Bluebells and Garlic Mustard at Ohio River Bluffs


What does the Biodiversity Brigade Do?

Biodiversity Brigade members working in concert with the Arc’s land stewardship team complete a variety of eco-management tasks, including actively eradicating non-native invasive plants. Plants, like garlic mustard (at left, pictured with bluebells), compete directly with woodland wildflowers and their neighbors for scarce sunlight, mineral, and water resources, causing ecosystem imbalance.  Our community volunteers work to restore, protect and perpetuate native plants in the Arc’s sensitive preserve environments. Our logo pictured above states succinctly why we undertake this mission…it’s about securing beauty, balance, and biodiversity! Won’t you join us?

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Here’s how to join the Biodiversity Brigade

  • Subscribe to the Arc of Appalachia email newsletter here. This will keep you informed about currently scheduled volunteer opportunities.
  • Register for our group events by following registration link for one of the events listed below in the Biodiversity Brigade calendar. In keeping with the world health environment caused by Covid 19, all group events are organized to facilitate proper social distancing and necessary sanitation.
  • If you have further questions, or desire deeper involvement, contact Land Stewardship Manager Tim Pohlar @

Biodiversity Brigade Calendar of Events

Garlic Mustard

May 1, 2021, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Postponed to May 1 from earlier scheduled date)
Ohio River Bluffs Garlic Mustard Removal
Gilkison Hollow Rd, Sprigg Township, OH 45144 (Map)

The Ohio River Bluffs Preserve hosts one of the most spectacular spring wildflower displays in all of Ohio. Vigilant removal of invasive garlic mustard is essential to maintaining this singular stellar ecosystem. Join Arc of Appalachia staff members and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers on the hillside just north of the Ohio River. No experience is necessary, all are welcome. Note that this work requires walking across uneven and steep terrain, and a lot of bending to reach the plants at ground level. We will be meeting at the new trailhead on Gilkison Hollow Road, about 500 feet north of US52, and just east of the wildflowers themselves. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, safety glasses (if you have them), a water bottle, and snacks for the trail are recommended. Lunch and drinks for lunch are provided. There will be vegetarian and gluten free options available. We will socially distance as we work and masks are recommended whenever we are in close proximity to each other. For registration, click here.