Volunteer Day – Junction Earthworks Invasive Removal
Joined by the Modern Day CCC, a crew of Americorp NCCC members!
Saturday, October 26, 2019
From 10:00 am to mid-afternoon. Meet at the Junction Earthworks Trailhead (click here for directions)
Free Lodging available at the Arc’s Volunteer Headquarters. Please inquire when you register.
This workday has been cancelled due to predicted weather!
When the Arc purchased Junction Earthworks off the auction blocks, the fields and forests were a mess. Multiflora rose and bush honeysuckle were so dense that we had little hope that anything could make it below their tangled branches and brambles. But over the course of five seasons, Arc staff and volunteers with the help of hardworking folks from Alvis House have almost completely cleared the forest and fields of the woody invasive species. During this work day we will be working in the seventy-acre prairie which was planted in a specially designed prairie seed mix of fourteen wildflowers and five native grasses to remove the bush honeysuckles that have re-sprouted.
Come join us for this unique opportunity to work alongside a crew of Americorp NCCC members, the Modern Day CCC. The Arc has been awarded this group of young, strong men and women to work alongside us in restoring landscapes for eight full weeks this fall. They will join for all of the Arc Volunteer days, to help boost our efforts in removing invasive species, and use their learned skills to help guide our volunteers and increase the fun and productivity! They will also be helping to install a new trail at the Rock Run Preserve down on the Ohio River, and also work in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary property of Gods Country to remove invasive species, and install a new HNS trail!
Leader: Tim Pohlar
Tim Pohlar is the Arc’s Land Stewardship and Volunteer Manager. He is passionate about nature preservation and fell in love with the mission of the Arc from the day he first visited the website back in 2004, at that time it was only the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. He started out as an intern, then worked as a seasonal staff for a few years after that, then was a full time staff, and lived throughout Sanctuary, from a tent by Talodon Pond, to an old farm house out on Rt 50, and many places in between. In 2010, Tim met a wonderful lady, Miriam, and decided that fate was leading them into sustainable agriculture, so the two of them moved to La Crosse, WI, where they were married and had two little girls. They lived and worked on the family’s organic dairy farm for 8 years. In this time, Tim gained a vast range of skills and views of the world that helped give him a much more rounded understanding of land management and preservation, and the intersections of farming and preservation. Through a series of fateful events, Miriam and Tim, and their girls, Rose and Quinn, have returned to continue their work and passion with the Arc. They are excited to further the mission of the Arc and work with the many wonderful people that come together to make it all possible!
What to Bring
Bring a packed lunch and a bottle of drinking water for the workday and we will provide a water refill station. We also recommend wearing footwear with a good tread, a brimmed hat to keep the sun off your face, long pants and a long sleeved t-shirt to cover your legs and arms. Having a change of clothes for after the workday is never a bad idea! Tool, gloves, safety glasses, and herbicide applicator bottles will be provided.
Junction Earthworks Natural History
Junction’s Dickcissel Prairie was a 70 acre soybean field when the park was purchased in 2014. A specially designed prairie seed mix of fourteen wildflowers and five native grasses were planted the following spring in an attempt to attract pollinators and rare grassland birds. The plan worked! The field, now called Dickcissel Prairie is buzzing with native bees and bursting with rare grassland birds. Dickcissels and Grasshopper Sparrow – usually rare in our region – can be commonly heard along the Tippecanoe Darter Trail. The Grasshopper Sparrows are hard to see and even pick out untrained ears since their song sounds very much like an insect. The Dickcissels are on the other end of the spectrum. Perched on top of tallest vegetation, they sport the vibrant colors of a meadowlark, and belt out “Dic-dic-dic-se-se-se” right through the hot afternoons. Surely Dickcissels are the quintessential sound of a summer grassland.Other birds to watch for in the meadow include Song Sparrows, Yellowthroats and Indigo Buntings. The prairie explodes into flower in June and continues blooming through early August. Watch for Black Eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower, Gray Headed Coneflower and Pale Bergamot, all providing colorful panoramas for Junction’s grateful hikers.
No invasive removal experience is necessary for this workday and the tasks do not take a lot of physical endurance or strength. However, you will need to be able to bend at the waist and knees for the removal of invasive’s. We will be working on removing Autumn Olive, Bush Honeysuckle, and Multiflora Rose. We will be applying herbicide in small quantities to the cut stems of the woody invasives. Volunteers will be trained in safe application.
Please contact Tim Pohlar with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-365-1935.