Magazine article American Forests

Jillian Hanelly, Manager of Individual Giving

Magazine article American Forests

Jillian Hanelly, Manager of Individual Giving

Article excerpt

LAST SUMMER, IHAD the pleasure of hosting American Forests' first D.C.-area Walkabout. Walkabouts are casual yet informative hikes through urban forests and, this time, our forest of choice was Theodore Roosevelt Island, just within the D.C. borders on the Potomac River. Our small group gathered at the foot - bridge that leads from Virginia to the island to begin our morning hike. As we arrived on the island, the noise of passing planes and traffic was muffled by the thick late summer foliage on the maple, oak and walnut trees surrounding us. It was a perfect day for ahike--coolyet sunny, with just a hint of a breeze.

As we entered the marsh, we were greeted by a host of bright colors: orange jewelweed, groundnuts blooming in purple, white turtlehead, blue-eyed grass and dozens of shades of green from the trees and vines lining the boardwalk One sharp-eyed member of the group spotted a black rat snake moving just off the trail. The snake paused for a moment, soaking up the sun, before slithering down a hole in the ground. A broad winged hawk perched on a tree. …

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