Volunteers needed for invasive plant removal July 12

Jul 02, 2014

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking volunteers to participate in an invasive exotic plant workshop at 9:30 a.m. Saturday July 12, at Lemon Gap, on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. There is no charge for the event, and participants will receive free guidebooks for the identification and control of invasive exotic plants.

The workshop, hosted by the ATC, will provide volunteers an opportunity to remove non-native invasive plants from the Lemon Gap area, in particular Japanese spiraea (Spiraea japonica), in the interest of protecting the native biodiversity of the Lemon Gap area.

This work is a continuation of control efforts that began in 2011.  The workday will begin with a brief educational workshop to train volunteers on the importance of native plant diversity, plant identification, and safe work procedures. Afterward, the group will work along the Appalachian Trail to remove spiraea and any other invasive plants encountered.

All equipment will be provided. Volunteers are asked to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Participants should also bring a lunch and at least two quarts of water.  Carpooling is available from Asheville leaving at 8 a.m. and returning to Asheville by 5 p.m.

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering should contact Rhys Brydon-Williams with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as soon as possible by e-mailing rbrydon@appalachiantrail.org or calling 254-3708.

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