Biodiversity Brigade Calendar of Events

Biodiversity Brigade Volunteer Kathleen Bruns

March 25, 2023, 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. Spring and fall, year in year out, 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.

Chalet Nivale, Photo by Tim Pohlar

March 29, 2023, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Chalet Nivale Invasive Work Day
1300 Bacon Flat Rd, Peebles, OH 45660 (Map)
Chalet Nivale is a beloved Arc Preserve that protects two of Ohio’s cleanest headwater streams, large colonies of snow trillium and other rare spring wildflowers, and outstanding rock formations. Preserving the unique assemblage of plants and rugged landscape that characterizes Chalet Nivale is a challenging and worthwhile endeavor that has been years in the making, but thanks to the dedicated help of the Biodiversity Brigade we are making headway! Join the Arc Land Stewardship Team and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers as we cut and treat multiflora rose, privet, and barberry along the trailside and in the forest itself. 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 restroom facilities on the preserve. For registration, click here.

Cave Road, Photo by Nathan Roberts

April 1, 2023, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cave Road Spring Sweep!! 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 full-time staff and your fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers 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. We will be meeting at the Appalachian Forest Museum starting at 9:00 AM for coffee, tea, and light food before we hit the road at 10:00 AM. 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.

Garlic Mustard

April 13, 2023, 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Gateway to Kamama Prairie Invasive Work Day
778 Steam Furnace Road, Peebles, Ohio 45660 (Map)

Join the Arc of Appalachia Land Stewardship Team, and fellow Biodiversity Brigade volunteers at the future trailhead for Kamama Prairie Preserve. We are going to revisit areas treated in the fall of 2021 and hit the invasive plants for a second round. This small, six-acre property, is biologically rich in its own right and well deserving of restoration and protection. No experience is necessary, all are welcome. For volunteers joining us for the first time we will train you to confidently identify and treat the non-native plants we will be removing. Note that this work requires working off trail and some uneven terrain. We will be using hand saws, loppers, and hand pulling the smaller plants, so a lot of bending or squatting close to the ground is required. We will supply all the tools required. Please bring your own work gloves, snacks, lunch, and a personal water bottle. For registration, click here.

 

 

Garlic Mustard

April 19, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Shellbark Woods Spring Invasive Workday
13491 Barrett Mill Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612
(Map)
Join the Arc of Appalachia Land Stewardship Team, 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. For registration, click here.

 

 

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

April 26, 2023, 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.

Garlic Mustard Infestation, Photo By Rick Gardner

May 6, 2023, 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.