Volunteer Day – Barrett’s Rim Invasive Removal at the “Jewel of the Gorge”

Saturday, October 19, 2019

From 10:00 am to mid-afternoon. Meet at Barrett’s Rim Trailhead (directions below)

Free Lodging available at the Arc’s Volunteer Headquarters. Please inquire when you register.

Registration

Our Workday.

Barrett’s Rim trail starts off taking you through a stretch of field full of beautiful native prairie grasses, which have been carefully maintained over the years. We will be working in the transition zone between the field and the forest before you Hike down into the gorge, removing bush honeysuckle and multi flora rose. These plants could easily move into the forest if left unchecked. Help us keep these invasive’s from encroaching the gorge and entering our fields! Lunch will be provided!

Leader: Ethan King

Ethan King is the Assistant Manager of Land Stewardship at the Arc of Appalachia. He is a native of Cincinnati and has developed a passion for the outdoors, which stemmed from his Grandmother who is an outstanding naturalist herself. He is an only child so he is very close with his parents, family, and friends that he has stayed in touch with from graduation of High school. Ethan Graduated from Hocking College with a degree in Wildlife Management. He worked for Wayne National Forest where he used topographic maps to locate Tree of Heaven infestations and schedule them for removal. Ethan always says Hocking College was the best decision he ever made while exploring options for furthering his education. While looking to get his foot in the door after graduation he found a job in Colorado where he engaged in ecological field studies for a company called NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network). Shortly after that position had come to an end he knew his roots were in Ohio and wanted to look for work in his home state. Soon after he found The Arc he fell in love with its mission, the preserves, and everyone he gets to work with on a daily basis. Ethan spends time maintaining over 40 miles of trails, enhancing them for overall hiker experience. He works on the removal of invasive’s from the rich biological hubs that we are fortunate enough to have here in our area and runs the Arcs deer management program to keep the ecosystem as healthy as possible. He likes to have a good time while keeping The Arcs mission the number one priority. He looks forward to meeting and working with everyone he comes across.

Lunch is on us!

Your leader will be providing lunch for the day. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Barrett’s Rim Natural History

Barrett’s Rim is known as the “Jewel of the Gorge” for its breathtaking rock formations and epic wildflower displays. The boulders are blanketed with Miterwort, Hepaticas, and Dutchman’s breeches. This area hosts an abundant amount of wildlife with its unique prairie to forest connection. It really is an outdoor lovers dream to experience this area throughout the different seasons.

Physical Requirements

No invasive removal experience is necessary for this workday and the tasks do not take a lot of physical endurance or strength. However, you will need to be able to bend at the waist and knees for the removal of invasive’s. We will be working on removing Bush Honeysuckle, Multiflora Rose, and Garlic Mustard.  We will be applying herbicide in small quantities to the cut stems of the woody invasive’s; Volunteers will be trained in safe application.

What to Bring

Bring a bottle of drinking water for the workday and we will provide a water refill station. We also recommend wearing footwear with a good tread, a brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face, long pants and a long sleeved t-shirt to cover your legs and arms. Having a change of clothes for after the workday is never a bad idea! You may bring your own clippers, garden gloves with rubber coated protection, light handsaws, and safety glasses. If you don’t, we can share our tools with you. Poison ivy will not be a problem in the early spring or fall since the leaves are not out.

Questions?

Please contact Ethan King with any questions at ethan@arcofappalachia.org or 937-365-1935.

Directions: Barrett’s Rim Trailhead – Corner of Browning and Cave Road

Driving East on 50 out of Hillsboro, continue on 50 for 11.8 miles then take a right onto browning Road. Follow Browning Road for 1.2 miles, turning right at the stop sign. The parking lot for the Barrett’s Rim Trailhead will immediately be on your right.

Driving West on 50 out of Chillicothe, continue on 50 for 18 miles and until you see a sign for Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Turn left onto Cave Road and continue to follow Cave Road for 2.5 miles. The trailhead parking lot will be on your right.