Are you ready for a new challenge? Do you like nature, trees, and -- most importantly -- people? The Green Timbers Heritage Society is looking for a few people able to take this institution (est. 1989) to the next level with fresh thinking, a positive attitude and an understanding of how to work with volunteers and branches of City government. Ideal for retired people with an interest in preserving natural areas. 

We have several positions opening up in November, 2014:

1.  President: as chair of the organization you will be responsible for the overall direction of the society, be familiar with the history and challenges facing this unique urban forested area, and be willing and able to communicate effectively with different stakeholders. You should be comfortable with email, the phone and meeting people. Time commitment: up to 5 hours a week.

2.  Treasurer: The Green Timbers Heritage Society is involved in the administration of different projects, including the Surrey Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP). The budget is over $150,000. You will be responsible for writing cheques, demanding receipts and keeping the books in order. It helps if you know which side of the ledger credits and debits are. Time commitment: up to 5 hours a month.

3.  Directors-at-large: We're also looking for people to help with other projects. Time commitment: whatever you can give.

If you're interested in education and preserving and enhancing the Green Timbers Urban Forest please send an email to GreenTimbersSociety@gmail.com.

Haircap Moss

Haircap Moss - Polytrichales Polytrichaceae Polytrichum commune


Identification & Description:
The Hair Cap Mosses, called Bird Wheat or Pigeon Wheat in many localities, are the largest and in some respects most highly developed of all our mosses, and by reason of their size and common occurrence are familiar object to nearly everyone. Many an old field and meadow is carpeted with the dark rich green of the common Hair Cap. The farmer, however, votes it a pest, as it often entirely supplants the grass over large areas of meadow. The hairy cap that gives this genus of mosses its name is composed of long hairs growing from a little scale-like body, the calyptra proper, at the top of the capsule. The Hair Caps, in common with most other mosses, are subject to great extremes of moisture and dryness, and their appearance when dry is very different firm what it is when moist, as the leaves of the rosette are numerous antheridia. The male plants of many other dioicous mosses end in a similar rosette. The leaves are large, not bordered, with a sheathing membranous base and very numerous lamellae occupying the greater part of the width of the leaf above the base, making the central portion of the leaf very dark and dense

Hair cap moss has soil anchoring structures that closely resemble and function like roots. For this reason, we ship this species in clumps with soil still attached. Haircap moss prefers medium shade to partial sun, and likes sandy soil.

The complete taxonomic listing for the Haircap Mosses is:
Kingdom- Plantae
Phylum- Bryophyta (Mosses)
Class- Bryopsida = Musci (True Mosses)
Subclass- Polytrichidae
Order- Polytrichales
Family- Polytrichaceae
Genus- Polytrichum (Haircap Mosses)

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