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Honeysuckle Blitz at John Bryan and Clifton Gorge

Saturday, November 7, 9 am: The BIG Give Back Day, Honeysuckle Blitz at John Bryan State Park & Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Greene County, Ohio

Join the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society, state botanist Rick Gardner, and Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) employees and supporters as we sponsor Ohio’s largest volunteer effort to help remove that invasive alien, bush honeysuckle, from Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park.

Come help all your friends and kindred spirits continue the protection of this natural treasure. We need your assistance on invasive removal in some lovely areas along the Little Miami, opening up panoramic vistas of the river; natural areas of high diversity, with fine displays of spring wildflowers; as well as many large rock outcroppings and views of post-glacial cliffs with many groups of white cedar and scenic waterfalls. We will also be working in areas that DNAP and volunteers have been working in since our event in 2013.

This is going to be a terrific social, educational and work activity, with a barbeque grill-out lunch provided afterward. 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 discuss this wonderful geological feature and answer your questions.

We’ll be working in organized areas along more than two miles of the gorge, as well as some of the special areas in the scientific area of the state nature preserve.

These areas have been selected for their biological diversity, to enhance visibility of natural features, and to improve the experience for the many thousands of people who visit this preserve annually.

Registration: 8:00–9:00 am

Honeysuckle removal: 9:00 am–noon

Lunch: noon–1:30 pm with camaraderie, presentations, and Q & A

Organized hikes: 1:30–3:00 pm  

Please contact Christine Hadley at 513-850-9585, or email christinehadley@earthlink.net, for more information, to sponsor the event, or to tell us where you would like to volunteer.

Sign up your team of four or more volunteers or donate a minimum of $50 for your organization’s recognition.

Volunteers needed:

*        Crew leaders for honeysuckle removal teams

*        Honeysuckle cutters (loppers, non-power equipment)

*        Chainsaw & steel blade trimmer operators (must be pre-registered)

*        Cut stump treatment (using spray bottles)

*        Registration: meet and greet volunteers

*        Lunch: set up tables and chairs, minimal food prep

*        Couriers: take teams to their worksites

*        Botanists/knowledgeable volunteers: help cutters ID plants (to be sure not to cut hydrangea, blue ash, spicebush, bladdernut, etc.)

*        Agile volunteers to maneuver the rock outcroppings in the gorge to cut and treat woody invasives in, on, and around the rocks. (Most areas are much easier to work than the rock outcrop areas.)

Bring your favorite tools: gloves, pruners, loppers, saws, trimmers and protective gear for power equipment. We will provide tools and safety equipment to volunteers new to honeysuckle removal. Spray bottles for cut stump treatment will be furnished.

There will be an area for organizations to set up table displays and literature.

Watch for more information to follow.

Please invite your friends to join in the fun!

Directions: Clifton Gorge SNP and John Bryan SP are located in Greene County on State Route 343, east of Yellow Springs and west of Clifton. Look for signs directing you to the event as well as additional email instructions.