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Honeysuckle Blitz

Saturday, November 2, 9 am: Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Blitz, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Greene County, Ohio

Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, state botanist, Rick Gardner, and the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) employees and supporters in an effort to help remove the alien, invasive, bush honeysuckle from Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve.

Your help is needed to finish three areas on the Rim Trail above the gorge that volunteers from The Nature Conservancy and Columbus Audubon have gotten a fantastic start on. Areas that the DNAP staff and volunteers have been working on in the gorge along the scenic Little Miami River will also be completed.

This is going to be a great social, educational and work event, with a barbeque grill-out lunch provided afterwards, along with t-shirts for volunteers. The state’s best naturalists, botanists, geologists, ecologists and wetland specialists will be leading organized hikes after 1:30 pm and will be available to answer your questions or simply discuss this natural, geological feature.

You can help in these organized areas: two on the upper Rim Trail, one area around the Nature Center along the Narrows Trail and two areas of the Gorge Trail covering a narrow 3/4 mile distance.

Registration: 8-9:30 AM

Honeysuckle Removal: 9 AM-noon

Lunch: noon-1:30 PM with camaraderie, presentations and Q & A

Organized hikes: 1:30-3 PM

Please contact Christine Hadley, president of the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society founded in 1917 by Lucy Braun, at 513-850-9585 or email mailto:christinehadley@earthlink.net for information, to sponsor the event or to tell us where you would like to volunteer.

Sign up your team of 4 or more or donate a minimum of $50 for your organization’s recognition on the official event T-shirt!

Bring your favorite tools of the trade: gloves, pruners, loppers, saws, trimmers and protective gear for power equipment. We will have tools and safety equipment for all those new to the volunteer effort conquering the alien, invasive, amur (bush) honeysuckle. Spray bottles and gloves for cut stump treatment will be furnished.

 Directions: Clifton Gorge SNP is located in Greene County on State Route 343, 3 miles east of Yellow Springs and 0.25 mile west of Clifton at the east end of John Bryan State Park.