Sunday, April 17, 2016

Volunteer Opportunity at the Arboretum

It is certainly spring in Morgantown.  Here at the WVU Core Arboretum, the spring ephemeral wildflowers are in full bloom!  Growing among our treasured native spring ephemerals, however, are some invasive plant species.  These invasive species, if not controlled, threaten the future of the native plants that many people come here to appreciate.  Control typically involves removal of plants to keep invasive plant populations at a low, manageable level. 

Control of invasive species is a large, labor-intensive annual task here at the Arboretum, and we accomplish it largely through the efforts of volunteers.  Would you like to help us protect the future of native plants in the Arboretum by removing invasive species?

We are hosting several garlic mustard pulling events this spring, including these next week:  

Monday, April 18, at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m.

Please let me know (zfowler@mail.wvu.edu) if you plan to join and when you can help.  If you plan to arrive late, I can let you know where we will be.  All are welcome, so please share this with your friends and any groups to which you belong!  We will meet at the Arboretum parking lot.  Bags and gloves will be supplied.  Please wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.  Long pants are essential and long sleeves are a good idea.  Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.  It is not hard work (think weeding), but it does involve lots of walking through the woods and uneven terrain.

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