View Full Version : Work Trips Fri-Sat, July 10-11

07-07-2009, 13:33
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking volunteers to conduct invasive plant removal on Roan Highlands on Friday July 10 and Saturday July 11. The focus of this volunteer effort is to identify and remove coltsfoot and learn about the impacts these invasive exotic plants have on the native flora in the unique grassy bald habitat of Roan Highlands.

The workdays at Roan Highlands on July 10 and 11 will begin with a plant identification session and a discussion about the impacts of exotic plants led by expert instructors. This will be followed by a demonstration of management techniques, including the application of herbicide, before implementing chemical controls along the Appalachian Trail. Tools and equipment will be provided, but volunteers are asked to pack a lunch and water and bring a hat, long sleeved shirt, long pants and boots with socks. Volunteers should meet at Carverís Gap at 10am or plan to leave Asheville at 8:15am. Carpooling from Asheville can be arranged.
Individuals or groups interested in volunteering, or seeking more information can contact the ATC Resource Management Coordinator John Odell by calling the regional office at (828) 254-3708.
ATC has long been a national leader in coordinating volunteers to conserve public lands, bringing under its umbrella about 6,000 men and women each year to contribute more than 200,000 hours in maintaining and managing the Appalachian Trail and its 250,000-acre buffer.

With the coordinated effort of partners including Western North Carolina Alliance, Equinox Environmental, Inc., the U.S. Forest Service, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the management of invasives removal is greatly increasing.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources associated with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in order to provide primitive outdoor-recreation and educational opportunities for Trail visitors.