September 27, 2014 9:00 A.M. (Note early start time) Panola Mountain State Park, DeKalb County – National Public Lands Day

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Panola Mountain State Park, DeKalb County  –  National Public Lands Day.  Grassland restoration ( 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.) and Panola Mountain Hike  after lunch.

Field Trip Leader:  Maureen Donohue

Description: We will join park staff and volunteers in planting wildflowers at a significant grassland restoration area in the park.  Some of us worked on this restoration two years so we will see how the work is progressing. After lunch Phil Delestrez, Resource Manager for Panola, will guide us on a brief walk up the mountain to see the pristine100 acre granite outcrop that has never been quarried. It is a rare untouched ecosystem.

Meet:   9:00 am at the Alexander’s Lake Parking area  for sign-in Panola Mountain State Park        Phone:  770 389-7801 2600 Hwy 155, SW Stockbridge, Ga 30281 GPS Coordinates :  N 33.623400     W -084 172800 Maps are available on the web site at www.gastateparks.org/Panola Mountain

Directions:  The park is located 18 miles southeast o Atlanta.  Take I-20 to Exit 68, Snapfinger Road/ Hwy 155. Travel south on Georgia Hwy 155 to the main park entrance. Take the first road to the left after entering the main gate.This is Alexander Lake Road.  It is a small road (and easily missed) that runs along the side of the park.  Alexander Lake Road will dead end into Flat Shoals Road.  That road is also called Klondike Road. Turn right on Flat Shoals Road. The park entrance to the Alexander’s Lake area will be on the left and is marked as an entrance to PMSP. Alternatively you may take Georgia Hwy 212 to Klondike Road to enter near the Alexander’s Lake parking area.

Bathroom Facilities: In the park

Walking Difficulty: Easy at the grassland; moderate for the mountain walk

Bring: Lunch to eat near the parking area, water.  You may wish to bring work or garden gloves as well as a camera, hand lens, notebook. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Special Requests:  The park asks that we pre-register. Send me your name so I can register the group. Please wear some BotSoc identification – a favorite t-shirt or hat or a logo patch.  It may invite conversation about our organization.  If you are talking to other volunteers, mention our great field trip program and invite them to join us.  Field trips are free and open to the public. You may wish to bring friends and family.This is a nice event. Contact:  Maureen Donohue  email- marinadono67@gmail.com   770-990-7756- cell.