Garlic Mustard pulls scheduled around Athens

Organized by the Athens Forest Stewardship Club in collaboration with the Athens Conservancy, Athens Trails, Friends of Strouds Run State Park and Rural Action.

 As in past years, volunteers will remove garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from Strouds Run State Park, City-owned preserve land, Athens Conservancy preserves, and along the Hocking-Adena Bikeway. Doing so will help protect our native flora from this troublesome invasive weed. Garlic mustard reproduces prolifically, displacing the diverse wildflowers and ferns that were there before the mustard invaded. Garlic mustard also suppresses the fungal partners (called mycorrhizae) in the root system of most trees and many other plants, which the plants depend on to help absorb enough water and minerals from the soil. New research indicates that the overabundance of white-tailed deer is contributing to the spread of garlic mustard by eating many of the competing native plants. Deer find garlic mustard distasteful and seldom eat it.

 Everyone is welcome to participate in any of the events, whether or not you are affiliated with the sponsoring organizations. Except for the March 17 and 24 work sessions, you do not need to notify anyone in advance to participate, but a contact person is listed below for each event in case you have questions. In general, heavy rain will cancel outings but a light drizzle will not.

 Children are welcome at most of the work sessions, but caution is needed in Blue Ash Valley and the Bluebell Preserve because the mustard in these areas is intermixed with lots of wildflowers, which are easily trampled. Children with a gentle temperament will do fine even at these sites, but rambunctious kids may do more damage than good.

 What to bring: drinking water, sun protection, sturdy footwear, garden gloves (optional, but recommended if you are allergic to poison-ivy). No tools are needed; the mustard plants pull out easily. For protection against poison-ivy and thorns, socks and long pants are strongly recommended.

 Between April 22 and May 19, anyone working in the woods should wear a bright orange vest or cap because it is turkey hunting season. Turkey hunting is permitted only in the morning between April 22 and May 5. From May 6 through May 19, it is permitted all day. Turkey hunting is permitted at Strouds Run State Park but not in the other areas where mustard pulling is scheduled.

 In addition to the weekend outings on this list, there will be a few work sessions on weekdays, probably scheduled only a few days in advance based on the weather forecast. These will be announced via the listservs of the sponsoring organizations, but anyone who is not on one of these listservs and would like to be alerted when a weekday work session is scheduled, please contact Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.edu).

 Saturday, March 16, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: along Sundown Trail in the first valley east of Dow Lake dam
Meeting place: Dow Lake dam parking area, off US-50
Contact: Melanie Schori (schori@ohio.edu; 594-6796)
 
 Sunday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Athens Conservancy’s Bluebell Preserve (western part)
Meeting place: to be announced
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
[Please contact Phil in advance to participate in this session.]
 
 Saturday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: along Sundown Trail in the first valley east of Dow Lake dam
Meeting place: Dow Lake dam parking area, off US-50
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
 
 Sunday, March 24, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Athens Conservancy’s Bluebell Preserve (eastern part)
Meeting place: to be announced
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
[Please contact Phil in advance to participate in this session.]
 
Saturday, March 30, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Blue Ash Valley in Strouds Run State Park
Meeting place: parking lot behind Hampton Inn, next to University Mall
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
 
Sunday, March 31, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: The Ridges
Meeting place: parking area along SR-682 between Ridges entrance and White’s Mill
Contact: David Tees (tees@ohio.edu; 594-6796)
 
Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Rockhouse Trail (City of Athens preserve land)
Meeting place: Sells Park parking lot, at north end of Avon Place, Athens
Contacts: Lora Clapp (munsell@ohio.edu; 593-3675)
 
Saturday, April 6, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Baker conservation easement (Athens Conservancy)
Meeting place: parking area on west side of SR-690, 0.5 mile north of US-50, about 1 mile east of Dow Lake dam parking lot.
Contact: David Gedeon (dgedeon@sageofathens.com; 592-5166)
Note: It will be necessary to wade a small stream, which is usually ankle-deep but may be deeper following rainstorms; keep in mind when choosing footwear.
 
Sunday, April 7, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Blue Ash Valley in Strouds Run State Park
Meeting place: parking lot behind Hampton Inn, next to University Mall
Contact: Tanner Filyaw (tanner@ruralaction.org; 330-466-5082)
 
Sunday, April 7, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Hockhocking-Adena Bikeway
Meeting place: the end of Armitage Road
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
 
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Strouds Run State Park, vicinity of Haley and Hank Trails
Meeting place: Horsemen’s parking area on Lake Hill Rd.*
Contact: David Tees (tees@ohio.edu; 594-6796)
 
Saturday, April 13, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Baker conservation easement (Athens Conservancy)
Meeting place: parking area on west side of SR-690, 0.5 mile north of US-50, about 1 mile east of Dow Lake dam parking lot.
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
Note: It will be necessary to wade a small stream, which is usually ankle-deep but may be deeper following rainstorms; keep in mind when choosing footwear.
 
Sunday, April 14, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Blue Ash Valley in Strouds Run State Park
Meeting place: parking lot behind Hampton Inn, next to University Mall
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
 
Sunday, April 14, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: along Sundown Trail in the first valley east of Dow Lake dam
Meeting place: Dow Lake dam parking area, off US-50
Contact: Melanie Schori (schori@ohio.edu; 594-6796)
 
Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Hockhocking-Adena Bikeway
Meeting place: the end of Armitage Road
Contact: Phil Cantino (pcantino@gmail.com; 594-3338)
 
Saturday, April 20, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Baker conservation easement (Athens Conservancy)
Meeting place: parking area on west side of SR-690, 0.5 mile north of US-50, about 1 mile east of Dow
Lake dam parking lot.
David Gedeon (dgedeon@sageofathens.com; 592-5166)
Note: It will be necessary to wade a small stream, which is usually ankle-deep but may be deeper following rainstorms; keep in mind when choosing footwear.
 
Sunday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Blue Ash Valley and Crumley Ridge in Strouds Run State Park
Meeting place: parking lot behind Hampton Inn, next to University Mall
Contact: Phil Cantino (cantino@ohio.edu; 594-3338)
 
Sunday, April 21, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Strouds Run State Park, vicinity of Haley and Hank Trails
Meeting place: Horsemen’s parking area on Lake Hill Rd.*
Contact: David Tees (tees@ohio.edu; 594-6796)
 
Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Strouds Run State Park, vicinity of Haley and Hank Trails
Meeting place: Horsemen’s parking area on Lake Hill Rd.*
Contact: Melanie Schori (schori@ohio.edu; 594-6796)
 
Saturday, April 27, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Strouds Run State Park, vicinity of Haley and Hank Trails
Meeting place: Horsemen’s parking area on Lake Hill Rd.*
Contact: Phil Cantino (cantino@ohio.edu; 594-3338)
 
Sunday, April 28, 9:00 a.m.
Work site: Strouds Run State Park, vicinity of Haley and Hank Trails
Meeting place: Horsemen’s parking area on Lake Hill Rd.*
Contact: Tanner Filyaw (tanner@ruralaction.org; 330-466-5082)
 
Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m.
Work site: Blair Preserve (Athens Conservancy)
Meeting place: The first parking area on the right (south) side of Strouds Run Rd. as you enter the park coming from Athens
Contact: John Knouse (knousejohn@gmail.com; 502-608-2394)
 
Sunday, May 5, 1:00 p.m.
Blair Preserve (Athens Conservancy)
Meeting place: The first parking area on the right (south) side of Strouds Run Rd. as you enter the park coming from Athens
Contact: John Knouse (knousejohn@gmail.com; 502-608-2394)

 *The parking area for the Haley and Hank Trail work sessions is about a 20-minute drive from Athens. Go out Strouds Run Rd. and into the state park. At the main junction in the park, instead of turning left to the campground or right to the beach, continue straight on Strouds Run Rd. You will climb a steep, winding hill, with a junction at the top (Scatter Ridge Rd.). Stick to the right at this point (the name of the road you want to follow changes at this point to East Scatter Ridge Rd.). Soon you will pass Pete Smith Rd. coming in from the left. Continue on E. Scatter Ridge Rd. (more than a mile) until you see Lake Hill Rd. on your right. There is a sign there for horse trail access. Turn right on Lake Hill Rd., and the parking area is on the right a short way up the road. Although the route winds a lot, you will get there if you take the right fork at every junction after the steep climb.

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My name is Eric Boyda and I am the current coordinator of the Appalachian Ohio Weed Control Partnership. My interests include increasing the awareness of invasive plants and helping individuals or groups plan control strategies.

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