Volunteer Day – Freeing-the-Trees at Ridgeview Farm
Saturday, March 31, 2018
From 9:45 am to mid-afternoon. Meet at Ridgeview Farm (directions below)
Please register at the bottom of the page.
Free Lodging is available at the Arc’s Volunteer Headquarters. Please inquire when you register by leaving a note in the comments section.
Our Workday – Join the Ridgeview Farm Biodiversity Brigade!
We have 800 trees to unwrap and free! Ridgeview Farm is a working model to demonstrate what can be done to help bring biodiversity and native ecosystems back to Ohio’s abandoned farms. Four years ago the Arc planted 900 native hardwood saplings at Ridgeview Farm to bring back the missing oaks and hickories. In order to protect these saplings from being nibbled by animals, the trees were covered in hoops of metal fencing. The trees have now grown large enough to be removed from the cages. Grape vines as well as Japanese honeysuckle sometimes get entangled in the tree cages and we will be cutting these to the ground to allow our trees rapid growth and full sun during this upcoming growing season.
Ridgeview Farm’s Natural History
Ridgeview Farm is not only home to the rare Henslow’s Sparrow, but it shelters a wetland forest with Swamp White oaks, Marsh Marigolds, and Skunk Cabbages, as well as other wetland plants as Marsh Fern, Queen of the Prairie, Meadow Phlox, Michigan Lily, and Dropping Trillium. The preserve also boasts one of the most beautiful firefly displays in the Arc system, and it is home to an educational Chestnut Orchard with three species of native chestnuts, including the blight-resistant F-3 hybrids. Ridgeview is especially beautiful in mid September when the goldenrod meadows blaze like glowing embers, and again at the end of September/early October when five species of field asters burst into bloom.
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 or garden gloves with rubber coated protection bring them along. If you don’t, we can share our tools with you. Poison ivy will not be a major problem in the 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 Rankin with any questions at email@example.com or 937-365-1935.
Ridgeview Farm, 6636 State Route 753, Hillsboro Ohio 45133
Meet in the parking lot of Ridgeview Farm. Ridgeview Farm is on the west side of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, lying 1.8 miles south of HIghway 50, 7 miles from the Appalachian Forest Museum, 10.5 miles west of Bainbridge, and 12.5 miles east of Hillsboro. Directions: From Rainsboro, OH on Highway 50, travel one mile west on 50 to a flashing yellow light, and turn south at the light onto SR 753. Set your odometer and drive exactly 1.8 miles south on State Route 753. Watch on your left for a green road sign marking a gravel lane that says “Beaver Cemetery.” Turn left on this lane. It will almost immediately split. The left lane will take you back to the cemetery, and the right lane will take you to Ridgeview. Bear right and you will soon see Ridgeview’s big red barn and two story gray wood sided house. Park between the barn and the carriage-style garage. If you miss the turn, you will soon see an old brick one room schoolhouse on your right. Then turn around and watch again for the Beaver Cemetery road sign- this time on your right. Turn right onto the gravel lane by the sign, and then bear right into Ridgeview Farm.