A Report from the Ohio River Bluffs Cliff Hangers

It was FANTASTIC.  There were 7 of us and we worked from the top to the bottom for 3.5 hours – practicing our best “land skiing” moves! no injuries. We worked every foot of that Bluff off-trail and removed 4 very large bags full of GM.  We need to do the top-to-bottom, off trail with 20 people next spring – unfortunately there are many baby plants at the higher elevations that promise to be our worse enemy if we don’t.  The Tree of Heaven was so smug knowing we were too busy to bother with her. Ha – will “visit” with her this fall!  AND someone removed three large bundles of GM and placed them near the road – Very tidy technique with all plants pointing in the same direction and each bundle tied with string – so damn cute! Something my grandma would do if she were here (I inherited NONE of that “neat” gene). We left the bundles near the road because they were very wet and heavy.  Clearly someone had been working the bottom part along the trail so likely was the bundle person – perhaps Mr. 52?? My name for the bicycle man who lives on Rt 52. – Debi Wolterman

The work crew at the Arc of Appalachia’s Ohio River Bluffs invasive removal event was still smiling despite several hours of garlic mustard removal on the steep climb at the bluffs. At times it was difficult just staying upright. The volunteer crew went right back up again after lunch to look for more to remove. Photo By Kathryn Cubert




  1. Heather Murphy

    I would love to join you on your next work day.

  2. Barb & Kevin Bradbury

    Please include us on your clean up emails – we’re not here though for Nov. 4

    • The Arc of Appalachia

      Hi Barb & Kevin,

      We have many invasive workdays this fall. Two of which are this weekend. You can see a complete schedule on our volunteer page.


      We are not doing a Ohio River Bluffs day this fall but will have one again in the spring.

      Hope to see you soon!!!

      – The Arc

  3. Cindy Donahey

    It would be interesting to have someone look at that tree of heaven. It is maybe a variant. Any Cynthia moth? Some people thought the tree of heaven was a native and sold expressly to the emperor early on. He was interested in silk from the moth. The core rots out and the bark lasts.


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