Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fire-Pink, Shawnee Forest

Silene virginica, Fire-Pink

This may be the most fitting flower to represent Shawnee State Forest right now, where Division of Forestry and local fireman have been fighting a forest fire for several days now. The rain has arrived in Scioto county, and will help quench the remnants of the burn. It's a long story that the news media is more than happy to cover for you, but I would like to address any of your concerns.

We have been in close contact with Ohio State Parks and Forestry regarding this weekend's Flora-Quest. Have no fear, we have many of our trips scheduled to go to Adams County, and the fire is well in control now. Officials are certain we will be able to traverse much of the park with no problem, and will probably not even be aware of this section that has been impacted.

Yes, I am greatly saddened by this turn of events, but we have two choices. Either we wring our hands in worry and call it quits, or we all head down there for a weekend of enjoying the flower display over the other 97 percent of the forest. The Fire-Pinks were in stunning display last year at this time, and I will be down there in person tomorrow to make sure things are copacetic. The lodge staff is anxious to attend to our needs, and the guides are ready to go. Let's support our park system and promote eco-tourism in Ohio. The plants you help save could be: Fire-pinks.

Don't hesitate to contact me with questions.

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