Published Aug 16, 2014
Volunteers are needed to fight alien invaders that have landed and colonized parts of the Appalachian Trail (AT).
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will search for invasive exotic plants near Lemon Gap, on the Tennessee/North Carolina border on Saturday, July 12, 2014. They could use your help.
Participants in this free ATC event will remove non-native invasive plants and protect the native biodiversity of the Lemon Gap area. Volunteers will target the highly invasive plant Japanese spiraea (Spiraea japonica) by pulling small stems or cutting and applying herbicide to larger stems. This work is a continuation of control efforts which began in 2011.
"Come get your hands dirty and help protect the forest ecosystems of the Appalachian Trail through the removal of non-native invasive plants," said John Odell, resource management coordinator at the ATC.
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. Participants will also receive free guidebooks for the identification and control of invasive exotic plants. Afterward, the group will work along the AT to remove spiraea and any other invasive plants encountered.
The ATC will provide all equipment needed for the workday. 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. Those who carpool will return to Asheville by 5 p.m.
Carpooling to Lemon Gap will be available, and those interested should meet at 8 a.m. at the ATC's Southern Regional Office parking lot, located at 160 Zillicoa St. in Asheville, NC.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail.
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