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Mouth of Mud Creek Volunteer Workday
August 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Previously used as an agricultural site, the Mouth of Mud Creek is a 100+ acre habitat restoration project taken on by Conserving Carolina in 2015. Through several years of restoration work, Conserving Carolina and several partnering organizations have restored this property back to its original ecological function, a natural plain along the French Broad River. This remediation has provided significant ecological benefits, such as creating important habitat for wildlife, a forest buffer along the river, and breeding sites for fish, such as the elusive Muskellunge. Although major construction has been completed, there is still a lot of on-going work to do!
To learn more about this site, the Asheville Citizen Times recently put out a story about the Mouth of Mud Creek: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2020/10/14/giant-muskie-might-soon-naturally-spawning-french-broad-watershed/3595686001/?fbclid=IwAR3QU5LT4S9a71F9aDAQ6YoBwj3G6WT1AqW8SEqDwjZ1aFJP2N_0OwS7BY8
We will be promoting the growth of native species by removing non-native invasive plant species, such as Chinese privet and Japanese honeysuckle, along Mud Creek and the French Broad River. We will remove these plants through hand pulling or cutting them at their base and applying a small amount of herbicide to the cut surface.
Volunteers must be able to walk moderate distances across rough terrain. All tools and gloves will be provided. Plant ID and removal techniques will be taught on-site. You will get dirty, so make sure to wear appropriate clothing.
What to Bring:
• Leather Work Gloves (if you have a personal pair)
• Small Backpack
• Change of Clothes for drive home (recommended)
What to Wear:
• Face mask
• Closed toed shoes that can navigate off-trail terrain and that can get dirty
• Work pants, long sleeves; dress for the weather
We will be following Phase 4 COVID 19 Standards, this will include:
• Hosting groups no larger than 50 participants
• Providing every volunteer with their own, disinfected, set of tools
• Physical distancing of 6ft+ between every volunteer
• Wearing face masks when around the group if unvaccinated
*Upon RSVP you will receive directions to the site*
For more information email [email protected] or call Meredith at 828-697-5777 ext. 211