Sipsey Wilderness (AL) Workday, Feb. 28

Lee H. Privet

PRIVET WARRIORS UNITE!

Helping Hands Volunteer Workday in Sipsey Wilderness

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

8:30 a.m.

Wild South office in Wren, Alabama

Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166

Privet pulling on Thompson Creek

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Pictured above is last month’s mighty privet crew.  Join us in our efforts to free Thompson Creek from non-native invasive Chinese privet.

Chinese privet is a non-native invasive plant species that dominates the landscape where it takes hold and becomes a great threat to the native plant diversity of the area.  Thompson Creek is one of the most highly impacted privet areas in the Sipsey Wilderness.

Work will continue on the west side of Thompson Creek, about a mile in from the parking area, progressing downstream.  This is physically demanding work which requires hiking off-trail through rough terrain while carrying all hand tools.  Work within the Wilderness area is accomplished with hand tools only.

We provide tools and hardhats, but if you have your own hardhat and/or loppers, hand pruners, pruning saw, please bring them.

Bring a backpack with lunch, drinking water, snacks.  Bring work gloves.

Wear protective clothing and footwear:  long sleeves, sturdy shoes or boots.  Layer for the weather.  Bring rain gear if rain is in the forecast.

Dogs and our work projects are not a good mix.  We love dogs, too, but please leave yours at home on volunteer work days.

After signing up, meet at the Wild South office within the Warrior Mountains Trading Company at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 28.

Wild South is grateful for the generous support from The National Forest Foundation, The Walker Area Community Foundation’s General Fund, and our individual donors that makes out Helping Hands Program possible.

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