ASHEVILLE - The Western North Carolina Alliance needs volunteers to participate in an invasive exotic plant management/control outing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Richmond Hill Park (280 Richmond Hill Drive).
These plants were introduced in earlier decades, both deliberately and accidentally, and have escaped into areas of our public lands. Invasive exotic plants out-compete native plants for space, sunlight, water, and nutrients, often causing a decline in biodiversity.
They can also take over and destroy native food sources, leaving wildlife with food that provides little to no nutritional value for their needs.
Staff will give instruction on how to identify invasive exotic plants of concern in the park, as well as how to use manual and chemical control methods.
Then we'll put these skills to work treating invasive plant species found along the trail. We’ll provide gloves and equipment needed for the event. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch and water. Long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and old shoes or hiking boots (no open shoes or sandals) are required, even if the day is warm.
If you want to join us, please RSVP to WNCA Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Camilleri by emailing Cynthia@WNCA.org, or by calling (828) 258-8737, ext. 207.