Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Volunteer Opportunity

2008 Garlic-Mustard Work Sessions
By Phil Cantino

There will be many opportunities this spring to help remove garlic-mustard, an invasive introduced weed, from Strouds Run State Park, City-owned preserve land, The Ridges, and along the Hockhocking-Adena Bikeway. Doing so will help protect our native flora. Garlic-mustard reproduces prolifically, producing as many as 20,000 seedlings per square meter, displacing the diverse wildflowers and ferns that were there before the mustard invaded. Garlic-mustard also suppresses the fungal partners (called mycorrhizae) in the root system of most trees (and many other plants), which the trees depend on to help absorb enough water and minerals from the soil.

Everyone is welcome to participate in any of the events, whether or not you are affiliated with the sponsoring organizations. You do not need to notify anyone in advance in order to participate (except for the April 26 outing to Bluebell Preserve), but a contact person is listed below for each event in case you have questions. In general, heavy rain will cancel the outing but a light drizzle will not.

What to bring: drinking water, bag lunch or snack, sun protection, sturdy footwear, garden gloves (optional, but recommended if you are allergic to poison-ivy). No tools are needed; the mustard plants pull out easily. The pulls are organized by the Athens Forest Stewardship Club in collaboration with Rural Action, the Appalachian Ohio Group of the Sierra Club, Athens Conservancy, Athens Trails, and Friends of Strouds Run State Park.
Saturday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. (approximate ending time 12 noon)
Work site: Rockhouse Trail (City of Athens preserve land)
Meeting place: Sells Park parking lot, at north end of Avon Place, Athens
Contact: David Tees (tees@ohio.edu)

Saturday, April 12, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: Blue Ash Valley in Strouds Run State Park
Meeting place: parking lot behind Hampton Inn, next to University Mall
Contact: Phil Cantino (594-3338, cantino@ohio.edu)

Sunday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. (approximate ending time mid-afternoon)
Work site: Strouds Run State Park, vicinity of Haley Trail
Meeting place: Dow Lake dam parking area, off US-50
Contact: Phil Cantino (594-3338, cantino@ohio.edu)
This is one of the two largest stands of garlic mustard in the park. We need lots of help on this one. Please join us even if you can’t stay past noon. Bring a lunch if you intend to stay into the afternoon.

Sunday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: along new bike trail in the first valley east of Dow Lake dam
Meeting place: Dow Lake dam parking area, off US-50
Contact: David Tees (tees@ohio.edu)

Saturday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: Along new bike trail in the first valley east of Dow Lake dam
Meeting place: Dow Lake dam parking area, off US-50
Contact: Bob Houdek (houdek@ohio.edu)

Saturday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: Along Hockhocking-Adena Bikeway between mile 5.5 (Armitage) and 7.0
(The Plains)
Meeting place: parking lot behind Porter Hall, Ohio University
Contact: Phil Cantino (594-3338, cantino@ohio.edu)
IMPORTANT NOTE: We will bicycle from Porter Hall to the work area (about 8 miles
round trip). Even light rain will cancel; rain date, Sunday, April 20, 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. (approximate ending time 12 noon)
Work site: Pioneer Cemetery, Finger Rock, and Athens Trails, in Strouds Run State Park
Meeting place: The first parking area on the right (south) side of Strouds Run Rd. as you enter the park coming from Athens (the Pioneer Cemetery trailhead).
Contacts: Phil Cantino (594-3338, cantino@ohio.edu), Heather Sheets (heather@ruralaction.org)

Sunday, April 20, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: The Ridges (the mature woods that borders SR-682)
Meeting Place: steps of the Ridges Auditorium (NW of the main building)
Contact: David Tees (tees@ohio.edu)

Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. (approximate ending time 12 noon)
Work site: Blue Ash Valley in Strouds Run State Park
Meeting place: parking lot behind Hampton Inn, next to University Mall
Contact: David Tees (tees@ohio.edu)

Saturday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: Bluebell Preserve (Athens Conservancy)
Meeting place: Le-Ax headquarters, Poston Station Rd.
Contact: Phil Cantino (594-3338, cantino@ohio.edu)
[Advance notice would be very helpful for this outing. Please contact Phil Cantino if you plan to come. We will enter through a gate, which will be locked behind us, so it is important that you arrive promptly at 1:00.]

Sunday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. (approximate ending time 12 noon)
Work site: The Ridges (the mature woods that borders SR-682)
Meeting place: steps of the Ridges Auditorium (NW of the main building)
Contact: Bob Houdek (houdek@ohio.edu)

Sunday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: Strouds Run State Park, vicinity of Haley Trail
Meeting place: Horsemen’s parking area on Lake Hill Rd. (off Scatter Ridge Rd. at east edge of park; contact Phil Cantino if you need directions)
Contact: Phil Cantino (594-3338, cantino@ohio.edu

Saturday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. (approximate ending time 4 p.m.)
Work site: Baker conservation easement (Athens Conservancy)
Meeting place: Dow Lake dam parking area, off US-50. We will car-pool to the work site, where parking is limited.
Contact: Phil Cantino (594-3338, cantino@ohio.edu)

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