ARMN Sponsors “HOG” Pull on the State-wide Invasive Plant Removal Day

Come one, come all!

ARMN will be sponsoring the “HOG” pull for the fourth annual state-wide invasive plant removal day on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at Haley Park.

“HOG” Pull:  Haley Park, Oakridge Elementary School, Gunston Middle School Invasive Plant Pull

Number of volunteers needed:  50.

ARMN Contact: Jennifer Frum (703-300-2496, frumjb@gmail.com)

This is an area used by the Elementary School and the Middle School for nature programs, and we would like to have it more truly representative of our local native plants!  Volunteers will be freeing up some native plants which are overrun (and removing some trash).

The work is mostly on rough terrain, steep hillsides, with uneven footing.  We will focus on ivy, honeysuckle, wisteria, and garlic mustard.  Volunteers should wear stout shoes with good tread for traction, water bottle, long sleeves and long pants, hat and work gloves, energy, and enthusiasm.  There will be poison ivy, though we have some pre-contact wipes.  Bring clippers if you have them, but we will provide some tools.  Knowledge of invasives is helpful, but we will train you!

Directions: From South Arlington Ridge Road turn west onto South Meade Street (just down the hill from South 23rd Street intersection).  Parking is available on the street, or in nearby Oakridge Elementary School lot or Gunston Middle School lot. The work area is between Haley Park, Oakridge Elementary, and Gunston Middle School.

Check out the state-wide registry of invasive plants removal events at: http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/invasives/index.html

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