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: 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.  The 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!

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.