Volunteer Day – Kamama Prairie Invasive Removal

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10am

Free Lodging available at the Arc’s Volunteer Headquarters. Please inquire at registration.


Our Workday

Kamama Prairie, located in Adams County, provides canvas for classic prairie open grasslands, cedar-dominated glades, light-shaded dry bluffs, and young forests composed of oaks, hickories and scrub pines. The grasslands have an unusual number of classic short-grass prairie species such as Little Bluestem, Prairie Dock, Rattlesnake Master, and False Gromwell. During our workday we will be working to remove invasive plants from the prairie including bush honeysuckle, Autumn Olive and Multi Flora Rose.


Your leaders will be providing lunch during your workday. Please let us know if you have any dietary needs.

Leaders: Adriene Cassel, John Jaeger and Tim Pohlar

Adrienne Cassel, land steward at Kamama Prairie, teaches poetry writing and academic research writing with an environmental focus at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She spends her summers and most weekends at the prairie hiking and learning about the flora and fauna there. She became involved with the Arc of Appalachia (then HIghlands Nature Sanctuary) in 2002 when she organized a writing retreat there for the students in her poetry writing class. In addition to her work at the Arc, Adrienne has worked in conservation efforts around the world as part of Miami University’s Global Field Studies program.  Her work includes studying the impact of ungulates on endangered cactus species at the Rancho San Gregorio in Baja, Mexico; volunteering with the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Hawaii to plant over 500 trees in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge to provide habitat for the endangered ‘I’iwi bird, and studying the causes of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

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. 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.


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