April 7, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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Wear long pants and long sleeves, and bring work gloves. A hat, sunblock, water and a snack are also recommended. Restrooms will be available in the nature center. You'll learn how to identify invasive and native plants, and the best way to get rid of those pesky invasives.
This is an important step towards improving the ecological health of the Holmes Run stream valley. The park has already made major headway in removing many of the invasive plants that are found there, and recently many beautiful native wildflowers like red trillium, spring beauty, trout lily, bloodroot, wild ginger, and mayapple are blooming in their place. Native pollinators depend on these flowers to reproduce, and birds depend on the insects, and so the food web extends up the trophic levels. Removing invasive plants helps the overall health of the forest in many ways.