Volunteer Day – Chalet Nivale Invasive Work Day
Saturday, May 25, 2019
10:00 am – mid – afternoon. Meet at Chalet Nivale (directions below)
Free Lodging available at the Arc’s Volunteer Headquarters. Please inquire when you register.
There are three non-native invasive plants rapidly invading Chalet Nivale – barberry, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose. We will work on clearing all three invasive plants from the preserve, working along the trail system. 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 invasives 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 goodtime while keeping The Arcs mission the number one priority. He looks forward to meeting and working with everyone he comes across.
Chalet Nivale’s Natural History
For decades, botanists in Ohio have raved about the botanical hotspot on Bacon Flat Road in Adams County. When a cabin was developed on the site in the 1980’s, many of Ohio’s naturalists feared the worst for the future of the plant diversity. The foreboding increased when a large addition was added to the cabin in the 1990’s. It was a great conservation victory when, in 2004, the Arc purchased Chalet Nivales’ first two tracts which protected most of the Snow Trilliums, totaling 15 acres and found a preserve caretaker to live in the residence. In 2008 a third tract was purchased expanding the preserve to 106 acres and protecting most of the watershed of two exceptionally pristine tributaries of the Scioto Brush Creek as well as outstanding rock formations.
No invasive removal experience is necessary for this work day, and the tasks do not take a lot of physical endurance nor strength. Garlic mustard plucking in the spring requires only light bending at the waist, since the garlic mustard grows almost to hip height and pulls out of the ground easily. Sawing or cutting invasive woody shrubs and canes at their bases does require squatting close to the ground, so workers on this task need flexibility and good joints. We will be applying herbicide in small quantities to the cut stems of the woody invasives, 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 fall or early spring since the leaves are not out.
Please contact Ethan King with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Directions from Columbus to Chalet Nivale Preserve.
Your final destination of Chalet Nivale Preserve is approximately 85 miles from Outerbelt 270. To Begin: Get on the 270 Outerbelt around Columbus and head south toward the SR 23 Exit. Exit on SR 23 and go south. Follow Route 23 all the way past Circleville, past Chillicothe, and past Waverly, staying the entire distance on 23. Five miles south of Waverly turn right or WEST on the Appalachian Highway, Route 32. Follow 32 approximately 18 miles to its intersection with Route 73. Turn right on Route 73. If you get to SR 41, you went too far. Follow SR 73 a short way to Bacon Flat Road, it will be the first road on the left immediately after crossing the bridge over the Scioto Brush Creek. It’s a bit hard to see because the road is narrow and dips down out of sight. If you see Frog Hollow Road you went too far. Turn left on Bacon Flat and go approximately ¼ mile down the Road. Chalet Nivale is the first driveway on the right. You’ll see its entrance sign and a log cabin deep in the woods. This is privately rented by a volunteer caretaker–please respect his privacy If you are here for the Wildflower Pilgrimage or group events with large attendance, please park on the right side of Bacon Flat Road and gather in the small parking lot.
Directions from Cincinnati to Chalet Nivale Preserve.
Your final destination of Chalet Nivale Preserve is approximately 50 miles from Outerbelt 275. To Begin: Get on the 275 outerbelt around Cincinnati and go to to the Newtown area (southeast corner of the metropolis on 275, if 275 were a clock the exit would be at 5:00). Exit on Route 32, the Appalachian Highway. Follow 32 east approximately 52 miles to the SR 73 exit. Turn left, north on 73. Follow SR 73 a short way to Bacon Flat Road, it will be the first road on the left immediately after crossing the bridge over the Scioto Brush Creek. It’s a bit hard to see because the road is narrow and dips down out of sight. If you see Frog Hollow Road you went too far. Turn left on Bacon Flat and go approximately ¼ mile down the Road. Chalet Nivale is the first driveway on the right. You’ll see its entrance sign and a log cabin deep in the woods. This is privately rented by a volunteer caretaker–please respect his privacy If you are here for the Wildflower Pilgrimage or group events with large attendance, please park on the right side of Bacon Flat Road and gather in the small parking lot.