gov).