Fall Invasive Workdays for 2017
After a successful and wet spring invasive season we are now ready for our fall season! Below you can find dates and descriptions of each workday. For more information and registration please visit our volunteer page. Lodging is available for anyone who may need it. Please make a note on the registration form.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Cave Road
Cave Road is the epicenter of the 2500 acre Highlands Nature Sanctuary, sheltering most of our hiking trails, overnight lodges and the Appalachian Forest Museum.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 – Sad Song Creek
Sad Song Creek is one of the Sanctuary’s most beautiful waterways. The property has magnificent rock formations, a spring-fed perennially-running stream, gorgeous waterfalls, and a native-grass Little Bluestem prairie covering a quarter of the land.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Fort Hill
Fort Hill’s 1400 acres protects Ohio’s largest and most mature forest and a 2000 year old ancient ridgetop earthworks. The undisturbed forest of Fort Hill supports over 800 species of vascular plants, some of them endangered.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Maude’s Cedar Narrows
The Maude’s tract at the Sanctuary shelters a stunning showcase of wildflowers in a side canyon of the Rocky Fork Gorge. Non-natives began taking over right after it was logged – just before the Arc purchased the land. We are now working to save Maude’s flowers. Maude Lang, now deceased, was a school teacher in the nearby town of Rainsboro and was adored in the local community.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Ohio River Bluffs
Hands down, the Ohio River Bluffs near Manchester in Adams County has the most spectacular wildflower displays in the entire Arc preserve system. This is the best of the last of an Ohio River nature spectacle, the others having already been run over with invasive plants, or lost to human impact. We don’t plan to see this happen to the Bluffs!
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Plum Run Prairie
Plum Run is a tall-grass prairie in Adams County. It is one of the larger prairies remaining in the state, and one of the few such large tracts found in southern Ohio. This is truly an exceptional prairie, the site having been officially listed with the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves as one of the top 40 sites worthy of protection in all of Ohio.
What are non-native invasive plants?
Non-native plants can be found in nearly every ecosystem in the world. One out of every three of Ohio’s plant species are non-native. Most of Ohio’s non-native plants hail from the temperate climates of Europe and Asia and have settled comfortably into our ecosystems. However, some non-native plants find that the insects, animals, and conditions that kept their numbers in balance in their home ecosystems are completely missing here. With nothing to stop them, they explode in numbers, in some cases completely displacing what was previously a high diversity in our native wildflowers and shrubs.
Some of the common invasive plants that grow at the Arc are Bush Honeysuckle, Multiflora Rose, Autumn Olive, and Garlic Mustard.