October Annual Meeting

posted Sep 24, 2013, 12:32 PM by Marty Nielsen   [ updated Oct 31, 2013, 2:57 PM ]

The Potomac Gorge: Natural Community and Plant Species Diversity


By Gary P. Fleming


Sunday, October 13

Meeting & Lecture:  12:30 - 2:30 pm

Followed by Field Trip to Great Falls National Park at 3:30 pm

RSVP for field trip:



The Potomac Gorge is the "crown jewel" of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont,

containing approximately 200 rare slide1species and communities.

Virginia Natural Heritage Program ecologist Gary Fleming will provide an overview of the varied natural communities and rich vascular flora of the Gorge, along with the environmental factors that shape their habitats. Using several different methods, the overall biological diversity and significance of the Gorge will be compared to other important sites in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Gary P. Fleming is a senior vegetation ecologist with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Natural Heritage Program. He is a contributing writer for the recently published Flora of Virginia, producing two introductory chapters and all the habitat information in the species accounts. He has more than 35 years of experience in botanical and ecological inventory of natural areas in the mid-Atlantic region, including extensive work in the Potomac Gorge. Mr. Fleming’s work has been published in Castanea, Banisteria, the Virginia Journal of Science, and other scientific journals. He is also a long-time member and current President of the Virginia Botanical Associates, and a co-author of that group’s Atlas of the Virginia Flora III (1992) and current on-line Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (http://www.biol.vt.edu/digital_atlas/).



VNPS programs are free and open to the public, but reservations are

required for field trips.



Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society

PO Box 5311

Arlington, VA  22205

www.vnps-pot.org and www.vnps.org