Volunteer Opportunity: Scenic Rivers Land Trust’s New Invasive Species Control Program at Bacon Ridge Natural Area in Crownsville

Two opportunities to volunteer this week! Volunteers are invited to help remove invasive plants from the trails on Thursday 7/22 and Saturday 7/24.

Register to volunteer here: https://srlt.secure.force.com/default/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a2g1I000000OsPGQA0

Scenic Rivers Land Trust is excited to share the continued progress of our new Invasive Species Control Program at Bacon Ridge Natural Area in Crownsville, MD.

Beginning Thursday, May 20, 2021, Scenic Rivers staff have been gathering for weekly workdays with small groups of volunteers to remove invasive plant species along the trails of Bacon Ridge Natural Area. The work has continued each Thursday throughout the summer (with some Saturday workdays), ending in late August/early September.

Volunteers have already removed nearly 500 lbs of invasive vines, grasses, and shrubs from the trails!

HOW TO HELP

Scenic Rivers is seeking volunteers to assist us in our weekly workdays which are held on Thursday mornings from 8am to 11am, with several Saturday workdays planned as well (upcoming: Saturday 7/24 and 7/31).

Volunteers will be working on designated trail sections to remove specified invasive plant species. The particular species we’ll be focusing on include Japanese stiltgrass, wavyleaf basketgrass, oriental bittersweet, Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose, autumn olive, and Japanese barberry.

Volunteers will be trained in how to identify and remove these plant species.

To participate, volunteers must:

  • Be 16 years or older;
  • Bring their own work gloves. Sturdy, leather work gloves are recommended; and
  • Be able to hike up to 2 miles to get to designated work areas.

Volunteers may sign up for as many weekly workdays as they are available. Teams and group signups are encouraged!

Register to volunteer here: https://srlt.secure.force.com/default/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a2g1I000000OsPGQA0

Controlling invasive species infestations is a big job and we’ll be happy to have as much help as possible!

If you have questions about the Invasive Species Control Program, contact Stewardship Coordinator Lindsay Smith at Lindsay@SRLT.org.