We will be working with the USFS and an invasive species expert, to remove garlic mustard (click here to learn more about this plant) from the Bartram trail. We don’t know if we have garlic mustard on the Bartram Trail itself, but we will start from the trail and work to hit nearby infestations. This would mostly be hand pulling – no real need for specialized equipment. By working in the winter we can get to the one-year-old plants before they send up flowers in the spring, and get ahead of the risk of seed dispersal onto the trail.
If you would like to carpool, plan to meet at 9:00 am at Cowee School. Let us know if you plan to carpool to hep with identifying how many vehicles we’ll need. Nolton Ridge Road is not the easiest point to find, but if you would like to drive directly there, let us know and we’ll provide direction.
Please bring work gloves, good boots, plenty of water, lunch, any meds you might need and esprit de corps.
If you’re new to trail maintenance or just want to learn more, you can find more information here on our site. Don’t be shy, we’ll provide everything you need to enjoy your day while making a huge impact for future enjoyment of the Bartram Trail. The hard work of our volunteers is what keeps the 110 miles of trails open and usable all year long.
Source of photo: invasive.org