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Invasive plant removal
******This is an event from the Reston Association, I am merely coping their information to spread the word.***** I will not be able to attend, but perhaps some of you still can! ......................................................... Habitat Heroes Duties: Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive plants like English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle and bamboo. These plants are fast-growing and threaten the local habitat and wildlife. We need heroes like you to join us in preserving Reston’s ecosystem. DATES: Protect Trees, Pull Ivy Saturday, September 22 10 a.m. – Noon Help reduce the English ivy overload on the Reston Association (RA) open space. Volunteers will work at the natural area near the Wiehle overpass to help stop the ivy from taking over trees. Please park along North Shore Drive, between Northgate Square and Wiehle Avenue. There is poison ivy at this site. Look for the RA vehicle. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: - Removing invasive, exotic plants from our community. - Identifying whether plants are native vegetation or invasive. - Replant natural areas with attractive and important native ferns, wildflowers, shrubs or trees. FOR YOUR SAFETY: Please wear long sleeves and long pants to protect you from biting insects, thorns, and poison ivy. There is poison ivy at almost all sites. Bring gardening gloves if you have them. RA will provide some tools, gloves, snacks, and water. RA Staff will be available on-site to assist with training and any questions that may arise. ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS: Please contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at[masked] or [masked]. Qualifications: No prior experience required. Invasive removal is done year-round and training is regularly provided on-site. All ages are welcome. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents must complete a Volunteer Minor Application for each child participating. Sign up today by logging into VicNet and registering under the "My Schedule" tab. We'd love to have you! Directions: Applications and other information can be found at http://www.reston.org/ under "About Reston Association" then the "Volunteer Opportunities" tab. NEW VOLUNTEERS (required): Fill out a volunteer application. Once complete, you will receive confirmation and instructions on how to start a VicNet account. You can find the application here: - Adult Volunteer Application – http://bit.ly/VolunteerRestonApplication - Minor Application (Under 18 - parent must consent) - http://bit.ly/VRMinorApp RETURNING VOLUNTEERS: Log into VicNet and register under the "My Schedule" tab. Click the "Help Wanted" boxes on the calendar to sign up. * Please save the VicNet (http://bit.ly/VRVicNet) link for future visits. If you experience any problems with Volgistics or VicNet, please contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at[masked] or [masked]. Minimum age: 13 Volunteers serve up to: 2 hours Skills: Outside work Available: A.M. **info taken from https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/od?from=254081

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If you live in Reston VA, or the nearby area, and want to promote green living as well as meet other eco-weirdos, then this is the group for you! The focus is on young adults (20's/30's) but it is by no means restricted to this age -- any and all are welcome. Whether you have little experience or decades of it you can be part of this group! REA is run by the members, and focuses both on fun social events (kayaking, camping, hiking, etc) and environmental action (local awareness, education, advocacy, etc).

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