What to make Richmond Hill Park better? Here’s how to get involved.

From    http://mountaintrue.org/2nd-saturdays-richmond-hill-park-invasive-plant-removal-work-days/

2nd Saturdays: Richmond Hill Park invasive plant removal work days for 2015

Join us and help restore native plant communities by controlling non-native invasive plants at Richmond Hill Park. This is the City of Asheville’s only forested park and is home to many special native plant and animal species!

We’ll provide all gloves, equipment and instruction needed. Please bring snacks, water, rain jacket and wear long pants, long sleeve shirt and closed toe shoes (no open shoes or sandals allowed for safety).

Dates:
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12
Rain Dates: 2nd Sundays
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Please RSVP 
Volunteers removing multiflora rose and privet that was overgrowing the trail. Trail maintenance like this is vital for keeping the park usable for all park visitors.

Volunteers removing multiflora rose and privet that was overgrowing the trail. Trail maintenance like this is vital for keeping the park usable for all park visitors.

Cost: Free; Thank you for you help!

November 14

December 12
Rain Dates: 2nd Sundays
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free; Thank you for you help!

Come Out and Help Richmond Hill Park on March 14th!

March Outing at Richmond Hill Park

Join Us!

Who:  Volunteer work day with MountainTrue

What: Non-Native Invasive Plant Control

Where:  Richmond Hill Park, Asheville, NC

When:  Saturday, March 14th , from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Backup Rain Date:

Sunday, March 15

Why:  To restore native plant communities by controlling non-native invasive plants

along a major drainage area that includes special wild plants and a mountain bike trail

within Richmond Hill Park

How:  By joining us for a fun day!

If interested, please RSVP to

Rachel Stevens by emailing (rachel@mountaintrue.org) or by calling the MountainTrue office at (828) 258-8737.

Our happy and hungry work crew.

Our happy and hungry work crew.

We’ll give instruction on how to identify and control non-native invasive plants of concern in the

Park, then we’ll go after these plants! MountainTrue will provide all gloves and equipment

needed for the event. Volunteers are asked to bring snacks, water, rain jacket and appropriate

layers for March 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. If interested, please RSVP to

Rachel Stevens by emailing (rachel@mountaintrue.org) or by calling the MountainTrue office at

(828) 258-8737.

More information about Richmond Hill Park can be found at http://www.richmondhillpark.wordpress.com or contact

James Wood at Richmondhillforest.gmail.com

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.

Prepare for changes at Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Park is rapidly becoming one of Asheville premier parks, but park users and residents of Richmond Hill should brace themselves for change. 1,530 housing units could be built right next to Richmond Hill Park at the end of Richmond Hill Drive. The approximately 90 acres  of forest is for sale and zoned by the town of Woodfin as Urban village, allowing 17 units per acre and a mix of residential and retail space. IF this property is developed in this way, it would create serious traffic and safety issues for Richmond Hill residents as well as inflict a big blow to the ecology of Richmond Hill Park.

90 acres of forest for sale next to Richmond Hill Park

90 acres of forest for sale next to Richmond Hill Park

About 5 acres of the land that is for sale use to be part of Richmond Hill Park, but was traded to a private party in order to gain access to Richmond Hill Park at the end of Richmond Hill Drive during construction of the disc golf course and armory . This property contains high quality forest in the park, abundant wild flowers and drains into the wetlands at the north end of the park.

In a North Carolina Natural Heritage Report of the park, this property was described like this “Bluff forests on private land in the northeastern portion of the site appear to be in excellent condition with quite mature forest and almost no sign of invasives.” and “adjacent private lands east of the park should be targeted for conservation easements, as this area appears to be the portion of the site in the best condition.”  This land needs to be part of Richmond Hill Park!

Much of the shaded area on the right is the property that is currently for sale. This forest should be protect and made part of Richmond Hill Park!

Much of the shaded area on the right (coded as Montane Oak Hickey Forest, Cove Forest and Floodplain Pool) is the property that is currently for sale. This forest should be protect and made part of Richmond Hill Park! Imagine a 250+ acre forested park so close to downtown Asheville!

Part of the current disc golf course is also right along the property line and would likely be affected when the property is developed.

Whether you live in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, are a disc golf fan or use the park for other types of recreation, your voice is needed. Tell the Buncombe County, City of Asheville, the Town of Woodfin that you want this property protected and incorporated into Richmond Hill Park. If this property is incorporated into Richmond Hill Park, it would make the park over 250 acres.

Think about what a 250+ acre forest park so close to downtown could mean for Asheville and Woodfin in 50 years. Please take a moment write a letter to editor about why it is important to you to protect this forest and expand Richmond Hill Park.

The wetland on the Peterson Property that is for sale. This property contains 90+ acres of forest, great bird and wildlife habitat, wetlands and salamanders, including the rare zigzag salamander.

The wetland on the Peterson Property that is for sale. This property contains 90+ acres of forest, great bird and wildlife habitat, wetlands and salamanders, including the rare zigzag salamander.

This is an issues that needs your voice, needs your action and needs you to take a moment to let it be known that you want this forested land to become part of Richmond Hill Park!

A partnership between Buncombe County, City of Asheville, Town of Woodfin and conservation organizations could protect this forest in perpetuity. – Please spread the word!

People to Contact:

Asheville Parks and Rec. Department

Roderick Simmons, Parks Director – rsimmons@ashevillenc.gov

Al Kopf – Superintendent – akopf@ashevillenc.gov

Woodfin  – jasonyoung@woodfin-nc.gov

Buncombe County Park Department

Fran Thigpen – Director – fran.thigpen@buncombecounty.org

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