Volunteers sought for invasive plant control event

From the press release:

The Western North Carolina Alliance, as a partner of the Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership (SACWMP), seeks volunteers to participate in an Invasive Exotic Plant Control Event on Saturday, March 3 along the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs.

Who: Volunteer work day with SACWMP

What: Invasive Exotic Plant Management

Where: Hot Springs on the A.T.

When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3

Why: To protect native plants from exotic invasions along the A.T. in Pisgah National Forest – and to have some fun!

We’ll give instruction on how to identify invasive exotic plants of concern in the Hot Springs area, 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. You will also come away with some excellent handouts and an exclusive SACWMP T-shirt for your efforts!

SACWMP will provide all equipment needed for the event. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch, water, and rain gear, as well as sturdy hiking boots, long pants and a long sleeved shirt.

Carpooling is available from Asheville, leaving at 8 a.m. and returning by 4 p.m.

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering should register with Bob Gale by emailing him atbob@wnca.org or by calling the WNCA office at (828) 258-8737.

We hope to see you there!

The Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership members include the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Equinox Environmental Consultation & Design, National Forests in North Carolina, National Park Service, North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, and Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council.

For 30 years, the Western North Carolina Alliance has been a trusted community partner, marshaling grassroots support to keep our forests healthy, our air and water clean, and our communities vibrant. The Alliance and its chapters throughout Western NC unleash the power of citizens’ voices to protect the natural heritage of our region to help ensure that people and the environment can thrive. For more information, please visit www.wnca.org.


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