Biodiversity Brigade Calendar of Events

Chalet Nivale, Photo by Tim Pohlar

October 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tobacco Barn Hollow Work Day
7170 Morgans Fork Road, Waverly, OH 45690 (Map)
The Tobacco Barn Hollow Preserve is situated in the Pike State Forest region of Ohio and is best described as a good, solid, no-nonsense Appalachian Forest. The preserve is not currently open to the public, but our plan is to develop a public hiking trail within preserve in the coming years. By removing trash and invasive species from the preserve, you can help us get one step closer to making that plan a reality! 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, leather work gloves, a water bottle, snacks, and a packed lunch are recommended. Please note that there are no restrooms at the preserve. For registration, click here.

Garlic Mustard Infestation, Photo By Rick Gardner

October 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Junction Earthworks Invasive Removal
1143 Township Hwy 377, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601(Map)
Join Arc of Appalachia staff members and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers cutting and treating bush honeysuckle and multiflora rose along the Starbrook Trail at Junction Earthworks. Here, non-native invasive shrubs and flowers had nearly displaced the native species, but through the hard work of staff and volunteers the forested hillside is now mostly cleared of invasives, leaving room for the native flowers, trees and shrubs to make a comeback. No experience is necessary, all are welcome. Note that this work requires walking on 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. For registration, click here.

Miriam Pohlar at Maude's Cedar Narrows, Photo by Tim Pohlar

October 19, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Maude’s Cedar Narrows Work Day
Highlands Nature Sanctuary, Skeen Road, Near Rocky Fork Lake, (Map)

Maude’s Cedar Narrows is a picturesque landscape near the head of the lower Rocky Fork Creek, just below the dam on Rocky Fork Lake. The first major tributary entering the creek from the south is Franklin Branch. A short section of this stream is characterized by steep dolomite bluffs, scattered dolomite slump blocks, and cascading waterfalls. In the spring, the wildflower display here rivals any in the sanctuary. Our efforts here are to remove invasive bush honeysuckle and multiflora rose that have moved into the flat floodplain alongside Rocky Fork Creek known as the Walnut Flats. By hand, and using hand tools and controlled herbicide application, we will remove the non-native invasive plants that are attempting to pioneer the site. No experience is necessary, all are welcome.  For registration, click here.

Bush Honeysuckle, Photo by John Howard

November 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cave Road 100!! An Invasive Removal Sweep of Cave Road
Seeking 100 people to maintain the natural beauty of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary!!

7660 Cave Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612 (Map)
Join the entire Arc of Appalachia Land Stewardship Team to clear the roadside of the Sanctuary’s most iconic roadway  – beautiful Cave Road. We will be meeting in the Appalachian Forest Museum parking lot, then spreading out in small groups to work along different sections of Cave Road, each group accompanied by a staff leader. With 50 people, we could sweep Cave Road from the Ashy Sunflower parking lot all the way to Barrett’s Rim trailhead. With 100 people we could sweep Cave Road from end to end. The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is the birthplace and headquarters of the Arc of Appalachia, and arguably the Arc’s most beautiful preserve. New volunteers will be trained in invasive plant identification. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, and a daypack to carry a water bottle and light packed lunch are recommended. Bring a long-handled shovel if you own one. Otherwise we’ll supply. And we’ll also supply a knock-your-socks-off dessert to carry with you and enjoy. Please answer the call!  If you’re not able to stay all day, feel free to sign up to help out just in the morning. Every little bit helps! For registration, click here.

Biodiversity Brigade Volunteer Kathleen Bruns

November 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ridgeview Farm Invasive Work Day
Ridgeview Restoration Farm, 6636 St. Rt. 753, Hillsboro OH 45133 (Map)

Join Arc Director Nancy Stranahan, and the Ridgeview Farm Biodiversity Brigade as they lend a helping hand to the ongoing rewilding of this rich and biodiverse farm. Non-native invasive plants like bush honeysuckle, autumn olive, and multiflora rose are a constant challenge for wildlands preservationists. Fall and spring, year after year, staff and volunteers descend on the farm to remove these plants from the landscape. Using hand tools and the targeted application of herbicide solutions volunteers will continue to turn the tide in favor of the native plants and animals that call Ridgeview Farm home. No experience is necessary, all are welcome.  For registration, click here.

Biodiversity Brigade Volunteer Kathleen Bruns

November 16, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rock Run Work Day
Rock Run Preserve, US Route 52, Stout OH 45684 (Map)

The Arc’s Rock Run Preserve at 802 acres protects the exceptionally deep ravine of Rock Run – a two square mile pristine watershed that flows directly into the Ohio River. Rock Run’s highly dissected wild Appalachian hill-country is exceptionally scenic, highly biodiverse, and heavily forested. The preserve is open to the public daily with a 3 mile long hiking trail. Join the Arc’s Land Stewardship crew for a day of removing privet and tree of heaven from the trailhead parking lot and help improve the preserve’s scenic beauty. No experience is necessary, all are welcome.  For registration, click here.

Plum Run Prairie Fall Landscape

December 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Plum Run Work Day

Plum Run Prairie Preserve, Mendenhall Road, Peebles, Ohio 45660   (Map)

Adams county Ohio is known across the country and around the globe for its unique alkaline, cedar glade prairies, of which the Arc of Appalachia has saved several. Join the Arc’s land stewardship team as they work to expand and restore the prairie at Plum Run Preserve by removing woody plant competition.  No experience is necessary, all are welcome. We will meet in the Plum Run parking lot on Mendenhall Road, near Peebles, Ohio. For registration, click here.