Invasive Plant Response Team Workday

Date: 
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Join ABDSP and ABF as we work to give the native plants in Sentenac Cienega a chance to grow and thrive!

Workday Leaders: Park Staff and ABF Staff

Meet: 1 mile south of the intersection of S-2 and Hwy 78.  It is a little hard to see the access trail from the road, so Staff will make sure we’re parked there a little before the meeting time.  One way to find the spot quickly is to count the telephone wire poles… 23 poles from the Hwy 78/S-2 intersection heading south. Parking will be along the side of the road.

Bring: Plenty of water- October is a hot month in ABDSP, snacks, long pants, long sleeves, work gloves if you have them (we have a limited number for volunteers to use), sturdy high-top boots, gaiters will be helpful if you have them, sun protection, lunch for on the way home and a smile for your fellow volunteers!

The ABDSP and ABF Invasive Plant Response Team is a group of volunteers that are on standby, waiting for a call to action. This will be a series of workdays throughout the season, and we will be sending out notifications about two weeks in advance with all the meeting details, including place and time. Our main focus will be the Sentenac Cienega on S2, just south of the HWY 78 intersection. If other opportunities for volunteer workdays come up, we will share those with the group as well.

Our friends up at the Park have been checking on the status of our invasive plants throughout the summer and have deemed them ready for your help!

Here is your chance to do some one-the-ground volunteer work for ABDSP and ABF! We need volunteers to come out on Saturday, October 11 from 8am-12pm. We will split up into 3-5 person groups and each take an area within Sentenac Cienega and work to remove the invasive 5-hook bassia. To get to the site we will need to walk about 10 minutes on uneven terrain through some prickly mesquite bosque habitat- heavy pants and long-sleeve shirts are recommended. We will have a brief training that day to help you recognize which plants are native vs invasive, so no prior experience is necessary. This workday will include repeated bending and pulling of the plants out of the ground.

If you know you will definitely be there, please give us a head’s up by calling or emailing Ashley Kvitek (760-767-0446 ext 1003 or ashley@theabf.org) so we can get an estimate on the number of teams we may have. You can also show up the day of. If you can’t make it to this workday, don’t fret! There are other opportunities to help restore our beautiful desert to its native landscape, and we will be hosting more workdays in the future.

 

With any other questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Kvitek at 760-767-0446 ext 1003 or ashley@theabf.org