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2022 Grassy Balds Management – Grassy Ridge Mow-Off

July 23 - July 24

We need YOUR help on the mountain! Grassy Ridge Mow-Off, July 23-24th

Camp out or come for a day. Join other volunteers as we work to maintain the globally rare grassy and shrub balds found on Grassy Ridge, one of the most beautiful and ecologically significant sites in the Roan Highlands. We’ll cut invasive blackberries and other shrubs using weed whackers and brush cutters. Enjoy great company and great job satisfaction! Our annual Grassy Ridge Mow-Off is more than just a work day — it’s an incredible way to experience the Highlands of Roan and to share cherished moments with friends.

Backpackers and day trippers are both welcome.

We are also pleased to announce that in 2022, we will have car camping available at our Little Rock Creek Preserve (a 10 min drive from Carver’s Gap) for volunteers who are interested in coming out and camping nearby, but are not interested in backpack camping on Grassy Ridge. Please indicate your interest in either backpack camping or car camping on your registration, as this will help us plan staff and resources.

The hike to Grassy Ridge is about 2.5 miles one way, the views are gorgeous, and we have a job suited to almost everyone. There are several different ways to help: flagging rare plants, cutting or raking blackberries, camp organization, taking photographs, and more.

Grassy Ridge Mow-Off  Planned Schedule:

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Campers arrive, set up your tent and return to the work site.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Day hikers arrive. Sign in/Orientation

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Work time! (lunch break at 1 pm)

Saturday 4:00 p.m. – bedtime. Clean up and store equipment. Fun and Fellowship for campers!

Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A short work day and pack out. *Everyone should be prepared to pack out group trash.

Please contact Marquette Crockett, Roan Stewardship Director at marquette@appalachian.org for more information about the work day or specific volunteer duties.

Registration for the 2022 Grassy Ridge Mow-Off is now CLOSED. Thank you!