Thursday, April 5, 2012

Garlic Mustart Pulling Starts Monday, April 9

Dear volunteers,

Thank you for your responses. Let's begin next week with morning sessions beginning at 8:30 next Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 9, 11, and 12. We'll see how it goes next week before setting the schedule for the following week.
For those of you who can come Monday, the forecast calls for a chilly day with showers possible. We'll see. Dress appropriately and remember, you're volunteers, if the weather gets too nasty you may leave! I like to work in the cool, but not in a steady rain and certainly not in a downpour.
I will bring bags and liability waiver forms. You should bring gloves and a large screwdriver or other tool to help uproot garlic mustard plants. After a hot and dry March, the ground is harder than usual for this time of year, and lots of the plants I've tried to pull so far have broken off at the root crown. Recommended clothing includes closed-toe footwear, socks, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, and a water repellent jacket or windbreaker.
In case you arrive after we've already started, we will begin along the Strausbaugh Trail, the one high on the hillside and below the Coliseum parking lot, heading toward Star City. Look for us there.
Thank you all, have a great weekend, and I hope to see some of you Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Jon Weems
Arboretum Specialist
WVU Department of Biology
Morgantown, WV 26506-6057


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