Volunteer Day – Maude’s Cedar Narrows Invasive Workday

Join the Maude’s Lang Gang

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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: Fern Truitt

Fern Truitt is Land Manager for the Arc of Appalachia. She works daily with invasive plants, landscape care and ecosystem stewardship. Fern grew up learning many primitive skills, though she wouldn’t have necessarily called them that at the time. She loves doing things such as cooking over a fire, collecting wild edibles, and making tools and utensils from what other people see as just ordinary sticks. To her these skills were simply a way of life, providing practical outcomes that were cheap, fruitful, and environmentally responsible, as well as providing an outlet for creativity. Fern is a legend around the Arc staff and many of our volunteers. A woman of few words, she speaks volumes about her conservation ethics in her actions. Fern cans and stores much of her own food from her Fort Hill home garden, is a great cook, and provides most of her protein from sustainable hunting.  Learn by watching, and you won’t find a better naturalist, outdoors woman, or teacher in the woods than Fern Truitt.

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.