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?

Bush Honeysuckle Removal At Junction Earthworks

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 @ tpohlar@arcofappalachia.org.

Biodiversity Brigade Calendar of Events

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February 27, 2021, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Rock Run Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey
Trailhead parking lot located across US52 from the Sandy Springs Campground, 27719 US-52, Stout, OH 45684 (map)
Join the Arc of Appalachia land stewardship team and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers conducting an annual survey for this invasive insect slowly making its way into our Arc preserves.  We will be conducting visual assessments, recording infestation location and extent. No experience is necessary. Rock Run Preserve is located on rugged uneven terrain characterized by steep slopes and rock bluffs. Sturdy shoes, binoculars, lunch and a personal water bottle are recommended. This is also a great opportunity to preview the new Rock Run trail to Trillium Hollow, another gem in the crown of the Arc’s many miles of breathtaking hiking trails. We will socially distance as we work and masks are recommended whenever we are in close proximity to each other. For registration, click here,

 

 

Autumn Olive, Photo by Paul Rothrock

April 3, 2021, 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Ridgeview Farm Spring Invasive Work Day
6636 St. Rt. 753, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 (Map)
Join Arc of Appalachia Director, Nancy Stranahan and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers for this annual rite of spring. Restoring the landscape on behalf of native plants is a constant challenge on the farm. But, thanks to the dedicated help of the Biodiversity Brigade we are making headway! We will be pulling, cutting, and treating autumn olive, bush honeysuckle, and multiflora rose in the woodlands and fields. No experience is necessary, all are welcome. Volunteers will be trained on invasive plant identification and the safe treatment methods used to remove the non-native, invasive plants. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, a water bottle, and snacks are recommended. We will socially distance as we work and masks are recommended whenever we are in close proximity to each other. The day will be capped by lunch and a delicious dessert fresh from the farm kitchen. For registration, click here.

 

 

Garlic Mustard

April 14, 2021, 10:00 – 1:00 PM
Shellbark Woods Spring Invasive Work Day
13491 Barrett Mill Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612
(Map)
Join Arc of Appalachia staff, land steward Jean Farkas, and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers pulling invasive garlic mustard amongst the stately hickories, oaks, and their forest neighbors on the Shellbark Woods Preserve, one of the little known gems nestled in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. No experience is necessary, all are welcome. Note that this work requires walking off trail and some uneven terrain, and though it does not require significant physical strength, a lot of bending is required to reach the plants at ground level. Our work removing these plants will help release and preserve populations of ephemeral spring wildflowers. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, snacks, and a water bottle are recommended. Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of our day and will include vegetarian and plenty of gluten free options. We will socially distance as we work and masks are recommended whenever we are in close proximity to each other. For registration, click here.

 

 

Garlic Mustard Infestation, Photo By Rick Gardner

April 17, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Junction Earthworks Garlic Mustard Removal
1143 Township Hwy 377, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601(Map)
Join Arc of Appalachia staff members and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers pulling invasive garlic mustard along the Star Brook Trail in Oliver Woods overlooking the earthworks at Junction. No experience is necessary, all are welcome. Note that this work requires walking across uneven and sloped terrain, and though it does not require significant physical strength, a lot of bending is required to reach the plants at ground level. Our work removing these plants will help release and preserve populations of twinleaf and other ephemeral spring wildflowers. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, a water bottle, and packed lunch are recommended. We will socially distance as we work and masks are recommended whenever we are in close proximity to each other. For registration, click here.

 

 

Garlic Mustard

April 24, 2021, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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.