We welcome anyone who wants to help us take care of the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail and Preserve. We are committed to using non-toxic, organic, natural techniques to combat the invasive species (except, we do poison buckthorn stumps.) Here are some activities you could participate in:
- Cutting Buckthorn
- Piling Brush (buckthorn, honey suckle, black locust etc…)
- Burning Brush (You must have taken the Wildland Fire Training course mentioned in the Burning Brush Piles blog)
- Using a Brush Cutter to cut weeds and invasive plants, like canadian fleabane, white and yellow clover and nodding thistle, to prevent them from going to seed. This is based on plant phenology.
- Pulling Garlic Mustard, Spotted Knapweed and Water Cress
- Creating a plant inventory
- Collecting and distributing native plant seeds
- Documenting birds and wildlife
- Picking up litter
Please Contact me if you want to help out and I will let you know when I’m planning to work. The schedule is weather dependent especially as we get into late Fall and Winter.
If you want to broaden your experience and opportunity to include the entire Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, consider volunteering with the State Natural Areas program. DNR Conservation Biologist, Jared Urban, is coordinating the events. Visit this DNR website to see the schedule and to signup for email updates.