Volunteers sought for invasive plant control outing at Richmond Hill Park

Second Saturday of Every Month:
Volunteers sought for invasive plant control outing at Richmond Hill Park
by   Cynthia Camilleri

The Western North Carolina Alliance needs volunteers to participate in invasive exotic plant management/control outings from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, in Richmond Hill Park (280 Richmond Hill Drive).

These plants were introduced in earlier decades, both deliberately and accidentally, and have escaped into areas of our public lands. Invasive exotic plants out-compete native plants for space, sunlight, water, and nutrients, often causing a decline in biodiversity.

They can also take over and destroy native food sources, leaving wildlife with food that provides little to no nutritional value for their needs.

Staff will give instruction on how to identify invasive exotic plants of concern in the park, as well as how to use manual and chemical control methods.

Then we’ll put these skills to work treating invasive plant species found along the trail. We’ll provide gloves and equipment needed for the event. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch and water. Long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and old shoes or hiking boots (no open shoes or sandals) are required, even if the day is warm.


More information about Richmond Hill Park can be found at www.richmondhillpark.wordpress.com or by contacting James Wood at Richmondhillforest at gmail.com

If you want to join us, please sign up through SignUp Genius here. For questions, please contact WNCA Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Allie Nightingale by emailing allie at wnca.org, or by calling (828) 258-8737, ext. 207.

Invasive plant removal event Saturday May 10th in the Park

Don’t miss you chance to help Richmond Hill Park!

Invasive plant removal event Saturday May 10th.

Western North Carolina Alliance has a volunteer work day coming up this Saturday May 10th at Richmond Hill Park.  Our volunteer leader will be Lauren Reker who has a tremendous amount of field experience with invasives.  Our sign up is below.

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DA4AF23A5FA7-richmond

 

 

Save the date! Richmond Hill Park Event, April 12, 2014

Be part of the first  2014 Invasive Plant Removal Events in Richmond Hill Park

LOCATION: Richmond Hill Park

When: April 12th

Time: 10am-2pm

Visit WNCA Event Page to signup (please signup in advance if you can so organizers can estimate how much equipment to bring)

The Western North Carolina Alliance needs volunteers to participate in an invasive exotic plant management/control outing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays in Richmond Hill Park (280 Richmond Hill Drive).

It’s been three years since the first Richmond Hill Invasive Removal Event occurred and the impact is obvious. Trails are clearer, native wild flowers are coming back and the habitat for wildlife in Richmond Hill is improving, BUT there alot more work to due. Controlling invasive-exotic plants is a long term project and Richmond Hill Park needs your help!

These plants were introduced in earlier decades, both deliberately and accidentally, and have escaped into areas of our public lands. Invasive exotic plants out-compete native plants for space, sunlight, water, and nutrients, often causing a decline in biodiversity.

They can also take over and destroy native food sources, leaving wildlife with food that provides little to no nutritional value for their needs.

Staff will give instruction on how to identify invasive exotic plants of concern in the park, as well as how to use manual and chemical control methods.

Then we’ll put these skills to work treating invasive plant species found along the trail. We’ll provide gloves and equipment needed for the event. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch and water. Long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and old shoes or hiking boots (no open shoes or sandals) are required, even if the day is warm.

Visit WNCA Event Page to signup (please signup in advance if you can so organizers can estimate how much equipment to bring)

For questions contact Cynthia at  WNCA  or James Wood with the contact information at this link.

Cancled due to the weather! December 14th: Volunteers sought for invasive plant control outing at Richmond Hill Park

The workday at Richmond Hill has been canceled due to the weather. Current predictions are  for a high temperature in the very low 40 and rain. As such there will be no workday. I’m sorry of any disappointment of inconvenience.

Cheers

~James

 

Update: 12/10/13 – From WNCA

Hey Volunteers!

Thanks for signing up to help this Saturday at Richmond Hill Park. Everything you need to know about the day is in the link below.  Today is only Tuesday but we have an almost capacity number signed up to help. We are watching the weather and it’s too soon to know what Saturday will bring. Should the weather be too unfriendly for a productive day we will reschedule and notify you by email on Friday afternoon. Check your emails before you head out on Saturday if the weather looks questionable.

For those who have never been on one of these events, it’s important for you to be there at 10 for instruction. Those who have been trained can come at 10:30 ready to jump in. Bring water to drink or a hot  beverage of your choice and  a lunch or snacks. We will have some granola bars on hand for fortification.

Saturday’s leader will be Rose Butler who has been trained by Bob Gale and is certified by the state to use and teach the use of herbicides needed in this work. Rose is an experienced leader and a very valuable volunteer with WNCA. Bob, Rose and I have been working on developing a calendar for invasive events in 2014 both for Richmond Hill Park and other locations near Asheville. As we recruit and train more volunteers we want to encourage teams to break off and take on invasive work in other locations.

I can tell by all the names on the list that this is going to be a really good group of folks on Saturday!

Cynthia

Cynthia White Camilleri, Volunteer Coordinator

Western North Carolina Alliance

December 2nd, 2013

by WNCAADMIN

The Western North Carolina Alliance needs volunteers to participate in an invasive exotic plant management/control outing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Richmond Hill Park (280 Richmond Hill Drive).

These plants were introduced in earlier decades, both deliberately and accidentally, and have escaped into areas of our public lands. Invasive exotic plants out-compete native plants for space, sunlight, water, and nutrients, often causing a decline in biodiversity.

They can also take over and destroy native food sources, leaving wildlife with food that provides little to no nutritional value for their needs.

Our happy and hungry work crew.

Our happy and hungry work crew.

Staff will give instruction on how to identify invasive exotic plants of concern in the park, as well as how to use manual and chemical control methods.

Then we’ll put these skills to work treating invasive plant species found along the trail. We’ll provide gloves and equipment needed for the event. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch and water. Long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and old shoes or hiking boots (no open shoes or sandals) are required, even if the day is warm.

More information about Richmond Hill Park can be found at www.richmondhillpark.wordpress.com or by contacting James Wood at Richmondhillforest@gmail.com

If you want to join us, please RSVP to WNCA Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Camilleri by emailingCynthia@WNCA.org, or by calling (828) 258-8737, ext. 207.

October 26 workday another success

With the help of volunteers from Warren Wilson College the October 26 workday was a success. Volunteers removed privet and multiflora rose, both invasive species from along the trail. Volunteers worked in the same area where others have worked and the results are obvious. The forest floor is opening up and making more room for native wildflowers. The trail is now more open which benefits all trail uses. Mark you calendar for December 14, as another workday is in the works.

Why is it important to volunteer in the park? Here’s why:

1. It’s a loads of fun and you learn something at the same time.

2. Without volunteers this unique park would be overrun with weeds that would inhibit access to the trails.

3. Removing these weeds makes the park more beautiful by allowing the native flowers to come back.

4. As someone who enjoy the park, it’s close access to downtown, it beautiful trails, the birds and wildlife, spending few hours of work helps me appreciate the park.

Don’t forget to follow Friends of Richmond Hill Park by clicking on the follow tab.

Racing snails

If you walk down to Smith Creek you might spy an interesting sight. Snails, lots of snails. In some places they are very abundant, eating algae off the rocks and zipping along under the water. In places where there is bedrock in the stream the current is fast you may even see lines of them, just out of the main current. Snail can be an indicator or water quality and worth paying attention to.

Here they look like racing snails.

Snails in Smith Creek

Snails in Smith Creek

 Racing Snails

Don’t forget to follow Friends of Richmond Hill Park by clicking the tab on the upper left.

Spend October 26th in the Park

October 26: Invasives Removal at Richmond Hill Park

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Who:  Volunteer work day with the Western North Carolina Alliance

What:  Invasive Exotic Plant Management

Where:  Richmond Hill Park, Asheville, NC

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, October 26

Why:  To restore native plant communities by controlling exotic invasive plants along a newly constructed mountain bike trail in Richmond Hill Park

How:  Joining us for a fun day! (Even if you can’t stay the whole time.)

We’ll give instruction on how to identify invasive exotic plants of concern in the Park, as well as how to use manual and chemical control methods. Then we’ll put these skills to work treating invasive plant species found along the Trail. WNCA will provide all gloves and equipment needed for the event. Volunteers are asked to bring lunch, water, rain jacket and appropriate layers for October weather. Long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and old shoes or hiking boots (no open shoes or sandals) are required even if it’s a warm day. www.wnca.org

RSVP: By contacting Cynthia Camilleri by emailing (cynthia@wnca.org) or by calling the WNCA office at (828) 258-8737 ext. 207