Volunteer Day – Chalet Nivale Invasive Work Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017 New Rain Date Saturday, April 29, 2017

9:30 am – mid – afternoon. Meet at Chalet Nivale (directions below)

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

Registration

Our Workday.

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: Roy Willman

Roy Willman is a member of the Arc Board of Directors and lives 5 miles from Chalet Nivale in Peebles. He has enjoyed nature all his life, and has been working with Arc staff, friends and volunteers at Chalet Nivale, building trails and removing invasive species for several years now. Please call him at 937-725-1800 if you have any questions.

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.

Physical Requirements

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, and, if you are coming to remove woody plants and do not have prescription glasses, bring a pair of sunglasses for eye protection. We also recommend wearing footwear with a good tread, and a brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face. In the fall, our meadows are filled with various “stick-tight” seeds, so be sure not to wear fleece or other fuzzy fabrics. The smoother the fabric the better. If you have your own clippers, garden gloves with rubber coated protection, and light handsaws, bring them along. If you don’t, we can share our tools with you. Poison ivy will not be a major problem in the fall or early spring since the leaves are not out  However, if you are extra sensitive to this allergen, it’s best to stay out of the meadows any time of the year, and we recommend that you choose projects that work primarily in the forest and stay out of the meadows. Bugs will not be a problem.

Questions?

Please contact Kayla Hanning with any questions at services@arcofappalachia.org or 937-365-1935.

Directions

Chalet Nivale 1272 Bacon Flat Rd., Peebles, OH 45660-9147

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.