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Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Message Board › Volunteer Training and Event Re-cap

Volunteer Training and Event Re-cap

Ashley S.
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Washington, DC
Hello everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend and that your Mondays are off to a good start.  I wanted to send you all a note on the outcome of our first ever Volunteer Training at Dora Kelley Nature Park.

The event turned out really well!  The presentation was just shy of an hour, and we covered everything from volunteer safety to the biology and management of four different invasive plants found in Dora Kelley Park.  We focused on Japanese stilt grass, English Ivy, Garlic Mustard, and Porcelainberry.

All of the participants received packets of invasive plant information, as well as a reference sheet with links to various invasive and native plant sites.  They also had the opportunity to learn more about NVCT and the Alexandria Parks and Rec department.

The event ended with many of the participants networking and learning more about how they can become involved with conservation issues in the area.  They also did not leave hungry, as the new Dora Kelley Volunteer Coordinator, John Burke, provided some amazing snacks and beverages.

On Saturday, we turned our attention to the management of stilt grass along several of the trails found in Dora Kelley.  We took the information learned at the training, and implemented it on-site.  Saturday was a hot and humid day, but our volunteers helped collect 6.5 bags of stilt grass!!  It was an amazing effort!

We want to thank all of you for your interest in the training and the support of our volunteer event.  The monthly event will continue each month, but we are working on adding a second training to our schedule.  So, keep your eyes peeled for that.

If you have any questions regarding our current volunteer opportunities, let me know.  Have a great week, and don't forget about our upcoming Co-sponsored event with the RiP folks at Lacey Woods Park in Arlington.

 

Ashley
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