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“Save the Big Woods” Volunteer Day

2013/04/18

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Audubon Miami Valley initiated a major conservation project this spring in the Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve, which is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA).  The project is under the direction of Dick Munson, AMVs Conservation Chair and Gail Reynolds, AMV President and a recent recipient of a TogetherGreen Fellows grant, awarded by Toyota and National Audubon Society.

The project involves removing invasive species, including garlic mustard, honeysuckle, and other exotics that occur in one of the richest wildflower areas in southwestern Ohio. The TogetherGreen grant will provide funds for the first year of this effort but the Audubon chapter considers this volunteer project to be a long-term endeavor.

The Big Woods is a remnant of the Beech Maple Forest that once covered major parts of Ohio, and is threatened by the spread of exotics into this State Nature Preserve, especially on the forest edge and at the head of the extensive trail system.

Garlic mustard spreads naturally but is also spread by innocent visitors who often transport the seed trapped in mud in the soles of their boots.  The project includes installing trailhead signs that give information about invasive plants and boot brushes to prevent seed spread into the Nature Preserve.

On Saturday, April 20 from 10am-3pm, there will be an opportunity for interested area residents to get involved by pulling garlic mustard in the Nature Preserve.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please contact greynolds@amvohio.org for further information.   Volunteers must 16 years or older.

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