Spring is coming early this year. Already, there are daffodils pushing up around the forest, and soon the buds will blossom on the trees, and the invasive species will also be getting their growth on.
Sunday, April 1st, 2012 will be a volunteer work day from noon to 4pm at the Saginaw Forest research facility (3900 West Liberty Road).
We will be focusing primarily on honeysuckle removal. Furthermore, thanks to the unusually warm weather, the garlic mustard is coming in strong and will likely be more than ready to pull come April 1, and so we will also be pulling as much garlic mustard as possible.
n.b.: If you happen to like the taste of garlic mustard (and you can find garlic mustard recipes online), feel free to take away as much of it as you wish!
Other activities include raking the trails of leaf litter and picking up trash from along Liberty Road.
Due to a limited number of tools out at Saginaw Forest, I am asking volunteers to bring their own gloves and pruning saws and/or loppers.
On Sunday, April 1st, 2012, the main gate will be open from 11:30am, and volunteers can park along the driveway near the cabin. (Please don't park at the cabin, since there is limited turn-around space.)
INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTICE:
If the weather turns out to be
inclement (i.e., rainy or - heaven forfend - snowy and blustery), then
this event will be cancelled. (Check this page for updates.)
There will be snacks and drinks on hand, as well as some hamburgers and hot dogs for later (anyone handy with a charcoal grill?).
If you can't come out this time, don't worry: there will be more volunteer activities in the upcoming months. (Buckthorn needs cutting throughout the forest, and if the garlic mustard isn't up on April 1, they'll be up by May.)
Use of the Forest
Public use of Saginaw Forest is encouraged. Rules for the public's use include (but are not limited to):
- No parking in front of the access gate.
- Public use hours are from 6am to 6pm only; no camping on the site!
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on the site except those for approved research and teaching use (bike parking available at the main gate).
- Dogs with owners are welcome to visit, but they must be on a leash. (Also see here.)
- Dog owners must carry out all pet waste; please bring your own doggie bag to do so.
- No cutting or collecting of plant material; no hunting or harming vertebrates (this includes no fishing).
- No smoking.