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2016 Spotlight on National Park Resources in the National Capital Region

To celebrate the National Park Service Centennial through talks and posters that highlight accomplishments in resources management and stewardship.
When Apr 21, 2016
from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Where National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
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Check out all the recorded presentations as well as the poster gallery slideshow from all the research highlighted at this year's Spotlight.

This year, we will feature contributions from every park in the region, including 16 presentations and at least 20 posters. Some of the presentation topics include talks on "Integrating Cultural Resource Preservation Priorities at a Landscape Scale", "Climate Change Threats to NCR Museum Property", and "Predictions of Coastal Vegetation Change Associated with Sea Level Rise"

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Please extend this invitation to all offices and divisions of your staff, partners, volunteers, teachers, students, or other individuals who take an active interest in the resources of our parks. In order to register, please RSVP to Michelle Carter (michelle_carter@nps.gov) by April 8. To enter NCTC campus, you must RSVP in order to get on the security list.

Contact Perry Wheelock (perry_wheelock@nps.gov, 202-619-7087) or  Ann Gallagher (ann_gallagher@nps.gov) if you need additional information.


 

Directions to NCTC

Maps and more information can be found on the NCTC website (http://training.fws.gov/campus/getting-here.html).

 

From Washington Dulles International Airport, Sterling, VA

Tolls vary between $4.00 - $6.00. Credit cards accepted.

  • Depart Airport on the Dulles Access road to Rt. 267 West
  • Take exit 9A and follow signs for Rt. 267 West
  • Keep right at the fork and merge onto Rt. 267 W towards Leesburg
  • Remain on 267 for 13.5 miles
  • Take left lane Exit 1A onto VA - 7 West towards Leesburg/ Warrenton
  • Merge onto VA - 7 West and follow for 3.9 miles
  • Exit onto VA - 9 West towards Hillsboro / Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Follow VA - 9 for 12.5 miles crossing into West Virginia
  • Continue straight on WV - 9 approximately 5 miles
  • Take right exit to remain on WV - 9 towards Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Continue on WV - 9 for 7.4 miles
  • Take exit for WV - 480 / Leetown Rd
  • At bottom of the ramp turn right onto WV - 480 North toward Shepherdstown follow for 5.9 Miles into Shepherdstown.
  • At the Stop Sign proceed straight through the intersection
  • Drive downhill, past student crosswalks and turn Left onto Shepherd Grade Road for 3 miles
  • NCTC entrance will be on the right
  • Proceed through the gate and follow signs to registration in the entry/auditorium building. If the gate is closed, push call button for assistance.

From Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA (formerly Washington National)

  • Exit the Airport on George Washington Memorial Pkwy North and follow for 11.5 miles
  • Exit right and merge onto I-495 N toward Maryland and follow for 4.4 miles
  • Exit left onto I-270 Spur following signs for I-270
  • Merge onto I-270 N and follow for 29.1 miles
  • Take exit 32 and merge onto I-70 W towards Hagerstown
  • In 1.2 miles take exit 52 and merge onto US-15 S/ US 340 W
  • Follow US 340 W to West Virginia for 21.3 miles (staying right when US-15 splits off)
  • Turn right at traffic light onto WV-230 N, followed by an immediate left to remain on WV-230
  • Follow WV-230 for 8.8 miles to Shepherdstown. Cross Railroad tracks and turn right on South Princess St.
  • Follow to German street, turn left.  Go up hill to Four-Way Stop (Intersection of German and Duke Streets).  Turn Right
  • Drive down hill 0.2 miles, past student cross walk and turn left on Shepherd Grade Road (SGR).
  • Follow SGR for 3.3 miles - turn right into NCTC gate.
  • Proceed through the gate and follow signs to registration in the entry/auditorium building. If the gate is closed, push call button for assistance.

From Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Baltimore, MD

Use the free shuttle service (lower level) to Consolidated Rental Car Facility

  • Turn right departing rental facility onto New Ridge Road
  • Travel approximately 1 mile to Route 100 West toward Ellicott City, Maryland
  • Follow to Route 29 North toward I-70
  • Merge onto I-70 West via Exit 25B toward Frederick, Maryland
  • Travel 35 miles W on I-70 - merge onto US 340 West via Exit 52 toward Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Travel 21 miles on US 340 to second traffic light at Rt. 230. Turn right on Rt. 230
  • Follow Rt. 230 for 8.9 miles to Shepherdstown.  Cross Railroad tracks and turn right on South Princess St.
  • Follow to German Street, turn left.  Go up hill to Four-Way Stop (Intersection of German and Duke Streets). Turn Right
  • Drive down hill 0.2 miles, past student cross walk and turn left on Shepherd Grade Road (SGR)
  • Follow SGR for 3.3 miles - turn right into NCTC gate.
  • Proceed through the gate and follow signs to registration in the entry/auditorium building. If the gate is closed, push call button for assistance.

From Martinsburg, WV

  • From I-81, take exit 16 (Rt 9 East - Edwin Miller Blvd.)
  • Travel 1.7 miles E on Rt 9 - left at light onto Rt 45 E
  • Travel 8.3 miles E on Rt 45 - to Shepherdstown. Proceed through ALT 480 light.
  • Left at 4-way stop in Shepherdstown
  • Travel 0.2 miles N on Rt 480 - Take the third left onto Shepherd Grade Road (SGR)
  • Travel 3.3 miles on SGR - turn right into NCTC gate.
  • Proceed through the gate and follow signs to registration in the entry/auditorium building. If gate is closed, push call button for assistance.

 


 

Spotlight on National Park Resources in the National Capital Region

Orientation by Peggy Sandresky

Morning Session A

Moderator: Chris Schuster, WOTR; Timer: Lindsey Donaldson, CATO

9:00  Welcome (Moderator introduces RD) Speaker: Bob Vogel, Regional Director

9:15  Presence of ranavirus and chytrid pathogens among amphibians (Christine Densmore)

9:30   Bullets, Shrapnel, Case, and Canister: Archeology and GIS at the Piper Farm (Stephen Potter)

9:45  Surveys of Native and Introduced Bees of the Woodlands of the Mid-Atlantic (Sam Droege)

10:00  Integrating Cultural Resource Preservation Priorities at a Landscape Scale: Introduction to the collaborative research program being sponsored jointly by the NPS and Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Jean Brennan)

10:15   BREAK

Morning Session B

Moderator: Danny Schaible, NACE; Timer:  Michelle Hammer, HAFE

10:30  New Sampling Design Reveals Hotspots for Brook Trout Recruitment in Catoctin Mountain Park (Nathaniel Hitt)

10:45  Our Collections at Risk: Climate Change Threats to NCR Museum Property (Bob Sonderman)

11:00  Determining the Appropriate Unit of Management Among Brook Trout Populations Exhibiting Prodigious Neutral Genetic Differentiation and Cryptic Metapopulations in the Chesapeake Bay Drainages with Emphasis on Catoctin Mountain Park (Tim King)

11:15  Gone but not Forgotten: Storer College (Elaine Eff)

Poster Session

11:30-12:00     Lunch 1 (blue)

12:00-12:30     Lunch 2 (red)

12:30-1:00 Lunch 3 (green)

Afternoon Session A

Moderator: Lindsey Donaldson, CATO; Timer:  Karen Orrence, RESS, MRCE

1:15   Joint Influence of Deer Management and an Invasive Grass on Tree Seedling Establishment at Catoctin Mountain Park (John Paul Schmit)

1:30  Movement and Gathering Across Time: A Preliminary Report on the Potomac River Gorge Environmental History and Historic Resource Study Project (Kirsten Crase)

1:45  Predictions of Coastal Vegetation Change Associated with Sea Level Rise (Andrew Elmore)

2:00  National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Archeology Contributions: Successes (and Shortcomings) in Unexpected Situations at Two Historic Sites of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (Matthew Virta)

2:15   BREAK

Afternoon Session B

Moderator: Kimberly Robinson, GWMP

Timer:  Dean Herrin, RESS

2:30   Sediment and Vegetation trends at Dyke Marsh Preserve and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (Cindy Palinkas)

2:45  Subsistence Fishing, Ethnographic Resource Study (Shirley Fiske)

3:00  Inventory of Rare Groundwater Invertebrates and Their Habitats in National Capital Parks East Parks (Jenna Keany)

3:15  Proximity to Power: How the Preservation of Lafayette Square Paved the Way for the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Kathryn Smith)

3:30  Closing remarks: Perry Wheelock, Associate Regional Director of Resource Stewardship and Science

 

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