Volunteer Day – Maude’s Cedar Narrows Invasive Workday

Join the Maude’s Lang Gang

Saturday, April 27, 2019

From 10 am to mid-afternoon. Meet at Maude’s Cedar Narrows (directions below)

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


Our Workday

Non-natives began taking over right after the property was logged –  just before the Arc purchased the land. Multi-flora rose has began to take over the upper woodlands shading any wildflowers that may grow. We need your help to save the wildflower displays at this property! We will be working on removing bush honeysuckle and multi-flora rose.

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 you with lunch for the day. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Maude’s Cedar Narrows Natural History

Maude’s shelters an extremely rich floral display as well as a handsome waterfalls. Maude’s Cedar Narrows protects a long section of the Rocky Fork Creek corridor, as well as the beautiful rock formations of Franklin Branch, a tributary of the Rocky Fork. The signature feature of Maude’s Cedar Narrows are the dense trillium displays of Franklin Branch, rivaling those found further downstream at Barrett’s Rim and Valley of the Ancients trails.

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.


Maude’s Cedar Narrows, 6320 Skeen Road, Hillsboro, OH 45133

From 50: At the blinking yellow light, turn onto SR 753 South. Continue for 2.3 miles. Turn right on McCoppin Mill Drive. Follow McCoppin over the Rocky Fork Bridge. At the top of the next rise turn left on Skeen Road. Follow Skeen Road around the bend, passing a white shed on your right. When the road straightens look for an indistinct circular drive on your left among stately hickory trees and turn in here. Your leader will be there to meet you.