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Native Plants Walk

June 4, 2014

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) for a Native Plants Walk on Saturday, June 14 at the Forest Reserve at Smallwood from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Renowned author and botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads will lead the walk and discuss, illustrate, and answer questions about native plants and their habitats.

Dr. Rhoads’ books include “The Plants of Pennsylvania,” “The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania,” and most recently, “Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania.” Dr. Rhoads was the director of botany for Morris Arboretum and taught botany at the University of Pennsylvania.

The 134-acre forest reserve was once slated for a 200-townhouse development. Now, this public park is protected forever with a conservation easement with the DHC. Its protection grew from a model public-private partnership started by Preserve Smallwood Country Life and between DHC, the Bethel Local Development Corporation, the Town of Bethel and Sullivan County, with support from the Common Waters Fund.

This walk is free, but prior registration is required. Call 570/226-3164 or 845/583-1010 or email Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather.