When: March 28, 2024 @ 9:30 am
Walk with a botanist and restore native habitat!
Garlic Mustard is a nonnative, invasive plant that thrives in shade and rich soils. By densely colonizing our forest floors, it pushes out our diverse native wildflowers and confuses native insects, including pollinators. Garlic Mustard spreads aggressively by seed, but is easy to pull by hand, so we will be removing as much as we can before it goes to seed and spreads farther.
This is not only a chance to restore native habitat for our wonderful native plants and animals to flourish in, but is also an opportunity to explore a gated Forest Service road with a botanist! As we traverse a wildlife meadow, pass by mossy boulder fields, and investigate pristine seeps, USFS Botanist Maria Dunlavey will share her extensive knowledge of Southern Appalachian plants. Though many plants will still be asleep, we can expect to see early spring wildflowers, ferns, mosses (and other bryophytes), and more curiosities!
During this event, we will walk down a 2.5 mile section of Forest Service road, pulling Garlic Mustard by hand as we go. Duties involve carrying a trash bag as we walk, and periodically bending or kneeling to pull up plants (or admire native wildflowers!) Tools and snacks will be provided, but bring a lunch and your own work gloves if you have them. No experience is necessary; Garlic Mustard is easy to ID even if you are a beginner botanist, and all volunteers will be given a brief ID lesson. Please note that this location as been treated with herbicides, and we do not recommend foraging here.
This event is scheduled from 9:30am-3:00pm on Thursday, March 28th. We will meet at the Ingles in Robbinsville ( 2 Sweetwater Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771) at 9:30am. From there, we will caravan to Walker Fields (a 15 minute drive to approximate coordinates 35.259501, -83.814534), south of Robbinsville. See the map below for exact event location. Fill out the form below to register for this event.
This event is free and open to the public, and is weather-dependent. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Email Skye with any questions.