The Western North Carolina Alliance, as a partner of the Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership (SACWMP), needs volunteers to participate in daylong outing to protect native plants from exotic invasions along the Appalachian Trail in Pisgah National Forest.
The outing will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 along the A.T. at Mill Ridge (near Hot Springs).
We’ll give instruction on how to identify invasive exotic plants of concern in the Mill Ridge 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.
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 sleeve shirt. Carpooling is available from the Westgate Earth Fare shopping center in West Asheville, leaving at 9 a.m. and returning by 4 p.m.
Individuals or groups interested in volunteering should sign up through SignUp Genius.
If you have questions, contact WNCA Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Camilleri by calling the WNCA office at (828) 258-8737, ext. 207 or emailing Cynthia@WNCA.org.
We hope to see you there!
The Southern Appalachian Cooperative Weed Management Partnership members include the Western North Carolina Alliance, 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.