The Friends of Roan Mountain will have their Winter Naturalists Rally Saturday at the Roan Mountain State Park, beginning at 9:15 a.m. at the Conference Center.
Featured guests will include Charlie Williams, the acclaimed expert on Andre Michaux, who will present a program on this plant explorer’s travels through the Roan Highlands, along with his dealings with Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark and others.
Williams has spent more than three decades traveling and exploring the original steps of Michaux through the southern Appalachians — what were then by-ways and settler areas of now Tennessee and North Carolina.
Williams will speak at 9:30 a.m. He will be followed at 11 a.m. by Josh Kelly, who will present a program on Old Forests. His work with the Southern Appalachian Coalition and invaluable research and advice to National Forest programs in the area have shown the way toward reclamation of the forest’s gifts.
During the lunch hour Lisa Huff will provide an update on invasive plants, which have arrived on Carver’s Gap.
Hikes and field trips have been scheduled for the afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. Hikes will be led by Marty Silvers, Jerry Greer and Jamey Donaldson.
Donaldson, who heads up the Roan Mountain Baa-tany Goat Project, will lead a hike to the alder balds on the Roan. Greer, a photographer, will lead a photography hike through the beautiful winter woods west of Twin Springs. Be sure and bring your cameras if you plan on taking this hike.
Silver is the expert on the habits and habitats of the Roan’s animals. He will lead an animal tracking hike down Doe River.
Lunch will be catered by City Market of Elizabethton, which will present a selection of sandwiches along with platters of cookies and brownies.
For more information, call David Hall at 772-3500.