DGIF Pollinator Planting Project – Montebello Fish Hatchery

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Volunteer Opportunity Thursday, May 24: Pollinator Planting Project – Montebello Fish Hatchery, Nelson County:  

Come on out to the Montebello Fish Hatchery in Nelson County on Thursday, May 24, 2018 [Rain Date May 31] to participate in a Pollinator Planting Project, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Habitat Partners© Program.  The Montebello Fish Hatchery is visited by thousands of people each year, because of its beautiful location in Nelson County and close proximity to the Appalachian Trail (A/T) and Blue Ridge Parkway.  

fishhatcheryDGIF is adding a small pollinator garden as an educational amenity next to the Montebello parking area, which Master Naturalists and other volunteers will be able to use for interpretive programs with the public and for citizen science monitoring of bees and other pollinators.

Click on image at right to get directions using a Google map.

If you love to be outdoors and dig in the soil, we’d appreciate your help on May 24th. Please arrive around 9:00 a.m. and bring water bottle, lunch, gloves, box cutter or pocketknife, knee pad and trowel/shovel, if you have your own tools. A 5-gallon bucket is handy for keeping your ‘stuff’ together. (Be sure to put your name on any supplies you bring.)

The soil has already been worked, and plants will be ready to install.  No advance registration is needed, just show up!  We expect to plant until approx 1:00 p.m. or later, depending how many people and how long it takes to get everything in the ground.  So bring your lunch and have a beautiful day in the mountains with us.

I highly recommend you also plan to stay after the planting for your own walk on the A/T, to see the overlook at SPY ROCK, because the A/T trail head is very close to the Hatchery.  There’s also a nice Country Store in Montebello for snacks and refreshments.

DIRECTIONS:  Montebello Hatchery address is 359 Fish Hatchery Lane, Montebello 24464.  From Charlottesville take Rte. 29 South (this would be Exit # 118 A if you’re on I-64) and go approx. 33 miles down Rte 29, then make right onto Rte 56 West, which is “Tye Brook Highway” at this point. Go 1.1 mile on Tye Brook and turn right onto Roseland Rd. Go 4 miles on Roseland and make left onto Rte 151 (Patrick Henry Hwy), and then make an immediate (first) right onto Rte 56 West (where it picks up again with a different name, “Crabtree Falls Hwy”). Go another 15 miles on Rte 56 West (you’ll pass Crabtree Falls along the way), and then make left onto Rte. 690, which is Fish Hatchery Lane; proceed to the Hatchery parking area.  (If you miss the left onto 690, you’ll come to the Montebello Country Store, which is less than a mile further down Rte 56; you can turn around at the Store.)

Alternate Route from Charlottesville is to take I-64 West toward Staunton, take the Exit for I-64 West/ I-81 South, and go down I-81 South until Exit # 213 A toward Greenville. Exit here to get on Rte. 11 South. Go about 8 miles on Rte 11 South and turn left onto Rte 56 East (Crabtree Falls Highway).  Stay on Rte 56 East and go up and over the Blue Ridge Parkway -very winding road (Note that the road changes names a couple of times, but it’s still Rte 56 East) –  and continue on Rte 56 past the Country Store at Montebello. Go about 1/2-mile past the store and make a right onto Rte 690, which is Fish Hatchery Lane, and proceed to the Hatchery parking area.

Questions:  Contact Carol.Heiser [at] dgif.virginia.gov or 804-367-6989. [Rain Date May 31].

Top photo taken at Montebello Fish Hatchery by Vicky Somma, Flickr Creative Commons

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