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2022 Grassy Balds Management – Round Bald Rubus Round Up!

July 15 - July 16

smith family youth volunteers

Registration for the 2022 Round Bald Rubus Round Up is now CLOSED. Thank you!


Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy needs volunteers to help remove Canada Blackberry (Rubus canadensis) and other woody vegetation from Round Bald. Volunteers will help hand-mow brushy areas (using weed-whackers) to maintain globally rare, grassy habitat atop the balds.
We are planning two workdays on July 15th and 16th (rain date TBD), meeting at Carver’s Gap at 9:30 am.
This is a great chance to learn about what SAHC does to manage these rare habitats, without the commitment of a long hike in. In general, we will be working within less than a 0.25 mile from the parking area. We encourage anyone who is new to conservation or to the Roan to join us for these events (Free T-shirt included!).
Volunteers should bring water and lunch, leather work gloves and eye protection. SAHC will provide cutting equipment and individually packaged ear protection.
This work is especially important this year, as a campfire caused a winter “grass fire” on Round Bald. Because of this, it is imperative that (after we take data) we concentrate our efforts on mowing that area this year.
Contact Roan Stewardship Director Marquette Crockett at marquette@appalachian.org for questions.