Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Volunteer Opportunities

Native Plant Rescue and Tree Planting
Submitted by Matt Miller, AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Monday Creek Restoration Project

Monday Creek Restoration Project will host a tree planting on March 24th, in conjunction with the Rural Action Sustainable Forestry's Native Plant Rescue. The area to be planted is the site of the Lost Run reclamation project, where MCRP and its partners have been constructing limestone leach beds and limestone channels to reduce the discharge of Acid Mine Drainage into Monday Creek. Tree seedlings and small woody shrubs will be rescued from the Nelsonville bypass corridor and transplanted to the Lost Run Project area.

The planting will aid in the reforestation of Wayne National Forest land that was cleared during construction of the Lost Run Project. Benefits from replanting this area include: reducing erosion in the project area, helping native flowering plants to reestablish themselves, and minimizing the impact of gaps on small mammals and songbirds. Also, using rescued hardwood trees and shrubs in the replanting will keep help to preserve locally adapted varieties, and the overall integrity of Wayne National Forest.

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, contact Elise at 740-742-4401 or Matt of MCRP at 740-394-2047.

Native Plant Rescue partners include Wayne National Forest, Ohio University Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Hocking College, United Plant Savers, and Frontier Natural Products Cooperative.

Community Food Initiative Seed Distribution
Submitted by Tom Redfern, Sustainable Agriculture Coodinator

On Monday February 27, Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture will once again be hosting Community Food Initiatives to work on preparation for their free seed giveaway. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at Rural Action's office in Trimble, and work until 4:00 p.m. Individual seed packets will be combined into bigger bags for distribution. All volunteers may take home free seeds. Please join us for this valuable collaboration!