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Volunteers Needed To Help With Kudzu Removal

A photo of a kudzu plant and vines. This invasive plant species is not native to North Carolina.

Catawba Lands Conservancy’s (CLC) Land Stewardship Team is planning a volunteer workday for Wednesday, February 22, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Seven Oaks Preserve and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Garden) in Gaston County. And, we need your help!

Volunteers will be needed to help cut kudzu vines at the base of trees in preparation for a hungry herd of kudzu-eating goats scheduled to arrive in late spring to complete the job. CLC will be working collaboratively with Garden staff and volunteers on this workday.

This kudzu removal/land restoration project is graciously sponsored by a Duke Habitat Enhancement Grant that CLC received in October 2011. The kudzu infestation area is about 10 acres. CLC will use  approximately 50 goats from Wells Farm in Horse Shoe, NC, to remove the invasive plant from the preserve in May.

What:  Kudzu Killing Volunteer Workday

When:  Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where:  Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road Belmont, NC (We will meet in parking area at the Garden.)

What to bring:  Water, Snacks, Loppers (optional) and Pruning Saws (optional)

If you are interested in volunteering with CLC, this workday will be a great opportunity for community members to help CLC and get involved in conservation initiatives. To sign up to volunteer, please either email or call Andy Kane at andy@catawbalands.org or 704-342-3330 ext. 208. Thanks for your support and let us know if you have any questions!

 

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