2017 STEWARDSHIP PROJECT REPORTS
Garlic Mustard Control at Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve
On Thursday, April 6th, 10 hardy ONAPA volunteers and 4 DNAP staff/volunteers worked at Christmas Rocks SNP for 4 hours to pull garlic mustard. The weather forecast was for rain and high winds, so we had a smaller group than expected, but with 14 people, we pulled 7 large bags of garlic mustard in a ravine that had a significant amount of this invasive plant. After lunch, a small group went on a field trip with Jim Osborn, retired DNAP preserve manager, and saw an excellent array of spring wildflowers and sandstone rock formations. It was another successful stewardship project - we greatly appreciate the commitment of ONAPA volunteers.
On Wednesday, March 29th, ONAPA had a very successful stewardship project at Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve. Along with preserve manager, Levi Miller, there were 20 volunteers, an excellent start for our season. We pulled garlic mustard along the hillside below the great rhododendron population - 5 large plastic bags or over 250 pounds! After lunch, we had an amazing field trip through the rock formations which were truly impressive (permit-only to most visitors). While there is still more garlic mustard to pull, we all felt we made a huge dent in the population.
Woody Species Removal at Brinkhaven Oak Barrens
On Wednesday, March 8th, ONAPA partnered with the Killbuck Watershed Land Trust to conduct more habitat management in the north barrens of Brinkhaven Oak Barrens in Holmes County. Fourteen volunteers worked for 3-4 hours clearing brush that had been cut at the October stewardship project, as well as cutting more brush to open the prairie opening. This work will significantly enhance the north barrens, so we are excited to see the response from the prairie species this summer. The day also included a short tour of the south barrens.