Date: November 20th, 2018
Time: 10:00- 3:00
Where: Dalton Property, Madison County
Join us to learn about invasive species in Western North Carolina and remove them from one of our conservation easements in Madison County, the Dalton Property. We will include a brief lesson on the most common invasive species and how to identify them. We will be primarily concerned with Oriental Bittersweet, Stilt Grass, Spirea, Japanese Honeysuckle & Multi Flora Rose removal.
The Dalton property is located in Madison County, NC and was protected by SAHC in 2003. This 83-acre property was farmland before becoming the home of the Big Red Tomato Packing Company through 1987. The tract is now owned by the Dalton family and protected through a conservation easement with SAHC. The disturbance of the natural ecosystem on this property has opened it up to invasion from pioneer species. We hope to remove invasive plants in order to preserve natural ecosystem processes and provide a space for native plants to grow.
Volunteer activities will include invasive removal and site beautification. Work gloves, safety eye wear, hand tools, and first aid kits will be available on site. Feel free to bring personal gloves or tools. Please dress in layers and bring a rain jacket as we will be working at high elevations and the weather is unpredictable.
What will we be doing?
Invasive species management – we will use loppers and shears to remove invasive plants.
General clean-up– Collecting debris on the property.
More volunteer tasks will be available on the work day.
10:00 to 10:15 – Introduction, safety talk, invasive plant lesson. Volunteers will be briefed, divided into groups, and dispersed across the site
10:15- 12:30– Work in Groups. Volunteers will work with teams on a specific task with a designated leader.
12:30- 1:15– Lunch – please bring your own food.
1:15- 3:00– Work in Groups. Volunteers will continue to work in teams to complete tasks.
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED