Volunteer Day – Hozho Canyon Trail Invasive Workday

Lunch Will be Provided

Saturday, November 9, 2019

From 10:00 am to mid-afternoon. Meet at Hozho Canyon Trailhead (directions below)

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


Our Workday.

The invasive species such as Privet and Bush Honeysuckle are taking a hold in larger number along the top of the gorge and into the slopes below.  Also, Autumn Olives are gaining a foothold in the field that border the woodland.  It is a crucial time now to get into this area, and remove these plants so as to maintain this space for the native biodiversity.  

Hozho Canyon Trail Natural History.

The Hozho Canyon Trail is one of the premier areas along the Rocky Fork Gorge, but one of the less visited areas.  The trail goes by the Ravenwood Lodge, one of the excellent group lodges available here in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, welcoming visitors for many years.  This tall section of the gorge offers fantastic views of the Rocky Fork Creek and its towering sycamores below.  The cliff edges and slopes below are draped in a wide variety of spring wildflowers such as Twin Leaf, Large Flowered Trillium, Wild Ginger, and Hepatica.  The river below meanders back and forth crashing around the many boulders that lay in its path, creating the most beautiful rapids and babbling sounds.  It is our hope to continue to enhance this areas trail and offer this experience to more hikers.

Leader: Tim Pohlar

Tim Pohlar is the Arc’s Land Stewardship and Volunteer Manager.  He is passionate about nature preservation and fell in love with the mission of the Arc from the day he first visited the website back in 2004, at that time it was only the Highlands Nature Sanctuary.  He started out as an intern, then worked as a seasonal staff for a few years after that, then was a full time staff, and lived throughout Sanctuary, from a tent by Talodon Pond, to an old farm house out on Rt 50, and many places in between.  In 2010, Tim met a wonderful lady, Miriam, and decided that fate was leading them into sustainable agriculture, so the two of them moved to La Crosse, WI, where they were married and had two little girls. They lived and worked on the family’s organic dairy farm for 8 years.  In this time, Tim gained a vast range of skills and views of the world that helped give him a much more rounded understanding of land management and preservation, and the intersections of farming and preservation.  Through a series of fateful events, Miriam and Tim, and their girls, Rose and Quinn, have returned to continue their work and passion with the Arc.  They are excited to further the mission of the Arc and work with the many wonderful people that come together to make it all possible.

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. 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, 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! 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 problem in the fall or early spring since the leaves are not out.

Directions:  Hozho Canyon Trailhead: 6124 State Route 753, Hillsboro Ohio

From Hillsboro:

Take us 50 E out of Hillsboro heading towards Chillicothe. Follow US 50 E for 9.50 miles until you come to a flashing light. Take a right on OH-753 and continue for 2.78 miles. Destination will be on your left. There is no obvious parking lot sign at this location . This area will be flagged with pink flagging tape . You will see a red truck in the parking lot. 

From Chillicothe:

Take us 50 W out of Chillicothe heading towards Hillsboro. Follow US 50 W for 28.54 miles  You will pass through a small town called Rainsboro and then come to a flashing light. Take a left of OH-753 and continue to follow for 2.78 miles. Destination will be on your left. There will be no obvious parking lot sign at this location. This area will be flagged with pink flagging tape. You will see a red truck in the parking lot.


Please contact Tim Pohlar with any questions at tpohlar@arcofappalachia.org.