SAHC hosts volunteer work day July 28
Published 9:56 am Tuesday, July 18, 2023
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) will host a volunteer work day at Round Bald near Carvers Gap on Friday, July 28.
“This is a great chance to learn about what SAHC does to manage these rare habitats,” says Marquette Crockett, SAHC’s Roan Stewardship Director. “Thousands of people trek through this area and enjoy the Appalachian Trail on busy summer weekends, and we need more volunteers to help with management of rare plant habitat on the open grassy balds. Unlike other volunteer work days which require a longer hike to the work site, this is an opportunity to learn about and help with management of grassy Appalachian balds habitat without the commitment of a long hike. In general, we will be working within less than a 0.5 mile from the parking area at Carvers Gap. We encourage anyone who is new to conservation or to the Roan to join us for this event!”
Volunteers will help maintain globally rare, grassy Appalachian balds habitat atop Round Bald by removing Canada Blackberry (Rubus canadensis) and other woody vegetation. The group will work with weed-whackers and hand tools to hand-mow and “lop” brushy areas.
Volunteers should meet at Carvers Gap at 9:30 a.m. and bring water and lunch, leather work gloves and eye protection. SAHC will provide cutting equipment and individually packaged ear protection.
Please be sure to register in advance; additional info will be sent to registered volunteers as needed. For more info and volunteer work day sign up, visit Appalachian.org/event/2023-round-bald-rubus-roundup/
Contact Roan Stewardship Director Marquette Crockett at email@example.com for questions.